At the very end of 2011, we were struck y an onslaught of big title releases like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3, and Arkham City. With so many different games on our minds, it is highly likely that most, if not all of the amazing titles coming this year simply slipped your mind.
No need to panic, as I'm here to jump-start your memory. Below is a list of all of the biggest launch titles on route for a 2012 launch.
Kingdoms of Amalur / Publisher: EA / Release Date: February 7
What is it? a new role-playing game set in a world worth saving. Build the character you've always wanted and continuously evolve it to your style of play with the revolutionary Destiny system. Choose your path and battle through a master-crafted universe featuring some of the most intense, responsive, and customizable RPG combat ever.
Inversion / Publisher: Namco Bandai / Release Date: June 30
What is it? Take on the role of a young father and husband, Davis Russel, who finds himself thrust into war when his peaceful city is invaded by an unknown enemy. With his daughter missing and conventional weapons and tactics all but useless, this ordinary cop and his partner Leo Delgado will rise up to heed the call of duty, master the fundamental forces of gravity and save the world.
Twisted Metal / Publisher: SCEA / Release Date: February 14
What is it? Developed by the original team credited with carving out a new gaming genre, Eat Sleep Play, founded by David Jaffe and Scott Campbell, unleashes Twisted Metal onto the PS3 with a devilishly pure experience and a whole new look that is deeper, and madder than ever before.
Syndicate / Publisher: EA / Release Date: February 21
What is it? Syndicate is the re-imagination of a cult classic franchise from 1993 – a unique action shooter set in a not too distant future, where Business is War and you are the weapon: the latest prototype agent for Eurocorp, one of the most ruthless Syndicates in a world dominated by greed.
Binary Domain / Publisher: SEGA / Release Date: February 28
What is it? Binary Domain puts players in the middle of a fast paced and intense battle for humanity in 2080 AD Tokyo, Japan. The Amada Corporation breaks Geneva Code, Clause 21, by creating humanoid robots that believe themselves to be human. These so-called Hollow Children have infiltrated the human population, blurring the lines between man and machine.
SSX / Publisher: EA / Release Date: February 28
What is it? SSX packs reality-defying gameplay into every run letting players Race, Trick, and Survive down huge open mountains. Utilizing NASA topographical satellite data, we've mapped out a Massive World for players to explore. Using a Google-Earth inspired interface, navigate throughout nine expansive mountain ranges and regions, each with multiple peaks and multiple drops.
Mass Effect 3 / Publisher: EA / Release Date: March 6
What is it? An ancient alien race, known only as "Reapers", has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City / Publisher: Capcom / Release Date: March 20
What is it? Raccoon City delivers a true third-person team-based shooter experience set within the dark and sinister Resident Evil universe. Not only does this setting provide a rich backdrop to the action but it also delivers a unique and brutal triple-threat battle. Zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s) add to the mix as players compete against their team's opposing squad and tackle this third, unpredictable element that could only exist in the twisted Resident Evil universe.
Kid Icarus Uprising / Publisher: Nintendo / Release Date: March 23
What is it? Some 25 years after the original Kid Icarus game for NES captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers worldwide, Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure of this beloved series to new heights – and new visual dimensions – on the Nintendo 3DS system. The dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army have returned, and they've got their sights set on the heroic angel Pit.
Dragon's Dogma / Publisher: Capcom / Release Date: March 27
What is it? . Set in a huge open world, Dragon's Dogma offers an exhilarating and fulfilling action combat game with the freedom to explore and interact in a rich, living and breathing world. Dragon's Dogma introduces an innovative team system to the genre. Known as Pawns, these three AI partners fight independently, demonstrating prowess and ability they have developed based on traits learned over time from the player and their actions.
Lollipop Chainsaw / Publisher: Warner Bros. / Release Date: April 24
What is it? Lollipop Chainsaw is the un-deadly' story of sweet and killer zombie-hunter Juliet Starling and her quest to uncover the root of a colossal zombie outbreak. With her wickedly awesome chainsaw in hand, Juliet slices, dices and splits her way through hordes of the undead, but soon realizes the horde is only the opening act to a festival of zombie rock lords determined to kill the chainsaw-wielding cheerleader.
Spec Ops: The Line / Publisher: 2K Games / Release Date: April 30
What is it? Spec Ops: The Line brings a fresh, narrative-driven angle to military shooters, providing players with an intensely personal view of combat, and surrounding you in the Fog of War, on the line between right and wrong.
Diablo 3 / Publisher: Blizzard / Release Date: Q2
What is it? Diablo 3 is an upcoming fantasy/horror themed action role-playing game which features elements of the hack and slash dungeon crawl genres. The game takes place 20 years after the events of Diablo 3 in Sanctuary. It is up to a new generation of heroes to face the forces of evil threatening the world of Sanctuary.
Tomb Raider / Publisher: Square Enix / Release Date: Late 2012
What is it? Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.
Max Payne 3 / Publisher: Rockstar Games / Release Date: May 15
What is it? Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier / Publisher: Ubisoft / Release Date: May 22
What is it? As a member of the elite Ghost Recon, you are among the few who possess the power, the adaptability, and the cognitive fortitude of the future soldier. Specialized in every area of combat, equipped for survival, and trained in absolute discretion, you are entrusted with the missions no other soldier can handle. Armed to the teeth with an arsenal of real-world high-tech weaponry only in prototype today, you are an F-16 on legs, trained to lock-on to your objective even in the world's most complex, high-risk warzones.
Guild Wars 2 / Publisher: NCsoft / Release Date: Late 2012
What is it? A full 250 years after the original Guild Wars, massive upheavals, cataclysms, and globe-spanning events have changed the world of Tyria. Human civilization is in decline. Other races are rising up, taking control over large portions of the world; the balance of power has shifted. The dragons have awoken. (MMO subscription free)
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria / Publisher: Blizzard / Release Date: Late 2012
What is it? Players will be able to explore an all-new continent while reaching new heigts of power on their way to an increased level cap of 90. In addition, adventurers can chose whether to side with the Horde or the Alliance as the game's first neutral race, the Pandaren, and master the ways of Pandaria's ancient martial arts as the all-new monk class.
Bioshock Infinite / Publisher: 2K Games / Release Date: August 1
What is it? Set in 1912, BioShock Infinite introduces an entirely new narrative experience that lifts players out of the familiar confines of Rapture, and rockets them to Columbia, an immense city in the sky. Players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to Columbia to rescue Elizabeth, a young woman imprisoned there since childhood. You will learn to fight foes in high-speed Sky-Line battles, engage in combat both indoors and outdoors, and harness the power of dozens of new weapons and abilities.