Given the rapid expansion of the casual and mobile games market, some gaming veterans feel like the days of the big-budget blockbuster video game is rapidly drawing to a close. That’s simply not the case, and a quick glance over the best video games of 2012 and 2013 should quell any fears that games produced by big teams will be slashed and burned to make more room for FarmVille.
Granted, not all of these games are yet available, though they’re certainly among the most promising games of the coming year and beyond. This current generation of consoles (including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii) may be on its way out, but it’s not lacking for awesome options that (from this angle) catch the eye thanks to stunning previews and presentation.
Among the best games of 2012 and 2013 are:
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC) – BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter that takes the player from the undersea city of Rapture to a floating steampunk-inspired city that bounds among the clouds. It’s certainly one of 2013’s most anticipated titles, and given its pedigree, that’s no surprise. The first BioShock still stands as a prime example of how to thread a compelling story through an action game. Release Date: February 2013
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) – One thing is certain about Revengeance: with a name like that, you know you’re in for something different. Most games produced by famed industry professional Hideo Kojima are notable for their grand scope, and this upcoming military-themed action game appears to be no different. We’re talking about a cyborg hero who wields an epic katana and shoves it in the face of everything that moves. Metal Gear games are typically focused on stealth: Revengeance is pretty much the opposite of everything subtle. Release Date: Q4 2012
The Last Guardian (PlayStation 3) – Oh, Last Guardian. This action-adventure-puzzle game from the makers of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus has teased us since its initial reveal at E3 2009. We know almost nothing about it, except that the team behind it has produced some of the most heartfelt and stunning games that have ever existed, and given the chemistry that’s already apparent between the boy and the baby monster he commands in-game, this seems no different. Release Date: Q4 2012 (Subject to Delay)
Assassin’s Creed 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, WiiU) – When a numbered Assassin’s Creed game hits the news (as opposed to yet another spin-off), everybody sits up and takes notice. Assassin’s Creed 3 generated some extra buzz thanks to its unique historical setting: Colonial America during the Revolutionary War. The same open-world stealth-action that the series is acclaimed applies, which means a whole lot of exploration, hunting, and, of course, killing. Release Date: October 2012
Xenoblade (Wii) – Xenoblade only hit North America this year, and its action role-playing formula is unique, fast-paced, and helps to tell an involved and detailed story. It’s arguably one of the best role-playing games for fantasy fans available in this console generation, but given the Wii’s lack of vitality, it’s in danger of being overlooked. If you’re a fan of swords and sorcery, don’t miss it! Available Now
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