With all of the talk about next-generation consoles flying around, it may be slightly difficult for gamers to remember there is still fantastic, new content that will be hitting their consoles later this year.
Today, Examiner.com takes a look at some of the biggest titles that are scheduled to hit current generation consoles.
Gaming has exploded in its growth over the previous eight years, and proof of that is how there are so many current generation titles being developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, while next-generation development is also happening at the same time.
For those who maybe had fears about publishers and developers losing their focus on current systems due to what's next, that does not seem to be the case, especially when you take a look at the 12 titles we have highlighted in the list above.
To start things off we'll take a look at the revolutionary, daring title coming from Capcom this June, Remember Me.
- This piece is a collaboration between Justin Andress and Steve Ruygrok from their trusty Examiner.com HQ offices. Enjoy, and tell us what game you are most looking forward to playing.
Remember Me (June 4th)
Remember Me is a new game upcoming from Capcom that’s looking to challenge a lot of norms in the video games industry as well as in real-life today.
Set during 2084, a person’s private and intimate life are no longer sacred areas of existence, thanks to the viral growth of social networks at the turn of the century. With citizens agreeing to give up their private lives in favor of a piece of smart technology, a group of people now have total control over each person.
Gamers assume the role of Nilin who has accumulated the ability to manipulate, change or even rob a person’s mind over the course of a long memory hunting career. Once free from prison, Nilin sets out on a journey to regain her identity, which was lost when she was initially arrested. She will have to battle against those who rule over Neo-Paris if she is to succeed.
Previously, Remember Me creative director Jean-Maxime Moris said there are several ways a person or group of people can go about creating a new IP, like Remember Me.
“I think that if you want to make games, then there are two ways to do it. You can start from your bedroom and work in a project with a couple of friends, and nothing is stopping you from studying computer science, or art. Do it if you want to do it.
"The second thing is being involved in a more traditional contract with a developer or being hired by a publisher. You can study to get into one of those companies or just get into them via QA or whatever, just do it and then work your way up,” Moris said.
Remember Me will be released on June 4th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
The Last of Us (June 14th)
Naughty Dog is one of the most adored game developers, largely because of the success they have experienced with their Uncharted series, and they are coming back this summer with a new franchise looking to make an impact.
An apocalypse has come and gone on Earth, afterwhich gamers assume the roles of main characters Joel and Ellie. Amidst the nature-invaded cities they travel through, they find themselves having to fight for their lives against the few humans that remain.
The two find themselves struggling to complete their journey across the United States, where they hope to find relief and a new beginning in life. The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann said they want this game to incite emotions people don’t normally have when playing an action title.
“There’s a wide array of feelings we want to explore. We think the interactive medium allows you to, as the player, be there with them and touch those feelings,” Druckmann said.
Naughty Dog has always been very methodical and dedicated to the games they create, and The Last of Us seems to be no exception. One of their recent development videos they released shows off just how dedicated they are to this game.
The Last of Us will exclusively be hitting the PlayStation 3 when it launches on June 14th.
Saints Row IV (Aug. 20th)
Tired of getting bogged down with creative plots, respectable character arcs and the ever-so-slight touch of reality that comes with most other games on the market? Then we bet Saint's Row IV will be right up your alley!
No doubt loaded with insane amounts of explosions, excessive nudity and a laundry list of customization options, Saint's Row has long since left the "just another GTA clone" moniker behind, opting instead for the more interesting GTA's clinically insane cousin." And that's not necessarily a bad thing. This console generation, when Grand Theft Auto 4 was channeling an episode of "The Wire" it was Saint's Row that delivered all the rocket launching, plane flying, cross dressing goodness that you want from a crime simulator.
So SRIV might not carry the intellectual weight of Grand Theft Auto, but it will have super powers and aliens! This iteration of the game finds your player character spending most of the time inside a computer simulation fighting off an alien invasion . . . or some such thing.
It honestly doesn't matter. If the series can keep delivering its trademark brand of insanity alongside a wildly fun gameplay experience, we'll be there on day one!
Grand Theft Auto V (Sept. 17th)
Rockstar Games is getting ready to revolutionize the way we game (again). Fans are salivating in expectation of the September release of Grand Theft Auto V. While the delay of this title has hit some fans harder than others ("You said Spring 2013!"), the newest installment of gaming's mega-franchise is still far away the most anticipated game of 2013.
The fifth entry into everyone's favorite sprawling crime sage looks to be even more sprawling and more crime-y than previous installments. Gone are Nikko Belic's mincing monologues about the double-edged sword of a life at the bottom. Rockstar is set to introduce gamers to three protagonists who get off on some destruction.
For the first time in the series, players will spend their time playing not one, but three main protagonists as they set up and execute heists throughout the "LA, but not really LA" that they call home.
In GTA's biggest (size-wise, at least) entry, GTA: San Andreas, the list of vehicles to ride ran from bicycles to biplanes and everywhere in between. You want to get your player fat on fast food? Do it. Want to see them buff like a wrestler? You could do that, too. Tired of gunning people down? Hit the ersatz Vegas and try your luck in one of several casinos. Will a return to San Andreas in GTA V see a return to this level of options?
We certainly hope so.
Rayman Legends (Sept. 27th)
Rayman Legends was originally scheduled to be an exclusive Nintendo Wii U title, however, with recent developments, it is now going to be hitting the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
It has been a game that was supposed to debut with the Wii U back in November of last year, but some unforeseen delays forced the game’s release back to Sept. 27th of this year.
Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft’s French studios, said the reason Ubisoft chose to make Legends a multi-platform title was because of the demand fans on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 expressed.
“When we saw all the comments when we announced the game would be focused on Wii U, all of the people that have both the PlayStation 3 and 360 were really disappointed.
“So we thought it was making more sense to also bring the game to where it was originally from. That means Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. So we decided to go for a multi-platform launch simultaneously,” Poix said.
Rayman Legends has had plenty of time to prepare for its release this fall, but will it end up being a legendary experience for gamers?
Beyond: Two Souls (Oct. 8th)
Another cerebral developer that is bringing a new series exclusively to the PlayStation 3 is Quantic Dream with their upcoming adventure title, Beyond: Two Souls.
This psychological, mind-buster is not only featuring a brand-new game engine, but it is also sporting top-of-the-line Hollywood talent. Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe will be voicing two of the game’s most important characters.
Main character, Jodie Holmes, is an individual who can has supernatural abilities, via a psychic connection between her and the unseen soul of Iden. Gamers will progress through this game and make some of the biggest choice for Jodie that will ultimately decide their fates.
A recent gameplay preview showed off just how people will be able to progress through Two Souls with their partner in crime, Iden. While there are some very basic human questions Quantic Dream seems to be asking with Beyond, there certainly are bigger revelations players will uncover when they finish the game.
Batman: Arkham Origins (Oct. 25th)
Well, they did need a good excuse to get the Joker back into the villain's chair, and it seems like the folks behind this newest installment in the extremely popular "Batman: Arkham blank" series of games have figured it out: prequel.
While fans are understandably concerned that development of the newest entry in the franchise has passed from Rocksteady Studios to Warner Bros. Games Montreal, the possibilities of a fresh new plot and setting have fans intrigued. Certainly, there's no end to the excitement that could find a young, less experience Batman as he chases down eight deadly assassins on a snowy Christmas Eve.
Returning Batman to rookie status offers all kinds of possibilities in terms of character, but how will such a transition impact the Bat's available toys? How will it impact the gameplay?
WB Games Montreal is gaining lots of fans by sticking to the formula that (finally!) made a Batman game worth playing, so you can expect to see brutal melee combat, perch-to-perch movement and lots of broken bones when Batman gets another reboot this October.
Assassins's Creed IV: Black Flag (Oct. 29th)
The pirate genre isn't often portrayed on consoles. At least not well. There have been a few attempts (like last year's craptastic Risen 2: Dark Waters) but most have floundered before even leaving the dock. That partially changed with the incredibly visceral naval combat that was introduced in last November's Assassin's Creed 3. While not a completely pirate-themed game, Connor's story did give potential buccaneers a solid taste of the salt water spray.
In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Activision aims to let loose their inner sea dog as the series moves to the Bahamas (Havana, Kingston and Nassau) and allows players to spend up to 40% of gameplay on the water, getting their pirate on.
Another first for the series, the ability to swim underwater, highlights the development team's renewed emphasis on exploration. With over 50 locations to find and lots of ships to blow up, Assassin's Creed looks to retain the quality and innovation the series is known for, in spite of its insistence on a yearly release cycle.
Whatever, so long as we can still walk through legions of guys, leaving them bloody and full of holes with minimal effort and maximum flash, we're good.
Watch Dogs (TBA)
When Ubisoft (the creators of the awesome Assassin's Creed franchise) unveiled Watch Dogs at last year's E3, a simple look at the game's minimalist interface and gorgeous presentation was enough to leave gamers' minds blown.
While details on the plot are mum, we do know that players will take on the role of a man who - for some unexplained reason - has a fixation on surveillance and a unique talent with technology. Ubisoft proclaims that Watch Dogs will offer an unparalleled ability to control an open world Chicago.
Players will be able to exercise "real-time control over the city’s infrastructure: traffic lights, drawbridges, communications, L-Train and more." In addition, "you will have access to every mobile device, laptop and computer. Invading everyone’s privacy will organically lead you to all sorts of stories and gameplay experiences."
Pair that little tidbit with the game's kinetic action and appealing neo noir aesthetic, and you're looking a brand new open world game from a company that has a history of knowing the territory. What's not to get pumped about?
Diablo III (TBA for PS3)
Diablo III has been one of the most popular games in the history of Blizzard, no thanks to a rocky launch the MMO experienced when it first launched.
There have been a few other hiccups with the title since it was released, including a game feature that was implemented, but has not been used as it was originally intended to be used.
This game dropped a bombshell at the PlayStation conference back in February of this year, and it looks to do the same on the PlayStation 3.
Diablo III has earned itself a strong fan base that consists of about 3 million gamers per month, and it seems to be the proper title to be making video game history of being the first MMO to be ported to a console platform.
Blizzard Entertainment has not set a date for when gamers can expect this game to drop into retailers for PS3, but odds are it won’t be too long before things heat up on PlayStation consoles.
Elder Scrolls Online (TBA)
The Elder Scrolls is arguably one of the most popular and beloved franchises in gaming today, just ask the millions who had the chance to experience the truly immersive gameplay of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Bethesda is bringing the franchise back this year and this time the publisher is delivering what millions of fans have been waiting for, The Elder Scrolls Online MMO.
A little bit about this game has been shared by Bethesda thus far, but as per tradition, they have left a lot up to mystery for gamers to wonder about. Some appreciate that while others don’t, but one thing is true, some much has yet to be revealed.
Certain folks have guessed at when Bethesda will be making more noise with this title, and E3 is an obvious choice, but what if this game ended up being announced at the Xbox event as a ported title for the next Xbox? There are no sources or information to back that up, but it is an interesting question to ask, is it not?
No matter when gamers have the chance to learn more about The Elder Scrolls Online, the MMO should be hitting retailers sometime later this year.
Battlefield 4 (TBA)
DICE released the last installment in the Battlefield series the same year as Skyrim, and while it doesn’t look like another Elder Scrolls title will be hitting retailers during the same time, there will be plenty of games for Battlefield 4 to compete against.
Only being announced weeks ago, Battlefield 4 will be taking gamers through one of the most emotionally intense experiences DICE has yet to create. DICE has stressed the human element and how that will be the focal point for the game.
DICE General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has been adamant about the fact that the development team wants to deliver an experience outside of the typical war narrative.
“While it may sound cliché or [like] a bullet-point phrase, it’s something that the team are really living by, as opposed to trying to tell a story solely about a huge war, geo-politics, what’s going on around the world.
“That will be there in the background, but that’s not what this game is about," Troedsson said.
Gamers will have the chance to show whether or not they are ready to get back into the battle when Battlefield 4 potentially launches later this year.