Twenty-Thirteen. The year hasn’t given us many hints on what games it may hold for us, but there’s already quite a good list of it’s releases. It took me quite a bit of thought to organize this list, simply because of the fact that while we don’t know everything that will be coming our way this year, we do know quite a lot.
#5: Metro: Last Light
While not much is known currently about the fate of Metro: Last Light after the sale of Volition and the Metro Property to Koch Media, but hopefully it does see the light of day. Metro: Last Light tells the story of post apocalyptic Moscow and civil war is besieging the planet, threatening to wipe humanity off the earth. With huge improvements over Metro: 2033 as well as the addition of “Ranger Mode” – a mode that strips you of your HUD and ups the ante for a hardcore gameplay experience similar to Fallout’s Hardcore mode.
#4: Tomb Raider
I had a chance to sit down and play a bit of this during my time at PAX Prime in August of 2012, and from what I played, I loved. It was a combination of stealth gameplay (which I love), intense gun fighting (which I love) and realistic hunting (which I love), get the picture? Tomb Raider combines every element I love into a great combination amazingly, and to make it even better, it comes out the day before my birthday, March 5th, in case you’re looking for a good present for your favorite CM. *Wink wink*
#3: Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar took the veil off of Grand Theft Auto V last year, and I’ve been anticipating it every day since. With a world larger then Red Dead Redemption’s and Grand Theft Auto 4′s combined as well as the rumored additions of helicopters and the three character story line, it’s sure to be one hell of a ride, especially when you factor in the extreme amount of fun the multiplayer alone is… Seriously, have you ever just gotten into a 6 star cop chase with three friends in the car? Trust me, there isn’t much better.
#2: Sim City
Sim City is EA and Maxis’ upcoming world building game. Up until around a week ago I couldn’t care less about this game. Hell, my PC couldn’t even run it at a speed that would warrant the $60, but after reading a kick ass preview on fellow video game website Kotaku, I’m sold. I spent this past weekend begging for a closed beta code – which I failed to obtain – and being able to play it is one of the reasons I’m trying so hard to buy a new computer. It also releases on March 5th, in case you wanted to get me two gifts.
#1: Gears of War Judgement
There’s no doubt that I’m a Gearhead – I’ve been playing Gears since Gears of War 2 and I’ve never met a 3rd person shooter I liked more. Gears of War Judgement introduces a ton of new modes – namely OverRun, Free for All, among others – and even with the leaving of Cliff Bleszinski, Epic is still on target to release the best Gears of War game yet. What other game has you chainsawing people in half while screaming hell fury into the night? Well, besides Manhunt. Oh, and did I mention that the campaign will have hidden challenges that have you playing it as close to canon as possible, carrying the exact same weapons Kilo Squad did when it “really happened”? That’s pretty bad ass if you ask me.
There you have it, folks, my most anticipated games of 2013. Now I just have to ask, what are your most Anticipated Games?