Feb 1, 2012
Let's face it. 2011 was one of the best years in gaming. We saw a plethora of sequels hit the market from Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 competing with Battlefield 3 for the title of the best FPS (First Person Shooter) war game. The Caped Crusader also returned in Batman Arkham City. We donned the role of our favourite assassin in Assassins Creed Revelations and played a death defying treasure hunter in Uncharted 3. For the RPG (Role Playing Games) fans out there, games like the Witcher 2 and the Elders Scroll 5 Skyrim sucked up hundreds of gaming hours. We even saw games like Portal 2, which left us scratching our heads in bewilderment! And these are just a few of the blockbusters 2011 brought us. A pretty productive year? Well, wait till you see what's on offer before the end of the world in 2012! Here's a countdown to the top 10 most anticipated games of 2012.
The name is enough to give any gamer shivers! The third story in Bioware's critically acclaimed Mass Effect series, in which you once again take on the role of Commander Shepard leading the counter assault to save earth from total annihilation. The biggest USP of the Mass Effect franchise has been the ability to take decisions and bear the consequences for your actions. The story arc changes based on the decisions you take. Add to the fact that the third game in the franchise is going to add multiplayer; this is one war you won't want to miss this year.
2006 was the last we saw of the cold-blooded Hitman more commonly known as Agent 47. Heck, after playing Blood Money (which was released in 2006), some of us wanted to change our profession. Seriously! Six years seems like a long time to wait. If the promos and one awesome 12 minute gameplay demo shown off by developer I/O Interactive is anything to go by, this will be one of the best third person action adventure games of the year and we will be more than happy to don the role of the lead antagonist.
If in 1995, you were lucky enough to own a PS1, then you undoubtedly played Twisted Metal. This is probably one of the longest running Racing Action franchises on Sony's gaming hardware. Multiplayer will undoubtedly be a highlight of the series as 16 players will battle a variety of classic and new game modes.
4. Max Payne 3
The series that gave birth to bullet time is back, and back with a vengeance. Max Payne defined a place for itself in the third person action genre with a killer story, comic book style narrative and a little trick called bullet time that has been emulated by virtually every action game since. Apart from upping the action, the third game in the franchise will offer a more gripping and grittier story along with an improved cover based system and of course, better bullet time. And since a little company called Rockstar Studios is developing the game, our hopes for this one are sky high!
Crazy style Ninja action is the way of the Samurai and who can do it better than Team Ninja, the masterminds behind the Ninja Gaiden franchise. This hack and slash style action game will bring to the franchise a more refined combat system along with online multiplayer support. The series will now appeal to the casual and hardcore alike, thanks to the addition of a difficulty setting that enables auto block for the reflex challenged gamers.
If you aren't as psyched about Bioshock Infinite as we are then you need to wake up and smell the coffee! Shifting from the underwater settlement of Rapture, Irrational Games takes players to the city of Columbia settled high in the clouds. Expect one physiologically thrilling adventure in this first person shooter as you explore the new world of Columbia.
7. Tomb Raider
What do you get when Assassins Creed meets Uncharted? A game we can't wait to play! The reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise takes players back in time to the roots of lead protagonist Lara Croft and the story of how she became the kick-ass explorer we have come to love over the decades. In the E3 2011 demo of the game that was shown off, we were introduced to some seriously cinematic gameplay (looking a lot like Uncharted) and some very cool 'Eagle Vision' style mechanics (Assassins Creed anyone?), which will help Lara, escape from the deserted island she is marooned on.
Borderlands 2 is a sequel to the best four-player role-playing first person shooting game. This sequel features new characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons and equipment. Get ready to reveal and take on the secrets of the land of Pandora.
9. Diablo 3
The only game on our list to be a PC exclusive, and there's a good reason for that. The Diablo franchise has ruled the third person action RPG (Role Playing Game) genre for decades, and now it's back. Playing as a hero from one of the five character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells and abilities as they explore the world and take on hordes of demons.
10. GTA V
We aren't sure if GTA V is slated for a 2012 release but we can't hold back our excitement about this game. The series is expected to take a new direction with the open world mission-based third person action adventure.Via[NDTV]