Between Batman, Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3 and, oh, about twenty other awesome games, most gamers are currently knee-deep in the best kind of homework: playing catch-up by blissfully geeking out to everything we missed from 2011.
But gamers are also futurists. Even as we while away the New Year by collecting every Riddler trophy and finishing every Skyrim side-quest, we've got on eye trained on the horizon. What, we wonder, is the Next Big Thing? And when can we play it?
Funny you should ask. While 2011 was a banner year for gamers, 2012 is, astonishing as this might sound, poised to be even bigger. In no particular order, here are 15 of the games we're most eager to play next year.