Western Herald – 2013 Video Game Preview: Part 3

2013 Video Game Preview: Part 3

John Campbell
A&E Reporter

Sequels and reboots of a video game series are sometimes the most anticipated games to be released. In part three of our 2013 video game preview, we look at the highly anticipated sequels and reboots that will be coming to multiple platforms throughout the coming year.

Perhaps the most hotly anticipated game of 2013 is Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games, on its way to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. GTA V is the first game in the main GTA series since GTA IV in 2008. For the first time in the series, the player can control three different protagonists. The world in GTA V has been described as bigger than all of the already-sizable environments from games like GTA: San Andreas, GTA IV, and another Rockstar game, Red Dead Redemption, combined. With extremely fantastic graphics, GTA V is going to be an early frontrunner for many game of the year awards. Players should look for it in spring 2013.

Another big sequel due out in 2013 is BioShock Infinite for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Set in 1912 in the floating city of Columbia, Infinite follows the story of disgraced former Pinkerton National Detective Agency agent, Booker DeWitt. While that makes Infinite not part of the same series as the previous games, it has been confirmed that the game shares the same universe. With great graphics and lots of humor (including music and Star Wars references), BioShock Infinite is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Look for it on March 26, 2013.

The Crysis series (created and developed by Crytek Frankfurt, Crytek UK and Electronic Arts) is getting its first release since Crysis 2, which dropped in March 2011.  Crysis 3, for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, sees the player take the role of Prophet, as 2047 New York is encased in a Nanodome. The graphics for Crysis 3 are spectacular, showing a potential future New York City. Crysis 3 will be released on Feb. 19 in North America.

Visceral Games and Electronic Arts are releasing Dead Space 3, the sequel to January 2001’s second installment. Protagonist Isaac Clarke returns to face off with the Necromorphs, though he’ll have help from Sgt. John Carver. Both characters have the ability to roll and take cover. In addition, Dead Space 3 introduces a drop-in/drop-out co-op campaign which can unlock story details and gameplay mechanics. Great sound effects and amazing graphics are found throughout the game, which hits North American shelves shelves on Feb. 5.

The Metal Gear series (by Platinum Games and Konami) gets a new addition in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is more of an action oriented hack-and-slash game than its predecessors, which were mostly based in stealth action. The game puts players back in control of Raiden, who can enter a free slicing mode called Blade Mode to make slices more precise. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is due out in stores on Feb. 19.

Dead Island is a relatively new series, its first installment having dropped in Sept. 2011. Techland and Deep Silver will bring its sequel, Dead Island: Riptide, to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. Riptide picks up where the previous game left off, with the main characters finding safety on a military ship before a storm hits and the virus that caused the events of the first game spreads through the crew. Riptide will be available on April 23.

Sometimes a popular series needs a fresh start and gets a reboot.  That’s the case for the storied Tomb Raider series, which will get its eponymous restart this year on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Tomb Raider is the origin story of a young Lara Croft as she becomes a hero. The open-world game combines action, platforming and RPG style gameplay, and will release on March 5.

While not technically a reboot, DmC: Devil May Cry for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is set in an alternate reality from the Devil May Cry universe. Players still control Dante, who is still using his sword (Rebellion) and his twin pistols (Ebony and Ivory) to take care of the bad guys. Dante can also enter Angel mode, turning Rebellion into the Osiris, which resembles a scythe. Devil mode uses the slower but more powerful weapon known as the Arbiter, while both modes alter Dante’s mobility. DmC: Devil May Cry dropped earlier this week!

With all these great games coming out this year, it’s easy to overlook the annual releases like Madden, FIFA or Call of Duty. Details on these and more games will come when available. For more information or questions, follow @WMUJohnHerald on Twitter or email john.j.campbell@wmich.edu. Game on!

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