Yup, this was on our list for 2011, but due to honing and the addition of a multiplayer component, this one got pushed into 2012. With a firm release date of March 6, 2012, the galactic war fires its first salvo in just two months, and it should be a doozy.
We sated our intense desire for more Mass Effect in the meantime with the novels and comics that tie into the world, but nothing quite replaces the feeling of strapping on your N7 armor and taking control of Commander Shepard, even if it will be for one last ride.
BioWare has teased the return of every major character from the first two games, plus a few from those tie-ins we mentioned. New class powers, an expanded RPG element, and yes, that multiplayer component offer new toys to play with in the ME universe, but what we really want to see is the end of Shepard's epic story. This time around, she's not just collecting team members, she's collecting entire races, building an army against those giant space-shrimp, the Reapers. Until then, guess it's time to go play Mass Effect 2 for the seventh time (yup, we're completely serious there).
In the Corner of Our Eye
Yowza are there a lot of high-profile games coming next year. Big sequels like Final Fantasy XIII-2 hope to build on (and be better than) the first. The year of the sequel is definitely an apt subtitle for 2012 once again, with new Resident Evil, new Max Payne, new Prototype, Borderlands, Metal Gear (sort of) and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron joining the ranks of the other sequels already mentioned on this list (seven of the entries are from existing franchises, in fact). Any way you slice it, 2012 will once again be a huge year for video games, especially familiar ones.