Each year there are games that make me happy to be a gamer. There are lists upon lists of peoples opinions on what games are the best or most anticipated. So, what is the difference between those lists and my list? Well my list will comprise of games I actually want to play, in the order I actually want to play them. Many lists done by large sites like IGN are done so with business in mind. I on the other hand just want to play these games. So without further a due I bring to you my Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2012.

#5. Borderlands 2

Playing the first Borderlands game was a pleasant adventure. The art style of this game alone is reason for any shooter/RPG fan to pick up this title.

As for the plot, it is set five years after the events of Borderlands, Handsome Jack, the game’s main antagonist, has taken over the Hyperion corporation, has declared himself Dictator of Pandora and stolen all of the credit for finding the Vault, going so far to claim responsibility for killing the Destroyer. Jack has also blotted out much of the light on the planet by having a giant orbiting H-shaped base set in front of Pandora’s stationary moon. The new team in Borderlands 2 is tasked with killing Jack and returning peace to Pandora.

There have been articles released, including the September issue of Game Informer, that have promised many upgrades to game play and overall difficulty. They have also promised a better story. With everything I have seen, and experienced already from the first game, this title comes in at number 5 easily.

#4. Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

How could the newest expansion to the biggest RTS game franchise in history not make it on my top 5 list? HotS picks up right where the last game left off. Kerrigan, now in human form again, sets out to assume leadership of the swarm and get revenge on Arcturus Mengsk, Emperor of the Terran Dominion. The expansion is said to feature roughly 20 new missions for the single player fans.

What would a Starcraft game be without multiplayer? For all the fans of this Goliath of E-Sports there are a lot of planned unit changes. Heart Of The Swarm will feature 8 new multiplayer units, while removing 3, as revealed in Blizzard’s annual conference. The Terran race will feature three new units: the Shredder, the Battle Hellion, and the Warhound. The Protoss will also feature three new units: the Replicant, the Oracle, and the Tempest. The Zerg will receive two new units: the Viper and the Swarm Host. The Protoss Mothership and Carrier, as well as the Zerg Overseer, will be removed from the game.

I’m not sure how all these changes will effect the game but one thing is for sure, I’ll be paying a lot of attention to the GSL and MLG for the first tournaments with this expansion when it arrives late 2012.

#3. Twisted Metal

I have waited and waited for a new installment in this series for almost 11 years now (I don’t count the Twisted Metal: Head-On game). Twisted Metal is returning 13 of its classic characters (including my favorite Sweet Tooth) to do battle once again for the sake of our entertainment. Along with those returning 13 there are 8 more contestants being added to this title. Which is great because the biggest draw to me on this game is the 16 player online mode. It seems like a dream come true. I have been in love with this series since Twisted Metal 2 and I may finally have a reason to be excited again.

#2. Farcry 3

Each year there is one FPS that I look forward to it seems and this year Farcry 3 wins easily. From the trailer and gameplay footage I have seen this game is beautifully done, has superb voice acting and a storyline that will keep me occupied.

Players will assume the role of protagonist Jason Brody, a tourist who has been stranded on an island chain in the grips of violent local conflict for years. Jason has been separated from his girlfriend and, in his search for her, developers have stated he will have to deal with a wide cast of mostly unstable characters who have been trapped on these islands for some time. In the demo gameplay that has been released Jason encounters an individual named Vaas, who goes on to define insanity in a way Einstein would be proud of. I’m usually not one to take much from demo gameplay and trailers but this one has me excited for the possibilities.

#1. Diablo 3

This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise to anyone. But when you wait 11 years for the next installment of (still to this day perhaps) the best game of the genre, it is going to be met with high hopes. And Diablo 3 has taken the number one spot on my list hands down, end of argument. I’m not even sure I need to go into how big of a game this is going to be to the fans of the series but I can assure you that this will be a game you will want to pick up if you have ever even thought of killing something in a dungeon. Diablo 2 basically defined a genre of gaming that has tried to imitate its success for over a decade and never matched it. Diablo 3 will either be the game I’ve waited for since 2002 or the biggest disappointment of my adult gaming life. Either way, I can’t help but be pumped up for its release this year. And I’m pretty sure I am not alone on this one.

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