We’re not quite at the top ten yet. There are still another five titles to recap before we reach there but since we’re so close to the end of the list, they’re all titles you should have enjoyed or otherwise be looking forward to. The same goes for yesterday’s five titles, which you can see here.
15 Hitman: Absolution
I don’t really like stealth games. I absolutely love Metal Gear’s story and Splinter Cell is awesome, but the gameplay mechanics often don’t do enough for me. That might be a reason that I’ve never actually played a Hitman game, it has just never caught my interest fully.
I’m not sure if Absolution will change that, I can hardly say I’ve been following the game (and I’m certainly not the reason it reached number fifteen on our list), but there are lots of reasons you should be looking forward to the first Hitman game in over six years.
It’s more than a stealth game, of course, but you’re encouraged to go in stealthily, with the new instinct mode showing enemy patrol routes and such. It seems to stick to the formula of the previous Hitman games, though, which is a good thing for fans.
There have been a few trailers released, one of which involving leather-clad nun assassins caused a bit of controversy on the internet (as a lot of things seem to do these days). Both fans and non-fans were disappointed with the direction of the trailer, looking more like a rubbish advert for a terrible B-movie than a trailer for a new entry in a well-loved stealth series.
We can all make our minds up when the game releases in just two months time.
14 Far Cry 3
Far Cry 2 was a good game but perhaps didn’t quite live up to the first game in the series. Far Cry 3, however, looks absolutely brilliant – I was interested right away, from that brilliant gameplay showing at E3 2011.
It’s back on an island, inhabited with seemingly crazy and unstable characters, including Vaas, the game’s main antagonist – the one that highlighted the word ‘insanity’ as his favourite dictionary entry from the get-go.
It seems as though the game could deliver with the setting and the plot and we’re hoping that the gameplay is solid too. It certainly looks like a great game, if gameplay demonstrations and trailers are anything to go by.
There seem to be some features derived from the Assassin’s Creed series, too, with radio masts unlocking different portions of the map. Understandable considering the developer is none other than Ubisoft Montreal.
There’s even a separate four player co-op campaign with its own story and characters, which could be brilliant if it’s done right, taking place six months before the main story of the game.
The island looks wonderful, the gameplay looks solid and the plot is quite intriguing, Far Cry 3 could be something special indeed; we’ll soon find out when it releases at the end of November.
13 Killzone Vita
Whilst we barely knew anything about Killzone’s Vita outing back when voted for our Top 100, it still managed to climb above many other games to get to our thirteenth most anticipated game of this year.
We know more now, however, with Sony revealing more details at Gamescom last month. The game is now titled Killzone: Mercenary and appears to have taken a more Unit 13-esque approach – the gameplay appears to be based around payments and contracts, rather than a single story mode.[videoyoutube]Speaking on the US PlayStation Blog, Managing Director of developer Guerilla Games, Hermen Hulst gave us a few more details, too: the game will “offer PlayStation Vita owners a fresh perspective on the brutal conflict”, with players able to see the war from both sides for the first time as you fight alongside Helghast forces as well as ISA troops. He also mentioned that the game is running on the same engine as Killzone 3 – so it should be a treat with both amazing visuals and solid gameplay.
The truth is, we still don’t know that much about it; more details are said to be revealed in the months to come but everything else right now is just guesswork.
One thing we can be certain of is that we won’t be seeing Mercenary in 2012 like we had originally hoped, with it releasing some time next year instead.
Catherine feels a bit like old news now; it first released over a year and a half ago in Japan, though didn’t see a release in EU territories until February this year.
It’s a very odd concept, following Vincent as he makes his choice between women, whilst having odd nightmares involving gigantic stair cases and moving blocks, which forms the main gameplay of Catherine.
We reviewed the US version of the game (which is exactly the same as the European version) before we even voted for our Top 100, something which might explain why it’s so high on our list.
It’s a great game, though – we scored it 9/10 in our review, summing it all up with:
Catherine is a mature title that touches on a variety of themes that adults can appreciate and identify with. Going through the story for the first time is an intriguing affair that ultimately makes you question the type of person you truly are, maybe even more than you’d like to admit. While the difficulty might be too much for some people to handle, it’s an experience that is just as rewarding as it is punishing. Who knew rearranging blocks could be so much fun?
Good (and a bit weird) fun, then. Catherine is available now, if you’re looking for an essential, strange block-pushing game.
11 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Metal Gear Rising seems like it could actually be a very good action game, despite many Metal Gear fans thinking otherwise. Konami have done a very smart thing here, outsourcing this game to Vanquish and Bayonetta developers, Platinum Games, letting Kojima Productions focus on the new Metal Gear Solid title: Ground Zeroes.
What this means is more – and more diverse – Metal Gear for you over the course of the next few years. Surely that can’t be a bad thing? As I’ve said already, I’m not a huge fan of the current MGS gameplay, so this could be a welcome change in pace.
If successful, it could even spawn a new series of Rising games, which would be brilliant due to the absolutely massive Metal Gear universe – there are countless stories that could be told and Kojima’s a master of weaving a good story together.
Vanquish was an excellent, fun game too, and Rising seems to borrow some gameplay mechanics from that. It looks crazy, fast paced and action-packed – something we’ve only really seen Raiden achieve in cutscenes before.
Now, come on, if you can’t admit you watched the Raiden vs. Geckos sequence or the Raiden and Vamp fight in MGS4 without thinking “I really want to play a game like that.” even a little bit then you’re just silly.
It’ll be out on the 21st of February next year, so prepare yourself. I mean, really prepare yourself – just look at it.