Upcoming 2012 Releases – Part One

Every year I try to take a look at what games are expected to be released, then I figure out which ones I feel are must-buys.  I rank them usually on what I know will be good and warrant a day one purchase, what is worth renting first and what is worth waiting for a price drop.

Whenever I’m looking at my list of “must-have” games before E3, it seems short and affordable.  It isn’t until after E3 I figure out that my wallet is going to take a pretty steep hit.  With the 3DS starting to have more steady releases, the addition of a PS3 last year, and the release of Wii U this year…I’m expecting Q4 to be overwhelming.

The following list I’ve made is games that I plan to purchase pretty much the day they release.  They’re only in order of their expected release dates, not by how much I want them.

Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS) – March 23rd – Ever since Kid Icarus Uprising was announced I had the impression that this was the game to pick-up if you had a 3DS.  I could be way off in my assumption, but I feel like this is going to be the biggest franchise bounce-back since Metroid Prime.  Expectations of mine might be high, but I’m figuring this will be the kind of game that we will look back on for years to come and praise it as one of the best on the system (like we do with Metroid Prime on GameCube).  A lot of people love Nintendo, and a lot of people don’t, but I think this is a game that will be undeniably good to anyone that plays it.   All of these praises, and high expectations are behind the many reasons why I’ll be buying Kid Icarus: Uprising on Day 1.

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)April 6th – I am torn about picking this one up on Day 1 but I think I will.  I’ve recently had my interest in RPGs pick up heavily, so I’ve had my eye on this game.  However I know there is no way I’m going to have time to play it until at least the summer.  The reason for me wanting to pick this up Day 1 is because of the Art Book pre-order bonus which is supposed to be pretty impressive.  As a collector, that art book interests me, but the fact that Nintendo initially didn’t think Xenoblade would be successful in America, and that it’s a GameStop exclusive makes me think this game will be released in a small print.  This game has potential to be one of the more rare, and desired games on the Wii in the future.  My money is going to be tight when this releases, so I’m hoping I can fit it in my budget even if I don’t plan on playing it right away.

Max Payne 3 (360)May 15th – Pretty much anything Rockstar releases is of the highest quality.  Story, voice-acting, characters, action are always top notch so I am expecting the same from Max Payne 3.  I was a big fan of recent Rockstar releases like Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire, and Max Payne 3 looks like it will not be a disappointment.   From what I remember of the first 2 Max Payne games was that they had a decent story and good action (bullet-time was definitely fun).  But graphically all I remember is block-headed characters and an overall visually lacking game.  It seems as though Rockstar has thrown the big budget and full attention on Max Payne this time that is most likely going to end up making this game one of the best of this generation.  The delays  this game has had only helped put away any doubts I may have had before.  I’m sure Rockstar is serious about Max Payne and wants it to become another major franchise for them.

Madden 2013 (360)August 28th – This might be a surprise to some of you, but I’m used to it by now.  Almost every year I say “I’m not buying Madden again this year” and then as it approaches and I get wrapped up in the NFL Off-season & Pre-season I end up caving in and buying it.  I’ve at least been able to get it on sale the past couple of years (2012 I got for $45 on release day, and I currently have it listed on eBay now, 7 months later at the used selling price of $27) if mine sells for the standard used eBay price, it won’t be a bad loss.  I’m not expecting much different in this years Madden besides an updated roster and very minor cosmetic changes.  Trust me, I get it, it is not worth $60 every year…but I can’t help but buy it every year.  I spend hours upon hours playing Madden every year (last year might’ve been the least I’ve ever spent), and it’s possibly my most played franchise/series all-time.

Far Cry 3 (360)September 4th – I bought my 360 in the summer of 2008, I didn’t play it much at first besides a couple of games (Gun comes to mind).  When October rolled around I bought Far Cry 2 during a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale at Toys’R’Us and that was one of the first games I really sunk some time into.  I liked the first person sandbox style freedom of the game, I tried to collect and do as much as I could.  Last year Crytek released Crysis 2 which was my most played game last year, my favorite multiplayer game of 2011 (over Battlefield 3 & COD:MW3) and one of my overall favorites of 2011.  When released for download on XBox Live I also downloaded the original Crysis, which plays more like Far Cry 2 with it’s first person freedom.  I have yet to be disappointed by a Crytek game, and I’m hoping that trend continues with Far Cry 3, this is one I am definitely keeping my eye on and money aside for.


Borderlands 2 (360)September 18th – I didn’t play the original Borderlands until it had been out for a few months, but I’m pretty sure it was my most played game of 2010.  I had completed the game, reached level 36 and ended up with my save file/character getting corrupted, what did I do next?   Grinded back, beat the game again, downloaded the DLC, beat the game again, beat most of the DLC and reached Character Level 61.  I loved this game, my friend and I were obsessed with it.  I don’t play many “loot drop” games, so this game gave me flashbacks of when I used to play Phantasy Star Online on the GameCube.  I know when it comes out, there will not be enough hours in the day for me to play it to the extent that I want.  Out of all the games listed here, I believe this will be the one that sucks the most time out of my life…and I’m not complaining.

Resident Evil 6 (360)November 20th – This game actually has a high possibility of falling off my day one purchase list.  There are a few things that could stop me…1) Depending on what games get announced later that will be coming out at this same time.  2) If this comes out for Wii U (probably at a later date) I might hold off on picking it up until then.  3) If Capcom screws it up.   The reason I’m starting to have doubts is because Resident Evil has lately become an action series more than the traditional horror survival it’s known for.  Resident Evil 4 held a good balance, but Resident Evil 5 was pretty much a pure action title.  Resident Evil 6 sounds like it is going to be a guns blazing shoot-out, which can already be found in the majority of games out now.  If this is the case, and the overall reception is poor, I might hold out.  Otherwise if this game is more traditional like the recent 3DS title Resident Evil: Revelations (Great game!) or a better balance of action and horror like Resident Evil 4, I will be all over it.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Mario Tennis Open (3DS) May 20th – Mario Tennis has a good chance of being bumped up to a Day one purchase when it comes out.  My fiance and I have our own 3DS’ and we’re both Mario Tennis fans, plus it’s going to be only $40 at most.  The online play sounds fun and it’ll be a long enough time since Kid Icarus I’m sure we’ll be looking for something new on 3DS.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360)May 22nd – I was interested in this a couple years ago when I saw gameplay footage at E3, but my anticipation has faded.  I highly doubt I’ll pony up $60 for this when it comes out, but I will make sure it’s high on my que from GameFly when it releases.

Lollipop Chainsaw (360)June 13th – Of course I’m watching out for this, it’s by Suda 51. Killer 7, No More Heroes and Shadows of The Damned are all games that I loved.  Lollipop Chainsaw is something that looks a little too goofy, and I’m feeling skeptical about spending $60 on it right away.  Not that I doubt I’ll enjoy it, or that it will be fun, but I’m sure it won’t stay at a $60 price for long.  I spent the full $60 on Shadows of The Damned to see it on sale for $30 within 2 months, before I had even finished it.  I might rent it, but I’ll more likely just wait to buy it on sale.

Anarchy Reigns (360)July 2nd – This game kind of falls in the same category as Lollipop Chainsaw, it’s by developer Platinum Games and I love a lot of their franchises.  Viewtiful Joe, Okami, Mad World (which I need to replay/finish) and Vanquish are all cult-hits that are some of my favorite games of the past few years.  Again, like Lollipop Chainsaw the game will most likely release at $60 and quickly drop in price due to lack of interest or “average” reviews.  If this game gets high-praise at release, I will buy it day one, otherwise I’m waiting for a price drop.

Assassin’s Creed III (360/Wii U)October 30th – I played the first 3 console Assassin’s Creed games, but haven’t got to Revelations yet.  The reason I haven’t got to Revelations yet?  Because I’m burned out of the series.  However the series is coming to America and the environments are different (now in the woods not tall buildings), this has definitely revived my interest in the series.  I may lose this sudden rejuvenation by the time game releases in the busy season, but for now my interest is up.

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