The games you'll be playing over the next 12 months
There's no two ways about it: the coming year in video games is going to be one of transition. With all three console makers readying their next-generation machines, 2012 will likely prove to be a year in which the future will start to make itself known.
That's not to say Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are going to tread water with their current crop of machines. With developers having mastered the existing technology, owners of Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles are currently enjoying the best games yet, a trend that will certainly continue throughout 2012.
It's always difficult to predict what the hottest games of the upcoming year will be, given that publishers are usually secretive about future releases. It's a fact that's particularly true when it comes to brand new ideas - gamers often don't know about them until they're officially released.
With that said, our list compiles some of the most-anticipated games that have been confirmed or are likely for 2012. As is the nature of the beast, almost all of these games are parts of established franchises, which will doubtless make up the majority of games sales. Nevertheless, there will also be the odd surprise.
* Related: The best video games of 2011
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