Release Radar- 15 Games in Q1 2012 You Should Know About

The days of the “Fall gaming season” are over. Yes we still get a massive influx of great games in time for the holiday, but it’s been apparent for a few years now that great games can still release during other times of the year and still succeed. This is a good thing for gamers, because it gives us things to look forward to all year-round. So with “Winter gaming season” upon us, a few staff members and I wanted to briefly highlight some of the games we are looking forward to coming out in the next few months. Keep in mind, while these are our top picks, there are still plenty of other great games accompanying them on the calender. Also note, dates can change at any given time. We hope you enjoy!

 

Final Fantasy XIII-2
Developer: Square-Enix & Tri-Ace
Publisher: Square-Enix
Projected Release: January 2012
When Final Fantasy XIII was released to the masses, most fans of the series cried foul. In an effort to extend the story (and no doubt redeem themselves), Square-Enix has listened to the complaints and is giving us something they don’t do often; a sequel. There are far too many changes to XIII-2 for me to list here, but a revamped level-up system, a more open world, a tweaked battle system and time travel are just a few to look forward to. Fans of the game, and even those that didn’t like XIII, should keep open minds and give it a try.

I can’t wait to see how Square-Enix handles this game, and it is easily my most anticipated title personally. I loved XIII. It was one of my favorite games of this generation, and I am very excited to see how the story continues for Lightning and company.

- Don Parsons

NeverDead
Developer: Rebellion
Publisher: Konami
Release Date: January 2012

With the exception of Bayonetta, the character action genre has been feeling extremely tired recently. Rebellion’s NeverDead hopes to breath some life into it. On the surface, NeverDead looks to be nothing special, just another character action game with a moody hero. But NeverDead has a secret weapon in the form of its gameplay mechanic (gimmick), where players can be completely dismembered and continue to fight on. It is an interesting gameplay choice and with the proper aesthetic, NeverDead could be an early surprise of 2012.

- Chris Scott

Resident Evil: Revelations
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: February 2012


The notion that Resident Evil has lost its way is at this point so widely held giving up on the series for good is understandable. However, that might turn out to be a mistake in the near future. Enter Resident Evil: Revelations, a touted return to the slower pace, denser atmosphere and lower focus on action of Resi’s past. Luckily, while the atmospheric elements of classic Resident Evil are resurrected, the infuriating controls and clunky gameplay is left in the grave, as the game uses a tweaked version of the RE4/5 template that allows free camera movement, strafing while shooting and other such modernities. Revelations sports cooperative game modes, wide location variety, a seemingly twist-tastic plot, and most noticeably of all, graphics just inches away from current-gen console-quality. Brush up on your herb-mixing skills and combine SHOTGUN AMMO with SHOTGUN in February exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

- Magnus Risebro

Syndicate
Developer: Starbreeze Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: February 2012

Remakes are all the rage, we had quite a few HD remakes we wanted to include in our list even, however complete re-imaginings of a franchise are always a tricky prospect. Electronic Arts is hoping that the name Syndicate still holds some amount of weight in the gaming world and that Starbreeze Studios can capitalize on that and give EA an early year hit. What is most interesting about Syndicate though is that the original game was a strategy game and this rework is a first person shooter. Fans of the original are already in an uproar over the change of focus and that alone warrants some added focus on the title, additionally however Starbreeze has developed some of the most interesting FPS games of the past few years and seeing what they can do inside the world of Syndicate is truly the most interesting thing about it all.

- Chris Scott

SSX
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: February 2012

At one point in time SSX was one of the biggest franchises on the market but this generation has not been kind to the extreme sports genre, with even the mighty Tony Hawk struggling to maintain a hold in the highly competitive marketplace. Thus this new SSX has a lot of questions surrounding it. Amongst them, can it capture the magic of the original games and do so in a high definition world? But maybe most importantly, can it revitalize a struggling genre that was once a dominant force in the industry. So far everything looks great and provided they can implement a simple to use, yet complicated to master trick system, SSX could be the breath of life this genre needs.

- Chris Scott

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