New Year, New Games

January 1st, 2012 -

The new year is upon us and with it comes a ton of new games. Like the image implies… oh crap! Continue reading for a quick overview of what’s to come in the first few months of 2012.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII and picks up right where the first left off. The game tells the story of Serah, the sister of XIII’s protagonist Lightning, traveling through time in order to save her and the world they live in. While the core gameplay mechanics remain the same for XIII-2, the battles now feature a more cinematic feel in the form of QTE’s (quick time events). The game also seems to have a more open feel in it’s environments, which was one of major problems with the first game. Look forward to this on January 31st on Xbox 360 and PS3.

 

Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition is basically like Fallout 3’s Game of the Year Edition. It bundles the original game plus all of the DLC packs for the game. I’m really looking forward to this, as I kinda fell out of love with this game after it came out. Hence I have not played any of the DLC (nor have I finished the game). Skyrim can keep me busy until this releases on February 7th of the new year. Let’s just hope it’s not a super buggy mess like Fallout 3 Game of the Year, but it’s Bethesda… so I’m not hoping for much. It will be released on February 7th for the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3.

 

Now this is where my credibility loses its meaning in this article; I’ve never actually played this game. I picked it up when it came out on the PS2 with the intention of doing so, but never did. This game, however, or so I’ve heard, is one of the the better “Tales of” games in the series. This version is a port of the PS2 original. Pick it up on February 14th if you want to play an awesome (apparently) RPG. Plus, it actually gives you a reason to keep playing your 3DS.

On Feb. 22nd 2012, the PlayStation Vita will launch, and with it a revolution on how portable games are played. Okay, maybe not a revolution, but it is a portable device to give you a truly console-like experience on the go. The Vita will launch with 24 titles available day one, including: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Mod Nation Racers: Road Trip, Wipeout: 2048, Little Deviants, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND, Lumines Electric Symphony, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and many more. It also has at least 10 more titles coming in the weeks following launch. Stay tuned on FFoP for my (and I’m sure Ryan’s) impressions on the hardware and a few of the launch games.

 

Uncharted: Golden Abyss will launch on February 22nd. As a launch title for the new PlayStation Vita handheld system, I’m very impressed with its visuals and overall feel as the rest of the series. I can honestly say that while still not completely sold me on the touch and motion controls, I am really excited to give them a try. Also, the fact that this is a full blown Uncharted game on a handheld is astonishing. From the looks of things, it seems SCE’s Bend Studio isn’t going to disappoint.

The end of the Mass Effect trilogy is upon us and it seems BioWare is bringing all the big guns out for this one. Continuing the story from where ME2’s Arrival DLC left off, it seems Shepard will have a lot to deal with in this game. The series use of previous games save data returns to craft the story based on past decisions. A few tweaks to combat have been made including a better cover system, improved enemy AI, melee combat, and 4 player online co-op. Look for this game on March 6th on the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3.

Kid Icarus: Uprising is the new in the Kid Icarus series launching on March 23rd for the 3DS and looks to be Nintendo’s first big title of the year. The game sees the return of main protagonist Pit as he fights to destroy a reborn Medusa. The game is a 3rd person shooter featuring fast paced action both on the ground and in the air. The title also feature multiplayer modes including team deathmatch and free for all. They did it with Star Fox, why not this?

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