There were a lot of games I meant to play in 2012 and just never got around to. Some, I simply never bought. Others I purchased and still never got around to - so I have even less of an excuse. Some of the games released this year, some in years past.
Halo 4 - My first game in the Halo series was Reach, but man did I enjoy that one. I have recently started playing Anniversary Edition (so it gets to narrowly avoid this list) and have been enjoying that title as well. I do plan to get this one, but probably not until early next year when the price drops (and hopefully giving me a chance to finish Anniversary while playing Halo 3, ODST and Wars, all of which I picked up cheaply this year as well, but have not yet gotten to).
Ar Tonelico Qoga - Technically, I have started this rather quirky JRPG, but only just barely before getting distracted by newer, shinier games. I still have it and the box sitting next to my PS3 though, and it will become one of my Christmas objectives to really play.
NBA 2K13 - I am a huge fan of the NBA 2K games, and probably pick up and play 2 out of every 3 that release. Apparently this year was the 1 in 3, because I never bought it, and probably will not get to it this year despite all of the nice things I have been reading about it since it came out.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - My youngest picked this game up last year (or maybe the year before?) with her birthday money and both she and my son seemed to enjoy it. I just never got around to it. I just tried to put it in the other day to finally give it a go, but a deep, long set of scratches kept the disc from reading. Right now - 50/50 odds I will get around to replacing it since I do not know if I would get around to playing it any time soon or not.
Record of Agarest War 2 - One of my earliest games I reviewed on this site was record of Agarest War. Like Ar Tonelico Qoga, it is definitely a niche title, but I enjoyed both Agarest War and the later released prequel, Zero. I just never got around to buying Agarest War 2, but my plan is to pick it up and give it a go sometime in 2013.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina in Time - Two Zelda games on here? Don't even get me started on how I never got around to playing Twilight Princess either... it is odd because I played and absolutely loved the first wo Zelda games when they came out for the NES. And yet somehow between then and now, I have pretty much missed the rest - something I keep trying to rectify. Arguably one of the best-rated games for the 3DS, I do intend to play this guy and beat it, but that just has not happened yet.
The Last Story & Xenoblade Chronicles & Pandora's Tower - All three of these games created quite the stir as Nintendo held off releasing them here in the US. All three look cool for different reasons and all three seem like an excellent reason to dust off my Wii. To date however, I have not picked up a single one.
Dead or Alive 5 - I enjoyed DoA 4 quite a bit on the Xbox 360 when it came out early in the console's life, and I thought Dimensions was an incredibly slick 3DS title, both in the combat as well as the visuals. I have been following DoA 5 most of the year, but still have not had a chance to pick it up and play it.
Dead Space 2 - I loved the first game. The third looks really cool. So why haven't I actually picked up Dead Space 2 to play it? No real good reason I can think of - just other games coming up first.
What games hit your backlog and never made it off in 2012? Any titles you wanted to purchase, thought about purchasing, and just did not get around to it? I'd love to hear!
Games I meant to play in 2012, but never got around to
2012 , Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel , Dead or Alive 5 , Dead Space 2 , Halo 4 , NBA 2k13 , Ocarina in Time , record of agarest war 2 , Skyward Sword , The Last STory , The Legend of Zelda , Xenoblade Chronicles