Star Wars: The Old Republic
I have to admit that I'm not a great Star Wars fan, which may seem odd considering my age and general interests. I have warm, nostalgic feelings towards the original trilogy, which I loved as a kid, but think the prequels were awful and actually made the original films worse (not even taking George Lucas' efforts to completely tarnish his legacy into account). I'm generally pretty ambivalent towards all things Star Wars. Why the hell am I awaiting this game more than any other right now then?
1. It's by Bioware.
2. I loved Knights of the Old Republic, which surely contains one of the greatest story twists ever.
3. It's an MMO.
4. It's an MMO with fully voiced dynamic cutscenes like Mass Effect, with a full unique story lasting 250 hours for each character class.
5. It's by Bioware.
I'm going to be discussing this game in more detail as the months go by so I won't say too much more right now, other than behold the awesomeness of the two cinematic trailers, both of which beat anything in the prequels:
I've pre-ordered this game on STEAM once it was confirmed that it would contain a hot-seat mode. My wife and I spent hours playing Civ IV, and this new version looks incredible. It's out on 24th September, so not too long to wait now and I'll post my thoughts once I've played it. That's if I can tear myself away from the game - Civ IV was one of those games where you would look up at the clock and suddenly realise it was 3am.
I never really understood why everyone raved about Portal. It looked boring and like nothing special. Then I played it. It's one of those games everyone should own (especially as its so cheap), and the sequel looks great. I'm just hoping they can mimic the perfect learning curve of the first game and not make it too frustrating.
Dragon Age 2
Another Bioware roleplaying game. I've loved all their games, right from the original Baldur's Gate, and this looks set to continue their great streak. It's a while off yet, but that doesn't mean I'm not already slavering in anticipation.
Mass Effect 3
This game is still so far out that it doesn't even have an official website yet. Mass Effect 2 is my favourite single-player game of all time. It took a great original game, removed all the flaws (and there were quite a few) and improved on everything else. Plus, punching annoying journalists in the face is fun! I can't wait to see how the epic story of Commander Shepard finishes in the last part of the trilogy. Now if only they'd make a Blasto game!
There are a couple of other games I'm keeping my eyes on too, but will wait on purchasing them depending on the reviews they get and what time I have free. They are...
Rift: Planes of Telara
I'm mainly interested in this forthcoming MMO because it has an interesting class system and because quite a few of my mates have committed to getting it.
Batman: Arkham City
I came late to Batman: Arkham Asylum. It had been out for ages by the time I got round to playing it, but I loved it and am looking forwards to more. I didn't feel the story was particularly strong, but it was just so much damned fun!
Well, that lot will keep me quiet through most of next year anyway!