…and a Happy New Year. 2012; a PS3 Attitude odyssey
Another year over. A new one just begun.
2011 was a real corker for the PlayStation 3. And for PS3 Attitude too. We got up to all sorts of shenanigans over the last twelve months, and some of us still have the bruises to prove it.
But this isn’t going to be one of those lame retrospective list articles that counts down our favourite moments from the last year. Oh no. This is 2012. This is about what comes next.
So strap yourselves in and get ready for the ride.
January is named after Janus, the God of the doorway. As we struggle to pull ourselves out of our comfy chair, after all the over-eating and indulgence that came with the holiday season, we might be a little disappointed with what lies in wait once we answer the knock on the metaphorical portal to the new year.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be riding its Chocobo into our lives just before January finishes, but other than that the pickings are a little slim. If you’re a fan of UFC Undisputed, you’ll be happy to hear the 3rd in the franchise arrives in the first week of January, but otherwise we suggest that you spend your time finishing all the games Santa delivered in the dying moments of 2011.
February, however, brings a torrent of choice. In Finnish, February is called ‘helmikuu’, meaning “month of the pearl”, and there certainly are a few trinkets in the release schedule for the shortest month.
For beat-em-up fans, we see the return of SoulCalibur, this time brandishing a big ‘V’ after the title. Very good looking and wonderful it is to play too. SC fans won’t be disappointed. SSX bursts onto the PS3 (at last) in a reboot that should have fans of the PS2 snowboarding extravaganza reaching for their wax and calling each other ‘dude’, a lot. The Darkness II arrives this month, more than four years after the original appeared on retail shelves. You’ll also be able to judge whether Twisted Metal is really everything David Jaffe is cracking it up to be.
Speaking of Jaffe, March is, of course, named after the God of War himself. No, not Kratos, but Mars. And in keeping with the deity’s favourite past-time, two heavy-hitting games will test you to the limit of your battling ability. Mass Effect 3 looks like it could be something special, but the title that really should stand out above the warring crowd is Max Payne 3. Stunning to look at, incredible to play, Max Payne is an early contender for Game of the Year.
If either of those games prove a little too easy for you, don’t fret. Ninja Gaiden 3 will also make an appearance in the Month of War, and as usual it will tax your thumbs to the extreme.
April takes its name from the Latin ‘to open’, as plants and flowers begin to unravel and bloom. It is also the time that another sequel arrives on our beloved black monolith. Prototype 2 is shaping up to be a real contender and while it is a late bloomer in comparison to last year’s similar sequel, inFamous 2, early signs suggest this will be a key release for Spring 2012. We may even see DmC, the next in the Devil May Cry series, during April.
We say ‘may’ because once you get to the middle of the year, it becomes harder to pinpoint which games will arrive in which months, as release schedules haven’t been set in concrete that far out. From May through to the end of the year however, we’re excited about the possibility of a number of titles arriving in our offices for review.
Aliens: Colonial Marines, Journey, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Dragon’s Dogma, Starhawk and Hitman Absolution are all set for release in the from Spring through to Winter, and should keep every PS3 gamer happy to say the least.
If we were to pick out a few additional 2012 titles that need special mention though, we’d plump for these little trinkets. Metal Gear Solid: Rising will challenge everything you know about the MGS series. Yes, the characters will be very familiar to you, but the gameplay promises to be massively different. You’ll be able to judge for yourself in the Summer.
Tomb Raider should arrive in the Autumn, and this reboot looks like it could make Lara Croft as popular now as she became after the release of the original title. A prequel of sorts, this is a stripped back Lara we’re dealing with here, and from what we’ve seen this could be another contender for GotY.
Before the Summer has passed, you’ll also be able to get your hands on another killer sequel in the form of Bioshock Infinite. Again, we have a group of developers here that, like with MGS:R, are willing to take fans on a new and exciting journey. Ambitious? Definitely. Will it work? It very much looks like your faith in Irrational Games will be repaid.
Finally, we urge you to keep an eye out for Dishonored, an FPS that promises to be anything but an ‘on-the-rails’ shooter. We’ll have more on this original IP over the next few months, so keep checking back for the reasons we feel it’ll be a sleeper hit for 2012.
So – that’s your gaming sorted out for the next twelve months, but what do we have in store for you at Attitude Towers?
Plans for another charity challenge are in early preparation. We can’t tell you what it is just yet, but look out for details in a few months time from now.
We want to continue to provide you, our fantastic readers, with more original features and PS3 coverage that isn’t just the usual ‘cut-and-paste’ from all the press releases we receive, so we’ll continue to focus on providing great quality content for you that you won’t find anywhere else.
With this in mind, we’re expanding our team of writers this year. We have a number of positions available and want to hear from existing journalists, bloggers and writers who have a passion for all things PlayStation. This isn’t a job for everyone – we’re looking for really committed volunteers that can write with care and attention to detail, and that are willing to dedicate hours a week to the cause – but if you feel you want to give it a shot, you can apply over at our PS3 Attitude ‘Call for Duty‘ page right now. Be sure to read all the instructions before you hit the Submit button – attention to detail is one of the keys to success here.
We are also looking for a podcaster, preferably someone who produces an existing series (video podcasters will be given preference) that can afford to add a few hours to the end of their production schedule once a month. Details are available on the Call for Duty page.
2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year for PS3 gamers and PS3 Attitude alike. Are you ready for the ride?