13 games we want announced in 2012

Whatever happens in the next 11 months, 2012 is going to be a huge year for gaming. The months ahead hold the launch of (possibly) two new platforms, Sony's PS Vita and Nintendo's Wii U, as well as a storm of games we already know about.It's the ones we don't know about that interest us the most right now, though, so as 2012 stretches out before us, brimming with secrets known only to a select few in the gaming industry, we've compiled a wish list of a few big games that we hope won't remain secret for much longer. Let start with the obvious...

Half-Life 3

Call this one a no-brainer. It’s been just over four years since Half-Life 2: Episode Two ended on a massive cliffhanger, and at this point it seems pretty safe to say that we’re not going to see the story wrapped up in Episode Three. The only strategy that really seems to make sense now is to continue it in a full-blown sequel, and despite speculation that developer Valve might be waiting for next-gen hardware to arrive before bringing back its flagship series, we really hope this is the year that sees Half-Life 3 finally become official.

In the span of time since Episode Two, Valve has created two new IPs – Left 4 Dead and Portal – and produced amazing sequels for each one. And yet the one sequel fans keep clamoring for – the one starring Gordon Freeman, a bunch of headcrabs and a crowbar – is nowhere on the horizon. If we know Valve, they’re working hard to make sure they get it right, but we really hope the company gets it right sometime in the next 12 months.

Pikmin 3

3DS, Wii U… heck, we’d take a new Pikmin for the Wii at this point – it doesn’t matter. We loved tossing around small plant monsters as Captain Olimar in Pikmin, and loved it even more in Pikmin 2. It was one of the best new Nintendo franchises of the past decade (sorry, Geist), and it’s a damn shame that it decided to skip over the Wii.

But that’s the past; looking forward, we’re ready for Nintendo to officially announce a new Pikmin for one of its systems, either taking advantage of the 3DS’s 3D visuals (which we know would look absolutely stunning, thanks to the Puzzle Swap image of Pikmin) or the Wii U’s unique controller (as long as they don’t try and turn it into an augmented “Pikmin in your living room” kind of thing). Miyamoto hinted at a return to Pikmin during the company’s E3 press conference last year, and Olimar’s presence in Smash Bros. Brawl proves that Nintendo isn’t done with the mascot, but we’re ready for an official unveiling this year, with a full-blown trailer and everything.

Blizzard’s next MMO

There has never been an MMO as big as World of Warcraft, but… it’s getting a bit long in the tooth. Expansions are getting sillier. Numbers are slipping. Newer, prettier games are slowly taking over, and it’s time for Blizzard to make something new. And it has been, for several years, but it’s kept an incredibly tight lid on its next MMORPG. So far, all that has been revealed is the project name: Titan.

A little thing like “not having any information” hasn’t stopped fans from speculating, however. Rumors are that Titan could be in reference to Saturn’s moon, hinting at a “Worlds of StarCraft”-type game, or that “Titan” is referencing the size of the project, and that it’s a straight-up sequel to the titan that is World of Warcraft. There’s also the gossip that pops up from time to time that Titan will launch on consoles as well as PCs, expanding the game’s potential user base by a ridiculous amount. No matter what it is, we’re sure it’ll be absolutely massive, and as fans of MMOs we can’t wait to find out more.

Dragon Age 3

Dragon Age 2 made a lot of changes from Origins; some were for the better, but others felt like a huge step backward. This time, we’re hoping that we’ll get a sequel that captures the scope of the first and integrates the improvements of the second, like the beautiful art style, fully voiced main character and fast-paced RPG combat – with a little less cut-and-paste dungeon crawling.

Some gamers may feel turned off by the Dragon Age series right now, but it still has a lot going for it. There are still plenty of stories to be told, characters to meet and Darkspawn blood to shower with. Bring back the character customization of the first game with dwarves, elves and humans as playable main characters, craft an immersive branching story, and let us explore a wide-open, expansive world with more than one city, and we’ll be happy.

God of War 4

[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] With God of War III, Kratos wrapped up an epic story arc that culminated with him punching in the face of Zeus, and destroying the order of Olympian gods that ruled ancient Greece. If the surprise stinger after the credits taught us anything, though, it’s that Kratos’ story isn’t over just yet. The Olympians may be dead and gone, but Kratos doesn’t really need to hunt fancy-pants Greek gods in order to be a murderous badass – and besides, there are at least a couple left over from earlier games (Artemis and Morpheus come to mind) who he still hasn’t shredded into gory chunks.

Plot concerns aside, God of War games offer some of the best, most gruesome hack-and-slash brawler action in gaming today, and it’d be a shame to see the series disappear just because its villains were messily dismembered. So long as the minds at SCE Santa Monica Studio can continue the series in a way that doesn’t feel contrived or needless, we’re all for seeing Kratos curb-stomp his way through at least one more adventure.

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  • axelgarcia1 - February 14, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    new megaman game would be nice
  • JackOfAllTrades - February 22, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    I'd love a new megaman game, it was slightly before my time and I really missed out on it so a new fresh run at it would be great for new players who want something old! Like Pokemon yellow came out when I was young enough to click A and think growl was an attack that actually did something. I was able to grow up playing the Pokemon games and getting to the point where I enjoy and do well in competitive playing for the most part. I seemed to miss Megaman though and hearing about its greatness makes me wish I could've been around for the beginning! Also screw the world I never get bored with the routine adding Pokemon to a game and fighting the same old gems bad guys and elite four. But please! Give more storyline to the next game, and I mean like mini storylines.I want to stop a ring of team *insert corny bad guy team name here" Pokemon thieves from robbing a town. Then proceed to save a minor legendary from a little gang in the next town. Team up with the police force and your rival or something to arrest some baddies. So far I had the most fun with Ruby Sapphire and Emerald because of the two different bad guy groups competing for world domination but in different ways. It was unique! And a lot more Storyline than the games around it in my opinion. Anyway, Nintendo should just remake a crap ton of new additions to old games to be released with the Wii U, maybe then I will buy one. I purchased a PS3 for the sole purpose of playing InFamous and God of War. Give me some more good options then that and I'll buy your system for sure.
  • KaosCookieXIII - January 31, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    PLEASE, somebody tell DICE to create Mirror's Edge 2. It ended on a cliffhanger! Forget critics, I've always wanted a parkour game. And Mirror's Edge satisfied. Unique gameplay, great story, and interesting characters. And parkour. I love you, parkour. :D
  • theejoshrogers - January 31, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    I am still waiting for the full blown remake of Pokemon red, blue, or yellow for consoles. To bad Nintendo owns it and probably will never happen, when it should have happened way back on the N64. But now with the online capabilities, imagine the battles and trading between people online. I think a remake of the originals would also be the best selling point for them, I don't know any Pokemon after the Gold and Silver era.
  • davidnorman - January 31, 2012 5:14 a.m.

    Zone of the enders 3, Final Fantasy XV.
  • Phantasmagorical - January 31, 2012 1:14 a.m.

    Psi Ops 2! A sequel to the best psychic game ever would be AWESOME. (DJ Hero 3 even though no one cares and it'll never happen)
  • Cwf2008 - January 30, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Star Wars Battlefront 3 anyone? Please?
  • Phantasmagorical - January 31, 2012 1:15 a.m.

    I concur! Perhaps a Battlefront-esque game involving anything other than modern warfare would be amazing.
  • GrandmaSlayer - February 1, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    I've been waiting TOO long for that game..
  • Shinard - February 8, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    Mirrors Edge 2. The original was awesome, the only game to give me a proper adrenaline rush, and I still play it on speed run sometimes, but it was too short. C'mon EA! Half-Life 3 Yeah, well... Infamous 3 In Infamous 2, there were battles that combined (I feel) cinematic moves and awesome gameplay. Not only that, but Cole became so much more developed and I was really liking him before - SPOILERS - he had to die to save the world. And the open-world had so much more to do in than the first. Maybe not next year, but PLEASE don't abandon the series!
  • talleyXIV - January 30, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    The lack of Pikmin 3 continually crushes me. And Miyamoto says that he wants it to be star of the show so I doubt it will be at this year's E3 as the Wii U will have all lights on it. Maybe if Pikmin 3 is a launch game it will get a lot of hype. Crossing my fingees.
  • Dadyo238 - January 30, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    But they HAVE announced a Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. and jmcgrotty , you seriously have to get with the times. Sure the original was good then, but now it's just confusing. Many titles in the series have surpassed it. Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword are all better than the original.
  • FETALJUICE - January 30, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    I still want a new Mega Man game :(
  • darkrider105 - January 30, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    Could it be too much to ask for Valve to just say they are working on Half Life 3? Just say hey we have the janitor working on cleaning the room where we would make the game.
  • Darkhawk - January 30, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Zone of the Enders 3.
  • JHBorden - January 30, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    What no NBA '13 from EA. ;)
  • Rubyeslipse - January 30, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    "we’d expect the controller’s touchscreen to make for a super-efficient inventory system. Nintendo’s first-party games have always been a showcase for their consoles’ more innovative capabilities, and a Zelda game would make us want to try them all out immediately." The DS says hi
  • gameexchange - January 30, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    Star Fox Wii U has the potential to really be something special.
  • Ryudo - January 30, 2012 2:45 a.m.

    I'm wanting to see Shenmue III (I know) Mega Man Legends 3 brought back. Monoliths next big RPG. Mistwalkers next big RPG. Ys 8 No More heroes 3
  • chrisbarker1980 - January 30, 2012 2:05 a.m.

    Mirrors Edge 2. Half Life 3.