2013 will be a big year in gaming, being the end of a console generation. And Having the knowledge of the past 8 years of creating games on this hardware, there will be some great experiences to be had in the twilight of this great era. Also with the expanding palate of the PC platform, there are numerous opportunities to create unique experiences all on there own.
1) The Last of Us
I always have a soft spot for a good post apocalyptic setting, and layer on top of that a great story, from the creators of the acclaimed Uncharted series, what could be better? With the surprisingly small amount of information that is known about the game, I find myself extremely excited every time even the least bit of information is revealed.
But the facts that are known about the game, describes one of my favorite types of gaming experiences. A desolate person/couple that are traveling to a save haven destination, that have to fight fungal people (zombies) as well as other humans, all the while being strategically, and conserving ammo and food to survive.
I usually keep the majority of those descriptors for horror games, such as the original Dead Space. But incorporating these elements into a grander scale, I can’t wait to see how it is implemented.
2) Watch Dogs
How has it truly taken this long to have a futuristic open world game, thats not over the top ridiculous, but seemingly the world of tomorrow. Watch Dogs, truly seems to get what the world will be, while still capturing an essence of syfy within its walls of the world.
There is really even less known about this game than any other game on my list, but I still can’t wait to play it even so. This game seems to take parts from great games and average games alike, and propels them to a new level. Taking the feel and world from Deus Ex, and the open world do anything feeling of the GTA franchise, as well as some inspiration from Syndicate, and molding them all into one flowing experience.
This game might not be this generation but the wait will certainly be worth it. All we truly know about the game is from the stage demo at E3 2012, and no information since then. I am just excited to hear any information about the game, in the forthcoming months.
3) Army of TWO: The Devil’s Cartel
I will say this might be a surprise to some people, at least comparing it to the rest of the list. But although this series hasn’t been the greatest games to ever see the light of day, they are damn fun to play.
This series has always brought the best part of games back to life, couch co-op. When the PS2 and Xbox where the new kids on the block, people could not get enough multiplayer action. Of course at the time meant, getting a bunch of friends over at your house, get as many tv’s as possible and play against each other, and with each other to win.
Army of TWO has always retained that for me. I will admit that they aren’t a whole lot of fun to play by yourself, but even including a player over the internet is a ton of fun. The way the game is set up, and creates special situation that cause you and your friend to work together, and have a blast doing it.
Of any game, these games are the ones me and my friends will continue to go back to, when we just want some good in house co-op. There are very few experiences that can even shake a stick at the couch co-op experience, in all of gaming.