BWP's 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2012: 20 to 16

2011 was an absolutely ridiculous year for gaming. While we tried to predict what were going to be the best games of the year, in the end, it was the games themselves that really defined 2011 in gaming. There was definitely some carryover when it was all said and done and we revealed our top ten games of 2011.

But 2011 is in the books. It’s 2012, and we have a whole other set of games to play and waste our money on. Once again, the list is way too long, so here at BWP, we’ve once again decided to present to you our top 20 most anticipated games of 2012. We start today with numbers 20 through 16!

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20. Halo 4

Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft
Platforms: Xbox 360 Exclusive
Genre: First-person shooter
Release Date: Holiday 2012
Why we're excited: Because Microsoft told us to be.

By Matt Bradley

We start our list with a highly anticipated game that could either hit, or miss. The first in a new trilogy of games, Halo 4 is currently being developed by a brand new studio put together by Microsoft named '343 industries'. This studio is comprised of original members of Bungie and a few members from the now defunct Pandemic Studios, creators of the Star Wars Battlefront series. Truth be told, it's the pandemic side of things that has me most interested, as the Battlefront games had some of the best multiplayer of their generation.

We don't know a lot about the new trilogy, other than the fact that it will concern the Forerunners, the creators of the titular 'Halo' array. As Sci-Fi goes, the Halo series can be very good fun, so I look forward to seeing more of the universe's lore fleshed out. This, coupled with what is sure to be some awesome multiplayer, will most likely hit big amongst long time fans and newcomers alike. Let's just hope the series can last another trilogy, which means another lengthy development and release schedule.

19. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

Developer: Robomodo
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: PSN, XBLA
Genre: Sports / skateboarding
Release Date: Summer 2012
Why we're excited: Tony Hawk’s 1 and 2 are among the best sports games of all time, and we’re excited to see them retooled for 2012.
Further Reading: Tony Hawk HD VGA 2011 trailer and details

By George Prax

It’s been a long time since Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater first graced our consoles on the original Playstation. It’s also been a long time since we’ve had a decent Tony Hawk game at all. Through gimmicks, peripherals and crappy plastic skateboards, the original two Tony Hawk’s games still stand as the best in the series, and some of the best games of all time. So, of course, Activision is going to take advantage of that and re-release them.

This summer, the original two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles will be remastered, redesigned and re-released on PSN and XBLA. They won’t be straight ports, however, with Activision and developer Robomodo offering select levels from both games, an update roster of skaters and certainly plenty of added bonuses and additions that remain unannounced. We don’t know much about the game as of now, but we do know that for $15 bucks as a digital download, Tony Hawk’s HD will be in the possession of most gamers when it comes out this summer.

18. Tomb Raider

Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Platformer / Action-adventure
Release Date: Q3 2012
Why we're excited: The reboot of the long-standing series looks gritty and worthwhile.

By Matt Bradley

Tomb Raider is getting a reboot. The upcoming entry in the series is a complete re-branding of the immensely popular and innovative Tomb Raider franchise, once heralded as the main reason we even have modern action/adventure games. Unfortunately, the series has fallen on hard times recently, with Tomb Raider Legend and Underworld being far below par when measured up to the quality of the originals.

Hopefully, this reboot can bring the series back up to scratch. The game will sport a skill system which will enable Lara to unlock more areas of the game’s 'overworld' as you unlock new abilities, and, apparently, vastly improved physics. This could be a very fun game if done properly. Let's face it, though. Lara Croft has a bit of a way to climb if she wants to take back the throne that Mr. Nathan Drake claimed from her a few years ago.

17. The Last Guardian

Developer: Team Ico
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PS3 Exclusive
Genre: Action-Adventure / Puzzle
Release Date: Who knows?
Why we're excited: ICO and Shadow of the Colossus set the bar for amazing narrative games, and this game should be no different.
Further Reading : Gamestop cancels all pre-orders for The Last Guardian

By Tylerr Rietze

Unfortunately, The Last Guardian isn't confirmed for 2012, but it deserves mention on our list anyway… wait a second, this sounds a bit like déjà-vu! Number 17 of our Most Anticipated Games list of 2011 returns with a vengeance, or rather, a coma, as the previously announced release time frame of Q4 2011 has come and gone, and in April 2011, it was announced to arrive sometime in 2012.

Earlier in 2011, gamers were treated to the re-released of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus as Team Ico combined the two onto a Blu-ray disc, and many of us were able to re-live memories of gaming-glory past. Sadly, the demo for The Last Guardian that was promised to be on the re-issue wasn’t included in the end, and we continue to wait for Team Ico’s first PS3 game (and most likely only)

The Last Guardian will star a boy and his new friend, Trico, a griffin-cat-dog hybrid, as they escape what seems to be a castle. Like past Team Ico games, the boy will run, jump and climb his way to safety, using Trico to reach areas he couldn’t normally reach, that is, after the boy is able to train it. The game will use a system that is similar to teaching a dog to obey and perform tricks by feeding and bribing, as well as caring for the creature by healing wounds and feeding it. Hopefully this game sees the light of day/dim-lit parent’s basement sometime in 2012, and let’s all pray that The Last Guardian will not be #17 again on 2013’s Most Anticipated Games list.

16. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Hack-and-Slash
Release Date: 2012
Why we're excited: We’re curious to see whether Kojima can make the jump from the slower-paced Metal Gear Solid games into an over-the-top hack-and-slash.
Further Reading: Metal Gear Rising VGA 2011 Trailer

By Matt Bradley

Now that's a title!

The next installment in the Metal Gear franchise (not to be confused with the Metal Gear Solid series, which is a different branch of said franchise) focuses more heavily on Raiden. Set after the events of MGS4, it seems you're tasked with stopping a rogue Cyborg Ninja, for undisclosed reasons. As with other MG games, I expect the story to be everything. Luckily Kojima is still at the helm as writer, so we all know that is won't be a simple affair.

By far the most exciting thing announced so far about this game is that Platinum Games will be developing. Most famous for bringing us 'Vanquish', 'Bayonetta' and the underrated Wii gem 'MadWorld', we could see them making the MG series even more hilariously over the top than normal. As a huge fan, that is definitely something I look forward to.

No matter what happens, we can be sure that Revengeance will deliver in spades. Sporting a redesigned cutting system from what was shown at E3 2010, along with extremely free combat movement and fast paced action. I don't think a partnership between Platinum Games and Kojima productions even has the ability in itself to fail. Everybody should be keeping their eyes open with this one.

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There you have it, part one of our top 20 most anticipated games of 2012! We still have 15 to go, but we’re certain that there are already a few surprises for a few people. What do you think, and what makes your list? Let us know in the comments below, and join us in a couple of days for part two of our series as we count down to number one!