New Year is always times for celebration, though avid gamers will have even more reason to rejoice the dawning of 2013, as the year will see a number of hotly-anticipated games releases. PC games, as well as those for traditional and movement-sensor consoles are ever-evolving, with new concepts, graphics and styles being introduced all the time. Whittling down the 2013 releases to a top three was a hard task, but one we have managed successfully!
The ever-popular female hero Lara Croft is back. Created by Crystal Dynamics, the game is scheduled for released in March of next year for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox360. This is the first stand-alone game in the series since 2008’s Tomb Raider: Underworld, so fans of kick-ass Lara will no doubt be eagerly anticipating her return to the screen.
The 2013 release promises to deliver a new concept and reboot the original line. Focussing on Lara Croft’s beginnings, gamers will follow the hero in her evolution from a 21 year old amateur, to the hardened fighter recognisable today. Lara’s enemy is her hostile surroundings, as gamers must ensure her survival after she is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan. New and harder challenges await the Tomb Raider fan, with the game also promising new features such as the ‘Survivor Instinct.’
Impatient gamers won’t have to wait long after Christmas to get their hands on one of the most talked-about releases of the year. Crysis 3 is set for launch in January/February, and is the third installment in EA’s big-budget first-person shooter series. Set in a futurist New York in 2047, the location is now dominated by an overgrown jungle, providing additional hazards and dangers to the alien enemies. Our hero is Prophet, who is on a revenge mission following his exploits in 2011’s Crysis 2 and must battle both humans and aliens alike.
An exciting combination of Crysis 1’s jungle terrain, and the urban fighting arenas of Crysis 2, this third release promises advanced weapons, new tactics and a killer gaming experience.
The exact date is as yet unfixed for this 2013 release, which has only added to gamers’ anticipation. The third-person player game again has a futuristic setting and promises to deliver one of the most realistic open-world games to have been created, using new technology and highly-skilled design. Our central hero is Aiden Pearce, who has the ability to control everything around him, offering a new experience for gamers. Pearce’s ability to dictate events and situations in his surroundings allows the player to achieve a unique level of control over his city location. Jonathon Morin, Creative Director of the game’s producer Ubisoft, promises that Watch Dogs ‘goes beyond the limits of today’s open-world games’ and provides ‘access to information on a scale that’s never been seen before.’
Further details are sketchy at present, so stay alert in 2013 for updates on what is sure to be the game of the year!