Budget for Gaming in 2012
by MyaSharona on January 6, 2012 at 02:20 PM EST

The fourth quarter of the year is always a tough time on the pocketbook of gamers. With the mad rush to release for the holiday season and the countless sales in digital distribution, it’s a no wonder why we and our bank accounts are always so fatigued by the first quarter of the new year.

CNN.com advises that spending beyond your limits is dangerous. But if you do, you’ve got plenty of company.

“Government figures show that many households with total income of $50,000 or less are spending more than they bring in. This doesn’t make you an automatic candidate for bankruptcy – but it’s definitely a sign you need to make some serious spending cuts.”

In order to keep yourself from overspending it is a good idea to take a look at the upcoming releases and plan for which ones you want to buy at launch and which ones  can afford to join your collection a little while later. Here’s a list of some of the titles to watch out for in the early stages of 2012.

 *please be aware that the North American release dates listed are current to our best of our knowledge/research. As you know, a game’s release date can be subject to change based on the developer or publisher at any time. 
UFC Undisputed 3 PS3, Xbox 360 THQ Feb 14, 2012
King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame PC Paradox Interactive Jan 10, 2012
101 Pinball DS Selectsoft Jan 12, 2012
The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff Mac, PC EA PLAY Jan 24, 2012
Victoria 2: A House Divided PC Paradox Interactive Jan 24, 2012
Oil Rush Mac, PC Unigine Corp. Jan 25, 2012
Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusades PC Lace Mamba Global Jan 27, 2012
Final Fantasy XIII-2 PS3, Xbox 360 Square Enix Jan 31, 2012
3D Game Collection 3DS Mastertronic Jan 2012
Gotham City Impostors PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Warner Bros Jan 10, 2012
PES 2012 3D 3DS Konami Jan 2012
Tropico 3: Gold Edition Mac Feral Interactive Jan 26, 2012
Country Dance Special Edition Wii GameMill Feb 1, 2012
Soulcalibur V PS3, Xbox 360 Namco Bandai Jan 31, 2012
Resident Evil: Revelations 3DS Capcom Feb 7, 2012
Crusader Kings II PC Paradox Interactive Feb 7, 2012
The Darkness II PC,PS3, Xbox 360 2K Games Feb 7, 2012
Grand Slam Tennis 2 PS3, Xbox 360 EA Feb 10, 2012
Inversion PS3, Xbox 360 Namco Bandai Feb 10, 2012
Rhythm Heaven Fever Wii Nintendo Feb 13, 2012
SSX PS3, Xbox 360 EA Feb 14, 2012
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 3DS Sega Feb 14, 2012
Tales of the Abyss 3DS Namco Bandai Feb 14, 2012
Tekken 3D Prime Edition 3DS Namco Bandai Feb 14, 2012
Twisted Metal PS3 Sony Feb 14, 2012
Asura’s Wrath PS3, Xbox 360 Capcom Feb 21, 2012
Ultimate Marvel vs, Capcom 3 PSV Capcom Feb 22, 2012
FIFA Football PSV EA Feb 22,2012
Hustle Kings PSV Sony Feb 22, 2012
Little Deviants PSV Sony Feb 22, 2012
ModNation Racers PSV Sony Feb 22, 2012
Uncharted Golden Abyss PSV Sony Feb 22, 2012
WipEout 2048 PSV Sony Feb 22, 2012
Jak and Daxter Trilogy PS3 Sony Feb 22, 2012
Lumines PSV Ubisoft Feb 22, 2012
NeverDead PS3, Xbox 360 Konami Jan 31, 2012
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 DS Atlus Feb 2012
Zumba Fitness Rush Xbox 360 Majesco Feb 29, 2012
Mass Effect 3 PC, PS3, Xbox 360 EA March 6, 2012
Street Fighter X Tekken PS3, Xbox 360 Capcom March 6, 2012
Major League Baseball 2K12 DS, Wii 2K Sports March 6, 2012
Ridge Racer Unbounded PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Namco Bandai March 6, 2012
Mario Party 9 Wii Nintendo March 11, 2012
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City PS3, Xbox 360 Capcom March 20, 2012
Kid Icarus: Uprising 3DS Nintendo March 23, 2012
FIFA Street PS3, Xbox 360 EA March 7, 2012
Max Payne 3 PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Rockstar March 2012
Yakuza: Dead Souls PS3 Sega March 2012
3D Classics: Kid Icarus 3DS Nintendo Jan 5, 2012


Don’t forget you’ll also see the release of the PlayStation Vita on February 15th in North America as well. This new handheld will run you  $249.99 for Wifi systems and $299.00 for Wifi and 3G enabled systems.

So no matter where your gaming interests lie, there is something out there for everyone in the first quarter of 2012. With the spending fatigue of the holidays be sure not to get yourself into financial woes. Examine your ‘must have’s and your ‘must have now’s and ensure that your gaming hobby remains a balanced and healthy part of your 2012.

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 Well what are you waiting for? Post it below, we’d love to know what’s on your list of up and coming! 
Source: Wikipedia, Games Press, CNN

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  • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

    love the article! 

  • Fredolopez

    great list, can’t wait for FIFA Street!!

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