2013 Video Game OutlookWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Video Game Outlook by Michael Siebenaler and Sagar Sharma – Toledo Free Press
2013 will be an exciting year for video games with exciting offerings like Tomb Raider, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Sim City, Gear of War Judgment, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, Grand Theft Auto V, Beyond: Two Souls, God of War Ascension, Company of Heroes 2, The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, Dead Space 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Rayman Legends, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Crysis 3, and Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
LEGO maniacs will continue enjoying an expanding game series with LEGO Marvel Superheroes and LEGO City Undercover on the way. Expanded fitness options on the Wii U will include a new Wii Fit game while adaptation series with potential include South Park: The Stick of Truth. Release dates are always subject to change, but we are also hoping to see Ico’s long awaiting The Last Guardian, Bungie’s first non-Halo game tentatively titled Destiny, Ubisoft’s open world hacking game Watch Dogs and The Walking Dead: Season Two.
Sagar’s Most Anticipated titles of 2013
Grand Theft Auto V (360/PS3)
Gears of War: Judgment (360)
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3/Vita)
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Ni No Kuni (PS3)
Last of Us (PS3)
Bioshock Infinite (360/PS3)
Tomb Raider (360/PS3)
Rayman Legends (Wii U)
When it comes to the schedule of video game releases, there is usually a long drought of major titles. Most publishers release their major franchises in the fall and winter holiday shopping season. 2012 saw a shockingly high number of titles see delays that pushed the release date into 2013. Now that the New Year has arrived we can enjoy the spoils of these abundant delays.
Owners of Sony’s PlayStation 3 have the most to be excited about as there are number of exclusive major releases. Fans of role-playing games have the Japanese import Ni No Kuni releasing this March. With the art direction in the hands of the Academy Award winning studio, Studio Ghibli, this promises to be one of the most beautiful games of this generation. God of War: Ascension brings multiplayer to the franchise for the first time while Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time incorporates exciting cross play capabilities with the PlayStation Vita. Perhaps the most anticipated exclusive title of 2013 is Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. The entirely new franchise focuses on a gripping narrative of survival and the relationship of two people trying to live in a horrific future.
In what will undoubtedly be the highest selling and most talked about game of 2013 is Grand Theft Auto V. Five years after the release of its predecessor, the industry has never seen anticipation for a title like this before. Rockstar has been unflinching in remaining secretive about this title and have only slowly dripped out tidbits of information. The series returns to San Andreas and expands from the city to the mountaintops. Heat, the classic criminal drama film, is said to be a major inspiration for the narrative of this epic.
Dead Space 3, Tomb Raider and Bioshock: Infinite lead a wave of high-octane action multiplatform sequels arriving this spring. Wii U owners unfortunately do not have much to look forward to in the first half of 2013 but they can count on the finest platform experience anywhere with the exclusive Rayman: Legends. The one notable exclusive for the Xbox 360 is Gears of War: Judgment.