(PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Forget about those junky old licensed South Park games. This one is the real deal. South Park creators Parker and Stone are writing the dialog and recording the voices for this turn-based RPG. In the same spirit as the famous "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode of the show, this game will make fun of such things as LARPing, traditional RPG elements, Judeo-Christian tradition, the supposed innocence of childhood, and whatever other sacred cows the creators feel like lampooning. The graphics look just like the cartoon as well. South Park: The Game hopes to be in our hands during the last half of 2012.
(Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Who wouldn't be interested in a game with a unique steampunk-style setting and gameplay that sounds like the love child of BioShock, Deus Ex, and Assassin's Creed? Dishonored has caused quite a splash so far, and has a lot of talent behind its development. Imagine having multi-path missions like the Deus Ex series, but with magic thrown into the mix. With Dishonored, you have a hero who can sneak around or blow things up, but can also slow down time or possess creatures. This is one we'll be watching closely through its development.
(PS3, Xbox 360)
Not a big fan of high-flying acrobatics and fireballs? Want to get down and dirty like real men? Check out UFC: Undisputed, the next in a long line of UFC MMA fighting games from THQ. Undisputed 3 will include an expanded create-a-fighter mode, a brand new submission and stamina system, new clinch controls, a brand new "Pride mode," and much more. Brand new motion capture technology was used to give all of the fighters more realistic movements. THQ has even made entirely new online servers for online play that is as smooth as butter. If you like your fighting to be more of a sport and less of a flash fest, then UFC: Undisputed 3 might be the game for you.
(PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
The XCOM strategy series is returning after a very long hiatus, and boy have things changed since the 1990s. This rebirth of the series hopes to draw in gamers with impressive graphics and a first-person perspective, but without losing a focus on strategic gameplay. The 1960s setting looks very well-realized and there are some nifty tactical elements to the game, such as the ability to recruit squadmates and capture alien technology. XCOM lands in stores on March 6.
(PS3, PS Vita)
Dungeon crawlers are nothing new in the world of video games, but throw in the massive social network and you've got Warrior's Lair. Customize your own lair with loot gathered from successful dungeon raids. Use this loot to enhance your personal stats, your arms and armor, or your minions. These upgrades will help thwart off enemy players who attempt to invade your lair. All the luxuries of social gaming, from chatting and trading, to Facebook and Twitter posts, will allow you to brag about the rare treasure you've just used to spruce up (and beef up) your own personal slice of dungeon.