It certainly can't be the last year on earth with so many awesome games hitting the shelves this year. Let's take a look at some of the solid titles that I think really stand out:
Now before you get all haywire on me and say "But Nate, you're over a month late! 2012 started a while ago man," let me explain the way I see it.
See, as long as the title was not released yet, I'm still anticipating it. Yes, there is one of these that is coming out in less than a week, but I'm still looking forward to it. Whether it's coming out in seven days or seven months, I'm sitting here in anticipation for its release.
Alright without further ado, here's the Top 8:
What Is It?
Leon Kennedy, with his epic cockiness and Chris Redfield, with his insanely large biceps are no doubt the two most bad ass characters in the popular chemical warfare series. Bringing these two iconic characters in one title is a dream. Oh yeah and there will be another T-Virus, which means, in case you’re not a fan of the series, ZOMBIES! And who doesn’t like killing zombies?
Word is there will be co-op for up to six players, which is awesome but let's hope the AI is better than Sheva for single players.
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest: Leon, Chris, and Zombies. Enough said.
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: The AI is as useful as Sheva, who happens to be as useful as a schizophrenic zebra on heroin. And Ashley screams nonstop.
What Is It?
Apparently an intense and clever strategy game with “elements from collectable card games as well as traditional board games”, but who really knows? Notch created an entire new genre of gaming (Collect and Build) with Minecraft – this is bound to be something big and unique. The game will also feature large multiplayer tournaments and the customization of “modifying and refining your arsenal.” Although the description is vague, we're looking at a well-developed tactful gameplay.
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest: We'll definitely see something no other game does.
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: The thing we see is too confusing or bizarre to play.
What Is It?
After playing the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance series, it's easy to be indubitably convinced that Insomniac are absolute geniuses when it comes to creative weapons. C'mon, who thinks of something like a bee missile launcher or a gun that can generate midget robots to attack enemies? Imagine what weird additions to the arsenal they will come up with next. Throw a little humor in the mix and you’ve made the recipe for Pure Conquest.
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest: Insomniac is expanding to multiplatform for the first time.
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: The co-op feels more like a party game than a third person shooter, like in All 4 One.
The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by some infected species. Now I know what you're thinking: “Fuck, not another one.” But Naughty Dog is taking an approach on the survival action genre that is quite different from the rest of the pack; they are attempting to create a solid and believable story with real characters (something the Dead Island trailer gave the impression of).
Not much has been announced about the game mechanics or features so far, just a very emotional trailer. I know always say that strong characters and a moving plot are not necessary ingredients to a delicious game, which is true, to an extent. Allow me to clarify: video games, to be a fun source for entertainment, do NOT need a a compelling plot at all; but video games, to be respected as an art, sincerely needs deep characters and an amazing verisimilitude. This game has the potential to significantly boost video game as an art, which gets a high mark in my book.
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest: Naughty Dog has yet to disappoint.
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: Naughty Dog disappoints.
4) Borderlands 2 (PS3, 360, PC)
What Is It?
The fun of loot n' shoot returns and this time with a fleshed out (or at least an actual) story, new weapon customization options, smarter AI, and a bad ass character who can dual wield rocket launchers. Borderlands is no doubt one of the most addicting games ever – creating a fusion between the thrill of getting head shots, collecting loot, leveling up your character and gaining new skills, and teaming up with a few friends while doing all the above. The sequel, if anything, is guaranteed to at the very least provide another solid RPG shooter, which is totally nuked out as it is.
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest: The story truly is intriguing and the characters are actually worth giving a shit about. (Then again, a good story in a game really is just a bonus – it ain't a goddamn novel.)
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: Gearbox runs out of ideas for guns.
What Is It?
The notorious innovative mind behind “No More Heroes” and “Shadows of the Damned,” is creating another crazy concoction with a a banging blonde cheerleader that has a cute hobby of severing off the limbs of the undead with her chainsaw. Lollipop Chainsaw will be a hack n' slash action game, complete with fast paced combat, smooth combo attacks, and a slew of weapon upgrades. The fighting looks tight and addicting – it's the type of chain
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest: It's sexy, violent, and there are freaking zombies!
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: Suda51 gets a concussion.
What Is It?
In case you missed out on the first installment of this series, Torchlight is an addictive action-packed RPG with a ridiculous amount of items to find. The big new feature of this sequel is the online co-op multiplayer, so you'll be able to team up with up to 3 buddies in this grand loot fiasco. One of the aspects that really stood out in the original was not only the extensive amount of armor, weapons, and accessories available in the game but also the tools available to players for creating their own mods; Runic games announced they will be expanding upon this already immense modding toolkit. The multiplayer support combined with a freeform mod kit will develop a strong community as well as seemingly endless content. Oh yeah, and the launch price will be only twenty bucks, so you won't be breaking the bank on this kick ass title.
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest:The original lead designers of the Diablo series made this game. Enough said.
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: The multiplayer server is too slow and/or crashes way too often
What Is It?
An action-packed open-world RPG developed by a dream team: R.A. Salvatore, author of Drizzt Do'Urden among other amazing fantasy characters, is the lead writer, Ken Rolston, lead designer of Morrowind and Oblivion is in charge of the game design, and Tod McFarlene, creator of Spawn, is the main artist. The fact that these guys are working on this game already has “Pure Conquest” written all over it, but throw in a customization system that grants you new bonuses and abilities based on your playing style and a fluid and fast combat system and your mind is ready to be blown. Brace yourselves: this is going to be one hell of a title this year.
Why It'll Be Pure Conquest: God of War, Skyrim, and Fable is having one prodigy love child.
Why It Might Be Pure Crapfest: A heavy amount of glitches ruin the otherwise solid game
What games are looking forward to in 2012? Leave a comment below!