So as you might have assumed from reading other articles on Geek Binge in the past couple weeks, we weren’t too hot on 2012. And even though there was a variety of reasons behind that sentiment, the main one was the fact that, when it came down to it, there just wasn’t enough high profile games that came out in 2012. I remember back then brainstorming an article like this, and coming short by more than a few titles. But this year, I was over. 2013 looks to be a great year for gaming, as old and new franchises alike make their mark on the marketplace before the next generation of gaming begins. And if this is really going to be the swan song for this generation…at least we’re going out in style. Here our the thirteen games that we can’t wait to play in 2013.
Aliens is a very dependable and fun brand but, until now, the franchise really hasn’t succeeded in the gaming front. Well Gearbox Software is trying to change that with the long in development Alien: Colonial Marines. Just to illustrate how long the game has been in development, it was being made before the first Borderlands even hit consoles…so yeah, a really long time. But now we’re finally going to get to see the game and, following the success that was Borderlands 2, I can’t wait to see what the company will do with the Alien franchise. Not only is it written by two Battlestar Galactica vets Bradley Thompson and David Weddle, but it’s also official Alien canon and a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens. You excited yet? Because you definitely should be.
Fuse is one of those games that has been off and on my list for the last few days or so, but ultimately I got to put my trust in the company that is Insomniac. As their first multi-platform game ever, Fuse has a lot to prove—and as we addressed before, the rapid shift that Insomniac made part way through the development phase gives me reason to worry that they might not be able to deliver this time around. But then I remember that they are Insomniac, and everything is okay again. Hopefully this sci-fi third person shooter won’t disappoint.
11. Tomb Raider
Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider reboot can easily go in one of two directions—it can either be a blatant Uncharted rip-off, or a wonderful action game that relaunches gaming’s once noble heroine into the new age of adventure games. Personally, I’m hoping for the latter, but we’ll see. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Tomb Raider game that’s actually worth a damn, but with luck, this prequel will do the trick.
10. Crysis 3
Even though Crysis has never been the type of video game series to knock my socks off or anything, they’re a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the second game, as it took things away from the islandic jungles to the concrete ones (Ah, you see what they did there?) And now, for the third entry in the series, they are going to combine the two as we find Prophet chillin’ in a rundown New York in which the enviroment has completely taken over. So it’s like The Last of Us, but with nano-suits and the exact opposite up what is in The Last of Us. So they’re pretty much the same games, really. Either way, I’m looking forward to shooting aliens in the face again, and having fun with the pretty addictive multiplayer. Because what other game can you find on the market with a mostly silent main character slaying aliens in a cool suit with a fun multiplayer element? None I tell you, none!
Ah yes, the Merc with A Mouth gets his own video game and, in typically Deadpool fashion, it looks hilarious Now look; I honestly don’t care if the gameplay is unspectacular or the graphics are simple; all that matters for me with this one is that I have a blast playing it. And from the little bit we’ve seen from the game so far, that looks to be the case. And for what it’s worth, things are in the games favor: it’s being developed by High Moon Studios, who delivered the fun Transformer: War for Cyberton games. It’s being written by Daniel Way, who’s written the comics for the character over at Marvel. And Deadpool will be voiced once again by Nolan North, a.k.a Nathan Drake himself. Oh, and did I mention that High Moon is sticking with the story that Deadpool himself broke into their offices and forced them to make the game? At the very least, this game will be a meta, fourth wall breaking blast.
Going from one psychotic katana wielding badass to another, here’s Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance. Revengeance was in development for sometime, first announced way back at Microsoft’s Keynote Conference at E3 2009. And though in that time the game got itself cancelled, new life was breathed back into it when Bayonetta developer Platinum Games took over the project. And though now we have something a little bit different than what we originally expected of Metal Gear Rising, it still looks to be a fun action game starring one of gaming’s most troubled protagonists. That title though…bleh.
It’s been almost an entire decade since Sly Cooper last graced video game consoles in his own game, but now everyone’s favorite raccoon bandit is back with Thieves in Time. Even though original Sly Cooper developer Sucker Punch is busy with
Infamous 3 SOME OTHER GAME, that doesn’t mean that Thieves in Time can’t be a great game under new developer Sanzaru Games, who were behind the the release of the Sly Cooper Collection a few years back. Either way, I’m looking forward to more stealth hijacks with Sly and the gang when the game hits both PS3 AND Playstation Vita early next month.
6. Star Wars 1313
Alright, so I’m making an educated guess with this one since the actual release date of Star Wars 1313 hasn’t been confirmed, but c’mon; do you REALLY think LucasArts will really miss out on the opportunity to release a game with not one but TWO 13’s in 2013? It’s just smart marketing, folks. If only there was thirteen months in a year…anyways, I digress. Star Wars 1313 looks great from the brief teaser we’ve seen, and I’m looking forward to seeing a more down-to-Earth Star Wars without the force, Jedi, and weird aliens. Okay there will probably still be aliens, but you get my points. The idea of a mature Star Wars game about the underground criminal world of Coruscant certainly piques my interest, that’s for sure.
Rockstar returns with another romp in the Grand Theft Auto world this Spring, and we couldn’t be more excited. Not only is Rockstar’s track record this generation mostly excellent, but it’s freaking Grand Theft Auto. At the very least, we can expect a crazy amount of fun in this huge sandbox (the biggest yet, if Rockstar is to be believed). Endless destruction, fun characters, jaw dropping graphics? What more could you want from this series, really?
Nothing. The answer is nothing.
4. Dead Space 3
I’m a huge Dead Space fan, and personally find the series to be one of the best franchises introduced this entire generation. Now Isaac Clarke is back—and he’s bringing a friend with him in EarthGov Sargent John Carver. Introducing a co-op mode into a hit horror franchise hasn’t exactly panned out for at least one series this generation, but I’m hoping Dead Space 3 will be able to overcome the odds and deliver another wonderful adventure for survival horror fans to salivate over. If any series can, it would be Dead Space. And at the very least, this one gives you the option of playing completely alone…unlike the aforementioned horror title.
It’s Resident Evil 5. Man that game was a let down.
Even though it didn’t get its proper due at the time of its release, Heavy Rain was one of my favorite games of 2011. It was raw, emotional, and strangely beautiful. And sure the twist towards the end kind of sucked, but it was an amazing experience nonetheless. Quantum Dream’s next game, Beyond: Two Souls, looks to be just as emotionally powerful, as you play a girl trying to find out the identity of the entity Idan who is always accompanying her. Also, it will ask questions about life, death, and all that jazz. Add in motion capture and voice work from Ellen Page as main character Jodie Holmes, and we hopefully have a game that will live up to Heavy Rain when it comes to interactive storytelling.
Any other year Bioshock: Infinite would have been my number one choice, but that just goes to show how promising 2013 looks for gaming (and how great my number one choice is, but more on that later). Even if it’s not my number one though, that doesn’t mean I’m not dying to play Bioshock: Infinite. The first Bioshock is a fantastic game and, even though Irrational is taking a huge risk with the brand by changing up the series so drastically, I have no doubt in my mind it won’t pay off. Screw Bioshock 2; this is the sequel to the original game that I’ve always wanted. And I can’t wait to finally play it.
1. The Last of Us
But there is another…a game I want to play so bad that it defeats the power of necromorphs, adventurers, and bounty hunters combine; none other than Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. And do I need to say why? Not only does Naughty Dog have a near perfect track record (Jak X: Combat Racing ftw), but the game itself just sounds hugely ambitious and like nothing we’ve ever seen Naughty Dog tackle. And did you SEE the E3 demo? I don’t need to explain myself; of all the games coming out in 2013, The Last of Us is the one I want to play the most.
And those are our picks. What can’t you wait to play in 2013? Be sure to let us know in the comments!