Is this the quarter of 2012's gaming sleeper hits?
Whilst we wait for the action-packed Autumn of Gaming, the first half of 2012 and the second quarter in particular can be pretty quiet for big new video game releases. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be the case this time around, as I've still got five huge new titles that I think you need on your shopping lists...
5. THE WITCHER 2: ENHANCED EDITION- Now Skyrim really has been and gone, I really want a new extensive fantasy RPG to take its place, and The Witcher 2 looks to fit the bill perfectly, bringing with it impressive graphics, a long and flowing storyline and some very dark themes to shadow over the infrequent rays of sun Britain will get in the Summertime. Bring on the challenge! (April 17th)
4. LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPERHEROES- As soon as the free-roaming Gotham City playable to the LEGO Superman was revealed, I was sold on LEGO Batman 2. The knowledge that voice actors will be introduced, lessons will have been learnt from past entries like Pirates of the Carribean and the visuals will be at their absolute best just sweetens the deal on what is sure to be a quality package for kids and DC fans alike. (June 22nd)
3. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN- I never would have thought that a video game movie tie-in would make it onto this list, but The Amazing Spider-Man: The Game appears to be a very enticing sequel of sorts to the upcoming reboot film. If developer Beenox can pull off the thrill of swinging through New York as the Webbed Wonder again, we might be in for a real winner. (June 29th)
2. KINECT STAR WARS- This coming month has got another big games release in the form of this anticipated new use for Microsoft's motion peripheral Kinect. Will it finally justify purchasing the camera as I did nearly a year and a half ago to sotp it gathering dust in stores? Boy, I hope so, 'cause I bloomin love Star Wars! (April 3rd)
1. MAX PAYNE 3- But in first place must come the effort from the developer I'm sure will not let us down: Rockstar. Bear in mind that all news on Grand Theft Auto V is being postponed till after Max Payne 3's release, meaning Rockstar want all focus on this epic linear shooter, and if it can reach the highs of Red Dead and LA Noire then it'll be clear to see why! (May 16th)
PLUS, THERE'S MORE TOO: You'll also want to look out for the following games in April-June: Devil May Cry HD Collection; Tropico 2; Xenoblade Chronicles; Fez; Prototype 2; Risen 2: Dark Waters; Fable Heroes; Minecraft XBLA; Test Drive: Ferarri Legends; Game Of Thrones; Diablo III; Ghost Recon: Future Soldier; Inversion; Steel Batallion: Heavy Armour; The Last Story 2; Darksiders II and Spec Ops: The Line. After all that, in the third quarter, things do eventually start to get really interesting...