While I’d love Sony and Microsoft to announce the next generation of consoles during 2013, I’m quite content with playing through next year’s exciting software line-up on the four systems I already own (namely the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and 3DS).
Two major Sony exclusives are headed our way next year (The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls) so naturally I’m looking forward to seeing if these games can push the PS3 even further than graphically dazzling titles such as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, God of War III and Killzone 3 already have.
Every hardware platform has something to offer gamers next year, as evidenced by my list of most anticipated titles currently scheduled to be released during 2013:
Grand Theft Auto V
Although I spent hundreds of hours playing through GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas on PlayStation 2, GTA IV lost me somewhere along the line and I stopped playing it after only a few hours. I’m looking forward to seeing if GTA V will be the true successor to GTA: San Andreas, and everything I’ve seen so far has made me want to dive into this massive open-world experience that appears to feature a number of game-changing elements such as being able to switch between characters on the fly.
Rayman Legends (Wii U)
After playing through the demo I’m 100% certain that Rayman Legends will be my platformer of the year in 2013! Although I’m disappointed that Ubisoft decided to make the game a Wii U exclusive considering how many people enjoyed Rayman Origins on other formats, Rayman Legends looks fantastic on Nintendo’s new home console and uses the GamePad in a number of genuinely astonishing ways.
If you have four friends to play the game with then prepare yourself for some rollicking sessions – particularly when playing the levels themed around sizzling rock tracks which are sure to put a smile on your dial!
The Last of Us (PS3)
If you favour Uncharted 2 over Uncharted 3 then you won’t want to miss The Last of Us which has the same director as Naughty Dog’s most celebrated game yet. Featuring a gritty tone and eye-catching, post-apocalyptic landscapes, The Last of Us looks set to be one of the most memorable PS3 exclusives ever released.
I’m really excited to get some hands-on time with this game to put a few of its survival horror orientated gameplay mechanics through its paces, and to see how its performance capture driven cut-scenes compare with those found in Uncharted 3.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
French developer Quantic Dream gets better with each game it produces so I’m confident that Beyond: Two Souls will be even more compelling than the already excellent Heavy Rain. I’m not exactly thrilled that the game focuses on supernatural elements since one of Heavy Rain’s most impressive features was its grounding in relevant human issues such as divorce and raising children.
There’s probably a lot more to Beyond: Two Souls than meets the eye, however, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the game’s supernatural elements take a backseat to more substantial themes as the narrative unwinds.
Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita)
It’s easy to forget all the intricacies of a massive RPG like Persona 4 a few years after playing it so I can’t wait to re-experience the fantastic plot and appealing characters of this PS2 gem. Just like Persona 3 Portable before it, Atlus has added all sorts of extra goodness to the portable version including a new social link, new narrative elements and plenty of additional activities to engage in.
I’m fully expecting Persona 4 Golden to eat up a sizeable chunk of my spare time in 2013 and the experience promises to be even more rewarding than it was when I played the PS2 original almost four years ago.
The remaining titles on my ‘Most Anticipated Games of 2013’ list include:
- Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes – Read El33tonline’s Coverage
- Dark Souls 2 – Read El33tonline’s Coverage
- Yakuza 5 – Read El33tonline’s Coverage
- Ace Attorney 5 – Read El33tonline’s Coverage
- Killzone: Mercenary – Read El33tonline’s Coverage
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