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This Year's Most Anticipated Game

So what is it for you?

As usual, if you check out the list of scheduled releases for the upcoming year, you're faced with plenty of potential gems. But what's your most anticipated game of 2012?

After much thought, I have come to a startling conclusion: I've loved GTA ever since GTAIII and will ardently defend the franchise from all haters. I'm 99.7% certain I'll adore Grand Theft Auto V. But when Naughty Dog unveiled The Last Of Us, my commitment to my most anticipated title of 2012 began to slide... For the longest time, it was obvious; it had to be GTAV. Had to be. No contest. And in truth, I don't know enough about The Last Of Us; I really need more in the way of concrete gameplay details.

And yet, what I've seen and heard is enough. That debut trailer is just plain stunning and seeing what Naughty Dog has accomplished with the Uncharted franchise made me start to wonder. These guys can do just about anything. We could really be looking at one of the most technically accomplished and the most artistically accomplished and progressive titles of the generation. Lastly, the following words from Naughty Dog boss Christophe Balestra sealed it for me:

"We're trying to move the medium of video games into an area elevated in the same manner of respect of film. We want to redefine what our medium is even called. 'Video game' is not an accurate name anymore. It is not necessarily a game with rules and a winner and a loser. It's an experience."

I can't wait for Bioshock Infinite. I'm totally psyched for Max Payne 3. If a new God of War arrives, I'll be ecstatic. That new Alan Wake? Hell yes. And I'm always on the GTA bandwagon. But I have to admit, The Last Of Us has me more intrigued than any other game.

P.S. Yes, I'm aware it isn't written in stone that this game will launch in 2012, but we know the tentative release window, and I doubt Naughty Dog will miss it.

Tags: video games, gaming 2012, best games, most anticipated games

1/1/2012 9:10:32 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (51 posts)

Snaaaake
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 9:53:51 PM
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TLOU, Bioshock, GTAV, FFXIII-2, Darkness 2, Soulcalibur V, SSX, Ghost Recon FS, Max Payne 3, Transformers.

These are my most anticipated but so far the lineup for 2012 is not as good as 2011's but we'll see.
The surprise I'm hoping for is another Burnout, isn't it about time now eh Criterion?

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Nickjcal
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 12:22:20 PM

Not as good as 2011? The 2011 lineup "looked good", but a surprising amount of the games that we though would be great turned out to be quite lackluster. Homefront, Brink, Dragon Age 2, Bulletstorm (although it was fun) and I'm sure there are a couple others I haven't mentioned. From the 2012 standpoint all the games I've seen footage of look damn awesome lol.

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H0TSHELLZ
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 6:58:12 AM

GTA V
MAX PAYNE 3
TWISTED METAL
LAST of US
Black Ops 2 \ Iron Wolf
SF vs Tekken

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bebestorm
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:03:12 PM
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Its hard to pick one because alot of my favorites are coming out this year from GTA to FF Type-0 Diablo plus a few new ips. Then there's the reboots DMC, Tombraider and 47.

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Buckeyestar
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:09:20 PM
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The Last of Us, Mass Effect 3 and the new Tomb Raider.

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johnld
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:14:01 PM

i'm kinda looking forward to the new tomb raider look too. not sold on the game yet though.

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Bjorn77
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 8:39:30 AM

I am with you on Mass Effect 3 and The last of Us. A little bit of a blind spot is The Last Guardian. I am not really sold on that one.

Ow and GTA 5 .... 2012 is a solid year for games.. The end of this genaration, this is the era games are gonna shine and surpass.

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Warrior Poet
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:11:38 PM
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So far I'm looking forward to Gungnir the most.

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johnld
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:12:20 PM
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i dont see any games i want to get right away, at least until march. i have my eye on ni no kuni but thats it. i'm not sold on it yet. This isnt a bad thing at all to me. i still need to beat resistance 3, shift 2 unleashed, mass effect 2, assassins creed revelations, the fight lights out, and my batman arkham city new game plus run though.

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maxpontiac
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:23:22 PM
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The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite and Twisted Metal.

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cLoudou
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:31:23 PM
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Ni No Kuni

Been waiting forever for a turn based JRPG this Gen.

There are other games I'm anticipating but Ni No Kuni is probably my most anticipated.

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Clamedeus
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 7:55:56 AM

Ni No Kuni, and The Last Of Us for me, and Twisted Metal. :P

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ZenChichiri
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:34:35 PM
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The most anticipated game? That's a hard one! The Last of Us sounds really promising and I know it'll be awesome, but I don't know if it will be as groundbreaking as they're making it out to be. I hope I'm wrong on that front, but I've learned not to overhype games for myself lest I be disappointed.

I'm pretty amped on Dragon's Dogma, Max Payne 3, Bioshock Infinite, FFXIII-2, Ni No Kuni, and The Last of Us so it's too hard to choose. Indecisiveness at its finest.

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shadowpal2
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:37:33 PM
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Yakuza 5...just...Yakuza 5. Nothing else.

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kingjose
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:39:51 PM
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Twisted metal

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Mr Bubbles IGR
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:47:58 PM
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Definitely The Last Of Us, then hitman absolution, twisted metal, ghost recon future soldier, SSX… in no order, all seem good

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Qubex
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 11:34:49 PM
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Yes, looking forward to...

*GTAV
*Dust514
*The Last Of Us
*Last Guardian
*Battlefield3 DLC

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Excelsior1
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 12:11:43 AM
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I am glad to see others mention Mass Effect 3 and Final Fantasy 13-2. Those two games should be great. All indications are that FF13-2 is an improved sequel in every possible way. It has garnered two perfect scores. One of which came form Famitsu. That's a tough publication to get a perfect score from because of the very nature of the review format. Four different reviewers score the game. Dengike also gave it a perfect score.

I have every reason to believe Mass Effect 3 will be great as well. Bioware is one the best developers out there in terms of delivering a great story. The trailer for ME3 literaly gave me goose bumps. The entire fate of the known universe and Earth is at stake and in your hands. Sign me up for what is set up to be an epic battle of good vs evil.

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___________
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 12:41:31 AM
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definitely AC3 no competition there!
just the end trailer of revelations made me as giddy as a school girl!
have not been this excited for a game since GTAIV!
oh boy was that a disappointment........

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 12:52:01 AM
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Last Guardian and Versus XIII.
"I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES!!!"

As for games that are actually releasing, I'm probably most looking forward to Binary Domain, Overstrike, Sly 4, Bioshock Infinite and DMC. More because I'm interested in what they will be like. I mean, GTA V is easy, so is FFXIII-2, Hitman, Mass Effect, and even The Last of Us. I prefer to be surprised.

That being said, the one that I want the most is a glorious return to the fabulous fun of GTA from Rockstar, but that's a given.

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dmiitrie
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 1:38:00 AM
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Although there are definitely games coming out that have piqued my interest, nothing I've heard of so far gas me super excited. However, I look at that as a good thing. Hopefully, it'll give me plenty of time to go through my backlog.

Just going off of games I currently own, I need to finish my 2nd DA:O playthrough, replay the entire MGS series, get 100% in Batman: AC, start AC Brotherhood and Revalations, start LA Noir, and try to go back to WKC and figure out what's keeping me from enjoying it as much as I think I should. Oh, and I also have to go through all the pc games I bought during Steam's ridiculous Christmas sales. Yeah, a nice and quiet 2012 is exactly what I'll need to get through all of that. Lol

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Geobaldi
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 2:18:47 AM
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It's all about Diablo 3, Arma 3, and Mass Effect 3 for me this year.

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daus26
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 3:02:45 AM
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This must be the official, announced 2012 titles, cause I'm not seeing FFvsXIII much. This is one game I am definitely looking for, so please let it release this year. I'm also looking forward to see how Last Guardian turns out.

Well I guess I can't be called a true gamer. I'm only stuck to a few franchises that gets the "must owned" for me. If not Gran Turismo, I like games that requires a bunch of hours, exploration, and engaging game mechanics. I'm not really into the 10-15 hours of linear gameplay. Games like Uncharted and God of War is incredibly great, but perhaps rpgs have really set the standard on what I really like to play. Cause of this I hope the Last of Us won't be as linear as Uncharted.

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Beamboom
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 3:02:48 AM
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Clearly Mass Effect 3 for me, with Bioshock Infinite and GTA5 on a shared second place and Borderlands 2 on third. Far Cry 3 is also an obvious d1p for me.

On my ever growing "Ones to watch" list:
Syndicate
Darkness 2
Twisted Metal
the Lara Croft reboot
Dust 514
Hitman Absolution
XCOM
The Last Of Us
I Am Alive

2012 is going to be GREAT!

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Alienange
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 8:47:37 AM

Hmmmm... Far Cry 3. Good point. Loved the second and 3 looks like crazy fun too.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 4:33:46 AM
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 - While I am still cautious about Serah I loved XIII can't can't wait to see what they've done to 'improve it' - Really looking forward to seeing what monsters I can recruit.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection - We're finally getting it in the UK, I pre-ordered it off amazon and am getting it half price! Looking forward to seeing MGS2 & 3 in widescreen and finally playthrough all of Peace Walker, me and my flatmate are going to play the whole series in chronological order cant wait!

I would say Catherine, but I got it already :P

Games I am mildly cruious about:

Bioshock Infinite - Looking forward to seeing the complete contrast the series is offering, easily the best storytelling in FPS gaming.

Soul Calibur V - The series is finally getting a facelift, much needed ever since Soul Calibur II

Max Payne 3 - Always enjoyed MP games, so I have my eye out for this still :)

Tomb Raider - It has accepted defeat from Uncharted, so it is now tacking a different route, its the 1st Tomb Raider I have ever got excited about.

GTAV - I hope it has more to offer, I got bored of GTAIV after the 2nd island.

Other than that a few titles like FF Type-0, Versus XIII and The Last Gaurdian if they are released this year.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 4:34:42 AM
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Awe, no one showing any love for Sly 4: Thieves in Time? Granted, it's not made by Sucker Punch, but hopefully Sanzaru games can bring it back greater than ever!

However, i will have to say that The Last of Us looks amazing and will be D1P for me, no matter what.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 5:19:17 AM

SLY! I keep forgetting that bruise-eyed b*****d.

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Jutter
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 6:22:24 AM
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I was befuddled as to why I was so excited to see what this game was. When I found out that Naughty Dog was the developer, I knew. The Last Of Us has to be one of the games I know that I'll play day 1. Other games I'll be hotly anticipating next year are ME3, FF13-2, FFX-HD (that rumor a while back mentioned a 2012 release I believe.), DMC reboot, Tomb Raider reboot, Ni No Kuni, Tales Of Grace f (hopefully Xillia will be localized soon), Twisted Metal and Bioshock Infinite.

Doubt I'll get to play them all but I definitely can't wait for these games. I was never really able to get into GTA and I haven't really enjoyed any Rockstar games other than Red Dead. I didn't like LA Noire and I have nothing against anyone who did but I just didn't care for it. I've tried and tried but I guess GTA just isn't within my personal tastes. Maybe it's the setting that I can't connect with?

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ulsterscot
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 6:49:25 AM
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Black Ops 2 and Medal Off Honor 2 are far and away my most anticipated games.

Also looking forward to Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Tomb Raider and The Last Of Us

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wambo
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 8:05:16 AM
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mass effect 3 is my most anticipated game along with twisted metal and the last of us, oh an id like to wish the whole psxe community a very happy new year :)

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Condemnedsoul23
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 8:43:33 AM
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I'm looking forward to Borderlands 2

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Alienange
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 8:56:51 AM
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Rockstar's history of putting out some of the best games I've ever played makes GTAV an automatic contender for most anticipated.

ME3 looks fantastic and FC3 looks crazy and hell, if Bethesda were to announce a Fallout 4, well I'd be all over that too.

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Beamboom
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 9:22:19 AM

Oh yeah a Fallout 4, based on the Skyrim engine... How awesome will that be! It just has to happen, but when? It can't be already in 2012, can it?
Oblivion were released in 2006, Fallout 3 in 2008. If history repeats itself I guess Fallout 4 will be announced at this years E3 and released in 2013...

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tridon
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 10:11:00 AM
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My most-anticipated is definitely The Last Guardian, if it appears in 2012. Then again, that was also my most-anticipated for 2011, but we know what happened there. The Last of Us looks/sounds amazing, but I'd still like to see some gameplay. God of War IV will be an instant-buy for me, as well as Metal Gear Rising (I'm somewhat skeptical and I refuse to say "Revengeance" because it sounds ridiculous). I'm most likely going to buy the new SSX, but without EA Big behind it, I'm also skeptical about it. Bioshock Infinite looks cool, so I'll probably take the for a swing. I'm also interested in trying out Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and the Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry reboots. Another that I'll probably pick up at some point is Medal of Honor 2. The three big blockbusters of the year, GTAV, Mass Effect 3 and Call of Duty: Whatever, don't interest me at all. It's looking like a good year, but I doubt it'll top 2011.

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Kevin5
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 10:44:02 AM
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Soul Calibur V
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Skullgirls
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
Mass Effect 3
The Last of Us
Ninja Gaiden 3
Dead or Alive 5
Street Fighter X Tekken
Devils Third
Silent Hill HD Collection

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Kokushi
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 11:23:49 AM
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1. GTA V
2. The Last of Us
3. Max Payne 3
4. Bioshock Infinite
5. Mass Effect 3

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spacedelete
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 11:36:10 AM
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mine is GTA V and MGS collection. other than that I am retro gaming this year as its pretty dull for games as the PS4 is coming out.

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Beamboom
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 12:06:56 PM

*dull*?
Dude, look at the length and diversity of the lists amongst the comments here... That hardly describes a dull gaming year...!

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burnedknight
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 1:51:03 PM
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My anticipated games are The Last of Us, Ni No Kuni, ME3, and GTAV for me

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GuyverLT
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 2:14:15 PM
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My List

GTAV
Ninja Gaiden 3
Asura's Wrath
Dragon's Dogma
Prototype 2 (Liked the gameplay in the 1st one, hopefully the story is allot better)
DMC HD Collection
DmC (If it actually comes out this year)
Metal Gear Rising
Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning
Tomb Raider
Star HawK
Soul Calibur V
Ultimate SF X Tekken (Cause I know they will re-release later in the year)
Silent Hill: Downpour
SSX: Deadly Descents
Darksiders 2

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TheCanadianGuy
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 4:08:58 PM
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GTAV. journey.

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FM23
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 4:39:12 PM
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These are my most anticipated...

1)Mass Effect 3
2)GTA V
3)Bioshock Infinite

After that, it's whatever with everything else. I will give Max Payne 3 and other supposedly AAA a try, but those 3 above are on my must have.

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burnlife308
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 4:50:29 PM
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hoping Rockstar does decide to make a new Bully game once MP3 gets released like they were talking about in an interview im playing it on the 360 atm since my ps3 is in getting fixed I forgot how fun this game was on ps2 so hoping for a new Bully but that probably wont be til early to mid 2013 maybe even ps4 timeframe

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TheCanadianGuy
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 8:57:35 PM

you said it. i loved Bully i still play it on my PS2 to this day. i desperately want a sequel.

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 4:51:03 PM
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to me, only one and a truly most artistic one -- The Last Guardian, nothing more.

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Robochic
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 8:20:52 AM
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for me I have a few:

1) The Last Of Us
2)Sorcery ( i know silly)
3)Tomb Raider reboot
4)Bioshock Infinite
5)New professor layton (3DS)

and probably more that will be annouces but this is my growing list :)

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 9:20:33 AM
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I can't pick just one, so here's some of the games I'm anticipating(not sure if all are going to wind up being all 2012 games or not though)....

Spec Ops: The Line
Binary Domain
I Am Alive
The Last Of us
The Last Gaurdian
Lolipop Chainsaw
Journey
Bioshock Infinite
GTA 5
FarCry 3
Hitman Absolution
Yakuza 5
Xcom
Darkness 2
Ghost Recon Future Soldier
Max Payne 3


ME3 (this one will be a cheap used buy for axing physical manuals)

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 9:44:30 AM
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FFX HD and Ni No Kuni for me.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 8:06:26 PM
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OK, I've decided on one game....

"Inversion" = my most anticipated game of 2012

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TGSA
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 10:32:01 AM
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Been a silent observer at this site for a long time (was registered with a different email), but I'm somewhat surprised that nobody listed Borderlands 2 here. I really enjoyed online co-op with friends in the first game, so I hope the second will improve upon that (and have a better story).

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