2012 was a great gaming for gaming! So many great games came out and by far, the best game of them all (in my eyes) was Mass Effect 3. Hands down, ME3 was such an amazing conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy, and Bioware has confirmed that they are working on another game in the franchise. Hopefully with the rumors of PS4 and a potential Xbox 720, we will experience more Mass Effect.
As the games of 2012 are still booming with replay value, 2013 is here and it signals the dawn of new games, perhaps next generation systems, and even more awesomeness for us gamers. And as usual, each year there are releases that fit everyone’s distinct gaming personality; nobody is left out in the world of gaming. So if God of War: Ascension or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance isn’t your style, then there are so many great games coming out that will suit your gaming needs.
Personally, I’m excited about a lot of games coming out this year. I have to even buy an Xbox 360 again just to get my hands on Gears of War: Judgement, and that is alright with me.
But as far as PS3 only games go, I’m insanely anxious to play God of War: Ascension. Wow! Have you seen the trailer x gameplay demo? That game looks amazing and the combos are ridiculous!!! Kratos looks better and badder than ever, and the multiplayer function is a great new addition that might prove to be a lot of fun! Release Date: March 12, 2013
The only reason I owned an Xbox 360 was for Gears of War. HALO was never my thing, but Gears of War wrapped me up and delivered hours upon hours of epic gaming. Oh man, and how awesome is it using a chainsaw on your gun to kill enemies? Mk 2 Lancer is one of the best weapons in gaming history! The new game in the franchise looks really good and it continues the trend of slicing and dicing up them grubs, while enjoying good old-fashioned teamwork. Release Date: March 19, 2013
Perhaps it’s because I’m a woman and I admire strong feminine characters, but I have always been a huge fan of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. I played almost all the games in the franchise and I’ve loved the complexity of puzzles and insane adventures. Before there was Nathan Drake, there was Lara Croft. And the new game in the franchise is a complete reboot that revisits the character with new design, new story line, and a new approach to how Lara Croft evolves into the iconic Tomb Raider. This game is a must-have for those who love the series and a good old-fashioned adventure. Release Date: March 5, 2013
I remember first seeing the world premiere of The Last of Us on the 2011 VGAs and blogging about the illusiveness of it’s announcement. Of course, since then many details and footage of this game have been released and now I’m super stoked to get my hands on this. I’m a sucker for games that require survival skills, and The Last of Us is exactly the game I’ve been waiting for. Oh and it’s from Naughty Dog, the folks who bring us Uncharted. So yeah, you know it’s going to be good! Release Date: May 7, 2013
Now I’ll gladly admit I haven’t played much of the DmC franchise, but upon seeing the cinematic trailer for the fifth game in the franchise, I’m down to play. The game looks pretty good and I’ve enjoyed bits and pieces of previous DmC I have slightly played, so I’m adding this one to my list as well. Oh and the brand new cinematic trailer is amazing! Dante looks like he is ready to handle business! Release Date: January 15, 2013
Seeing how it is that I’m such a big fan of the Alien franchise, there is no way I’m sleeping on this game! This game is the movie that should have been produced after Alien 3. So when you play this game and see the footage, you’ll see how it truly does appear like a true sequel to the film. Sounds pretty radical, and if you’re a true sci-fi/fantasy fan, then I think you’ll love what this game has to offer. Watch the footage and see for yourself how awesome this game might actually be. Release Date: February 26, 2013
That’s all for now! I will be posting more gaming news as usual, so stay tuned! Oh and if you’re wondering about GTA V, hell yeah I’m excited to play it! But there isn’t a release date yet Watch the trailers here: http://thinksoul25.com/2012/11/14/yeah-its-here-gta-v-trailer-2/
Feel free to chime in with comments on some of the games you hope to play in 2013. Got any favorites so far?
Every year developers and designers are attempting to push the limits, defy the rules of tradition, and impress gamers with the ultimate gaming experience. As a gamer, I take pride in having a good story and overall gameplay, but I also love when a game delivers “life-like” graphics. It’s nice to turn on my big HDTV and get lost in a game that has stunning graphics, which is why I was quite impressed with Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain. The powerful engine behind Heavy Rain let us gamers put our hands on a game that not only offered interesting gameplay, but also held a sense of reality that was impressive beyond words.
If you’re looking to be impressed beyond words and utterly speechless by extraordinary technology, then you’ll want to watch Square Enix’s latest Realtime Tech demo. Square Enix is developer behind the Final Fantasy series and the new Tomb Raider coming out in 2013, so they’ve got a good reputation in the industry.
They’ve got a lot of work on their plate right now with Tomb Raider: Crossroads, but they still had time to show us gamers the future of gaming.
Their realtime tech demo, Agni’s Philosophy, shows us the stunning capability of their new software, Luminous Studio engine. The real-tech demo shows off the new engine and it’s impressive realistic appearance. Hands down, one of the coolest real-tech demos I’ve seen in quite some time.
Now, it hasn’t been mentioned whether or not this realtime tech demo can actually run on Microsoft or Sony’s system, but it’s still an impressive video that gives me hope for the future of graphics in the gaming industry. It’s nice to have gorgeous cutscenes, but it would be amazing if every aspect of gameplay looked as stunning as Agni’s Philosophy realtime tech demo.
P.S. you’d have to be a fool to watch this video in anything else but HD (unless your computer isn’t that awesome). Go for gold, watch it in HD. I watched it several times in 1080p.
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Did you happen to see the debut of the new Tomb Raider game? Well, in Tomb Raider “Crossroads,” we get to see Lara Croft become the woman gamers across the world have come to love over the years. Yet, it wasn’t an easy road to becoming the badass Lara Croft, Tomb Raider we all love.
The struggle for survival and the tale of how Lara Croft was molded into “Tomb Raider” is apparently a road that involves being burnt, stabbed, bitten, punched, rolling down a mountainside,fighting off a bear, and attempting not to drown in wild rapids. Geeze, does she ever get a break in this trailer? It seems like every second she is fighting off death, but that makes for suspenseful gameplay. The feeling of defying the odds and almost dying due to traps and difficult tasks are one of the reasons why I’ve loved Tomb Raider over the years.
So, I’m not complaining. I love the level of destruction and the tough journey that she has to make in order to evolve into the woman we’ve seen defy the definition of being an explorer. She’s like the female version of Indiana Jones.
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