Will’s 2012 in gaming

December 6, 2011 in Articles, Features by Will Ross

I’ll be attempting to shove the whole of next year into 1200 words, as I explore the upcoming releases for 2012; the good and the bad, sequels and newcomers, shoulds and should nots. Come see what the New Year will have to offer…

Sequels: the good and the bad

First of all, as you may already know, I am a huge fan of the Final Fantasy franchise, and although it got mixed reviews, I really enjoyed playing FFXIII. There’s just something about the characters that you grow to love, especially Sazh’s pet chocobo chick, Bird, and the customisability of weapons and magic in the crystarium really enables the player a unique gameplay experience. So obviously I am extremely excited for the beginning of February to buy and play the second part of the story, FFXIII-2, which follows on directly from the end of part 1. From some of the trailers and screenshots available online there are clearly a few changes to the HUD and previously unavailable characters like Serah are now key features in the game’s development. A lot of people are unsure about this one, but I assure you I will be one of the first to get it and try it out.

Mass Effect 3 will be a new one to me, I like a good future-in-space set game, and like its prequel titles, this one has promise. You play as Commander Shepherd (haha, looking after the flock that is the human race. Original.), and your task is to take back the rule of the galaxy from an ancient race of aliens known as Reapers. The screenshots I found online definitely look a lot better than the already good ME2, but you can never have too much detail, can you?

I have to say, I’m not particularly impressed with the look of Bioshock Infinite. Its looks are comparable to Fable 3, which is no bad thing, but considering the genre of game this is, I just don’t think it’s quite appropriate. Having said this, according to my essay-writing friend, Wikipedia, BSI isn’t a direct sequel to the previous title. Set before and in a different place to the other games, players control Booker DeWitt as he tries to save a woman named Elizabeth trapped aboard an airship. Sounds riveting.

Paper Mario is a maybe for me, I love the little guy but I’m still unsure about the 3DS so far. I certainly wouldn’t want to buy a 3DS then play this, but I’d love to play a few demo levels if it came to that. After all, you play Paper Mario for the 2D advantages you gain, and Nintendo have gone the extra steo to put this 3D 2D wonder, wait for it, into actual 3D. If you’re never played a Paper Mario game before, get your mitts on one and try it!

In terms of Resident Evil, the creators thought to themselves: “Well, we have a good storyline that feeds two of our current titles, why not shove another one in there for good measure?” As far as I can tell at the moment, RE:ORC has similar gameplay, characters and storyline to the others, however the main difference is the introduction of “what-if” decisions, much like Heavy Rain, which I still have yet to witness for myself.

 

Newcomer titles

Warm Gun

Set after the events of WWIII, a nuclear-esque wild west story unfolds in the hands of the player, who will have to fight for the last scraps of oil and human resource available on the Earth. Whilst this survival story plays out, you will have to re-live a history that has already happened, in order to find a way forward in the future.

Dead State

“Dead State is a compelling, high-tension RPG set at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse”. Basically, it’s gonna be a spin-off of Resi and the likes, but I think there is potential in its goal; other than simply killing lots of zombies and kicking dead ass, you will have to consider the lives of those you are protecting as well. This game will be utilising the game engine used in The Age Of Decadence.

Marvel Pinball

After the recent releases of many Marvel superhero films, I think it’s about time they made a game to roll the whole lot into one. Oh wait, that’s why they’re making The Avengers. Anyway, as far as pinball games go, it’s quite hard to make them unique and interesting. Pokémon managed it by introducing bonus levels when you got to a certain stage, and to top this, MP features epic on-stage battles between the character whose table you’re playing and some of their enemies, for example, Thor vs. Surtur.

 

3 games I should play, but probably won’t…

The new Assassins’ Creed game

Untitled thus far, the new installation to the AC franchise is supposedly meant to reflect upon the old rumours of the end of the Earth in December 2012, which will be an interesting concept, however considering my past experiences with Assassins’ Creed: Brotherhood, including the tutorial bit where you have to walk through a line of jar-head-ladies (it took Katie and myself ¾ of an hour to realise you had to “HOLD DOWN” X…), I doubt I’ll make the effort to try it out for very long, instead I’ll let Sian have a go when it comes out  : )

SSX: Deadly Descents

I loved the Gamecube title nearly a decade ago, and my highscores on that will probably never be beaten, ever, by anyone, so I expect I’ll leave it at that and move on to another genre. To be honest, I’ve never been much of a fan of sporting games, but SSX is something else entirely in comparison, on a brighter side.

Metal Gear Solid Collection

I’ve never picked up an MGS game in my life, and I never expect to. His moustache and bandana combo annoys me, and besides, I get enough of Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl to last me a lifetime, but perhaps somebody can convert me? I’ll buy MGS3: Snake Eater and have a bash if anyone can persuade me to try it out  : )

 

3 games that should probably never be touched, but I may just have to have a go on anyway…

Borderlands 2

The graphics in this title look interesting to me, not quite completely cartoon, but charmingly like Paper Mario in its style. I think the storyline, as a lot of games nowadays are, is feeble to say the least, but I love a good role-playing shooter to sink my teeth into.

Little Deviants

I mentioned this one in my article about the PS VITA, as it involves the PSV rear touchpad a great deal. I extremely enjoyed LOCO ROCO on the PSP, which was one of the first games to be dependent on the L and R buttons, so LD certainly has some promising availabilities, even if it does look rather dreadful in its video…

Black Ops 2

OK, so Call Of Duty is doing extremely well at the moment. I see that, but what I will never see is the sense in mixing zombies with an awesome modern war game? A lot of people were disappointed with the ending of BO (which I completed in 3 days), and I for one want a clear distinction between the two genres, thank you very much. Even so, I’m sure it will do very well when it comes out.

 

So there’s my opinion on next year’s upcomings, so to speak, I can assure you I will be playing at least 4 of these titles, if not more when they’re announced. If you’d like to comment on any of the games I mentioned, please do so below, or if you think I missed out any in my attempts to round up the whole of 2012 in 1200 words, please add some.

-       Will  : )