10 Awesome PC Games Still Coming in 2012
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Release date: October 23
This direct sequel to 2010′s series reboot Medal of Honor and the 14th installment in the series is built on DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine and features six different classes: Assault, Sniper, Demolitions, Point Man, Heavy Gunner, and Spec Ops. The game’s single-player story was written by real Tier 1 Operators while they were deployed overseas, and each mission was inspired by a real-world event. The multiplayer component lets players take on the role of a variety of special ops factions, including Canada’s JTF2, the UK’s SAS, Poland’s GROM, and the USA’s SEALs — to name but a few.
Assassin’s Creed III
Release date: October 30
The fifth major installment in this historical action-adventure open-world stealth series (that’s a mouthful) will be bigger than any of its previous games. Assassin’s Creed III is set before, during and after the American Revolution and features a new protagonist: half-English and half-Native American Connor Kenway.
The game will feature more of the present day setting than in any previous title and will see the plot revolving around the main character, Desmond, come to a conclusion. Player will encounter historical figures, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, General Lafayette, King George III, and Samuel Adams. Locations visited include Boston and New York, as well as the American Colonial Frontier, a Mohawk village, and the settlements of Lexington and Concord. Further, the entire Eastern seaboard will also be explorable via ship.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Release date: November 13
Putting aside my personal feelings for the series, this ninth game in the in the Call of Duty franchise will certainly bring in an awesome amount of money. It marks the first time the series visits a completely futuristic setting and features future warfare technology.
The single-player campaign will feature two connected storylines, one set in the 1970s through 1980s and the other in 2025. Protagonist Alex Mason returns from the original Black Ops to play out the Cold War portion of the game, visiting multiple sites in Central America and in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion.
When the story jumps to 2025, you’ll control Mason’s son David during a new cold war that has broken out between China and the United States. In this era, war is defined by robotics, cyber-warfare, unmanned vehicles and other advanced technology. Known locations for this section of the game include Los Angeles, Singapore and Socotra, Yemen.
Black Ops II’s zombie mode will have its own campaign and support up to 8-player co-op.
Release date: November 20
Genre: Third-person shooter
This fifth entry in the stealth game series is aimed at a wider audience than earlier installments, easier to play and more accessible. The plot sees Agent 47 betrayed by “those he once trusted” and now hunted by the police, finding himself at the center of a dark conspiracy. At least one portion of the game will be set in Chicago, and the rest of the game will take place within the United States.
Far Cry 3
Release date: December 4
This open world FPS takes place on a group of tropical islands, similar to the first game in the series, and has players try to escape from the crazed local inhabitants. The story mode map will be around ten times larger than its previous installments, and a co-op campaign while feature its own story and characters. That’s right — it’s not just a multiplayer component tacked onto the singleplayer campaign.
Co-op can be played with up to four players online or two players playing on split screen on a console. The co-op campaign takes place six months before the events of the single player campaign and follows four characters who came to the island looking for revenge on the man who stole their money.
Far Cry 3 will feature an optimized sandbox editor with “a fresh coat of paint.”