We at Parable had a good 2012 but now we’re looking to the future. Check out the games we’re most excited about in 2013!
1. Fire Emblem: Awakening
I’m a huge Fire Emblem fan boy. Ever since Fire Emblem arrived in Europe in 2004 i’ve been hooked. Hell, I even played some of the Japanese titles that I couldn’t even understand. The series has the perfect blend of solid, albeit sometimes cliche, storytelling and amazing turn based strategy, all this made even sweeter by the fantastic bunch of personalities that appear in each game. Some you’ll hate, some you’ll love but you’ll definite feel closer to the entire cast after beating each installment.
Fire Emblem: Awakening simply looks like another fantastic edition to the series. Seemingly inhabiting the space between the Gamecube and Wii Fire Emblem titles and the various 2D games, it is shaping up to be the best game in the series yet and will, hopefully, be a return to form after the slightly disappointing DS outing.
US Release date: February 4th
UK Release date: April 2013
2. Metal Gear Solid: Rising
Ever since Platinum Games got involved with this, i’ve been following it extra closely. However, even with a different developer at the helm, this is definitely a Metal Gear Solid game, with the usual nuances and unique flourishes that this series embraces. Best of all, a no kill run can be attempted using a wooden sword which, I assume, will make the game far harder and will require the usual MGS thought process to conquer.
So, a fantastic developer, a great genre and a legendary series? How could you not be hyped?
3. GTA V
I’m not sure what to say about GTA V. It’s yet another installment in the unfaltering juggernaut that is the Grand Thef Auto series. I am very curious so see how this turns out, seeing as GTA IV’s serious nature put many off the series as they pined for the silliness of San Andreas. Will Rockstar stay with their newly found, slightly more serious style of GTA or will they throw some Jetpacks and other goodies in once again?
Honestly, I think GTA V will craft a nice blend of both styles. I mean, Rockstar have the skill to easily mesh both styles without undermining the core story. Personally? GTA IV is my favourite GTA so I hope we stick to something slightly more serious, but I am more than open to some tweaks to the formula. Either way, this is looking like a monolithic title that’ll demand hours of your life.
1. BioShock Infinite
The original Bioshock was, without a doubt, one of the best games of this generation. Irrational had crafted a world that was so real, you felt like you were living in it. Bioshock had some of the best villains video game history and one of the coolest twists that no one saw coming. Then Bioshock 2 came out and it was a sour disappointment from a different developer. Thankfully Irrational are back in the saddle for Infinite and everything I’ve seen so far of the game leads me to believe that it’ll blow my mind just like the original did in 2007.
2. GTA V
I feel this one is pretty self explanatory. Every time a new GTA comes out, the world just grinds to a halt for a day. There’s a good reason for that, it’s because Rockstar never fail to disappoint with each core Grand Theft Auto title. Some people had a problem with the direction they took GTA IV in but I felt that from a story perspective, it was the best one yet. I hope to see GTA V take the more grounded route that IV did and deliver an incredible story once again.
3. Wii U
This is a weird one since the Wii U is already out, but the point I’m trying to get across is that 2013 is when I believe the Wii U will fulfill it’s potential as a video game system capable of competing with even the next generation of Microsoft and Sony consoles. I genuinely think that Nintendo made a mistake for the core audience by promoting motion controls so heavily with the Wii but with the Wii U it feels as though they’re trying really hard to win us back. I obviously understand that Nintendo technically make games for kids first, but I was very happy with the first party Nintendo titles at launch and I can’t wait to see what Nintendo does with the Wii U in 2013.
1. Watch Dogs
As I’ve said many times before in our previous list articles, Ubisoft completely stole the show for me at this year’s E3, so it’s no surprise that their cherry on the proverbial gaming cake is by far my most anticipated title of 2013: Watch Dogs. By God. Watching the trailer for the umpteenth time five months later and it still gives me chills. The socially-conscious and progressive concept of the game set tongues wagging everywhere during the reveal trailer, but the cutting-edge and truly genuine gameplay sold it for me. Ever since I was a wee lad I’ve wanted to harness the ’90s-glossed power of a hacker, and with Watch Dogs, I can finally do it, with a compelling story to keep me hooked. I can’t wait.
2. The Last Of Us
It’s a given, really. Among the zombie frenzy that has shuffled its way back into popular culture as of late, where undead ghoulies are thrown into absolutely anything to make a quick quid, the post-apocalyptic setting that goes hand-in-hand suffers a lot too, and it’s hard to take it seriously sometimes, or find a genuinely good game that uses these tropes. Fortunately, The Last Of Us seems to be shaping up as the latter. I’m a huge fan of Naughty Dog’s games, from my early years on the Playstation with good ol’ Crash Bandicoot to the intrepid Indiana Jones-’em-up Uncharted franchise, and much like Uncharted, Naughty Dog have put a great amount of effort into creating a believable, palpable post-apocalyptic-esque setting. From what we’ve seen, environmental objects react to your actions with pinpoint accuracy, enemies think, strategies and calculate like human beings, and most importantly, Joe and Ellie interact like real people. For lack of a better zombie pun, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this title.
3. DmC: Devil May Cry
Oi! Quiet in the back, there! Yes, yes, amongst all the backlash and the hate for the upcoming reboot of Devil May Cry, I have to say, my opinion still hasn’t changed. Of course my initial reaction to the first reveal trailer, like any seasoned DMC nut, was “What the hell?! What have they done to Dante?!“, but over the past two years, I think we’ve all matured a bit. I love Devil May Cry. This game isn’t going to top any of the originals, I know this. But I’m excited nonetheless! All the complaints of new Dante being edgy, unlikeable, poorly-designed, and the story being unoriginal, contrived, etc, I think it’s more of an interesting experience to see the DMC franchise in a different light, albeit a more mass-appealing one. Having played the game at i47, Ninja Theory did not disappoint with the gameplay. A few changes to the combat mechanics take a bit of getting used to, but it still carries the DMC feeling at heart. But hey, at least we can derive some enjoyment from bad dialogue and cringeworthy writing if the game doesn’t turn out to be all that.
1. The Last of Us
A new Naughty Dog IP excites me. I’m more interested in this post apocalyptic setting and especially the focus on an unusual game character dynamic, the young girl, Ellie and an older gentleman named Joel. Uncharted was a great cinematic series and I hope that Naughty Dog can improve on that, the survival aspect of the gameplay really adds to the feel of the world. This looks like it will be very different from the adventures of Nathan Drake and that’s what I’m looking forward to most.
2. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
I enjoyed Amnesia, I also enjoyed Justine and although I haven’t got round to playing the Penumbra games yet I can happily say I like Fricitional Games. A Machine for Pigs did put out a trailer a month or so back showing off some of the new design choices and with Dear Esther’s The Chinese Room, doing the level design I am hoping to squeal like a small school girl all over again. Yes, to some it’s not that scary but it gave me some genuine frights if they were just jumps and shocks. If the sequel can keep the great atmosphere, well, then we’ve got another hit.
3. Beyond: Two Souls
A new license from the team behind Heavy Rain? Sold. I remember being hooked by this from the moment I saw the trailer at E3. Plus, I mean. Ellen Paige. I don’t really know what else to tell you about this game that a trailer couldn’t, it’d be more worth your time viewing the trailer here
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