The 2012 E3 is just around the corner, with the EA and Ubisoft press briefing scheduled for 4 June. The high-profile game events are scheduled from 5 June to 7 June; click here to read IBTimes UK's complete preview, with timings and schedules.
Meanwhile, read on to uncover the final part of IBTimes UK's two-part series on the ten most anticipated games of the year...
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Treyarch returns with a sequel to its hugely successful First Person Shooter (FPS) series - Call of Duty. The second instalment in the Black Ops saga, titled Call of Duty: Black Ops II, has been scripted by David S Goyer of The Dark Knight fame and the story revolves around a group of disbanded soldiers tasked with averting a massive terrorist attack on America. The terrorists have seized control of high-tech and unmanned war machines. The game world is set in an era split between the near future (2025) and the past (the late 1970s and early 1980s) and gamers are reportedly set to experience extreme warfare conditions, ranging from having to deal with super high-tech weapons and battle tactics to more conventional and even traditional war skills. Black Ops II is poised to hit the markets on 13 November, which paves the way for the launch of a demo at E3.
Halo 4 (Xbox 360)
Halo 4 is the fourth instalment in the cult classic sci-fi FPS that started with Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001. This sequel was revealed through a teaser trailer at Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. Although neither the software giant nor the game's developers (343 Industries) have spoken about details, we do believe the game will feature new vehicles, weapons and a story-driven multiplayer mode supported by weekly cinematic episodes. Incidentally, this could well be one of the last high-profile games to release on the Xbox 360, if rumours of the launch of Microsoft's next-gen hardware - the Xbox 720 - are true.
Star Trek (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Set in the same universe as J.J. Abrams' 2009 film of the same name, Digital Extreme's forthcoming Third Person co-op shooter bridges the gap between the franchise reboot and next year's sequel. Based on an original story by God of War writer - Marianna Krawczyk - Star Trek puts players in the shoes of either Captain Kirk or Commander Spock, as they attempt to avert an alien force invading the galaxy. Gameplay details are still very scarce and we hope to know more with a demo launch at E3.
Lara Croft returns for another adventure... only, this time, the Tomb Raider could be set for similar treatment as the revamped God of War: Ascension. In this game, we believe, the action will focus more on Croft's survival instincts than her sex appeal, although that certainly cannot be discounted. The game is reportedly set to revolve around events after the protagonist (back when she was a young college graduate) is left shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Japan and gameplay should include having to deal with challenges from harsh physical and psychological challenges thrown at the novice adventurer.
Dead Space 3
The third instalment in this award-winning and critically acclaimed sci-fi/survival-horror classic puts you in the gripping role of an imaginary alter-ego, ripped from series hero Isaac Clarke's character. The gamer will have to blast his way through stunning sessions of close-quarter combat and by using all the acrobatic skills he/she can muster, with the help of a roll-and-cover system, we believe, is similar to that of Gears of War. The really big news, however, is that Dead Space 3 might push the action even closer to the user, by re-casting the game as a FPS rather than the Third Person angle used for the first two games. In any case, the Dead Space series remains one of this generation's finest survival-horror titles.
For a re-cap of the titles in the first part of IBTimes UK's two-part series, click here.