With the release of Far Cry 3 comes an end to the great holiday game rush of 2012. What a fall it’s been! So many hot titles came out: some were stellar, others supremely disappointing. While we have a while to digest the glut of games we are currently finishing (or just starting, in some cases), I’ve been looking ahead to early 2013 to see what’s on the horizon. If you thought this fall was nuts, wait until you see the lineup for next spring!
(PS: The stated dates are subject to change… but we all already knew that!)
Devil May Cry (release date 1/15/13)
10) I usually approach reboots with about as much trepidation as I do rattlesnakes. In most cases, they are usually impressively good or absolutely terrible. However, I liked the Devil May Cry series (for the most part), and was curious to what they would change. Dante’s new look doesn’t bother me, and I like the idea of an origin story. However, it may be said that there has been quite an uproar from fans as they consider it something of a scandal. The jury is out on this one, hopefully it won’t let us down.
Tomb Raider (release date 3/5/13)
9) Like Devil May Cry, Tomb Raider is another reboot. I’ve said I’m not a huge fan of reboots, but ironically I wasn’t a huge fan of the old Tomb Raider games, so I was willing to give it a look. The previews alone sold me. It actually looks really clever, with a unique take on survival. It also looks amazing. If the gameplay and the story live up to the potential, this could be a real big hit.
South Park: Stick of Truth (release date 3/5/13)
8) South Park: Stick of Truth… I’m not sure what else to say. It’s a South Park themed old-style turn-based RPG written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and voiced the pair as well. That’s right, they were directly involved. Seriously, what else is there to say?
Gears of War: Judgement (release date 3/19/13)
7) When Gears of War 3 ended the trilogy telling the story of Marcus Phoenix and company I was a little bummed. I had really enjoyed the series, and fondly remember playing the first multiple times with my friend because it was the best co-op experience out there. This was one property just knew wasn’t going to die, and lo and behold, here is Gears of War: Judgement! This new prequel trilogy tells the story Baird and Cole before they joined Delta. I can’t wait to rev up my Lancer again!
God of War: Ascension (release date 3/12/13)
6) Kratos rules! I was sad at the end of God of War 3 because I thought it was… well, the end! But no, God of War: Ascension comes about with what is, hopefully, a new trilogy. I was very curious to see what was next on the docket for our god-killing, anti-hero. He re-defined badass! But Ascension is supposedly going back to the beginning, just how awesome was Kratos back in the day? Oh yeah, and there is multiplayer now too… so we can see how bad ass we are!
The Last of Us (release date 6/2/13)
5) Naughty Dog burst onto the scene and made a name for themselves with the Uncharted series, easily one of the best titles exclusive to Playstation. I loved the gameplay, the amazing graphics and lighting, and the story. Now their latest effort, The Last of Us, is one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2013. This survival tale is a much darker narrative than before: you’ll have some tough choices ahead of you. But the harrowing adventure in a post apocalyptic has been done to death, so I can’t wait to see what Naughty Dog does to distinguish themselves.
Aliens: Colonial Marines (release date 2/12/13)
4) I’m a huge fan of all things Alien… except for video games (and the AvP movies). This is one of those properties that, in our medium at least, has never lived up to expectations. We’ve been waiting for Aliens: Colonial Marines for what seems like 57 years now, but it looks for sure like it’s coming out in February. Gearbox (makers of Borderlands) have engineered what looks like the Aliens experience we have all been praying for. I’m especially excited since some recent internet buzz suggests that the co-op is reminiscent of Left 4 Dead. The wait’s almost over… now here’s hoping it doesn’t fall short like so many of it’s predecessors.
Dead Space 3 (release date 2/5/13)
3) Dead Space scared the hell out of me. Seriously, I’m a big fan of horror movies and games, but there are very few that can compare to the tension and genuine fear playing that game in the dark with all the lights off (and a few beers in you) created. The sequel was excellent as well. So having Dead Space 3 include a new locale, new toys to play with, and the option of playing co-op with a partner makes this one of my most anticipated games for a long time.
Grand Theft Auto V (release date… well, nothing firm yet, but the word is May(ish))
2) “Where the hell is GTA V?!” I’ve said this repeatedly the last two years, every time there is a major game expo. Grand Theft Auto IV was widely praised by critics but had it’s fair share of detractors from long time fans. They complained mostly about the mission structure and linear nature of parts of the plot. However, I’m not worried. I loved GTA IV, and everything RockStar Studios has made since has been gold. I have no doubt that Grand Theft Auto V will be an experience, I just hope it lives up to what will be undoubtedly huge expectations.
BioShock Infinite (release date 2/26/13)
1) I’m probably most excited for BioShock Infinite (although this has been a hard list to organize). My first trip to Rapture blew my mind, it changed the way I looked at games and gaming. And while BioShock 2 certainly wasn’t as good as the original, it wasn’t a bad game either. However, BioShock Infinite was announced quite a while ago, and since then I’ve been eagerly scouring the interwebs for any and all info that has come out. Everything that I’ve seen on it really does make me drool-it looks amazing, the story is as deep and intriguing as that of Andrew Ryan, and the new mechanics look fun and deep. I’ll be taking a few days off when this one releases…
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (looks amazing, if you like that sort of thing… and I do!)
- Crysis 3: (yeah, you’ve got a bow now… stealth mode engaged…)
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Sam is still at it, and has never looked better!)
- Beyond: Two Souls: (from the maker’s of Heavy Rain, if this is as good as it looks, it’s GOTY material.)
- LEGO City: Undercover (Grand Theft Auto… LEGO-STYLE!)
- Metal Gear Solid: Revengence (I like to make up words too, but the sword play, if it works, could be special).
Anyhoo, enjoy the holidays and try to find some time to check out these titles. These are the 2013 top 10 games that we could come up with and there are lots of cinematic and gameplay trailers out there!
What about you? What are you looking forward to in 2013?