The next upcoming year is proving to be a very big year for games. Some very, very highly anticipated titles are set for release, and here are just a few to keep on your radar—and to keep your bank accounts stoked for.
There is of course Square Enix’ reboot of the Lara Croft saga, with ‘Tomb Raider’ (PC, PS3, 360). This entry in the series sees Lara Croft as a young girl being stranded on a remote island after her ship crashes on the shore. It takes the original blueprint of Lara Croft’s inception (as outlined in the original game’s manual) and makes it an entire, epic story of survival.
Another title to keep your eyes on is ‘Bioshock: Infinite’ (PC, PS3, 360), the wildly anticipated third entry into the ‘Bioshock’ series. This one takes place in a floating city known as Columbia; the player controls Booker DeWitt, who is searching for Elizabeth, a girl with supernatural powers. For more on ‘Bioshock: Infinite’, check out my prior article outlining the first five minutes of the game.
‘Crysis 3’ (PC, PS3, 360) is also scheduled for release in the first quarter of the year. Another addition to the graphically-demanding and –rewarding series, this game follows Prophet as he returns to New York City after it has been encased in a gigantic dome.
Another sequel is ‘Dead Space 3’ (PC, PS3, 360). The prior games have all been truly terrifying, with ‘Dead Space 2’ garnering much praise and being considered one of the scariest and most darkly beautiful games ever made. ‘Dead Space 3’ seems to continue that tradition, though it seems to be veering off onto another route.
‘The Last of Us’ (PS3), scheduled for a May release, is from ‘Jak & Daxter’ creator Naughty Dog Studio. The player controls Joel, a man protecting a young girl named Ellie, both of whom are trapped in a post-apocalyptic world of both the Infected—former humans—and Survivors—humans who will do anything to survive, much like Joel and Ellie.
Other titles to keep an eye out for inclue ‘Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’ (PS3), from Studio Ghibli; ‘Rayman Legends’ for the WiiU; ‘Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs’ (PC, Mac), the sequel to the truly terrifying ‘Amnesia: The Dark Descnet’; and ‘Grand Theft Auto V’, for which there is very little left to say besides buy this game.
For more most-anticipated lists, check out Gaming Illustrated's Most Anticipated Games of 2013.