Indeed, what does 2012 hold for gamers? Well, as it looks now, it might contain the best year ever for gamers. It has legendary and godlike titles coming out. I list my favorite picks.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Buffed up Counter-Strike: Source graphics with matchmaking, ranking, leaderboards and new gameplay mechanics, items, and esport features. Honestly, that’s just an instant win and my money right there. I’ve seen what nice features Valve threw in to the Dota 2 beta and I cannot wait to see how this game will look and how big of a community support it’ll get. Oh, and it won’t be fully priced either and will be digital online with cross-platform play. This is one title that I will not miss.
Though it feels like I should be writing Dota 1.5, this game will still offer thousands upon thousands of hours of entertainment and receive enormous esport and community support, making this a game to look out for. If you want to make that Internet money and become a cyberlegend, you’ll need to be wicked sick in Dota 2. And your teammates as well. I will no doubt buy this game and look to pwn some noobies along the way and get pwned by no-lifers that farm League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth ten hours/day until this game comes out.
Guild Wars 2
For the first time the Guild War franchise finally becomes a true MMO and not some instanced crap like the first game. And you can jump. Massive bosses, raids, and PvP focus are the selling points for Guild Wars 2 and those all sound very good. In fact, everything about the game sounds good. Almost too good to be true. It’ll be highly interesting to see whether the game delivers on half of all the amazing promises ArenaNet has promised, because if it does, it could be one of the greatest things ever released. Oh, did I mention they’ll have a partnership with the ESL to have paid esport tournaments as well? Sweet.
I’ve waited easily over 10 years for this game. Next year is the year I get to play the full version as I’ve only tried the beta thus far. And I am excited. It’s a Blizzard title, afterall. How can I not be excited when all their games that launch are the definition of perfection? Even though the beta felt a tad slow and different than I expected, I am certain it’ll be a game that I spend too much of my time on when it comes out. I can’t wait to gear up my Barbarian and dominate the PvP arena and try the new Inferno difficulty and farm Diablo over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over…. and over… Diablo must be the only franchise where I don’t mind repetitive grinding, I don’t even think I can count how many times I did Chaos Sanctuary runs or Baal runs, but still, Blizzard has said it’ll be significantly more varied in Diablo III.
And now the console boys are crying because all the listed games are meant for the PC. Even though I most likely won’t game any console games next year, it’s a bright year for consoles as well. Though the titles have no weight or chance against the above-mentioned titles, there are some interesting games such as Street Fighter x Tekken, Bioshock: Infinite, Mass Effect 3, Grand Theft Auto V, and Halo 4 coming out. Indeed, it looks like the best year ever for gamers.
The Lord of Terror returns.