The hottest PS3 games of 2012 – part 2
We’ve moved on from 2011, but what a fine year it was. It was a year packed with many highlights: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Portal 2, Skyrim, L.A. Noire and Uncharted 3 and Batman: Arkham City, to name just a few.
But we now turn our collective eyes towards the gems 2012 will bestow on us, and it looks set to be another fantastic year.
Over two articles, the PS3 Attitude’s writers are selecting their three most anticipated games of 2012. Staff writers Stefhutch20 and Ryanmoto3 put their votes forward in part 1 and editors DolphGB, Majiesto and Seanoc are following up now.
So without further ado, here are the hottest PS3 games of 2012, selected by Team Attitude.
2012 looks like it will be another bumper year for the PS3, but there are three games that really stand out from the crowd for me.
First up is the latest in the bullet-time ballet we all know and love – Max Payne 3.
Powered by the Euphoria and RAGE gaming engines, early glances at Max Payne 3 show both a remarkable amount of detail and almost unheard of levels of immersion. You’ll wince at how they have managed to make the atmospheric effects look so darn real!
Yes, Max Payne 3 is a linear shooter and so many of you will wonder why it is in my top three most anticipated for 2012, but once you see it and play it for yourself, you’ll be converted. Trust me on that. And for those of you with multiplayer fatigue from unimaginative sequels like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you’re in for a treat. The MP game types and options look like they’ll keep you amused for months.
My second most anticipated game of 2012 sees the return of one of gaming’s most iconic characters, and this time we’re not going to get one of those run-of-the-mill ‘updates’. Yes, Lara Croft is back, but we’ve been told by Crystal Dynamics to put aside everything we remember of the Tomb Raider series. They’re promising a complete overhaul, and this prequel tells the story of a fresh-faced 21-year-old Miss Croft.
Finding herself shipwrecked on a Japanese island, the story will see Lara put through a raft of survival situations that will challenge her and help send her on the way to becoming the adventurer she was destined to be. This reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise is, frankly, just what was needed and will probably do for Lara Croft what Christopher Nolan did for the Batman movie series.
My final pick for 2012 is another shooter, but this time the rails have been well and truly taken off.
Dishonored is the kind of game you wish for, but only ever see once in a blue moon. Want to strap some explosives to a rat so they can dispatch your enemies for you? How about teleporting to where your targets are, despatching them and then morphing into a fish so you can escape through the sewer system? Yep – you can do all of this and more in the most open-world FPS I’ve seen in a long time.
Developed by Arkane Studios, Dishonored is for those of you that loved games like Bioshock, Thief and Deus Ex. Much like inFamous, your actions will affect how people react to you through the ‘chaos system’, affecting the amount of help or hindrance you receive in different areas of the game. And it features samurai swords, a plague and men on impossibly high stilts with flamethrowers, so what’s not to love?
2012 is shaping up to be another fantastic year of gaming, so narrowing down my most anticipated titles to simply three is no easy task. Still, there are three games that stand out above the rest; games I can’t wait to get my hands on. They are Tomb Raider, SSX, and DmC (hopefully).
Reboots seem to be all the rage this year and none of them look more spectacular than Tomb Raider. Lara Croft is no longer the adventurous thrill seeker from previous games in the franchise, but rather a young girl turned survivor. The game is a much darker and grittier version of Lara than we’ve seen in the past. You can’t help but get the chills from watching the debut trailer. It’s something I’ve seen dozens of times, and yet it feels new and fresh with each viewing. From what I saw at E3 last year, Crystal Dynamics is set to deliver one fantastic experience that will put Lara on a whole new path of discovery and adventure, one that I can’t wait to be a part of.
SSX has always been a favorite franchise of mine since its glory days on the PS2. To this day, Tricky remains one of my favorite games, period. The past few years have been rather quiet for the series, with no title yet to grace the PS3 or Xbox 360. That is all about to change come February. From its initial announcement at the 2010 VGAS to the latest gameplay teaser, the revamped SSX looks amazing. There was somewhat of a stumble towards the beginning as it looked like the series would descend into deadly territory, but the game has regained its footing and returned to its roots. Best of all, the ultra-showoff “Tricky” moves are back as well. Check out the Tricky trailer. All it needs is Pysmon’s Guillotine trick and consider me sold!
Rounding out my most anticipated of 2012 is DmC or Devil May Cry. This reboot of the stylish Capcom franchise features a younger, more punk-esque Dante but doesn’t skimp on the gameplay elements that made the series what it is today. New to the game will be a living environment that apparently wants to kill you. Much of the details about DmC are still underwraps but, I can’t wait to hear more about what surprises Capcom has in store for us. While there currently isn’t a definitive release date, we can only hope that is comes to us sometime within the next year.
January is quiet, but things pick up next month when the likes of SSX arrive. The real action happens in March though, when Shepherd concludes his epic battle against the Reapers in Mass Effect 3.
Mass Effect is the space opera all boys (and some girls) lived out in their heads during their more formative years. You are a space cowboy; you have your own ship and crew, and the universe is yours to boldly explore. But the scale of the adventure isn’t the only thing BioWare has got right.
Mass Effect, despite its depth, is very polished with great graphics, outstanding dialouge and a satisfying story. It also has a real sense of purpose; for a change, the choices you make actually make a real difference.
BioWare is working on the combat for the third game. It’s always been Mass Effect’s weakest link and the changes have it looking much more responsive and satisfying. The only concern is that the action will overshadow the exploration. That’s not what Mass Effect is about, but I have complete faith in BioWare to get it right.
As I said, January will be quiet, so make sure you make good use of this time (re)playing Mass Effect 2 to prepare for the big event.
Next up, and for the third time in this list, is the new Tomb Raider. Let’s face it, Old Lara had become a joke. The only thing more predictable than her gigantic chest was the gameplay. The series had gone stale and Crystal Dynamics has done the right thing by killing Old Lara and introducing New Lara.
It’s a proper Batman Begins-style reboot of the series. The confident swagger is gone and in its place is a healthy dose of vulnerability. It is the story of a young wannabe adventurer who has found herself in way over her head. It’s all about survival now.
Uncharted is an obvious influence but Crystal Dynamics is promising more open gameplay. There is also a fair amount of survival horror influence in there too. The direction is exciting and it’s fresh, and I’m hopeful that Crystal Dynamics will nail the gameplay. Check out the trailer.
My final tip is BioShock: Infinite. The original drew critical acclaim for taking us into a exciting world packed full of imagination. It’s a tough act to follow, but, miraculously, Irrational Games have not only managed to find a suitable new setting, they’ve actually surpassed Rapture.
Infinite takes us back to the early twentieth century, to a floating city in an Art Nouveau era. It’s a densely populated world where radical political idealogies, giant Songbirds, a princess trapped in a, erm, floating city and a rogue Pinkerton Agent are perfectly commonplace things.
It’s not just the world that excites me most though. Ken Levine and his team have been working hard to make the gameplay more meaningful. So, you will wander through crowds and often no one will bat an eyelid unless you trigger an action. It’s all about “giving the player agency”, said Levine in the latest issue of OPM:
“When you’re talking to your friend the next day, you’re saying ‘Oh, you shot down the zeppelin from the ground? You know what? I got on the skyline, rode up to that zeppelin and got on board, blew it up from the inside and then dived out.’ And these are all valid approached.” – Official PlaySation Magazine UK, issue 66
BioShock was a surprise hit. Actually, it was a colossal hit. The studio must be feeling the pressure, but so far it’s looking fantastic and I can’t wait to ride those skylines.
I’ll sneakily add the following unannounced or undated games to the bottom of my list: Assassin’s Creed 3, Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us – all of which could have made this list, and they would certainly give 2012 are good shot at surpassing 2011.