With every video game review site [finally] wrapping up their top-whatever-number lists, we are able to start looking towards the future. 2012 was one of the greatest years for gaming after the likes of Journey and Mass Effect 3, and including the likes of two-brand-spanking-new gaming systems: the Vita and the Wii U. It was an eventful year regardless of the aftertaste some experienced.
2013 is shaping up to try to out do 2012. But after such a fantastic year, that may be hard to do. In 2013’s defense though, most of the biggest games won’t be announced until we creep closer to E3 and the event itself. After a then 8-year hiatus on new gaming consoles, both Sony and Microsoft are expected to unveil new gaming consoles — even though they have stated the likeliness more in the ballpark of 2014.
So 2013 surely has some great things in store for us, and that’s not even including PS4 or Xbox 720 rumor mill rumors. Let’s take a look at some games to look out for.
- Bioshock Infinite
- After Ken Levine’s absence from the second installment caused one of the most disaster evoking review blankets, Bioshock Infinite has been anticipated far longer than Irrational Games could even imagine. Set as a prequel to the original title, B.I. sends the player into the city in the sky with Booker, a former Pinkerton agent, and his companion, Elizabeth. Beautifully cast against a Victorian landscape, steam-punk-esk robot villians chase you down with the intent of murder as you do your best to escape.
- Reason to buy: Robot George Washington
- Available: 360, PS3 and PC || March 26th, 2013
- It’s influences can be seen so drastically, it may borderline plagiarism. As Portal’s first-person, otherworldly, puzzle style can be seen instantly, it becomes unique just as quickly. Best described as a drug-induced psychotropic trip while staring into an MC Escher painting above a TV playing Portal. The game has been under constant working and reworking since its conception almost five-years ago while a beta has lurked about for the past year. One of the most imaginative puzzle games seen to date and well worth more than the constant Portal rip-off hype.
- Reason to buy: The level in which you drop for about a minute before landing in a white room with a cat and ball of yarn picture. A constant drop in-and-out of the room tests your reasoning skills so well that you can’t help but feel kind of dumb on your walk out.
- Available: PC || TBA 2013
- Media Molecule’s newest franchise since Little Big Planet, Tearaway sends you on an adventure assisting the game’s protagonist, iota, as he sets off to deliver a message. Admittedly influenced by Papercraft, Tearaway gives the player the opportunity to break the fourth-wall by poking holes into iota’s world with their finger in aide. An adventure, platform, puzzler that seems to feed off the same innovation and creativity set by Media Molecule’s Little Big Planet.
- Reason to buy: Rich, original world that invites the player’s creativity to solve puzzles by pressing a finger to the back screen to block off enemies or build bridges.
- Available: PS Vita || TBA 2013
- The Last of Us
- Powerhouse Naughty Dog, coming off their Uncharted 3 high, has touted The Last of Us around for a while, showing it off in an almost boastful way through gaming shows, conventions and magazine showcases. Rightfully so. The Last of Us sets the impression that it may have received a few cues from Omega Man as Joel and Ellie venture across the vastly empty landscape. But, of course, there are a few people left to aid our adventurers — some helpful and some ruthless.
- Reason to buy: Naughty Dog are the developer to trust for an original and engaging story. Already showing off epicly intense scenes between Joel and Ellie against the world’s scavengers, we will surely be in for some [emotional] surprises.
- Available: PS3 || May 7th, 2013
- Watch Dogs
- Not a lot is known about this elusive title, not even if it will see the light of 2013. Unveiled at this past E3, Watch Dogs showed the city of Chicago through the eyes of an elite hacker. As he used his tools (aka cell phone) to distract and confuse his targets, the protagonist cruises through the crowd of an art expo unnoticed, gathers information from a target, and slips back out into the night only to hack a stop-light and taking out his target. The preview ended showing us another hacker on a rooftop and panning out to the city’s map, pinning icons every few blocks to indicate another hacker.
- Reason to buy: From what we have seen, it looks quite fresh. From the city chosen to the subject to the approach, each is entirely unseen in any previous game.
- Available: PS3, 360 and PC || TBA 2013
Let’s not forget to mention the likes of Remember Me, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Earth Defense Force 2017, and, of course, Grand Theft Auto V. 2013 will surely be another year for the gaming books.
[See also (Videos): Watch Dogs Announcement Trailer, The Last of Us VGA Trailer, Tearaway Announcement Trailer, Antichamber Game Footage, Bioshock Infinite’s First Five-Minutes]
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