10 Awesome PC Games Still Coming in 2012
We’re over halfway through 2012 and have found ourselves in a bit of a summer slump for game releases. There have been a few noteworthy titles, but nothing close to the volume of games we’re in for in the coming months before the Mayan calendar expires and the universe throws a Blue Screen of Death our way.
What upcoming PC games do we have to look forward to?
Glad you asked; we compiled this list just for you.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Release date: August 21
This online first/third-person shooter will feature classic content you’ll recognize from old CS games, as well as new maps, characters and game modes. Players are divided into two teams: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists, and compete to complete objectives or eliminate the enemy team.
Play is divided into short rounds that end when all players on one side are dead or an objective is completed. Players purchase weapons and equipment at the beginning of every round with money awarded based on their performance. Global Offensive adds new weapons and equipment not seen in previous installments, such as the Molotov cocktail.
Guild Wars 2
Release date: August 28
This highly anticipated fantasy sequel is a rare MMORPG with no monthly subscription fee — simply buy the game and you can play forever. Guild Wars 2 will feature a storyline that is responsive to player actions, a dynamic event system that replaces traditional questing, and a combat system which aims to be more dynamic than its predecessor. Players can choose from a combination of five races and eight professions, and the game deliberately lacks a dedicated healing class in order to promote party diversity — no one is stuck being the heal dispenser.
While the original Guild Wars had a level cap of 20, GW2 allows players to progress up to level, which is more in line with traditional MMOs. If two players of different level party up and go questing together, a “sidekick system” normalizes that power disparity to allow both players to be challenged.
The game’s player-versus-player component puts all participants on a level playing field by granting everyone access to all skills and items, as well as by setting all characters to a fixed level. In addition to this small-scale PvP, GW2 features large-scale drop-in PvP set in a persistent world that pits three factions against each other.
Release date: September 18
This “role-playing shooter” takes place five years after its predecessor and builds upon the gameplay elements that it introduced. Players select one of four new characters, each with a special skill and weapon proficiencies, then take on quests that reward experience points, money, and items. As they gain levels, players can allocate points into a skill tree that features three distinct specializations of the base character.
New features introduced in Borderlands 2 include a more expansive and customizable weapons system, reworked four-seat drift-able vehicles and vehicle physics elements, and dynamic quest systems.
Release date: October 9
Genre: Action adventure
The only game on this list that isn’t a sequel or otherwise part of an established franchise, Dishonored is a first-person stealth action adventure set in an industrial city modeled after late 1800s-early 1900s London and Edinburgh. The player controls a legendary bodyguard to the Empress who is framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin to seek revenge on those who conspired against him.
The game allows the player to tackle a series of assassination missions in a variety of ways, with an emphasis on player choice — stealth, combat or a combination of both. The game is even designed to allow the player to complete it without killing any NPC, including boss characters and mission targets. So if you’re a pacifist, then you’ve finally found the right game for you.
Rather than a standard good/evil morality system, Dishonored features a “chaos” system that records how much collateral damage, violent actions and deaths are caused by the player. The game world is modified by how little or much “chaos” is caused.
Weapons and gadgets include swords, daggers, crossbows, and guns, including powerful but slow pistols and muskets. Supernatural powers include the ability to temporarily freeze time, create powerful gusts of wind, possess any living creature, summon plague animals such as rats, and teleport short distances.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Release date: October 9
This strategy/action/role-playing game is a re-imagining of the 1994 classic UFO: Enemy Unknown, aka X-COM: UFO Defense, and sees a return to the core roots of the X-COM series. Set in the modern-day Earth, the game deals with an international response to a global alien invasion.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown RTS element is confined to a global view in which the player manages resources and personnel on strategic layer, directing research of alien technology and production, interacting with governments, ordering their aircraft to intercept UFOs, and dispatching their soldiers to engage aliens on the ground.
All ground combat is completely turn-based, using an isometric 3D, third-person perspective tactical view featuring fog of war and line of sight, in which the player commands a squad soldiers in battle.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown’s PC version will feature modability and a mouse-driven tactical UI.