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With current-gen consoles nearing the end of their lifespans, 2012 has hardly been a golden year for game releases. But that hasn't stopped punters from getting excited at what is to come. Halo 4 US market watcher Nielson has compiled a list of the year's most anticipated games for each console and the results are not what …

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jai
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my list

Games I'm looking forward to are Max Payne 3 (obviously) and Diablo 3.

Tomb Raider also looks good, but I'll wait for hands on reviews first because i'm worried it'll turn out to be disappointing.

Does The Last Guardian have any chance of coming out this year (or ever)? Really want to play that.

Also, GTA5 (guess that'll be a 2013 release?) and StarCraft 2 Part 2 (if that ever gets released, I guess Blizzard will be waiting for the hype and cash from Diablo 3 to die down before putting out another game).

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Re: my list

Definately looking forward to Diablo 3! (may be an understatement)

...Here's hoping they haven't done a Duke Nukem with it =/

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"would us Brits really have better taste?"

We'd have a PC games list for a start.

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Re: "We'd have a PC games list for a start."

Really? Given the near-zero number of posts in the PC gaming section of the games forum I look at the most I'd say PC gaming here is - and I'm being generous - a niche activity these days.

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Re: "We'd have a PC games list for a start."

Odd then, that World of Warcraft continues (even though it is on the decline) to be the most subscribed to MMO of all time.

PC gaming is far from dead, and good old Valve with Steam has given it a shot in the arm over the last couple of years.

The upgrade cycles are very easy to keep up with these days, because the 360 and PS3 are the standard to which games are held, so there's no pressure to get the latest and greatest. PC gaming right now is not expensive - far from it, the games are far cheaper than their console counterparts.

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Re: "We'd have a PC games list for a start."

Forums are so the year 2000.

I use erm IRC (Oh dear what have I just done, find a way to make self look better)

ZOMG no indie games on the list (And that completes my fail)

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Re: "We'd have a PC games list for a start."

The games might be, sadly the powerhouse of a PC you need to run them at a decent frame rate, sadly, is 4 or 5 times the cost of a console.

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Re: "We'd have a PC games list for a start."

My PC cost about £450, around two and a half years ago. Inexpensive graphics card but room in that budget for RAID.

Plays all the latest games, to an impressive standard. Plus it does lots of things that a console cannot do and many others better. Software is available to make a PC do anything you can imagine and much more.

I can take advantage of things like add-ons, mods and hacks to increase playability of games. When the games haven't been tested properly and I hit a glitch I can open a console prompt and solve the issue rather than have to re-start the game. I can back up my game saves to dropbox. I can go back and discover or re-visit classic titles, usually for next to nothing or free.

When I want it to be better, I can upgrade the graphics card easily and cheaply. Or add more RAM or HDDs. I can connect a huge variety of peripherals.

I do also have a PS3 but mainly as a blu-ray player. Only games I have are those not available on PC. It's worth pointing out that the games themselves cost about 1/3 more on console.

I would have thought that a computer would be fairly essential in a household these days, what with everything being online; so although a console by itself is cheaper I would classify it as more of a luxury item.

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No PC games then?

Because other than those that will be ported, there is also Diablo 3.

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Re: No PC games then?

Whoops, must read articles more closely in future.

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Re: No PC games then?

PC gaming is dead. Piracy and yearly hardware upgrades killed it years ago.

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Re: No PC games then?

Why bother pirating games when last years titles can be had for £2.50 on Steam?

For me, I'd rather use my Xbox than put my laptop through extreme thermal cycles. Games look good on it, but CPU hits 98ºC, unless I prop it up on books and aim a 12" desk fan at its belly. I'm probably being paranoid, but then I don't yet trust this lead-free solder...

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Re: No PC games then?

@Anonymous Coward

You work for Ubisoft, right?

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Re: No PC games then?

"Why bother pirating games when last years titles can be had for £2.50 on Steam?"

You'd be surprised how many people would pirate it anyway.

Sorry but he's right, piracy is a big reason for killing PC gaming. Every lan party I've been too is full of PC gamers who have pirated all their games, swapping them, etc.

No-one in their right mind would spend two years developing a game and expect to get back the cost of salary and time by selling it for just £2.50 a time. The income from developing large PC games has slowly tilted towards being too risky with too low return to bother. You need a successful game with marketing thrust behind it to break profit now, and if you accidentally release a so-so game you go bust.

That's why everyone is developing for consoles now. Even Diablo 3 is not really a PC game anymore. It was delayed to port it to consoles - I am expecting the gameplay to suffer on PC as a result. PC gamers killed PC games.

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Re: Lead Free Solder

A cause of both RROD and YLOD

Graphics chip causing thermal cracking in the solder, leaded solder should be able to flex more

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PC gamers killed PC games.

Bullshit. Idiotic kneejerk DRM killed PC games. It didn't even slow the pirates down, and made mugs like me who are actually willing to pay money for games hate the experience so much that we just stopped. 5 years ago, I would have reacted in horror to the idea that I would transition to a pure console gamer. Now, I just don't see an option (and no, steam is not a solution, its the most god awful, slow, kludged together piece of crap I've ever tried to use).

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Re: No PC games then?

You're much more likely to fry your XBox than your laptop. While the situation has improved with the latest models they are still no where near as reliable as a PC.

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Re: No PC games then?

> PC gamers killed PC games.

The fuck we did.

Greedy publishers hawking half arsed ports of the same shit console games crippled with the same retarded anti-piracy measures and stuffed with the same adverts for 0 day DLC is what is damaging PC gaming.

In the most egregious cases the pirated version is more functional than the retail. I pirated Crysis 2 after I bought it; the cracked version fixes a game stopping save-game bug that Crytek won't fix as the game is 'out of support'.

Meanwhile folks like Notch and Gabe Newell, who apparently care about the customer, are making money hand over fist....

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"In the most egregious cases the pirated version is more functional than the retail. I pirated Crysis 2 after I bought it; the cracked version fixes a game stopping save-game bug that Crytek won't fix as the game is 'out of support'."

Funny you should say that. I had to do the same with Far Cry on WinXP x64 a few years back. I'm also of the opinion that DRM and publisher hatred is what tried to kill PC gaming (sorry, but it's not dead). Piracy happened all through the 90s, but the PC was absolutely golden. Then DRM came along, nuked the second hand market completely (meaning fewer games on shelves and no more people willing to pay £40 a pop than previously), and the publishers wrote off all PC gamers as pirates.

But don't be a smug console gamer, because you lot are next. Already the 2nd-hand taxes are being collected, and with the next generation, the publishers will try to kill off the high street entirely, so they can lean you over the coals for £50 a game. And unlike Steam, PSN sales are few and far between, include very few titles, and don't have nearly the same level of discount. So, enjoy that when it hits.

And if I have to hear that "yearly upgrade" FUD one more time... My PC just entered its 7th year of life, and only now am I *thinking* of upgrading it. Next year.

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Re: Lead Free Solder

Local to here is a very high-tech British manufacturing firm... they have to use lead-free solder like everyone else, unless the customer is the MOD who demand the lead-based variety.

Apparently, the trick with lead-free solder is to use it the moment you've heated it.

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OMG pirates

Piracy killed PC gaming? A bit like the console ROMS out there?

For me, Steam and similar DRM killed PC gaming. I'll still buy titles that don't require it (Gratuitious Space Battles Collectors Edition plus extras, £25 well spent), but I'll be damned if I'm creating an account with anybody to play with a toy. Half Life 2 ain't no MMO and neither are all the others.

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Re: No PC games then?

'PC gaming is dead. Piracy and yearly hardware upgrades killed it years ago'

Ignorant claptrap.

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Re: No PC games then?

Well i'm sure the devs of Witcher 2 and Guildwars 2 are busy shutting down after reading your pearls of wisdom...

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Re: OMG pirates

Steam is fine for me.

I like the Half Life series, can be difficult but very well made.

A lot of us simply have no interest in MMOs, why are they not toys but HL2 is?

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Of course an MMO is a toy, but it's the only toy type I can think of that justifies creating an account when you have the disk right there in your hands. "We think you're a pirate" is not a valid reason and is frankly offensive.

I'm sure it's a drop in the ocean, but there's a not insignificant amount of money I'd have paid out to buy games if they didn't insist on coming with an extra helping of bullshit and malware. Ho hum.

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Re: OMG pirates - on line accounts

And one thing I will say about HL2 and co is that your saves are on Steams servers.

I have Steam acheivements on the PC I actually earned on the PS3.

Good reason for an account here.

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8 Wii games?

Is that all that's coming out?

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Re: 8 Wii games?

I want to know why Xenoblade Chronicles is on the Wii list.

Oh, wait, it's evidently an American list or something, because over here in France XC has been out for months and months.

So don't read too much into any part of this list.

And there's no list for Wii U, and that's where most of the action will be for new games on a Nintendo living room console, at least late in the year, so the devs will be winding down their Wii work a bit.

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HL

HL2 EP3 / HL3.

Unfortunately this has been my most anticipated game for the past 5-odd years!

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Re: HL

Yyyyep

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MJI
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Re: HL

Perhaps people won't believe it will be released this year

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No Duke Nukem 5Ever? Anyone?

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Dishonored

And/or Prey 2 if it's still going.

Quite looking forward to Borderlands 2 as well.

But Dishonored looks the most interesting to me this year, if it's going to make this year...

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Re: Borderlands 2

Borderlands was a lot of fun - I'll definitely buy the sequel when it is nice and cheap on Steam.

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Re: Dishonored

Rumour has it Prey 2 has been canned.

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DIII

yepp, waiting for it since DII. Every other game will pale in comparison.

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PC Gamers

Should be looking forward to Dark Souls.

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Sequelicious

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MJI
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My list

The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Bioshock Infinite

Was looking forwards to ME3 but it appears to have been a bit of a disappointment, so will wait until bargain bin.

Was wanting a Vita until the single PSN limitation was not fixed.

If anyone from Guerilla is reading, can we have more maps for Killzone?

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oh yeah, forgot about The Last of Us, stick that one on the list as well

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Don't get too excited - it's probably not out until next year.

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Borderlands 2 ....

is it September yet, oh and X-Com (please don't screw this up). The sproglet and I have decided the calendar is moving waaaay to slow

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Re: Borderlands 2 ....

You'll just have to hide out in the cinema... lots of films coming out, most with a sproglett-friendly PG13 rating. Batman, Avengers, Prometheus, Spiderman...

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Re: Borderlands 2 ....

Nah...sproglet's nearly 18 tho' he'll prolly kill me if he saw me calling him that (mind, we have called each other worse things!!)

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Re: Borderlands 2 ....

18, you say?

Then Lockout later this month should fill a gap. And afterwards you can educate him by showing him Escape From New York : D

http://www.totalfilm.com/news/watch-the-first-five-minutes-of-lockout-online-now

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Nothing on that list...

Kinect Star Wars? LOL, are you serious?

The only games that are on my must buy list for 2012:

PS3, The Last of Us (From Uncharted devs)

PS3: Starhawk

All: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Possible buy:

PS3 LittleBigPlanet Karting

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LBP karting looks fun. seems a biti like sonic racing, which was really fun

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PC Gaming a Niche activity?

I do not consider my 200+ hours on Shogun 2 Total War a 'niche' activity

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Re: PC Gaming a Niche activity?

Assuming this is in reply to my comment...

It's not about how many hours you or anyone other indifvidual puts into a game. I was referring to PC gaming as part of the overall games market, and I'm sorry to say it, but from what I see the PC is a very small part of that market. It's clearly still viable, but it is a niche these days. Call it "enthusiast" if you don't like the word niche.

The forum I mentioned earlier gets more comments in a single Linux chitchat thread than the entire PC games forum...

This is, by the way, coming from someone who spent a fair chunk of last weekend playing Wing Commander: Darkest Dawn. I _like_ playing games on the PC.

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Re: PC Gaming a Niche activity?

In fairness, citing the lack of comments on one nameless forum as an example isn't exactly scientific.

I'm not going to pretend that PC outstrips the consoles in popularity, but I think it is ore significant than you are giving it credit for.

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