5 Games Gamers are Dying to Play in 2012
Man, oh man, do I love video games! Good thing too, or I would be in the wrong line of work. As we are quickly approaching summer (wow), the video game industry is preparing for a production onslaught that will carry us right through Christmas. The sad fact is, even though there will be a ton of games out there in the ether for you to try, only a few of them will be "can't miss" propositions. So, here is my short list of games that I simply am dying to play, and of course, why.
5. Resident Evil 6 (Oct. 2012)
Resident Evil, since the very beginning, has always generated a dual response from me as a gamer / critic. The first five minutes of the very first RE game was something that will be burned in my memory forever, but the lasting impression will always be one simple phrase: "Wait, I can't move and shoot at the same time?!?!?". Sequel after sequel, off shoots, handheld adaptations, and a number of major motion pictures later, and I'm still asking the same question. Until now, it has been reported that amongst many updates and changes to the franchise, players will be able to move, run, and shoot at the same time In Resident Evil 6. If done right, this game might just be perfect.
4. Halo 4 (Nov. 2012)
The Halo series revolutionized an entire genre of gaming, and it proved that developers could draw a balance between story and game play that was challenging, intriguing, and ultimately satisfying. It was one of the first games that I played in the video game store that made feel like I needed to own it. As the years have gone by and other developers have added their own touch to the genre, Halo has become, in the eyes of some, just another of the litany of first person shooters to choose from. However, 343 Studios, the people that brought you the beautiful Halo: Combat Evolved reboot just last year, are on hand to take a shot at the title of FPS King with Halo 4, and I really want to be there for that.
3. Diablo 3 (May. 2012)
Diablo has a cult following of PC gamers that rivals the casual player's love of Tetris, and when Diablo II came out, the game makers improved on an already solid game play experience. But now, like Halo in some respects, the competition has almost caught up to the series and several games offer a similar style of play Diablo III will offer. However, Diablo is still the franchise that brought D&D to the uninitiated and presented a game so cool and so fun that people, who wouldn't be caught dead with a 20-sided die, are going on and on about Mages and Warriors and spells and equipment. When you make a game that transcends the genre, then you deserve a line around the corner whenever you decide to release the sequel.
2. Assassin's Creed 3 (Oct. 2012)
Assassin's Creed never tried to reinvent the wheel; instead, they decided to tell a story that many would assume was too complex for a video game to contain. What was created was nothing short of an experience that made the player forget at times that they were just playing a video game. The goal of any good game or work of fiction is to create the desire for more. While AC's gameplay is quite good, it's the continuing saga of its characters in Assassin's Creed 3 that I can't wait for.
1. The Walking Dead (Apr. 2012)
The reason I can't wait for this game is simple. If The Walking Dead game is good, it might finally spell the end of the assumption that movie / TV series-related games tend to be bad. For years, as a rule, I avoided movie tie-in games like the plague. Sad to say, but conventional wisdom dictated that the better the movie was, the worse the game was going to be. I can only think of a very few games were this wasn't the case. However, in the last few years, more and more movie tie-in games haven't been half bad. The Walking Dead is toeing the waters of a genre that has a healthy amount of competition. The zombie horror genre will be turned into a proving ground for whether or not games can be made based on other IPs and be good with consistency. As a video game fan, I love to watch as the industry changes. I find it fascinating... and The Walking Dead game will tell us a lot about the industry going forward.
So, there you have it. I feel that these 5 games will carry gamers through the year. I suggest you keep an eye on them!
|Dante' R. Maddox
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