2012 is shaping up to be another incredible year in gaming, maybe even better than 2011. It is coming with many exciting games. Some of the games are eagerly awaited by game lovers.
Every year new games are released and there is no end to the reign of gaming. With so many games to release in 2012 it is hard to make a list of most awaited games. Here are the top 10 most awaited games of 2012.
1. Final Fantasy XIII-2
As in the earlier version, the game will use a variation of the Active Time Battle system and the Paradigm Shift system. The game allows the player to control the difficulty of battles. During battles, players will be put through quick time events called Cinematic Action which will allow them to deal higher damage to foes and gain the upper hand in certain battles.
The player can tame monsters and use them as members in battles. This also leads to a new Feral Link feature being in the game, as the player attacks an enemy while a tamed monster is in their party, the Feral Link bar fills up and when it is full the player can make their current tamed monster do a special attack on the enemy via a quick time event.
2. Twisted Metal
The game focuses heavily on multiplayer combat, including various online game modes with up to 4 player split-screen and 16-players online. The Nuke Mode is a new online game mode where you choose a faction to play against an opposing faction. In this mode, each faction has a giant metal statue that is being held in the air by a helicopter, which the opposing team must try to destroy. In order to destroy these statues, the player must abduct the enemy team's leader and then sacrifice the leader to a missile launcher that will, in turn, launch a nuclear missile.The person who sacrifices the leader and launches the missile has to control it to hit the opposing team's statue in the air.
There are other game modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Team Hunted, and Last Man Standing, in which each player has a specific number of lives and the last remaining player wins.
Players are not limited to the weapons in their hands. Through the DART 6 bio-chip technology implanted in their head, players can slow down time and breach the digital world around them to take down their foes using a variety of upgradable hacking mechanics. The game has been described as a kind of mix between Crysis-style first-person shooter action and the clean science-fiction world of Mass Effect. A four-player co-operation mode has been confirmed, with a separate campaign based on missions from the original game.
4. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
The game was officially unveiled with a brief gameplay demo. It has been shown to have a touch-screen control feature with motion sensitive controls. In addition, it is shown that aiming can be motion controlled.
Prior to the announcement though in May 2011, it was rumored that the game's title would be Uncharted: Golden Abyss, before any official announcement from Sony. The game will feature touch and motion based controls for navigation and aiming, though these are optional control schemes.
It was officially revealed and is expected to be released on March 2012. Many fans of the original games were outraged when the game was revealed to be a first-person shooter. However, 2K Marin assured them that the developers would try to keep elements from the original game.
Very little detail about the gameplay has been revealed. However, the game follows Special Agent William Carter and his elite team of special agents as they battle an unknown outer space threat against humanity. Carter and his team must systematically battle the alien force while using the opportunity to capture and research alien technology, and equipping these technologies in the fight against the troublemaker.
6. Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 will be influenced by decisions from Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 and have settings throughout the galaxy, including Earth and Mars. Combat has been changed and refined, there will be more options for moving around the battlefield, instant fight kills and more conventional grenades will be introduced as well as improved artificial intelligence. There is also a multiplayer co-operation mode available in this version.
Players with saved files from Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 will be given the option of importing them into Mass Effect 3. If a saved file is imported, over 1,000 variables will be pulled that will help shape how the final chapter is experienced. If there are no saved files available, there will be no origin-story comic for new players to help them make quick decisions like there was in Mass Effect 2.
7. Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Designed to be the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game, StarCraft II features the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, overhauled and re-imagined with Blizzard's signature approach to game balance. Each race will be further distinguished with several new units and new gameplay mechanics, as well as new abilities for some of the classic StarCraft units that will be making reappearance in the game.
StarCraft II also features custom 3D-graphics engine with realistic physics and the ability to render several large, highly detailed units and massive armies on-screen simultaneously.
8. Metal Gear Solid: Rising
The player will be in the role of Raiden, protagonist of Metal Gear series and will focus on two key elements sword fighting, and a style of stealth that is more fast-paced and action-oriented than in previous titles, which were Tactical Espionage Action games.
A key feature for the game is titled zan-datsu, which involves cutting through enemies and taking parts from the bodies of dismembered robots. The player can take include life, energy, parts, ammunition, and many more.
9. BioShock Infinite
BioShock Infinite breaks away from the underwater setting of the first two games to take players into a floating city held aloft by airship. The player controls a former Pinkerton agent, Booker DeWitt, as he attempts to rescue a woman named Elizabeth trapped aboard the collapsing air-city Columbia in 1912.
10. Max Payne 3
Rockstar is starting a new chapter of Max Payne's life with the game. This is Max as never before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. Since the last game, Max has left New York City behind and has drifted from bad to worse. Max has been double-crossed in this new city and he is searching for the truth and a way out.