Happy New Year! With a whole year of gaming ahead of us, I thought that maybe we should take a look at some of the upcoming games that are coming out. So here they are, the 8 games to watch out for in 2013.
–POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD-
1. Watch Dogs
Developed and published by Ubisoft, Watch Dogs is a new IP from Ubisoft which first made headway at E3 2012. Watch Dogs is a third-person game that allow players to hack into various electronic systems to obtain information or to disable electronic systems entirely. While not much information has been released by Ubisoft, gameplay trailers has seen the main character, Aiden Pearce hacking into various targets’ personal data to learn more about them or to even eavesdrop on entire conversation. The aim of the protagonist is at this point, still vague, but you can see the protagonist picking up weapons to ‘assassinate’ a target. Talk about bringing Assassin’s Creed into the 21st century.
2. Remember Me
Remember Me is a new IP developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom which was first announced at Gamescom. Remember Me follows female protagonist Nilin, a memory hunter who had her memory wiped by her former employer and is now on a path to discover why and to retrieve her lost memories. Remember Me features a unique combat system where players use a ‘Combo Lab’ to mix and match different combos to take on different types of enemies. According to Capcom, an astonishing 50,000 combos can be discovered by players using the Combo Lab.
Remember Me is slated for release in May 2013.
3. Star Wars: 1313
Star Wars: 1313 is is a new IP developed and published by LucasArts and was first announced E3 2012. Star Wars: 1313 puts players in the role of a Bounty Hunter on Coruscant gritty subterranean level 1313, thus the title. Rather than Lightsaber/Force combat, the game focuses on weapons and gadget used exclusively by Bounty Hunters to uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy.
4. Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite is the third installment in the Bioshock franchise developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. Unlike the previous 2 Bioshock games, Bioshock Infinite does not take place in Rapture but in a floating city called Columbia set in 1912. Players control protagonist Booker who is on a quest to rescue a young woman by the name of Elizabeth who is held captive on Columbia. Elizabeth can also help players on Columbia as an AI companion, something which we have not seen from previous Bioshock titles. Like previous Bioshock games, players get to use a variety of weapons and powers to defeat foes, however, for Bioshock Infinite, players can only hold up to 2 weapons. Furthermore, in contrast to the enclosed environment that is Rapture, Columbia boast an open map for players to run around in and it provides a new element in combat challenges. On top of the open world element, Bioshock Infinite also features a kind of roller coaster rail system which players can jump on or off to get around Columbia.
Bioshock Infinite is slated for release on March 26, 2013.
5. DmC: Devil May Cry
Developed by Ninja Theory and published by Capcom, DmC: Devil May Cry is the latest installment to the Devil May Cry series. This installment however, is not a continuation of the current series. Rather, DmC: Devil May Cry is set in an alternate universe which sees a younger Dante. The combat is similar to previous Devil May Cry games where players attack demons and gain different Style Ranks which directly affects the number of Orbs you earn to purchase upgrades from. While the game doesn’t reinvents the wheel, the game has a different feel to it as compared to the dark and gritty world in previous Devil May Cry games.
DmC: Devil May Cry is set for release on Jan 15th, 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC release will be on Jan 25th, 2013.
6. Tomb Raider
Everyone’s favorite busty archaeologist is back! Developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, the new installment of Tomb Raider features a younger Lara Croft who has yet to discover her ‘tomb raiding’ prowess. Ship wrecked during a massive storm, Lara is stranded on an island and must come to grips with doing whatever is necessary to survive. Players will follow Lara on her path of discovery of what being a Croft really means and how she matures all the while being chased down by mercenaries.
Tomb Raider is set for release on March 5th, 2013.
7. Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance
Originally known as Metal Gear Solid: Rising, it has thus been picked up by Platinum Games after original developer Kojima Productions encountered difficulties. Developed by Platinum Games and published by Konami, MGS: Revengeance is the latest installment of the wildly popular MGS franchise. Players control the cyborg ninja Raiden, because who wouldn’t want to be a cyborg ninja? Set 4 years after the events of MGS4: Guns of the Patriots, Raider out to stop a terrorist organization known as Desperado Enterprises. Unlike other MGS games, MGS: Revengeance focus is it’s swordfighting and cutting system. Players are able to engage in third person melee combat and players will be able to slash enemies at will along a geometric plane using it’s ‘free slicing’ mode called Blade Mode. While almost anything can be sliced, elements of the environment which can be sliced are purposely limited so as to better facilitate gameplay.
Xbox 360 and PS3 release dates for Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance are as follows:
NA – Feb 19th 2013
AU – Feb 21st 2013
EU – Feb 22nd 2013
8. Grand Theft Auto 5
And finally, probably one of the most anticipated game in 2013 is GTA 5. Developed and published by Rockstar Games, the trailer was first release on their website back in Nov 14th 2012 which has gamers all over the world in a frenzy. The game is once again set in San Andreas but will not feature Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson. Instead, GTA 5 will have 3 protagonists for players to control and to swap with at any time. Rockstar have not been providing much information except for a number of screenshots so information is limited.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is set for release in the Spring of 2013.
Although the next 2 games will probably not be released in 2013, they will probably be releasing more information during the course of 2013.
Star Citizen is Chris Roberts return to gaming. If you don’t know who Chris Roberts is, he is the one who brought you the wildly popular Wind Commander series. And now he is back, once again with a interstellar piloting game for players to sink their teeth into. The crowd funding for Star Citizen has been wildly successful if not one of the most successful so far. In return for funding Star Citizen, players will get access to it’s Beta build and varying in-game status and perks depending on how much you decide to give. However, players should note that Star Citizen is PC ONLY.
Blade and Soul
Blade and Soul is a MMORPG which has become very popular in Korea. It is developed by NCSoft’s Bloodlust Studio and published by NCSoft. Blade and Soul is set in an Asian fantasy world featuring martial arts inspired combat. Like Tera, the game doesn’t have a targeting system and attacks have to be manually aimed. The game is a story about revenge and features 4 playable races and 6 classes. The western localization is still in the works by NCSoft.
Blade and Soul
Are there any games you feel which we should also look out for? Let us know what they are and what you think of these games in the comment section.