Five years on from Halo 3's release, though, and it's going to have its work cut out to oust the likes of Modern Warfare and Black Ops from the hearts and minds of the shooter faithful. Halo 4 looks like it's got what it takes to do just that - and come November 6, it looks like the world will stop once more for the Master Chief.
Headlined by the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, last year was a great year for role playing games, and 2012 looks set to kick off with a bang when Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning launches in February. A single-player RPG that challenges players to unlock the mysteries of a magical world filled with strange landscapes, exotic cities, colourful characters and terrifying creatures, expectations are particularly high given the star cast involved in the game's creation.
Blizzard returned to the real-time strategy genre in 2010 following a lengthy 12 year absence, bringing with it the sequel to one of the most popular video games of all time, effortlessly taking back the throne as the king of the genre. A position it hopes to retain with the launch of Heart of the Swarm, an ambitious expansion pack for the military science-fiction game.
Borderlands 2 looks set to improve on the original in a big way, perhaps most notably in the combat department. While a great deal of the first game's battles involved setting up camp behind cover and trading bullets until one side bit the dust, fighting in this sequel is far more varied.
After a break of almost four years on home consoles, Soul Calibur V brings the popular weapons-based historical fantasy fighting series up to date with a new story, returning and fresh characters, refined battle systems, improved visuals, plus expanded online and character creation modes.