16/02/2012 18:11 GMT | Updated 16/02/2012 18:13 GMT

Top Ten Most Anticipated Games Of 2012

We've all had our Christmas gaming fill, or splurged on dancing games to shift January's unwanted pounds, if UK games charts are anything to go by.

Let us now shift our gaze to the future, and the games we could be playing this year.

2012 will be a year of new consoles, of more online and social gaming, of shooting, of artful indie design, and of sport.

Ah sport. In the Olympic year, who can escape it? Not role players, not PC gamers, and not the UK casual gaming public.

Kicking, racing, and competing for more than kills will be everywhere.

2012 is going to be the year of the handheld with the release of PlayStation Vita on February 22. The new back touchpad feature makes your otherwise useless fingers part of the game, and the screen is absolutely knock out.

We expect Nintendo to reverse its fortunes with the new console released in time for Christmas, though releases for anything other than 3DS are thin on the ground.

Social gaming should explode too, with more and more studios releasing Facebook-specific games, or releasing light versions for the social network.

Finally, we might see the much awaited Xbox 720 and a PlayStation 4 if we're really good. And we've all been really good, haven't we?

Let's have a look through the top ten most anticipated games for 2012.