Below are some of the most anticipated games of 2013
Codemasters F1 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - October 4th 2013
F1 2013 has been officially revealed by Codemasters Racing, packing all of the new rule changes and transfers of the season, as well as several gameplay additions. Interestingly, however, it will be available in two flavours: a standard version and a Classic Edition that includes 1980s racers and Murray Walker commentary.
F1 2013 is slated to release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this Autumn. Wii U and next-gen versions have not been announced, and aren't likely to be any time soon.
Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3) - September 17th 2013
As of spring of 2013 it'll have been five years since Grand Theft Auto 4 came out, making another entry in the esteemed series long overdue. Enter GTA 5. Taking place in Los Santos (the series stand-in for Los Angeles), GTA 5 promises big changes for the series.First, the Southern California setting is reportedly the largest in franchise history, bigger than all the real estate in Red Dead Redemption, GTA 4, and GTA: San Andreas combined. And filling out that vast world are three different protagonists that you jump between throughout the game. Based on what we've seen, the tone seems a little more comedic than GTA 4, but we bet we’ll still see the tragic downfall of at least one of the three high-stakes criminals that star in the game.
Nvidia Claims that there will be GTA 5 for PC this Fall
WatchDogs (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC) - November 19 2013
This ain't no Grand Theft Auto or Crackdown open-world situation: Instead of playing as a hardened criminal or a beefy supercop, you'll be roaming near-future city streets as the suspicious tech-genius Aiden Pearce. Rather than cause commotion with guns and vehicles--which we're so over until the release of GTA V--you'll be using Aiden's mastery over the technological domain to wreak havoc. Already we've seen some tantalizing uses for his techno-wizardry, from sneakily changing stop lights to info-bombing every cell-phone in a one-block radius. It's the kind of novel game concept that makes us utter a Keanu Reeves "Woah."
Watch Dogs also has something going for it that few big-budget games even attempt: a sense of the mysterious. Aiden's motives are insanely difficult to suss out, and it seems that he might be as skilled at brawling as he is hacking. Also, is he tailing assassination targets, or is he the one being followed? We're not quite sure--but we’ll know soon enough.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC) - October 29th 2013
The next entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise has just been announced, and it appears to take the series in new directions while also being a follow-up toAssassin‘s Creed III. The cover art for Assassin‘s Creed IV: Black Flag implies a return to the high seas gameplay that ACIII dabbled in, but the assassin of IV looks much more interested in pillaging people than protecting them. His look and the subtitle of Black Flag certainly match up with rumors that the game would be pirate themed.
It’s strange to see Ubi return with a new, numbered entry in the Assassin’s Creed series so soon after ACIII. And after the uneven finale of ACIII, we’re hoping the developers can fix some of the issues we (and many others had with the game). ACIV is a chance at a new beginning, and we’re really interested to see if the game will be hitting the next-gen consoles as well. Hopefully we’ll know sooner rather than later.
Battlefield 4 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - October 29th 2013
Considering the six-year lag between the release of Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 3, it's odd to think that the next Battlefield is right around the corner. However, we can't help but be excited for the upcoming Battlefield 4 release later this year. Since BF3 has the modern-warfare era pretty well covered, that may be reason enough for BF4 to venture into another time period. And, well, blowing up players in brand new environments with an array of military death machines is always a good thing.
It's all speculation at this point, but the Battlefield series hasn't been afraid to explore various wartime eras. WWII, Vietnam, modern day, and even future warfare have already gotten dedicated games. Now the question is, "Where (or when) will EA Dice go next?" Maybe it's time they go all Marty McFly and head back to the future (Battlefield 2143, anyone?). We'll just have to wait and see.
Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One) - November 2013
The Xbox One’s reveal in late May certainly had its problems, but one of its few clear positives was the reveal of Forza 5. Currently it’s the only confirmed launch games for the system, and one of the few known exclusives. But outside of being the next-generation of car porn, what else will it offer?
Forza has often been known as one of the more user-friendly car sims, and the fifth entry looks to beef that up by including many of the upgrades to Xbox Live. The Game DVR will always be recording your gameplay, so you can easily share your best (and worst) laps with friends, and it’ll no doubt integrate the new version of the Kinect in some way. Is Forza strong enough to be one of the Xbox One’s top launch titles? Microsoft sure needs it to be.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3) - October 8 2013
The games of director David Cage and his company Quantic Dream have always been inspired and full of promise in concept, but the company isn't known for fully delivering on that potential. Which is to say, games like Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy offered compelling set-ups, but plot holes, strange twists, and lost-in-translation moments have led to a good deal of anti-climax. Beyond: Two Souls looks like it could finally buck the trend.
Beyond has big-name actress Ellen Page playing Jodie Holmes, a young woman with a powerful, ghostly friend. The troubled young girl is on the run from the government, and the unseen threat, called Idan, defends her from the deadly attackers. An intriguing story that begs the question of what happens after you die, Beyond may truly bridge the gap between film storytelling and gaming, something Cage has been striving to accomplish for years.
Saints Row IV (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - August 20th 2013
Rule the White House with an iron fist and/or Dubstep Gun in this continuation of the Saints Row series. Built on top of the canned Enter the Dominatrix DLC for Saints Row: The Third, the standalone chapter will reportedly feature a “f**k-ton more” content than its predecessor and a large sum of DLC content.
So the game is big, but what is it about? Aside from the fact that players will control the leader of the US within an alien-created virtual reality, we're not entirely sure. What we do know is Saints Row IV won't back down from its balls-out sandbox tone, this time adding super-powers, mech suits, insane weaponry, and the soon-to-be-infamous Dubstep Gun which--you guessed it--obliterates enemies with phat beatz and dope rhythms. This full sequel is scheduled to bring chaos to the free world this fall.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Xbox 360) - August 20 2013
Splinter Cell: Black List is a fresh start for Sam Fisher in a whole bunch of ways. For starters, it’s the first game (Splinter Cell or otherwise) from new studio Ubisoft Toronto, headed up by Jade Raymond. You might remember her from when she produced a game called Assassin’s Creed a little while back. There’s newness in the story too, with Sam now leading a brand new, baggage-free Fourth Echelon organization and is being played by younger actor Eric Johnson in order to take performance capture to the next level.
Gameplay-wise it looks like a powerful evolution from Conviction, with methodical, pure stealth and stylish aggression available throughout. And after Conviction’s lo-fi amateur-agent approach, globe-trotting government-approved gadget-collecting looks to be back in a big way.
Batman: Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC, 3DS, Vita) - October 25 2013
Batman: Arkham Asylum shocked gamers by bringing both comic book and action adventure gaming to new levels of greatness. When the Dark Knight returned withBatman: Arkham City, the great stealth, combat, and exploration was further refined, then placed inside one of the most intriguing open worlds we’ve ever played. After all that, what can the Caped Crusader do for an encore? Go back to the start of his career.
Developed by new team Warner Montreal, Origins tells the tale of one night where a young Batman is tested like never before. On Christmas Eve, The Bat is hunted by a team of assassins, lead by Deathstroke and paid for by Black Mask. This isn't the origin of Batman, but it is early enough that you'll see him meet some of his greatest allies and enemies for the first time. Too much to hope to see Mark Hamill return as The Joker?
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC) - November 5th 2013
The next Call of Duty game got a big reveal at the Xbox One announcement event, and now the world knows to anticipate Call of Duty: Ghosts. Making its usual debut in November, CoD is ready for the new console generation, while still hitting all the current gen systems as well.
The West and Zampella-less Infinity Ward is up to bat again, now ditching Modern Warfare for a more squad-based story featuring dog teammates. The dog looks cute, the explosions look big, and the shooting looks tight as usual, but what kind of online improvements can we expect, especially on next-gen?
Grand Turismo 6 (PS3) - Q4 2013
Gran Turismo 5 may have been disliked by some fans at launch, but after patches and DLC, it went on to sell 10 million copies worldwide. A sequel was surely coming, but after the long development of GT5, who knows when. Then Sony dropped the bomb that Gran Turismo 6 would be out this year, and for the PS3.
The game’s engine and physics have been completely reworked for this sequel, mainly to reduce load times and make the driving smoother than ever. More than 1,200 cars are included, and it’s going to interact with tablets and the PS Vita in exciting (but still secret) ways. And it looks more gorgeous than ever. If a racing game still looks this magnificent, who needs next-gen cars?
Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One) - November 2013
Dead Rising’s multiple releases have been met with mixed reviews. Some love the freewheeling fun of killing hordes of zombies with creative weapons, while others dislike the restrictive nature game’s in-game clock. Dead Rising 3 is looking to improve not only by cutting the time limit, but by fixing many new things for this Xbox One launch day exclusive.Developed by Capcom Vancouver, the same team behind Dead Rising 2, DR3 stars Nick Ramos as he battles his way through the zombie-filled city of Los Perdidos. The game promises no load times within the massive city, and unlike the previous DR stars, Nick can craft special weapons anywhere, as well as save wherever he wants. Can these changes make Dead Rising the ultimate zombie series it always wanted to be? We’re sure Capcom and publisher Microsoft sure hope so.
Need for Speed Rivals ( Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - November 19 2013
The Need for Speed series is as much an annual constant to EA as Madden and FIFA, and like those franchises, this year’s entry is out to bridge the gap between current and next-gen. Titled Rivals (not to be confused with the similarly named PSP entry), this year’s title is co-developed by Ghost Games and Criterion, the team behind the reboots of NFS Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted.
The early screens look gorgeous, though no word on if those are next-gen images or not. We do know that the one focus of this game will be players instantaneously switching between racers and cops to upgrade both sides of the law. Also, the devs are aiming for a more seamless online experience, though not everyone was a fan of Criterion’s last attempt at improving online in Most Wanted. And can the teams find clever ways to use the new features of both the PS4 and Xbox One?
Lost Planet 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - August 27th 2013
We sort of love that everything on E.D.N. III evolved to have glowing, orange weak points--and that it’s actually explained by the plot. Such is the style of the Lost Planet series--a franchise that, despite having some ups and downs, has us excited for its return.
Acting as a prequel to the first game, Lost Planet 3 returns to the snow-swept wasteland that's synonymous with the franchise. Sure, the second game was sort of terrible, but we’re happy to bundle up and head back into a blizzard to blast the hell out of some silly, luminous aliens. Plus, this time we play as a guy named Jim, and he has a beard!
This concludes our list of the most anticipated games for 2013, it is in no way a complete list of all the games to be released.