It may be cliche to say, but 2013 really is flying by. While we’ve already had some phenomenal games this year, such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Bioshock: Infinite, and Heart of the Swarm, there’s still a lot to come, and Q2 is prepping for the second jab of gaming goodness.
A sequel to arguably one of the best racing games in recent years, Racedriver: Grid, is heading our way this quarter.
Codemasters will be bringing Grid 2 to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and with it, deliver the fast-paced and high-quality racing that you can expect from the Codies team.
Using the EGO Game Technology Platform, GRID 2 aims to bring a new level of realism to AI, damage, visuals and their acclaimed “rewind feature”, which has been used in many other racers today.
The sequel will feature a single-player career mode, split-screen and online components, along with deep customisation options.
Metro: Last Light
Expect more crazy weapons, creatures and locations when Metro: Last Light arrives in May.
The game will arrive on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, and should push the current-gen systems given that the original game became well-known for its great visuals.
Metro: Last Light is set in 2034 and after the events of the original game, where humanity have been pushed into the Metro underground of Moscow, fighting for survival against grotesque creatures and enemies.
As humanity makes its last stand, they also search for a doomsday device that could be the key to their victory. Players will reprise the role of Artyom, who is the last light for all of mankind.
Capcom’s new IP, Remember Me, is set in the year 2084 in the city of Neo-Paris, where you follow the story of a female protagonist named Nilin, whose memory has been erased.
The game is an action platformer, where people buy and sell memories from a company known as Memoreyes.
A unique arm gun is used as a multi-purpose weapon and traversal device within the game, and highlights the quick-moving platforming and free-flow combat on offer.
Company of Heroes 2
Company of Heroes 2 will follow up from the critically-acclaimed 2006 strategy game, which garnered a huge cult following from its release.
Officially announced back in May 2012, the sequel will feature a new campaign following the battles across the Eastern Front of Europe in World War II, a new Essence 3.0 Engine, and a ‘True Sight’ game mechanic, through which players will only be able to see what their controlled soldiers see, leaving what may be behind the next building or treeline unknown.
Lost Planet 3
Lost Planet 3 introduces Jim Peyton, a Utility Rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on planet E.D.N. III. Working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC), Jim is one of a select few pioneers at the Coronis base surveying the uncharted terrain and obtaining samples of the planet’s natural energy source – Thermal Energy, which NEVEC believes will save Earth’s energy crisis.
E.D.N. III is an expectedly harsh environment, and developer Spark Unlimited promises an ever-changing weather system that will alter gameplay.
Lost Planet 3 mixes first-person and third-person action. While inside his protective utility rig vehicle, Jim can make use of its array of tools which double up as effective first-person weaponry against the franchise’s main foe, the Akrid.
Outside the rig the action switches to third person, with a mix of gun-play and melee combat. Jim will have to battle the elements as well as hostile foes.
The Last of Us
Hands-down, one of the biggest games of the year (not just the quarter) is Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, which is set to deliver visceral and brutal combat that will make the most steel-stomached gamers cringe.
The world of The Last of Us sees a viral outbreak that has caused modern society to be an overgrown mess, as nature reclaims the land and civilisation has fallen to desperation. 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.
Other notable releases: Marvel Heroes, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, Resident Evil: Revelations, Star Trek, Dead Island: Riptide, Age of Empires II: HD Edition