Game Front’s Updated 2012 Preview Calendar
A gamer’s work is never done. Despite the number of terrific titles already released in 2012, things are only getting started. Whether you’re excited for Diablo III or Bioshock: Infinite, read on for a comprehensive look at the all the great games the year has in store.
Kinect Star Wars (360) – April 3rd
Armed with new Pod-racing and Rancor modes, this kid-centric title combines motion controls with the world’s most popular license.
Tribes: Ascend (PC) – April 12th
New developers Hi-Rez hope to restore the classic multiplayer shooter to its former glory.
The Witcher 2 (360) – April 17th
Polish developers CD Projekt return with a console version of their popular RPG.
Prototype 2 (360, PS3) – April 24th (PC July 24th)
New protagonist James Heller uses viral superpowers to kick all kinds of ass in this violent, open-world adventure.
The Walking Dead (PSN, XBLA, PC, Mac) – April TBA
TellTale games adaption of the popular comic-turned-TV show has neat cel-shaded graphics and emotionally wrenching subject matter.
Tera (PC) – May 1st
Minecraft (360) – May 9th
The indie sensation shows no signs of slowing down as it prepares to devour XBLA. If you like killing sheep to make beds, Check out GameFront’s very own Minecraft Show!
Diablo III (PC) – May 15th
Hear that? It’s the sound of millions of relationships, friendships, and jobs slowly circling the drain.
Rockstar’s long-awaited follow-up takes Max to Brazil, where he’ll fight criminals and crooked cops while taking advantage of new movement and aiming technology.
Game of Thrones (PC, PS3, 360) – May 15th
Fans of the TV show and book series hope that this RPG, from French developers Cyanide, can live up to their high standards.
Risen 2 (PC, PS3, 360) – May 22nd
Plenty of pirates and plunder in store for purchasers of this RPG. Check out our in-depth preview.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PS3, 360) – May 22nd
New mechanics define Ubisoft’s entry into the lucrative world of military shooters.
Inversion (PC, 360, PS3) – June 5th
We got our hands on Inversion at last year’s E3, discovering a third-person shooter with a heavy emphasis on gravity and physics.
The Secret World (PC) – June 19th
Conspiracies when this unique MMO from developers FunCom goes live in June. Beta registration is currently open.
Darksiders II (PC, 360, PS3) – June 26th
Play as Death, the coolest horseman of the apocalypse, in this hack-and-slash adventure by Vigil Games. Check out our recent hands-on for more info.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (PC, PS3, 360)
CITY Interactive emphasizes tactics and realistic sniping physics in this shooter.
DOTA 2 (PC)
Far Cry 3 (PC, PS3, 360) – September 4th
Gamers will return to a creepy, violent tropical island for this new chapter in Ubisoft’s Far Cry series, with multiplayer gameplay provided by Massive Entertainment.
Borderlands 2 (PC, PS3, 360) – September 18th
Gameplay still reigns in Gearbox’s RPG shooter; expect plenty of frantic firefights and even more zany weapons.
Fable: The Journey (360) – September TBD
Tomb Raider 2012 (PC, PS3, 360, Mac)
Lara Croft is back, this time in grittier, more realistic guise.
War of the Roses (PC)
First-person 15th century combat. Expect a lot of blood. We got our hands on it at GDC.
Arma III (PC)
The attention to detail and realism in this open-world shooter is nothing short of astounding. It has a way of delaying release dates, however.
Not to be confused with 2K’s other XCOM title, Enemy Unknown will feature old-school tactical combat and unique features for PC buyers. Well done, Firaxis!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC, PS3, 360, Mac)
Another Valve product with a nebulous release date, though Game Front’s video team are already in the beta.
Bioshock: Infinite (PC, PS3, 360) – October 16th
Bioshock franchise is back in the safe hands of Ken Levine, who promises lots of writing in addition to great gameplay.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PC, PS3, 360, WiiU) – October 23rd
Travel the world fighting terrorists in this EA military shooter. We saw it in action at GDC.
Assassin’s Creed 3 (PC, PS3, 360, WiiU) – October 30th
Ubisoft’s tentpole franchise travels to colonial America, where Connor, its half-Native-American hero, will contend with historical events and changing seasons.
Resident Evil 6 (PC, PS3, 360) – November 20th
Capcom’s zombified megafranchise gears up for a Fall sequel, featuring 6 (get it?) player co-op.
Sleeping Dogs (PC, PS3, 360)
Once called True Crime: Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs has endured a torturous road to completion, one that still doesn’t involve a release date. Check out our extensive hands-on preview.
Halo 4 (360)
The details are more closely guarded than the nuclear launch codes, but Halo should arrive by the end of the year. Our Halo 4 demo report sums up what we do know.
Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC, PS3, 360, WiiU)
They’re coming outta the walls, man! Gearbox’s terrifying shooter looks to be more than just another bug hunt.
Planetside 2 (PC)
The original title was beloved, and SOE could have another hit on their hands with this auspicious-looking MMOFPS.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
Trying to predict Blizzard release dates is a losing game, but there’s still a chance of a holiday release for StarCraft II’s much-anticipated second installment. We got hands-on at BlizzCon.
South Park: The Game (PC, PS3, 360)
When “The Jew” was announced as a playable class, it was clear that Obsidian’s licensed title had serious potential. Details still remain hard to come by, however.
Grand Theft Auto V
Analysts are predicting a Spring 2013 release. We hope they’re wrong, but no one ever got rich betting on video games to come out earlier than expected.
Metro: Last Light (PC, PS3, 360, WiiU)
Metro 2033 was a sleeper hit in 2010, but the secret’s out on its forthcoming follow-up. Check out 13 minutes of in-game footage.
Star Trek (PC, PS3, 360)
At the moment, it’s little more than this teaser trailer, but the game will eventually provide a bridge between J.J. Abrams’ recent movie and its sequel.
XCOM (PC, PS3, 360)
When we saw XCOM at E3 2011, the game looked like it was coming along despite fan complaints about the format. Now it’s been pushed back. What gives?
Any other games you’re excited about in 2012? Let us know in the comments!