If you’re one of the millions wondering if now’s the time to sell my Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and join the exodus heading toward mobile gaming, let me be the first to urge caution – 2013 is going to be a leviathan of a year for console game releases. From revamps of classics to revolutionary new titles, early previews have given us a glimpse of new-generation video games that make this year’s look more date than you’d believe.
If looking for a few examples to whet your appetite, take a look at the following top-ten 2013 released:
Currently under development by Ubisoft Montreal, Watch Dogs is an adventure game heading to PS3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows early next year. A few gameplay demos are already making their rounds and by looks alone there is no doubt this will go on to be one of the games of the year – the visuals are spellbinding.
Crysis 3 has its future success already set in stone by the popularity of the first two titles in the series. The third instalment is set to land in February next year and sees Prophet once again out for revenge with dozens of new weapons, abilities and refinements to gameplay. EA really has upped the ante this time.
You can’t keep a good game down and Tomb Raider certainly ticks the box. Square Enix has confirmed the new 2013 Tomb Raider release date as March 5th, which will see Lara Croft once again making her way to Xbox 360, PS3 and Microsoft Windows. Trailers and demos look out of this world – this WILL be one of the games of the year.
Rainbow 6: Patriots
Yet another franchise that doesn’t seem to be able to put a foot wrong, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots is still under development and could possibly launch as one of the first titles for the Xbox 720 and PS4 next year.
The Walking Dead
If you like the TV series that inspired the game, you’ll absolutely revel in The Walking Dead – a first person shooter coming to the big three platforms. And if you’ve never heard of or watched it before, chances are you’ll be won over anyway.
Dead Space 3
Those who prefer a little terror to be instilled in their gaming experiences will find their jollies catered to in Dead Space 3, which unsurprisingly follows Dead Space 1 and 2 as part of the hugely popular franchise. It will hit the three big platforms in February next year.
Command and Conquer: Generals 2
A long time coming and no doubt well worth the wait, Command and Conquer: Generals 2 follows the same real-time strategy gaming formula that brought the original title fame back in the 90s. The good news is that gameplay and visuals have been revolutionized in a big way – the bad news is that it won’t be compatible with Windows XP.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Just when you think Rockstar Games has peaked, they throw out a few more GTA 5 screenshots to blow our minds. With a gameplay area triple the size of that in GTA 4, three new playable characters and the charming ability to flip the bird at bystanders, GTA 5 will take the top spot for a BIG part of 2013.
Final Fantasy XIV
This was actually supposed to have been released quite some time ago but a series of “hiccups” following the initial PC launch put a stop to plans. The bugs have apparently been largely sorter now however, meaning that the console version of Final Fantasy XIV may indeed be coming very soon.
No real indications as to when or if the Agent project of Rockstar Games will ever come to fruition, as they always seem to have bigger fish to fry. If they do however intend to put it out, it will be here 2013 or not at all.
Another game that has popped up several times and disappeared again is the latest version of Star Trek, but if the visuals and tidbits leaked so far paint an accurate picture of what’s to come, the wait will be worth it to say the least.