2012 has come to an end, and 2013 is set to bring another barrage of gaming goodness. We’ve listed some of 2013’s biggest games that we can’t wait for.
The reboot – simply dubbed DmC – is looking to find the balance between a hardcore hack-’n-slash, while also providing enough fluidity and access for newcomers to the franchise.
Dante’s symbolic weaponry returns – along with new angel and demon swords, which are activated with the left and right triggers respectively, and by mixing those Angel and Demon weapons you’ll find the depth in the combo system.
2013 had better bring the much-needed GTA V fix, as gaming’s most notorious series is making its long-awaited return next year.
The next game will be set in the fictional city of Los Santos, which will be modelled around Los Angeles, California. GTA V will feature unparalleled open-world freedom, and three primary protagonists, who will team up for a number of big-name heists that are sure to bring the action.
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After some ups and downs, everyone’s favourite treasure hunter is set to make a comeback, as Lara Croft is getting her much-needed reboot in 2013.
The reboot is set to put a 21 year-old Lara in the fight of her life as she is shipwrecked on an unknown island, forced to deal with excruciating emotional and physical pain to survive.
Taking more of an Uncharted-esque approach, Tomb Raider should ignite 2013 with a new cinematic journey for Ms. Croft.
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Dead Space 3
If Valentine’s day isn’t making February 2013 scary enough for you, then prepare your adult diapers, because Dead Space 3 is heading for a European release on February 8, 2013.
Dead Space 3 isn’t as lonely as the previous titles were, as the third iteration introduces some gnarly co-op play, so you get to share the scares with a friend. But don’t make the mistake of thinking the game will be any less terrifying.
While the game has supposedly shifted away from survival-horror and the crushing sense of claustraphobia to a more action-oriented shoot-fest with a friend, series developer Visceral Games is promising all-new Necromorphs, gigantic boss creatures, and even misguided zealot humans.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, following a viral outbreak which wiped out most of humanity.
The world is now an overgrown mess as nature reclaims the land. Players will take on the role of Joel, as he has to escort a young girl named Ellie to a particular quarantined zone.
Both characters will come into play, allowing Joel to command and assist Ellie in helping the two on their journey.
Developed by Naughty Dog (Uncharted series), The Last of Us also features gorgeous visuals – something that the studio is known for. Visceral and brutal combat is on offer to make the steel-stomached gamers cringe.
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God of War Ascension
God of War III boasted some some stellar visuals that still hold strong today, and Ascension is aiming to top that in 2013.
Kratos, while appearing a little more tanned due to not being covered in his family’s ashes, is looking detailed like never before. The environments look great, things move in a silky-smooth fashion and the game just has that “shine” that Sony Santa Monica is known for delivering.
Competitive multiplayer should also add a new element to the gameplay, as for a first-time in the series, players will be able to create their own warrior, select a god to worship and take to a number of different arenas in order to battle it out for supremacy.
Other big hitters in 2013:
Gears of War: Judgment
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm