5 Games We’d Love to See Released in 2012, But Won’t Be

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim-2: Menial Tasks

You played the living hell out of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. You did all the adventuring there was to do. You killed every dragon, checked out every dungeon, stabbed every bandit and have the controlling stake in every guild. But you still want more — you need more.

Luckily, Skyrim is fully decked out with a retirement plan for adventurers such as yourself. It’s Skyrim-2: Menial Tasks, the sequel this game deserves — and its filled with all those great little things you can waste countless hours on, like tanning leather, smelting ore, mining (already successfully shown to be something gamers love by several other titles) and smithing. Plus, get married! It’s basically The Sims: Skyrim, and it’s everything the game already offers, without the pesky dungeon-crawling, loot-hauling, and risk of untimely death.

Because let’s face it: you’re already playing the game this way anyway. Why not fork over $60 to do it again? You could become the world’s best blacksmith or Jarl of Winterhold (provided it doesn’t continue to fall into the ocean)!

2. Batman: Arkham World

The joking mention of a game called “Batman: Arkham World” got the Internet’s undergarments in a bunch following the VGAs last week, with lots of (gullible, possibly stupid) people thinking that maybe Arkham World would be the third game in the series. Internet: “And wait, ‘World’ … that sounds like World of Warcraft, which is an MMO oh my god Batman MMO! BATMAN MMO IT’S HAPPENING PROBABLY RIGHT NOW IN A ROOM SOMEWHERE WHO DO I GIVE MY MONEY TO?”


So yeah, I’ll go out on a limb and say that there will be neither an Arkham World nor an Arkham-themed MMO (although there already is DC Universe Online, clowns). But what if there was? It would obviously take all the excitement, action, combat and (light) detective work of the Arkham series, throw it away, and replace it with MMO staples like killing many of the same thing in a small area, farming, and conducting auction-house business. Sounds like the exact Batman game we all want to play.

1. Half-Life 3

Let’s be honest. Despite Gabe Newell supposedly saying Valve will supposedly be announcing something with a “3″ in it this year, and even though this shirt was reportedly spotted on a Valve developer last month, it’s not happening. Half-Life 3 will not be out in 2012. It’s the biggest goddamn joke of them all.

But wouldn’t it be cool if it did come out in 2012 and it featured Gordon Freeman look-alike and “Mythbusters” host Adam Savage in some way?

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4 Comments on 5 Games We’d Love to See Released in 2012, But Won’t Be


On December 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

And what about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2? It is cancelled and was planned to be released in 2012.


On December 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm


STALKER 2? But what were Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat? (apart from proof that the X-Ray engine should be put to bed and never used again, buggy as hell)

May I add another Total War game to this list? Can’t get enough of that series, don’t care that it’s gotten so formulaic!


On December 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Whats the name of the character who’s face is used on that first picture? Have seein it in a lot of joke images yet don’t know it. lol


On December 31, 2011 at 10:00 am

Aljo, it is Trollface.