1. Bioshock Infinite : The obvious choice for the most anticipated game of the year. By far. Bioshock was the best game of this generation, in my opinion, and Infinite looks to be the one to knock it off its podium. Just look at one of its video trailers if you're not convinced.
2. Diablo III : Diablo II is far and away my most-played video game of all-time, thanks to its exceedingly addictive Battle.net feature. The series is so legendary it has its own "Diablo clones" a bit like GTA has spawned a enormous amount of "GTA-likes" in the past decade. This game alone might force me to buy a new computer if my Mac can't run it.
3. Borderlands 2 : Borderlands is the one game I fell in love with this generation. The kind of game I loved so much I didn't even see its flaws. It was unconditional mother-child love. It's also the first game for which I bought DLCs. It's not perfect, but I don't give a s***. There will be better games in 2012, but something inside me wishes to play Borderlands 2 above all else. (Then why it's third, because when I fell back to Earth, I realized Diablo III and Infinite will very likely be better games in every single way, and I'll enjoy them as much as BL2).
4. The Last of Us : I honestly don't know much about this game, but the trailer alone convinced me that I will undoubtedly love it. Of course I've always been a huge fan of post-apocalyptic related entertainment products like Fallout 3, Rage, Borderlands (not exactly post-apocalyptic, but similar feeling), Enslaved, New Vegas, I Am Legend, The Book of Eli, The Road, etc. Well, you get the point.
5. The Last Guardian : Granted, we have no release date announced for this game and, given that Team Ico seemingly (and rightfully so) doesn't care about any sort of outside (read : media and gamers) pressure to release the game soon, it's highly possible we won't see it until next year. Still I have hope.
6. Mass Effect 3 : I played Mass Effect 2 last year in probably the worst circumstances possible. At that time I was playing through 4 or 5 games at the same time (or so it seemed) so I "rushed" through games instead of taking time to really experience and enjoy them. It still took over 30 hours to finish this game, but I'm pretty damn sure I've missed many, many things in my playthrough. Anyway, the story was pretty interesting, so I'm very curious of what will happen next.
7. Far Cry 3 : That my first taste of the Far Cry franchise was the second opus might make a few people facepalm in unison. The fact that I've never even played the original Far Cry will likely make people. I know the second game of the series didn't please the masses as the first one did. But anyway, I really liked FC2 and I'm really looking forward to it.
8. Prey 2 : This game could actually be higher on this list if I had only a few more info on it. I only saw the jaw-dropping trailer last year and I was amazed. Although you have to learn that trailers are purposedly made with the intention to amaze. Indeed, in the past, the final product has already been less impressive than the damn trailer itself.
9. Metal Gear Rising : Revengeance : Now I must admit, I only discovered (not the existence, but the experience of playing the games) the Metal Gear series in 2008 when I bought the PS3 MGS4 bundle. While I didn't understand a lot of what the hell what actually going on, I thought the gameplay was extremely solid and the attention to details staggering. Since then I've played MGS, MGS2 and started MGS3 and I must this is a very solid (oh, haha) franchise. And Revengeance does look pretty amazing.
10. SSX : The last snowboarding game I played was Amped nearly 10 years ago (I'm not kidding) and before that it was 1080 Snowboarding on N64. Let's just say I'm due for a new snowboarding game, and there's really nothing on the market right now (Shaun White's games are basically horrible if you're to trust any game critic in the world. And from the trailers, you have to say it looks pretty damn cool.
11. Resident Evil 6 : Another franchise I'm a big fan of, so it's impossible to leave this off the list. I explained why in a earlier blog post.
12. Tomb Raider : I simply like where the franchise is heading with this reboot. The gameplay shown at E3 really impressed me. And Lara Croft is one fine-looking lady. What's not to love?
That's it for this year's list.