Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 3:16 PM by Tim Bowers
1. The Last of Us
If Naughty Dog’s new IP lives up to all the good things I’ve read and heard about it, it’ll be the game that will finally make me purchase a PlayStation 3. Yeah, I know, I’m a little late to Sony’s party, but I figured owning a Vita was good enough. Back to business: the tale of a hardened black marketeer protecting a young girl from the dangers of life in a postapocalyptic America, with a contribution from Bruce Staley, former lead designer of my beloved Enslaved: Odyssey to the West? Sign me up. Sign me up hard.
2. Remember Me
In case most of the games on this list don’t give it away, I assign a lot of importance to a game’s narrative. Capcom’s Remember Me drops the player into a science fiction thriller wherein technology is used to manipulate people’s memories. If that premise sounds like something Phillip K. Dick would’ve written, well, just wait until you see gameplay footage; Remember Me’s futuristic Paris looks a ton like the city from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. If this one plays like it looks and lives up to the potential of its setting and premise, Capcom might have a real sleeper hit on their hands.
3. Bioshock Infinite
I’m looking forward to this one in a different way than the other titles on this list. Every new bit of news about this game–the multiple delays, the whack cover, the run-and-gun gameplay footage from the VGAs–heightens my skepticism toward the final product. I’ve found myself digestin information about Bioshock Infinite in a way not unlike how I watch bad reality television: I can’t look away, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next even though it’s probably going to make me shake my head a bit. I want Bioshock Infinite to be good, but I’m not convinced it will live up to the series’ pedigree. I await the answer with bated breath.
4. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
You remember that Vita I mentioned? Pickin’s are pretty slim for Sony’s handheld. I happen to think it’s the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas all rolled into one, though, so I’m probably more excited for the newest Sly Cooper game than I should be. I’ve only tried the series once at a friend’s house, but I remember having a good time with it. Sly’s brand of platforming romp typically plays up on handhelds. Will this game save the Vita? No. But it could save the sanity of frustrated Vita owners, at least for a little while.
5. South Park: The Stick of Truth
The South Park boys, in an RPG? Sounds like Mr. Hanky heard what I wanted for Christmas this year! I won’t begrudge him for being a little late. This is exactly the kind of kick in the butt the genre needs. It’s different. It’s funny. It’s sure to take a whole host of RPG tropes, chew them up, and spit them out quicker than Stan vomits at the sight of Wendy Testaburger. On paper, this marriage between gaming giant Obsidian and comedy mavens Trey Parker and Matt Stone seems like it can’t possibly miss.
Scott Colby is a Senior Editor for DpadsDbags. We are happy to have his contribution to this series on our site.