August through December 2012 New Game Releases

It may be crazy to already be thinking about Christmas, but after running this site for 6+ years now, I spend almost the entire year preparing for the holiday rush of new games. What follows is a comprehensive list of all the major releases coming out for the rest of the year. 

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August 14th

Pre-order Darksiders 2 through Amazon and get the "Arguls Tomb" expansion pack, featuring extra gameplay content, including a whole new dungeon to explore, and the Deadly Despair Pack, which adds a permanent speed boost for Death’s trusty steed Despair, allowing players to travel across the vast world even faster than before.

Pre-order Sleeping Dogs through Amazon and get the Martial Arts Pack, which includes a Shaolin Showdown mission, Shaolin Warrior outfit (with increased striking damage), Bonus Triad XP points, and Wing Chun decoration for your safe house.


August 19th

Pre-order New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS through Amazon.


August 21st

Pre-order Transformers: Fall of Cybertron through Amazon and get access to Bruticus (G2) to use in Single Player mode.


August 24th

Pre-order Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on Steam


August 28th

Pre-order Guild Wars 2 on PC and get 3-Day Head-start access to create a Guild Wars 2 account early, access to Beta Weekend Events, as well as the Hero's Band
Pre-order the Journey Collector's Edition (Journey, Flower and Flow) for $29.96 through Amazon.
Pre-order the Ratchet & Clank Collection (Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal) for $29.96 on Amazon.


September 11th

Pre-order Tekken Tag Tournament 2 through Amazon and get early access to two DLC characters, Angel and Michelle Chang as well as the Big Bikini Bundle and Snoop Dogg stage bonuses


September 18th

Pre-order Borderlands 2 through Amazon for Xbox 360 or PS3, and get a $10 Amazon credit.


September 25th

Pre-order Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse through Amazon and unlock Evil Stewie and Evil Mayor West costumes.

Pre-order Dead or Alive 5 through Amazon and get a set of three ‘DOA Devils’ black bunny swimsuits for Christie, Tina, and Ayane.



October 2nd

Pre-order Resident Evil 6 and receive an exclusive Mercenaries stage – The High Seas Fortress


October 7th

Pokémon Black Version 2 through Amazon for $34.99
Pre-order Pokémon White Version 2 through Amazon for $34.99.


October 9th

Pre-order Dishonored and receive the Amazon exclusive Backstreet Butcher Pack which includes Bone Charm bonuses for Fencer, Fire Water, and Blast Resistant plus an in-game Wolfhound Statue.
Pre-order XCOM: Enemy Unknown through Amazon and get the Elite Soldier Pack.


October 16th

Pre-order James Bond: 007 Legends through Amazon.
Pre-order Doom 3: BFG Edition through Amazon.


October 21st

Pre-order Skylanders: Giants through Amazon


October 23rd

Pre-order Forza Horizon and get the Amazon exclusive 2012 Aston Martin Virage.
Pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter  and receive an exclusive tin case.
Pre-order PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale through Amazon and receive the an exclusive set of costumes. This set includes additional costumes for Kratos, Fat Princess, PaRappa, Colonel Radec, Sweet Tooth, Sly Cooper, Nathan Drake, Big Daddy, Heihachi Mishima, and Toro Inoue.


October 30th

Pre-order Assassin's Creed III for Xbox360 or Playstation 3 and receive two Amazon-exclusive unlockable items: the Boarding Axe single-player weapon and The Captain Of The Aquila single-player character.
Pre-order Need for Speed: Most Wanted through Amazon.


November 6th

Pre-order Halo 4 through Amazon and suit up in Halo Infinity Multiplayer with the exclusive customizable "Web" armor skin.


November 13th

Pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops II and get the Nuketown 2025 bonus map.


November 18th

Pre-order Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two through Amazon and save $5.00.


November 20th

Pre-order Hitman Absolution through Amazon and get the Bartoli Custom Pistol and High Tech Suit, a killer combination which provides you with up to 50% increased armor and the ability to down opponents from afar without risk of exposure.


December 4th

Pre-order Far Cry 3 and receive the Amazon-exclusive Warrior Pack.


My Top 5 Most Anticipated

  • Darksiders 2
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dishonored
  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Hitman: Absolution
swu's picture

Was GAME.minder a big part of compiling this list?

conboydude's picture

I am really looking forward to Farcry 3, Darksiders, and Borderlands I feel this will be a good end of the year for games!

GuardianJosh's picture

Ghost warrior 2 was delayed till next year dude. Just a heads up.

John Tarr's picture

Thanks for the heads up about Ghost Warrior 2, I updated the post.

Josh Kowbel's picture

Nice post, John. I really like the formatting.

My Top Five Most Anticipated Games:

  1. Resident Evil 6
  2. Assassin's Creed 3
  3. Dishonored 
  4. Borderlands 2
  5. Halo 4

Everything else I remain a little hesitant to throw down money for on launch day.

jreinKs's picture

1. Darksiders 2

2. Assassin's Creed 3

3. Far Cry 3

Hope to see drink-alongs for all of these games.

explicit_baron's picture

WOW I'm not very interested or impressed with this holiday line up. Sleeping Dogs and Tekken are the only games I'm a little bit interested in. Borderland 2 and Assassins Creed 3 look awesome, but I still have to play Borderlands 1 and every other Assassins Creed game. I think the overstock of STEAM games and lack of innovation is going to keep some more money in my wallet this fall. Then again there are a ton of old PS3/PS2 games I want to buy like Indigo Prophecy, Valkyria Chronicles, FFXIII and Catherine.

Scumbagb3n's picture

Too many good games. Probably going to be a cheapsicle and rent most of these though :/

dabanhfreak's picture

Great list.  Good work topping n4g listings.

Pavan's picture

1. Halo 4

2. Dead or Alive 5

3. Assassin's Creed 3

Haha I'm surprised that I don't have more but can't for these games.

Prince Interrobang's picture

The only one on the list that I'm really looking forward to is Borderlands 2. Granted that may also be due to the fact I don't have money for more than one game, and Borderlands 2 is my top choice of those games.

And on the subject, I think a Drink Along over split-screen co-op for BLs2 would be spectacular.

Red_Baron2011's picture

1. Assassin's Creed 3

2. Resident Evil 6

3. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Yes, Amnesia is still coming out this fall... And this time I will have my beer koozi ready ;)

sargeant smiles's picture

You should have put the Planetside 2 beta up as "never".

John Tarr's picture
Burchy's picture

Really looking forward to Black Ops 2, more for the multiplayer. Ac 3 also looks really cool, and the live-action trailer got me even more pumped. But aside from that, this year looks rather average.

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