NOTE: it probably goes without saying, but all of these games aren't guaranteed to come out this year but they are all scheduled to. The list is in chronological order for games that have relatively solid release dates, then alphabetical for games that are listed as TBA 2012.
Mass Effect 3
Bioware, Electronic Arts
360, PS3, PC
Regardless of those annoyances, I still really wanna play the game, and hopefully it'll be as big of an upgrade to the second game as that game was to the first. That sentence made no sense. Anyway, the demo was pretty impressive, though they changed what female Commander Shepard looks like to sex the game up some more I guess but at least she's getting some more attention. And no. I don't call her FemShep. That's moronic and sexist.
For anyone unfamiliar with the series, you can choose to play as a male or female character, though both are referred to as Commander Shepard in game with idiotic fans constantly calling female Shepard "FemShep." I really hate other gamers sometimes. Don't even get me started on that Street Fighter X Tekken tournament...
Silent Hill: Downpour
Vatra Games, Konami
|HURRAY! Quick time events! Everyone loves those, right?|
Downpour is also the first game in the series that is not scored by Akira Yamaoka who I consider to be an irreplaceable part of the Silent Hill franchise. The game IS being composed by a competent composer at least, Daniel Licht, the composer of Dexter and a shit load of horror films.
Also going against Downpour is the fact that Korn is doing the theme song to the game. What is this I don't even... To be honest, I used to be a fan of Korn when I was a teenager and I don't think they're that bad to this day. The only problem is, THEY SHOULDN'T BE DOING ANY MUSIC FOR A SILENT HILL GAME.
Two last things that I should mention: Gameplay and graphics. The gameplay kinda looks like a combination of Homecoming's combat and the fast paced exploration of Shattered Memories. I never criticize the gameplay of a game that I have yet to play for myself so I will withhold judgment on that one. Lastly, Downpour's visuals look REALLY dated. Though the graphics engine may not be fully completed and graphics don't really matter to me but I DO notice when they're crappy.
Also, no, Book of Memories isn't on the list because I don't have a Vita and probably won't be getting one for some time. I still don't have a damn 3DS.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Slant Six Games, Capcom
360, PS3, PC
|What is even happening in this screenshot?|
Another series that I love is Resident Evil and by all rights, I should hate this game. Even disregarding my new found anger at Capcom, this game is just so weird that I should despise it. It messes with the story of Resident Evil 2 which is my second favorite game in the series, and it looks like a crazy multiplayer party game. For whatever reason though, I really wanna play it.
Radical Entertainment, Activision
360, PS3, PC
|I just love this shot. Ahh, the simple joy of a man with a sword for an arm jumping thousands of feet into the air to attack a helicopter.|
My point is, Prototype came out three years ago so I'm surprised that a sequel was green-lit this late. Regardless of any technicalities like that, I loved the first Prototype. It's gameplay is some of the most absolutely bat shit insane I've ever experienced and it made playing as a character that is essentially a villain really fun. Yes, I know that there are many games that you play as the villain that came out before. Prototype just happens to be one of my favorite games in that category.
Max Payne 3
360, PS3, PC
|For this game, the part of Max Payne will be played by John McClane.|
Grasshopper Manufature, Warner Bros. Interactive
|Okay. Including an Evil Dead themed bonus costume is one way to get me on board.|
The Last Story
Mistwalker, XSEED Games
|OMFG! Learn 2 hold aggro, nub!|
If a relatively small company like Atlus can constantly translate and release text and dialogue heavy games in the United States, then freaking Nintendo should be able to. Where the hell is all that Wii and DS money going? Atlus managed to translate and release Persona 4 in the United States, a game with a TON of text and voiced dialogue, just 5 months after its Japanese release. And they did a damn good job of it too. This is why Atlus is my favorite video game company. Because they care. Man, I am really good at getting off topic. Or really bad at staying on topic. It's a glass half full/empty thing I guess.
Platinum Games, Sega
|This was one of the only screens I could find without a massive watermark on it. It also happens to be the best one overall, at least in my opinion. Just LOOK at those freakin' gloves.|
Irrational Games, 2k Games
360, PS3, PC, Vita? (Not sure about this one. It's on GameFAQs though.)
Assassin's Creed III
360, PS3, PC, Wii U
Assassin's Creed III was already high up on my must play list and after the trailer that was released yesterday, it shot up to a close second on my most anticipated games of the year. For anyone unaware, ACIII ditches the Renaissance era Italy setting that it has used for the last three main series games in favor of an American Revolution setting. Hoooooly crap. I'm a big fan of American history so the thought of Assassin's Creed being set during our war of independence is just mind blowing to me. This game can't come out soon enough!
Resident Evil 6
360, PS3, PC
Soon after the debut trailer was released, fans did a damn fine job of decoding a great deal of it with many saying that there are at least three playable characters: Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy and an unknown newcomer who is voiced by the great Troy Baker. They have also noted the fact that Chris' gameplay looks to be more action oriented like RE4 & 5 while Leon's looks like a more traditional survival horror game like RE games prior to 4.
Day-um, son! That's a lot of information gathered from a trailer that's only a few minutes long. Needless to say, I'm anticipating this one quite a bit.
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
thechineseroom, Frictional Games
PC, Mac, Linux
|No screens available for this game yet; just concept art. Creepy, creepy, concept art.|
Just from its creepy title, A Machine for Pigs sounds like it'll be just as horrifying as its predecessor. The story is that an wealthy man from England was exploring some ruins in Mexico when he became severely ill and began to have cryptic nightmares about a horrifying machine. He recovers months later and awakens to the roar of a huge machine starting. Holy crap. I don't know if I can handle it. I don't know what it is about Amnesia. I can play just about any horror game, aside from Silent Hill 2 & 3 and Afraid of Monsters, with no problem at all. Amnesia just hits all the right scary buttons I suppose.
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
Gearbox Software, Ubisoft
360, PS3, PC
|This was the LEAST violent screen I could find of this game.|
PC, Mac, (Possibly consoles. Only a rumor)
DmC: Devil May Cry
Ninja Theory, Capcom
The Last Guardian
Team ICO, Sony Computer Entertainment
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
Platinum Games, Kojima Productions, Konami
360, PS3, PC? (Again, it's on GameFAQs.)
Human Head Studios, Bethesda Softworks
360, PS3, PC
Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix
360, PS3, PC, Mac
Runic Games, Perfect World
One last thing I should mention is the indie game scene. As far as I know, they haven't announced anything, but I would love to see what Final Form Games (developer of Jamestown) and Supergiant Games (developer of Bastion) are up to. Man, where am I gonna get all the money for this shit? I need a cheaper hobby...