With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at what we have to look forward to in 2013. It’s a stacked year that promises some potentially great games to come in the early months. Keeping that in mind, the Leviathyn.com looks forward eagerly to 2013 and share their picks for most anticipated games.
For me, there’s absolutely no contest – I’ve been waiting fifteen years for a sequel to the Tex Murphy games, and Project Fedora is scheduled to drop some time next year. But that’s to be expected, I’m a MASSIVE fanboy when it comes to the Tex Murphy games. Regular viewers of The Save Files are going to find out exactly HOW massive. Soon….
In slightly more mainstream releases, I’m also looking forward to The Elder Scrolls Online, the only MMO I’ve had the slightest interest in for some years now, but I haven’t been hooked by an MMO yet, so we’ll see. Watch Dogs also earns some excitement points from me, that could turn out to be a thoroughly unique experience, but they’d better remember to make it fun. And the last big one on my list is Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut. If there’s enough new material, I will happily revisit Greenvale and its endlessly bizarre inhabitants one more time.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3: Sue me, I like Final Fantasy XIII. I also think Lightning is an awesome character and I can’t wait to see her story complete.
Grand Theft Auto V: Who isn’t excited about this game? This is going to be huge and the changes Rockstar are bringing in this next game in the series are going to change GTA forever. Plus, original soundtrack!? Yes.
Remember Me: Just watching the teaser for this made me want it. Something about the character and the atmosphere of the game makes me excited for it. I haven’t been excited for a Capcom game like this in a while.
The Elder Scrolls Online: At first I thought this was a bad idea. After some of the reveal videos, I cannot wait for this. This looks like it’s going to take everything we love about the Elder Scrolls and just put it online with more character progression.
Phantasy Star Online 2: This is the sequel to my favorite game of all time. ‘Nuff said. Seriously though, I can’t wait for this to come to the US. I was able to play the Japanese beta for a bit and I had immense fun.
Beyond: Two Souls: I’m a big fan of story-driven games. As such, I love experiences like The Walking Dead, Half-Life 2, Uncharted, and yes, Heavy Rain.
When I first saw the trailer for Beyond: Two Souls at E3, I was completely blown away. Since then, I’ve been sitting here, patiently waiting to see what the game has in store for us. C’mon Quantic Dream. Release it already!
The Last of Us: Some of my all-time favorite games and stories take place in a post-apocalyptic setting. I love the unique angle each new story takes with it, the way it incorporates both the familiar and the new, and the way they tend to make us question our own selves and morality through the ambiguously gray areas that suddenly present themselves when the world’s gone to hell.
That’s why I’m so excited for The Last of Us. Everything from story down looks nothing short of amazing, and I never bet against Naughty Dog to deliver an amazing experience.
Tomb Raider: Words cannot aptly describe the excitement I feel for Tomb Raider. Honestly, it’s like Crystal Dynamics and God got together and decided to make a game just for me. From top to bottom, it incorporates all of my favorite elements in a game:
Strong Female protagonist? Check. Interesting story and character evolution? Check. Unique open world that encourages exploration? Check. A whole new take on Lara Croft? Check.
Ugggh….I’m trying to throw money at my computer screen right now, but it isn’t working. Of all the entries on this list, this is the one I need most of all. And I need it NOW.
BioShock: Infinite: The first BioShock is one of the most amazing and haunting experiences I’ve ever had in a game. I get more and more excited with each new look at Infinite, and I can’t wait to finally sit down and play it when the time comes.
BioShock: Infinite: I could list off a few games that I’m looking forward to in 2013 (The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V, etc.), but if I’m talking about my most anticipated then there is one that stands out above the rest: BioShock Infinite. You might ask yourself why that is given all the great titles slated for a 2013 release, and I suppose I owe an explanation beyond stating that I really enjoyed BioShock (like, favorite game of all time enjoyed). Part of my reasoning is that the game looks incredibly fun, possesses a unique setting, and seems to have a strong narrative that retains the originality that has become a hallmark of the franchise. I am looking forward to spending countless hours exploring the various odds and ends of Columbia and unraveling the narrative thread by thread, just like I did in Rapture.
Beyond being a simple fan of the BioShock, I hold the game in high esteem for what it contributed to video games as an art form, and I often cite it as one of the, if not the most, important game of this generation. The original BioShock was a game that I examined in an academic setting for its perceived levels of freedom and how it uses those perceptions to alter narrative expectations (I could talk your ear off about this). It is the first game I critically examined and then wrote about, and without it I probably wouldn’t have gotten it in my head that video games are something I could write about. With all that being said, I look forward to diving into BioShock Infinite in the same manner I did BioShock, and I am more than confident that it will deliver.
BioShock: Infinite: There are so many games that I can’t wait to get my hands on next year. Dead Space 3, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Grand Theft Auto V, Rayman Legends, The Last of Us, Gears of War: Judgement…the list goes on and on. As much as I want to check out the intertwining stories of GTA V and plow through Dead Space 3′s co-op, one particular title stands out from the rest: BioShock Infinite.
Just the thought of finally playing this game gives me chills. It took about twenty seconds for me to fall in love with the original BioShock, and Irrational’s return to the franchise has me stoked to see what they have done with all this time. I’m particularly excited to explore the city of Columbia, and find out what its mysterious connection to Rapture is. Do they inhabit the same universe? Will there be a “would you kindly”-esque reveal? I think we’re in for a treat as far as combat is concerned, and few studios do environmental storytelling better than Ken Levine and his team. The politically charged commentary remains a strong focus, and will hopefully enhance (or remove altogether) the blandly binary morality system of BioShock.
A slew of delays has kept this out of my hands for far too long, but 2013 is finally just around the corner. What a great way to break it in!
DmC: Devil May Cry: When I saw the first trailer for this reboot, I didn’t really cry foul at Dante’s new look. However, I was somewhat wary at Ninja Theory developing the game only because it wasn’t Capcom. I wanted to give DmC a chance only because Devil May Cry 4 felt extremely stale and I was eagerly anticipating some refresh of any kind. As time passed, and Capcom began releasing actual gameplay videos, as well as after playing the demo for it, my excitement over DmC shot through the roof. Not only did it feel like a Devil May Cry game, but it even felt like it had its own identity. Gameplay felt tight with great controls, while the environment felt like it had a personality of its own, especially when in Limbo. I absolutely can’t wait to play this game
The Last of Us: Let me just say that this game looks in-freaking-credible. If you thought Uncharted looked amazing, wait until you see The Last of Us running in real time. I eagerly anticipate any game developed by Naughty Dog, and The Last of Us is no different. Joel and Ellie looks like a duo that can deliver an amazing story, and though I’m somewhat hesitant by the fact that The Last of Us will have multiplayer, it is THE game I most anticipate.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: Yes, the name is amazingly stupid, but once you see gameplay footage, as well as play the demo, for it, I guarantee you that you will become hooked. I already love Platinum Games, mainly because of Vanquish and Bayonetta, and Revengeane looks to be an amazing action game. I personally like Raiden, so playing as him when he’s a cyborg ninja is already awesome, but slicing enemies up while racking up combo after combo with ease? Dream come true. For those not convinced, please give Revengeance a chance, and you’ll see that you won’t regret it.
BioShock Infinite: While everyone and their momma were nervous about this game, I stayed perfectly fine. Irrational Games is a quality game studio that, when given time and resources, can deliver in spades. Ever since watching the 15 minute gameplay demo a while back, I immediately began to look forward to Infinite’s release. Sure, it’s been delayed twice, but if you look at gameplay videos now, there’s no way you can tell me the game doesn’t look good. I can’t wait to unravel the story Irrational has churned out for Infinite, and I look forward to playing as DeWitt once this game launches in March.