The yuletide season is upon us, meaning that soon afterwards, we're heading into (the hopefully non-apocalyptic in any sort of way) 2012, waving the rather awesome 2011 of game releases behind us.
You know the drill, people. List the games you're hoping to purchase next year and the platforms you'll hopefully be purchasing them on.
I will drastically cut down my list to only a few games, because realistically I will have precious little time to play anything nowadays, and in terms of my expenses, well, spending them on new games - let alone hardware like the Vita and its memory cards - isn't exactly up there on my priorities list. The list is also drastically cut down because there isn't much I even want next year:
+ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Platinum Games turning Metal Gear Solid on its head with this spinoff actually looks...awesome. Seriously, this is Vanquish with the addition of a physics-defying samurai sword that can cleave enemies to pieces, and while also being able to hurtle entire Zords - I mean, mechs to one side. And I loved Vanquish. Short yes, but definitely fun, something a LOT of games nowadays seem to have forgotten to be. If there is any studio that can make something good out of this, it's Shinji Mikami's lot.
+ The Last of Us - If this is coming out in 2012 of course, though I have a suspicion that we'll see a 2013 release instead. I admit, were it not for Naughty Dog at the helm, I probably wouldn't bat an eyelid at what looks like another zombie game/a game set in a world where its populace behave like zombies. Here's hoping that Naughty Dog can do something with this exclusive to make it stand out, because as good as their games are, they aren't exactly known for their originality.
+ Tomb Raider - I didn't like the idea at first, so I can't believe how much of a 180 I've made all of a sudden. This could well be the Tomb Raider that will reinvigorate my interest in the franchise after its PS1 days, and hopefully, become something competitive enough to challenge Nathan Drake and his treasure hunting troops. I also love the look of this younger and more vulnerable Lara - something more believable than the superhuman woman from previous games when she had her boobs inflated.
+ Ni No Kuni - A Level-5 game employing the help of Studio Ghibli's awesome work, with an art style that reminds me of a lot of one of my favourite JRPGs ever, which is Dragon Quest VIII? Heck, I'm sold, even though I'm not too sure about how the battles look, with your companion Poké- uhh, Imagins. It's kind of a shame that MW3 has somehow sold more copies than this in Japan though, which is a bit baffling.
+ (Possibly) a GOTY edition of Skyrim - There is no way I am getting Skyrim for the PS3 at the current state it's in with that horrendous lag problem. If Bethesda sort this out with a more polished re-release in the future, then maybe I will consider getting it.
+ The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - I know this is already out, but I won't have time to play it until well into next year, so it's still lingering here on my list. It's unlikely to top LTTP as my favourite Zelda game, and I'm still unsure about the motion controls, but it looks delicious all the same, and hopefully very deserving of its highly acclaimed reception.
+ The Last Story - It doesn't look as exciting as Xenoblade, but I still want it anyway, namely because it has one of the most intriguing battle systems I have ever seen. And because I have more faith in Sakaguchi's lot producing a better Final Fantasy-like product (albeit with the radically different combat system) than the current Square Enix themselves producing a Final Fantasy game.
+ Persona 3 - Ideally, I would rather have Persona 4, but I'd need a Vita for that, so the third one will do for me, just so I can try out the Persona games. It looks better than the 2nd Persona too, but then again, you can't fight Hitler in this game. Decisions, decisions...
Can't think of anything
I reserve the right to make my own changes and/or additions to this list. Unless your name is @The Nutcracker.