2011 has seen the release of countless titles which have boasted a high quality in the form of sequels to stellar franchises. 2012, meanwhile, is due to deliver the same quantity and quality of games. VOICEABLE has compiled a list of the top 10 most anticipated games of 2012. You may be interested in our previous article as well:

Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2011

10. Borderlands 2

Gearbox’s follow up to the outstanding Borderlands comes in the form of a direct sequel, Borderlands 2. Key features of the game consists of the following:

  • Action RPG
  • Unique art direction
  • Unreal Engine 3

9. Mass Effect 3

BioWare’s Mass Effect franchise makes its return in the form of the third Mass Effect installment. The developer is integrating the following features:

  • Final chapter of Mass Effect series
  • Follows from Mass Effect 2’s Arrival
  • Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 saves supported

8. Final Fantasy XIII-2

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the direct sequel to this console generation’s first Final Fantasy game. Key features for the successor are:

  • Crystal Tools engine
  • Active Time Battle
  • Temporal Rift feature

7. NeverDead

NeverDead may not be on everyone’s list for 2012’s video games but there’s no doubting its unique style Rebellion Developments decided to go with. Notable additions include:

  • Lead character is immortal
  • Protagonist can survive extreme injuries
  • Puzzle elements included

6. Soulcalibur V

The Soulcalibur series has been a core fighting game series for several years now; it’s acquired a substantial fan base due to its unique fighting gameplay style. Notable additions for the fifth installment include:

  • Assassin’s Creed Ezio included
  • Total of 30 characters
  • Huge gameplay improvements

5. BioShock Infinite

Ken Levine created one of the highest rated games during the current console generation with the original BioShock. The acclaimed developer returns with BioShock Infinite with key features including:

  • Unreal Engine 3 in modified form
  • Takes place in air-city
  • Rollercoaster-centered gameplay mechanic

4. Halo 4

Halo 3 sold over 14 million units so it’s no surprise Microsoft are following up on its success with the inception of a new trilogy for the iconic Xbox series. Features for the game include:

  • 343 Industries developing
  • Sandbox element
  • Sotaro Tojima is composer

3. Darksiders II

The first Darksiders game received a great following for its solid gameplay style and unique story; over 20 hours of gameplay could be experienced by players in the single-player only title with its sequel’s features delivering:

  • Vigil Games is the developer
  • Open-world style returns
  • Protagonist Death returns

2. The Last of Us

When Naughty Dog unveiled The Last of Us during Spike’s Video Game Awards show, the PlayStation 3 exclusive was highly praised for its concept and visuals viewed via the trailer. Key features for the title are:

  • I Am Legend-type concept
  • Action adventure open-world
  • Uncharted 2 directors involved

1. GTA V

Grand Theft Auto finally makes its return to current generation consoles with Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V. Features for the game entail:

  • Open world environment
  • Jet skiing
  • Various activities such as mini golf