The 2013 video game releases for the Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Xbox 360 and PC include some big names, but Sony arguably bests them both in terms of sheer exclusive and original content. In part 2 of our 2013 video game preview, we will look at games for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita, as well as beginning our survey of this year’s upcoming multi-platform games.
Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita
The PlayStation 3 is certainly looking at a major release with Beyond: Two Souls, a psychological/spiritual thriller that boasts extremely realistic graphics and attention to detail at every corner. Actress Ellen Page voices the main character, Jodie Holmes, who players will follow from age 8 to age 23. The game is due out in spring 2013.
Another one of the most anticipated games of 2013 is the Playstation 3’s The Last of Us. The game puts the player in control of an adult named Joel, while also giving them an AI partner named Ellie. The travels through a post-apocalyptic world, fighting off both the Infected (zombies) and other humans whose intentions are no less hostile. The Last of Us is beautifully detailed, with breathtaking graphics and expansive environments to explore. Trees and other flora climb up the inside of buildings as you maneuver through the world, and the apocalyptic world feels as desolate and solitary as gamers might expect. The Last of Us will be released on May 7, 2013.
Meanwhile, Kratos returns to the PlayStation 3 in his own game for the first time since March 2010’s God of War III. The game, called God of War: Ascension, is a prequel to the main God of War series, set 10 years before the original installment, and revolves around a story where Kratos must defeat the three Furies to break his bonds with Ares. With a revamped combat system and, for the first time ever in the God of War series, a multiplayer mode, Ascension has enough new features to make it stand out from its predecessors. Look for God of War: Ascension on March 12, 2013.
A major release for the PlayStation Vita is Soul Sacrifice. The handheld release shows off fantastic graphics and a totally innovative gameplay style. The player controls a slave who serves an evil sorcerer as he enters the world of a book, experiencing fights between monsters and sorcerers. The player is able to sacrifice parts of their body to unleash attacks of a devastating nature. The sacrifices are permanent, however, and are therefore limited, creating more strategy for the player to work through. Soul Sacrifice has no confirmed release date, but is expected in 2013.
The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita will both see the release of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, the first new game in the main Sly Cooper series since 2005’s Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Thieves in Time picks right up where the last game left off, with gameplay similar to previous games in the series and additional powers being gained through costumes earned throughout. The PlayStation 3 and Vita can be combined with this game, allowing players to use the Vita-like x-ray goggles and to find hidden collectibles in the world. Thieves in Time will be released on February 5, 2013.
The first multi-platform game we will look at is Injustice: Gods Among Us, which will soon be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U from NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game based on the fictional DC Comics universe and will have a story mode similar to NetherRealm’s previous fighting game, Mortal Kombat. However, Ed Boon, the creative director of NetherRealm, has said that he wants to keep the game completely separate from the Mortal Kombat series. Fantastic graphics look to make Injustice: Gods Among Us a possible frontrunner for fighting game of the year for 2013. Look for the game in April 2013.
Many superheroes get their own video games after they get a movie, but not Deadpool, who served as one of the primary villains of 2009’s major motion picture, X-Men Origins: Wolverine . The game Deadpool, by High Moon Studios and Activision, is a third-person action game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Deadpool’s constant fourth-wall breaking and humor will be rampant throughout the game, with comic writer Daniel Way writing the story. The fantastic graphics and funny story make Deadpool a game not to be missed, so keep an eye out for a release date sometime in 2013.
Gearbox Software and Sega are busy readying the release of a sci-fi first person shooter that takes place after the film Alien 3. Aliens: Colonial Marines for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 gives the player control of a U.S. Colonial Marine named Christopher Winter. Weapons and characters from the movie series can be encountered throughout the game, while multiplayer and story modes, coupled with terrific graphics will make players feel as if they are immersed in the atmosphere of the movies. Aliens: Colonial Marines will be released on February 12, 2013.
The classic Final Fantasy series continues to expand with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Lightning Returns is the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2, with the only player being Lightning. The action-RPG is driven by its world: different events happen during different parts of the day in various places in the world. And naturally, the graphics are fantastic, as the Final Fantasy series has proven time-and time again. Look for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII sometime in 2013.
That does it for part two of our 2013 video game preview. In part three, we will conclude our coverage of the year’s multi-platform titles. For questions, comments or ideas on video game related topics, follow @WMUJohnHerald on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.