Posted by Mark Bridge On January - 4 - 2012 0 Comment

With so many games releasing each year, its hard to play them all. But I usually find time to play and finish some of the games I acquire during the year.  2012 will have some games that I will try my best to beat when I have them in my possession.

 

5.  Final Fantasy XIII-2

 

Publisher: Square-Enix

Release Date:  January 31 2012

Final Fantasy XIII was a sore spot for FF fans, sating that it was too linear and it didn’t feel like a Final Fantasy game.  Though it did have its fair share of problems, I didn’t mind the game as much as other gamers did.  The Amazing graphics didn’t hurt either.  Square-Enix has decided to release Final Fantasy XIII-2 which they promise will be more like the FF games of the past.  It will be a lot less linear and there will actually be towns this time around.  The story takes place three years after Lightning and the others saved Cocoon, some survivors decided to start over by rebuilding on Gran Pulse. Lightning, however, is nowhere to be found and thought dead by many, but Serah believes otherwise.  One of the interesting new features the game will offer is the ability to tame monsters and have them fight along side your party.  Here’s hoping they get the spirit of Final fantasy back with this release.


 

4.  Metal Gear Rising:  Revengeance

Publisher:  Konami

Release Date:  Q4 2012

The Metal Gear series has been a staple in the video game industry for almost 30 years now.  Like the Final Fantasy series, it has had its ups and downs.  One character in the series that represented both was Raiden.  His introduction in Metal Gear Solid 2 was met with a lot of venom from fans of the series.  This was in response to his whiny attitude and the fact that he became the main playable character after the first chapter in MGS 2.  Hideo Kojima, the games creator, did not give up on the character, bringing back for Metal Gear Solid 4 as a cyborg ninja.  What started out as a whiny little s#!t is now a badass ninja.  Nor Raiden will get his own game in Revengeance.  The original idea for the game was to be a bridge between MGS 2 and 4, but that game was scrapped when Kojima’s team could not settle on the game design.  Platinum Studios, the creators of Bayonetta and Vanquish was brought on board to co develop with Kojima Productions.  Now the game is set after the events of  MGS 4 and the result is a mashup of Bayonetta and Vanquish with Metal Gear’s cinematic flair.

 

3.  The Last of Us

Publisher:  Sony Computer Entertainment

Release Date:  December 1 2012

The trailer for this game debuted and Spike’s Video Games Award and once the Naughty Dog logo was shown, there was a collective gasp around the world.  The creators of the Uncharted series will bring an all new story that is unlike anything the developers have been known for.  The trailer boasts that the scenes are all in game footage and from what i can tell, the game will have the same cinematic feel like Uncharted but with a serious edge to it.  Not much is known about the game other than what was shown in the trailer.  A middle aged man and young girl who may or may not be father and daughter are fighting to survive a post apocalyptic city, ravaged by zombie like creatures.  Based on the tone of the trailer, this game could be ‘The Walking Dead’ of video games.


 

2.  Mass Effect 3

 

Publisher:  Electronic Arts

Release Date:  March 6 2012

Bioware presents their final instalment of the Mass Effect trilogy with the fate of the earth in Shepard’s hands.  What is cool about this series is that every decision you made since the first game will affect the final outcome of this game.  You can carry over your saved data from ME2 and continue your character progression or you can start fresh fight your way through the Reapers with a newly minted Commander Shepard.  In what has been a single play story driven game for the past two installments, part 3 is looking to expand game time by adding multiplayer.  Many are concern that the inclusion of multiplayer will feel like an after thought when the final product is released.  The first two games have been game of the year for many publications, so let see if the game can continue this tradition.

 

1.  The Last Guardian

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Release Date:  Q4 2012

The game that the video game community have been waiting for on hands and knees has been a no show on the store shelves for a couple of years now since it was first announced.  This is the game that many see as the one that will finally put silence to the critics who say games can’t be art.  from the trailers we have seen, we are already attached to the dog-falcon looking creature that accompanies the main protagonist.  So imagine just how involved we will be with the creature when we spend hours with it.  Just please don’t let it die.  I don’t think we will be able to take it if it does.  many speculated that the game was canceled when the game’s lead designer and director, Fumito Ueda announced that he was leaving Sony.  Ueda stated that he remains committed towards the completion of The Last Guardian through a contract with the company.  As long as the game is still on track is all that matters.  My fingers and toes are crossed for a 2012 release.

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