As the annual geek-fest that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo comes to a triumphant end, we sift through the silt and pick out the solid-gold game announcements…
The game’s not out until next year but we’re already crazy excited about Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider reboot. This anticipation has not been dampened by the frankly incredible E3 footage showing a younger and decidedly more fragile Lady Croft shipwrecked on a mysterious island with a host of deadly enemies to keep her busy. Just as Batman Begins took the Dark Knight back into the shadows, this prequel will be giving Lara a meaner and moodier edge.
Beyond: Two Souls
Inception star Ellen Page goes full Andy Serkis with a mo-cap performance for this telekinetically powered supernatural thriller from Heavy Rain creators Quantic Dream. The Juno actress plays Jody Holmes, a young woman gifted or cursed (depending on your point of view) with paranormal powers. As with Heavy Rain, there’s a dark and imposing atmosphere but this time around there seems to be a greater emphasis on action. Expect to hear much more about this title ahead of its 2013 release date.
Assassin’s Creed III
Revolutionaries and Assassins and Evil Brits, oh my! Ubisoft’s latest instalment in their stab-happy historical saga takes us to Revolution-era America and, judging from this utterly gorgeous E3 trailer, we can expect much in the way of action, intrigue and patriotic flag-waving. What’s more, you get your own motherf***ing boat to play with as sea battles are one of the newest additions to your long list of ways to kill the enemy.
Far Cry 3
Another title from Ubisoft puts gamers deep in the heart of darkness as they’re forced to fight for survival on a seemingly paradise island. The biggest revelation of the expo was the addition of a four-player co-operative mode which lets you team up with your buddies to stab, shoot and ignite your enemies in some gloriously violent ways.
The Last Of Us
If the hype is to be believed, Uncharted creators Naughty Dog have outdone themselves with this post-apocalyptic tale. The stunning E3 gameplay footage introduces us to our man and girl protagonists as they schlep through a destroyed city reclaimed by nature and overrun by psychos and killers. Seemingly equally influenced by the documentary series Life After People and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, this is shaping up to be one of the most exciting (and possibly emotional) games of 2013.
Gears Of War: Judgement
Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in… The Xbox-exclusive saga was seemingly put to bed with Gears Of War 3 but it looks like the Locusts are back for more. Delta Squad are sitting this one out though, as a new lead character named Baird and his ‘Kilo Squad’ compadres take on the alien invaders in a prequel from Bulletstorm creators People Can Fly. This one will be coming your way in the first half of 2013.
Lego City: Undercover
We’ve had Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, Lego Harry Potter… So why not Lego Grand Theft Auto? This open-world brick-based adventure sees you playing wisecracking undercover cop Chase McCain as he adopts a variety of disguises (fireman, construction worker, that sort of thing – although perhaps not the rest of the Village People) to bring down the bad guys. It’s all being handled by Lego stalwarts Traveller’s Tales, so expect much fun to be coming your way in 2013.
Nintendo’s showcase featured many of their old favourites given a Will U makeover but none were as impressive as this London-based zombie thriller. Despite its frankly appalling moniker, the latest from Ubisoft Montpellier is shaping up to be a gore-tastic first-person survival horror. If the gameplay is anywhere near as good as the graphics and if the potential of the GamePad for adding an extra dimension of terror is lived up to, we could be looking at the definitive Wii U title right here.
Star Wars 1313
LucasArts will be aiming to erase the memory of Kinect Star Wars with this ambitious effort. Set during the original trilogy and with the number of the title referring to an underground level on the planet Coruscant, we can expect loads of action and conspiracy as you step into the shoes of a bounty hunter employed by the capital’s criminal underworld. Graphically impressive and driven by a compelling storyline, you can count us in for this one.
Master Chief is back in what is probably the most anticipated Xbox 360 title of all time. In terms on graphics, it’s a massive step forward from Halo Reach, while the gameplay itself has never needed much tinkering from the first instalment. Simply put, just tell us where to shoot and we’ll be there with bells on.
Resident Evil 6
The new E3 trailer has got our blood pumping for Capcom’s zombie-laden sixquel with series regular Leon S. Kennedy stepping up to show us his latest undead-culling moves. It’s all looking very over-the-top and explosively - and perhaps one step too far away from the series’ survival horror roots - but we’re still fully expectant of another genre classic.
Coming out of nowhere to blow the minds of all who saw the demo, Ubisoft’s (yes, them again) unheralded Watch Dogs offers a brilliant concept with utterly incredible graphics and what appears to be unrivalled gameplay. The Montreal studios’ open-world adventure is clearly the game to beat in 2013. Don’t believe us? Check out the clip below for proof…
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