This year will be one of the biggest in the video game industry’s history with the probable release of two major consoles from Sony and Microsoft. At the end of 2012 Nintendo launched the first in the next generation of gaming technology with the Wii U thus triggering off the commercial war in fine style. Fans will probably find Sony’s PS4 released towards the end of 2013 or in early ’14, whereas Microsoft’s Xbox 720 will likely be out and about around mid-2013. Until then there are plenty of amazing new games to keep you occupied no matter what console you own. And here they are!
Grand Theft Auto V – PS3/Xbox 360
The biggest release of the year, Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) is the next step in one of the most ambitious, and controversial, video game series ever. Graphically there won’t be major steps with this addition, but we should imagine the gameplay will be finely tuned for the best GTA experience yet. And it’s likely there will be lots of violence. It’s out in the second quarter of 2013, with PC and Wii U versions being considered by developers Rockstar.
God of War: Ascension – PS3
March 12th 2013 sees the latest game from the God of War series. It’s an action adventure romp with violent (a violent video game? Never!) themes based on revenge with loose references to Greek Mythology. Based on the series so far this should be excellent! No pressure, then.
Rayman Legends – Wii U
The sequel to Ubisoft’s genius, hidden gem of 2011 is here! Rayman Legends looks set to continue the innovative, beautiful looking trend set by its predecessor Rayman Origins; it’s a traditional 2D adventure packed with detail and all out fun. If it’s as good as the original then we’ll have a contender for game of the year. It’s out on 26th of February and is a Wii U exclusive.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 – PC/PS3/Playstation Vita/Wii U/Xbox 360
City Interactive are behind this sequel; it’s a first-person shooter which focuses on stealth and intelligent tactics, the expectation is it will be one of the more realistic shoot-em-ups. Apparently it’s out on March 12th 2013, so if you like violent games then this is a date to remember.
Watch Dogs – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
Another of Ubisoft’s highly anticipated games is this action adventure gadget-a-thon. The company are best known for their work on the brilliant Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and Rayman series, and this title centres on a player’s ability to hack their way into electronic systems. A demo was playable at E3 2012 and it was awarded the Best PC Game at E3, so be excited! It’ll be out this year.
Crysis 3 – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
A first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Publishers EA accidentally announced the game by publishing information on their site, and this Crysis trilogy maker aims to advance on the reasonably well received Crysis 2. It’s out in mid-February.
The Last of Us – PS3
This PS3 exclusive is developed by Naughty Dog and is a survival horror action adventure game. Think Resident Evil meets I Am Legend. Using a third-person view you will have to fend off the Infected humans in a post-apocalyptic USA. Sounds fairly clichéd, right? Well it won a vast amount of awards in demo form at E3 2012 so expect great things.
Tomb Raider – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
It will come as no surprise to anyone to find Lara Croft making a return to the video game world. Following on from a series of dreadful Angelina Jolie films, the franchise needs to pick itself up with a new instalment. It’s the fifth one (the first was back in 1996) and its schedules for 5th of March.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
A well known action-adventure stealth game, this one is developed by Ubisoft (who?) and will be out in Mid-August. Blacklist introduces new gameplay elements, such as the psychotic sounding “killing in motion” which lets you take out targets in quick succession. There’s also a voice integration on the Xbox’s Kinect gadget, meaning you can say prompts to distract enemies.
Bayonetta 2 – Wii U
The original Bayonetta (which is pictured) came out in 2010 on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The sequel is a Wii U exclusive. The first outing garnered huge critical acclaim so there is great excitement for the follow up! It’ll be out sometime this year; it’s a hack and slash action adventure game so expect plenty of innovative takes on this gameplay thanks to the Wii U’s unique technology.
Gears of War: Judgement – Xbox 360
An Xbox exclusive, this third-person shooter (it’s going to be a very violent 2013) is under co-development by Epic Games and People Can Fly. It’s the fourth title in the Game of War series, and it should be out in mid-March. It’s a critically acclaimed series so expect more brilliance this time out.
Bioshock Infinite – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
A first-person shooter game and the third instalment in the BioShock series, Irrational Games are developing and there are high expectations for sure! It’s set on a city suspended in the air and will, without doubt, be very violent. It won several awards at the 2011 E3 show so, almost two years on, fans will want greatness.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – PC/PS3/Wii U/Xbox 360/Cloud Computing (OnLive)
This one’s been in development for quite some time (it’s finally released on February 12th) and is published by Sega (yes, they still exist). Gearbox Software have been working away to get this atmospheric first-person shooter out at last. Obviously based on the classic 1986 James Cameron horror movie Aliens, there will be lots of the iconic items from the film present. To give you an idea how long this has been in development, the original version was cancelled back in 2001 (having been intended for the PS2). Fingers crossed it lives up to expectations.
Command and Conquer – PC
The well known strategy series gets its latest run; there has been a change in tact by developers BioWare Victory who have turned the real-time strategy game into a series of free-to-play games, the idea being they can work on the content once it’s been released to make improvements for players. It should be out this year, but there’s no release date yet.
Pikmin 3 – Wii U
The critically acclaimed Pikmin series returns to the Wii U with games design genius Shigeru Myamoto at the helm. In the real-time strategy game you have to guide up to 100 creatures through a lively environment, take out enemies, build bridges, and generally think your way around problems. It’s out in the second half of the year, probably, and will mark a welcome return for the popular franchise. It was up for numerous “Best Of” awards at E3 2012, which is promising.