We were blessed with some absolutely superb gaming gems in 2012 and amongst all the announcements, teaser trailers and news of delays, gamers have got a hell of a lot to look forward to in 2013. In no particular order, here’s our list of the top 13 games we’re looking forward to in 2013.
Release date: Spring 2013
Let’s just get the most obvious choice out of the way. Of course, GTA V is one of the most highly anticipated releases amongst gamers for 2013. Officially revealed in October 2011 with a debut trailer, GTA V will see players return to Los Santos as three interchangeable protagonists.
Due partly to Rockstar’s tight-lipped nature, there have been dozens of rumours about what fans can expect from the fifth major instalment in the series. Fortunately an massive feature with Game Informer in November 2012 finally gave us just the facts.
Release date: March 26th, 2013
Another one of 2013’s hotly tipped titles, Bioshock Infinite will put players in the 1912 boots of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt in the floating air-city of Columbia. With a heavy steampunk vibe, Booker will team up with the time-manipulating Elizabeth as the duo attempt to escape to New York City.
Since it’s announcement in 2011, the Bioshock Infinite release date has already been pushed twice to allow for additional “polish and bug fixing.” Let’s pray that Levine and company don’t alter the deal again and we’ll finally get our hands on those spectacular special editions come March 26th.
Release date: March 5th, 2013
The Tomb Raider reboot will introduce players to a young Lara in an origin story that shows how she transforms from surviving to survivor. As the game progresses, Lara will find herself coming up against raging rapids, brutal falls and more explosions than a Michael Bay out-takes reel.
The title from long-term Lara developers Crystal Dynamics also suffered a bad case of ‘the delays’ and was pushed back to a 2013 release. From what we’ve played already at Eurogamer Expo, this “modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers” won’t disappoint.
Release date: 2013
Watch Dogs is another game on our list which details are scarce for, but hot damn are we excited for it! Debuted during Ubisoft’s killer conference at this years E3, the Deus Ex-esque style title tasks players with hacking and surveying whatever they can as anti-hero, Aiden Pearce.
Being developed by Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry developers, Ubisoft Montreal, you know that this game is really going to be something special and hopefully will mark the start of a new fantastic franchise from the team at Ubisoft.
Release date: 2013
Chimichangas, chimichangas, chimichangas! Deadpool has made several cameo appearances in previous Marvel based titles (including the fantastic Marvel Ultimate Alliance games) however 2013 will see the Marvel fan favourite make his lead role debut in his very own video game.
Being published by Activision and developed by High Moon Studios, whose previous work includes Transformers: War for Cybertron, the Deadpool should hopefully offer Deadpool fans everything they want from a title starring the Merc with the Mouth.
Release date: May 2013
The third-person cyberpunk action adventure title set in 2084 Neo Paris wowed gamers during its announcement at last years GDC. In the game, players will take on the role of Nilin, a former elite memory hunter with the ability to break into people’s minds and steal or even alter their memories. Arrested, and with her memory wiped clean Nilin must now set out on a mission to rediscover her identity.
Remember Me, originally titled Adrift, comes from a new Paris based developer, Dontnod that includes developer veterans of titles including Rainbow 6, Splinter Cell, Heavy Rain and Burnout. The fantastic Todd Macfarlane is also providing artwork to help shape the futuristic look of Paris.
Dragon Age III: Inquistion
Release date: Late 2013
Dragon Age III: Inquistion is another game which is scarce on details – so much so that Bioware haven’t even released a trailer yet. Bioware’s Mark Darrah announced the title in a blog post late last year, only confirming that the title was in development, would be subtitled Inquisition and was being built in the Frostbite 2 engine.
Whilst we’ll still be waiting a little longer to hear more about the game, a Bioware panel at Edmonton Comic Con last year did reveal several gameplay details including in-depth follower customisation and castle ownership and maintenance. Awesome.
Aliens Colonial Marines
Release date: February 12th, 2013
For the majority of gamers, this might be fairly low down on your list of titles to pick up in 2013. However we cannot urge you enough to pick up this game come February – especially if you love excellently crafted and frantic multiplayer with a heavy focus on teamwork.
You can get a better idea of just what to expect from Aliens: Colonial Marines in our hands on preview from last years MCM Expo. For lovers of collectors editions, make sure you check out Top 6 Special Editions To Look Out For In 2013 to see where the games awesome limited edition placed.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Release date: February 1st, 2013
The UK release of Ni No Kuni has unfortunately been pushed back slightly due to some logistics issues, however we’re still incredibly excited for what is set to be the first ever Studio Ghibli video game. The graphics alone are absolutely breathtaking.
To make up for the delay, Namco Bandai are offering fans a free Draggle familiar to download on launch day. With a stunning collectors edition to boot, there’s little reason not to pick up Ni No Kuni.
Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse
Release date: Q1 2013
It’s relatively well known amongst the StickTwiddlers community that Broken Sword is one of my favourite series of all time, and that I went just a little bit nuts when Charles Cecil and Revolution announced last year that a new adventure was on the way.
The story for The Serpent’s Curse starts when a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery, George and Nico are thrown by chance into the investigation together. For those eager for the games release, check out our A Look Back On Broken Sword: George Stobbart 1996-2013 article for some nostalgia.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Release date: 2013
After the huge success of the multi-award winning Skyrim and the hardcore fan following of the Elder Scrolls series, an online Elder Scrolls was pretty much a certain. Revealed in May last year, players will return to Tamriel a millennium before the events of the previous title.
The buzz around this title is phenomenal and it’ll be interesting to see how it fares against current MMORPG giants, such as World of Warcraft, when it’s released. Fingers crossed it won’t take an arrow to the… NO! I can’t do it!
The Last of Us
Release date: May 7th, 2013
First teased at the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards, gamers have been highly anticipating this release from Uncharted series developers, Naughty Dog. The PS3 exclusive will follow Joel and Ellie as they traverse a post-apocalyptic world, fighting infected and running from the military.
The Last of Us picked up a lot of attention when gamers noticed that Ellie looks like Juno and Whip It actress, Ellen Page. In May last year, Naughty Dog unveiled a new design for Ellie that would “better reflect Ashley’s personality, and also resemble a slightly younger teen more fitting to the story.”
Release date: January 22nd/23rd, 2013
A new game from Double Fine is always a good reason to get excited. A new game from Double Fine with Ron Gilbert at the helm and with concepts from Maniac Mansion is an even bigger reason to get excited. The game looks absolutely glorious and displays the typical Gilbert humour.
Players select three of the seven characters to take into the cave in order to “learn something about themselves and who they might become.” The Cave is definitely high on our list of games to watch out for in 2013.
Special mention: Star Wars 1313
Release date: TBA
Now it’s not likely that we’ll be seeing the explosive action of Star Wars 1313 in 2013 (which is a massive shame from a marketing perspective), but we felt that it needed a mention in this list.
We’ve seen relatively little of the game after it’s initial sneak peek on Spike TV in June before it’s official reveal at last years E3. Here’s hoping that 2013 will hold a lot more new video, images and details before we wear out the replay button on that gameplay trailer.
What games are you most looking forward to in 2013? Are there any games that you’re planning to totally avoid? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter.