An Exciting List Of PC Games For 2012

By Jim Rossignol on January 4th, 2012 at 7:37 am.

2012!
A new year of PC gaming is upon us. But what dark delights await? Wonder not, for we’ve sent our tobacco-powered robot down into the game-mines to report on what is being hauled to the surface by the terrified ponies of development. Onwards for elucidation!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS ORDERED BY APPROXIMATE EXCITINGNESS DIVIDED BY LIKELIHOOD OF ACTUALLY BEING RELEASED IN 2012. EXCITINGNESS IS MEASURED INDEPENDENTLY BY SWISS SCIENTISTS.

And at the top of the list is…
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Dishonored

Arkane Studios’ weird fiction of an alternate universe and an assassin with strange (and occasionally rat-based) powers promises to land squarely in the sort of territory we like to explore. With Deus Ex lead Harvey Smith plus Dark Messiah brain Raphael Colantonio at the controls, and a mandate to make things stealthy and sneaky, this could well be the most interesting game to appear in 2012. Find out what we know about the game by reading more here.


Planetside 2

There’s not a whole lot of faith out there that SOE will get the MMOFPS thing right with Planetside 2, but they came so close with the original, and delivered such epic combat, that we can’t wait to see what they achieve here. The mix of territory war across infantry and vehicular action kept us engrossed for several months back in 2003, and if they can keep the server populations up for the remake, we’ll probably be counting this as one of the great games of 2012. Read our most recent interview about Planetside 2 right here.


Dead State

Still sitting on the list from last year, our interest in zombie RPG Dead State is nevertheless undiminished. It’s a full-blown survival RPG, being developed by some veterans from Troika (Bloodlines) in their own indie outfit. We hear that there’s to be big news about the game in 2012, but until that comes along you can catch up with why we’re so excited about this game by reading this interview with Brian Mitsoda, in which he sets out his ambitions for the title.


Diablo III

There’s no point denying that we’re lusting for more of this, despite the diabolical always-on setup. The beta gave us a taste of the most beautifully hyper-violent dungeon-crawler and we want to sink our stubby little teeth into the rest of it. Entertaining solo and genuinely brilliant co-op, the beta was just a hint of what is probably going to be the most popular PC game of 2012, even if it is not the most interesting. For some impressions of what we thought you can take a read of this article about the beta access.


Mass Effect 3

That’s right, the Mass Effect arc comes to its Earth-invading conclusion in 2012. Bioware’s space-based guns & conversation game looking like the most spectacular game of the series, but we’ve yet to really get to grips with the changes that the single player is introducing. Interesting, perhaps, that the only bit of it RPS has been able to see first hand has been the co-op play? You can read about that just here.


Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm

The Zerg-led second single-player campaign for Starcraft II will arrive in 2012, and that will excite some, but it’s really the changes to the highly-competitive multiplayer (eight new units and three removed) that will be wrought by this, which will earn the most attention. Blizzard haven’t let an RPS agent look at the game, yet, but our Eurogamer chums have a campaign-focused preview just here.


Guild Wars 2

NCSoft and ArenaNet can’t afford to get this one wrong, and we doubt they will, either. The sequel to no-subscription MMO Guild Wars is one of the most promising multiplayer titles we’ve ever seen, with a vast and beautiful MMO world, an astonishing array of characters and potential customisation, and more of an open-world focus, while still sustaining the individual storyline stuff that made the original game so interesting. We went hands on with the game over here.


Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Reckoning has impressed us. Not as much as it might have done, but enough that we’re now definitely paying attention. A really big budget RPG with a new IP (and an old trad fantasy theme) and an action focus means this wants to be all things to all players (as long as they like swords & conversation) and it’s looking ludicrously slick to seal the deal. Alec had some time alone with it over here and it seems to be improving with each glimpse we get of it.


Monaco

Another big name that we expected to land in 2011 but that has crept in 2012, Monaco is probably the indie title we are most keen to see go live. It’s a ludicrous lo-fi multiplayer heist brimming with ideas and smart design. There’s even online multiplayer for launch, which means the hivemind will be all over this like tar and feathers. Read more about why and how to excited about Andy Schatz’ project here.


Borderlands 2

The original Borderlands’ cell-shaded FPS Diablo ‘em up wasn’t to everyone’s tastes, but to those who enjoyed getting a posse together and roaring out into the wastelands, it was a minor classic. Returning to Pandora with a squad of new characters, the sequel promises more of the same, only bigger and better. Which is what sequels do, right? We’ve already had a chance to talk to Gearbox about the game and see a little bit of it in action, and you can read the account of that just here.


Quantum Conundrum

Kim Swift, one of the key brains behind Portal, did not stay at Valve. Instead she moved over to Airtight Games, where she’s the creative lead on a new puzzler called Quantum Conundrum. It throws the player into the mansion of mad scientist, in which everything is a loopy science experiment. Needless to say, we’ll have to puzzle our way through. The first glimpses of the game can be see here.


The Secret World

The other MMO we’re getting excited about is Funcom’s The Secret World. If nothing else, it deals with subject matter that MMOs haven’t tackled before: the contemporary supernatural and global conspiracy. In The Secret World everything is true, and you’re just as likely to be tangling with Great Old Ones as you are sorting the vampires from the werewolves. With guns and hip contemporary clothing, it’s bound to gather a sizeable audience. We’re written loads about it, as you can see here.


Max Payne 3

Following a hiatus of eight years, Max is to return. It’s being developed by Rockstar this time, with Remedy having moved on to Alan Wake, and it’s dripping with spectacular gun action. It’s looking like an appropriate update to the series, too, despite the surprising move from New York ghetto to Sao Paulo slum. We’ve already had a look at the game in motion, and you can read those impressions here.


Alan Wake

And while we’re on the subject of Remedy, they’ve announced that their 360 spooky action ‘em up, Alan Wake, is going to arrive on PC. Will it be polished for PC or impractically ported? Only time will tell. We had a bit of a chat with them here.


Torchlight II

Runic’s dungeon-crawling sequel has been delayed and delayed, missing the expected 2011 release, and that can only be a good thing. It means they’ve got more time and money to spend on making it even better. The original was such a quick development, and still a minor gem, that we’re hoping the extra time given to this will bring it to a wondrous shine! Dan had a play of an early build of the game and you can read about that here.


Prey 2

Few games due for a 2012 release are as intriguing as Human Head’s Prey 2. It bares little resemblance to the original offbeat linear shooter, and instead is pitched as an open-ended alien-stalking bounty-hunter game set in a sci-fi space city. Yes, that DOES sound like the kind of game we’d like to take a look at. Fortunately we got to chat with the devs about it just here.


Bioshock Infinite

The flying city of Columbia pretty much ensures that the big Bioshock sequel has an even more impressive backdrop than its predecessor, but can it also build on the FPS mechanics? With a companion character and some critical choices to be made about the action, it looks a lot less “would you kindly” than the first game, but it’s hard to know whether Irrational can really pull off something that will wow the sceptics. But then when was the last time those guys were wowed? Exactly. RPS Agent Gillen had a chat with Ken Levine about the game over here.


Arma 3

Arma 3 will continue the heavily simulatory trend in the Arma games, but it also has a new twist: it leaps forward into the near future. This means that while it’s going to feature some contemporary hardware it’s also going to feature a lot of what might be in the hands of soldiers in a couple of decades time. It’s going to be a weird, wired war. I had a quick chat with Bohemia boss Marek Spanel last year.

Hawken
There’s a real danger that this amazing-looking multiplayer mech game will be snapped up for exclusivity on the consoles, but right now the developers Adhesive say they want to bring it to PC as well as the TV boxes. It certainly deserves to be on the format of ultimate deathmatch, because the fast-paced play and stupendous visuals do basically ask for a PC setup. At least in my brain. A bunch more videos can be seen here.


Cartel

In what was basically a reaction to EA announcing that Syndicate would be a co-op FPS, Paradox announced they’d be developing a cyberpunk world-conquest game (with attending tactical mode) called Cartel. We talked to them about their plans just here, and laughed the sad laugh of journalists who have seen too much.


Grim Dawn

Nothing can contain our excitement over Grim Dawn – look! there goes a bit of it now, whizzing off into space. Crate Entertainment spoke to us about their plans for the hardcore ARPG, and said: “I think we’re probably unique just in the sense that, while most studios are redesigning their games to be more casual-player friendly, we’re busy making Grim Dawn more complex and probably casual-player hostile.” I could have hugged them. We hoped this would appear in 2011, actually, but we’ll settle for 2012.


Crusader Kings II

Few men can truly say that they wouldn’t want to have conquered Europe in Medieval times, but the truth is that most of us would be too lazy and weak to actually get on with doing so. Not to worry, because there’s a game for that – Crusader Kings II should appear in a few short weeks and sort the men from the benevolent dictators. A simulation that is as much about people as it is armies, this will is one of the more fascinating wargames out there. We have studied it at length.


Wildstar

Carbine’s beautiful-looking intergalactic pseudo-Wild West seems the perfect locale for a traditional MMO romp. With exploration skills and giant alien yetis, we can’t see any way that this can fail to be entertaining. That is, of course, if you like to do a bit of questing. And we know you do, you filthy beast. You can read lots about what to expect from the thing just here.


Carrier Command: Gaea Mission

Ooh, a remake 80s super-classic Carrier Command? One that’s actually faithful to the original game? Why, it can only be from a European studio. Yes, that’s right, it’s by Bohemia, the Arma chaps. Odd choice, perhaps, but this is actually a new studio that the Czech company have purchased, and it will be cross platform. That might limit things a bit, but my hands on time with the game was promising indeed. Haha, I used the tagline “carrier bagged”. I am clever.


Risen 2: Dark Waters

Germanic RPG Risen did a great deal to impress us, and we’re expecting far more from its pirate-themed sequel, Dark Waters. With a huge archipelago to explore and a mix of 18th century swashbuckle and magic, this could well be the pirate-RPG treasure we’ve been searching for all these years. Some more coverage can be found here.


Metro: Last Light

Almost everyone I’ve spoken to who played the original Metro 2033 talked about what a great game it nearly was, and then about how they hoped the team would fix its problems the next time around. That’s precisely what 4A are aiming to do with Last Light, and that means it could be a classic if they’re successful. John had a first glimpse of the game back during E3.


Command & Conquer: Generals 2

UPDATE: This one is for 2013, actually. Sorry. We don’t know too much about this yet, other than that it is definitely happening on the Bioware label (with a studio formed from the ashes of old C&C teams), and that it is following on from Generals rather than the other C&C fictions. The game will also be using a variant of DICE’s Frostbite engine, which means it could have the same level of fidelity as Battlefield 3, as well as lots of exploding scenery.


Game of Thrones RPG

The game of Mr Martin’s fantasy feudalism is being made by Cyanide, which means there’s some scepticism about how good it’s going to be, which is something that will dampen the excitement we might otherwise feel about this enormously popular book-to-TV series becoming a game. If they can get the backstabbing and the undiplomatic power-mongering right, then this really could be a classic. We wait and hope. Here’s what we know so far.


Firefall

Red Five Studios’ attempt at making an open world shooter look fabulous in their Borderlands-style sci-fi cell-shadings, but it should play well, too, with the lead designers from World Of Warcraft and the original Tribes games both being involved in the genesis of this free-to-play beast. Jetpacks and aliens and so forth make us quite excited about getting our hands on this. We talked to the team back when the game was announced.


Tribes Ascend

When we’re talking about multiplayer jetpack games, however, there’s another name on the block: Tribes Ascend. Hi-Rez (of Global Agenda and more jetpacks) bought the Tribes licence and are now making their own game in the series. The free-to-play shooter is in beta right now and we’re hearing some positive noises from in there. Our own Mr Cobbett even had a cautious look at how it’s getting on.


End Of Nations

It’ll be worth playing End Of Nations if just for the sheer amount of stuff you can get on screen. With huge maps full of strategically-manic players, this could be one of busiest multiplayer RTS games of all time, and it’ll be free to play, too. Behold the prior coverage.


Far Cry 3

2011 might have been brimming with open-world games, but few of them were straight up shooters. That should hopefully be remedied in 2012 by the arrival of the third Far Cry game. The second game received a mixed reception and so Ubi are claiming to have read the signs, understood the feedback, and put it together to create a jungle-island shooter to please everyone. Here’s what Dan saw of the game at E3 last year.


Xenonauts

The big publishers might have decided that the age of turn-based games is at an end, but that doesn’t mean they’re right to do so. Xenonauts is one game aiming to prove them wrong by making a game that resides firmly with the spirit of the incredible X-Com games. Will it take over the world in 2012? Perhaps. Take a look at what Alec thought when he previewed the game.


GTA V

The chances that the PC version of GTA V will fall in 2012 do seem slim, but it’s hard not to be intrigued by what the Rockstar chums will come up with for the fifth game in the series. We’ve already seen that trailer, of course, but it will be the details which really make the gangster pudding… so to speak. Mmm, pudding. Anyway, a big game, however you look at it.


Thi4f (No, really, that is their logo. I’m sorry.)

Whether the ludicrous Thi4f nomenclature will survive into release, or whether the game will arrive in 2012, these things are unclear. What is clear is this: We are so excited about the studio that made Deus Ex: Human Revolution making a new Thief game, that we might have some kind of frantic episode. What we know about the mystery game so far is compiled here.


Hitman: Absolution

Look, we’re all disappointed that it’s not actually called “Hitman: Subtitle”, but that’s just the way life is: unfair, po-faced, taking itself too seriously. Hopefully though the game will be more Blood Money and less… we’ll less Hitman movie with Tim Olyphant. What we know about the new killing game is here.


Spy Party

Gosh, this is a long list. Am I half way through writing it yet? Must be close. Anyway, Hecker’s Spy Party – and one of the most exciting indie games ever, in my opinion – is one of those ludicrously ambitious game ideas: you attend a party and some of the people in there are spies. Can you figure out which ones? There’s actually a beta sign-up going on, so you can express your interest in discovering the spy just here.


The Witness

While we’re on the topic of enormously ambitious and clever indie games we should probably mention that Jon Blow is making a PC-exclusive, The Witness. It’s an open-world first-person puzzle game. That might sound a bit like something Cryo would have a go at if they were still around today, but there’s every reason to expect that Blow’s impressive brain will create something rewardingly complex and cerebrally tickling. Reasons for this line of thinking can be found in this.


XCOM

I know. I’m sorry. But I still want to play it, I think it’s going to be a blast. The team making it are good at what they do, which is make shooty FPS games with lovely art, and that’s exactly what’s going on here, only with additional squad management and a sprinkling of alien-technology metagame. I can’t wait to get my hands on it, frankly. Here’s an interview.


Syndicate

There’s every reason why this could be a splendid co-op shooter in a cyberpunk world. It’s looking absurdly violent, too, so there’s lots of scope for this to entertain us with exploding heads and evisceration. A tactical world-conquering isometric shooter it isn’t, but there’s scope for that elsewhere on this list. Everything we know about the new Syndicate can be found here.


Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics seem to know what they’re doing with Tomb Raider, so it’s encouraging to see them being given some freedom to remake the lady adventurer for a 2012 reboot. Lara looks more realistic, younger, and for some reason much dirtier. We had a chat with Squeenix’s Karl Stewart about what this all meant just here.


Warlock: Master Of The Arcane

Civ with Wizards, or something like that. It looks right up our street, anyway, with a fantasy world draped across a big turn-based (and multiplayer) world of conquest. Paradox are hitting a lot of the right notes with their games for 2012 and this looks to be one of the most promising.


Mechwarrior Online

We don’t know too much about Piranha’s Mechwarrior Online, but we do know it’ll be using “real” time against the Battletech universe’s timeline from launch, and that it will be using CryEngine 3 to power its robot battles. The idea of a huge online war of the stompy robots – and free to play, too – is almost too thrilling for us to contemplate. Here’s hoping it’s actually good!


Dragon Commander

Mixing Larian’s familiar RPG stuff with strategy and aerial dragon combat, Dragon Commander is one of the more unusual games due to hit in 2012, and we’re enormously interested to see how it will play out. Alec had a good look at it last year, and was intrigued. You can read what he had to say about it here.


King Arthur II

I got a kick out of the original King Arthur game, thanks to its blending an RPG with something like a fantasy version of the Total War games. If the sequel can offer a bit more polish then it could be one of the strongest strategy games in 2012.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The Counter-Strike games have been one of the most popular PC games since their inception in the mod scene 567 years ago. Valve are updating it in 2012 with the release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in which the terrorists finally win. (Half of the time.)


Amy

I can think of a couple of games that ask us to save a little girl from horrors, but Amy’s particular take on getting the girl out a zombie apocalypse looks wilfully unusual. Hugging the little girl herself will be one of the ways your character can stave off becoming a zombie herself, and it looks like there might be some grisly ends to not managing to stay human… What we know about Amy is collected here.


Super Monday Night Combat

The new Monday Night Combat game, prefixed with what we hope is an indicative “Super”, is going to be a PC-only free-to-play sort of thing, and it looks like it’ll be just as wacky as the original game. Apparently it will be slower and more strategic than the first game, making things a little easier on players who aren’t so comfortable with fast-paced combat stuff.


World Of Warplanes

It wasn’t long ago that I had a chat with Wargaming.net to see what their plans for the sky-variant of their multiplayer combat game would be like. It sounds pretty bold, to be honest, and I will be fascinated to see if it’s as popular as the tank-based incarnation.


Overgrowth

This is going to be the best game about rabbits beating the living crap out of each other, EVER! I mean it. It’s also one of the indie games we’re expect to go a bit massive in 2012. I also found out a bit more about what the Wolfire were doing with their playable work-in-progress title in this here interview. They said some words.


Natural Selection 2

To me it feels like Natural Selection 2 has been in development for about ten thousand years (and I really thought it would land in 2011), but it will finally arrive in 2012. The commercial sequel to the mod that really put multiplayer RTS/FPS hybrid on the regular gaming agenda, Natural Selection 2 should be a big deal for everyone who likes space marines, aliens, and meticulous FPS combat.


Shadowrun

The Shadowrun world, which blends standard fantasy tropes with cyberpunk, has always been a pet favourite of mine. I couldn’t help being interested, then, when Cliffhangar dropped us a line to say they were developing a version of it, multiplayer and online. I had a chat with them about what that will entail just here.


War Of The Roses

There’s definitely not enough in the way of brutal medieval melee combat on the PC. Two of the melee games that came out in 2011 were rubbish, so Paradox are trying to fix it all with War Of The Roses, a saga that will have both a single player campaign and a major multiplayer component. Dudes are going to get sliced, I suspect. Paradox Dan had a chat with the devs just here.


Salem

Ah, while we are on the subject of Paradox trying to address niche audiences, Salem is their sandbox MMO set in colonial north America. Yes, a bit of an unusual one, but the boldness of the idea has us interested. There’s going to be permadeath and other things that MMOs rarely broach. It could be a fascinating escapade.


Aliens: Colonial Marines

The existence of this big sci-fi shooter from Gearbox looked unclear for a while there, but it’s now due to hit in 2012 and the glimpses we’ve seen so far make it look pretty impressive. You can catch up with the current story on Colonial Marines just here.


DOTA 2

It’s fair to say that in the competitive world of games that are a bit like DOTA, Valve’s DOTA 2 is going to be a big deal. Currently in beta, it’s already a hot topic for the MOBA crowd, and drawing lots of pro-gaming interest. It’ll be even more interesting to see what kind of impact the official launch makes. Everything we have on DOTA 2 is just here.


Prototype 2

Radical’s grotesque open-world eviscerate ‘em up has a sequel intended for 2012 that is bound to be even more spectacularly violent and silly than the original. The complaint that the city was a little bit spartan last time is being met by dividing the city up into three sections and then making up for lost space with more goings on. It’s bound to be bloody fun.


The Darkness 2

Speaking of ultraviolence, we’re expecting The Darkness sequel to arrive on PC in 2012, too. We’re not totally convinced about the quality of this one, but the first game was surprisingly solid, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one turns out.


X: Rebirth

The one series that is keeping the Elite-style space trader/fighter game idea alive expects a new member in 2012. Like Elite it will be focusing on a single ship, too. Interesting.


Gratuitous Tank Battles

Cliff takes his Gratuitous series away from the space fleet management line of business and into a territory that looks a lot more like tower defence. It’s World War I with mechs, and I spoke to him about it when I saw the game in 2011.


Line Of Defense

300AD are having a crack at the MMOFPS lark with Line Of Defense and promise a truly huge theatre of action, with vast maps and citys many kilometres across. Can they take on the other big scale FPS contenders?


Star Trek

And lo, another game from the same studio that is doing The Darkness II. The action game based on the recent reboot of the Star Trek franchise! That is not a pleasant sentence to have been responsible for, but it could still turn out to be a decent action game. Let us not dismiss an egg before it is revealed to be a holodeck trick.


Darksiders 2

Man, I got pretty pissed off with DarkSiders, but it was still a well put together sort of game. The next one has Death as the main character, too, so where can it go wrong? We actually got an early look at the game, to see where it might go wrong, and you can read that here.


Miegakure

Calling itself “a garden in four dimensions”, Miegakure promises to be the puzzle game which curdles our brain milk in 2012. Well, there had to be at least one, didn’t there?


Prison Architect

Last year’s list had Subversion on it, but that game might now never come to be. Instead Introversion are working on a game about successfully imprisoning people. I played a bit of an early build of Prison Architect and wrote about it here.


Wargame: European Escalation

The Cold War becomes hot, Hot, HOT war in Eugen Systems’ next game. Yes, they were the chaps who made RUSE, which we were rather fond of. Doesn’t look like Ubisoft were too fond of it, because they aren’t the publishers for this next game…


Age Of Decadence

Will Vince D Weller bring us his RPG in 2012? Only time will tell. Whatever happens, we’ll always have that interview.


Lucius

Looks like Lucius didn’t quite make the Q4 2011 release date, but I trust it will land in 2012 because I do rather what to see demon-child vs household in a game that looks a bit like The Omen crossed with Hitman.


Botanicula

John made me put this in the list. These are his reasons.


Carmageddon: Reincarnation

There’s a certain wistfulness in the eye of anyone who takes time out to recall the cartoon violence of Carmageddon. It really was something special. It’s with that glee that the original dev team, Stainless Games, have returned to the franchise. They’re raising money for the remake now, and they had a chat with Alec about their plans for the game itself, which you can read here.


Stacking

Double Fine’s brilliant puzzle adventure based on nesting dolls is coming to PC. Funny and clever, it’s an ideal game for the one true platform.


Gotham City Imposters

Monolith seem to be doing something genuinely ludicrous with Gotham City Imposters, a multiplayer game about everyone pretending to be the Gotham heroes and villains. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but you can examine the clues we’ve gathered here.


Project CARS

The boldest attempt at user-generated content we’ve seen in the racing world, with a crowd-sourced model. Yep, they’re basically trying to get the community to build the content while relying on the enormous tech expertise of race game veterans Slightly Mad Studios. A bold idea, and I will be fascinated to see how it pans out in 2012.


Brothers in Arms: Furious 4

Well, it’ll be interesting to see what Gearbox do with this four-player co-op reboot of the Brothers In Arms series. It’s always interesting when an FPS studio tries to do funny, isn’t it?


World Of Darkness

With the layoffs at CCP priotising bizarre PS3-only crossover shooter DUST 514, I have no expectation of World Of Darkness making a showing in 2012, let alone being released, but I add it here for the sake of optimism. It remains the one MMO I think could truly change things for the genre, and I live in hope.


S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

At the time of writing it’s not entirely clear whether there is even going to be a Stalker 2, let alone whether it will appear in 2012, and that is the ONLY reason it appears at the bottom of this list. If it were definitely happening then it would be at the top, and I would be doing a dance while singing: “Yeah, yeah, apocalyptic dys-topi-aaaaAAAAaaa!”

There are loads more games coming out in 2012, of course, but this is where this list ends. Good luck to everyone trying to get their games done! We’ll be having a nice cup of tea. And waiting.

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151 Comments »

  1. Metonymy says:

    Now that is a series of images. Hawken, Warlock, GW2, TL2, BL2. A good series of solid hopes and guilty pleasures.

    BTW Katawa Shoujo was released, you too can romance cartoon crippled girls. There is no cost, other than that lingering sensation of trifling away your life. But you’re already accustomed to that, aren’t you.

    • Lev Astov says:

      Yes, 2012 is looking up! If Hawken doesn’t come out on PC, though, I’ll cry and pound my fists on the floor (then go out and buy a XIM3).

    • Wulf says:

      Huh, I somehow missed Hawken when I made my little list. But that’s definitely something I’m curious about as well. Though I’m worried it’s more to go stomping off over the city rather than to fight other robots.

      Hey, we’re supposed to be having a deathmatch, here!

    • Sic says:

      Hawken is currently PC exclusive, so there’s nothing to worry about.

  2. Chaddicus says:

    My wallet just filed for witness protection.

    • bfandreas says:

      I do want a couple of those games like I want my next breath. I’m mildly interested in a few more. Trouble is that “mildly interested” directly translated to a Steam purchase when I got a good deal.

      By my estimation I will be finished playing what I bought during the holiday sales about midJuly.
      2015.

      2011 shall be henceforth be remembered as THE best year for computer games since ever.

      Also judging by that list there won’t be any EA Sports sequels this year? It is truly wonderous!

    • ynamite says:

      And you thought 2011 was a good year for gaming. 2012 is going to be the pinnacle, the king, the all your base are belong to us year of gaming.

      I don’t know when and how I’ll find the time and money to play all this stuff … I guess I’m going to have to resort to just getting the real gems … no wait, fuck that, I wanna play ‘em all.

    • Bob says:

      Good Lord! My wallet is suing me for damages already. There’s at least 6 must haves for me there, and like bfandreas, the others I’m interested in will probably be a purchase at some stage.

  3. loinbread says:

    You left out the Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P release which is going to come out Q1 2012.

    • jezcentral says:

      How much would you like to bet that that would happen? Because I will gladly take that bet.

    • iniudan says:

      It not going F2P at least before Guild Wars 2 get release. Since it the only MMO with a high enough profile to really put a real dent into it subscription.

    • Wulf says:

      You talk like SWTOR has a massive enough subscriber base for GW2 to put a dent into rather than ‘eat whole.’ >_> I mean, really. The way Bioware are banning people rather than spending money, it’s making me think that SWTOR is really not performing anywhere near what they’d hoped.

    • InternetBatman says:

      Really? There are frequent hour long waits just to get in and story reasons to roll six characters and you think it’s not doing that well? TOR is gunning for WoW, Guild Wars is just going to do its own thing.

    • Alceste007 says:

      Lol, I still have dam queues on my server. The Old Republic has been a blast so far.

  4. Zyper says:

    After just looking over this post, I’m eager to see some of these games in action, namely Thief 4 and Dishonored, both titles I’ve been looking at since around November ’11… But this is a great list, and really gets me pumped for the new year.. Thanks guys! :D

  5. lanster27 says:

    Regarding Generals 2, the trailer on the official website ends with a ‘coming in 2013′, so I guess we can take that out of this list.

  6. Alexander Norris says:

    I am sillilililily looking forward to Max Payne 3, because it looks incredibly Max Payne.

    I hope Syndicate turns out to be good rather than sort of alright, since both the Riddick games had a great first half to two thirds before abandoning everything that made them cool and turning into rubbish FPSes.

    Other than that, roll on Metro: Last Light, Prey 2, Dishonored (squeeeee Harvey Smith), Dead State (squeeeeeeee Brian Mitsoda), PlanetSide 2 (I am hoping it’s better or at least as good as PlanetSide, which to my eternal shame I missed) and Colonial Marines.

    Also vaguely curious about MechWarrior Online, Borderlands 2, BioShock Infinite, The Secret World, Super Monday Night Combat, Dark Siders 2, the Tomb Raider reboot and I really, really hope Thifourth turns out to be amazing but I’m not holding much hope.

  7. Cryo says:

    @Darksiders 2 screenshot: OH HI RAZIEL.

    • pupsikaso says:

      Yeah, I was quickly scrolling by and caught myself on that image, thinking “wait, they are making a new soul reaver? what?”

      Too bad they aren’t. Would be a good time for one, I think.

    • ShrikeMalakim says:

      Well, the series has already starred WARthas Menethil, so why not?

    • Wulf says:

      …I had exactly the same reaction.

      “SOULREA–oh, no… wait… no… disappointment.”

      I really, really want a new Soul Reaver game, now. :|

  8. LionsPhil says:

    veterans from Troika

    Almost enough to make me slightly interested in yet another chuffing zombie game!

  9. Teronfel says:

    I will play all of them cuz i have nothng better to do before the world ends.

  10. arrjayjee says:

    Fuck the haters, I’m pumped for a new Counter Strike.

    • rayne117 says:

      Liking Counter Strike, what a rebel.

      61,797 99,700 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
      49,546 73,687 Counter-Strike
      43,276 63,315 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – Multiplayer
      40,812 61,550 Counter-Strike: Source

    • Wang Tang says:

      Speaking of Counter-Strike, seeing that XCOM picture absurdly reminded me of cs_estate.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Well, Rayne, he did say “new”, and those stats you posted put the old CS on top.

    • Text_Fish says:

      Me too arrjayjee. I feel a bit boring admitting it, but I would probably put it at the top of my 2012 “must have” list.

      As Rayne very admirably and necessarily points out we’re probably not in a minority, but it does often seem like the haters are much more outspoken around here so kudos for speaking up.

  11. mrjackspade says:

    King Arthur 2 :)?

  12. LordHuggington says:

    Prey 2, Bioshock Infinite, Firefall, and ME3 are looking interesting. Also keeping an eye on Kingdom of Amalur. I’m really hoping that Sega decides to go ahead with a western release for Phantasy Star Online 2.

    • Wulf says:

      “[...] Sega decides to go ahead with a western release for Phantasy Star Online 2.”

      Frankly?

      That would make my day, whatever day that news was released on, and likely probably many days after that would be made by the knowledge, and then later, the playing. I never fell out of love with Phantasy Star, it’s a brilliant Universe, and it has a sort of… innocence which other MMO Universes eschew, that I like.

      It may just be a typically Japanese thing, I suppose. But there was no fantastic racism (TROEP!) in Phantasy Star, or any of the Phantasy Star games. Hell, in Phantasy Star Portable 2 you had a beast race bloke in a pink trenchcoat whom everyone thought of as a badass. I approve of things like this, I approve of them hard.

      Why can’t we have more heroes in pink trenchcoats? And more beastmen in pink trenchcoats.

      I love you, Phantasy Star.

      But yes, even back when it was just Phantasy Star Online, I was able to make a purple, midget mech with a gigantic gun that couldn’t possibly have been held up by his size. He looked like a walking crate carrying a bazooka. I loved that little guy. I could certainly do with rerolling him in PSO2.

  13. Gira says:

    Some interesting stuff there, but it’s really all about Dead State. If there’s any game that’s going to save the RPG from the current Cinematic Emotional Visceral quagmire, it’s Mitsoda’s baby. From everything he’s said – that is, gauging his philosophy behind the game, without being aware of whether he’s actually able to pull it off – it might even outclass the original Fallout.

  14. volkanongun says:

    HAIL TO THIEF 4!

  15. acenck says:

    Another year of RPS. I’m looking forward to it.

    • Captchist says:

      Agree, yay RPS.

      Now if people could just let me know which items on this list I’m allowed to be excited by Vs which I have to sadly set aside because they are tenuously linked to EA despite the fact they are good games, and supporting good studios?

  16. Tomhai says:

    Thanks for the list.
    In 2011 you have also kindly informed us about the following cantwaittogetmyhandson games
    Cardhunter
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/08/02/card-hunter-preview/
    Legend of Grimrock
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/11/28/beauty-beheld-legend-of-grimrock/
    Fray
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/07/01/fever-fray-first-fray-screens-interview/

    And with some divine interventiuon maybe JA:Back in Action will be aweseome as well… I mean you do have Syndicate and XCom on the list:)

  17. Cerius says:

    “Some” veterans of Troika is pretty much wrong. Brian is the only Troika Veteran.

    • Wizardry says:

      Yeah, and he only worked on their final game, Bloodlines, which was by far their worst game.

    • Wulf says:

      It be Wizardry, and he be hatin’ the games that put stories over numbers.

      S’okay though, I’m finally beginning to understand him. Though it is a shame that he didn’t like Bloodlines that much.

    • Wizardry says:

      It’s nothing to do with that. My name suggests that I like RPGs and therefore it’s only natural that I’ll rate Troika’s two RPGs (ToEE and Arcanum) ahead of their action game (Bloodlines).

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      Arcanum was an excellent, if messily broken, gem.
      Bloodlines was a good, if horribly broken, gem.
      TOEE was a hideous broken god-awful mess.

  18. Forceflow says:

    Now that is one big list.

    Personally looking forward to Bioshock: Infinite, Metro: Whatever Light and (crossing my fingers it won’t reek of consolitis) Max Payne 3.

  19. Patches the Hyena says:

    I hope Risen 2 will scratch the itch I got by playing the old Bethesda Pirates of the Carribean (which was also called Sea Dogs II I think?).

  20. Avish says:

    I promise myself to finish Skyrim and Arkham city before buying anything new. Since there only about 5 games from this list that I am actually waiting for, it might be possible to achieve.
    Metro: last light and Torchlight 2, are probably the only games I’ll buy for full price.

    Also, it’s a good thing I’m not much into MMOs although I’ll probably get guildwars 2 and The ‘Old republic’ when it turns F2P (and it will at some point, I believe).

  21. Pidesco says:

    Isn’t the South Park RPG coming out in 2012?

    • Wulf says:

      My mind is still experiencing all sorts of confusion at that. I wonder how many of their stable of writers (and such a stable it is, and they’re damn near all studs) are actually working on this?

      Mild interest, anyway.

  22. Froibo says:

    Spelunky was mentioned in a list of games that were reviewed for appropriate age ratings.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2011/12/31/a-fresh-batch-of-xbla-titles-rated-around-the-world/

    Although they originally announced it would be Xbox exclusive, that was a couple years ago before PC indie sales skyrocketed. So I bet they will be changing their minds assuming they like money.

  23. ado says:

    No arbitrary Half-Life 3 joke? Are the times really so dire?

    • Fierce says:

      Yes.

      I love what Valve does with game concepts, evolving game tech (they’re practically the new id Software at places like GDC) and providing loyalty-inspiring entertainment for their customers, but at this point either HL3 is a super secret project known only to 9 people being developed under Supermax strength security by devs whos deaths were faked and memories of their families brainwashed from their psyche… or its going to become the new Duke Nukem Forever… time-wise.

      Time-wise. It can’t possibly be Duke Nukem Forever quality-wise.

    • Balobam says:

      Oh I dunno about that, I can picture it now.

      “Half-Life 3 brings Gordon Freeman back onto the playing field, armed with a machine gun and a pistol and his usual snappy one-liners, he takes on the Combine in this decades most anticipated shooter!”

      “Explore long, long corridors with enemies at regular intervals”

      “See the world through the eyes of the worlds most badass physicist gone thug, as he leads a gang of hardened criminals to the Combine HQ to rescue the love of his life, Dog, the battlehound with a past”

    • sassy says:

      At this point it just seems Valve are scared to do another Half-Life. Sure it would sell massively but Valve have many highly profitable IP’s and not to mention steam, so they are able to pay the bills. Creating the next HL however must be a hugely daunting task, how can they possibly live up to the hype? I’d suggest it isn’t possible, whatever they release (no matter how fine) will probably be a disappointment to a huge amount of people.

      Sure I hope they do one soon but I can understand the hesitation.

    • Werthead says:

      So what was up with Valve people showing up at a convention or something a couple of months ago wearing HALF-LIFE 3 T-shirts? A hoax, or genuine Valve employees taking the mickey out of fans?

      I remember back in the day that supposedly Valve had teams simultaneously working on Episode 1 and 2, and after finishing Ep 1 that team went on to start work on Ep 3. Whilst all of Valve’s teams have pulled together to finish off various products and get them out the door (the L4Ds and Portals), that means that Ep 3 – which has presumably transformed into HL3 – could have been at least in partial development for five years. So seeing it in the near future (translated through Valve time, so that’s within the next three years) is not necessarily impossible.

  24. felisc says:

    euah after playing so much skyrim I doubt I’m ready to see any sword or piece of medieval armor in a game before at least a couple of years.

  25. terry says:

    A pleasing list! I’m particularly interested in Prison Architect and Monaco, being on a 2D kick since the Steam sales, although Metro Last Night and Bioshock Infinite look impressive too.

    • Wulf says:

      Speaking of 2D-ish things. If you haven’t tried Rochard yet then I implore you to please try it. There is a demo! It’s been one of the sleeper hits for me. I hadn’t heard of it until TotalBiscuit (bless ‘im) WTF’d it, and due to the mere merits of it having an interesting main character (an overweight everyman, which is actually more interesting than the perfect, average hero that we get in most things), I tried the demo.

      It’s Ravencroft from HL2, it’s Portal, it’s all of this as a side-scroller, and I loved it. Try the demo though, first, since it might not appeal to you outright. But if you’re going for 2D-ish things at the moment, then I’m certain that Rochard won’t disappoint.

      If you’ve played Rochard then disregard, but for those that haven’t…

  26. AMonkey says:

    A lot of new IPs here. Will be fun to see how many of them are worthwhile.

  27. gazit says:

    No X-Rebirth? I think RPS has just dissapointed me for the first time :(

  28. atticus says:

    I really need to find some time… to calculate how I’m going to divide my free hours in 2012 to be able able to play all the games I’m looking forward to. And the huge list already screaming for my attention on my Steam-list.

    I need to lose my job.

    Also, miss Cardhunter on that list. That’s one game I’m really looking forward to in 2012.

    And how ’bout the old flame Project Zomboid? Is the project dead now, or don’t we believe in them anymore?

  29. olemars says:

    Also, Dwarf Fortress is poised for a new release in a few weeks time.

    • Strange_guy says:

      Not sure it’s a big enough milestone in the games release to be counted as a big thing of 2012, but I’m still looking forward to it, despite giving up on fortress mode and modding since we left 40d. Lots of adventure mode related stuff, and I can see vampirism and werecreatures creating some great stories.

  30. Tachikoma says:

    Missed my most anticipated, Port Royale 3.

    (Q2 2012 is expected release)

  31. kert says:

    There are maybe only two games on the list that are worth bringing out my trusty old SideWinder, MechWarrior and Warplanes.
    Whats up with that ?

  32. Vegard Pompey says:

    What about Scrolls?

  33. GeForceFX says:

    I know I’m probably in the minority, but THE game for me for this year is Skullgirls!

  34. Llewyn says:

    I wonder if there’s something wrong with me (other than return-to-work depression) as that list really doesn’t excite me much at all.

    Also, is it really wise to use Swiss scientists to measure excitingness? Have you never been to Switzerland? For every Cresta Run Scientist that you might stumble across there are a dozen Cuckoo Clock Scientists fighting for your attention.

    • unimural says:

      Since the list was ordered by excitingness/likelyhood_of_relase, the less likely the game is realeased in 2012, the higher it should be in the list. Since C&C Generals 2 is slated to come out in 2013, it’s likelyhood of coming out in 2012 is pretty close to zero. Thus any game above it in the list (that are rather likely to come out in 2012) must be pretty much infinitely exciting, according to Swiss scientists.

      Most games being there are quite understandable, but Alan Wake being there does sort of make one wonder over the exact methodology the said scientists used. This might of course merely be a statistical insignificant outlier, and merely be a reflection of the self-righteous feeling of justification for stuff being released on PC, instead of any actual excitement over the game itself.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      They are the only ones who truly understand the Cowbell system of rating games.

  35. TheApologist says:

    The Witness is the one that really grabs me – it reminds me of Lost in that I fully expect to be simultaneously completely addicted and utterly furious with it at all times.

  36. roryok says:

    Are you really more eager to see game X than game Y?

    Sweet Zombie Jesus that’s a long post.

  37. PearlChoco says:

    Nice list, some of those games are totally new for me.

    Although I think Elemental: Fallen Enchantress would deserve a place in the list.

    http://forums.elementalgame.com/414567

    • Namos says:

      Beat me to it.
      After Stardock’s acquisition of a lot of 4x talents, this one should turn out better than War of Magic did.

  38. Dariune says:

    Well after a disapointing 2011 (for me) i actually think 2012 will be quite a good year.

    A lot of those games look like they stand a chance of doing what they say on the box.

    Of those mentioned Im looking forward to:

    Crusader Kings 2 (A lot!)
    DeadState
    Cartel
    Grim Dawn (possibly)
    Risen 2
    Game of Thrones RPG (possibly)
    Xenonauts
    Warlock
    King Authur 2
    X-Rebirth
    Prototype 2 (Possibly)
    Age of Decadence (Though i dont believe it will be out this year)

    Lots to look forward to :)

  39. B0GiE-uk- says:

    Not too inspiring for me either.

    My pics would be ARMA 3, Firefall, GTA 5, X-Rebirth and World of Warplanes is looking interesting!

    I hope X-Rebirth is more Elite like than the rest of the X series and a bit faster too.

  40. Joe Duck says:

    Go Monaco!

    I miss Project Zomboid in this list…

  41. Ridnarhtim says:

    Wow, what a list. And yet, the only confirmed 2012 game I am excited for is Bioshock Infinite.

    Have been dying for a new Thief (that will hopefully be MUCH better than Deadly Shadows) for ages, so hopefully that will be great when it is, eventually, released.

    And am looking forward to Darksiders 2, but to me, that is a PS3 game.

    Apart from that, a few that I may end up playing, but nothing that’s got me jumping up and down in anticipation.

  42. Shinryoma says:

    My plan for 2012 is the same as 2011. Wait till the RPS Winter Sale at the end of the year then buy all of the articles on sale. You won’t get all of my money. I win by waiting!

  43. Robbeasy says:

    No Legend of Grimrock???

    I is disappoint.

  44. Maldomel says:

    Time to play the the lottery then. It’s the only thing that could get me enough free time and money to play all of those games.

  45. Snack says:

    “The Exciting List of PC Games for 2012″ doesn’t include Chivalry: Medieval Warfare? Blasphemy!
    http://www.chivalrythegame.com/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/TeamChivalry?feature=watch

  46. Forgoroe says:

    RPS, you haven’t missed a single one… At least of the titles I’m really excited about! Great work as always

  47. Museli says:

    So, the two games I’m most interested in (Cartel and Xenonauts) are remakes of games I played around fifteen years ago. On the one hand, this makes me feel like an old man who’s scared to try anything new, but on the other, come on, it’s been fifteen years. That’s a long enough gap to give some classic titles a modern-day facelift.

  48. Carra says:

    It should probably have the “PC gaming is dead” tag :)

    Also, Mists of Pandaria!

    • Wulf says:

      WoW is seriously annoying me. First it’s “Look Wulf, werewolves!” and now it’s “Look Wulf, pandas!”

      To be honest, if it wasn’t so dreadfully generic (and if they got some artists to work on those nasty washed out colours and low resolution textures) I’d probably take more of a look at WoW again. But I remember the horrible time I had with it the first time around and I don’t want to repeat that.

  49. Navagon says:

    You saved the best ’til last. But bloody hell I’m hoping all that crap about not releasing it is just PR bollocks. WE NEED THAT GAME! Without the stupid always online DRM they were threatening us with that is.

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