January 16, 2013 by khrisgolder
2013 is looking like it will be a huge year in games. Well, maybe not 2011 huge, but immense nonetheless. 2013 is already underway with DmC: Devil May Cry, kicking the year off in style. Metal Gear Rising and Dead Space 3 are right around the corner. What about the rest of 2013? Here are our most anticipated games of 2013.
The third game in the series, Bioshock Infinite is looking to offer something very different this time around and will make or break a lot of diehard Bioshock fans. Bioshock Infinite will take us to the breathtaking floating city of Columbia; once a testament to America’s ostentation, the city is rife with class warfare. You are thrown into the middle of it all, tasked with extracting a woman with extraordinary powers. While the setting and circumstances may have changed from the previous games, Bioshock Infinite will keep the same propensity for intelligent philosophical themes. It also features a unique rollercoaster-like way to traverse the city.
This game impressed with its visuals and complexity, and took the coveted “Game of the Show” award at 2012’s E3 conference. You play a hacker/assassin in an alternate-reality Chicago. Coming from Ubisoft Montreal, the studio behind the Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed games, this will be another open-world title. The variety of tools and options available to you to complete your missions is staggering. Although they mostly revolve around information warfare, they are very potent. From the live-demo at E3, we see the protagonist jamming and listening in on cell phones, causing a large pileup by changing the traffic lights, and raising a river bridge to escape the police.
Another stunning game, Star Wars: 1313 is looking like Uncharted in space. What the plot is and who the characters will be is still a mystery, but rumors abound that this game may portray Boba Fett as the ever loveable anti-hero. “1313” may refer to the subterranean level 1313 on the Planet Coruscant. Regardless, the action set pieces look spectacular, and the visuals are unlike any other game in 2013.
This gritty reboot has been a long time coming. Tomb Raider has been on our radar since it was announced in 2010, when it had been in production for two years already. Several delays have kept it out of our hands, but soon we’ll see Lara Croft’s dramatic and harrowing origins. This game also looks like it’s been strongly influenced by Uncharted. Technically, the Uncharted games drew a lot of their influence from 1996’s Tomb Raider. The more games there are like Uncharted out there, the better. I mean like Tomb Raider. Or… who cares! This looks awesome.
Quantic Dreams’ follow-up to Heavy Rain is looking like another impressive PS3 exclusive. With gorgeous visuals, the six year old PS3 proves it’s still got some fight in it. While we’re not sure how this game will actually play, judging by Heavy Rain, we assume it will be a story and character driven experience teetering on the edge between movie and video game. Beyond might finally find the balance between realism and fun to win over Tony the Gamer Dad. Deep involvement from Ellen Page for both voice-acting and performance-capture cements our assumptions further.
An oddball on the list, there are a number of reasons why we can’t ignore The Stick of Truth. It is very difficult to distinguish between gameplay footage of this game and an actual South Park episode. That is what makes this game so special. When cartoons like The Simpsons and Family Guy get their own games, they are usually rendered in 3D and retain very little of the humor and charm that made the shows great. RPG masters Obsidian, however, look like they know what they’re doing. They’ve involved both Matt Stone and Trey Parker heavily in the development of the game.
It has been five years since GTA4 came out and Rockstar Games needs something special to keep its marquee franchise relevant. The Saints Row games and standalones like Sleeping Dogs have filled our calendars quite nicely. Rockstar Games, however, has been innovating too; be it with the story and atmosphere of Red Dead Redemption, the facial animations of L.A. Noire, or the action mechanics of Max Payne 3. Put all that in one package and GTA V could be a very special game indeed. Not to mention the game features for the first time three interchangeable playable characters. Needless to say, we’re pretty stoked.
Coming from Naughty Dog, the studio behind the excellent Uncharted games, The Last of Us is looking remarkable thus far. But don’t expect many wisecracks or lightheartedness because this game is much more serious. The story follows a man and a girl he has sworn to protect as they navigate through the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. The gameplay footage shown is some of the most tense, realistic and brutal we’ve ever seen. Expect The Last of Us this summer.
This is the sequel to the superb indie horror hit Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The way the first game induced horror was by making the player completely unable to combat foes. Instead, the player had to run, barricade doors, or hide in the dark. Monsters, however, could tear down barricades, and hiding in the dark decreased the character’s sanity meter. A Machine for Pigs will purportedly add to the horror with retooled enemy AI and outdoor environments. This game series must be experienced by any true horror game fan.
Did you think The Elder Scrolls games were perfect – except for the fact that you were the only player in your game? Bethesda aims to remedy that this year with the first ever Elder Scrolls MMO. The game will take place one thousand years before the events of Skyrim. Supposedly all of the continent of Tamriel will be accessible at some point. While it likely will not have the visual fidelity of Skyrim or even Oblivion, it looks (and plays) better than the current MMO king, World of Warcraft.