By: Nick Durcholz This past year was wrought with general gloom and doom but video game enthusiasts are and will remain in a state of elation. The end of 2011 has proven momentous with the release of multiple heavyweight titles. New, improved sequels to the series of Call of Duty, Zelda, Forza, Battlefield, Elder Scrolls and Assassin’s Creed have all but generated a monetary monsoon before and during the holiday season. Now that 2011 is past and gone the year of the gamer has just begun. The new year will see the release of many anticipated and more obscure titles that appeal to fans of shooter, fighting, survival horror, sports, action adventure, role playing, and even vehicular combat games. The following titles are nostalgic and new, the mister populars and the unsung anti-heroes.

  • 1

    Soul Caliber V

    Genre: Arcade fighting.

    Release date: 1/31/2012

    Platform(s): Xbox 360 Publisher(s): Namco Bandai The word: Enzio from the Assassin’s Creed franchise is a playable character. Fierce hand to hand and melee weapon based combat featuring both new and classic characters presented in a sharp anime style. The soul swords are passed to a new generation, if only all family feuds were so glamorous.

    Namco Bandai
  • 2

    Bioshock Infinite

    Genre: F.P.S. (first person shooter), action adventure

    Release date: 2/2/2012

    Platform(s): Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and P.C. Publisher(s): 2K Games The word: Previously an underwater quest this time goes skyward. Not a sequel or a prequel but a totally fresh story with new characters and genuine emotion. The player travels on a suspended rail system from platform to platform via a ski lift-like arm attachment experiencing utopian landscapes.

    2K Games
  • 3

    Twisted Metal

    Genre: Third person vehicular combat.

    Release date: 2/14/2012

    Platform(s): Playstation 3 Publisher(s): Sony Computer Entertainment The word: First game of the long running franchise to feature airborne battles. Offers an exhilarating action hero movie inspired viewpoint in which the passenger of a vehicle hangs half-body out of the window gun blazing. The game includes new weapons, classic characters, and total havoc.

    Sony Computer Entertainment
  • 4

    Silent Hill: Downpour

    Genre: Third person survival horror.

    Release date: 3/6/2012

    Platform(s): Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Publisher(s): Konami The word: The eighth installment of the series that brought nightmares to virtual reality. The return to the psychoneurotic world of Silent Hill revolves around an escaped inmate named Murphy Pendleton. Using anything from chairs to glass bottles as weapons he must face warped, hellish beings and his worst fears.