If the world doesn’t end, 2012 promises to be a dream year for avid gamers. Here’s my list of favorite five, the ones I am especially keeping my eye out. This list is not in a particular order, I’m eager to play them all equally.
1)Far Cry 3 :- When Far Cry came out back in 2004, gamers were dumbstruck looking at the insanely detailed environments and beautiful tropical setting. It was also the debut title of Crytek, the developers best known for Crysis franchise. Then came the Far Cry 2 and Far Cry fans were disappointed because of little or no resemblance it had to the Far Cry (hardly something you can call a sequel). Partly the reason was, it was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and not Crytek. Game wasn’t bad though and looked great on even low graphic settings.
Far Cry 3 is now in development and going by the trailers and gameplay videos coming out, it looks pretty good. Environs looks a lot more lush and green. Ubisoft Montreal has announced few innovative gameplay elements they are going to incorporate in FC 3 like ability to perform “takedown” abilities by performing melee attacks from above or in crouch mode. The game is still a sandbox and open-world shooter. One thing that went against Far Cry 2 was that it was too much open-ended. Initially you love it, wandering freely in wide savannah forests and plenty of freedom. But eventually you”ll get tired because every other objective will require to pick up or steal a four wheeler and take a few miles ride. I hope the Ubisoft Montreal will adress this issue in Far Cry 3. Crysis like open-endedness will do just fine. Graphically the game looks absolutely gorgeous and will rival games like Crysis 1/2 for sure
2) Max Payne 3 :- Max Payne series excels when it comes to brilliant story telling and addictive Bullet time gameplay. Story line of the series is one of the strong aspects. Couple with that, very soothing music peices and audio effects to keep up with the tone of the game. Series revolves around the life of a NYPD cop named Max Payne. Gameplay is a third-person shooter affair involving a variety of weapons and gameplay elements.In Max Payne 3, the sequel of the second game, Max has become a bald man and gameworld looks quite open-world going by the trailers.
According to Rockstar’s Sam Houser, it is their intention on starting a new chapter of Max Payne’s life with the game. “This is Max as we’ve never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever.” Since the last game, the press release states Max has left New York City behind and has “drifted from bad to worse.” The press release then goes on to say Max has been double-crossed in this new city and he is searching for the truth and a way out. The game will be set in São Paulo, Brazil, where Payne is working in the private security sector for a wealthy local family, set 8 to 12 years after the events of the second game.
3) BioShock Infinite :- Now this game is just worth waiting for. It’s neither a prequel, nor a sequel of BioShock 1 or 2 and takes place in a city suspended in the air by giant blimps and balloons, called “Columbia”, named in homage to the female personification of the United States. Those who played the previous games would know that 1 and 2 were set in a fictional underwater city of Rapture. From what I’ve seen in BioShock 2 (didn’t play the first one) is it’s basically a first person shooter with survival horror, role playing and action/adventure elements. The player controls a character as they explore Rapture, learning of the city’s past and the fate of its citizens, defending themselves from attacks from Splicers along the way as they complete missions given to them by the few unaffected survivors. The player is given several options to approach many situations through combination of a number of game elements. The player collects an arsenal of weapons; weapons can be upgraded over course of play, and each can be loaded with different types of ammunition which can have different effects on different foes. The player also gains plasmids, ADAM-infused concoctions that grant the player active superhuman-like powers such as telekinesis or pyrokinesis in addition to passive abilities such as increased speed or better damage resistance. The player can use weapons and plasmids in conjunction with the environment to set traps or to turn the security systems of Rapture against the player’s enemies. For example, all enemies in a water-filled room can be shocked by electrocuting the water, sentry guns and cameras can be hacked to fire on detected Splicers, or explosive proximity traps can be set through the help of telekinesis.
As the player explores Rapture, they will come across health and EVE (the substance used to power plasmid-granted powers) recovery items, recording devices that reveal more of Rapture’s history, and money. The money can be used at vending machines to acquire more ammunition or health and EVE items. Plasmids are purchased by collecting ADAM from Little Sisters after defeating the heavily armored Big Daddy that protects them. Both BioShock games give the player a choice of how to do this; the player can either safely extract the sea slug from the girl, earning a modest amount of ADAM and leaving the child alive, or they can kill the child, and extract a large amount of ADAM directly. Though the player can purchase numerous plasmids, they can only equip a limited number at any time, though devices throughout Rapture can allow the player to change this loadout at any time.
4) Metro: Last Light :- Metro 2033 was the game we all shooter fans adored. It was the one of the first few games which supported the Direct X 11 and also the first game that could challenge Crysis in terms of photorealism. Gameplay itself was immersive, eery and ambiance chilly with survival horror elements thrown in. One complaint was that enemy AI was quite buggy. That aside the game looked pretty fantastic with astonishing details. Previously announced as Metro 2034, the Metro: Last Night is a sequel to Metro 2033, and although author Dmitry Glukhovsky has apparently been working with the developers, it bears no relevance to the book Metro 2034. Very little is known about the game for now.
The game is set in 2034 in the same setting as Metro 2033, the Moscow Metro. The game picks up after the “bad” ending from Metro 2033, in which Artyom delivers a devastating attack on the mysterious supernatural race known as the Dark Ones. The station-cities of the Metro struggle for power using weapons found in D6. The player follows Artyom, the main protagonist from Metro 2033, as he searches for the mysterious “Prisoner”, the supposed “key to survival – the last light in our darkest hour. Can’t wait!
5) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive :- Even Minh “Gooseman” Le and Jess “Cliffe” Cliffe. wouldn’t have thought that the Half-Life mod called Counter-Strike they are building will be so huge. Cs 1.6 was the game which revolutionized Multiplayer gaming and even after more than 12 years of it’s launch, it is still the most popular multiplayer game. This game gave the gaming fraternity terms like “Camping”, “noob”, “pwning” etc. There are a few complaints though. Though the gameplay is still addictive, engines has become very old with little or no physics Because of this reason, Valve later updated the game to their new source engine but received warm reception. Now with Global Offensive they aim for a complete overhaul with all new graphics effects. It will contain classic content, such as old maps, as well as brand new maps, characters and game modes. Also, it will support matchmaking and leaderboards. Cross-platform multiplayer is confirmed between Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and PlayStation 3 players. The PlayStation 3 version will offer three control methods, which include using either the DualShock 3 controller, PlayStation Move or USB keyboard/mouse. You can look for the de_dust trailer available on Youtube.
This was my list of 5 must have games for 2012. Of course, there are more but these would always be my favorite. By the way did anyone notice, not a single game listed above is an original game? And except for BioShock: Infinite, every other game is some sort of sequel!
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