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The following list is my top 10 most wanted of the year 2013. The year isn’t filled to the brim in quantity, but it is filled with quality! The list is filled with multiple genres: fighting, open-world, adventure, co-op, stealth, horror, shooter, multiplayer, and cinematic.
10) Injustice: Gods Among Us – The creators of the Mortal Kombat series, NetherRealm Studios, are developing this comic-based fighting game. A sample of this game is essentially found in Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe, but a bare sample at best. The game has grown within to be it’s own and is shaping up to be a great addition to any fighting game collection. The roster is rising up to be amazing and it has many characters I would love to be able to control. Who wouldn’t want to play as Bane and get a chance at breaking the bat?
09) Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar North is at it again, with their latest addition to the GTA series en route later this year. It’s GTA, ‘nuff said. The bigger shocker might be why is this so low on the list? That’s simple, GTA 4 felt like a letdown after the PS2’s trilogy of GTA. I felt Rockstar went the right way with both Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. Red Dead had a truly unique open-world experience and I can’t wait to see it condensed within Los Santos. Max Payne 3 showed that Rockstar North can finally have a fine-tuned shooting system and I would love to see GTA V have that shooting system.
08) Beyond: Two Souls – Not much is known as to how this game will play other than that it will not be only played through with quick-time events like Heavy Rain. I’m excited for this as I have loved Quantic Dream’s last two outings and the fact Ellen Page is starring her likeness, motion capture, and voice has me waiting for the release date, whenever that is.
07) Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel – The last two games in this franchise were not bad games, but fun co-op games nonetheless. This one however seems to be heading in even more of a right direction. Developers have switched to now Visceral Games, and I have loved all of Visceral’s developments in the past. Their tight controls in Dead Space will be a welcome addition to the Army of Two series. Another great addition is the Frostbite 2 engine created by the Battlefield developers DICE. This engine has been golden when used, even in the disappointing Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The Devil’s Cartel shows the engine being put in use with enhanced destruction not even seen in Battlefield 3 and this new change in the engine can be great for future Frostbite games.
06) Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist – I have been a huge Splinter Cell fan from its first game. I loved Pandora Tomorrow, adored Chaos Theory, and even struggled through the glitch and disappointing PS3 version of Double Agent. However I felt betrayed when I was unable to give a playthrough of Splinter Cell: Conviction as it was Xbox 360 exclusive and I don’t have that console. Now with Blacklist going multiplatform, and the trailers showing the game going back to its roots seemingly, I am ready to try out that “killing in motion” mechanic!
05) Resident Evil: Revelations – I love the Resident Evil series. I mean every single one, all the numerical main entries, the side games, and even one-shots like Operation Raccoon City. I find them enjoyable and that is what’s most important. Most hated the last entry, 6, though I found it personally enjoyable. Capcom has stated that RE6 while sales were okay, it wasn’t as successful as they had hoped. They have since confirmed that Revelations is being ported to consoles and PC this year. I feel bad that 3DS is losing this exclusive, but I’m happy to be given the chance to play it, unlike Splinter Cell: Conviction.
04) Bioshock: Infinite – Bioshock Infinite is a game I have been waiting for since the day I finished the original Bioshock! Sure, Bioshock 2 has come out since and we’ve been graced with amazing games in similar style like Dishonored, but I wanted a sequel created by the original developers, Irrational Games. My want will be answered next month as I and many other gamers will get a chance to explore the beautiful Colombia as we try to rescue Elizabeth with Booker. I know the long wait will be well worth it.
03) Battlefield 3: End Game – Battlefield 3 was released in October of 2011, and I’m still playing it to this day. The final expansion pack is set to release in the next few weeks, even as early as tomorrow as both PSN and BF3 are doing maintenance. Dice announced the maintenance yesterday on Twitter as “#BF3 will be intermittently unavailable across all platforms in preparation for #BF3EndGame on Feb 26 from 0800 to 1400 GMT.” Any game that is supported for more than one year is a winner in my book and BF3 is my current favorite online shooter. End Game is bringing in motorcycles, and vast seasonal maps and my body is ready!
02) The Last of Us – Naughty Dog. Those 2 words preceding a game is enough to get people excited. Crash Bandicoot was THE mascot of the original PlayStation. Jak and Daxter shared the mascot-award during the PS2 with Sly and Ratchet & Clank. Now on PS3, the Uncharted series has been a system seller. Naughty Dog now has two teams, and their second team has been making The Last of Us for a while now. The game looks phenomenal and seems to be unique in this day-of-age in gaming. It blends genres smoothly from what I’ve seen and Joel and Ellie seem like great characters to go along with the beautiful visuals and post-apocalyptic New York.
01) PlayStation 4 – My most wanted of the year is an all in one with the PS4! The console and all of it’s features is my main want, but included for this list this includes all the big hit PS4 games I’m expecting this year. Killzone: Shadow Fall looks gorgeous at 1080p30, InFamous: Second Son appears to renew the franchise, The Witness looks beautiful and could be a fun puzzler, Watch_Dogs is set to be a show-stealer, and the unannounced Battlefield 4 will rock the multiplayer with the rumored 64 players, 1080p60, and all out online warfare. PS4 I feel will start off stronger than the PS3 had, and will have a bigger following upfront than the Vita.
So my list is done there, and I cannot wait for this year to go by. I hope the wait for PS4 doesn’t go slow and just speeds through until launch day. Then, I won’t mind time slowing down as I enjoy the next-gen. There were a few other games that could have made my list if I compiled it earlier: Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising, Dead Space, Sly, etc.
My list is completed, and I want to hear what your most wanted for this year is? Are you excited for the same games as me? Speak out below in the comments!