New Year, New Games: Mat Langford’s Guide to the Most Anticipated Games of 2012

Happy new year to all of our awesome Biff Bam Pop readers!

With every brand new year comes the anticipation of brand new games. We spent most of the end of last year hearing about what 2012 will offer us and how awesome and groundbreaking this year will be for all of us gamers. A lot of long awaited games are being released. A new entry from the Metal Gear Solid series as well as a brand new Counterstrike are sure to top some peoples lists. One of the most widely anticipated games of 2012 has been teasing fans with a beta since fall of last year. While we’ve seen a glimpse of Diablo 3 strategy the final product isn’t out until later this year, like the rest of these big titles. Indeed, the future looks good for us.

With all the new and exciting stuff coming out, it’s difficult to narrow it down to a couple of games that I’m MOST looking forward to, but here it is. These are the games that I can’t wait to play, and why.

Mass Effect 3

When I first played the original Mass Effect, I was hooked. BioWare does storytelling so well, and the space setting satisfied my inner sci-fi nerd. The story of ME has evolved really well, and the characters and races that I’ve come to know while playing through it have imprinted themselves on my mind. Sheppard and the rest of the crew are likeable, and you become genuinely invested in their story. I want, nay, NEED to see how the crew of the Normandy SR-2 saves the galaxy! I’ve been impatiently waiting for ME3 like a kid waiting for Christmas. The icing on the cake? This is the final chapter in the Mass Effect trilogy, so all of the cliffhangers and plot lines will (presumably) be resolved, and I can’t wait to see how this saga ends. We’ve met and lost some very memorable characters in this series, and if the previous two games are any indication, we’re in for another emotional thrill ride.

Estimated release date: March 6, 2012.

BioShock: Infinite

This game is here for many of the same reasons that Mass Effect was. The story is awesome, the characters (even though there are really only a few main players) are captivating, and there still really isn’t anything quite like stumbling upon a big daddy accidentally and then battling him till you’re nearly dead, only to get that last shotgun blast off and watch him fall as your life bar is barely visible. Though they’re tentatively known as “Alpha’s” in this iteration, it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’ll be bad-ass. Plus the back drop of this game isn’t underground for a change, opting rather for the sunny and scenic vistas of 1912, in a city called Columbia floating in the sky. Don’t expect this game to be any less dark however, as any Bioshock fan knows, there can be some evil things lurking in even the brightest places.

Estimated release date: TBA 2012.

I’m sure that you all have your own games that you’re eagerly anticipating in this new year, so why not let us know in the comments section below?

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