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Heed this advice – take the time now to get on and play those video games you have sitting on your shelf half-finished. Why? Because it’s almost the holiday season, which means games galore are set to be released in time for mummy and daddy to buy them ready for stuffing in their little one’s stocking. Or, as is more likely these days, grown men will treat themselves to a new title to get stuck into while they have time off.

Video games publishers still insist on saving releases up until the end of the year, despite gamers of all ages and designations insisting they’d rather have a steady stream of titles released through all 12 months. Still, this situation meant there was one question ripe to be posed for last week’s We Ask You column.

Which Video Game(s) Are You Most Looking Forward To This Holiday Season?

We asked you, Which Video Game(s) Are You Most Looking Forward To This Holiday Season? The number of replies was rather disappointing, but we thank all of those who did take the time to comment. What follows are 20 of the games mentioned on the thread in order of the number of mentions they received. NB: Some of the following titles are slated for release early in 2013.

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Borderlands 2
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Dishonored
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Dead Space 3
  • Crysis 3
  • Halo 4
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  • FIFA 13
  • Football Manager 2013
  • Torchlight 2
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • GRID 2
  • NBA 2K 13
  • The War Z
  • DayZ

While it’s nowhere near being a conclusive list of the games being released during the 2012 holiday season, or a big enough sample to suggest these are the ultimate choices of the MakeUseOf readership, it is nonetheless a strong set of video games. Especially as there’s a surprisingly low number of AAA titles due this year, possibly because developers are splitting their time between the current-gen consoles and the next-gen consoles.

Comment Of The Week

As most people offered up just the names of the games they were looking forward to without expanding on their reasons, there were only a couple of people even considered for ‘Comment Of The Week‘. The final choice was Collin Hoffman, who won with this comment:


I’m most looking forward to Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed 3. Both are sequels, but they promise new ways to innovate their respective series – GTA with the shiny new graphics and huge world, and Assassin’s Creed with new mechanics like trees and buildings and a new location that is far more familiar to me than the other cities it’s been in.

Collin has given a strong reason for choosing these two particular games. As he points out, although both GTA V 8 Reasons Why I'm Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming] 8 Reasons Why I'm Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming] Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don't know when it's... Read More and Assassin’s Creed III are sequels, they promise to bring something fresh to their respective franchises. Gamers may enjoy series of games released as regular intervals, but they don’t generally appreciate repetitiveness.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. Luis Garza
    October 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I'm looking forward to Assassin's Creed III. Also Mostly GTA V but will need to wait as they're not releasing the PC version until later.

  2. Saurabh Singh
    September 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Looking forward to play crysis 3. I have played the previous 2 parts and it was awesome. The graphic is superb and the trailer of crysis 3 is mind blowing as they have introduced new weapons like bow and arrow..

  3. ash0_9
    September 14, 2012 at 1:05 am

    definitely Grand Theft Auto V

  4. Ravi Meena
    September 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    where is god of war?

  5. Vaibhav Jain
    September 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Where is Hitman Absolution???

  6. Sidu Soren
    September 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Assassin’s Creed III and NFS MW

  7. Ahmed Khalil
    September 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    sorry but i like only strategy games which usually not avaliable here

  8. Gerred Olona
    September 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I pre-ordered Assassins Creed III before it could be pre-ordered. I am so excited for this game!

  9. Akshay Ganesh
    September 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Dishonoured is really exicing as it looks like a mix of ac and tes.Also the tes mmo will be really good

  10. Anandu B Ajith
    September 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Grand Theft Auto V And assasins Creed

  11. Nabil A Swileh
    September 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted

  12. Tanguy Djokovic
    September 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    For me the most anticipated games are [in that order]

    Bioshock infinite
    I've been a fan ever since the 1st came out back then, the atmosphere was immersive and the graphic was awfully awesome. And now we go from under the sea, to above the sky, the sky is no longer the limit in that game, so I am really expecting a lot out of it. I just hope that I'll be able to have a new computer by then to be able to enjoy the game to it's full extent

    GTA V
    well, do I even need to say anything? I didn't check for a lot of information about this one, but I really hope that it's going to be more like San Andreas with airplanes, fields and mountains, ocean and forest, rather than just one single city

    Borderland 2
    Here comes claptrap and his awesome dance move. the comic like graphics, they promise some much more, more weapons, more fun. and being able to share our experience with 3 other friends is a very good way to have fun*4

    the War Z
    OK this one is and outsider, I just found out about this game while looking at the list >< but I love the zombie genre. And since the game isn't even in Beta release yet, I feel that it's a bit of a cheat to put it in the list... but hey looks promising

  13. Raymond Beets
    September 13, 2012 at 5:58 am

    All of the games on this list are titles that have to be played. Going on what we've seen of them so far, all of them look amazing.

    The one that stands head and shoulders above the rest of them (for me personally), is Dishonored. I am looking forward to that in quiet anticipation. Being a Thief and Deus Ex series fan, it looks like Dishonored will well carry the sneak-'em-up / play-the-way-you-want genre into the new age.

    The blend of action and stealth is exciting and if Dark Messiah of Might and Magic was anything to go by, the control system is going to be a star.

  14. Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
    September 13, 2012 at 5:07 am

    I think the problem is that this wasn't really a question that made us think and then argue with an opinion. I think the question was mostly seen as 'What's your wishlist of games to get?'.

    Maybe your next We Ask You could be about some big temporary topic, for example Apple and the iPhone 5 which has already received a lot of criticism by not putting much innovation in the new iPhone(They made it bigger, faster and lighter) and the Foxconn thing, where some Chinese journalist went under undercover and work there also wasn't really good news.

    That's just a small example, but I bet you can think of more ways to make us think and argue towards a well rounded opinion :D