50) Kingdoms Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Release: TBA 2012
Kingdom Hearts has undoubtedly suffered from having too many spin-off games
since the sublime original and its excellent sequel, cluttering the story
needlessly. But this 3DS game is practically a numbered iteration according to
the game's director, Tetsuya Nomura.
49) Quantum Conundrum
Release: Early 2012
Platforms: XBLA, PSN, PC
In 2007, Kim Swift finished a first-person puzzler built around the idea of
creating custom wormholes in order to navigate a 3D environment. It was called
Portal. Now, having left Valve, Kim Swift is putting the finishing touches to a
first-person puzzler built around the idea of switching between parallel
dimensions in order to combine different physics rules within the same physical
3D space. It is called Quantum Conundrum. Need we really say more?
48) Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Release: February 7 (NA), February 10
Platforms: 360, PS3, PC
Curt Schilling (retired baseball player), Todd MacFarlane (creator of Spawn),
R.A. Salvatore (best-selling fantasy writer), and Ken Rolston (lead designer of The Elder Scrolls III and
IV) all on the same project? Yes please.
Not only are we excited to see what happens when you combine this
superstar team, but we’re ready to get lost in another beautiful and rich world
fantasy world. Let’s just say expectations are high.
Release: February 21 (NA), February 24 (EU)
Platforms: 360, PS3
Massive planet-sized bosses, giant finger punching, multiple trips in and out
of earth’s atmosphere and enough ass whoopings to get even our blood boiling –
these are just the few bits of Asura’s Wrath we’ve seen. If the rest of the
game follows suit, we can’t wait to see where this over-the-top action title
will take us.
46) Darksiders II
Release: Summer 2012
Platforms: 360, PS3,
PC, Wii U
place during roughly the same timeframe as War’s adventure in the first
Darksiders, this sequel casts players as a different Horseman of the
Apocalypse, Death, and promises to be about double the size of the original.
The first game was a pleasant surprise, combining Zelda-style exploration with
God of War-inspired combat and a surprisingly compelling post-apocalyptic
world, so we’re looking forward to seeing what Death has in store.
45) NBA 2K13
Release: October 2012
Platforms: As many as possible
After two years of dunking so hard that the glass broke, where can the NBA 2K
franchise go? More importantly, after two years of unchallenged dominance, how
can Visual Concepts take this award-winning franchise above and beyond its
predecessors without getting too stale? We don’t have the answers, but you’d
better believe that we’re looking forward to what they’ll unleash after a
truncated season of the real thing.
44) PlanetSide 2
Release: Likely 2012
The original PlanetSide was the greatest shooter you never played. We’re
expecting PlanetSide 2 to finally introduce those who missed out to the glory
of the MMOFPS. Think MAG had huge battles with 256 players? Try literally a
thousand players on one map. Add in gorgeous sci-fi landscapes, deep character
development, and combined arms tactics, and we get very excited. With
PlanetSide 2 going free-to-play, the doors are open for the biggest battles in
43) Street Fighter X Tekken
Release: March 6 (NA), March 9 (EU)
Platforms: 360, PS3, PS Vita, PC
Ten years ago, the idea of these two franchises coming together would’ve seemed
bizarre, but after Street Fighter IV revitalized the fighting genre, we’re glad
to see the two titans butting heads. From what we’ve played so far, the game
seems like a great midway point between Street Fighter IV and Tekken Tag
Tournament, giving both seasoned and new players plenty of options, with a
heavy emphasis on customization and fun.
42) Rhythm Heaven Fever
Release: February 13 (NA), TBA 2012 (EU)
The last time Rhythm Heaven was localized outside of Japan, many enjoyed the
catchy songs and simple-yet-challenging gameplay, but were slightly held back
by a touchscreen gimmick. It’s now heading to the Wii, and this time the rhythm
games involving monkeys, seals, and pro wrestlers is simplified down to a
single button press, letting the beautiful weirdness of Fever shine easier to
enjoy than ever. If you wished WarioWare had more songs, this one is for you.
41) Paper Mario 3DS
Release: TBA 2012
The Paper Mario series is brilliant. It's also shamefully overlooked. But maybe
that will change with this, the fourth game in the series and the first of
Mario's papery adventures to be released on a handheld. These games are funny,
clever and all-around adorable. And, while we enjoyed the platformy leanings of
Wii's Super Paper Mario, we're glad that the 3DS addition is returning to the
series' RPG roots.