Video Games to Watch Out For in 2013 Part #3

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 #3.

This part includes the following games:

Metro: Last Light Win, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, Dead Island: Riptide, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, Resident Evil: Revelations, Remember Me, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Last of Us.

Metro: Last Light (PC, PS3 and X360)

Nuclear radiation snow.
Nuclear radiation snow.

Metro: Last Light is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Ukrainian studio 4A Games and published by Deep Silver for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It is set for release in May 2013.The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and features action-oriented gameplay with a combination of survival horror elements.

Previously announced as Metro 2034,the game is a sequel to Metro 2033, and although author Dmitry Glukhovsky has apparently been working with the developers, it bears no relation to the book Metro 2034. Initially, the game was to be published under THQ and expected to be released in the middle of 2012; it was announced on 2nd February 2012, that the game would be delayed until the first quarter of 2013. Following THQ’s closure in January 2013, the intellectual property was acquired by video game publisher Deep Silver.

The game is set in the same post-apocalyptic future as its predecessor, Metro 2033. In it, mankind is struggling to survive beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, away from the deadly threats outside. People and animals who have been exposed to the poisonous substances filling the skies have become mutants who stalk the catacombs and hunt its inhabitants. The survivors are fighting against each other for the remaining resources instead of standing together to fight these dangerous creatures. They all covet an ultimate weapon; a powerful doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. Civil war among the survivors seems imminent and might lead to the end of humanity.

The player is cast as ‘Artyom’ in Metro: Last Light and has to find a way to make sense of the chaos and be the last light in humanity’s darkest hour. The game is story-driven and lets the player’s experience combat situations where they have to fight with an arsenal of exotic hand-made weapons and fight against both human and mutant foes to progress in the game.

It is due for release on 14th May 2013 in North America and 17th May 2013 in Europe.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS)

The Ghost Busters.
The Ghost Busters.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, known in Japan as Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a Japanese console RPG that was originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1997. The game’s original release date coincided with the tenth anniversary of Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei, the first game in the Megami Tensei series.

It is the second game in the Devil Summoner franchise, which is part of the larger Megami Tensei series of video games features a number of elements trademark to the franchise such as in-depth gameplay systems, occult themes, and the ability to converse with your enemies instead of just fighting them. It is set at a lower degree of difficulty than previous games in the series, to make it easier for new people to play.

The game was later released in a slightly enhanced version for the PlayStation in 1999 in Japan.

Both the original Saturn version and PlayStation port were never officially released in English. When the PlayStation version was released, Atlus USA was considering bringing Soul Hackers to North America, but they were denied by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

The updated 3DS port of Soul Hackers includes improved loading times, additional battle animations, 30 all new demons, full voice acting, and a new opening video (although the original opening will also be included).

It is due for release on 16th April 2013 in North America and later in 2013 in Europe.

Dead Island: Riptide (PC, PS3 and X360)

Drunk party zombies.
Drunk party zombies.

Dead Island: Riptide is an action role-playing survival horror video game developed by Techland and published by Koch Media’s game label Deep Silver.

The game is a sequel to 2011’s Dead Island, with a plot continuation as the five survivors arrive on another island in the Banoi archipelago, which has also been overrun by zombies.

Riptide takes place immediately after the ending of Dead Island, with the four immune survivors – ex-American football player Logan Carter, rapper Sam B, Hong Kong police officer Xian Mei, and Australian bodyguard Purna – landing on an aircraft carrier after escaping from the prison island. They are immediately taken into custody by the ADF Colonel Sam Hardy and Frank Serpo, a civilian VIP. In the ship’s brig, they meet another immune survivor, soldier John Morgan, who claims Serpo stopped the military’s evacuation. The player can find excerpts of Morgan’s diary throughout the game, showing the military eventually decided to simply firebomb all of Banoi and the entire stricken area.

It is due for release on 25th April 2013 in North America and 26th April 2013 in Europe.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS3 and X360)

Reservoir Dragons.
Reservoir Dragons.

Dragon’s Dogma is an action role-playing game developed and published by Capcom. The game features an open world fantasy setting, in addition to hack and slash and survival horrorelements.

Dark Arisen is not considered DLC, but rather an enhanced version of the original game with additional features and the new Bitterblack Isle zone to explore. You do not need to own the original game to play Dark Arisen, as the original game is included on both physical and digital versions.

Owners of the original game can upload their saves to be rewarded with an Eternal Ferrystone (a Ferrystone with infinite uses), 100,000 Rift Crystals (a form of in-game currency) and various armor sets. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen includes a new fast travel system, as well as new items, weapons and armor.

The Xbox 360 version of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen includes a separate disc used to install game data for more stable playability.

It is due for release on 23rd April 2013 in North America and 23rd April 2013 in Europe.

Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (PC, Mac and X360)

The Heat is on.
The Heat is on.

Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine is a downloadable stealth action video game developed by Pocketwatch Games and published by Majesco Entertainment. The game provides a top-down view as players cooperate to perform a heist using a variety of specialized thief characters. Monaco won two awards at the 2010 GDC Independent Games Festival Awards: the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and the Excellence In Design award.

The game provides a top down view of the area where players can only see things in their “line of sight”. Players can unlock doors and “sneak” making no sound, but slowing them down. Players have to avoid guards who will try to stop the player. The game also allows for 2-4 online and local co-op play.

It is due for release on 24th April 2013 in North America and 24th April 2013 in Europe.

Resident Evil: Revelations (PC, PS3, X360 and WiiU)

Nice shiny monsters.
Nice shiny monsters.

Resident Evil: Revelations is a survival horror video game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game was developed by Capcom, and was released on 27th January 2012 in Europe and 7th February 2012 in North America.It supports the Circle Pad Pro expansion peripheral. Resident Evil: Revelations will be coming to PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360.

Resident Evil: Revelations returns to the survival horror gameplay of earlier series installments, with returning elements such as a limited supply of ammunition, and more emphasis on exploration and puzzle solving.The game’s camera keeps an over-the-shoulder view from behind the playable character. The player may move the protagonist while aiming a weapon, and has the option to switch between a first-person and third-person perspective. A new device, the Genesis, detects items hidden throughout the game’s environments.

The game is set in 2005, between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.It depicts the events shortly after the establishment of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA), a counter-terrorism group introduced in Resident Evil 5.The story revolves around BSAA co-founders Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, the protagonists of the first Resident Evil. During the game’s events, Jill and Parker Luciani are sent to search for Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat on the SS Queen Zenobia, that serves as the game’s setting. The game’s story includes a flashback, which revolves around the “floating city” of Terragrigia (Italian for “Grey Earth”) one year prior to the game’s events, when the Federal Bioterrorism Commission sent agents, including Parker and Jessica to keep the situation under control after the bioterrorist organization “Il Veltro” launched an attack on the city using bio-organic weapons in opposition to Terragrigia’s solar energy development.

It is due for release on 21st May 2013 in North America and 24th May 2013 in Europe.

Remember Me (PC, PS3 and X360)

Lots of looking.
Lots of looking.

Remember Me (formerly Adrift) is an upcoming video game, developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom. The player controls Nilin an amnesiac ‘memory hunter’, through the streets of Neo-Paris in the year 2084. This dystopian future features a surveillance state.Nilin’s former employer, Memorize, erases her memories to neutralize her and she must discover why and how to restore them.

Remember Me features exploration, platforming, stealth, and melee combat.The game introduces the mechanic of ‘memory remixing’: entering and rearranging a target’s memories to manipulate them. Players accomplish this by replaying a memory and modifying details to change the target’s recollection of the outcome.

The game will allow players to create and customize their own combos in the Combo Lab, which uses four families of fighting moves called Pressens that players can reorganize by creating chains. To create a chain, players choose Pressens from one of four families to build a combo that suits their needs. There are 24 Pressens in all, and they’re earned by gaining Procedural Mastering Power (PMP), which comes from performing combos and defeating enemies. According to Capcom, there are over 50,000 combinations that can be formed using the Combo Lab. Pressen types can be combined into single combos called multi-usage combos. A Pressen’s efficiency is determined by its position within the combo—the later a Pressen appears, the more powerful it will be. Players will also see a Dynamic Combo Display on screen that gives real-time feedback indicating the input players have chosen (kick or punch) and the Pressen family the move belongs to.

It is due for release on 4th June 2013 in North America and 7th June 2013 in Europe.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

Frog sail time.
Frog sail time.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a is the latest game in the Animal Crossing series, where the player character lives in a rural village populated with anthropomorphic animals. It has been confirmed that the player will be the mayor of the animal village.

Players will begin the game living in a tent, rather than a house, that will eventually be upgraded and expanded.Customisation, a major facet of the series, particularly in the player’s ability to modify the character’s appearance and furnish the living space, has also been enhanced: the character’s pants can now be modified in addition to their shirt, shoes, hat, and accessory; and the ability to hang furniture on walls has been added. Features previously used in the Japanese exclusive Dōbutsu no Mori for the Nintendo GameCube, such as benches and lamp posts, which had been removed from following releases, have returned. Another addition is the player’s new ability to swim in the ocean that borders the village. The game features a new game mechanic that makes the player the town mayor, allowing them to have more customization of their town than in previous games.

It is due for release on 9th June 2013 in North America and 14th June 2013 in Europe.

The Last of Us (PS3)

Elizabeth will soon be forgotten.
Elizabeth will soon be forgotten.

The Last of Us is an upcoming action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and is a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

The game focuses on two survivors, Joel and Ellie, who are trekking across a post-apocalyptic United States.

The Last of Us uses third-person view. The player will take control of Joel, while Ellie will be controlled by the AI. The game will involve gun fighting and melee combat as well as a cover system. The player will fight off the Infected (former humans) and the Survivors (humans that are not infected, but are hostile towards Joel and Ellie). A new gameplay mechanic is a feature the developers call “dynamic stealth”, meaning that there are many different types of strategies and techniques that the player can use at any given time as they approach a new situation, to which enemies will react differently. Naughty Dog have developed an AI system called “Balance of Power”.This new system allows enemies to react realistically to any combat situation they are placed in by taking cover if they see the player, calling for help if they need it and even taking advantage of the players weaknesses, such as when Joel runs out of ammunition or when he is being attacked by other enemies.

It is due for release on 14th June 2013 in North America and Europe.

Source: Information help from Wikipedia.

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