Now that Club Nintendo is closing its doors, it's safe to wonder if this will be the end of the physical reward system. We go over a brief history of some of the rewards granted to gamers from Nintendo Power strategy guides to soundtracks and weigh it against the digitized reward systems.
Looking Forward: Anticipated Games For The Rest of 2013
With the first trimester behind us, what games can we look forward to getting our hands on in the remainder of 2013? Here’s my list of anticipated games, both indie and triple-A alike. (Keep in mind, these are all going to be for PC or Xbox 360, since I do not own other systems besides the Wii and DS).
I played the demo of the original GRID and was a little disappointed in it, to be honest. I was always a pretty big fan of CodeMasters games, and I anticipated that traditional racing would come natural to this company. I guess my hopes are still deep in my mind, because I am anticipating giving GRID another shot with the launch of GRID 2. GRID 2 is scheduled for release this month.
The Sims 3: Island Paradise
As an avid Sims player since the original game released in the early 2000’s, I am looking forward to the brand new features being added to the game, as well as some of the legacy features like maintaining a resort. Houseboats and diving will be an interesting addition to the expansive set of expansion packs available for The Sims 3.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World
I have poured hundreds of hours into the Civilization games over the last decade, and intend to do more of that when Brave New World releases. International trade, new civilizations, world congress and cultural victories are anticipated to add an abundance of excellent new content to this excellent empire building game from Firaxis and 2K.
Madden NFL 25
Anticipating a new Madden title is like anticipating the tides, but with their 25th anniversary edition, one can’t help but hope that they add some excellent new features or game modes. I’d like to see a progression system for superstar mode, as well as a possible system to let you retire a player and bring him back as a coach in an in-depth coaching system. Madden 13 did well, so here’s to hoping that they bring back a more intuitive menu and don’t remove popular features.
Grand Theft Auto V
This is obviously one of the most anticipated games of 2013, if not of all time. We return to Los Santos with improved graphics, a larger map, more customization options than Grand Theft Auto IV, and so many features and immersive environments that your head will spin. I’m looking forward to souping up a sports car and tearing through the streets of San Andreas this year.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
While I’m now a Battlefield player, I’m hoping that the new engine being released with Ghosts is a massive improvement, or at least a change, over the engine that has basically been reiterated over and over in the last handful of Call of Duty games. I would especially be tickled if they added vehicles and support options outside of care packages and chopper gunners.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
I’ve not played many of the Assassin’s Creed games, but a pirate based Assassin’s Creed might break that spell. It just sounds like swashbuckling fun that few games offer these days, along with awesome acrobatics and sneaky take-downs that only Assassin’s Creed games can offer.
Star Citizen/Pathfinder Online
As a gamer and a role-player, I am looking forward to a game that allows me to fully integrate with an online community. I am always looking for the most immersive, sandbox style game in any genre. Star Citizen appears to be a sandbox space game, with economy and player run government structure, and Pathfinder looks like it’s going to deliver that in a more fantasy/medieval setting.