1. Mass Effect 3
How could you not be hyped as fuck about this? Everything you've done in all the Mass Effect games will affect the outcome of the game and the ending, Earth is going to hell, YOU STAB DUDES WITH A FUCKING OMNI-BLADE, and once again, you fuck everything. Also, combat will be better and more intense. Not more prominent and at the behest of the RPG segments, just better.
March 6th, 2012.
Strap it on.
2. Aliens: Colonial Marines
Let me preface this by saying that James Cameron's "Aliens" is my favorite film of all time. With that out of the way, the first attempt at making a legitimate game incarnation of Aliens is making me shit my pants. Shit man, you play as the rescue team for Ripley and the marines, there's 4-player co-op, and you go to the Sulaco, LV-426, and the Alien 3 planet. Shit's going to be fucking amazing.
Also, I can't wait to be the totally awesome guy that repeatedly yells "THEY'RE COMING OUTTA THE GOD-DAMNED WALLS" when things get intense.
3. BioShock Infinite
This is what needs to happen when a franchise gets stale. Flip the setting, the time period, the characters, and the tone all up-side down and keep the basic gameplay, and you've freshened your stale franchise. Everything about this game just looks like it was made by a bunch of dudes entrenched in nerdery of a certain time period, who then made it as extreme and fucked as possible. I want to play this game just to see all the crazy shit that happens with Elizabeth's space/time continuum powers.
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
YO MAN, YOUR MOM FUCKED A DRAGON AND YOU SPEAK DRAGON LANGUAGE AND YOU EAT DRAGON SOULS AND YOU USE TWO KNIVES AT ONCE AND YOU COMBINE FIREBALLS AND YOU COOK SALMON.
5. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
This being the first Halo game developed by 343, it's a fantastic start. I literally do not think they've done a single thing wrong with this re-release. It's running off the same engine as Halo 1 but just looks better, the multiplayer maps are running 100% on Reach tech, rumor is that the game comes with a download code for the maps so you can just play them on your Reach disc, and it's 39.99.
I only have two things to ask for:
First of all, hey 343 dudes, it's amazing that you're sticking to your guns and just using the CE engine for this, and I think it's great, but YOU can fix that frame rate trouble the first game had. Trust me, it won't ruin the authentic Combat Evolved experience if you do.
Second of all, is four player co-op confirmed or not? At this juncture I would consider it standard, but they haven't really said yet I don't think. I would still be okay with it if it was just two-player because, I don't know, maybe the CE engine wouldn't be able to handle four magnums at once, but I would be sorely dissapointed. No matter what, I can't wait for this game.
6. Prey 2
I absolutely unapologetically loved the first Prey. With that said, I totally understand why this game is moving away from that game in many ways. Anyways, it's Red Dead Redemption in space. I like Red Dead Redemption(see my top games of 2010 list), and I like space. Game sold.
7. Iron Brigade
It looks like a fun-as-hell co-op game, it's got great period piece art, it's funny, and Mech customization is awesome.
8. Halo 4
I don't really even know what this game is, but I'm intrigued. I also love the Halo fiction, so seeing what crazy shit they do with trying to continue the story will be cool. Also, I can't wait for them to justify Chief getting a jetpack installed in his suit BY HIS FUCKING CRYO TUBE.
9. Tomb Raider
I haven't been the biggest Tomb Raider fan, and I've never really enjoyed a Tomb Raider game except for Anniversary and Legend, but considering this is a reboot, I don't need to worry. And I fucking love games where torture porn is one of the features like Dead Space and Resident Evil.
10. Batman: Arkham City
YOU ARE THE BATMAN.
11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
DUDE, SHIT'S CRAZY.
That's why I want this game. This game is crazy and that's all I want out of my FPS games now due to shooter fatigue. If it's not in space, it needs to be fucking crazy.
12. Battlefield 3
While I do want my shooters to be crazy, I still love Battlefield 3 multiplayer. But because of campaign and Spec Ops, I'm more excited for Modern Warfare 3.
13. The Darkness II
I never played the first game, but I think I will considering how great this game looks. I should get caught up.
14. Gears of War 3
Once again, IT'S A FUCKING CRAZY SHOOTER.
It just looks like my perfect downloadable game. It's got RPG elements, hackin' and slashin' and some great voice work.