The Last Games of the Year

By: Alan Bell
Published: Friday 23 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
The Last Games of the Year

It's nearly over... but not quite.

The videogame industry is a curious one. While it's true that many great games are released throughout the year, it's also true that a great many of the high profile releases are all lumped together at the end of the year.

Not at all coincidentally, that's exactly the part of the calendar we're currently smack-bang in the middle of. Many of the biggest games of the year are either out or are just about to hit the shelves, and - thanks mainly to the release of the Wii U - there's still a heap to look forward to before Grandma turns up at the end of next month.

To help you figure out what to buy, what to avoid, and what to ask for as a Christmas gift, we've gathered up all of the games we know are planned for release between now and the end of the year into one big list.

If we've missed anything, let us know and we'll update the article to ensure it's even more comprehensive for the person that reads it after you.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

PS3, 360 - November 23rd
Inspired by one of the most popular episodes in Family Guy history (which is no mean feat; the show is ultra popular), Back to the Multiverse is the second game based on the show. It's a third person shooter, believe it or not, and it features all of the voices from the show.

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

3DS - November 23rd
If the name sounds familiar, chances are you're either old or a fan of retro: Power of Illusion is based off a classic SEGA megadrive game called Castle of Illusion, which released in 1990. It's a mix of 2D platforming and the paint / thinner mechanics of the regular Epic Mickey games.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

PS3, 360, Wii - November 23rd
The sequel to 2010's (Wii exclusive) Epic Mickey, The Power of Two expands on the paint and thinner gameplay of the original (letting you build and destroy objects as needed) by adding in a second character. Oswald, who can be played by a human or the console, uses a remote controller to interact with the world.

Toy Story Mania!

PS3 - Move Required, 360 - Kinect Required - November 23rd
Another sequel to a Wii-only original, Toy Story Mania! is based on a ride at Disneyland. It's a series of shooting galleries, by the look of it, and is aimed squarely at the younger members of the family.

Far Cry 3

PC, PS3, 360 - November 29th
Themed around madness, other press outlets have described this new first person shooter as being "like Skyrim with guns." A bunch of friends holiday on an island and things go from "yay holiday" to "i'm gonna shoot you in the face" very quickly, thanks to pirates and a large open world.

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rocketman12 VIP VIP Bronze
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 12:19 PM Posted by rocketman12
Far cry 3 looks awesome.
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 1:24 PM Posted by ralas
everything looks ass
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 1:33 PM Posted by harryhardnuts
Far Cry is the only decent looking title in all that sea of crap!! Must be Xmas kiddie games galore!
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 2:40 PM Posted by phantom
Quite a few games in there that tickle my fancy... let's see...

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Far Cry 3
Ratchet & Clank: Q Force
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (999 was very cool)
Zone of the Enders HD Collection
Wii U with NSMBU, Nintendo Land, Sonic All-Stars, Tank! Tank! Tank!, and ZombiU
Wreck-it Ralph
Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Hopefully someone with space on their credit card is paying attention >_>
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 3:36 PM Posted by Curuniel
Spin-offs and tie-in games... all this tells me is that the end of 2012 has very little worth watching for. Apparently all the big pre-Christmas releases were in October - so most will be finished with them long before Christmas. Ah well, I still haven't got around to AC3 or Dishonored.
Chris Redfield VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 3:37 PM Posted by Chris Redfield
Whoop Epic Mickey.

Nothing else there for me though. Boring end of the year.
Xenojay VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 4:40 PM Posted by Xenojay
A sequel to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and ZONE OF ENDERS?!

Syn-Ryn VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 23 Nov 2012 6:09 PM Posted by Syn-Ryn
ZoE, Virtues Last Reward and a Castle Of Illusion inspired Epic Mickey spinoff? Keen, Far Cry 3 is looking pretty good SP-wise too.
Kegz VIP VIP Gold
On Sunday 25 Nov 2012 10:43 AM Posted by Kegz
I'll definitely pick up Q-force at some stage. That's my "plat series" XD
On Sunday 25 Nov 2012 2:28 PM Posted by Leachy1983
Far Cry 3, if i had a 3DS probably pick up epic mickey: power of illusion, castle of illusion was awesome back in the old sega mega drive days lol
SpeediePetey VIP VIP Bronze
On Monday 26 Nov 2012 3:00 AM Posted by SpeediePetey
Haven't heard of most of these but definitely looking forward to Farcry 3.

The Mickey Mouse games look pretty fun too.
On Wednesday 28 Nov 2012 3:10 PM Posted by devilmachine
Don't think I'll be getting into any of those games sadly, still got a bunch of other games to catch up on
On Wednesday 28 Nov 2012 3:17 PM Posted by tiamat1990
These are all pretty meh. Though that's predominantly because I don't own most of these platforms so my interest level is close to nil.
On Thursday 29 Nov 2012 3:51 PM Posted by Booker_T_SUCKAAA
Has anyone tried the demo of Epic Mickey 2 on PS3? Any good?
joshdrought VIP VIP Bronze
On Saturday 1 Dec 2012 2:00 PM Posted by joshdrought
23 November 2012, 01:24 PM Reply to ralas
everything looks ass
FarCry 3 is awesome