Now that 2013 has begun, it’s time to look forward. Stop living in the past and getting all nostalgic about 2012 games – do that when you get old! Let’s check out 10 2013 game releases we can’t wait to play instead. I mean, just think about everything that lies ahead of us that we’re actually going to get to play since the world didn’t end.
Since there are a lot of 2013 game releases that have already been announced, GamerTell’s going to spend today just going over the ones we’re truly excited about. We’ve either played demos of these games before or been wowed by the early hype and because of that, we’ve got to share our enthusiam
10. Soul Sacrifice (Vita)
I was fortunate enough to play Soul Sacrifice at E3 2012 and I was impressed. It seems like a very solid action RPG and I was intrigued by the premise of sacrificing things in order to cast spells, as well as the opportunity to make decisions throughout the game that would influence the ending. The fact that it’s structured into bite-sized missions is a nice bonus as well. I’m hoping it’s still as impressive when it’s released in 2013.
9. Disgaea D2 (PS3)
Disgaea D2 is the direct sequel to Disgaea, one of my all-time favorite strategic RPGs, so of course I’m excited about it. I’m still not sure what’s going on in the game, but getting to adventure again with Laharl, Etna and Flonne again seems promising, especially since it uses the new, Disgaea 4 style HD graphics. It’s guaranteed a 2013 Japanese release, so let’s hope its one of North America’s 2013 game releases too.
8. Starbound (Windows, Mac, Linux)
If you haven’t heard about Starbound, you’re forgiven. It is, after all, an indie game PC game. It’s an open world, 2D game along the lines of Terraria, except set in outer space after your character has to leave his or her recently destroyed home. You then go around in a starship, exploring planets in the hopes of finding a new place to live. It has a tentative 2013 release date.
7. Ni no Kuni (PS3)
Ni no Kuni comes out January 22, 2013 in North America, which is great because it means we don’t have to wait that long for it. In short, it looks amazing. This is the eye-candy game created by Studio Ghibli and Level-5 and looks like the ideal, modern JRPG. I look at the gameplay footage and drool, as it’s just that beautiful. Of course, the story, in which a boy named Oliver goes to another world in the hopes of saving his mother in his world, sounds like it will be touching as well.
6. Tales of Xillia (PS3)
Tales of Xillia is another one of those tentative 2013 game releases. Namco Bandai has already promised this latest entry in the action RPG series will be released worldwide, but we just haven’t heard that much about it yet. Players follow a teenager named Jude Mathis and a young woman named Millia Maxwell as they investigate what is happening to the spirits of their world. This game nearly received a perfect score from Famitsu, which means gamers have two JRPGs to root for in 2013.
5. Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)
I’m a huge Fire Emblem fan, but the last few DS entries just didn’t thrill me. It seemed like they stepped away from what a traditional Fire Emblem should be. Ok, I admit it – I missed making my units make friends on the battlefield. Fire Emblem Awakening takes a step back by bringing back the relationship elements, while also bringing back the generational element that hasn’t been seen since the SNES entries. I’m not excited about the DLC, because I’ll probably be tempted to buy every extra character, but I’m still thinking this will be one of the best 3DS games of 2013.
4. Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS3, Xbox 360)
I’m more of a Marvel girl than a DC fan, but after seeing Injustice: Gods Among Us at E3 2012, I knew I had to play this game. The various superheroes and villains look so detailed and incredible and their super powers seem to be perfectly implemented into the game. I also like that the stages aren’t stagnent backgrounds. Players’ characters and move to different areas and use items from their environment. Not to mention it’s being made by NetherRealm Studios, which did a fantastic job on the latest Mortal Kombat.
3. Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
According to Sony, Beyond: Two Souls is going to be among the 2013 game releases so here we are. I remember sitting at Sony’s E3 2012 press conference and being floored by the trailer for this game when it appeared on screen. It was incredible and I can’t wait to see how this game, which claims to follow the heroine through 15 years of her life, plays out. It just looks so lifelike and the scenario seems so mysterious. I’m a sucker for supernatural thrillers and this will definitely scratch that itch. I just hope it has more replay value than Heavy Rain. Even the former had multiple endings and outcomes, I couldn’t bring myself to go back after getting the best ending on the first try.
2. Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS)
Tom Nook owns my soul. Hence, I have to buy Animal Crossing: New Leaf. That, combined with the thrill of actually getting to be the mayor of the animal-invested town for a change and make all major decisions puts this game at the top of my 2013 game releases I can not miss list. I’m not a big fan of the change in character design, but it’ll be worth it to rule over my animal minions with an iron fist.
1. BioShock Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows)
This announcement may just break your heart – I’ve never played a BioShock game. I know, I got one of them for free thanks to PlayStation Plus and picked up the other at Goodwill ridiculously cheap, but I was content to read the story synopsis and spoilers online. That changes with BioShock Infinite, which I’ve already pre-ordered. The story seems much more intriguing and from the moment I saw the brightly colored, airship world of Columbia, I knew I had to be a part of it.