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The most anticipated video games of 2012


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By Russ Frushtick

The new year is finally upon us and, chances are, you’re probably broke, thanks to one of the best gaming holiday seasons in recent memory. But it’s time to start saving up once more, as 2012 will be a doozie of a gaming year, as well. We’ve collected our list of the most anticipated games coming out this year, presented here in no particular order.

Grand Theft Auto 5

As if there was any doubt we’d be getting another Grand Theft Auto game! Yes, Grand Theft Auto 5 is coming this year and, as with every installment of the franchise, it’s sure to wow fans and horrify old people.

GTA 5 will return to the California-inspired state of San Andreas. The game’s first trailer showed glimpses of the streets of Los Santos (read: Los Angeles) as well as some nature-ridden mountainous areas. It’s hard to imagine that it could match the scope of GTA: San Andreas, which had three cities and seemingly hundreds of miles of explorable terrain, but then again, Rockstar has always been pretty good about meeting and besting expectations.

BioShock Infinite

Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games are known for brilliant storytelling and unbelievable worlds. BioShock Infinite looks to offer both, abandoning the underwater city of Rapture in favor of Columbia, a city suspended by hot air balloons in the early 1900s.

Levine isn’t spilling any details with regards to how Infinite will relate to the original BioShock (or if there’s even any connection between the two), but Irrational has shown off some remarkable gameplay which sees players using roller coaster-like rails to zoom through the cloud-laden streets of Columbia. We’ll likely be seeing more as the year progresses, but Irrational has always been good about keeping secrets (especially with regards to story twists), so expect them to be mum until the game releases later this year.

Diablo 3

Woo boy, this is a big one. Diablo 2 released way back in 2000 and continues to be one of the top selling PC games, thanks to its spot-on hack-and-slash gameplay and addicting, loot-heavy collection elements. But, come this year (we hope), it’ll be dethroned by Diablo 3.

Diablo 3 brings the series into 3D, with fully modeled characters and environments. Returning classes, like the Barbarian, are joined by new ones like the Monk, known for his fists of fury, and the Witch Doctor, with the ability to raise the dead and shoot nasty poison from a blow gun. The game will also let players trade and purchase items with real-world cash, in case you don’t have 60 hours to run the same dungeon over and over again.

Halo 4

When last we saw Master Chief, at the end of Halo 3, things were not looking very good. His ship had been cut in two and he was left floating in deep space. With no other options, he hopped into his favorite deep freeze machine and went sleepy bye.

The first trailer of Halo 4 sees him waking up as the ship is falling apart. Narrowing escaping disaster, he finds himself floating high above an alien planet. What’s down there? Who knows! But we’re sure to find out this holiday season. In addition to an epic story, Halo 4 will definitely have multiplayer of some sort. Because people like that sort of thing. Beyond that, we’re completely in the dark.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

OK, this game has not officially been announced yet, but I’m willing to bet the contents of my fridge that this year’s installment of Call of Duty will be Black Ops 2. It is, after all, being developed by Treyarch, the company behind the original Black Ops, which ended in a nifty cliffhanger.

Our guess? Black Ops 2 will stick to the same Vietnam-era timeframe, and will focus on conspiracy theories like the assassination of JFK, as well as that supposed “moon landing.” And, seeing as how it’s Treyarch, we’re likely to see the return of everyone’s favorite Zombies mode. Because zombies make everything better.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…