Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2013
The Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2013
Both 2012 and 2013 have been great years for Video Games and Gamers. This top 10 video games list covers the most anticipated games of early 2013.
10. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Release Date: January 22, 2013
To start the list off, I chose a game I have been following for quite a while. Ni No Kuni is a sort of RPG hybrid, combing a few types of gameplay elements. The JRPG genre has been stale for a long time. Last year had a few good entries, particularly Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii. With the new generation of consoles most likely coming in, and this generation getting its last set of titles. It is very exciting that the PS3 is getting at least one sure fire RPG. With some early reviews already released Level-5′s new game looks promising.
9. Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls Release Date: TBA 2013
I really don’t know a whole lot about Beyond: Two Souls. What I do know is that it is a psychological thriller from Quantic Dream, the developers behind the amazing Heavy Rain.
Little has been released about the details of the game or gameplay. It centers on a character named Jodie (Ellen Page from Juno), and follows her over 15 years of her life. The game also explores themes, such as life after death. Even though the details are few and far between, I am sure that the follow up to one of the most original games of the decade so far will be something special.
SimCity Release Date: March 5, 2013 PC
Platforms: PC and MAC (to be confirmed)
Nostalgia is both a good and bad thing sometimes. I have very fond memories of playing SimCity when I was a kid and I hope it isn’t just nostalgia that has me excited for SimCity. That being said all signs point to an awesome game. It won quite a few awards at E3 in 2012 and with Maxis still behind the wheel I have little doubt that the game will capture what made the originals so incredibly addicting. Re-introducing SimCity too a new generation of gamer’s will be an interesting task, especially with the new engine being used. The gameplay looks familiar enough for old fans, but with enough updates to keep things fresh. I really think it is the perfect time to bring this great series back to the limelight.
7. Dead Island: Riptide
Dead Island: Riptide Release Date: April 23, 2013
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
Zombie’s have been getting a bit played out lately. It seems like a lot of games feature some sort of zombie twist nowadays. Though zombie’s are not without there saviors. Dead Island was a game I actually played through on both Playstation and 360. I enjoyed the game a lot, needless to say. Even though there is only a trailer released so far, I assume the gameplay will be similar to that of the first game. Riptide takes place directly after the first Dead Island. Some people have speculated weather or not the game is a sequel or a spin off, it seems pretty clear now that it is a sequel.
6. Pokemon X and Y
Pokemon X and Y Release Date: October 2013
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Aside from an online game, a full on 3-D Pokemon is something I have been yearning for. I suppose with the 3DS, Pokemon X and Y was just a matter of time and with the first trailer out things are now confirmed. It will be the first fully 3-D Pokemon game, which is exciting for all of us that have played the core series from Red/Blue. While the gameplay looks to be the same monster capture and train that we have all come to know, the game still looks like it will be a big leap forward for the company. Game Freak has been throwing quite a bit of curveballs lately, first with the the amazing Black and White, then releasing Black and White 2 as separate games. With a full 3-D game and a likely Pokemon Z eventually on the way. Who knows what Game Freak could have up there sleeve next.
5. Star Craft 2: Heart of the Swarm
Star Craft 2: Heart of the Swarm Release Date: March 12, 2013
Platforms: PC and MAC
StarCraft 2 was one of the best games of 2010. It is hard for me to believe that it has been two and a half years since it was released. With Heart of the Swarm, the second in the planned trilogy, Blizzard is bringing us a smorgasbord of awesome new units, maps, stories and fun. I was a huge fan of Wings of Liberty and even though I still play it, Heart of the Swarm is going to give me an all new reason to return to the world of online RTS. I cannot wait.
4. Dragon Age 3: Inquisition
Dragon Age 3: Inquisition Release Date: TBA 2013
If there is one thing BioWare is great at doing, it is taking feedback from customer’s and using it to improve the content. This was proven last year with the whole Mass Effect 3 ending fiasco. While other companies may have just backed away from the heat, BioWare jumped into the fire and released and alternate ending. I bring this up because Dragon Age 2 had so much criticism, the main one being it’s confinement to a single city. With Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, BioWare has taken notice of the complaints and is putting a lot of effort into making DA3 the biggest and best in the series so far. Tweaking what should be tweaked, including a hybrid of gameplay from Origins and 2. Keeping and expanding on the things that worked, like player choice and different outcomes. I have also read rumors that the 3rd game may be moved to the next generation of consoles.
3. Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs Release Date: TBA 2013
Platforms: PS3, 360 and PC
Of all the new IP’s coming out in 2013, none of them comes close to exciting me as much as Watch Dogs. After the baffling 10 minute debut trailer, leaving some people stunned and other’s cheering. We were treated to a sandbox world, futuristic/computer style setting and some awesome new gameplay concepts. I for one am very excited to be able to hack traffic lights and cause accidents. Taking elements from GTA and other open world games, Watch Dogs looks promising in every sense of the word. Watch the ten minute trailer and try not to be stoked for this game.
2. Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite Release Date: March 26, 2013
Platforms: PS3, 360 and PC
Even though the trailer, featuring the awesome song Beasts of America, only shows us a small portion of what to expect from the highly anticipated third installment of the Bioshock series. Some people have been complaining about the lack of darkness and claustrophobic feeling. While I remain a huge fan of the original game, I welcome the change of setting with open arms. Only a few plot details have been set. Players assume the role of Booker DeWitt, who is sent to the floating city of Columbia to rescue a girl in order to erase a debt of his own. Everything that I have seen and read about this game points to what could be one of the best games of 2013. I am hoping that the release date is set, as this game has been notoriously delayed. Only two months left!
1. Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 Release Date: TBA 2013
Platforms: PS3 and 360
Rockstar has been on a roll recently, Max Payne 3 was great and Red Dead Redemption is one of the best games of the generation. Rockstar is constantly trying to outdo itself and with Grand Theft Auto 5, people are expecting nothing short of perfection. The two trailers released so far have been great. The newest trailer brings us into the world of Michael, a semi retired thief who gets pulled back into the game. He looks to be something of a Tony Soprano type character. Backing him up is the crazed Trevor and the young gun Franklin. Taking control of all three of these men at any time with the click of the button is an exciting new feature. It is only one of the changes and upgrades that Rockstar has planned to implement. Combine this with what is supposed to be the largest map in Rockstar’s history, and you have a sure fire winner. The best way to get an idea of this game is to just watch the trailer.
2013 Video Games Honorable Mentions
Remember Me Release Date: May 2013
Platforms: PS3, 360, PC
I have had a long love/hate relationship with Capcom. I absolutely love some of there games like Devil May Cry. Other games I am less crazy about. Remember Me looks like it will end up falling on the love end of the spectrum.
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening Release Date: February 4, 2013
Fire Emblem has never been for the faint of heart. I really don’t expect Awakening to be an exception to that rule. The game has already been released in Japan to a pretty good reception. I know fans of the series won’t need me to sell them on this game. Those new to the series, should be looking for a challenge but a fun strategy game. I will be picking this up on day one.
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online Release Date: TBA 2013
Platforms: PC and MAC
This game was basically inevitable. Whatever your personal feelings on weather or not Elder Scrolls should be online are now pointless, the game is happening. It will be similar to earlier games in the series, taking place in Tamriel, most of the continent will probably be available by the time all the expansions are released. Personally I was never a big advocate of Elder Scrolls going online, but since it will be a stand alone game, I think it is going to be pretty epic if handled correctly.
Tomb Raider Release Date: March 5, 2013
Platforms: PS3, 360 and PC
Tomb Raider has been an influential franchise in video games ever since it was first released. It has been quite a while since a new installment, and reboots seem to be a popular way to go in video games these days. After getting pretty big attention at several award shows, pretty much everyone is anticipating this game. There has also been a decent amount of controversy that I won’t go fully into. The game looks promising and I cannot wait to play it.
South park: The Stick of Truth
South park: The Stick of Truth Release Date: March 5, 2013
Platforms: PS3, 360 and PC
Never being a huge fan of South Park, I am sort of surprised with myself for adding this to the list. I guess something about a South Park rpg just intrigues me in a lot of ways. Add Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, and it just adds more excitement.