Under the Radar for Q1 2012

With so many games coming out all the time, it’s easy for some good ones to get lost in the sea of marketing hype and extra attention given to the biggest blockbuster titles. This entry is meant to help shine some light on a few games coming out in the first quarter of 2012 that might not be getting as much attention as they deserve.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Platform: 360
Release: Q1 2012

Given all the attention and critical acclaim this game has received when it released on the PC earlier this year, there was a little bit of buzz made when Projekt RED announced plans to port the game to Microsoft’s console. But since then the news has gone silent, which is surprising considering how close to release of the game supposedly is.

Either way, this is one to be looking for if your PC can’t handle all the beautiful yet unforgiving RPG action.

Platform: 360/PS3
Release: Winter 2011

This game raised a few eyebrows, among other body parts, over the past few E3s and TGSs, making a showing with unusual, quirky and downright fun trailers showcasing an immortal hero literally getting blown and shot apart, and fighting like an adversary from Monty Python and nibbling at the enemies’ ankles or rolling around and recollecting his body parts to literally pull himself back together.

It looks really good and many might not realize that it’s coming out in early January.

If you’re bored looking for entertainment during those cold winter months, this action-shooter looks like it’ll be worth your time.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Platform: PC/360/PS3
Release: 2/7/2012

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, or just Reckoning as most people call it, looks to be an amazing RPG that wants to stand toe to toe with the biggest contenders, and from everything I’ve seen of it, the game might just the firepower to do it. The game’s world is just bleeding creative potential with the likes of R.A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane writing the story and creating the artwork. The game’s world is so large in scale that they’re already in talks to make it into an MMO.

Reckoning seems like it’ll be a great game, but I guess we’ll all find out next year when it comes out.

Tales of the Abyss
Platform: 3DS
Release: 2/14/2012

Namco loves you, and to prove it they’re giving US 3DS owners a really nice gift for St. Valentine’s Day: They’re finally putting their 3D portable port of the hit PS2 title Tales of the Abyss on shelves.

The game hasn’t been chopped down or butchered to fit into the handheld, and by the looks of it actually has more content than the original, as well as added mechanics and more content that takes advantage of the 3DS’ auto-stereoscopic top and lower touch screens.

If you like good RPGs and you have a 3DS, there’s really no excuse for you to not be squeeing in joy while you eagerly camp outside your game store of choice waiting for it.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
Platform: DS
Release: Early 2012

As much as Nintendo would like you to believe it, the DS is not dead just yet. The original two-faced folding handheld deserves to go out on a good note, and with games like the latest installment of the Shin Megami Tensei series coming out on it – that looks like a possibility.

Devil Survivor 2 includes features of the original as well as expanding upon it, making this a must-have for fans of the first one, and a title worth looking into for DS owners.

Platform: PC/360/PS3
Release: 3/6/2012

This might be the most controversial title in this post, having gotten a moderate amount of attention, mostly because of the outcry from hardcore fans of the original strategy game that this first person shooter reboot of the franchise is a betrayal.

Being a newcomer to XCOM, the paranormal title still looks fun and definitely worth checking out. Fighting off quasi-cybernetic morphing aliens in a 50’s style Americana has a definite Roswell feel to it, and being able to use their own technology against them just looks cool.

XCOM looks promising and even die-hard fans of the series will likely give it a shot when it comes out in March.

Well there you go, a few games that deserve a little more attention and just might be worth your hard-earned cash when they come out early next year. Do some searching and ask around. Bring these promising titles to light so that they can release without being swept under the rug.

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