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Games to Look Forward to in 2013

by on December 25, 2012
 

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If you think 2012 has been a good year for games, just wait till 2013 rolls around and I can already see a lot of wallets groaning from all the purchases.

While it’s widely-speculated that 2013 will see the release or reveal of next-gen platforms from Sony and Microsoft, if true, we’re going to be leaving the current-gen with a bang.

Listed below are the games you should look forward to in 2013 and in order of their release dates. While these are the known games to be coming out within the year, don’t be surprised if a game gets delayed and drops from its original release scheduled. Of course, there’s also a big possibility that publishers have a surprise or two up their sleeves, so there’s a good chance that a game or two might be added.

Regardless of delays or surprise reveals, 2013 looks to be the most robust gaming year we’ve ever seen in a long while. Don’t believe me? Peruse the list and see for yourself.

One last thing, we’ve only listed the games that have been confirmed to exist. So don’t be surprised if you don’t see the next Call of Duty game in it, as it hasn’t officially been announced yet.

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DmC (PS3, Xbox 360)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Ninja Theory
Release Date: January 15, 2013

Capcom is rebooting the Devil May Cry franchise and they’ve tasked a Western Developer to do so. Gestating at Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved), DmC introduces a new-look Dante but will still try to remain in the franchise’s roots. For fans curious how it plays, there’s a demo out for now for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
Publisher: SEGA
Developer Gearbox Software
Release Date: February 19, 2013

Touted by Gearbox as being part of the Aliens movie cannon, Colonial Marines might be the first good Aliens game that doesn’t have the name “Predator” in it. Can Gearbox pull it off? If its quality is anything like that of Borderlands 2, then Aliens fans might be in for a treat.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: Konami
Developer:  Platinum Games
Release Date: February 19, 2013

Raiden’s first official game is set to finally come out after numerous delays. While it bears the Metal Gear name, don’t expect to use stealth as this game is all about cutting things up. Hopefully, Platinum Games brings over some of that Bayonneta magic into the game to help it out in the crowded February release lineup.

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Dead Space 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: EA
Developer: Visceral Games
Release Date: February 5, 2013

Dead Space 3 will pick up right where Dead Space 2 left off, and will see Isaac Clarke embark on his mission to stop the Necromorphs. In this third entry in EA’s sci-fi horror franchise, Visceral is shaking things up by adding optional co-op for the game’s single-player story in the form of Sgt. John Carver. In addition to Clarke’s new partner, rolling to evade attacks and going to cover are also included in Clarke’s arsenal of moves. Will this make Dead Space 3 more of a standard third-person shooter than a horror affair? We’ll know for sure in February.

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Crysis 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: EA
Developer: Crytek
Release Date: February 19, 2013

In this third game in the series, players will once again take control of Prophet and be placed back in New York. This time, the city’s been encased in a Nanodome by the CELL Corporation and is now an urban rainforest. Once again, Prophet must use his Nanosuit to battle both the Ceph and CELL to find out the truth.

In the multiplayer front, Crytek is adding a new Hunter mode into the mix, as well as tweaking a few things. But if you liked Crysis 2’s multiplayer, chances are you’ll dig Crysis 3’s version of it, too.

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Tomb Raider (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Release Date: March 5, 2013

The Tomb Raider franchise is once again being rebooted, but this time, it might just work in the series’ favor. Built from the ground up by Crystal Dynamics in the “Uncharted” mold, it seems to forsake the sexy and daring Lara Croft we’re used to in favor of a younger, more innocent protagonist.

There’s tons of gameplay footage available of the game already. And while it might look like Crystal Dynamics is just copying Naughty Dog’s template for the Uncharted franchise, things haven’t looked this good for Ms. Croft in a very long time.

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God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Publisher: Sony
Developer: Sony Santa Monica
Release Date: March 12, 2013

Possibly the prequel no one asked for. Ascension is in a rather strange place; it won’t start off where God of War 3 left off – though I presume it will explain or allude to what happened at the end, and it will feature multiplayer for the first time in the series, too. Speaking of which,  the multiplayer is undergoing a beta now for PS3 users, so that might help you decide if it’s a worthy addition to the franchise or not. Regarding the overall story and if it will stick, we’re still left out in the dark in that area.

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Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360)
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: People Can Fly
Release Date: March 19, 2013

Judgment is joining the ranks of God of War: Ascension as a prequel rather than be a direct follow up to the last game in the series. Not only will it ditch Marcus as the main protagonist in favor of Baird and Cole, it will even have a new developer in People Can Fly (Bulletstorm), too!

From the gameplay front, Judgment aims to make everything bigger, meaner and more badass. For multiplayer, People Can Fly is infusing class-based characters into the mix to jazz up Gears of War’s tried-and-true MP formula.

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BioShock Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Irrational Games
Release Date: March 26, 2013

From the developers behind BioShock 1, Infinite could be considered as the true BioShock 2. After wowing fans at its E3 unveiling, the game has seen numerous delays which has made some people fear for its quality. But in the last few weeks, Levine and company have allayed those fears with one fantastic trailer after another. Now the game seems to be on track for March and a lot of people are wondering if it will be as genre-defining as the first BioShock.

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The Last of Us (PS3)
Publisher: Sony
Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Naughty Dog’s follow up to their excellent Uncharted series, The Last of Us aims to make us care for the oft-trodden zombie/end of the world storyline and the game’s two protagonists. Based on the gameplay footage released, I’d say Naughty Dog might have another hit on their hands yet again.

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Battlefield 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE
Release Date: TBA

People were caught off-guard when EA announced that Battlefield 4’s beta invite was to be included in Medal of Honor Warfighter. Most are saying it’s too soon, especially when you consider that Battlefield 3 has been in development for more than half a century.  Given that BF3 has shipped more than 17 million units to date, I’d say EA is striking while the iron’s hot. If there’s a shooter that can chip away at Call of Duty’s massive fan base, then this could be it.

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Watch Dogs (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: TBA

Considered the show-stealer at this year’s E3, Watch Dogs is a big question mark on whether it’s current or next-gen game. While Ubisoft has said that it will come out on the PS3 and Xbox 360, people (myself included) will believe it when I see it. From the gameplay trailer shown so far, it will meld amazing graphics with open-world gameplay, which might make this Ubisoft’s Grand Theft Auto franchise in the making.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Mercury Steam
Release Date: TBA

Mercury Steam is following up their own take on the Castlevania franchise with Lords of Shadow 2. In it, players will once again take control of Gabriel, but so far we have no clue if it will pick right where Lords of Shadow 1’s excellent ending left off, or if it will play out as flashback sequences. Speaking of that ending, Gabriel’s motives and allegiance are still in question now and the few looks we’ve had at the game haven’t exactly shed light on it.

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Splinter Cell Blacklist (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Release Date: Spring 2013

Following the events of Conviction, Third Echelon is now gone, and the U.S. President has formed “Fourth Echelon” with Fisher as the new agency commander. This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Splinter Cell Blacklist’s story.

On the gameplay side, Blacklist seems to be a leaning more on the action side of the spectrum, though with Conviction’s effective “Mark and Execute” mechanic fully implemented. Hopefully, it will satisfy both action, and old-school fans of the series when it gets released.

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The Last Guardian (PS3)
Publisher: Sony
Developer: Team ICO
Release Date: TBA

The Last Guardian is inarguably the biggest question mark in the whole list. While Sony showed the game off numerous times in previous years, it has seen numerous delays since then. Add that its director Fumito Ueda is no longer with the studio he built, and well, you can understand why people are getting worried about it. The fact that Sony has yet to show us anything tangible in ages makes this all the more mysterious. Will it be released in 2013? Possibly so, but it wouldn’t surprise me if The Last Guardian misses this entire generation and ends up for the PS4, too.

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Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, Xbox 360)
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar North
Release Date: Spring 2013

Quite possibly the most anticipated game in the whole lot, GTA V has been shown off in two trailers so far, and it looks to improve on every facet of GTA IV. There will be three protagonists players will be able to control, a bigger Los Santos, and basically all the things you’d expect from a GTA game but improved. Rockstar has even commented that GTA V’s world is bigger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas and GTA IV combined…I think that alone warrants a look.

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Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Publisher: Sony
Developer: Quantic Dream
Release Date: TBA

Quantic Dream’s next project after the action “game” Heavy Rain, it will continue the studio’s lineage of pushing narrative in games. However, don’t expect anything drastic on the gameplay front as Quantic Dream will still use non-conventional methods in having you control the game’s protagonist Jodie Holmes, which is being portrayed by actress Ellen Page.

Regardless of what you thought of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls should be on your radar if you want to see how storytelling and motion-capture is progressing in videogames as a medium.

That concludes our look at the top games coming out in 2013. As I’ve said before, some of these games might be delayed, or a publisher might have a surprise game to release next year. If so, your wallets will be begging for mercy once 2013’s holiday season rolls around.

Which games are you looking forward to the most in 2013? Did we miss anything in our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Avatar of Ramon Aranda
    December 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Most of these games look pretty sick…DmC isn’t really doing anything for me though. Most looking forward to Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us and Gears of War Judgment.

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  • dakan45
    December 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    dmc, aliens, gta v also come to pc while the metal gear dmc clone might be cancelled on pc.

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  • Avatar of Adam Larck
    December 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I look for The Last Guardian, Watch Dogs and Beyond: Two Souls to miss the 2013 release window and probably all be next gen. However, we could get surprised with one of them maybe being a launch title for one of the upcoming new systems.

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  • Roger Sanchez
    December 26, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    The Last Guardian will never be released, just like Agent. They were all titles to boost Sony’s E3 scores. Overhype and underdeliver, the Sony motto for the entire generation.

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    • Avatar of Alex Co
      December 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Not to side with anyone as that’s asinine, but I honestly don’t see the things you accuse Sony of doing. Isn’t that the same with every studio and publisher? Do agree that The Last Guardian might not be released at all. If it still is a no-show in 2013, it’s going to be rolled into PS4.

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  • mcclanahan
    December 26, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    notice how most of these are ps3 exclusives. GOW, last of us , beyonf two souls, the last gaurdian. just sayin. mivrosoft does care about fans that actually wanna pay 60 bucks for more than online and get ripped off. sony lets us enjoy campains that are more than 6 hrs long

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    • Avatar of Alex Co
      December 27, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      All three platform makers have their fortes, but in the past few years, Sony’s first-party lineup has been extremely superb. Sad thing is, even if they are good games, they don’t sell that well unless it’s from Naughty Dog or a God of War game. Next year seems to be a killer for Sony, though.

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