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The Games Of 2013: What Games Are Coming Out This Year?

Adam Barnes

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Need help keeping track of the best games of 2013? We've created a handy reference guide to help you stay on top of every major release.

Published on Jan 2, 2013

You’d be forgiven for thinking 2013 will be a quiet year for video games. It’s the wind down that comes just before a new generation of gaming, so why would there be much to get excited about?

Well, thankfully, there’s actually quite a lot. No doubt there’s much more that we don’t yet know about and admittedly there are quite a number not yet nailed down to specific dates, but there’s something every month anyway.

So we’ve listed every major game out throughout 2013: from GTA 5 to BioShock Infinite. While we’ve tried to include games in the right months, not every game has a date set in stone so expect a few changes.

If there's anything you think we've missed, let us know in the comments below.

And if you like to see what is on the horizon, why not bookmark the page and we’ll endeavour to keep it up-to-date so you’ll always have something to look forward to.

January

DMC: Devil May Cry

Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

We’ve played a lot of it at preview stage and we can safely say this is going to be a fantastic game from Ninja Theory and Capcom.

Ni No Kuni: The Wrath Of The White Witch

Publisher: Namco Bandai
Platform: PS3

It’s been a long time coming but there’s a lot to get excited about with Ni No Kuni. We’ve played this at preview stage and we’re already pretty impressed with it.

The Cave

Publisher: Sega
Platform: PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360

Ron Gilbert’s latest is a unique platform-adventure game that let’s you take control of three of seven possible characters. It’s already showing a lot of promise, though may not may its predicted January release date.

February

Dead Space 3

Publisher: EA
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

It’s easy to be cynical about this one – what with the addition of co-op – but it’s still a very popular franchise and impossible to ignore. Keep an eye on this one.

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time

Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS3, PS Vita

You don’t get games like this anymore – for whatever reason – so thank God Sony’s around to make sure we get our fill of colourful platforming action.

Crysis 3

Publisher: EA
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Sometimes it’s enough to stick all the graphics into a game to make it exciting. While Crytek would argue there’s more depth to Crysis 3 than that – and no doubt there is – it’s all we really care about. Shameless graphics whores, and all that.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Publisher: Konami
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

After having hands-on with Metal Gear Rising last year all our doubts over Platinum Games new take on the series have been washed away. Insanely fun and typically mental.

Rayman Legends

Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: Wii U

Already the best Wii U game and it’s not even out yet, Rayman Legends combines that gorgeous 2D platforming we saw in Rayman Origins with multiplayer GamePad gaming.

March

SimCity

Publisher: EA
Platform: PC

There are a lot of changes to the series under the hood with SimCity’s GlassBox engine, but it’s already looking like a potential Game Of The Year contender.

Tomb Raider

Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Ignoring the multiplayer (sigh), there’s a lot to like about Lara Croft’s darker adventure. Don’t ignore this one, it could be pretty special.

God Of War: Ascension

Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS3

It’s God Of War, and that’s enough to get excited. Time to rip the heads off a few more gods as Kratos once more.

StarCraft 2: Heart Of The Swarm

Publisher: Blizzard
Platform: PC

It’s more than just an expansion pack; Heart Of The Swarm is looking to bring a heap of changes, new units and extra single player content to Blizzard’s best-selling StarCraft 2.

Gears Of War: Judgment

Publisher: Microsoft
Platform: Xbox 360

It might be a game focused on the franchise’s most irritating character, but this is still Gears Of War as we know it. And now with a fresh pair of eyes in the form of new developer People Can Fly, too.

BioShock Infinite

Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

The second most anticipated game this year, and after the original BioShock probably rightly so. There’s every reason to expect greatness from Ken Levine’s latest.

Army Of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

Publisher: EA
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

It might look stupid, it might have very little depth but there are a lot of people out there who enjoyed the previous two as co-op experiences. And with Visceral at the helm, it could actually be decent.

Fuse

Publisher: EA
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

There are a lot of mixed signals with Fuse, but rather than worry too much we’re just going to give Insomniac the benefit of the doubt and hope it all turns out alright on the night.

Metro: Last Light

Publisher: THQ
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Metro 2033 was something of a surprise hit, so a sequel – one which seems to have the best graphics this side of next-gen – should be met with the right level of intrigue.

South Park: The Stick Of Truth

Publisher: THQ
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

With Trey Parker and Matt Stone on board with The Stick Of Truth you can be certain there will be a level of quality not often seen with licensed games. And Obsidian know all about RPGs, so it’ll be a great game too.

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate

Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 3DS, Wii U

It'll sell by the bucketload in Japan, but what about in the West? Could this be Capcom's big chance? Who knows.

April

Grand Theft Auto 5

Publisher: Rockstar
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

If you need us to explain why you should be excited for GTA 5 then we can safely say it’s not for you. Should be out between April and June.

Beyond: Two Souls

Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS3

There’s more to Beyond: Two Souls than Ellen Page, and you should be excited for it too. It’s like Heavy Rain, but with more gameplay.

Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse

Publisher: Revolution Software
Platform: PC

It’s a brand new Broken Sword game, done in a style fans will adore made with the support and suggestions of the Kickstarter community. How could this be a bad thing?

Race Driver: Grid 2

Publisher: Codemasters
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

This is Codemasters doing their thing, remembering that before DiRT there was Grid. On track to be one of the greatest racers this generation.

Double Fine Adventure

Publisher: Double Fine
Platform: Android, iOS, PC

The first point-‘n’-click adventure game from Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert for years? Yes please.

May

The Last Of Us

Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS3

Another of the most anticipated games of 2013, Naughty Dog takes on the survival genre with a brutal, mature and intriguing look at life after an apocalypse. Guaranteed to be great.

Company Of Heroes 2

Publisher: THQ
Platform: PC

The original Company Of Heroes is one of the most revered RTS games on PC. This is the sequel. Simple.

Remember Me

Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

The surprise announcement of Remember Me last year has since waned, but there is a lot of potential for Dontnod’s unique sci-fi game. Keep an eye out for it.

June

Shadowrun Returns

Publisher: Harebrained Studios
Platform: Android, iOS, PC
Turn-based strategy games are certainly making a comeback – thanks to Kickstarter anyway – and Shadowrun Returns promises to relive the glory days of the SNES Shadowrun game.

Neverwinter

Publisher: Perfect World
Platform: PC

Not enough people are interested in Neverwinter if you ask us, but they should be. Hopefully this MMO will be a surprise hit whenever it launches this year.

Pikmin 3

Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U

There isn’t a specific date for Pikmin 3, nor any solid details. But we’ve seen it in action at E3 and it’s bloody Pikmin, so how can you not love it? Maybe even worth buying a Wii U for.

July

Planetary Annihilation

Publisher: Uber Entertainment
Platform: PC

Some of the guys behind Total Annihilation are looking to use planets as weapons in an RTS game. If that doesn’t interest you then you’re dead inside.

August

Grim Dawn

Publisher: Crate Entertainment
Platform: PC

If you’ve played Titan Quest then you’ll already know why you should be excited for Grim Dawn. If you haven’t, go and play it then get excited.

Killzone: Mercenary

Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS Vita

There’s little on the horizon for PS Vita – that we know of at least – but Killzone: Mercenary seems like it could be a fantastic addition to the console. Keep an eye on this one.

Lost Planet 3

Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Lost Planet 3 looks to Dead Space for inspiration – and we mean the good Dead Space, not the gun-toting sequel. It’s a new direction for the series, but one that is desperately needed.

Tearaway

Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS Vita

We’ve no idea when this might turn up, but it’s a PS Vita by the guys who made LittleBigPlanet. For that reason alone we can’t wait to see what it’s like.

September

Battlefield 4

Publisher: EA
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

We know it’s coming, we just don’t know when. If it is out this year it’ll be out in September. Everything else is up in the air, but it’ll still be Battlefield and for that reason alone it’s worth paying attention.

Deadpool

Publisher: Activision
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

High Moon Studios did a fantastic job of the Transformers franchise. Now it has control of our favourite comic book character. Only good things can happen.

October

Total War: Rome 2

Publisher: Sega
Platform: PC

We don’t think anyone can doubt Creative Assembly’s skills when it comes to strategy games these days. Rome 2 will be fantastic, that’s for certain.

Wasteland 2

Publisher: inXile Entertainment
Platform: PC

If you like Fallout then you need to pay attention to Wasteland 2, because the popular franchise owes its existence to the original Wasteland.

Puppeteer

Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS3

We love that Sony supports unique and off-the-cuff ideas like Puppeteer, and you should too. It might not look like your sort of thing, but we predict this could this year’s Journey.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Publisher: Zenimax
Platform: PC

An MMO built into the world of The Elder Scrolls? It might not be first-person or share many of the similarities with the console equivalent, but you can be damned sure it’ll be a great MMO.

November

Watch Dogs

Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

There’s rumours of Watch Dogs being a next-gen game, and judging by its visuals that’s entirely possible. Still, it’s the innovative hacking-filled gameplay that really interests.

Destiny

Publisher: Activision
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

Famed Halo developer Bungie steps out of its Microsoft shadow to create something completely new? While we should expect space marines shooting aliens to play a large part of the game, there’s bound to be just as much innovation as the original Halo.

Fortnite

Publisher: Epic Games
Platform: PC

Epic Games is deciding to do something completely different with Fortnite, and we can get on board with that. Unreal Engine 4, Minecraft-style construction and Horde-style combat. Count us in.

December

Dead State

Publisher: DoubleBear Productions
Platform: PC

December’s a bit of a slow month, but if this Kickstarter project sticks to its schedule then you’ll have a real diamond to finish the year with. Squad-based RPG combat akin to XCOM with freeform exploration like the original Fallout. Get excited for this one.

 

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