Games to look out for: Q1 2012

It’s 2012 already, the holiday season has passed and now it’s time to look forward to a fantastic new year of gaming. If all goes to plan we should be seeing the release of at least two new consoles this year: the Western launch of the PlayStation Vita is right around the corner on February 22 and the Wii U is scheduled for some time in the second half of the year.

While we should be seeing these consoles come to the market with a slew of new games, there are still a huge amount of games coming out for the current generation of consoles. Below you can check out some of our highly anticipated games for the first quarter of 2012.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 | January 31 | PS3, X360

For those of you who love the Final Fantasy series you’re probably waiting for the next console iteration. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a direct sequel to 2009’s Final Fantasy XIII and continues the story 3 years after the events of the previous game and features a similar but supposedly improved combat system.

After the Japanese release late last month it has already scored good reviews from Japanese critics, so for Final Fantasy fans you should watch out for when it drops on January 31 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Soulcalibur V | January 31 | PS3, X360

I’m personally not much of a fan of the fighting genre, but I’ve heard that the Soul series is one of the better ones. Anyway, Soucalibur V is the next installment in the series and takes place 17 years after the events of Soulcalibur IV. It features a bunch of returning and new characters, including a guest appearance of Ezio Auditore from the Assassin’s Creed series.

If you like fighting games then Soulcalibur V will be out on January 31 in North America and February 3 in Europe; it will be available for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning | February 7 | PS3, Win, X360

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is an original IP from 38 Studios and Big Huge Games which features Ken Rolston on the development team, best known for his work on The Elder Scrolls series. As you might have guessed Kingdoms of Amalur will be a single-player role-playing game. Apparently there will be four playable characters, three ability trees and five distinct regions in the game, along with a combat system that requires both the timing of buttons and strategy. The style is said to be similar to both God of War and Oblivion.

From what is known about the game it sounds like a pretty average RPG, but with a solid development team and intriguing promotion (how will it be like GoW and Oblivion?) it could be a game to look out for after the reviews come in. It comes out for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PCs on February 7 (NA) / February 10 (EU).

Resident Evil: Revelations | February 7 | 3DS

Despite most of the Nintendo 3DS’ game line-up catering for the younger audiences, Capcom is pushing ahead with a mature Resident Evil game for the handheld console. Resident Evil: Revelations is set between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 and follows the story of BSAA co-founders Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield shortly after the BSAA was founded. The game will be the usual survival-horror style, with an emphasis on exploration and puzzle solving; you will also have the option to switch between first-person and third-person viewpoints while aiming a weapon.

Resident Evil: Revelations was first revealed at E3 2010 and since then it looked like it was going to be one of the better titles for Nintendo’s new portable console. If you are a more mature gamer (it’s rated M by the ESRB) who bought a 3DS, this looks like a good buy when it drops on February 7 in North America; if you’re in Europe you can pick it up earlier on January 27.

Syndicate | February 21 | PS3, Win, X360

Syndicate is a reboot of the Syndicate tactical shooter series that fizzled away in the late 90s, however this time it’s back as a first-person shooter. It’s set in a futuristic world where the world is divided into regions by “syndicate” mega-corporations, with each syndicate battling for market dominance. You are EuroCorp’s prototype agent embedded with a DART 6 bio-chip who must go on a bio-engineered and brutal adventure. Using said chip you can do a variety of cool things such as slowing down time and hacking into your foes.

The game’s description reminds me of Deus Ex: Human Revolution which I recently completed, but unfortunately for me I won’t be able to play it as it was refused classification (and effectively banned) here in Australia. If you live elsewhere Syndicate looks like an interesting game to try out in when it drops on February 21 (NA) / 24 (EU) for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PCs.

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More and more sequels. very interesting

Another year another Tom Clacy title rofl can't wait for this year COD too ...

I'm not sure i'd "look out" for Resident Evil: Revelations. Simply cause of capcom's desire to jack up the price of it($50 instead of $40) for no legitimate reason. The game being successful will most likely bring higher prices from all publishers if they see they can get away with it.

I need to do some serious catching up. Just got an Xbox after not having one for about 3yrs now. Starting off with Gears of War 2 (not 3) - Got Halo Reach also as I heard that's good. Will be getting GOW3, MW3 and Battlefield soon. Might get MW2 also as that was good as well i hear.

ARchamps said,
When does GTA5 come out? Q3/Q4 2012?

It'll probably come out around the same time as Rainbow Six Patriots I'm guessing ....sometime in 2013.

How the heck can you people loose everybody the final mission. I thought the decisions were pretty simple. Pick an engineer to do the engineer part. Pick a leader to do the leader part. Pick a tank to do the tank part. Sending someone back with the crew was the only tricky one. Doc seemed to work fine for me. I lost the Mercenary once in the final grouping in one of my 4 play throughs.

I lost Jacob and Miranda in ME3. I didn't know it was possible to save all your crew, so I sent them in case they would die. They were my least favorite characters anyway.

Looking forward to ME3 and Resident Evil: ORC

Mass Effect 3, have like 6 ME2 chars and 5 ME1 chars so I cannot wait. Hopefully I'm finished with my skyrim character by March 6th

Mass Effect 3, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soul Calibur V!

But can't wait for ME3, been playing ME2 for long time, repeating missions over and over, never get bored!

Twisted Metal, we've had to wait some 10-11 years for a proper home console version again! SSX is another that I've waited a long time for, so glad to see that's coming back. Can't say I'm personally looking forward to any of the games in the article but to each their own.

of the games strictly listed herein I would say that Mass Effect 3 is the one I am most excited for, however; for "Early 2012™" Diablo 3 is my most anticipated game.

List fail - where is SSX?!?

Only other game that will have my attention is Mass Effect 3 with a maybe on Synidcate

SK[ said,]GuildWars 2 is my highlight for 2012... if they release it this year.

Guild Wars 2 for me as well and it will release this year they started cloesd beta Dec 16 2011.

Tender Foot said,

Guild Wars 2 for me as well and it will release this year they started cloesd beta Dec 16 2011.

Just cause they finally started the closed beta a couple weeks or so ago doesn't mean they'll get it done in a timely manner. We are talking about arenanet after all.

I feel like all the games out there have horrible storylines that seem so corny...

I really like Portal. But at least from the covers above of the games listed, they look like their storylines suck as usual...weird people with British accents, swords, shields, old clothing, usually taking place in the past or in some alternate future where magic evolved instead of any type of technology...

I'm not into FPS gaming at all either, so I'm not about to buy into any of those games that everybody seems to be playing the most.

Idk I wish they'd make more on a down to Earth level, modern day US style video games... Everything else seems corny. Its why I appreciate the Sims, NFS and other racing games, Portal, they are a hell of a lot tamer in storylines and stuff, nothing too insanely corny or anything...

Suave Sagittarian said,
What?!?!? No Max Payne? :-( Am I the only one waiting for that ( if for nothing else, but the nostalgia of having played 1 and 2 )

With only a tentative release of "March 2012" I doubt it will actually get released this quarter. It's getting a bit late.

Scorpus said,

With only a tentative release of "March 2012" I doubt it will actually get released this quarter. It's getting a bit late.

Aah! Fair enough! I still hope that they announce a date soon! :-) Thanks for the clarification though...

Suave Sagittarian said,
What?!?!? No Max Payne? :-( Am I the only one waiting for that ( if for nothing else, but the nostalgia of having played 1 and 2 )

No Tomb Raider either

I guess I'm the only one looking forward to Halo 4?

Oh, and of course ME3 as well, but who isn't looking forward to that?

Jose_49 said,
They are only putting here the first quarter (Q1) games, so Halo is not included.

That's what I get for skipping the very last sentence

I thought this list was quite lacking!

Edit: Apparently I missed the title as well... I swear that wasn't there originally, but that's what I get for posting on Neowin at 4:00 am lol

I really don't know how I feel about Syndicate - on the one hand, I'm glad the franchise is back and the game does look interesting, but on the other hand, it's...well...it's not Syndicate. Even if the game is superb, it still won't fill the void that Syndicate left - there has literally been no game like it since Syndicate Wars.

Mass Effect 3 is the one I'm waiting on, except for the fact that I accidentally killed off my entire team in the last of ME2, and if it picks that up and refuses to give me those characters back in ME3, I may delete my ME2 saves, lol.

I've got 6 characters (3 male,3 female consisting of vangaurds, sentinels and infiltrators) that I've been using since ME1. It will be interesting to see how my various decisions affect the outcome.

Gerowen said,
Mass Effect 3 is the one I'm waiting on, except for the fact that I accidentally killed off my entire team in the last of ME2, and if it picks that up and refuses to give me those characters back in ME3, I may delete my ME2 saves, lol.

I always lose one or two when I play ME2, but I don't much care because it'll give me a different game to all the people that made sure that all 8 survived.

That said though, I recently reinstalled windows, and forgot to back up my Mass Effect (1&2) saves, which means that I'll have to play them both through again. It's the best mistake I ever made !

I have 2 characters 1 where rex died the other played properly from 1 till 2 ... interesting as to what 3 will bring ... man ... hope to end deus ex before this comes out ...

Gerowen said,
Mass Effect 3 is the one I'm waiting on, except for the fact that I accidentally killed off my entire team in the last of ME2, and if it picks that up and refuses to give me those characters back in ME3, I may delete my ME2 saves, lol.

You only played ME 1 and ME2 thorugh once? Pffft, part timer
I bet you only played on Normal or Casual too, instead of Insanity