It’s a great time to be a gamer. Campaign stories have never been better, multiplayer is as deep and intriguing as ever and all your favorite publishers/developers are pushing out so many amazing AAA titles it’s almost hard to keep up. 2012 offered such brilliant events as the great writing in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead , new hero Connor in Assassin’s Creed 3 and obscenely fun action/stealth in titles like Dishonored and Farcry 3. In face, there were so many high points to be found within 2012 that it’s hard to believe there’s any way the industry can do better. Oh, but they can. And they will. Behold—2013’s most anticipated games and news!
DMC: Devil May Cry (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Jan. 15)
If you played either Heavenly Sword or Enslaved, you know that developer Ninja Theory has a knack for great storytelling and gameplay. As such, we’re just fine with these dudes taking over development duties for this series from Capcom. We’ll finally get a closer look at a younger Dante, and many of the questions we’ve had since the first game will apparently be answered. There’s a console demo available now, but in the meantime we’re just one week away from the series that birthed the stylish hack n’ slash genre. Oh sure, we’re pumped for God of War: Acension (see below) as well, but we’re gonna play the crap outta this one asap. And we’re not really going to care if Dante’s hair is white the whole time, either.
Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Feb. 5)
Isaac Clarke just can’t catch a break! After facing unimaginable terrors aboard The Sprawl (space Raptors, anyone?) and barely escaping with his life, everybody’s favorite engineer crash lands on the frozen planet of Tao Volantis alongside various other survivors. With a new focus on co-op and action, many are worried the new iteration is straying too far from its survival horror/tight corridor gameplay, but after two fantastic entires in developer Visceral Games’ outstanding tale of space monsters and insane religious cultists, there is simply no way this game won’t rule. Throw in dozens of side-quests, new playable character John Carver and new human enemies and we double-dog dare you to not start chopping off Necromorph limbs with your trusty plasma cutter. Can you finally put an end to these awful space monsters? Probably!
Aliens: Colonial Marines (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Feb. 12)
It’s kind of interesting that developer Gearbox Software—known for the amazingly goofy/awesome series Borderlands—is behind this one, but if trailers, screenshots and news are any indication, we might finally have a great Aliens game for the first time since that awesome arcade shooter. Really, Randy Pitchford and the rest of the Gearbox team has always made great games, so this will probably be a winner for both publisher Sega and for those of us who think Aliens is totally cool. Side-story? The booth for this game at E3 2011 had the hottest booth girls…just sayin’.
God of War: Ascension (PS3, March 12)
Young Kratos? Check. New multiplayer? Check. Stylish action, killer graphics and that bitchin’ God of War aesthetic we’ve come to love so much? Check, check, check. Really, what more do you need to know?
Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, March 26)
If you were one of the gamers disappointed by the semi-bland return to Rapture in Bioshock 2, the good news is that Ken Levine and the rest of the crew at Irrational Games is taking the series in an epic new direction. Up, to be precise. The floating city of Columbia provides the backdrop for the third installment in what is arguably one of the greatest series’ in gaming history. You are Booker DeWitt, an FBI agent tasked with saving the young Elizabeth from Columbia in order to clear a debt. Simple, right? Wrong. What begins as an ordinary rescue mission evolves into something much more complicated and harrowing, thrusting Booker and Elizabeth into a civil war tearing the city apart. Who or what is Songbird? What is going on with Elizabeth’s super-powers? How the hell did this city even get built? The core experience will reportedly be on par with the Bioshock world you’ve come to know and love while introducing new mechanics and themes. We’re predicting this game will forever be used in “Games are totally art!” arguments for the rest of all time. Seriously though—we can’t wait!
Metro: Last Light (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, March 2013)
Based on the novel of the same name by Dmitri Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 might not have been the polished game to come out in recent memory, but it is one of the coolest. You are Artyom, a young man living within the vast metro system of Moscow following a nuclear war that left the surface completely barren and unlivable. A chance encounter with a friend of your father’s triggers a cataclysmic event which forces you to leave your home metro and embark on a perilous journey to defend mankind from the mysterious Dark Ones. Yeah, nerds…it was effing awesome! And now the sequel, Metro: Last Light promises to keep the same great storytelling with the added benefit of better production values, awesome graphics and tighter mechanics/controls. Those who played the original game know that the climax was a tad open-ended, and are no doubt champing at the bit to revisit Artyom and discover what fate has befallen the metro tunnels and stations. We’re seriously freaking.
The Last of Us (PS3, May 7)
Developer Naughty Dog has never released a bad game. Think about that for a second…yup. Hot off the heels of the final installment in the phenomenal Uncharted series, the ND boys have cooked up a brand new IP with The Last of Us. You’ll step into the shoes of Joel, a mysterious man just trying to get by following a terrible parasitic outbreak in the United States. Along with your young companion, Ellie, you will attempt to escape the new law running the show. If there’s one thing Naughty Dog has always nailed it’s the action adventure genre, so trust us on this one—you need this game. Maybe even enough to buy a PS3 if you don’t have one already…
Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3, Spring 2013)
Rockstar Games has consistently developed some of the most thoughtful and well-written games available. Just take a look at the complexity and depth found in Red Dead Redemption and you know what we’re talkin’ about. It is for this—and about a million other reasons—that GTAV makes our most anticipated list. Details have been kind of scarce, but we do know that there will be three main characters whose stories will overlap throughout the campaign. Oh, and we also know that trailers and screenshots prove this thing is going to be beautiful. If Rockstar can come anywhere close to replicating the amazing multiplayer of GTAIV, this game will surely be a slam dunk. Plus, if anyone can take down the cash-behemoth that is Call of Duty, it’s this guy right here.
And certainly there are plenty of other games that have yet to be announced. Don’t forget we’re also hitting the tail-end of the current console generation, so it’s entirely possible developers and publishers are holding out for the next batch of hardware. Is there anything we forgot? Let us know in the comments below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck, nerds, and I’ll see you online!