2012 will be an eventful year for gaming enthusiasts with a wealth of exciting new games. This is a list of the 20 most anticipated games for PC and console that will be released in the coming year.

Here they are:

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
A sequel to Final Fantasy XIII begins five years after the story of its predecessor ends. The game promises more dynamics and a darker athmosphere than before. Expected to be released on January 31.

Twisted Metal

Twisted Metal (PS3)
The new version of Twisted Metal allows you to destroy even more vehicles than ever before and will offer up to four players on one console or 15 players over the net. Expected to be released on February 14.

Syndicate

Syndicate (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
The cyberpunk game Syndicate looks like a mix between Crysis and Deus Ex, but is a redesigned version of the old game that was first released in 1993. Scheduled to be released on February 21.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)
Not many details about this game has been revealed yet, other than that it will be taking advantage of the touch pad motion censor of the new game console PlayStation Vita. Expected to be released on February 22.

Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D

Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D (3DS)
This game was already presented at E3 last year. The game is a ported version of the PS2 version, which is considered to be one of the best in the Metal Gear series. Expected to be released sometime in February.

Xcom

Xcom (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Xcom can be described as X-Files meets a tactics game. Previously known as X-com, but changed its name after a legal dispute with the developer. Expected to be released on March 6.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Mass Effect 3 is the final chapter in the story of Commander Shepard’s struggle to save the galaxy from an alien invasion. To be released sometime in March.

Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
The second chapter in the trilogy about Starcraft promises major changes in the ability to play against multiple people. Contains a total of 20 different missions and will probably be sold as an expansion pack. To be released sometime in the second quarter.

Minecraft

Minecraft (Xbox 360)
The game is considered by many to be the best ever and it is finally coming to the Xbox. The game also fully supports Kinect. Expected sometime in the second quarter.

Halo 4

Halo 4 (Xbox 360)
According to rumors, Halo 4 will be the first game of a trilogy, called Reclaim. To be released sometime in the second quarter of 2012.

Metal Gear Solid Rising

Metal Gear Solid Rising (PS3, Xbox 360)
The highly anticipated sequel in the Metal Gear series will be released sometime next year, but no specific date has been announced. The game will reportedly focus more on action and combat techniques.

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Bioshock Infinite is a shooting game in a dream-like setting. It’s not a sequel to Bioshock or Bioshock II, but a completely separate game. Release date is still unknown, but it will be released some time next year.

Diablo III

Diablo III (PC)
A long-awaited sequel in the Diablo series from Blizzard. The game is said to contain a variety of news in terms of game tactics and the possibility of online gaming. Release some time during next year.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V (platforms unknown)
Another sequel to the controversial game Grand Theft Auto will be released sometime next year. But game developer Rockstar  has not yet announced what platforms the game will be released on.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC)
Blizzard and Dreamworks are working hard to release the fourth expansion pack for World of Warcraft. There is no official release date yet, other than sometime next year.

Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)
After almost ten years it is time for a sequel to Max Payne 2.  Many have plagiarized the playing style of Max Payne, but none have come close to the original. Will be released some time during next year.

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
The first version of Borderlands was a major hit in 2009. The sequel, which will be released sometime next year offers four new heroes, new weapons and a complete new story.

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian (PS3)
This game was presented in 2009 at E3 and has been delayed several times. Team ICO now state that the game will be released sometime in 2012.

Hitman: Absolution

Hitman: Absolution (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Do not be fooled by the action movie this game is based on. The game Hitman had a lot of excellent puzzles to be solved. Among other things, you got penalty points if you hurt someone other than the target. The sequel promises a range of news, but no release date has been set yet.

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
In the third version of Far Cry, we leave the African savannah known from Far Cry 2 and we are back in the tropical jungle, like in the first game. No release date is set, other than sometime in 2012.

 

(via IDG News)