Any WW2 games coming out next year? I hope they go back and make one on one of the better game engines.
If HL3 comes out next year than that.
Metro 2033 and Dishonored are still on my 'to do' list. :-/
Doom, although I will see as Doom 3 really lost me.
Doom 3 had it's strong points, action wasn't one of them. Compared to the originals it was lame in this regard. It also played out the "scary monster in the closet" routine way too many times. They used it as a crutch and it just wasn't effective after the first two or three times the game threw that at you. I do like what they were trying to do, but Dead Space did it far more effectively. Granted I like the FPS mechanics of games like Doom, but the type of experience they were going for seems to be more along the lines of Dead Space rather than a follow up to Doom 1 and 2.
I actually really liked the first Dead Space (and quite a bit of the second though not as much as the first.) Really though Doom 3 was the first game that did what it was doing (albeit in a fairly watered down way) since System Shock 2. It tried for that emergent play style, and while it nailed it in some ways, it failed in others. (for example, there wasn't too much meaningful data in the logs. Usually just a code to a locker, or some extraneous information where it could have been a bit more integral to the actual game play)
As far as the action goes, I much prefer the Doom 3 style of fighting one or a small handful of monsters at a time to the mob style of the originals or Serious Sam or the like. That's just me though. I know there are plenty of other people of the opposite opinion.
I do agree they overused the monster closet routine a bit, but it did fit very well in some cases. Just not very well in others. Also, the original Doom and Doom 2 had TONs of monster closets. They were just called "secret areas" back then. You hit an invisible switch on the wall, the wall raises and there is a mob waiting to jump out at you.
Personally, I prefer monsters crawling out of vents, floor panels, bursting through walls, to just opening a closet and BAM. However, every once in a while that closet thing works ok.
I'd like to point out that I thought Doom 3's expansion was easily better than the base game. I rather enjoyed it, despite it's copying the gravity gun from Half-Life 2.
I really liked the expansion too. The gravity gun didn't quite have the panache of the HL2 one though. It felt a little clunky and limited. The rest of the expansion was great though, and that gun wasn't TOO bad, just not quite as fun. (especially as the broken HL2 grav gun )
Dishonored is awesome. I was super underwhelmed with Metro 2033 and Last Light. Beat them last year, but man, I thought they would be better...
But I guess if we are including any game, that I will probably buy on PC i am looking forward to: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dishonored 2, Dead Island 2, and Doom
I'll get excited with another game release when , instead of pre order bundles, they offer them with something that can alter time so I have a chance to play them. My backlog of stuff to play through all predates the birth of my daughter.