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The El33t Team’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2012

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2012 promises to be another busy year in the videogame industry. You just have to take a look at El33tonline’s Great Big Release List of 2012 to know just how many great titles we’re looking forward to this year.

To kick 2012 off properly we asked the El33tonline Team what their most anticipated games of 2012 are, and you can read what’s on our Top 10 list of 2012 so far below. We’d love to know what you are saving your pennies for as well, so let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments section below.

The El33t Team’s Top 10 Games of 2012

Please note that these are listed in no particular order.

Peter

1.) Picross E (3DSWare) – the killer app on handheld systems for me is Picross. Can’t wait for this sequel to Picross DS.
2.)Wii U Launch Title (Wii U) – Nintendo will likely have something great planned for launch of the Wii U, so this is place holder for whatever that is.
3.) SSX (PS3/360) – This looks like a great downhill snowboarding game, and there hasn’t been one in a long while.
4.) Dragon’s Dogma (PS3/360) – Epic looking and fresh and interesting.
5.) XCOM Enemy Unknown – Firaxis making an update to the classic XCOM. A great recipe for success.
6.) Paper Mario 3D (3DS) – Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi are some of the best RPGs ever. The trailer for this uses the 3D effect really well, can’t wait to see what they do with it
7.) Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii) – One of my favourite rhythm games series comes to the Wii and allows for multiplayer.
8.) Pandora’s Tower (Wii) – Fascinating looking action game that also looks decidedly fresh
9.) Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS) – RE4-like, that is all, let’s hope it can catch the magic
10.) Escape Plan (VS Vita) – A unique puzzle game with a unique art style.

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Oltman

1.) Mass Effect 3
2.) XCOM Enemy Unknown
3.) Max Payne 3
4.) Syndicate
5.) Fez
6.) Aliens Colonial Marines
7.) SSX
8.) Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
9) The Next Jonah Lomu rugby game
10.) Guild Wars 3

Bonus: Half-Life 3

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Bryan

1.) Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – I haven’t yet played the Alan Wake series but I am very drawn to the light vs. dark aspect of this psychological thriller. You could say my giddiness for this game is making me a little … ‘light’ headed!
2.) Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City – T-virus. Zombies. Umbrella Security Service. Zombies. Multiplayer. Zombies. Must have. Must play. Zombies. Miiiiiiiiiine.
3.) Dragon’s Dogma – large open world with nine or more playable characters. Plus it has the words “dog” “dragon” and “ma” in the title.
4.) Borderlands 2 – I’m still playing Borderlands and loving it so to get my paws on Borderlands 2 will just make my day. Uh. Year, I mean.
5.) Aliens: Colonial Marines – I grew up on the Alien franchise. I loved it. I made up my own movies and sequels. Acid blood, face huggers, strange alien crash-sites. I even pretended that the James Cameron worlds of T2 and Aliens were merged and the aliens had come to present day earth (not like those stupid AvP movies)! The story’s been written by the writers of Battlestar Galactica and supports splitscreen co-op. Have to have to have to have to play this.
6.) BioShock Inifinte – a BioShock game that takes place on a steampunk air-city called Columbia. It’s irresistable.
7.) I Am Alive – if there’s one thing I enjoy almost as much as Zombie games, it’s post-apocalyptic games. Bring it on!
8.) Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes – My wife and I simply love the Lego games for their humour, good, clean action, and unmitigated connection to our childhood Lego toys. This is definitely a must-have title for us!
9.) Lollipop Chainsaw – a cheerleader fighting zombies in California! Oh, and the title has the words “Lollipop” and “chainsaw” in it.
10.) Metro: Last Light – the original (Metro 2033) totally freaked me out and made me sleep with the bathroom lights on. I have already mentioned how much I love post-apocalypse stuff, so this is a no-brainer for me.

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Honorable mentions:

1.) Mass Effect 3 – I’ve finally got my hands on Mass Effect and I’m really looking forward to playing through this series. Added in multiplayer and co-op makes this a sci-fi love affair!
2.) Minecraft – I’ve heard a lot about this game so I should probably check it out.
3.) WWE Brawl – not too much is known about this game yet but a ‘re-flavouring’ of the typical WWE game series could be a strong hit or a strong miss. Here’s hoping for a strong hit!
4.) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – erm. I’ve been a Counter-Strike player since around 1997 or thereabouts and if there’s a CS game out there with the initials “CS GO” available on Xbox 360, I must simply obey!
5.) Diablo III – Diablo II sequel available on Xbox 360
6.) Gotham City Impostors – sounding like it’s basically Call of Duty in Gotham City with men dressed up like the Joker and Batman, it’s probably going to be a lot of fun and a welcome deviation from the run-of-the-mill FPS titles that seem to come out every year.

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Oliver

1.) Bioshock Infinite
2.) Darksiders 2
3.) Tomb Raider
4.) The Last Guardian
5.) Max Payne 3
6.) Resident Evil 6
7.) Borderlands 2
8.) Prey 2
9.) Metro: Last Light
10.) DmC (Devil May Cry)

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Lisa

1.) Tomb Raider
2.) Resident Evil 6
3.) Darksiders 2
4.) Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
5.) Metro: Last Light
6.) SSX
7.) DmC (Devil May Cry)
8.) Borderlands 2
9.) The Last Guardian
10.) Syndicate

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Warren

1.) Bioshock Infinite
2.) Borderlands 2
3.) Diablo III
4.) GuildWars II
5.) Hitman Absolution
6.) Journey
7.) Max Payne 3
8.) Mass Effect 3
9.) StarCraft II: Heart of the swarm
10.) Tomb Raider

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Wayne

1.) Mass Effect 3
2.) Resident Evil 6
3.) Darksiders 2
4.) The Last Guardian
5.) Max Payne 3
6.) Metro: Last Light
7.) Borderlands 2
8.) DmC (Devil May Cry)
9.) Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
10.) Syndicate

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