Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Games I'll Keep An Eye On In 2013

In the same spirit as last year, this is a (preliminary) list of game I'm interested in, releasing in 2013.

First of all, let's revisit 2012... Here are the games I was interested in last year, together with the outcome -- at least according to me:
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: skipped it
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: it was okay, but nothing special
  • Binary Domain: let-down
  • SSX: okay, not great
  • Syndicate: let-down
  • Jak and Daxter Collection: great nostalgia trip
  • The Darkness 2: actually quite an awesome game
  • I am Alive: didn't buy it
  • Mass Effect 3: the one which disconnected me from the series (and I was a huge fan). I've heard there's some great DLC, but I've yet to play it
  • Diablo III: okay, but not as I expected
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection: have yet to buy it
  • Silent Hill HD Collection: have yet to buy it
  • Prey 2: didn't release
  • Starhawk: meh
  • Far Cry 3: awesome! In my 2012 top five list
  • Max Payne 3: a great game, but alas missed by many top 2012 lists
  • Darksiders II: greatly enjoyed it
  • Prototype 2: okay, but quickly forgotten compared to the other open-world games of 2012
  • Tomb Raider: didn't release
  • Guild Wars 2: best MMORPG of the moment
  • Borderlands 2: not bad, but got a bit of a "more of the same"-feeling here
  • The Last Guardian: didn't release
  • Lollipop Chainsaw: fun, but not spectacular
  • Grand Theft Auto V: didn't release
  • BioShock Infinite: didn't release
  • Doom 4: didn't release
  • Journey: again an awesome game, top listed
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown: another great title and a must-play
  • Monaco: fun indie game
  • The Witness: did this release?
  • Firefall: still waiting
  • Cube World: didn't release
  • Overgrowth: did this release?
  • Path of Exile: couldn't hype me
  • Grim Dawn: didn't release
  • Starfarer: did this release?
  • Legend of Grimrock: a great indie title but alas flew a bit under the radar
  • Torchlight II: gave me more hours of fun than Diablo III did
  • Survivors of Ragnarok: did this release?
  • Project Zomboid: did this release? I should check up on this one
  • Masters of the Broken World: did this release?
  • Warlock: Master of the Arcane: did this release?
  • A Game of Dwarves: let-down
  • Jagged Alliance: let-down
  • Castle Story: didn't release
  • Retro City Rampage: actually pretty fun
There where also some surprises which I didn't list last year, most notably: Dishonored, Faster Than Light, Fez, Spelunky, Sleeping Dogs, The Walking Dead, Hitman: Absolution and Hotline Miami.

And thus, my top 10 of 2012:
  1. Far Cry 3
  2. Hotline Miami
  3. Dishonored
  4. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  5. Faster Than Light
  6. Journey
  7. The Walking Dead
  8. Sleeping Dogs
  9. Darksiders II
  10. Torchlight II
And now, these are the games I'll be watching in 2013 (note the rising number of "kickstarted" entries):
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Castle Story
  • Castlevania 2: Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
  • Command & Conquer Generals 2
  • Companty of Heroes 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Cube World
  • Dead Space 3
  • Doom 4
  • Double Fine Adventure Game
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • FireFall
  • God of War Ascension
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Grim Dawn
  • Legend of Dungeon
  • Limit Theory
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Miami Hotline 2
  • Planetary Annihilation
  • Prey 2
  • Project Godus
  • Routine
  • Saints Row 4
  • Shadowgate
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Sim City
  • Star Wars 1313
  • Sui Generis
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider
  • Wasteland 2
  • Wasteland 2
  • Watch Dogs
  • World of Darkness