December 11, 2012 by thedavidryan
Games of 2013 – Preview
In all honesty 2012 was a disappointing year for computer games. Many hyped titles failed to live up to expectations and definitely failed to capitalise on the superior 2011 which featured the last Uncharted game, Batman: Arkham City and the final Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Yup, gamers were spoilt in 2011 and sadly 2012 was a below par year which featured only a few highlights.
Therefore with the end of 2012 fast approaching I thought it was time to look forward to the bright lights of 2013 and the games that I’m most looking forward to over the next year, that’s if we even get there thanks to those pesky Mayans…
The Last of Us
Without question Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is the most hotly anticipated game of 2013 for Playstation owners. This PS3 exclusive looks to be one of the most spectacular and visually striking games to ever be released on the Sony console. The Last of Us is the story of a post apocalyptic world in which two survivors Joel and Ellie are forced to work together as they trek across America in search of other survivors, whilst trying to avoid the clutches of the Infected.
Given that Naughty Dog is the acclaimed developer behind the hugely successful Uncharted series, it is no surprise that gamers everywhere are already massively excited at what to expect from the developers possible final title on this current generation console.
Beyond: Two Souls
Another Playstation only exclusive, Beyond: Two Souls is an upcoming Interactive psychological/spiritual/thriller for the PlayStation 3 console that is being developed by award winning Heavy Rain developers Quantic Dream.
Beyond: Two Souls is based around what happens after death and follows Jodie Holmes through a number of years in her life and the curious detail that she has abnormal supernatural powers with the help of an unknown spiritual entity named Idan. While this plot does sound a little farfetched even for computer games, the footage which was released at E3 2012 shows that Beyond: Two Souls is going to be a fascinatingly intriguing game that is taking on an extremely dark subject.
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name that was first introduced to mainstream audiences in the awful Wolverine movie a few years back, the ‘Merc With a Mouth’ is finally receiving his very own computer game treatment. The game is being developed by High Moon Studios and is due to be published by Activision sometime in 2013. For fans of the Marvel mercenary, this is a long overdue computer game version of one of the best loved comic heroes in recent memory.
For those unfamiliar with Wade Wilson, he is a wise cracking mercenary whose tongue is just as sharp as his blades and whose jokes are just as quick as his lethal fighting skills. The opportunity to chop up some fools one minute, then breaking the fourth wall with a pop culture reference the next should make for massively satisfying gaming. Also with talks of a Deadpool movie featuring hunky dreamboat Ryan Reynolds in the works too, it appears 2013 could be a big year for the ‘Merc with a Mouth’.
Star Wars 1313
Star Wars 1313 is set to be a third-person action-adventure thriller developed and published by LucasArts. The game will put the player in the role of a bounty hunter navigating the planet Coruscant’s cavernous level 1313 underworld whilst trying to expose the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy.
It is believed that the game will take a more grown-up, realistic direction compared to past Star Wars games (sorry Star Wars Lego fans) and emphasises exciting, gadget and weapon based fighting with tools exclusive to bounty hunters rather than the usual Force and lightsaber based combat. Given how impressive previous Star Wars games have been, it will be intriguing to see if this new gameplay approach will be a success for Star Wars 1313.
Five seconds into the E3 2012 Watch Dogs gameplay footage was all it took for gamers across the world to have their jaws quite rightly hit the floor. Watch Dogs is an upcoming open world action-adventure game, developed by Ubisoft Montreal, famous for their efforts on the Far Cry and the Assassin’s Creed franchises. As expected, by having a back catalogue that features those kinds of titles, people are hotly anticipating the forthcoming Watch Dogs.
The core gameplay of Watch Dogs focuses on the use of hacking and surveillance. The game’s antihero Aiden Pearce can use any device attached to the city’s central operating system (ctOS) as a weapon against it. The gameplay footage which was released at E3 2012 showed just what gamers can expect when they play as Pearce, as he was able to hack into a traffic lights system at a cross roads, changing the lights to red and creating a car pileup as a diversionary tactic to avoid capture from the games antagonists. The possibility for awesome gameplay looks very exciting indeed for Watch Dogs and was one of E3’s most talked about games.
Grand Theft Auto V
Familiar readers will know just how excited I am about the next Grand Theft Auto game as I pointed out in a previous blog. However since then more appetite whetting information has been released that has GTA fans across the globe hugely excited about the next instalment to the Rockstar series.
The game will be the first major title in the Grand Theft Auto series since Grand Theft Auto IV back in 2008, and will be an extension of the fictional universe that was introduced in that game. The guns, bikes and jet planes are all back next year, however GTA V will be the first time any GTA game has featured three fully playable main characters, with the player able to tackle missions from three different perspectives at the same time. This new take on the GTA series is an intriguing one and has the potential to be the best GTA game yet with the possibility of extremely comprehensive replay value.
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