Top 100 of 2012: 40-36 – ModNation, Metal and Medal of Honor

And then there were forty! If you’re a little behind, catch up on yesterday’s games here, or read on for today’s five:

40 ModNation Racers: Road Trip


United Front’s ModNation Racers was a sleeper hit on PS3, getting decent review scores (with only the game’s lengthy load times holding it back) and building up a dedicated fan base. Now the game is heading to Vita from Sony’s San Diego Studio, with a whole load of new tricks up its sleeve. The racing itself has been tightened up, front and rear touch controls have been added to the track designer, and the game can access all of the user-created content from the PS3 iteration, opening up the millions of pieces already available from day one.

Whilst the latest previews have praised the game’s new additions, it sounds like the series’ now-trademark lengthy load times are still present – hopefully that’s something that will get fixed ahead of the game’s release next spring.

ModNation Racers: Road Trip is due out at Vita’s EU launch on February 22nd.

39 Twisted Metal

Despite David Jaffe’s constant claims to the contrary, Sony’s E3 2010 presser revealed that Eat Sleep Play are indeed working on a new game in the Twisted Metal franchise – the longest-running PlayStation-exclusive series to date. The new title, simply titled ‘Twisted Metal’, is a return to the darker stylings of the PS2’s Twisted Metal: Black.

Plotwise, nothing much has changed; players compete to win the car-combat Twisted Metal contest. What has been added though is a new multiplayer component, expanded massively from the PSP’s Head-On. Other additions include an extra special weapon for each vehicle, and a whole bunch of new factions including The Clowns, the Dolls, the Preachers and the Skulls.

Twisted Metal is due out on PS3 on February 14th in the US, with a European date yet to be announced.

38 Prey 2

Human Head really went back to the drawing board when they started on Prey 2. Rather than the usual formula of ‘previous game – bad things + new things = sequel’, the studio went for ‘core concept of previous game – everything else + a whole new game = sequel’. Out are the portals and other elements that made the original Prey a unique title, and in is a Red Dead-inspired bounty hunter adventure game with Mirror’s Edge’s free-running and a cross between Mass Effect and Deus Ex’s style. Killian Samuels, the aforementioned bounty hunter, is out to find out what happened in number of missing years of his life, killing a fair few people along the way we presume.

Interestingly, the game is being built on the older id Tech 4 engine – albeit a heavily-modified version – rather than Tech 5, the engine behind this year’s Rage. “We put a lot of time and energy [into id Tech 4], and we really love what it’s capable of at this point,” says associate producer Matt Bisenius. You have to respect a studio not afraid to stick with what they know in order to create the game they want to rather than just jumping onto the newest passing shiny thing.

Prey 2 is coming to PS3, 360 and PC sometime in 2012.

37 Medal of Honor 2

I was one of those people who really enjoyed 2010’s Medal of Honor reboot. If you’re also one, rest safe in the knowledge we are not alone – when the game took the WeView podium earlier in the year, it was awarded a ‘Buy It’ rating quite comfortably. Of course, MoH wasn’t perfect – there were technical issues with the now-ageing Unreal Engine 3, as well as balance problems and a rather short campaign – but I really hope when approaching the upcoming sequel, Danger Close keep the ‘feel’ of the first game.

So what do we know about Medal of Honor 2? Very little in fact. Based on executive producer Greg Goodrich’s words in an open letter revealing the follow-up earlier in the year, it’s likely we’ll see a sequel take place in the present day. The flyer included with Battlefield 3 confirmed nothing more than that the game is coming, and is definitely a Medal of Honor game. Most likely, given EA’s new-found love of Frostbite 2 (Battlefield, Command and Conquer, Need for Speed, etc…), the game will be based on that engine. It’ll be interesting to see if EA decides to split single- and multi-player development between two studios like they did for Medal of Honor (and were slated for), or if they’ll let DICE have some time off, with Danger Close picking up the MP reigns.

Either way, if it retains the same tight feel and atmosphere of the original, Medal of Honor 2 could be something really special in 2012. Enough to go up against Treyarch’s next Call of Duty? Who knows.

Medal of Honor will likely arrive on PS3, 360 and PC towards the end of 2012.

36 Diablo III

More than ten years in the making, next year should finally see the release of Blizzard’s Diablo III. The action-RPG series with a focus on dark magic last saw an outing in 2001, but the new game’s modified StarCraft II engine should bring it bang up to date. The new game keeps the style and story of the originals, as well as the isometric viewpoint, and adds online co-op to the mix.

The game has been in the news mostly over the last year or so due to Blizzard’s back and forth over bringing the game to consoles. Whilst the studio’s recent work has been limited to PC, at Gamescom Diablo’s lead designer was quoted as saying he is “very, very serious about bringing the Diablo III experience to the console”, and that Blizzard is currently building a world-class console development team with the hope of making that happen. So whilst nothing is in stone just yet, don’t be surprised to see the Diablo series on PS3 or 360 sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Diablo III is due for a release sometime in the first half of 2012 on PC and Mac.



  1. I’m game for pretty much every title in this cluster, especially Twisted Metal. I’ve only played Head-On which I didn’t actually rate too well, but the multiplayer focus of this new instalment is enough to have me intrigued.

    • I’m interested in pretty much all of these too. Prey 2 is definitely on my radar atm

    • Well if it’s anything like Black it’s going to be good

  2. Hope MOH2 is true, really enjoyed the 2010 version, and hoping for more of the same but with the issues sorted.

  3. I’m interested in them all, although my laptop probably can’t play Diablo. :(
    I didn’t realise Modnation was also a launch title. Where can I get all the money I need?

  4. Expect MoH2 will arrive about a fortnight before BlOps2

    I found MoH quite a capable & solid experience but ultimately extremely boring, although I hope they don’t wind the over the top action up to MW3/Bf3 levels there should be room in the genre for something halfway between Operation Flashpoint & CoD

  5. I really enjoyed MOH single player and thought the MP was good but it tried too hard to mix BF and COD style gameplay, that I think they got confuzzled.

  6. I’m looking forward to all of them. So I can not buy them and think of all the money I’ve saved.

  7. 2 sequels for 2 great, if slightly flawed games. Modnation was just made for vita, definitely getting it and vita, designing tracks on the train ftw! Moh was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed getting platinum on it. A sequel that improves on the solid foundation could be truly awesome.

  8. Twisted Metal,Diablo 3 and Modnation:Road Trip will be mine :)

  9. why was moh slated for spliting the development of the single and multiplayer?

    • They played differently- the controls and feel were too different, and that disconnect shouldn’t be noticeable.
      It would have been better off being done like Bioshock 2- it’s multiplayer was developed by a seperate studio, but it felt like the same game as the single-player, while MOH didn’t.
      (I felt the multiplayer was better than the single-player controls btw)

  10. Oh god… not Medal of Honor 2, why….

    other than that is just Prey and Twisted Metal

    • Oh…..!! and Modnation thats two games for Feburary hopefully Vita, TM doesn’t get delayed

    • “Oh god… not Medal of Honor 2, why….”

      Because it clearly sold well & people seemed to like it (as the article mentions, it got a solid ‘Buy it’ in WeView). I have even been interested in it myself, just never found a cheap enough copy at a time when i had some free time to play it.

      Unfortunately, you can’t write something off just because you don’t enjoy it. If that was the case, I suspect that all we would have to play is Monster Hunter! :P

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