There are a number of great titles coming out in 2013, in fact there are so many that compiling this list left me feeling nervous about how I’m going to find the time to play all of them, let alone afford them all. Many of these games are so awesome that I will definitely be picking up the Collector’s Edition, which simultaneously deepens my anxiety and increases my excitement!
As you’ll see from glancing below I’ve got a long list of games that I’m really looking forward to next year. For this reason I’ve divided my list into three categories, I hope you enjoy reading it and that it will inspire you to catch up with your backlog in the coming weeks so that your schedule is clear for gaming in 2013!
Have a wonderful festive season everyone. Stay safe and happy gaming!
Hugely anticipated, can’t sleep at night thinking about them
Having always been a fan of the Tomb Raider series, I can’t wait to begin the adventure that shows us how Lara Croft came to be the intrepid raider of tombs that we now know her to be. It’s a brutal and unforgiving tale, and depicts Ms Croft in a way that we have never seen her before. After playing the game at gamescom I’m still a believer that Lara Croft is one of the greatest videogame characters ever created and that this re-imagining will take us on an incredible journey that we won’t soon forget.
The singleplayer campaign in Crysis 3 will be awesome, and there’s no doubt that graphically this game is one of the most stunning I have ever seen. But it’s the impressive multiplayer component that I’m truly yearning for, and after experiencing hands-on time with the Hunter and Crash Site modes I know this game will keep me coming back for more. Get ready to step into the Nanosuit as Prophet and become a true believer in the power of CryEngine 3.
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
There are not many things that I enjoy more than a good co-operative shooter, and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel let’s you bring a buddy along for this explosive ride. Guns, explosions, more guns, more explosions…I’m so glad that the team is back with Alpha and Bravo! Visceral Games is in charge of development, and seem serious about making this game as badass as they can using the destruction that the Frostbite 2 engine allows.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog has already captured my heart and earned my respect with the Uncharted series, and now they look set to do it again with The Last of Us. Although initially concerned about the direction the game was taking with the extreme violence, the storyline and characters, both of which are masterfully created, have me so intrigued now that I’ve put my faith back into the developer and can’t wait to join Joel and Ellie on what promises to be an epic adventure.
Beyond: Two Souls
Having had the game showcased to me by none other than David Cage himself (not once, but twice!), perhaps this game has an unfair advantage over the others. It’s a passionate project that’s not only changing the way in which developers make games, but also the way in which we as gamers play them. It tales the story of a girl who shares a link with a mysterious invisible entity, and, like its predecessor Heavy Rain, this is one tale that you do not want to miss.
Gears of War: Judgment
Gears of War 3 is the one game that I’ve spent more hours playing this year than any other, testament to the fact that it’s multiplayer is still just as engaging as the day it was released. Gears of War: Judgment gives us the chance to deepen our understanding of the story and enjoy even more action-packed fun with friends. It’s going to be so epic that we’re still going to be playing online in 2014!
Excited, but only wake up two or three times a week thinking about them
Devil May Cry
Forget what everybody says about Dante’s new hair colour, Devil May Cry is back with a bang as Ninja Theory kicks off this re-imagining with SSS-style! He’s still got the guns, he’s still got the attitude and he’s still got the moves (in fact they may even be like Jagger) – just with black hair this time around. If you’re in the market for an awesome over-the-top demon slaying action title look no further than DmC.
Dead Space 3
Despite not liking horror films at all, I really do enjoy a good ol’ scary game once in a while (ok, more often than that) and there’s not many series out there that are quite as terrifying as Dead Space. This time you can take down the terror in co-op, so join Isaac Clarke on this unmissable adventure to a hostile new planet as he faces off against frightening Necromorphs.
Lost Planet 3
Lost Planet is back, and the third instalment is set to shake up the series once again by acting as a prequel to the previous games. If you thought the Akrids on the frozen planet of EDN III couldn’t get any bigger, or any more terrifying, then you were wrong, and Lost Planet 3 is here to prove it! Giant enemies, a massive utility rig, and more giant enemies…where do I sign up?
Rayman Legends is a 2D platformer that promises to charm you with its innovative gameplay and vibrantly coloured worlds, all the while challenging you to adapt and attempt to survive the challenges it lays down. Now imagine doing all of this with up to four players and get ready to be spellbound!
Hell yeah it’s good to be a gamer, but not losing any sleep thinking about them
- Pikmin 3
- God of War: Ascension
- Battlefield 4
- Metro Last Light