Top ten games still to come in 2013
So far this year we've had some pretty big games releases - Dead Space 3, Tomb Raider, God Of War Ascension, Bioshock Infinite - but there are still plenty more to look forward to. Here are the ten that we at entertainment.ie are most excited about!
BEYOND: TWO SOULS
Release date: October 8th
What's It About? You play Jodie Holmes (who has been motion captured by Juno star Ellen Paige) from the ages of 8 to 23, discovering the secrets behind your secret companion Aiden, who may or may not be from the afterlife. Heavy stuff.
Why Will It Be Great? From the makers of the technologically astounding Heavy Rain, this game looks to further push the envelope in just what can be accomplished by your PS3, whilst also having one of the most original video game plots ever.
GRAND THEFT AUTO V
Release date: September 17th
What's It About? Set in a loosely re-realised Los Angeles, you will take control of three characters throughout the game – retired bank robber Michael, pill addicted psychopath Trevor and violent repo man Franklin – who all get drawn deeper and deeper into the local criminal underworld.
Why Will It Be Great? Has there ever been a bad GTA game? And with part five, it looks like we'll be getting a new way to play the game, with the constantly criss-crossing plots and characters, and from what we've seen so far, Los Santos looks like a huge and beautifully realised city to play about in.
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
Release date: April 19th
What's It About? The Joker has killed Lois Lane, her new-born child and Jimmy Olsen, so Superman has set up a new world order wherein all superheroes and supervillians are now enemies. But this doesn't sit well with Batman, so he starts up a rebellion. Fights ensue.
Why Will It Be Great? A Street Fighter-esque beat ‘em up, but you get to play the likes of Superman, Batman, The Joker, Wonder Woman, Bane, Lux Luthor or any number of other famous DC good guys and bad guys... what's not to love?
THE LAST OF US
Release date: June 14th
What's It About? Twenty years after a new breed of fungus has either killed off or mutated most of the people on the planet, you play Joel, a black-marketeer. After a violent event, you find yourself protecting and travelling with 14 year old Ellie, who you have promised to bring to a safe haven outside of your current quarantine zone. But local law enforcements, as well as the zombified mutants, make sure it won't be so easy.
Why Will It Be Great? From the makers of the fantastic Uncharted series, The Last Of Us looks set to give the post-apocalyptic survivors story a new twist. The abandonded cities slowly being reclaimed by nature look amazing, and the fungus-mutants are sure to be a truly terrifying enemy.
METRO: LAST LIGHT
Release date: May 17th
What's It About? Another post-apocalyptic setting, this time in 2034 Moscow. You play Artyom, one of the survivors in the underground cities, desperately trying to fend out surface mutant invasions and subterranean civil wars as everyone seeks out a doomsday device that could be the last hope for the survival of mankind. Or it could bring about its total destruction.
Why Will It Be Great? Almost every game lately seems intent on making sure that an online multiplayer mode is the real reason you buy it, but Metro: Last Light switches that up, with its developers saying they are solely focused on bringing the best single player game they can accomplish. Which makes a nice change.
Release date: June 7th
What's It About? You play Nilin, a memory hunter, in Neo-Paris in the year 2084. As a memory hunter, you have the power to enter other's minds and remove, replace or remix their memories. But when you are struck down with amnesia yourself, you must use your skills to find out who took your history away from you and why.
Why Will It Be Great? A very interesting, Hollywood blockbuster worthy premise coupled with an interesting futuristic setting looks like it will have you on the edge of your seat as you get chased around the giant city by local law enforcement. The memory puzzles too will have you donning your thinking cap.
STAR TREK: THE GAME
Release date: April 26th
What's It About? Bridging the gap between 2009's movie and this summer's Into Darkness, Star Trek: The Game was made in conjuction with movie's director JJ Abrams to make sure that the plot falls into line with his series. It's also got the full likeness rights of all the cast, as they face off against The Gorn, one of the big baddies within the Star Trek Universe.
Why Will It Be Great? Very few videogames-based-on-movies tend to be good, but since this seems to have the full backing of Paramount, as well as the director and cast of the movies, this could be the exception to that rule. Plus, finally being able to play as Kirk or Spock will be enough to get us all properly, nerdily excited.
SLENDER: THE ARRIVAL
Release date: March 26th
What's It About? This is horror at its most basic, as you play a nameless, faceless character lost in the woods – and any surrounding buildings – being constantly chased by Slender Man, who needs to do nothing more than stand next to you to kill you.
Why Will It Be Great? For anyone who's played Slender: The Eight Pages will tell you, these games are terrifying! The absence of a plot or reasoning makes everything that much scarier, with just you and that one bad man alone in the woods. It might not sound scary, but trust us, it is.
TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW 6: PATRIOTS
Release date: November (TBC)
What's It about? Just about as topical as you can get, Team Rainbow are called in to New York to deal with a terrorist group – the True Patriots – that have set themselves up as “judge, jury and executioner on behalf of the victims of economic inequality.”
Why Will It Be Great? Most shooters are content with just aim-and-shoot at the bad guys, with not much thought given as to why. But after last year's rug-pulling Spec Ops: The Line, shooters are now looking to have a little more depth. And nothing has more depth right now than terrorism and the current economic climate.
Release date: November (TBC)
What's It About? Set in an alternate reality version of Chicago, you find the city is one mass hub of interconnected technology. You play Aiden Pierce, a hacker who has broken into the central system of the city, and you can now use it for whatever means you see fit.
Why Will It Be Great? Have you seen the trailer? If not, go watch it now. (waits for you to come back) How great was THAT?? Using traffic lights and mobile phones and trains to your advantage as your assassinate or cause mayhem has got to be one of the most fun ideas ever put into a videogame. Expect this to be the last great game of the Playstation 3 era.
Story by Rory Cashin | 14:14 | Thursday 21st March 2013 | Games