Most Anticipated Games of 2012 (Post E3 Update)

A few months ago on this here blog, I wrote about which games I thought would be my most anticipated games of the year. Having wrote that earlier in the year, some of the games have released, and E3 has come and gone. I attended E3 and all of the media events, so I do have new opinions whether it’s a game I played at the show, or simply just saw being played. I also did write an entire blog about E3 but it was consumed by the blogremlines of the internet, so this will do instead (I didn’t feel like writing 1,500 words again). Keep in mind that I’m only going to list a game if I feel I have something interesting to say about it, otherwise the game will simply go to the honorable mentions list. If you have a question about any of these games (including honorable mentions), go ahead and ask a question in a comment, or on Twitter.

Assassin’s Creed 3

This game made the previous list, and it should be no shock that it continues to be on the list after E3. At the show, we saw footage that pointed out the more traditional Assassin’s Creed features, including traversing through the forest and killing dudes. A bow and arrow has made an appearance, although I doubt it’s the only projectile weapon you’ll be using in the game. The other footage saw Conor captaining a boat through rocky water, and battling British ships while doing so. This looked absolutely gorgeous and will likely be a big highlight of the game.

Far Cry 3

Another game that made the previous list, Far Cry 3 was actually playable on the show floor with co-op being the focus. In my time with the game, I played the demo that was seen at the Ubisoft E3 conference. The gun mechanics from FC2 seem to have been fixed, and the co-op seems to be incredibly fleshed out for it being the first time in the series. You really do need to work together to complete tasks, and it didn’t feel too “gamey” like many co-op games do.

Resident Evil 6

Is it any shock that a new Resident Evil game would make a list of mine? Well, either way I did like the way this one looked, and even played. Think RE5, but with more characters and a bit more fleshed out controls. I played as Leon, and had no trouble shooting while I walked even if it was only for a few minutes. Leon’s campaign also seemed to have a bit more ‘horror’ to it than the other two, which was nice to see after a few games with less focus on it.

ZombiU

ZombiU was a pretty exciting game to check out, considering how the Wii U isn’t even out yet so plenty of details about it are still unknown. In the game, you play as many different characters attempting to complete goals while dodging zombies in the process. You can zoom in only when you hold the Wii U pad up to the screen, and then you can tap a button to shoot. Perhaps the most interesting part however is that you can’t just “retry” after dying. You will restart as a new character, and be forced to kill your old self to retrieve loot. Is it gimmicky? I guess we’ll have to see when it comes out, but I’m on board for now.

Honorable Mentions

  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Retro City Rampage
  • Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
  • Halo 4
  • Tomb Raider
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Batman Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition

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Talor Berthelson is an established games writer who uses TheWesker.com to share other interests with the internet.

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