What’s in Store for 2012
This is the game I’m most excited about. The heroes they’ve shown so far look absolutely amazing, and I’m even having fun speculating about the looks of the ones they haven’t shown. The UI looks much better than the other entries in the A-RTS genre, and it’s easier to see what’s happening compared to Heroes of Newerth. I’m chomping at the bit to play the beta. I expect they’ll be able to accomplish some amazing things without the limitations of Warcraft 3.
There are some people that are worried about how Diablo 3 will turn out. I don’t think it will be bad by any means, but I do think it has some big shoes to fill. You have to be wary of self-hype, because any small problem will seem like a colossal disaster. I’m sure the singleplayer will be solid and the co-op will be ridiculously fun. Most of us are Blizzard fans, so we’ll be buying it regardless.
Starcraft 2: Heart of The Swarm
Finally, the expansion for Zerg players like me that may break the reign of Terran terror. Vipers, oh Vipers, you’re so much better than Overseers in every way. Force Fields and walling off won’t save you anymore. The biggest change comes not to the Zerg, but to the Protoss. Replicants can transform into any unit they can see, which even includes workers. As workers they can build structures unique to other races, which changes the competitive landscape dramatically.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
When the name “Mists of Pandaria” was first announced I thought it would be a book or a card game expansion, because it didn’t seem like it would fit into the lore at all. I’m still wondering how on earth they’ll tie Pandarens to the Old Gods and Sargeras. Oh, and with regards to combative non-combat pets: Gotta catch ‘em all!
Guild Wars 2
Arenanet has said that they want to do away with the conventional MMO. One way they’re doing this is by removing the subscription fee. Like Guild Wars 1 they will replace subscription fees with an expansion every 2-3 months. This will allow players like myself to savor the beautiful environments and story without feeling rushed. It also provides new content more frequently.
Grand Theft Auto V
Looking to be a throwback to an earlier point of the GTA series with a few pages taken from the Saints Row playbook. Of course, it will probably be more down to earth than Saints Row by a long shot. And hey, jets are back.
Far Cry 3
Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity? Insanity is making the same game and expecting different results. Luckily, said results will probably be good ones. Sticking to the formula of Rambo-ing a bunch of ruthless criminals in a tropical paradise will most likely turn out well. Fans of the first game will probably be more pleased with this game than Farcry 2.
The sky was the limit for Bioshock; a rare game that probed the depths of materialistic philosophy in an interactive medium. Bioshock 2 was a bit watered down by comparison, and you could see the series was pretty much just treading water. Now the series seems to be sinking by taking the emphasis off of philosophy and putting it on romance. I wouldn’t hold my breath for Infinite. Also, don’t look down.
Metro: Last Light
After watching the 12 minute gameplay video on its website, I have to say that Metro: Last Light looks very similar to Metro 2033. Although, that’s not a bad thing considering Metro 2033 is a common tool for benchmarking. It has the same post-apocalyptic vibe as 2033, and it also has the great stealth sections.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Fruit Ninja, if private military contractors and giant robots were fruit. The 3 minute trailer was full of gratuitous violence, wailing guitars, and badassery. It has a distinctly DMC-ish feel to it, which is more than fine in my book.