We've been waiting for the true beginning of 2012 for a few weeks now, but ithe wait is over for some of the biggest releases in video game history. We'e decided to put together a list of the Top 50 Most Anticipated games this year to get you excited. Check out the great coverage we have to hold you over until your most anticipated game is in your hardware and you are finally enjoying it.
(PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
The Brothers in Arms series has traditionally been an epic, somber take on World War II first-person shooters, but Furious 4 is changing that in radical ways. The Inglourious Basterds-inspired title sees you fighting alternate-dimension Nazis who have succeeded in creating advanced superweapons. If that wasn't enough of a departure from the previous titles, each character in Furious 4 can level up with experience, and the game will feature skill trees. We're not quite sure what to make of this one, but we're definitely intrigued.
(Xbox 360, PS3)
A fighting game made by fighting game fans for fighting game fans, Skullgirls is the dream 2D fighting game project that you wish you could have made. Developed by pro-gamer Mike "Mike Z" Zaimont, this indie fighting title boasts variable team sizes, custom assists, an infinite protection system, an unblockable protection system, and one of the most in-depth tutorials that has ever been seen in any fighting game ever. For you graphics buffs, the game offers the most frames of animation ever drawn for a fighting game running at a smooth 60FPS. It's simple, balanced, and supported by the fighting game community. If you play fighting games for their rock solid mechanics, then give Skullgirls a shot. The roster ain't bad to look at either.
(PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
It's still unclear whether or not Syndicate will be a game that takes itself seriously, but given that the main character's name is "Miles Kilo," we're going to guess not. This dystopian future FPS will allow players to shoot crazy bullet-bending guns and even "hack into" the minds of enemies. It's a much-needed twist in a stale genre, and we're looking forward to it.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a collaboration between veteran RPG company Level-5 and the world-famous animation group Studio Ghibli. Anybody who loves films like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke is delighted by the prospect of exploring a Studio Ghibli world, and Ni no Kuni truly does look as though the player will be jumping right into an animated film. Although there are concerns about the game's combat system, the setting and characters look to be an absolute delight. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is coming to the PlayStation 3 in 2012, most likely sometime this spring.
(PS3, PC, Xbox 360)
Metro: Last Light takes players back to the subway tunnels under Moscow, where humanity now lives in shelter from the irradiated wasteland above. The Dark Ones were destroyed at the end of the previous game, Metro 2033, but humanity is still the biggest threat to itself. Both the Communist and neo-Nazi factions return in full force, waging a war against each other. And once again, Artyom is stuck in the middle. Step into his shoes in this first-person shooter/horror game when it lands this summer.