Many developers have been going darker with the tones of stories lately. It's time we stop asking definitively if this is a good or bad thing and consider the artistic value at hand.
My Most Anticipated Games For Early 2013
Ahh, the new year approaches. With it comes new beginnings, new resolutions and, most importantly, new games. Just the first three months are loaded with promising new titles. Sure, I’m eager to play some of the other games releasing in the early part of next year like Gears of War: Judgement and Aliens: Colonial Marines, but here are the five games I’m counting down the New Year for the most.
Devil May Cry
I’ll admit it now: I was an early hater of the revamped Devil May Cry. Ninja Theory has never really blown me away, and the drastic liberties they seem to be taking with the property had me more than a little bit hesitant. However, after seeing more and more of this title, I can’t help but feel that this could be one of the early surprises of 2013. Every new trailer only seems to enhance my excitement for it, but by this point I feel like the only thing left is for me to get my hands on it and find out for myself. I’ve said it a million times: I think that DMC will, and really always has, live or die by its combat. Sure, I would love to see some character development or a cohesive story from Dante, but the gameplay will be the deciding factor here. Despite the early backlash, I predict we may be in for a treat January 15th.
Dead Space 3
The Dead Space franchise came out of nowhere to become one of EA’s heavy-hitters. The first one was a tension-filled cult favorite that planted necromorphs firmly in my nightmares. The second one upped the ante with a blockbuster campaign and at least tried to incorporate multiplayer, for better or worse. I was absolutely blown away by the opening sequence of Dead Space 2, and I’ll probably never forget the needle sequence. *violently shivers* I’m not worried about the inclusion of multiplayer bringing the series down, but I do hope that they don’t skimp on the scares or try to inject too many buddy moments into the fray. I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt. I just know that I can’t wait to dig into some cooperative necromorph slaying.
Need. More. BioShock. And not that BioShock 2 crap either! Just kidding, I actually enjoyed BioShock 2, but I can’t wait to enjoy Irrational Games glorious return to the series. The original BioShock is one of my favorite games ever, and I see no reason why I won’t be adding BioShock: Infinite to that list. It looks so good! I’ve never been the type to shield myself from new information to avoid spoilers or anything like that, but I have made a conscious effort to not dwell on Infinite too much. The greatest part of BioShock to me was the sense of discovery it fostered, and I would like to preserve that as much as possible. I don’t want to gush or anything but EHRMAGERD I WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME SO BAD!!!
Ever since the busty heroine bust onto the scene on the original PlayStation, I’ve been a fan of Lara Croft and her crazy, impractical adventures. She hasn’t been as relevant lately as I’m sure she would like to be, but Crystal Dynamics seems to be on the right track to bringing her back to top form. I think the humanization of Lara is a great idea, and the survival motif they are going for seems like it could really work, and provide a fresh and compelling gameplay hook. Every demo I’ve seen of this looks amazing, and I am super ready to jump back into the Tomb Raider world. Here’s hoping we see more of Lara than “buxom lady who can shoot two pistols.” I’m eager to try out that bow and arrow for myself.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Full disclosure: I’m a bit of a Studio Ghibli fan. Their work on hits like Princes Mononoke and Spirited Away caught me in a way that no previous anime had done before. I’ve never been a huge anime fan, but I followed a steady dose of Dragon Ball Z and Outlaw Star as a youth. Ni No Kuni looks like it could completely bridge the gap between that world and the realm of video games, and thankfully it looks like it may have the gameplay chops to hang with the big boys of the RPG genre as well. The real-time combat looks like a ton of fun, I enjoy the offbeat sense of humor and I have every confidence the atwork and story will be up to Studio Ghibli standards. Next year can’t come soon enough!