After a fairly eventful 2012, culminating with the beginning of the next generation of console gaming, 2013 might be the last great hurrah for the main current gen consoles. You may see new hardware from Microsoft out by the end of this year, and official plans from Sony about the rumored Playstation 4. Until then, there are a ton of great gaming titles due out between now and the end of the calendar year. Here is a breakdown of some of those titles that will be gunning for your gaming dollars in 2013. We'll talk about January and February in Part 1 and then talk about March and beyond in Part 2.
Jan 15: DmC: Devil May Cry: The Devil May Cry series returns in a parallel universe, where Dante enters Limbo City, and brings with him a revamped combat system while retaining the same demon hunting goodness of previous games. You must outrun the village full of demons, and Mundus, who will be stalking you throughout. Devil May Cry is available on January 15th for XBox 360 and Playstation 3
Jan 22:Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch: After finding success as a Nintendo DS game overseas, Ni No Kuni was released in Japan on the Playstation 3 back at the end of 2011, and it will finally make its North American debut. We’ll have a more in-depth look at this debuting title on Plug-In next week, but for now, this fantasy fairytale style RPG has been called one of the best RPG games of this gaming generation, and its story and art heavy offerings should make for some great gaming. With translation trouble keeping the DS version from coming to North America, Ni No Kuni’s release here will come with both English and Japanese vocal tracks, and will be available exclusively for the Playstation 3 on January 21st
Other titles ready for release in January that you can pre-order at Best Buy or Bestbuy.ca
February 5th: Dead Space 3: Series hero Isaac Clarke returns in this frosty entry in the Dead Space series. Taking place on the frozen tundra of the planet Tau Volantis, you must guide Clarke and his new recruit John Carver in this survivor horror battle against the Necromorphs. All the violence, gore and chills you’ve come to expect from Dead Space are back, along with a more intelligent weaponry and movement system. EA promises more chills and twists, along with urging you to bring a friend along. Drop-In/Out co-op allows you to access facets of the game only available with two players, along with allowing you to progress without a friend if he/she isn’t around.
February 19th: Crysis 3: It looks like February will be the month for EA shooter sequels, as Crysis 3 will also come out for your home consoles. New York City is the backdrop for Crysis 3, which finds Prophet inside the Nanodomed Big Apple, attempting to eradicate the world of the antagonistic C.E.L.L. corporation. Get ready to see New York like you’ve never seen it before. Crysis 3 will be an absolute visual masterpiece. The CryEngine3 allows for some of the best visuals you’ll ever have seen in a video game, including detailed vegetation (right down to the detail on the leaves,) complex water textures, and realistic fog shadowing and ground shadows. EA will challenge you to keep up with the fact that there’s an actual game unfolding around you when Crysis 3 hits shelves in the middle of the month.
Other titles ready for release in February that you can pre-order at Best Buy or Bestbuy.ca
Feb 4th: Fire Emblem: Awakening - 3DS Feb 5th: Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (XBox 360, Playstation 3) Feb 5th: Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Playstation 3, PSVita) (Note: The PS3 version comes with a downloadable version of the PSVita edition)