So, I present to you, in no particular order, Games Mike Wants to Play Next Year:
- Diablo III. This is the first game I've actually preordered. I'm super excited for this one.
- Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. I love me some SC2. Granted, I'm skeptical that it'll come out in 2012, but I'm betting it'll be out by Christmas.
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Yes, I'm excited for the Pandas. And the Pokemon thing. Cata has been kind of a flop, but that hasn't stopped me from having a good time. I'm hoping that the renewed focus on endgame content will perk things back up.
Hmm...those are definitely the big ones. What else is coming out in 2012? Again, I don't have any consoles, so my list will be somewhat restricted.
- Mass Effect 3. I do need a FPS fix every now and then. I admit I still need to finish ME2, but . Mass Effect 3 comes out in March, right in the middle of the semester, so I'll have time for ME2 before the Steam sale in July.
- DOTA 2/Blizzard Dota. I never really got into the first Dota because of the rumors about the community (i.e. everyone was rude and terrible). But I'm excited to give it another try. My take on the relationship between the two will have to wait for another post.
- Whatever awesome indie games are coming out in the next year! Which of course leads me to...
- More Humble Bundles!
- Batman: Arkham City (Steam sale in July).
- Trine 2 (hopefully this gets into a Humble Bundle).
- Skyrim - I'm about 60 hours in, but there's still so much left!
- Mass Effect 2.
All in all, it looks like it'll be a great year gaming-wise. Here's hoping it's a great year all around!
I'll end this post with the opening cinematic for Diablo III. I dare you to watch it and not get excited.