Every year there are a handful of games that everyone seems to be raving about. From powerhouse franchises like Call of Duty to groundbreaking new IPs, such as Watch Dogs and The Last of Us, these games are guaranteed to sell before they even launch. So what about the other guys? The games that due to budget, taste or timing simply slip between the cracks. The titles that leave you scratching your head or have you straddling that proverbial fence. Well, allow us to give you a push as we highlight the top games to watch out for in 2013.
Beyond: Two Souls
If you loved Heavy Rain, then it’s only logical to assume that you’ll love Quantic Dreams’ Beyond: Two Souls. The psychological action thriller focuses on the intriguing life of Jodie Holmes (voiced by Ellen Page of Juno fame) and Aiden, a mysterious invisible entity. The two are connected through a psychic link that gives Jodie supernatural powers. Players will experience 15 years of Jodie’s life as she tries to discover the true meaning of the entity.
If Heavy Rain is any indication of what’s to come, we can expect a visually stunning game with a captivating, but emotionally charged story. It seems that the QTE style of Quantic Dreams’ past title is making a return in this one. This manner of gameplay may not be for everyone, but the story-driven narrative looks to be a breath of fresh air for those willing to try it out. The game is set to appear exclusively on the PS3 sometime this year.
Recently, Capcom’s let me down—a lot. Lucky for us, they are simply publishing Dontnod’s cyberpunk action game, Remember Me (no super ultimate premium editions with one new character here). The game takes place in 2084 Neo-Paris where buying and selling memories are common practice. The player takes control of Nilin, a former elite memory hunter, whose memories were erased by her former employer, Memoreyes, to neutralize her. After breaking out of prison, Nilin is desperate to understand why by recovering her identity. Her new boss, Edge, the leader of a group of rebels, aids her in her quest.
Nilin has an implant that allows her to hack into the surveillance society (basically social networking at its extreme) controlled by Memoreyes. She also has the ability to change people’s memories as she sees fit. With a combat system that utilizes the advice of Yoshinori Ono, Street Fighter’s producer, Remember Me looks like it may be the underdog hit of 2013. Remember Me hits shelves this May on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
Omerta: City of Gangsters
Do lay awake at night wishing you were Nucky Thompson? Are Boardwalk Empire or Prohibition-era gangsters your thing? Then you want to check out Kalypso Media’s Omerta: City of Gangsters. The simulation game features tactical turn-based combat as players take control of an immigrant seeking the American dream. The player starts out doing small jobs until they are able to run a gang of their own. Eventually the player works their way up to become the ruler of Atlantic City. In combat, players can take cover or execute stealth attacks. A RPG system allows for the development of the game’s 15 unique characters and ability to manage their equipment. With 15 hours of gameplay, 20 historically accurate maps, and a multiplayer mode Omerta: City of Gangsters is definitely a game to watch out for. It releases February 12th for PC and Xbox 360.
Double Fine’s The Cave is an adventure game that uses the mind power of Ron Ghilbert, the creator of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion. Seven adventurers descend into the cave’s depths to explore locations that include a medieval castle and a subterranean amusement park. The characters have unique personalities and their own reasons for entering the cave, but the cave itself is the only one that speaks. As you navigate your team of three, the cave will provide amusing commentary as you solve puzzles or fall into a pit of misery. If that isn’t enough, The Cave will also sport a local co-op mode. It drops early 2013 on PC, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and the Wii U eShop.
Here’s something to sink tour teeth into. Stealth action—with a vampire! It just makes sense. Long before the days of sparkly boys, vampires were mysterious, dark, and cool. Kalypso and RealmForge’s Dark allows players to hide in the shadows and take out their enemies in vampiric ways–vanishing by turning into smoke being one of them. In the gloomy world of the game, players will work to unravel the mystery surrounding something far more evil than a vampire–an omnipresent global conglomerate called GeoForge Corporation. Over the course of the game, the character will gain more powerful skills to help remain unseen and to dispose of enemies quickly along the wauy. Dark is set to lurk onto PC and Xbox 360 early 2013.
What games are on your radar for 2013?