Ladies and gentlemen, it's that time again. Herein lies another 10 games being released this year that should have you more excited than a teenager who found the lingerie section in his mothers catalogues. Seriously, 2013 is shaping up to be an amazing year for gamers.
Small Disclaimer: Grand Theft Auto IV is to this day one of the worst games I have ever played. It has terrible pacing, the controls are awful, and its only redeeming feature is its writing. For this reason, Grand Theft Auto V will not be on this list. Neither will The Last of Us, because “cinematic gaming” is the antithesis of a positive thing.
With that in mind, enjoy!
10. Metro: Last Light
Metro 2033 was a first-person shooter that was absolutely saturated in atmosphere. The attention to small details made you empathetic for those enduring the tough conditions of the Russian Metro system. Unfortunately, these people had to endure so much hardship that they learnt to adapt to bullets, and it took roughly 16 shots to the face at point blank range with a shotgun to kill one of these bastards. Hopefully we see a fix to this in the next game, though the tactical combat, difficulty, and suspense should stay in place.
9. Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Imagine the survival elements of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. married to a procedurally generated Victorian era world with robots. How effing awesome does that sound? Sir, would you like some tea with your disembowelment? Indubitably!
Ok, I may seem like a bit of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fanboy at this stage, with Metro being helmed by a few of the original GSC team, Sir You Are Being Hunted having elements of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, and now what is basically S.T.A.L.K.E.R. the MMO. Well, it's not my bloody fault all of these are coming out in the same year. Survarium looks to mix the crushing atmosphere, tactical combat, and incredibly immersive exploration of the original titles with the unrelenting despair, cynicism, and cruelty of the internet.
P.S. If I have to type out that bloody acronym one more time, there's going to be an office shooting. And I don't even work in an office!
7. The Elder Scrolls: Online
You get to explore all of Tamriel. That's something I've wanted to do since I first got my greasy, acne-ridden fingers on Morrowind. We get to visit places we've already visited and see how they've changed. Cyrodil's arena, Balmora in Morrowind, Riften in Skyrim – plus all the locations of the previous games! If that's not enough, the art style looks fantastic, it's using real time combat, and the emphasis is still on exploration.
No, this is not a goddamn Fable game. This is based on a comic, set in the dark fairytale world of ambiguous morality and humour. This is the series that envisioned Prince Charming as a morally bankrupt character who has slept with every princess in the land, often while "seeing" other fairytale heroines. Oh, and it's being handled by Telltale games, fresh off their magnum opus The Walking Dead. This is a match made in heaven.
5. Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs
If you didn't run screaming to your mother during the water monster section of the original game, you're a bigger man than anyone. Seriously, that game was terrifying, which is exactly why we want more! A Machine for Pigs is set in 1899, which is 60 years after the original. Thechineseroom are helming this sequel, whom you might recognize as the team behind Dear Esther. They're promising to keep to the spirit of the original, and only change up the story and technology being used. That means more whimpering, more changing of underwear, and more having to put up with annoying Let's Plays. *shudders*
4. Bioshock: Infinite
Who isn't looking forward to this game? Irrational Games are gods as far as I'm concerned, with System Shock 2 being one of the most atmospheric first person shooters ever made. The zombies in that game are self aware but can't control their actions, and are constantly apologising to you and asking you to kill them. That's horrifying and depressing. And amazing! Bioshock combined shooting and magic, set it underwater and filled it with objectivist philosophy. Bioshock: Infinite is set in a new setting, with new intelligent themes, and is fixing my major concern with the first game: pacing. Bioshock was hub-based, and every time you'd go to walk through a door it would fucking collapse, and you'd have to find a way to fix it. This broke up the flow terribly, and made playing some sections feel like a chore. Apparently this game is looking to Half Life 2 for level layout and design, which is pretty much the benchmark for pacing in an FPS.
3. South Park: The Stick Of Truth
South Park is the greatest comedy series to ever air, and I don't give a damn about your opinion. Seriously, if I hear any of you say it's just filth and smut, I will tie your face to a scalding-hot fire poker. South Park is one of the most intelligent satires to ever air, and it's intelligent enough to mix high brow and low brow humour together to make a series that damn near everyone can enjoy. This game looks like the most faithful recreation of the series EVER and MATT AND TREY ARE WRITING AND VOICE ACTING.
2. Dark Souls 2
Jim Jefferies once said: “If you don’t believe in gay marriage, you’re a dickhead, because it’s got nothing to do with you.” This is how I feel about an easy mode in Dark Souls. Who cares? It doesn't effect us, and it makes other people happy. To me, Dark Souls wasn't really about the difficulty. It was about the atmosphere, the isolation, the weight of the combat, and the amazing art direction. Dark Souls was one of the best experiences I've had on this generation of consoles. Why deprive a less hardcore audience of that? Anyway, we're getting more Dark Souls, so stop your damn whining!
1. World Of Darkness
This. I have been waiting for a game like this all my life. It's a Vampire The Masquerade MMORPG. It's an MMO that's focusing on character interactions, morality, and player choice. It's an MMO where you will spend more time talking to monsters, being stealthy, and sucking blood than killing things. It's an MMO with actual variety. There’s talk of a complicated political system that’ll allow players to make power plays and betray one another by the rules of the Masquerade. If they pull this off, it could be everything EVE Online wishes it was.
Well, that's it folks! Those are the games I'm most looking forward to this year. What are yours? Be sure to let me know so I can carry on the grand tradition of Internet Ignorance and insult you for having a different opinion than I, completely misunderstanding the difference between subjective and objective views.