Looking Ahead: Gaming In 2012 (Q1)

March

Mass Effect 3

Developer/Publisher: BioWare/Electronic Arts
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Release Date: 03/06/12

Why you should care:

Because the entire world is going to shut down March 6 when the third and final game in the Commander Shepard Trilogy drops on all three (worthwhile) platforms, and you don’t want to be left out. You know it’s going to be awesome, but the question is, how awesome? How about Reapers versus Thresher Maws. That’s how. Expect multiple outcomes, mind blowing set pieces, visceral combat and of course, Commander Shepard’s inability to end a conversation without being awkward.

Street Fighter X Tekken

Developer/Publisher: Capcom/Capcom
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Vita
Release Date: 03/06/12

Why you should care:

This one might be overshadowed by the return of Soulcalibur in January, but even if Capcom has flooded the market with fighting games recently, it’s a keeper. Mashing up the Tekken and Street Fighter franchises with the interesting twist of giving players the chance to play Tekken in side-scroll Street Fighter style rather than the traditional 3D. Better still, PC gamers won’t be left out, thanks to a Windows version sure to top whatever the aging Xbox and Playstation 3 consoles can still deliver.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft
Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, DS, PSP
Release Date: 03/06/12

We had hands-on with Future Soldier at E3 last year, and liked it quite a bit. It features an excellent co-op system that doesn’t designate a lead player. Instead, players decide for themselves during play. Missions have clear objectives, but the freedom granted to players in how they attend to them manages to make every player a critical part of any mission. It’s too bad the PC version was cancelled, but even if it’s likely to lose something by being all things to all consoles, it has the makings of a great co-op focused shooter.

Also confirmed for March: MLB 12: The Show, Ridge Racer Unbounded (03/06); Tales of Graces (03/13); Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (03/20); Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/23).

Last but not least, release date TBD…

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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. . . .