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It's a good year to be a gamer, isn't it? There are so many releases slated for the following months.. it makes NOT burning a hole right through your wallet very difficult. At least for me. Where awesome games are concerned, I have little to no restraint. Probably a good reason as to why I got into game development in the first place. Haha.

I'm curious. What game has you waiting with baited breath for its release?

Mine's kind of a toss-up.. there's a lot of really good stuff coming. There are two indie titles in the works that I'm really excited about, for starters.  One is called Cube World , being developed by a one-man army that goes by the handle "Wollay". The first thing anyone would likely say upon seeing the game would be "minecraft clone", but the reality is the game seems to have more in common with Diablo and other loot-happy action RPGs. There's less crafting and house-building, and more exploring caves and forests and such, hacking and slashing your way through skeletons and orcs and stuff. Truth be told, I'm not sure what sort of balance the game has between sandbox and RPG.. it's a very lofty goal, trying to marry the two of those elements in a really engaging way. Something the Terraria guys did rather well, but Wollay seems to be taking to a 3D world instead.
Speaking of the Terraria folks, that brings me to the next indie release I'm looking forward to. Tiy, the sprite artist who helped put Terraria together, is heading his own project called Starbound, a multiplayer sandbox adventure game about exploring the galaxy and claiming a planet as your own. It seems like the next iteration of the popular sandbox formula, with features like exploring planets, terraforming them to your liking, inviting characters you've met in your journey to live there, taking care of them, etc. THAT has me excited. One of the best things about a sandbox game is carving out your own little nook, and making it truly unique, then having others able to come over and see what you've done. Extending that customization to an ENTIRE PLANET? That is awesome. Procedural generation of planets sounds like a fantastic thing, since I always did worry about having to create new worlds in Terraria just to keep up with the rapid depletion of resources me and my friends caused on our shared online world. I love anything that allows me to just really settle down in, and begin building and building without worrying about such things. I wish Team Chucklefish the best with this project, and I will be there on day one when it's released. :]

And in all this talk of action RPGs, hacking, slashing, looting and the like.. well. I'm willing to bet at least one person out there thought of another game with all those other features, slated for release in the near future.. of course I'm talking about none other than Diablo III.  I played Diablo II until my wrists were ready to spring for early retirement from the art world.  My god. Loot-centric games are the devil. (Pun fully intended.) There's not really much to be said about this game, to be honest, as anyone who enjoys action RPGs most definitely is aware of this anticipated release. Your attitude about the release may differ, of course. There are a few controversial things coming along with Diablo III, so I've learned. One of which is the real money auction system, implemented to curb the exchange of cash for ingame items amongst the playerbase. The other, arguably more notorious issue, is the need to always be online when playing the game. It renders it more an MMO in that sense, though the merits of that approach with a game so well suited to extensive single player gaming is.. debatable, I'll say that much. Hell. I'm still going to be buying the game first day, and I'm willing to bet a great deal of its naysayers will be doing the same exact thing. Blizz just makes damn fine games, there are no two ways around that.

But, all in all, I never did really say what was my MOST anticipated game this year, did I? Welp. Got to say, without a bit of doubt in my mind, Guild Wars 2. The sheer amount of innovation Arenanet is putting into this game ALONE has me excited, never mind the character creation, gorgeous artwork and extensive lore. Making the combat 100% cooperative so that everyone involved in any fight gets full credit, being able to dodge/roll out of the way of attacks ingame instead of just whacking one another repeatedly in a standstill, implementing a server queue system that allows you to take your character to a different server and play while waiting for a queue to finish on your current server in the event of overpopulation, and above all, ABOLISHING THE MMO TRINITY OF TANK/HEALER/DPS. This is utterly fantastic. I can't name how many times in previous MMOs I'd wanted to play a certain class, but ended up re-rolling because the pressures of being a tank or healer far outweighed the consistent need for them. The idea of being incredibly important to a team in the way a healer or tank generally is.. well, it was always alluring. But my god, the pressure? In order to stay competitive or participate in any higher level content, it always seemed like tanks need to play the game nonstop just to keep their gear CONSTANTLY tipped off, or you can't stay toe-to-toe with anything worthwhile. Blech! Granted, I am more of a DPS man myself, but I'd at least like the option to try out another class without feeling the need to perform at WoW-raid levels of uncompromising difficulty. The idea that in GW2, you can just assemble a team of any five people together and go out adventuring? With everyone helping to keep everybody else alive? No CONCRETE ROLE, just making your well-being based on everyone's level of skill, not just the healer? Oh hell yes. I could not be more excited about this game, and I applaud Arenanet for the steps they're attempting to take to change up the standard MMO formula. Now I just need to figure out whether to main a Thief or an Engineer..

But enough about what I'm looking forward to. What about you guys? Any of you going to be playing the games I mentioned above?
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onyan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
waiting for diablo 3! I never played the previous so I'm going to feel like a total noob
Crono121 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Writer
Definitely Guild Wars 2. But Diablo III looks pretty hot.
J-Taurens Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
old replay but I'm just waiting for Guild Wars 2, that is the only game I hold any interest right now.
Fell4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Are there any new cool games for the console (X-box 360) comming out soon/just came out? I havn't really heard anything. (Maybe I'm not looking in the right places?) Thanks for any help you are able to give me!
JohnYiannacopoulos Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Journey is exactly what I had hoped for, if not more. Now 'm just excited about The Witness, The Last Guardian and Ni No Kuni. Guild01 is gonna be a great one as well.
DTJB Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could play more games. KOF 13 is what I'd like to try out.
piratevamp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm looking forward to Mass Effect 3, which was released last week. Besides that, I'm really interested in seeing the second Darksiders game - I've heard the first level is bigger than the whole first game combined, so I'm hoping they've outdone themselves with it.
OceanPinneo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Endy, i'm surprised you know about Cube World O . O
But yes, thats the main indie game i'm waiting for myself XD
KIN3SIS Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pokémon Black and White 2... I 'm curious to see how direct sequels are gonna work out!
MARTHsZONE Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
games rayman origins journey gravity rush papo & yo the last guardian ni no nuki kingdom hearts dream drop distance
Jimi003 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Guild Wars 2 without a doubt, the only game I've been looking forward to for quite a while.
Finnemann Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I'm Wiating for the Legend of Grimrock: [link]
It's an independently developed dungeon crawler like Eye of the Beholder.
kittenmagic Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mwell, I'll be an ol' fan of the classics and go with Half-Life 3 :la:
LK1721 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Diablo III and Phantasy Star Online 2 depending on if it decides to be released this year or not.
origami-mimi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I'm also really curious about Guild Wars 2. I never got into Wow or Everquest or any of those MMOs, mostly because you had to be in a group to get anywhere and I liked to wander around doing my own thing. But all the innovations definitely make it worth checking out, if I don't end up getting addicted and never sleeping again. That would probably be bad.

It won't happen this year, probably, but I'm waiting patiently for Double Fine's crowd funded old school adventure game (name pending). Psychonauts lured me in, and I can't wait to see the art on that baby.
snargo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Well Diablo 3 of course. But I think there very few people who play games that arnt waiting for this one.
I am also waiting for Aliens: Colonial marines to come out, looks like that might be a nice single player/co-op experience.
Also looking forward to Metro Last Light which is apparently coming out sometime this year too. Hopefully it will be a little less liniar than the the last one with more heavy RPG elements.
Sprits Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know you will laugh your ass off when reading this but I've been dying, and I mean DYING to play Animal Crossing 3DS for just about a year now ;_;

Also, Diablo III and Assassin's Creed III <333
whutskull Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm excited for Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, but I can wait, so long as I have Bastion. That game is amazing, if you haven't played it.
s1naptic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty sure I'm going to go entirely gray before Blade & Soul ever comes out... I've been infatuated with not only the visual design, but also the beta gameplay footage of the "rogue" type classes - by far my fav in any mmo. :ninja:

It's been delayed for what seems like years (maybe literally)...
Vof Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
On the topic of MMORPG, I will be looking forward to 2 games. The Secret World from Funcom and Guild War 2. The first being something I like to try out, be it with friends or not(since none of my friends seem interested in it) and 2nd, Guild War 2 will be the MMORPG me and my old gang from WoW will be planning to play and stay in contact with.

On the single player games that forward. Am looking forward to playing Tales of Grace f on the PS3 and Mass Effect 3 on my PC soon. Than Later in the year, there's Diablo 3 and Bioshock Infinite on the PC.

ps. I recently just finished Roogoo on steam, maybe am getting old but I was really struggling at the later stages where I need to do alot of things at one time and do them very quickly... after I finished the game, I question my hand eye coordination.
Gerchi-san Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sheesh...if I had to list all the games I'm looking forward to, my post might end up about the same size as your journal entry! xD

However: My MOST anticipated game this year might just be the mysterious "Double Fine Adventure".

Sure, it's all hype and everything since there is literally nothing known about the game itself, but it's something I was fantasizing about for a long time
and Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer have yet to make a Graphic Adventure that dissapoints.
DarkHeartInk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bioshoooooock.... -drool-
karkooz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I am dying to get my hands on BIOSHOCK INFINITE!
havenn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
SSX, Mass Effect 3.
Omg the shiznit.
Tinlorio Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist
:DI'm looking forward to playing guild wars 2~ :heart: can't wait for that!!!
Gamer-Grl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Mass Effect 3 and Bioshock Infinite!
Sereni-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Luigi's Mansion 2!!!
Shabello Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Dear Esther, Journey - amazing fringe 'games'
Apart from that, Borderlands 2 + BIoshock Infinite
WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Dues Ex was available the other day as a PC download for only $10! Too bad my PC isn't working right now and I have to use the work PC for my DA emails. Keep an eye on There is a tab for games and there are great deals.
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
None of the above...
graphyt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Love that you mentioned GW2, I'm a big MMO guy and its got me really excited.

I've had a few come out already, Kingdoms of Alamur in particular. But geeze, way way to much this year. I've broken my wallet already and I need Street Fighter X Tekken, BlazBlue Extend, Asura's Wrath. And that's just last month and early this month lol. GDC's badge and plane ticket killed my spring wallet XD

Also, I had a friend say "I'm reaching a point of having to decide between making games or playing them." Good to see you don't have that problem :D
GMKGoat Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Hawken is by far my most anticipated game. It's a first person mech shooter a la Mechwarrior. Should be free to play and comes out in December.
meifire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I know this comment is gonna be lost in this endless sea, but...

...Tales of Graces F ;u;
0dexter-0 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I'm just in LOVE with the rune factory series,
so Rune Factory 4 for the 3ds!
(I know how lame the 3D aspect of 3ds can be so please don't comment about it)
mtcomic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Mass Effect 3.... but super blech on Origin. I will always hate EA. Mass Effect 3 will be a bargain bin purchase for me because of that. GW2 I will hop on almost immediately. Diablo III has outworn its hype.
elfeo666 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy <3

Also Dragon's Crown by Vanillaware <3 <3!
ginryu7 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Diablo 3 and Mass Effect 3... already preordered mass effect and counting down every night till the release
darkwinter20 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
borderlands 2... 9/18... borderlands 2... 9/18... UUURRAAAAAH! this is taking to long!
Akiman Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
diablo 3, starcraft heart of swarm, mass effect 3, asura's wrath(cant buy yet) are the ones im gonna wait for. es im a pure diablo fan too. Wasted 3 years farming nightmare mephisto :P stash was full of uniques XD
neener-nina Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've signed up for the 1 year of WoW, so I get Diablo 3 as well in that package. So obviously, I'm excited about that. XD

I'm eagerly awaiting as well my collectors edition of Mass Effect 3 - playing Mass Effect 1 then 2 then I'll play 3 so I can have the whole story :D

I love the first Bioshock, but looking at previews I'm not sure if I'm to be excited about Bioshock Infinite. =x
Zephra85 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. Mostly because the only system I have is a DS, as well as being a huge PokeNerd. :meow:
dazedgumball Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I started to play Asura's Wrath when it came out. It was better than I thought it would be!
GDPrince Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Mass Effect 3 Mass Effect 3 Mass Effect 3! Also looking forward to Xenoblade chronicles and Sly cooper: thieves in time... and assassins creed 3... and south park: the game...and xcom enemy unknown...and (trails off and rambles for a while). lots of awesome games this year.
Icey5670 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
AMG GW2 I cannot wait to get!!! I love MMO's and this one just blows all the ones I used to play with it's gameplay. I definitely want to try out being a mesmer or a necromancer. Mesmer because it seems like fun to see how one can make this profession strong. Necro because really that is too awesome to not play.
Voxxitronic Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Borderlands 2. Oh my god, Borderlands 2. Why does it come out in September?
BonsaiNinja Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Heck yeah this is the year of gaming. Guild Wars 2 is on my list, and I've never even seen the appeal of MMOs. There's also next week's Mass Effect 3, the three Japanese RPG's Xenoblade Chronicles, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, and Tales of Graces f (well, I'm hoping the latter is good), as well as Dishonored and Bioshock: Infinite. There's plenty more I'd be interested in on a normal year, among them some obscurities, but with this much gold, I'll have to get around to them when they're retro. ;)
Chibi1010101010101 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm GENERATIONS.

The rest of my clan is also waiting for it. :3
NeinCat Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
And thank you for mentioning all of the games I am awaiting for.
Starbound especially.
narcoticdream Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
i'm shivering uncontrollably at the possibilities of the next fallout game..
MrSerikos Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Little big planet vita and starbound are going to be the best things that have ever happened ever, at least to me... :D
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