There are just so many games we're looking forward to this coming year. We've picked out a few highlights, but there are so many more to mention. The likes of The Darkness II, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Aliens: Colonial Marines, XCOM, Metro: last Light, The Last Of Us, Guild Wars 2, The Secret World, and so many more...
We're going to be endeavouring to bring you a slew of features on these in the coming months, and we'll be back at E3 and Gamescom again this year to bring you some epic previews of what is to come, but for now here's our Most Anticipated For 2012 list. Do let us know in the comments what you guys are looking forward to as well.
It's been our most anticipated game of 2012 for some time now. So much so that we thought it completely futile to try and rank these in any sort of fashion. Frankly we'd just like it to come out and stop teasing us at preview shows so some other games can get a look in.
Japan already have and we can only look on in naked envy. It's sleek, powerful and the launch line up is swoontastic. Sony have a huge stable of loyal developers behind them, and the Vita's biggest challenge will be to provide a library of games that can compete at cost and offer better experiences than those on the smartphone and tablet platforms. We can't wait.
Get over the name. Syndicate is shaping up to be a futuristic FPS with a difference, if Jon's preview is anything to go by, thanks to its innovative Breaching mechanic. If it sounds a bit like Deus Ex: Human Revolution we have absolutely no issue with that.
MOAR DESTRUKSHUN! It's been a while since we saw Sweet Tooth and co., but David Jaffe's chaotic derby of death is a series we want back in our lives. More cars, more collisions, more carnage and a slew of multiplayer modes that are shaping up very nicely indeed - PS3 owners should have this on their radars.
Dropping Max Payne 3 and GTA V in one year...you've got to have one eye on Rockstar over the next year. But questions hang over both games: how much will Max Payne's noirish brilliance have changed? Can Rockstar keep GTA fresh with a fifth major instalment? Well if anyone can pull it off, it's probably this lot.
More shooting and looting in the follow-up to Gearbox's sleeper hit of 2009. From what we could see, Borderlands 2 is attempting to take everything we loved about the original and make it more dynamic, more enjoyable and more of a grand adventure rather than a grind adventure.
A Lara in transition is what we've been promised here as the first lady of gaming looks to take back her adventuring crown from the well-coiffured Nathan Drake. New engine, new physics, new focus, new narrative - we're excited to see the new Lara.
The trailers have looked a bit scripted, but the devs assured us that this instalment of Hitman will bring back everything fans loved about the mini-sandbox assassinations of previous games and the range of player choice. We'll be looking forward to slipping Codename 47's black gloves back on in 2012.
A Blade Runner-esque setting? Free running mechanics? The chance to be a galactic bounty hunter in a free roaming FPS? This is something we want!
Diablo III/The Last Guardian?
Can we just have them this year please? Pretty please? With knobs on?
It's Suda51 and Grasshopper back with another slice of gaming insanity. After No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned, we're rather looking forward to lopping off heads with our chainsaw-wielding cheerleader.
Mass Effect 3
BioWare bring the Shepard story to an end this coming year, and we can only hope that they've done it in style. Fingers crossed for a game that retains the slick combat whilst improving upon the storytelling, not to mention the story itself, from Mass Effect 2 and busting customisation and the RPG elements wide open. Here's hoping...
...at least there'll be multiplayer.