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2013 has been a great year for video games by any measure of
quality. Three Triple-A blockbuster releases have set themselves apart as
benchmarks for brilliance this generation (i.e. BioShock Infinite, The Last of
Us, and GTA V). Killzone: Mercenary, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Animal
Crossing: New Leaf have solidified the validity of the handheld console. The
downloadable and indie space has also been teeming with quality releases such
as Gone Home, The Swapper, and SteamWorld Dig.
After the great year that we have had so far and the recent
release of GTA V, it can be easy to forget that we still have three months, two
consoles, and whole lot of awesome left in the year. So, while you revel in the
beauty of Los Santos, take a look at the top ten games that will be coming
later this year.
David Cage and Quantic Dream take one step closer to the
perfect melding of video games and the cinematic quality of blockbuster movies with Beyond: Two Souls.
You follow Jodie (Ellen Paige) is the main character who is connected to a
ghostly entity named Aiden. With the creative drive of Quantic Dream and the
talent of the fantastic cast promise to deliver a memorable experience that
will most likely be the swan song for Quantic Dream on the PS3.
Hype Meter: 5
quick-time events out of 10 multiple endings
The accessible charm of "Pixar®-ish" graphics are combined with an
equally accessible control scheme to introduce the next generation of video
games to as wide an audience as possible. The impressive use of particle
physics and environmental destructibility looks to introduce the new hardware
with a bang. Goblin bashing and the dual threat to humanity are the crux of
player motivation. Next gen exclusives are always highly anticipated, and Knack
looks to make a huge impact on the launch day for PS4.
Hype Meter: 5.5 little
Knack sequences out of 10 smashed goblins
The next iteration in the Assassin's Creed franchise is the
first on this list to span generations. The open-world, free-running juggernaut
has become a staple among holiday releases. The deep single player campaign was
combined with the intense cat-and-mouse style multiplayer back in Assassin's
Creed: Brotherhood, and the formula has remained since that release. While many
have speculated only cosmetic differences between the current-gen and next-gen
versions, it will be interesting to see how these games compare when played on
so many different pieces of hardware.
Hype Meter: 6 iterative
releases out of ten dead ancestors
Dead Rising is back with a new setting and a new
protagonist. The Xbox One exclusive holds to the franchises roots with weapon
and character customization while adding vehicle combos and an open-world
setting. Dead Rising 3 also promises to abandon the strict time limitations of
past entries for a more open design to quest completion and zombie mutilation.
Hype Meter: 6.5 combo
cards out of 10 hours 'til sunrise
In the most anticipated sequel of the year, Nintendo has
revived the top down perspective and the overworld of the SNES classic A Link
to the Past. The Nintendo 3DS/2DS exclusive promises unique dungeon design and
puzzle solving opportunities by combining the 3D overworld with the ability to
turn into a 2D hieroglyph to move along walls and maneuver around the world in
addition to the item-based puzzles we all know and love. My most anticipated
game continues to add layers to the excitement as we draw closer to the
November release date.
Hype Meter: 7 2D wall
crawls out of 10 trips to the Dark World
Arkham Origins is shaping up to become the blueprint for
creating a solid prequel. Featuring a younger Dark Knight, Origins is set in an
expanded Gotham City before the rise of Batman's villainous counterparts. While
Rocksteady is not at the helm for this title, the crew at WB Games Montreal has
largely kept the art direction and combat from previous entries while adding
the Christmas setting and environmental combos. The Arkham series is critically
regarded as the best licensed franchise in history, and Origins looks to become
a quality addition to this legacy.
Hype Meter: 7.5 DLC
costumes out of 10 new challenge maps
The first Pokémon game native to the 3DS looks to expand the
franchise's evolution on the Nintendo DS/3DS. The most significant addition to
X & Y is the added dimension to the character models, animations, and
world. New Pokémon types and the new 3D perspective look to keep the portable
juggernaut relevant and accessible to millions of gamers around the world.
Hype Meter: 8 in-game
text bubbles out of 10 random battles
New IP late in a console generation is always exciting.
Bridging the divide between generations, Watch Dogs tasks the player with
following Aiden Pierce through the streets of Chicago as he searches for those
responsible for the deaths of his family. The modern, tech-savvy, open-world
promises a wealth of options to exact revenge on your foes and bring a city to its
knees. Chicago will fall, and you are its omen.
Hype Meter: 8.5 cars
totaled out of 10 cars stolen
FPS is king in the console multiplayer realm, and the last
two entries bare out this fact. First up is Battlefield 4. Built on Frostbite
3, BF 4 promises action-packed set pieces in the single player campaign and the
ultimate destructive fantasy across vast maps in multiplayer. Opening up
gameplay and giving the largest maps to dominate is a staple of the Battlefield
brand, and BF 4 will no doubt follow suit. Visually impressive on every
console, Battlefield 4 will most likely be a huge retail hit when it drops in a
Hype Meter: 9 fantastic
displays of particle effects out of 10 cinematic set pieces
In the biggest franchise of the modern gaming generation,
Activision is at it yet again with another iteration of Call of Duty. This
annualized series has become synonymous with Triple-A production and retail
triumph. While many core gamers cringe at the thought of another CoD game, the
mainstream success is inarguable. With so many releases, franchise fatigue is a
legitimate concern. In response, developer Infinity Ward has created a new game
engine and story while integrating new gameplay elements to freshen up the adrenaline-fueled
Hype Meter: 10 consecutive
respawns out of 10 fresh new promises
So, what games did I miss? Was your most anticipated title
for 2013 not on this list or did you have a problem with a particular title's
placement? Let me know.
Note: Many titles have multiple iterations across various
platforms. When a single game had multiple release dates, the earliest release
date (current gen) was provided.