What’s that? You’re still playing last year’s games? Well, you’d better get a move on, then! With the possibility of two new console releases before Christmas, not to mention a bevy of brilliant games on current-gen consoles, it’s going to be a landmark year for gaming.
Of course, buying all of those games might be quite expensive – especially if you’re buying them at full whack. With that in mind, we’ve listed our most anticipated games for twenty thirteen, and where to find them at the best price. So, without further ado, here are the games we’re most looking forward to this year…
1. BioShock Infinite
Never mind the duller-than-dishwater box art, which resembles every other shooter since time began. BioShock Infinite is shaping up to be something very special indeed. Set on the floating city of Columbia, you play as Booker Dewitt – a former Pinkerton agent on the lookout for Elizabeth, a young woman who has been held captive by the mysterious ‘Songbird’ for years. The combat should be familiar to anybody who’s ever played BioShock, and there’s even a novel ‘skyhook’ system that allows Booker to zip around Columbia like an old-fashioned rollercoaster. It’s Beauty and the Beast: The Game, basically, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Best price: Pre-order your copy from £27.85 at Zavvi.
Let’s face it; Tomb Raider has been treading water for years. Indeed, while the series has almost recovered from the low point that was TR: Angel of Darkness, recent releases have done little to shake up the existing formula. Fortunately, the latest Tomb Raider game does just that. Casting Lara Croft as a nigh-on-foetal 21 year old, this is an origins story in every sense of the word. With limited skills, spectacular set pieces and a greater emphasis on survival, this promises to be Lara’s most epic adventure yet.
Best price: Pre-order your copy from £29.95 at Zavvi.
3. Gears of War Judgement
What do you do when you’ve blown up an entire locust army, and there’s nobody left to shoot? Well, you make a prequel of course! A joint venture between Epic Games and People Can Fly – the Polish studio behind Bulletstorm, Gears of War: Judgement is shaping up to be the surprise hit of the year. Set before the events of the original game, this latest instalment centres of Augustus Cole, Damen Baird (as well as fresh faces, Sofia Hendericks and Garron Paduk) as they attempt to save the city of Halvo Bay from a “frightening new enemy”. Gulp.
Best Price: Pre-order your copy from £39.85 at ShopTo.net.
4. Ni No Kuni
Japanese role playing games have fallen out of favour lately, but Ni No Kuni looks set to remind us what makes them so special. A joint collaboration between Level 5 (Dragon Quest, Professor Layton) and animation giant, Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away), Ni No Kuni looks to be a journey to warm the heart.
Best price: Pre-order your copy from £34.95 at Zavvi.
5. DMC: Devil May Cry
Never judge a book by the cover. Ninja Theory’s bold reimagining of Capcom’s demon-hunting epic caused quite a stir online, with many fans wondering why series hero Dante now resembled a sort of depressed Harry Potter, but we needn’t have worried. DMC Devil May Cry is possibly the most confident, stylish and amusing DMC yet.
Best Price: Pre-order your copy from £37.98 at Zavvi.
6. Grand Theft Auto V
It’s been almost five years since Rockstar’s crime-centric opus, Grand Theft Auto IV, and since then, we’ve been left dreaming about the future of the franchise. Fortunately, Rockstar have been doing just that, with GTA V shaping up to be the studio’s most imaginative and ambitious game yet. Set in Liberty City, the latest instalment features three playable characters, Michael, Trevor and Franklin, whose stories merge to create something that would give Quentin Tarantino the willies. Colour us excited.
Best Price: Pre-order your copy from £39.99 at Amazon.
7. The Last of Us
Zombies have been done to death in television, movies and games of late, but The Last of Us looks truly original. Developed by Naughty Dog – the studio behind Uncharted – The Last of Us tells the story or Joel and Ellie, survivors of a deadly virus that has wiped out the majority of humankind. It’s Joel’s almost paternal relationship, and witty banter, with Ellie that makes the game so special, though. See? Who says you can’t make a zombie game with braaaaiiins!
Best price: Pre-order your copy from £39.95 at Zavvi.
8. Beyond: Two Souls
Few studios ‘get’ cinematic spectacle quite like Quantic Dream. Indeed, as fans of Heavy Rain will know, their games feature some of the most adult themes, characters and storylines ever devoted to disc. Fortunately, the studio’s latest game, Beyond: Two Souls, looks set to continue this lofty tradition, casting Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes – a young girl plagued by psychic abilities. Set over 15 years of Jodie’s life, Beyond: Two Souls explores the meaning of life, and looks to be a truly unique experience.
Best Price: Pre-order your copy from £39.95 at Zavvi.
9. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Helmed by critically-acclaimed studios Kojima Productions and Platinum Games, Metal Gear Rising bears all the hallmarks of its madcap creators: gobsmacking production values, a brilliantly daft name, and all the high-octane action you could ever ask for. Essentially Bayonetta with a Metal Gear Solid veneer, this will surely be one of the most explosive and enjoyable action titles on console.
Best Price: Pre-order your copy from £34.99 at Amazon.
10. Crysis 3
Remember that bit in the Simpsons Movie, when a gigantic dome is placed on top of Springfield as a punishment for destroying the ecosystem? Well, Crysis 3 is a lot like that. Set in a freshly-domed New York, it’s up to Prophet (the nanosuited hero from the previous games) to liberate The Big Apple in a revenge mission to end all revenge missions. Of course, behind all the sci-fi silliness lies a beautifully-designed first person romp to get the pulse racing.
Best Price: Pre-order your copy from £29.95 at Zavvi.