In many ways 2013 is a bit of an unknown for the video game industry. Will new consoles be released? What games can we expect for those new platforms? Will the Wii U have a bounce back 2013? All of these questions still remain to be answered and yet there are still a ton of great games we do know about. So to get us excited for 2013 our editors sat down and discussed their most anticipated games of 2013.
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance by Jeremy Meyer
When Metal Gear Rising was first announced I gladly watched Raiden chop a watermelon over and over again. I have always been a huge fan of the Metal Gear series and this was the first game to break away from the stealth format and be a much different game which opened up all new potential for an established developer. However after that announcement Metal Gear Rising quietly slipped away and the fear of cancellation arose. Then something amazing happened! The game was re-announced under the helm of Platinum Games and with a new subtitle, Revengeance. Aside from the game having the most ridiculously awesome name it also had a ridiculously awesome trailer which showed the most amazing hack and slash style gameplay anyone had ever seen from Platinum Games or any other game of this genre. Devil May Cry who? Rising Revengeance looks like the most insane amount of fun I will have this year and it’s an early release game which is all the better for me! I only have to hold out for one more month. The slicing mechanic is something I can’t wait to get my hands on. It’s something that’s never been done before (at least to this extent) and looks like something that can give me hours of fun just using it over and over again. Any new Metal Gear content is always perfect for me and while Ground Zeroes looks amazing, that game is so far off that it’s just not on my radar right now and I look forward to the variety being added to the franchise with Revengeance. Until then there is a demo coming out this month or I suggest watching the trailer over and over. Raiden slices a helicopter into a bunch of tiny pieces! How can you beat that?
Watch Dogs by Jon Fisco
I try to never judge a game based on its trailers or gameplay footage. Whether a game looks absolutely amazing when in motion or just terribly boring I wait until I’ve played it myself to give it a fair review. For whatever reason, I just can’t do that with Watch Dogs. A game developed by Ubisoft means a game developed by the guys and gals that made Assassin’s Creed and a lot of successful Tom Clancy games means that Watch Dogs is already on a pedestal before it’s even released. The E3 trailer last year showed how a man with advanced technology can learn everything about his targets via their cellphone, and then have them nearly killed by a planned car accident by hacking into the traffic lights. The limitations of Watch Dogs seems only limited by the player’s willingness to go full throttle with the tech they’re given. Sure, you can shoot everyone and walk away but when is the last time you did that in an Assassin’s Creed game? The fun looks to be in the planning and creativity, and that is something I can definitely get into.
The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Francise by Jonathan Miley
There are games and then there are experiences. Saints Row The Third was one of my favorite games of 2011 because it was more than a game. It was more than just a sequence of events or missions. More than a story. It was a whole that was far greater than the sum of its parts. Now that’s not to say that it wasn’t dumb. It was, but it embraced it’s dumbest instead of trying to cover it up or explain it away. It is an exemplar of how games can be funny by accepting their own stupidity and running with it. Looking back on the Saints Row franchise will reveal that each game in the series has become tighter, better written and all-around zanierer. So after the majesty that was Saints Row The Third, I can’t wait to see was Saints Row The Third 2 looks like. Especially after the tease that was Enter The Dominatrix. Bring it Volition. My body’s ready.
We are now down to only one more installment of our Most Anticipated Games of 2013. We have already featured so many incredible games, make sure to check out both Part 1 and Part 2 of our feature, and return later this week for the forth and final feature.
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