No matter what you’re preferred platform (if you don’t play on all of them), you have a lot to look forward to in 2013 when it comes to newly released console games. All of the major companies have an impressive slate of titles set to be released this year, and many of those new releases will be the latest installments to some extremely popular franchises. Those franchises are popular for a reason, too, and that reason is the fact that they are fun to play. So, whether you are new to gaming or an established veteran, you’re going to have a lot fun this year.
Early on in the year, during the first quarter in fact, the industry is really going to start things off with a bang. In the very first month (January), Devil May Cry will be released. This game is set in an alternate reality from the series of the same name, and it follows lead male character Dante, who finds himself being attacked by a city of demons right at the game’s outset. If being attacked by a city of demons doesn’t set the stage nicely for some serious adventure, then we don’t know what does. Of course, you’ll have both your impressive array of weapons and your supernatural powers to help you out.
The very next month will see the release of Rayman Legends on the new Wii U system. The Rayman series becomes more and more popular with the release of each one of its new games. This is its fifth title, and it is the direct sequel to Rayman origins. For those of you as yet unfamiliar with this series, the games are multi-player platformers featuring level design challenging enough to keep you busy for a long time. If you haven’t tried playing them already, then we highly recommend that you check one of these games out at your earliest convenience.
Later on the year, during the second quarter in fact, the much anticipated third person adventure game Star Trek will finally be released. This game is set chronologically between the movies Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness. It features voice acting from the same people that played the same parts in those two movies. The Gorn will be the main baddies in the game, which is great for Trekkies because of the iconic episode of the original series in which Captain Kirk was pit against them in a battle to the death. Needless to say, it is believed that this game is going to be a real blockbuster.
Even later than that, The Last of Us will be released on the PS3. This is going to be a great game. It’s a survival horror action-adventure game focusing on two survivors trekking across a post-apocalyptic America. Needless to say, that opens up a lot of great possibilities for an amazing story and unbelievable surprises. There will be lots of gun fighting and hand-to-hand combat to boot. The game will even employ a new system of game play mechanics which its creators have taken to calling “dynamic stealth.” It should be really fun to give this one a try.
The Rest of the Story
There are also lots of other great games coming out this year, though the dates of their releases have yet to be announced. One of those games continues the Castlevania franchise with Lords of Shadow 2. In this game, Gabriel Belmont will star as Dracula in his attempts to deal with the rest of the Belmont family. They all want him dead, and in the face of that, he must struggle to regain his lost power. Not only that, he must also ward off a new threat at the same time. All of this should present quite a challenge indeed.
Another game coming out next year with an as yet unannounced released date is probably the most anticipated title of the year. It’s Grand Theft Auto 5. As you are probably already aware, this is one of the most popular video game franchises ever. As you might expect, GTA 5 will continue the universe introduced in GTA 4. In a new development for the series, the game will feature three playable main characters this time. The game will definitely be available on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and Rockstar (the game’s development company) is thinking about versions for the PC and the Wii U.
Speaking of Xbox and PlayStation, it is rumored that Microsoft and Sony are working on new systems for next year as well. If they in fact are released, it will be interesting (to say the least) to explore which titles are made available at launch. It will also be interesting to see which new technologies these systems bring to the gaming console marketplace.