So what is it for you?
As usual, if you check out the list of scheduled releases for the upcoming year, you're faced with plenty of potential gems. But what's your most anticipated game of 2012?
After much thought, I have come to a startling conclusion: I've loved GTA ever since GTAIII and will ardently defend the franchise from all haters. I'm 99.7% certain I'll adore Grand Theft Auto V . But when Naughty Dog unveiled The Last Of Us , my commitment to my most anticipated title of 2012 began to slide… For the longest time, it was obvious; it had to be GTAV. Had to be. No contest. And in truth, I don't know enough about The Last Of Us ; I really need more in the way of concrete gameplay details.
And yet, what I've seen and heard is enough. That debut trailer is just plain stunning and seeing what Naughty Dog has accomplished with the Uncharted franchise made me start to wonder. These guys can do just about anything . We could really be looking at one of the most technically accomplished and the most artistically accomplished and progressive titles of the generation. Lastly, the following words from Naughty Dog boss Christophe Balestra sealed it for me:
"We're trying to move the medium of video games into an area elevated in the same manner of respect of film. We want to redefine what our medium is even called. 'Video game' is not an accurate name anymore. It is not necessarily a game with rules and a winner and a loser. It's an experience."
I can't wait for Bioshock Infinite . I'm totally psyched for Max Payne 3 . If a new God of War arrives, I'll be ecstatic. That new Alan Wake ? Hell yes. And I'm always on the GTA bandwagon. But I have to admit, The Last Of Us has me more intrigued than any other game.
P.S. Yes, I'm aware it isn't written in stone that this game will launch in 2012, but we know the tentative release window, and I doubt Naughty Dog will miss it.