I think 2012 is going to be a hell of a year. Here are the top 10 games I'm most looking forward to, and would love to hear about games y'all are looking forward to as well!
1. The Last Guardian -- Without a doubt, this is my most anticipated game. I bought a PS3 in anticipation of MGS4 (which mostly delivered), FFXIII (disappointed), Versus XIII (still waiting...) and Team ICO's next project. With Ueda only doing contract work and with sensational headlines coming out of Sony Japan fairly frequently, I'm perhaps a little doubtful that this will come out this year.. but dammit, a man can dream!!
2. Shin Megami Tensei Persona 5 -- Alright, technically not announced yet, but Persona Team has been hinting about a new game that everyone's been waiting for for years. Yeah, this could very well not be P5, but instead a different HD SMT game. That would be great as well, though Persona 5 is definitely what I'd want the most. Catherine was perhaps flawed.. but give me a similar level of presentation and audio/visual quality for P5 and we'll have something amazing.
3. Journey -- I loved Flower and everything I've seen from Journey looks even better. One of the most appealing aesthetics I've come across in a game since.. well, Shadow of the Colossus. Something about the look of this world really resonated with me.
4. Mass Effect 3 -- The Mass Effect universe is without a doubt my favourite Sci-Fi universe. Give me more of the same, but with larger environments and you have a strong contender for 2012 GOTY.
5. Tomb Raider -- As a hardcore Uncharted fan, I think its only fair for the cycle to come full circle: Tomb Raider (2012) seems to be lifting all the right elements from the Uncharted series (which in turn took most of its ideas from Tomb Raider!). Mix in a mysterious island setting with some survival elements and you have the ingredients for what could be the revival Lara always deserved.
6. Diablo III -- Not much to say here. I thought Torchlight was an excellent reminder of how great Diablo II was.. and while I'm excited about Torchlight 2, my anticipation for D3 is quite high! Also, infinite kudos to Blizzard for making their games Mac compatible.
7. Bioshock Infinite -- My hype level for this game is surprisingly contained... I suppose I simply feel very confident in Ken Levine and his team to deliver a fantastic experience. Like Portal 2 last year, I have little doubt that this game will be absolutely amazing, the only question is how amazing will it be?
8. Assassin's Creed 3 -- Again, not exactly announced yet, but anyone who's played Revelations knows that all the pieces are in perfect position for a new, fresh Assassin's Creed game. Maybe this'll come in 2013, but if Ubisoft is serious about annualizing this franchise (sadly), then this has probably been in the works for at least a year and a half now, as the B-teams focused on Brotherhood and Revelations. I expect a 50/50 split between contemporary setting (Montreal?!) and a new ancient setting. My money is on somewhere in Africa... Egypt, I think. I doubt the leap from AC2 to AC3 will be as drastic as AC1 to 2, but I think this series definitely needs a shake up. Revelations was a fantastic game.. but playing as Ezio is certainly getting monotonous.
9. The Last Of Us -- I think the team at Naughty Dog are the most talented people in the industry. I expect a class act out of The Last of Us.
10.Final Fantasy XIII-2 -- I thought Final Fantasy XIII was a train wreck. My expectations were very high going into it and as a result I was seriously disappointed by many, well established mistakes and decisions that Square made throughout that game. That said, I think several aspects of that first game are as good as any other title in the series! The soundtrack is phenomenal. The settings of Pulse and Cocoon are fresh and fantastical, the depth of the world mythology is intriguing and only touched upon by the game's end. Lightning, Sazh and Fang are badass, well designed and written characters. The combat system too is, while flawed and a little long in the tooth, a great change of pace. Given a second chance, I think Square Enix can make good on a lot of XIII's promises with XIII-2. I do have some reservations: the plot looks tepid, at most. And I find Noel and Serah to be pretty lame characters... I hope the final game can prove me wrong in both those categories though.