A young writer from Adelaide, Richard loves to entertain people through the written word.
Published August 31st 2011
With the end of the year fast approaching, we begin to enter gaming season. It's a time of year where game developers strive endlessly to win your hard earned dollars by releasing the titles gamers have waited so long for. So put down that controller and reach for your inhaler, because I'm about to tell you the most long-awaited games of the year, and why you should buy them.
Any gamer with a little knowledge would know that the biggest battle of the year lies between two similar-yet-different games known as Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. Developed by Infinity Ward, the Modern Warfare franchise is no doubt the heavyweight of its genre. It's smashed all kinds of records for sales and pre-orders, and with good reason. Modern Warfare 3 promises to be everything its prequels were and more, with intense tactical missions, a wide range of cool weaponry, and incredibly addictive multiplayer.
However, many think that Battlefield 3 will give it a good run for its money in the race for sales. Outsiders may think 'how different can two army games be? You just run around and shoot guys.' Every time someone says this, a hardcore gamer dies. Battlefield 3 offers a truer, more realistic military experience. The multiplayer (let's face it, everyone plays these games for the online multiplayer) is much more team-oriented than MW3, where squads complete missions and kill the enemy in sprawling, stunningly detailed locales. PC gamers can enjoy unprecedented 64 player online vehicle warfare, an experience that has to be seen to be believed. While both games are a must for fans of the genre, this gamer believes that Battlefield 3 may just have an edge on its rival.
Fans of role-playing games will be salivating at the latest addition to The Elder Scrolls series: Skyrim. This is one of the most anticipated games of the year, seeing as its prequels have won the coveted Game of the Year title in the past. Skyrim sees you as one of the last living Dragonborn, on a quest to save the realm from destruction by slaying - you guessed it - a massive dragon. There is a huge world that you are free to roam, Skyrim's new game engine means that there are stunning new weather effects that add to the visual beauty of the game. Like most RPGs there's a detailed class system, you can play as a warrior, archer, or mage. The dual-wielding system allows greedy players to have the best of both worlds - why not hold a gigantic sword in one hand, and a smoldering fireball in the other? Skyrim offers gamers lots of surprises, including incredible enemy AI that will keep you guessing. This is a real chance to steal the Game of the Year title - one to watch out for.
It's definitely a year for the number 3, with the third Gears of War installment to be released in September. The wildly popular third-person shooter has been dominating pre-orders, and is another of the biggest releases of the year. You return as Marcus Fenix, in his battle against the Locust horde. One of the greatest pleasures in this game is the seriously sadistic weaponary, new additions in this game include the Retro Lancer (a lancer with a blade bayonet attachment), and the Digger Launcher (a gun that launches small digging creatures through the ground at high speeds that explode). Four player co-op will be an option for the first time in the series, meaning you won't be sitting there awkwardly watching your mates have all the fun. Another great title to keep your eye on.
If you're more of a sporting fan, maybe FIFA 12 will tickle your fancy. While you might roll your eyes at yet another yearly installment to a sporting franchise, this game boasts some never before seen features and improvements over its predecessors. A new gaming engine focuses on collision variety, momentum, and a bunch of other physics junk. What does this mean? Ridiculously realistic collision and injury animations, regardless of whether a player is on or off the ball. What's more, a player that's suffered an injury during the game will have his movements altered depending on the injury for the rest of the match. Throw in a detailed career mode and 'revolutionised' online modes, FIFA 12 is the latest and greatest addition to any soccer fan's collection.
I am SO keen to play Gears of War 3, my boyfriend is one of the many who have pre-ordered and we can't wait to play the next installment, we'll be sure to freshen up our skills by playing the previous one again too. So excited :-)
By Nini - senior reviewer Thursday, 1st of September @ 05:49 am