2012 is looking pretty decent year for gamers already. As well as the usual line-up of annual big hitters to look forward to there will undoubtedly be several as of yet unannounced games for gamers to sink their teeth into.
But we can't stop thinking about the next generation of consoles, and we began to ask ourselves if some of the games coming out next year would be better off on entirely new hardware, how they would benefit from it and what improvements could be made.
Here's a few of our ideas...
ASSASSIN'S CREED 3
Yes, we know Ubisoft hasn't said whether Assassin's Creed 3 is even in production, let alone given it a 2012 release date, but given that the last few games have been release every year like clockwork, we're going to go ahead and assumer AC3 is coming in 2012. At least for the purpose of this feature anyway.
The launch of Assassin's Creed: Revelations will mark the fourth game in the series to release on current-gen consoles, and technologically, not much has changed since the first game. We reckon the increased hardware capability would do the series some good. The game is known for its crowds and with next-gen machines the crowds could become more than just walking sacks of meat that occasionally follow you with a lute or beg for money.
If you think it's fun to shove beggars face first into walls and rugby tackling minstrels is fun now, imagine just much more satisfying it could be on powerful next-generation hardware.
Beyond the visual treats they provide crowd in the Assassin's Creed games either offer a hiding place or get in your way when you're trying to make a quick getaway. With more power Ubi could give give crowds a much more important role with the help of some complex AI. For example, if you try to blend into some crowds, they might start asking you who you are and begin to cause a scene, alerting the guards. Or if someone from the crowd witnesses the player murder someone and there are no guards about, they could go and seek out a guard and report your crime, which means you'll have to be at the top of your assassin game to make a quiet exit.
The vistas would look amazing too.