Message to Quetzalcoatl, Planet Nibiru, an Earth scorching solar flare, or whatever event or entity that wants obliterate our world in 2012: slow your role and wait another year so I can play these games, please? Becuase look, I'm in my Nic Cage mode. No remorse with the spending on what I want. This is what I'm buying this year. Witness this.
> > > No particular order. There are 14 games here that are in my 'gotta have it or I'll feel incomplete' category. More may be added after the E3 news blast. I'll do a post E3 blog then. $60 each? Yeah, they're that alluring.
Bioshock Infinite. What I want the most this year. On the verge to calling it something I need. Irrational Games want to tell a meaningful story through nothing but gameplay. Half-life is the only other game that does this as effectively. Other games have tried and have succeeded, but not like Half Life and Bioshock have. Also, there's a giant man-operated crow, the ability to warp space and time, and the main character's name is Booker. WTF? America in the f*cking sky, that's what.
A new movie starring old Drake and that grown actress who looks like a 15 year old.
The Last of Us. It's a love story, but not like you expect. It's a zombie game, but not like you expect. It's ND's version of survival (and they say it's not like you expect). They're taking notes from great movies such as True Grit, No Country for Old Men, and Road To Perdition. That brings hope for real tension and 'on the edge of your seat' moments. We're also told it's not a shooter. So what the hell is it? It's a new IP with really good graphics made by Naughty Dawg. And they want to change storytelling in games. I'm in line!
Something you probably never heard of, but would maybe like to play if you had heard of it.
Dragon's Crown. It's stylish generic fantasy. It even has the word "dragon" in the title *sigh*. I won't allow that to spoil my fervent passion for side scrolling beat-em-ups adventures with lite RPG aspects, and dragons. It's similar to the throwback download, X-Men: The Arcade Game, game. Now you've heard of it.
Transformers, but all of them are called "Hawks" for some reason.
StarHawk. This game will be innovative for two reasons: Has a black lead character voiced by the guy who voiced the black cyborg dude from Teen Titans. Has a gameplay mechanic called "Build & Battle" where players drop game essential structures like walls/vehicles/spawn points/turrets from the sky, in real time. As if Emmett Graves wasn't enough for you to be interested?
The Free MMO to kill all MMOs. At least for me.
Guild Wars 2. South Korean WOW Killer! Naw. It's too late to accomplish that. Panda Bears and Chuck Norris already killed WOW. GW2 has so much going for it, and has taken a long time to get it going. It's been a long time coming, baby! I just called to see how you've been doin lately! I'm not an MMO person unless it's free and actually looks fun. GW2 wears that description proudly.
Nintendo of America, thank you!
Xenoblade Chronicles. For a moment I thought Nintendo of America just didn't care. Turns out they do care. Or at the very least they figured there are enough potential buyers in North America to make the shipping worth their time. Vast. Open. RPG. Wiiness. This may be The Last of the Mohicans of great Wii games before the Wii U releases. Get, get, get it!
Save the Galaxy and sleep with any species you want.
Mass Effect 3. The Renegade inside is telling me to be a boss. The Paragon is telling me to be a lil p*ssy. This is the final (maybe) game in the larger-than-the-stars Mass Effect trilogy. One lesson aliens in the our universe will learn from Mass Effect 3: Don't f*ck with organic species, and most of all, don't f*ck with America (and Edmonton, I guess).
The game that made old people pay attention to games (besides Mortal Kombat).
Grand Theft Auto V. Don't know much about it. Just that the teaser looked pretty with fluid animations and soft, thick lighting. It appears to be modern day. I have inside info leaked to me saying it's so realistic that you are indeed playing it right now. The gaming crowd was mixed over GTA IV. I was on the "this is freaking amazing" side. Chances are GTA V will get me in an awesome gaming trance all over again. I have ultra high expectations for the content and themes in this one.
Supremely legendary RPG that may not be PC exclusive.
Diablo 3. A sense of obligation forced me to put it on this list. Sike. Months went by where this game was not on my gamedar. I didn't give a damn. Now I have a new found and eerily uncontrollable desire for this. Aaarrrgghhhssshhh. *fights off dormant, inner hermit*
Will Cortana and Chief FINALLY do the nasty?
Halo 4. While some Bungie fans are torn on whether or not they have hope for 343's take on Halo, I know Microsoft won't allow this game to be sh*t. I think Bungie dropping Halo was one of the best things to happen to the series. And we get to see more Forerunner stuff!!! I expect innovation and the most varied and fresh campaign since Halo:CE. I think Cortana will get a human body as well, so...
Pfft! Another JRPG with no dialogue trees or multiple endings?
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Studio Gibli's RPG is adorable, just deep enough for me and looks to have that Ghibli charm that materializes warm and gooeyness inside of me. Similar to a peach cobbler (sounds good right about now). Am I down, am I down, yeah I'm all the way down. We'll be fine.
Chris and Leon are back and they can take cover. F*ck your survival horror.
Resident Evil 6. No matter how much nostalgia's grip of the past wants RE2 in HD, it ain't happening. Salvage your memories Accept this "dramatic horror" thing Capcom is doing with RE6. You may be surprised. I'm itching to slide across the ground while I headshot zombies. Another observation... Chris still looks like a Gears of War double and Leon's hair has a mind of it's own.
The world may actually end before it's release...
The Last Guardian. The Last Guardian.
A first multiplat outing looks like the best one yet.
Overstrike. A comedy adventure game made by the studio who never sleeps. 4 player co-op that revolves around exotic weapons, immersive storytelling, and humor. Written by argubly one of the best comedy writers in video games, T.J. Fixman. I support Insomniac to the ultra mega max attack. I've bought all of their games this gen and have participated in all of their community competitions. There are only two studios who I'd enjoy working for the most: Epic Games and Insomniac. I'm buying this and I know I'm gonna love it. My second most anticipated game this year.
> > > OTHER STUFF ON MY GAMEDAR: The Syndicate from Starbreeze Studios, Fortnite from Epic Games, Twisted Metal from Eat, Sleep, Play and Journey from ThatGameCompany.