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Elysium’s guide to gaming: 2012

2011 was a treat for gamers. Titles such as Portal 2, Skyrim, Arkham City, and Call of Duty kept gamers glued to their TVs and consoles. Here at Elysium towers we take every opportunity to get a few hours in on Fifa 12!

 

2012 looks to continue that trend with a number of games already looking to be huge! Here are a selection of our favourites for the year:

 

Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 brings back the surreal third-person shooter series. The classic run-and-gun shooting and bullet-time sequences inseparable from the Max Payne brand remain, but interactive cut-scenes are new. There is also a multiplayer feature included which should be interesting.

 

The game picks up 8 years after the events of the second instalment where Max has left New York in exchange for São Paulo, Brazil, where he works in private security for a wealthy family. Max Payne 3 will be released on the PS3 and X360.

 

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Another guaranteed hit is the upcoming Operation Raccoon City from Capcom. This latest instalment of the Resident Evil series challenges gamers to work as a team with Umbrella members, either fighting alongside AI or fellow players online. The game presents another side of the Raccoon City incident that unfolded in RE 2 and RE3: Nemesis. The title introduces new characters as well as classic ones, who are available for play in “Heroes Mode.” Players can now run and shoot simultaneously – a major requirement when running away from those stray dogs!

 

Street Fighter X Tekken

Street Fighter X Tekken pushes the characters of Capcom’s Street Fighter series against those of Namco’s Tekken series. We think re-mixes like these can help keep the genre popular, and this type of mash-up provides an opportunity to answer some pressing “Who would win?” questions long debated by fighting geeks. The game is set to release for the PS3, X360 and Vita.

 

Mass Effect 3

This instalment of the series will be huge for fans as it marks the third and final chapter of the trilogy and completes Commander Shepard’s story. The action game follows events from the Mass Effect 2 DLC expansion, Arrival.

 

Commander Shepard must now unite the galaxy into launching a counter-attack against the Reapers. Despite the franchise’s once being exclusive to Xbox, Bioware is preparing the game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game supports single-player and co-operative multiplayer.

 

Bioshock: Infinite

After the disappointing Bioshock 2, fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the sky-high, first-person shooter adventure of Bioshock: Infinite. Scheduled for PS3 and X360, Infinite promises a return to form thanks to Irrational Games’ renewed involvement. The game takes players to a city of blimps, balloons, and American pageantry to rescue a young woman named Elizabeth from a prison guarded by the Songbird. Fingers crossed that this one puts Bioshock where it should be!

 

Borderlands 2

The sequel to 2009’s sci-fi role-playing Borderlands is due to be released in late July, and considering the success of the first game, this one is guaranteed to sell rapid-fire quick. Gearbox Software holds its position as developer, marketing the game for PS3 andX360.

 

The cel-shaded style, multiplayer modes, and skill trees and mods make a comeback, now with better weapons and smarter enemies. Also, the playable characters are all new.

 

Devil May Cry

Also released sometime in 2012 is the new Devil May Cry reboot, developed by Ninja Theory and published by Capcom for the PS3 and X360. The game stars a younger Dante as he travels around Limbo City, located in a parallel universe to the rest of DMC. The dynamic city environment poses as much of a danger to Dante as the enemies he must face along the way. Although the character’s altered looks have gained the game early criticism, there’s no way to know the game-play will be up to par. One to watch out for!

 

Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance

Under development by Platinum Games, Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance is a mouthful but still a curiosity. In the action hack-and-slash spinoff, players control the cyborg Raiden sometime after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4. Although Platinum has named the PS3 the central console for the game, Revengeance will also be landing on the 360. We can’t wait.

 

The Last of Us

One game has made a surprise splash of late, and we are hoping it will be released before the end of the year. The Last of Us is Naughty Dog’s new PS3-exclusive project, a third-person action-adventure game where together two characters must survive a deadly outbreak.

 

A recent trailer displayed the narrative strength of the game, gaining the interest of many prospective players. Only time will tell whether the game will live up to the hype generated by the trailer.

 

One we can’t wait for….

 

Grand Theft Auto 5

It’s uncertain whether 2012 will see the release of the next Grand Theft Auto, but the game is already being discussed in game forums and within the gaming industry. Rockstar Games is basing the open world game in modern-day Los Angeles, which has been transformed into the fictional Los Santos. As gamers stay on the lookout for new developments, the pressure is on for Rockstar to create a Grand Theft Auto not only equal in quality to past iterations, but also more polished in every way.

 

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Sam Uppal

Sam Uppal

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