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2012 has already seen some wonderful games. It seems, though, that the best is still yet to come. There are still a few dozen games left to be released before the end of the year, and the four below are among the best.

Assassin’s Creed III

Assassin’s Creed has quickly become one of the major franchises of the 21st Century. Though the first game was lackluster at best, the three games following have been nothing short of amazing. Assassin’s Creed III looks to continue the trend by finally giving gamers a new protagonist, a new setting, and a chance to participate in the American Revolution. What could be better than that?

 

Halo 4

Halo has been Microsoft’s flagship title for two console generations, and the fourth game is the first time the title has been out of the hands of series creator Bungie. Even with new leads, though, the game looks spectacular. Updated graphics, a new enemies and a new focus on story could lead to very unique experience. At the very least, it looks like Halo will finally try something new.

 

Dishonored

Dishonored is one of those titles that snuck up out of nowhere, a truly original IP that looks like it might actually make a splash in October. It combines a first-person perspective with a unique steampunk aesthetic that looks to redefine the idea of multiple-choice gameplay. The developers tout the character’s ability to complete tasks through a number of different manners, and the unique possession mechanic looks like it could make for a fun way to kill time between missions.

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

The perennial Call of Duty franchise may have missed a step with the last Modern Warfare title, but the Black Ops sub-brand still seems to be going strong. With a new setting that splits time between the 1980s and the near-future, Black Ops 2 seems to be taking a step in a totally new direction. This may be the first new life breathed into the series since Modern Warfare debuted years ago, and fans of console shooters are waiting with baited breath to see if the title can actually live up to its promises.

These four games are only a few of the great titles yet to be released. Games like Hitman: Absolution and Resident Evil 6 are still around the corner, so there should be no shortage of great games left this year. It really is a great time to be a gamer.

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