With the launch of new consoles on the horizon, it's best not to forget what we have coming out on current platforms. Here's a list of already announced 2013 titles we here at PMS Clan Editorial are excited for.
State of Decay
One game I am highly anticipating in 2013 is Undead Labs' State of Decay, an open-world canter through a zombie-infested landscape that is yours for the taking. State of Decay boasts an open world that sandbox-lovers will enjoy and all the splatterific glory that zombie-poppers crave. There's even something for tactical types, as well. State of Decay's main focus will be to survive but will offer plenty of avenues and resources to do so, including ways to build character-filled communities, fix cars, scour weapon options, recruit survivors, and scavenge for any needs. Be mindful of this unforgiving world's supplies, however, as much of this undead utopia is stocked with limited loot. The sparse resources become increasingly rare as you build your own journey of survival!
State of Decay is described as a third-person action adventure, and will be available both on XBLA and PC. Another aspect I am enjoying about State of Decay's release is the tight-knit community that already frolics around the title. Developer Jeff Strain, founder of ArenaNet and co-creator of World of Warcraft, is behind this beauty of a project and founded the small Seattle-based studio with this title in mind. Undead Labs is using CryEngine3 for State of Decay, so it's sure to be quite the experience visually. State of Decay is rumored to feature massively multiplayer options some time after release, making it one of Xbox 360's only available MMOs.
Not much is known about Destiny, Bungie's post-Halo creation, but what we have read and seen thus far is definitely exciting. While Bungie has been cryptically hinting at the coming of Destiny, it was only via a leak in November that fans snatched the first glimpses of what Destiny has to offer. This is not the first time Bungie's plans have been released ahead of schedule -- Halo 3 leaked early back in 2007 -- however, Bungie acknowledged the leak with a lighthearted quote. “Well, that just happened... again.”
The basic premise of Destiny, as described by the leak, is as follows: “Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man's Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young 'knights' tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and -- eventually -- overcoming it." [source]
For those who love conspiracy theories and meticulous Destiny detail, I highly suggest ncsuDuncan's blog. You can also find one of the largest collections of Destiny art in Duncan’s Picturing Destiny post.
Editor's Note: This was written before this teaser was released. I imagine Goose is pretty into it. Also, while Destiny may not be a 2013 game, Goose is describing her anticipation of further details.
I am looking forward to the reboot of Tomb Raider! With a release date of March 5th, I will soon be immersed into another adventure with Lara Croft. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have taken Lara, a noted famous explorer, and have weaved her into a tale of survival. The game appears promising and I am looking forward to taking the character from an inexperienced young woman into a hardened adventurer.
As a girl gamer, I am also pleased to see the developer taking strong a female lead character with an oversexualized design and turning her into what a normal woman may look like.
Pokemon X & Y
What? A 24-year old man's most anticipated game of 2013 is a children's RPG? Well, yeah, and I'm as surprised as you are. While I've acknowledged the quality of Pokemon games in the past, no generation's hype grabbed me as well as Gold and Silver's did. I loved my copy of Pokemon Blue and hunted down all the information I could find on its successor. After Gold and Silver, though, future Pokemon generations never did anything to bring me back. I got all I wanted out of a 2D Pokemon game; why couldn't Nintendo put a real Pokemon adventure on their 3D consoles?
You can imagine my excitement, then, when I first saw this trailer. I'll admit, it still has all the hokey tropes of a Pokemon release trailer: New starter Pokemon, new legendaries, vague hints at gameplay tweaks. But it was in 3D! The Pokemon game I've wanted since 2000, over a dozen years ago, is finally being made. It may sound superficial, but 12-year-old me doesn't care. Twelve-year-old me finally got his wish granted, and superficiality be damned.
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