The release of Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA5) heralded the beginning of video game season. This is the time of year that developers like to release the video game blockbusters in the months leading up to Christmas. Video Games are becoming so big these days they are surpassing movies in revenue and GTA5 made $800 million on launch day stealing the record from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 set in 2012. These numbers are huge and the demand for these blockbusters hits new records every year. So what other video games can we look forward to in 2013?
Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs due to release on November 19th is a “Person of Interest” type of game. According to the developer, “you play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You’ll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy… and more.”
Pokemon X and Y
Nintendo’s Pokemon X and Y is going to be a ton of fun! According to the press release courtesy of our friends at Games Press, “… Mega Evolution is a new, awe-inspiring transformation certain Pokémon can undergo during battle in the highly anticipated Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games. Pokémon that Mega Evolve will tap into hidden reserves of strength and power that have never been realised in their regular Evolutions, giving players battling with a Mega-Evolved Pokémon a dominant advantage. Mega Evolutions will revolutionise Pokémon battles and usher in a new Pokémon transformation never-before-seen in the Pokémon world.”
Beyond: Two Souls
From the Sony Playstation site,
From the visionary mind of David Cage, director of the award-winning Heavy Rain™ game, comes the most powerfully emotional experience on the PlayStation®3 system. A singularly unique psychological action thriller delivered by A-list Hollywood performances, Beyond: Two Souls™ takes you on a thrilling journey across the globe as you play out the remarkable life of Jodie Holmes.
Born with a connection to a mysterious entity with incredible powers, Jodie was different. In an adventure spanning 15 years of her life, your actions will determine Jodie’s fate as she faces extraordinary challenges, danger, and heartwrenching loss on a journey to discover the truth of who she is. Beyond: Two Souls promises an emotionally-charged journey unlike any video game before.
Batman: Arkham Origins
Looking to be another great play, Batman: Arkham Origins is bound to be a top seller. The developer’s site explains the premise,
“Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.”
For those of you that like all out chaos and warfare Battlefield 4 might be the best place to land for the holiday season. This one looks intense and you may suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after playing this one.
Here’s the blurb from the manufacturer, “Battlefield 4™ is the genre-defining action blockbuster made from moments that blur the line between game and glory — moments found only in Battlefield. With dynamic destructible environments, epic vehicular combat, and the chaos of all-out war, Battlefield 4 gives you the freedom to do more and be more for an unrivaled entertainment experience. Immerse yourself in the chaos of all-out war, in a series of unscripted controller-dropping moments, made possible by the power of Frostbite 3. Available on XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and the next-generation consoles.”
FIFA Soccer 14
For you soccer (football) fans out there, FIFA Soccer 14 is always anticipated. Here’s the description from Amazon.
“Experience the emotion of scoring great goals in FIFA 14. The game plays the way great soccer matches are contested, with innovations to the award-winning gameplay that inspire fans to build play through midfield, dictating the tempo of a match. Feel the tension as chances are created, and experience the thrill of hitting the back of the net. A new feature called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating. FIFA 14 delivers engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport – and to each other – through EA SPORTS Football Club. FIFA 14 is soccer’s social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world.”
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Courtesy of Sony Entertainment, Killzone Shadow Fall takes place 30 years after the events of Killzone 3. Set in an era of interplanetary colonization, it focuses on the conflict between the Vektans and the Helghast, two rival colonist factions inhabiting a distant planet. For three decades, both factions have lived side by side, separated by an enormous security wall – but now their cold war is about to go hot.
It’s up to Lucas Kellan, a member of the military intelligence unit known as the Shadow Marshals, to try to protect the fragile peace that exists. A new warrior for a new era of war, Kellan ‘s missions will range from quiet infiltrations to all-out combat. Lucas will need to be methodical and ready to adapt, as any misstep could lead to mutually assured destruction!
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
For the Nintendo Wii U fans out there, The Legend of Zelda has been around since they beginning of the Nintendo consoles. This franchise has built up to a cult like status and this next release is definitely one you won’t want to miss.