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The Best Is Yet To Come?

 (Top Ten Most Anticipated Games Still to be Released in 2013) 

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.

#10 - Beyond: Two Souls (Release Date: October 8th, 2013)

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


#9 - Knack (Release Date: November 15th, 2013)

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


#8 - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Release Date: October 29th, 2013)

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


#7 - Dead Rising 3 (Release Date: November 22nd, 2013)

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


#6 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

(Release Date: November 22nd, 2013)

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


#5 - Batman: Arkham Origins (Release Date: October 25th, 2013)

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


#4 - Pokémon X & Y (Release Date: October 12th, 2013)

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


#3 - Watch Dogs (Release Date: November 19th, 2013)

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


#2 - Battlefield 4 (Release Date: October 29th, 2013)

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 month.

Hype Meter: 9 fantastic displays of particle effects out of 10 cinematic set pieces


#1 - Call of Duty: Ghosts (Release Date: November 5th, 2013)

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 experience.

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.

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