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30 Reasons Why Gamers Should Be Looking Forward to 2013

1. Aliens: Colonial Marines

Estimated Release: February 2013
Platforms: Wii U, PC, Xbox360, PS3
In Aliens: Colonial Marines, players are part of a United States Colonial Marine squad and must prepare to face an Aliens assault more intense and horrific than ever before. Players must destroy the enemy with classic Aliens weaponry ranging from pulse rifles to flamethrowers as well as brand-new equipment.

2. Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

Estimated Release: March 2013
Platforms: Xbox360, PS3
In Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel Players find themselves on the deadly streets of Mexico as Alpha and Bravo, two operatives working for Tactical Worldwide Operations (T.W.O.), a PMC outfit that drops them in the middle of a drug war conflict for an assignment full of corruption and deceit. With the ability to unleash the power of ultimate destruction, players will need to work together as their objectives unravel, allegiances begin to blur and they face off against a ruthless opposition.

3. Beyond: Two Souls

Estimated Release: Quarter 2 of 2013
Platforms: PS3
Live the remarkable life of Jodie Holmes, a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through a psychic link to an invisible entity. Experience the most striking moments of Jodie’s life as your actions and decisions determine her fate. As she traverses the globe, Jodie will face incredible challenges against a backdrop of emotionally-charged events never before seen in a video game.

4. BioShock Infinite

Estimated Release: March 26 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
Welcome to the city of Columbia. Floating amongst the clouds, cruising far above sea level, this is a place unlike any you’ve ever seen. Please enjoy your voyage…
The third game in the popular Bioshock series, BioShock Infinite breaks away from the underwater setting of the first two games to take players into a floating city held aloft by dirigibles.

5. Castlevania 2: Lords of Shadow

Estimated Release: To Be Confirmed (2013)
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the origin of Dracula and his legendary connection with the Belmonts was revealed. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, fans can expect thrilling new twists and challenges. In this shocking conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga, Dracula returns once again, weakened and yearning for release from his immortal bonds. Facing a new and powerful threat, the vampire lord must reacquire his old powers – and only his castle holds the key. However, the famed Belmont clan also seek his ultimate destruction.

6. Crysis 3

Estimated Release: February 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
The hunted becomes the hunter in the CryEngine-powered open-world shooter Crysis 3! Players take on the role of ‘Prophet’ as he returns to New York in the year in 2047, only to discover that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet.

7. Dark Souls II

Estimated Release: To Be Confirmed (2013/2014)
Platforms: Unknown

Not much is known about the game other than the platforms it will be released for. Namco Bandai has announced that Dark Souls 2 is coming to the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 and the PC. The development is being handled by From Software once again, with series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki at the helm along with director Tomohiro Shibuya, known for working on the Monster Hunter series. “Dark Souls 2 will offer loyal fans exactly the kind of demanding challenges and never-ending struggle that became the hallmark of this whole series,” said the publisher. – Tech2

8. Dead Island: Riptide

Estimated Release: April 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
The survivors of Banoi thought they had escaped the terrors of the tropical island and survived the apocalypse on a corrupted paradise. Then their fate took a turn for the worse. Shortly after the battle-hardened team had landed their helicopter on a military ship, a furious storm hits and havoc quickly spreads on board. Suddenly they find themselves struggling for their lives again with all hope drowning in the rising waves.

9. Dead Space 3

Estimated Release: February 08 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
Dead Space 3 brings Isaac Clarke and merciless soldier John Carver on a journey across space to discover the source of the Necromorph outbreak. Crash-landed on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, Isaac must comb the harsh environment for raw materials and scavenged parts. He will then put his engineering skills to the ultimate test to create and customise weapons and survival tools. The ice planet holds the key to ending the Necromorph plague forever, but first Isaac must overcome avalanches, treacherous ice-climbs, and the violent wilderness.

10. DmC: Devil May Cry

Estimated Release: January 08 2013
Platforms: Xbox360, PS3
Devil May Cry brand new tears — DmC reinvents Capcom’s classic action franchise to explore new frontiers with the series. The “Devil May Cry DNA” of stylish action, rewarding combat and a brash, smart-talking protagonist all remains; however, it has now injected with a dark and brutal gameplay that promises to redefine the franchise.

11. Gears of War: Judgement

Estimated Release: March 2013
Platforms: Xbox360
Gears of War: Judgment takes you back before the events of the original Gears of War trilogy to the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day — the defining event of the Gears of War universe.

Follow Kilo Squad, led by Damon Baird and Augustus The Cole Train Cole, as they fight to save the city of Halvo Bay from an unstoppable enemy in the most intense Gears game yet. Gears of War: Judgment introduces a variety of new multiplayer experiences, including OverRun, a thrilling new class-based competitive mode that will pit Locust and COG soldiers in a head-to-head battle unlike anything Gears fans have experienced yet.

12. God of War: Ascension

Estimated Release: March 2013
Platforms: PS3
God of War: Ascension returns players to the storyline of the epic God of War franchise. Join Kratos as he seeks freedom, redemption and the clarity to avenge his family. Or seek your own glory in epic 8-player mutliplayer battles.

13. Grand Theft Auto V

Estimated Release: April 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
Trouble taps on your window again with this next chapter in the Grand Theft Auto universe, set in the city of Los Santos and its surrounding hills, countryside and beaches. A bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer, Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.

14. Injustice: Gods Among Us

Estimated Release: April 2013
Platforms: Wii U, Xbox360, PS3
What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? From the indomitable DC Comics and the makers of the definitive fighting game franchise Mortal Kombat comes Injustice: Gods Among Us, a bold fighting game featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale. A deep, original story compliments the fighting action that pits many of the great heroes and villains from the DC universe against each other — Batman, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many others lose their allegiances and fight for Injustice!

15. Lost Planet 3

Estimated Release: March 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
Lost Planet 3 reveals new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history of E.D.N. III, returning players to the extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterized the Lost Planet series, now harsher than ever before. The game delivers a diverse range of gameplay including on-foot battles and intense first person action. With a number of multiplayer modes and a compelling single player experience, Lost Planet 3 will delved into the hidden truths within the unique and dynamic environment of E.D.N. III.

16. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

Estimated Release: To Be Confirmed (2013)
Platforms: Unknown
The first game on the FOX Engine, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is an open-world entry into the Metal Gear franchise, with even more dynamic stealth action thanks to more complicated play techniques that allow gamers to outwit and outmatch the enemy even after an alert has been activated.

NOTE: Although this game is based on the advanced FOX Engine, current plans are to release the game on current-generation platforms, with next-generation platforms also a possibility.

17. The Phantom Pain

Estimated Release: To Be Confirmed (2013)
Platforms: Unknown
The game deals with an amputated middle-aged man who awakens from a coma, and attempts to escape a hospital infested with visions of supernatural horrors and an invasion of an unknown group of soldiers. Following its reveal at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, speculation began to surface surrounding the identity of its developer, Moby Dick Studio, and indications that the game is actually the next installment in the Metal Gear franchise.

18. Star Wars: 1313

Estimated Release: To Be Confirmed (2013)
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
Named for Level 1313, a ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant, Star Wars 1313 puts players in control of a deadly bounty hunter as he uses an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down his marks and uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy. Star Wars 1313 emphasizes epic set pieces and fast-paced combat with a hero who uses human skills and gadgets, rather than supernatural Force powers, to make his way through this dangerous world.

19. Remember Me

Estimated Release: May 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
Neo-Paris, 2084: Personal memories can now be digitized, bought, sold and traded. The last remnants of privacy and intimacy have been swept away in what appears to be a logical progression of the explosive growth of social networks at the beginning of the 21st century. The citizens themselves have accepted this surveillance society in exchange for the comfort only smart technology can provide. This memory economy gives immense power over society to just a handful of people.

20. SimCity

Estimated Release: March 08 2013
Platforms: PC
The franchise that laid the foundations of the city building simulation genre is back, empowering players to create the world of their imagination! This new edition of SimCity marks a true rebirth of the franchise that brings the depth of simulation that has been the series hallmark for more than two decades and marries it with next generation accessibility and a robust multiplayer mode, giving players the power to change a world together. Players take charge of their own customized cities and build a world that co-exists alongside friends. For the first time in SimCity franchise history, players’ decisions will have long-lasting repercussions that will extend beyond their city limits.

21. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Estimated Release: February 2013
Platforms: PSVita, PS3
Sly Cooper and his mischievous cohorts, Bentley and Murray, return in a brand new epic, time-traveling adventure in Sly Cooper Thieves in Time. After completing their latest heist, Sly carries on with a case of alleged amnesia and dances off with gal pal Carmelita, leaving Bentley as the keeper of the treasured Thievius Raccoonus, The Cooper family’s ancient book of master thievery. When Bentley discovers that pages of the book have begun to disappear in front of his eyes, he must round up the gang and save the Cooper Clan legacy from being destroyed forever.

22. South Park: The Stick of Truth

Estimated Release: December 2013
Platforms; PC, Xbox360, PS3
Earn your place alongside Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman and aid them in a hysterical adventure to save South Park as only fourth-graders can. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes an epic quest to become … cool.

23. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Estimated Release: June 2013
PC, Wii U, Xbox360, PS3
The United States has a military presence in two thirds of countries around the world. A group of 12 have had enough and initiate a terror ultimatum called the Blacklist — a deadly countdown of escalating terrorist attacks on U.S. interests. Sam Fisher is the leader of the newly formed 4th Echelon unit: a clandestine unit that answers solely to the President of the United States. Sam and his team must hunt down these terrorists by any means necessary, and stop the Blacklist countdown before it reaches zero.

24. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Estimated Release: March 12 2013
Platforms: PC

Welcome to The Hive Mind
You are Sarah Kerrigan, former Queen of Blades. Once the most feared entity in the galaxy, you now wait in a cell in the depths of a high-security research laboratory. Before the murderous forces of the Terran Dominion close in, you must plot your escape to the dark reaches of space… and reclaim your living empire at the Heart of the Swarm. – Blizzard Entertainment

25. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Estimated Release: February 2013
Platforms: Pc, Xbox360, PS3
The main character, Raiden, was once feared as the child soldier “Jack the Ripper” on the front lines of the First Liberian Civil War. Now, his combat mastery is channeled through a cyborg body as the strikes from his high-frequency blade slice even massive assault drones in two. Raiden is contracted for VIP protection, military training and other duties by PMSCs (Private Military and Security Companies) in a developing country piecing itself back together after a bloody civil war. Little does he know that the stage is set for a clash with an enigmatic force of countless cyborgs.

26. The Elder Scrolls Online

Estimated Release: December 2013
Platforms: PC
Elder Scrolls Online is a massively-multiplayer online game set in the Elder Scrolls universe. The Elder Scrolls Online allows players to quest across the entire continent of Tamriel 1000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V, which includes the provinces of Cyrodiil and Skyrim.

27. The Last of Us

Estimated Release: May 2013
Survive an apocalypse on Earth in The Last of Us, a PlayStation 3-exclusive title by Naughty Dog. Here, you will find abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. Here is a population decimated by a modern plague. Here, there are only survivors killing each other for food, weapons, or whatever they can get their hands on. Here, you find no hope. Joel, a brutal survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together if they hope to survive their journey across the US.

28. Tomb Raider

Estimated Release: March o5 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox360, PS3
Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story of the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from frightened young woman to hardened survivor, armed with only raw instincts and the physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance. Superb physics-based gameplay is paired with a heart-pounding narrative in Lara’s most personal, character-defining adventure to date.

29. Watch Dogs

Estimated Release: To Be Confirmed (2013)
Platforms: Unknown
Watch Dogs is a ground-breaking open-world action-adventure game called designed by a team comprised of industry veterans from blockbuster franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow 6 and Far Cry. Watch Dogs blends cutting-edge technologies and sophisticated game design into a realistic and living open world where players must use any means at their disposal to take down a corrupt system.

30. Rayman Legends

Estimated Release: February 2013
Platforms: Wii U
Rayman Legends features a variety of uniquely-themed levels including several musical maps intricately set to creative soundtracks and a spooky medieval theme. Players can also connect online with friends through a variety of challenges to test their skill and speed, and see where they rank on the worldwide leaderboards. Rayman Legends retains the fantasy appeal of its predecessor while adding a multitude of clever and entertaining gaming modes, new characters, new environments and a new soundtrack. The award-winning team of artists, designers and composers behind the UbiArt framework has also returned with an advanced engine to include multi-dimensional gameplay elements, an improved lighting system and updated game rendering that elevate Rayman Legends to the next level.
**All game descriptions are sourced from

Other games releasing this year that are worth mentioning are:

* Anarchy Reigns – January
* Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – February
* The Sims 3 University Life – March
* Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory – March
* Sniper 2: Ghost Warrior – March
* The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct – March
* Star Trek The Game – April
* Fuse – April
* Pokemon X and Y – October
* Wasteland 2 – October
* Battlefield 4 – TBC
* Deadpool – TBC
* Lego Marvel Superheroes – TBC
* Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – TBC
* Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – TBC

Also, keep an eye out this year for news about the release of the next gen consoles rumored from both Microsoft and Sony. According to The Guardian we can probably expect news of these consoles from E3 this year. It is definitely going to be a good year to be a gamer!

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