Another year has come and gone and we can look back on memories of Diablo 3 and the wrap-up of the Mass Effect trilogy. Last year there were many fantastic games that emerged but there were also a few that didn’t quite live up to expectations.
But 2013 promises to be quite an interesting year because it's only just begun and already there is a huge list of games that we're all very interested in. Granted, some of them shifted over from 2012 to 2013 which is likely to happen, but 2013 is going to be an expensive one on the old leather wallet.
In addition to the games that are releasing this year, the onus is now on Kickstarter projects to get the ball rolling on IP originality (as I was complaining about last year in this article). We also spoke to the Do Gaming and Do Gaming League (DGL) team to find out what games they are most looking forward to this year.
Steve Whitford: Dragon Age 3, StarCraft 2: HotS, Crysis 3, Carmageddong, Elder Scrolls Online, Metro: Last Light, NeverWinter, Mistborn. I think that’s it.
Ryan Peter: For me it has to be Splinter Cell: Blacklist or Bioshock Infinite.
Jenni van der Merwe: I’m not really interested in all the shooters but maybe SimCity…
Ashley Underwood: God of War for me!
Jon Parsons: For me, it’s C&C: Generals 2, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Dragon Age 3.
Rob Clegg: Very much looking forward to the DayZ standalone and SimCity. The Last of Us and Watch Dogs are also up there.
Rob Hart: Lost Planet 3, DayZ, SimCity, Dust 514 and X-Rebirth, in no particular order.
Brendon Dell: It’s between Metro: Last Light and The Last of Us for me.
It’s interesting that there are some different opinions but SimCity, DayZ and The Last of Us seem to be recurring games amongst the Do Gaming ranks. For those that aren’t aware of what’s on offer over the next 12 months, here's a list of games that will probably be popular throughout the year.
Bear in mind, these are only the announced games so far and is likely to change depending on what happens in the industry this year.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Beyond: Two Souls
COD: Modern Warfare 4
Command & Conquer Generals 2
Company of Heroes 2
Dark Souls 2
Dead Space 3
Dragon Age 3
God of War: Ascension
Lost Planet 3
Metro: Last Light
Rainbow 6 Patriots
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Star Wars 1313
StarCraft 2: HotS
The Elder Scrolls: Online
The Last of Us
The Walking Dead
Total War: Rome 2
Along with the games listed above, there are a couple more that may have been missed but were omitted for various reasons. There could also possibly be some new consoles coming out in 2013 but some reports insist the consoles will be pushed back to 2014. The latest addition to the console market, the Nintendo Wii U, is currently selling well although I’m not sure how or why that is.
Alternatively, if we want to look for complete shock factor, maybe console gaming is just dead, which would be great news for PC gamers.
Either way, whether we have new consoles or not and whether the above games list stays the same or changes, we are in for one hell of a year.
Rob 'GrIdL0cK' Clegg has been in the gaming industry for over 15 years and has competed in both local and international tournaments at the highest level. He is also a respected gaming critic and is Telkom Do Gaming’s lead reviewer