30 Games to look forward to of 2013
Gamers and Gamettes the end of 2012 is here! But a new year of games and new IP’s will be gracing us as to what seems to be another year of good gaming with very good and high expectation titles.
Here is a list of what we think will be games that will be hard hitters and what to look forward to as, a year that will not have 13/13/13’s, but a year that is sure to be remembered for its caliber of gaming.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
The infamous Colonial Marines motion tracker is what comes to mind ever since viewers saw the movie that was done by James Cameron. Now years later, Gearbox Software and Sega are teaming up to bring the actual adventure alive through the video game format. And this is a game that already looks like it will aim to please. With all the right sounds of the aliens, the pulse rifles and more importantly the game will be canon, whats not to like for a game that will continue the story of when Lt. Ripley, Corporal Hicks and Newt had left and the Sulaco is just floating in space.
Army of Two: The Devils Cartel
The premise of working together with someone on the battlefield as a pair was first started with Army of Two. Now the third in the franchise, Army of Two is now going to be focusing on two different protagonists named Alpha and Bravo. Simple? But effective. It seems that Salem and Rios will be having a more supportive role in this outing. Visceral Games will be taking over for this instalment and EA comes back to publish the game and music will be done by Brian Tyler who is known for his Fast and Furious soundtracks and recently Far Cry 3. Devils Cartel will also be powered by the Frostbite 2 engine.
Beyond Two souls
Quantic Dream were the developers for the hit Heavy Rain. A gritty story about 4 people whose lives intersect at some stage or another and are tied by a serial killer that abducts and murders children. Now Quantic Dream have come up with their next game that insures that it will be more grittier than the last. Implementing state of the art facial capture and it sporting the same mechanics like Heavy Rain, Beyond Two Souls has been rumoured around the internet that it could be game of the year 2013 and the game hasn’t even been released yet! The game will have Hollywood starlet Ellen Page as main character. Though there has been controversy she should have been for Naughty Dog’s leading lady as Ellie for the game, that has since changed and the end result is Ellen stays for Beyond Two Souls.
Its unfortunate to say but this highly anticipated title has had one word that comes to mind and its “Delay”. Already delayed more than twice, 2013 is the time that it will be coming out. Another game that is part of a franchise, it has garnered quite a following due to its steampunk theme and people saying the phrase “Would you kindly please…?” This time round, players will be walking around in 1912, playing as Booker Dewitt to find a young girl by the name of Elizabeth. And of course such a simple task, turns completely in on its head. Bioshock Infinite promises to have stunning visuals and a story that will be engaging for the player, though no multiplayer will be present, the game will predominantly be a one player affair. And nothing is wrong with that. If there is multiplayer, that would be interesting as well.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Game Developer Mercury Steam teams up with legendary Kojima Productions to bring in the next instalment of a very long franchise which is Castlevania. Lords of Shadow 2 will be a third person adventure game. There isn’t alot of information to by other than the it is a direct sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Castlevania: Mirror of Fate. No release date has been specified but it will be released sometime in 2013.
Crysis 3, a game for its grounbreaking graphics and a title that has been synonymous to crashing computers due to how hard it can push a graphics card. But with todays techonology, running a Crysis game should be a piece of cake for max settings of graphics. Crysis 3 marks as canon 24 years after the events of Crysis 2 and players once again will take control of “Prophet” who returns to New York on what has been dubbed as a “A revenge mission”. Crysis 3 has been announced to have multiplayer included.
Dark Souls II
A sequel to the very difficult Dark Souls, the announcement for this game barely 24 days ago on December 7th, 2012. Developed by “From Software” in Japan, players will know and newcomers who have heard, will be served another game with an equally brutal difficulty setting…so to speak. Though there has been word that the game will have tweaked settings for players that do not want to experience the harshness of what was the first instalment.
Dead Island: Riptide
A direct sequel to the very popular Dead Island, the sequel in canon is set directly after the events of the first game. 2012 was a year that is remembered primarily for zombies and when Dead Island appeared with the very visceral and confronting trailer and its haunting music, people around the world could not help but notice. And for those that couldn’t watch the trailer…well, that happens as well. Riptide will be continuing the melee combat to its fullest and of course newer set pieces that the 4 survivors of the story will have to contend with. This sequel seems to look like it may not disappoint.
Dead Space 3
Survival Horror seemed to have died when Dead Space entered the world, Resident Evil was going into an action sort of genre, and Silent Hill was just pushing out games for what seemed like the sake of it. Dead Space had brought back survival horror with Isaac Clarke. An engineer answering the distress call of the biggest planet cracking ship called the ‘Ishimura’, in which he discovers an artefact has infected and killed the crew and in which Isaac’s girlfriend is onboard as well. Dead Space 3 will be continuing the story from Dead Space 2, Isaac seems to have crashed on a very cold planet like Hoth but named Tau Volantis, and it seems the nightmare has followed him or he has stumbled upon it again. Developers Visceral Games and EA have showcased the game at E3 and it’s a hot title that people who have stuck with the franchise and newcomers are seeming to wanting to get their hands on. A new setting and even grotesquely imaged monsters will be taking Isaac Clarke into a whole new horror for himself and any players daring to take the adventure with him.
DMC: Devil May Cry
Ninja Theory and Capcom join up to revitalise a franchise that has gone back to the players controlling Dante. Except it isn’t the Dante that everyone knows as the cocky, sword and gun wielder with white hair. Now its Dante at a younger and even MORE cockier age in his rise to his glory as Devil Hunter. With new move sets that has him wielding the powers of Angel and Devil, Dante even controls a Scythe as part of his repertoire. With his old favourites Ebony and Ivory accompanying, the old and the new will clash together in this latest instalment of the franchise.
Gears of War: Judgement
A fourth instalment of the highly praised Gears of War Franchise, Judgement comes in with a new canon and the absence of Marcus Fenix. Players will be controlling Lt. Damon Baird as he and his squad of merry gears soldiers are still fighting in the Locust War, but they have been accused of treason by Colonel Ezra Loomis. Gears of War: Judgement will be coming in with a new story and multiplayer modes. Two new modes for multiplayer is OverRun and Free-For-All. Continuing as its predecessors have done so, the game will strictly stay on the XBOX system and will not multiplatform.
God of War: Ascension
A long running franchise is of course God of War, which chronicles Krato’s and his desire of revenge against the god Ares for tricking him into murdering his own wife and child. Brought to us the consumers as a first party game, God of War has become a franchise widely known only to the Playstation community. This latest instalment will not go multiplatform and stay on the PS3.
Grand Theft Auto V
GTA5 will continue the shenanigans of stealing cars and doing jobs for money and meeting shady characters. That much is known about the franchise. But this latest instalment has been eagerly awaiting fans after GTA4 had graced the world in what was a tour de force in open world gaming with its very large city, its very colourful characters, the radio and even the tv programs that stop you from doing the next mission just to get a laugh at the content. Its wide and various and those at Rockstar are promising a lot of new content and new aspects to playing GTA5 with 3 new protagonists, all varying in race, their character stories and how they actually intersect with one another.
Can you imagine the world where the superheroes that you know and love fighting it out vie Mortal Kombat style? Well…yes we can and it has been done though this time with more of a brutal backing. NetherRealm Studios, the ones behind the latest gorefest of Mortal Kombat and its franchise, will be bringing the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman and Flash just to name a few into a fight that no one will be expecting. There isn’t a certainty on how the violence level will be, but we are sure from the trailers that this iteration of fighting will have a very dark tone to it. Certainly does not look comical or cheerful as opposed to Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe
Lost Planet 3
You could place this game as a prequel to the first. Apparently set xxxx amount of years before Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, E.D.N.III is still a frozen planet and those that inhabit it are the first colonists. LP3 will follow Jim Peyton who is an engineer mining for precious minerals for the colony. What he discovers will not only threaten the colonists but mankind itself who want to call E.D.N.III a new home will be in jeopardy, and the birth of a new enemy.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
The Metal Gear Solid Franchise seems to power on. With the impending release of Ground Zeroes that was announced at the Penny Arcade Expo of 2012, fans and the world alike have lit up as to see what this new game will entail. Already since its announcement there is information and videos posted up showing gameplay and that this game will be certainly different in the way its played. Though Snake apparently is back, we can only assume that this is Big Boss, not Solid Snake. In a new turn of gameplay, players will be able to build a motherbase for items, weapons and soldiers and Snake can enter a battlefield and leave by helicopter. Players will also notice that in real time depending where they live, the stage/battlefield will be that time of the day/night. And Kojima, known as the godfather of tactical espionage and creator of the MGS series, states that players will be able to access their motherbase in real-time from their smartphones.
No release date has been announced.
The Phantom Pain
There is literally not a lot to say about this title, The Phantom Pain had a trailer that aired at 2012’s Video Game Awards and immediate speculation that the game is associated with Metal Gear Solid. The person that was struggling for survival looked like Big Boss from the Metal Gear Franchise, though the game is being developed by a studio called Moby Dick. The trailer leaves some serious speculation, and though it was a teaser trailer it has left people bewildered, its hard not to grasp that it looks like a new Metal Gear instalment.
Star Wars: 1313
Powered by the Unreal Engine 3, a new game in the universe of the Star Wars will have players controlling a Bounty Hunter trying to uncover a criminal conspiracy. It has no showing of the force or lightsabers, so players should be expecting a lot of gunplay.
Game has no specific release date, but will be released anytime during 2013.
A new IP and a new step for Capcom it seems with this game that will have players re-arranging memories to get a desired outcome. Protagonist Nilin (voiced by Kezia Burrows who is known for her work on TV Series Crash) is an amnesiac who is a ‘Memory Hunter’. Set in Neo-Paris in the year 2084, players will be walking into a rather dystopian future that is run by technology and a high state of surveillance. Nilin is on a mission to recover her memories due to her employer erasing them.
Micromanaging for SimCity can be rather fun, and the latest instalment should have that in spades. EA and Maxis will join up to bring in the latest SimCity that will powered by a new engine called GlassBox. SimCity had no story, it’s about expanding the mind to create a working and viable city.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
The fourth instalment in a franchise that is about sneaking around and thieving precious items from places that should not have had them in the first place. But continuing from the 3rd game in the series, Sly must go back into time to recover Thievius Racconus which is a book that has somehow been lost in time. If Sly doesn’t retrieve the book in order to protect the Cooper Legacy. The Sly Cooper Franchise has been strictly Sony and will not go multiplatform for this instalment.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
South Park the series has always been hilarious, and The Stick of Truth will not just be its first game. Though way back on the PSOne, was there a south park game which was a first person shooter. Though there isn’t much information for the plot, the game is classified as a role playing game.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
6 times the chime as Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be hitting video game shelves in 2013. Following the events of Splinter Cell: Conviction, Sam Fisher looks as if he will be back in action leading a new team dubbed as the “Fourth Echelon” a group that takes orders and does missions to only one commander, the President of the United States. As this instalment comes into play, players will be able to take advantage of a new feature. The feature is voice integration with the Kinect, players say something to distract guards and other characters within the game.
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack that is part two of a trilogy that will be released for the games franchise. The story has been confirmed as being two years after the previous expansion of Wings of Liberty. There will be around 20 single player missions and of course multiplayer.
Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance
Another Metal Gear? Why yes! And we cannot get enough of it. Revengeance will be seeing players controlling the now half machine/half human Raiden. Apparently set 4 years after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, Raiden has his hands full as he is tasked to take down a Private Military Organization called “Desperado Enterprises”. Published by Konami, developed by Platinum Games and produced by Kojima Productions, Revengeance looks to be a significant next canon title for the MGS franchise though it is considered as a spin-off.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Online Studios brings the next game in the Elder Scrolls franchise. This game has been in development for 5 years And this will be Zenimax Online Studios first big gig. So a lot of expectations for a franchise that has garnered a cult following so to speak. But for all you MMO fans that cannot wait, do not fear! The Release date is slated early 2013, only thing is no specific date has been announced.
The Last of Us
From the successful Uncharted series, Naughty Dog has come into the world with The Last of Us as a big surprise. When the trailer had first been shown, many players and followers did not know Naughty Dog would spearhead such a game, and the trailer was released shortly after Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception which gave it more wonder and awe. And then when the developer was revealed, it seemed that the general consensus in the gaming community knew that the game was going to be a triple A game and it had just begun development. The Last of Us is considered as an action-adventure game, but also survival horror. With the trailers that are out there, it will be a real test to use items to the best of your ability in such a desolate environment, an environment that looks so good, as weird as that sounds.
Lara Croft has had some games in her time that have been very good, and some not so good. Her depiction was a double gun wielding chick that raided tombs, or and she had a great big set of knockers. But the latest instalment just called ‘Tomb Raider’ seems to show a different kind of Lara Croft. A younger one at best before her infamous adventures, Lara seems more vulnerable, more in pain and more human. She does not wield 2-toned guns but wields survival instincts, a bow and arrow and a gun that she finds. This game has shown the world a re-invention of this character and it certainly has hit the right ways. The franchise possibly needed a change, and Tomb Raider is on our radars.
Quite possibly the biggest shocker of the year. Though when the term use for shock, its just as meant that the game looks stunning and has mechanics that seem so authentic that it relates to the real world. The game, unknown was shown at this years E3 Convention. Though at first misunderstood, but later reaching high applauses for its ingenuity and relation to our world. In the gameplay, players saw Aiden Pierce, not a hero by any stretches as Pierce infiltrates a nightclub by simply letting off am EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) that knocks out cell phones and other electronics, which in the confusion, Pierce slips inside. In the club, he hacks into an employees phone and hears that his target is approaching the club in a matter of minutes. He then meets his contact who gives him a gun, and then proceeds to knock out a bouncer with an extendable baton. As he leaves, he simply goes to his phone to knock out traffic lights at an intersection, covers his face and engages in a gun fight that sees him killing several guards, until he then executes his target, the owner of the club he had just infiltrated. Pierce escapes, but doing one last act of defiance, by jumping off a retractable bridge that he manipulates by his phone to stop police as he escapes…then the camera pans out to see another player watching the escape, but has a name above his head. Showcasing that the game could be played multiplayer as events unfold.
A platforming game that is only released for the Wii U, Rayman Legends looks as if it will be a fast paced action game with plenty to do and a lot to see. Graphics wise players can be very familiar with all its colours and new set pieces for this side scroller. Rayman and his friends stumble upon a tent with lavish paintings, but upon closer inspection they see its painting from some sort of strange mythical world. But as they look further, Rayman and his friends get sucked into the painting, and the adventure begins.