Preview Guide: Top Video Games to Look Forward to in 2013
Fire Emblem: Awakening (February 4, 2013)
The Fire Emblem series can safely be considered the grand-daddy of tactical RPGs, at least on the console. Fire Emblem: Awakening features a brand new story, animated 3D cutscenes, new side-quests, and, like previous games, it gives each soldier their own backstory and personality.
The fact that you can create and customize your own character is a nice touch, as are the rumours that series veteran Marth might be making a return.
Dead Space 3 (February 5, 2013)
The third installment in the wildly popular Dead Space franchise. Dead Space 3 promises to mix things up considerably: for one, you're no longer going to be on a ship. Instead, you'll be on the surface of an ice-covered planet. Granted, it's received more than a little flak for several unpopular decisions on EA's part (such as the inclusion of Kinect voice chat), but at its core, it's still Dead Space, and it's still survival horror.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (February 5, 2013)
Picking up where Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves left off, Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time deals with Sly's search for an ancient book which has been lost in time, the Thievius Raccoonus. The tome evidently chronicles the Cooper family line. That's pretty much all we know, aside from the fact that several of Sly's ancestors (as well as a number of series favorites) will be making an appearance as playable characters.
From the looks of things, it'll have all the charm of previous entries in the franchise, and the gameplay should be immediately familiar to series veterans.
Aliens: Colonial Marines (February 12, 2013)
Anyone who's thirsting for a new Aliens game will be in luck, come February. Aliens: Colonial Marines puts players in the shoes of a United States Colonial Marine Squad, and it's set immediately after the events of Alien 3. Your squad arrives at the remains of Hadley's Hope on Planet LV-426. Naturally, things go straight downhill from there.
The title features four-player co-op, as well as a story-driven single-player campaign. The whole thing was designed with the help of Ridley Scott himself, and it was put together by passionate fans of the franchise.
In other words, it remains entirely faithful to what made Alien...well; Alien.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (February 19, 2013)
Although Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance doesn't necessarily feel like a Metal Gear game (Konami was not the lead developer, nor is Snake the lead character) players are put into the shoes of the cyborg Ninja, Raiden. Rather than stealth, Revengeance will focus more on action, implementing a complex melee combat system. Essentially, it's a spinoff, set shortly after Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
Stealth still exists as a mechanic, of course: Raiden wil be able to gather reconnaisance and sneak through levels without actually having to fight. In the event that Raiden is spotted, he'll have to fend off a wave of opponents.
It's a bit of a change from what fans are used to, definitely. Still, it could be a good direction for the series, now that Snake's story has been told.
Crysis 3 (February 19, 2012)
In 2047, Prophet will return to New York. Or he'll try to, anyway. The whole city has been encased in a Nanodome, courtesy of the Cell Corporation. Naturally, this won't do: Prophet ends up on a roaring rampage of revenge after finding out that, shockingly; the Cell Corporation doesn't have the best interests of New York's citizens at heart.
With graphical design that can only be described as eye candy, multiplayer that makes you genuinely feel as though you're being hunted and preyed upon, and great combat mechanics, Crysis 3 is looking to be a fine new addition to the series. Hopefully you won't need a supercomputer to run it.
BioShock Infinite (February 26. 2013)
That's right, folks. We're a little over a month away from the release of the next BioShock. Players will take on the role of Booker Dewitt, a disgraced former Pinkerton agent. Dewitt, plagued by gambling debts, who is hired to find and rescue a young woman by the name of Elizabeth, who's held prisoner in the flying city of Columbia.
BioShock Infinite looks visually stunning, with well-designed combat mechanics and a protagonist who actually has a personality. Most of you have probably already made up your minds about this one, so there's really not much point to gushing about it.
Suffice it to say, it looks like it's going to be awesome.
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A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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