Video Games to Watch Out For in 2013 Part #1

Times are changing.
Times are changing.

As it’s still near the start of a new year, new video games are coming out to look forward to. Over the next few days or so I will be listing about seventy games that you should watch out for this year.

Each part will have around nine games that you should look out for. In no particular order.

Read more to see the video games to watch out for in 2013 Part #1.

This part includes the following games:

DmC: Devil May Cry, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Fire Emblem Awakening, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Crysis 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan and Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk.

DmC: Devil May Cry (PS3, X360 and PC)

Emo rock.
Emo rock.

DmC: Devil May Cry is a hack and slash video game developed by Ninja Theory and published by Capcom for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The game is set in an alternative reality in the Devil May Cry series. It focuses on the player character Dante, a young man with supernatural powers who finds himself under attack by a seemingly sentient town known as Limbo City which is populated by demons.

The reimagination of the Devil May Cry series was requested by Capcom resulting in the game being made from a Western perspective compared to previous games. Capcom also assisted Ninja Theory in the making of the gameplay in order to be reminiscent to previous games.

It is due for console release on 15th January 2013 and 25th January 2013 on PC.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)

The look of determination.
The look of determination.

Ni no Kuni is a role-playing video game, co-developed by Japanese developer Level-5 and anime company Studio Ghibli for the Nintendo DS and later PlayStation 3.

The Western PlayStation 3 version is published by Namco Bandai Games and includes both English and Japanese voice tracks. Due to problems in translation of the magic book, there are no plans to localize the Nintendo DS version. Despite this, a collector’s edition of the PlayStation 3 version that contains the translated book was released with the standard edition.

In the Playstation 3 version of the game, the player explores towns, villages, dungeons, and dangerous places scattered throughout the other world. You can also travel between the other world and Oliver’s hometown of Motorville in his home world by using Gateway spell. Upon leaving a town or a dangerous place, the player will enter the world screen. Here, Oliver can go to next destination on his quest. Various forms of transport will also become available to help travel around the other world more easily. The errands that can be undertaken at the request of townspeople and the bounty hunts available from the Taskmaster are collectively known as “tasks”. There are all kinds of tasks available, and all kinds of rewards on offer for their completion.

Familiars are little creatures that you are able to send out in battle to fight for the player. They level up and evolve with the players, and they can recruit certain enemies to your team.Oliver can tame creatures in order to make them his familiars, and have them accompany him on his journey.

It is due for release on 22nd January 2013 in North America and 1st February 2013 in Europe.

Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)

Talking and more talking.
Talking and more talking.

Fire Emblem Awakening is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the thirteenth game in the Fire Emblem series, and the second Nintendo developed 3DS title to utilize paid downloadable content.

The game is a turn based tactical role-playing game, where the player must move their characters within a grid. The game involves moving characters into positions in order to attack the opposing side, or defend against their attacks. Characters possess a certain number of health points; when attacked, they are subtracted, and when all health points are exhausted, the character is defeated. Battles are typically won by attacking the opposing side until all enemy characters have lost all of their health points.

Many new features have been added to the game.The “Avatar” system, originating from Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū returns in greater detail, allowing the player to create and customize their own playable character. In between battles, the player can also explore the overworld map and converse with non-playable characters or buy items to be used in battles.

It is due for release on 4th February 2013 in North America and 19th April 2013 in Europe.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3 and PSVita)

Sly looks a bit odd.
Sly looks a bit odd.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is the fourth title of the Sly Cooper series of platform stealth video games. Though the original series was developed by Sucker Punch Productions for the PlayStation 2, this game was developed by Sanzaru Games, who had previously ported the original games into high-definition versions for the PlayStation 3. The game was teased in these versions, but it was not formally announced until several months later at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo during Sony’s presentation on June 6, 2011.

The game, set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, follows from the end of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Sly Cooper, a raccoon from a long line of master thieves, will need to reunite with his gang to repair the Thievius Raccoonus, a book chronicling the Cooper family line whose pages have been affected by a villain traveling through time. The player controls Sly, Bentley, Murray, Carmelita Fox, and Sly’s ancestors, using their skills to pull off heists and reveal who has tampered with the Cooper history. This game is also a part of Sony’s “Cross Buy” initiative, allowing purchasers of the PlayStation 3 version of the game to receive a free copy of the game for the PlayStation Vita via the PlayStation Network.

It is due for release on 5th February 2013 in North America and 27th March 2013 in Europe.

Crysis 3 (PC, X360 and PS3)

Pysciho isnt much of a pyshco.
Psycho isn’t much of a psycho.

Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts is the third main installment of the Crysis series, a sequel to the 2011 video game Crysis 2, and runs on the CryEngine 3 game engine. It was one of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2013. Crysis 3 has won PC Gamer Most Valuable Game, Game Informer Best of Show and Electric Playground Best of E3 awards.

Players take on the role of Prophet as he returns to New York in 2047, 24 years after the events of Crysis 2. He discovers the city has been encased in a giant Nanodome created by the corrupt CELL corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. Prophet is said to be on a “revenge mission” after uncovering the truth behind CELL’s motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes. The citizens were told that the giant citywide structures were erected to protect the population and to clean these metropolises of the remains of the Ceph forces. In reality, the Nanodomes are CELL’s covert attempt at land and technology grab in their quest for global domination by means of debt enslavement.

It is due for release on 19th February 2013 in North America and 21st February 2013 in Europe.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3 and X360)

Slide and dice.
Slide and dice.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an action video game developed by Platinum Games and produced by Kojima Productions. It is the ninth game in the Metal Gear series, with a plot set four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The story focuses on the cyborg ninja, Raiden, in a fight against a private military company known as Desperado Enterprises. Although a Japanese release for the Xbox 360 platform was planned, that version was cancelled.

Players assume control of cyborg ninja Raiden, the katana-wielding ally of series mainstay, Solid Snake. He is initially playable in his “White” form, which was based on his appearance in Guns of the Patriots, where he is depicted as wearing white armor. At some point in the game he switches to the more powerful “Black” cyborg armor variant which draws extra energy from “Zan-Datsu” kills.Unlike previous titles in the Metal Gear series, where players try not to be noticed by enemy, Rising is action oriented, focusing on sword fighting and a sophisticated cutting system to fight and defeat enemies.

The game’s cutting system allows players to engage in melee combat, as well as to precisely slash enemies and objects at will along a geometrical plane using a “free slicing” mode. Virtually any object in the game can be cut, including vehicles and enemies, though elements of the environment were intentionally limited to structures such as pillars and walls to better facilitate gameplay.

It is due for release on 19th February 2013 in North America and 22nd February 2013 in Europe.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)

FPS RPG action.
FPS RPG action.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan is a dungeon crawler role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the sequel to Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City and the first in the Etrian Odyssey series to be released on the 3DS.

For centuries, the tree Yggdrasil has been a constant presence in the lives of the people of Tharsis. It looms on the horizon, visible from everywhere in the city. But its roots are in a far-off land where no one has ventured until the Outland Count of Tharsis sponsors an Explorers Guild to reach Yggdrasil and discover its secrets. As a player, you are the latest explorer arriving in Tharsis on an adventure to seek your fame and fortune.

It is due for release on 26th February 2013 in North America and Spring 2013 in Europe.

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)

The Lynx effect.
The Lynx effect.

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust. The character designs are by Hidari. It is the fourteenth title in the Atelier series after Atelier Meruru, but has a storyline independent from previous titles in the series.

Atelier Ayesha stars a lonely girl who runs an herbalist’s workshop. After her grandfather died, Ayesha’s younger sister Nio disappeared when she was gathering herbs. One day, Ayesha sees Nio walking through ruins which starts her journey. Overcoming sadness is one of the game’s themes and players will see Ayesha grow as she writes diary entries.

The goal of this game is to reunite Ayesha Altugle with her younger sister Nio who went missing while gathering herbs. Atelier Ayesha takes place in a new world separate from the Arland saga where the art of alchemy is out of style.

It is due for release on 5th March 2013 in North America and 8th March 2013 in Europe.

Source: Information help from Wikipedia.

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