Looking Ahead: Gaming In 2012 (Q1)

February

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Developer/Publisher: 38 Studios/Electronic Arts
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Release Date: 02/07/12

Why you should care:

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has been described as a cross between Skyrim and God of War, which ought to cause a pavlovian response in all but the most jaded gamer. It boasts a dynamic combination of classic RPG elements (a unique ‘Destiny’ system, and 22 skills for each of the games classes and races) and visceral combat normally seen in traditional action games. But its biggest selling point is that Ken Ralston of Morrowwind and Oblivion fame is its lead developer, with artwork by Todd Mcfarlane and a universe created by best-selling fantasy author R. A. Salvatore.

The Darkness II

Developer/Publisher: Digital Extremes/2K
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Release Date: 02/07/12

Why you should care:

Mike Patton returning as the voice of the titular Darkness, for one. 4 player narrative co-op for another. After a troubled development that saw the game switch developers, the series finally returns with new features, updated graphics and an aesthetic very close to the comic on which it is based.

Crusader Kings 2

Developer/Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Platform: PC
Release Date: 02/07/11

Why you should care:

2004′s Crusader Kings was an underrated gem that ought to rank on any gamer’s best of the decade list. Players chose from historical scenarios featuring people like William the Conqueror and Robert Guiscard, managing their kingdom’s every intricate detail in order to establish an enduring dynasty during one of the most Chaotic periods in European history. Crusader Kings II is all of this and more. Not only will it offer scenarios like the Norman conquest of England, but will also give players the chance to start out several hundred years later in 1330, just before the black death decimated the continent. Other revealed details suggest greater depth and detail and far more historical context, and it might be just the thing for those of us still upset about the ultimately disappointing Civilization V.

Also confirmed for February: Inversion, Resident Evil Revelations (02/07); Binary Domain, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Tales of the Abyss, Twisted Metal, UFC Undisputed 3 (02/14); Asura’s Wrath, Syndicate (02/21); Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Uncharted: Golden Abyss (02/22).

Next up: Mass Effect 3 and some other games you won’t have time to care about…

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7 Comments on Looking Ahead: Gaming In 2012 (Q1)

jason

On December 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

maybe…just maybe…gta5 will be announced…maybe they kept it hidden very well…….wishes.

Jade(:

On December 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Oooh, Ezio, my love. I am looking forward to this year to come. ;D

Shock2k11

On December 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Games I give a damn about:

Diablo 3
Street Fighter X Tekken (PC VERSION!)

Games I might take a look at:

Counter Strike GO

Games I don’t give a flying F about:

Rest of them

Zee

On December 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

It looks like a lot of wizard-y games, but I’m really looking forward to The Darkness II, especially if it doesn’t have a gigantic bug that prevents you from finishing the game.

Ross Lincoln

On December 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Shock2k11, Crusader Kings II looks awesome. Seriously.

Forgotten_alcoholic_android

On December 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I am really looking forward to Mass Effect 3 and Bioshock 3.

miktha

On December 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Mass Effect 3 before I’m too old to play it, too blind to see the screen, senile to remember how. . . .