A Taste of 2012
Upon reviewing the big games of this year, I hit a snag. 2011 was easy; I had awaited eagerly the release of Uncharted 3 and Skyrim, so those decisions were easy. 2012, however, presents several major games that aren’t as anticipated as the previous titles mentioned, but still have a lot to offer. Here’s a preview of what’s to come in 2012:
Taking a drastic turn upward from the series’ standard, Infinite takes to the skies. The anti-sequel takes place in Columbia, an autonomous flying city, with major political and civil issues. Civil war and mutiny have turned a beautiful retreat into a floating nightmare. The player takes control of Booker Dewitt, a mercenary hire
d to rescue the beautiful Elizabeth from the socially-crumbling Columbia.
As far as gameplay, vigors will take place of plasmids and will offer titillating new abilities like telekinesis, crow-summoning, and lightning storms. I’m envisioning throwing many-an-enemy over the guardrails. Infinite is sure to throw some heavy duty storytelling our way, as evident in prior titles. Something sinister is brewing under the surface of the steam punk sanctuary of Columbia.
There is something exciting about the fantasy worlds created for the BioShock franchise that give a new feel to FPS games. BioShock certainly stands out from other FPS titles and is sure to continue to revolutionize shooters. The game’s release is still TBA.
Devil may Cry gets a new look and a new dev this year. Although Ninja Theory is taking charge of development, Capcom still oversees the project, ensuring that the core appeal of Devil may Cry remains intact. Some fans aren’t too happy about the change, but it also gives newcomers a chance to feel like they can hop into the series without previous experience with the franchise.
DmC takes place in Limbo City where demons have their merry way, and Dante takes charge of cleanup. The look of the environment in DmC reflects the yin and yang nature of Dante, a half angel half demon hybrid. Blues and reds pop from the backdrop, visually emulating the mixed nature of the protagonist.
Gameplay is designed to convey intensity. As Dante’s combos accumulate, new layers of music are added, giving an ominous sense of anxiety. Dante’s armory includes a new scythe, a sword, and his iconic handguns. Fans need not to worry. Every major franchise has given their characters a face lift from time to time, now it’s Dante’s turn.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
If you are a follower of Gametaffy, you know that we are stoked for the release of the sequel to 2010’s Final Fantasy XIII. The developers have done their part in trying to answer fan’s complaints about the game such as a linear storyline, and the results look aweso-mazing.
XIII-2 takes place soon after the events of the first game, with the inhabitants of Cocoon adapting to the harsh conditions of Gran Pulse where they must now reside. Lighting, the game’s protagonist, has gone missing, and her sister Serah sets out to solve the mystery of her disappearance. On the way, she meets a stranger from the distant future by the name of Noel, and here’s where things get iffy. They game utilizes time travel portals at certain points in the game that are an integral part of the plot. Time travel can be a tricky beast, but Square has never made a Final Fantasy title without some bit of weirdness. Let’s just hope it’s not a Lake House (The awful time travel movie with Keanu Reeves).
FFXIII-2 is dated for release on January 31st.
Grand Theft Auto V is slated to be one of the biggest releases of 2012. It is one of the most popular franchises in the gaming industry, and with news of its release back when Skyrim, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, and Modern Warfare 3 were hot, it quickly overshadowed those titles and became the hottest trend on Twitter.
The state of California is the inspiration for GTA V in the fictional city of Los Santos. Crime and corruption have created a visible effect on Los Santos with the rich in control of the city’s economy, and the poor doing their best to get by. Expect a lot from GTA V; rumors about driveable cars, boats, planes, and even jets have gamers excited, and today’s tech can accommodate some awesome particle-flying, scenery-bashing fun.
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