Preview: 2012 Games

A slightly delayed post, but one I would love to hear your thoughts on, as everyone has a few games that they start the year looking forward to owning in later months, here’s my top 5 most anticipated games of 2012 so far. As usual, let me know yours in the comments section below.

5) Tomb Raider.

Tomb Raider 2012

The previous games infuriated me greatly, but in a good way, I simply wasn’t smart enough to solve the puzzles and often got lost, this series reboot looks to be taking the games in an “Uncharted” direction, with what looks like more adventuring/action elements than previous titles, but there isn’t a great deal of info out there yet, so only time will tell. For me, a female lead is very appealing as it makes it slightly more immersive, the trailer has quite a depressing /struggle vibe about it, which also leaves me curious and wanting to know more about this title, I shall be watching closely for more info.

4) Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 2

The first Borderlands game is, in my opinion, one of the most underated games of this generation. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you can pick up the game of the year edition for a very reasonable price. (Trust me the DLCs are huge, add a lot of content and so, are well worth it.) By the looks of things, the second installment is looking just as crazy and just as fun, but with new classes, weapons and locations to explore. I’m hoping the story mode is as co-op friendly as the first game. Cannot wait to jump online with this with friends.

3) The Last Guardian.

The Last Guardian

From the makers of Ico, (which to me is a must play no matter what age you entered the gaming world in) comes The Last Guardian. I love games with an atmosphere, and this title looks to be as much of an experience, as it is a game. I feel this will be a pull on the heart strings epic adventure, the world is beautiful, and what I have heard of the soundtrack is too. Lots of drama and rumours regarding the finishing of the game, I just hope it’s not delayed by too much, it’s an absorbing, play after a hard day at work, classic in the making I think.

2) Guild Wars 2.

Guildwars 2

Why on earth would you say no to exploring that world pictured above? Ok, so don’t tell anyone, but this isn’t a console game, it’s a PC game, and it’s of the MMORPG variety, but before you go, bear in mind, there is no monthly subscription, and me, as a “not really a pc gamer type” put hours into the first one, and still play it years on. Guildwars made me better at games, all games, the game doesn’t freeze, I am yet to find any bugs, the quests are varied, the story lines are long and interesting, and character skillsets/customisation is unmatched in other games. This is a must buy for me.

1) SSX.

SSX 2012

Because it’s been far too long since an amazingly awesome snowboarding game came out. Shaun White was disapointing, even SSX3 didn’t live up to the standards set by SSX Tricky. Because it’s the only sports game I will play, and because it’s just something very different, for us all to enjoy. The game promises something for seasoned SSX’ers with the return of some familiar faces, as well as plenty for newbies. I’m loving the fact that they have mapped actual mountain ranges for me to explore, without the costs, injuries and chilliness. (I will try it for real someday though!…Not the stunts, that would be rather silly.) History also points to an excellent, and varied soundtrack to this release too, I literally cannot wait for this one, see you all on the virtual slopes.

So that’s my must buys for this year, what are yours?

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