It's 2013 now as people keep reminding me when I say that it's 2012 by accident and then inevitably scream, "That's what I MEANT" in their faces and they move away from me slowly. Anyway.
I did a horrible job of keeping up on games last year due to my unemployment in January and then crazy employment here at GameSpot in February which had me so consumed that I played old adventure games and Sim games all year instead of playing something new. Not this year though, this year I'm planning to be on top of all the games that look interesting to me. I have a fatal flaw (not including my temper) of not being able to remember things which is why my life is full of to-do lists, white boards and reminder alarms. I guess this is going to be all of those things for my list of anticipated games of 2013. This is in no particular order but I'll try to give you a bit of background into why each game interests me.
I have all the excitement for this game. Bioshock is one of my favourite games of all time and the fact that there is a new installment with Kevin Levine on board makes me super excited. I actually never played Bioshock 2 because I didn't like the sound of the premise and dismissed it. After being hounded by colleagues to at least give it a try I do have it on Steam and it's in my "To Play Very Soon" pile. The art, premise and gameplay style of Infinite looks fantastic and after reading Levine's AMA on the game I'm even more pumped. P.S. What an awesome dude.
I had the very good fortune of being able to see the premiere and unveiling of Watch Dogs at E3 first hand and it looks very, very exciting. I love divergent gameplay full of choices and different means to a similar end. I'm hoping this extends through the gameplay and into relationships with players and the narrative direction of the story. I know we don't know a lot by now but man, did that trailer look good!
This weird little game had me hooked from the trailer. It's very weird, very Tim Burton and very "love it or hate it" which are all things that appeal to me. I'm not sure the platformy gameplay will be my cup of tea but I'm willing to try it out.
First off, this game comes out VERY SOON and I am VERY EXCITING. I caught the demo of this one at E3 and it looked absolutely fantastic. The Cave is another Double Fine masterpiece that takes place inside a sentient cave. There are an array of characters that they player can choose three of to embark on their journey each with skills, weaknesses and a rich backstory. I'm very keen into roping someone in to multiplayer this one with me.
Beyond: Two Souls
Literally just scraping in under the release radar for this year, the new game from the creator of Heavy Rain looks amazing. I loved Heavy Rain and while the premise here looks a little more narrow and less engaging I'm trusting that David Cage knows what he's up to for this one. Ellen Page will be a great addition and the sheer effort put in to the graphical and animation details are admirable.
A slightly off the wall choice seeing as this is supposed to be an action game, the female protagonist and gameplay mechanic of messing with memories made me take notice. I really hope this game turns out to be as special and unique as it sounds like it really could be.
The Last of Us
Another big action game, not usually my cup of tea but there are a lot of cool things going on here. Very Uncharted-y, a male protagonist with a young female 'ward' as it appears. Zombies. Apocalypse. You do the math. Can't wait to hear more on this one.
It's a world of paper and you TEAR it. I don't know what else to say. It's an indie game on the Vita. Very casual but very cute. I'm into it.
The story is about a little boy who is only visible in the rain, he finds himself lost and does the journey thing. It sounds very sweet and interesting and Limbo-esque. Another game with a premise so wonderful that I'm hoping they don't mess it up.
There is is so far! I'm sure I've missed some things but these are my most anticipated so far. /List