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The Most Anticipated Games of the End of 2013.
Don't miss these anticipated titles!
It's been a long year of gaming, but 2013 is winding down. Some of the most anticipated titles of the year are still on the way. Don't miss one out on one of these experiences that will push gaming forward to the next level.
1. Grand Theft Auto V
Although it has been released Grand Theft Auto 5 made more than $1 billion in sales in its first three days. This makes Grand Theft Auto the most successful video game release ever, beating out even movie releases and will likely surpass 2013's biggest movie Iron Man 3 (making $1.2 billion worldwide).
Grand Theft Auto was also one of the most expensive products to make costing over $250,000,000 in game development! It's the best entertainment $60 can buy.
To top this off Rockstar accomplished this at the end of a console life cycle. Although expect that the game will eventually be brought to the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC improving its sales even further. So there is still something to anticipate, including the release of the touted GTA multiplayer and DLC content.
About the game, Grand Theft Auto V is based loosely on Los Angeles. The story arc is divided over three playable characters you can switch between at any time. These players eventually meet each other in the world and the quality of the voice acting and animation is top notch. The graphics draw you deep into the game world; it's impressive to think what Rockstar has achieved on a console with hardware nearly a decade old.
There's so much to do in the game it seems unfathomable. And online multiplayer will extend the life of the game that boredom will likely be a thing of the past.
Order GTA V on Amazon if for some reason you haven't already.
2. Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs is another open world sandbox game. With next generation graphics this one will be available for PC, Xbox One, and the Playstation 4 right off the bat.
While Grand Theft Auto surely is the king, this new IP by Ubisoft is sure to make its mark. Watch Dogs has won best of show and other awards in the last two E3 conferences. The game will be released before the year is up and clearly will be a thing of beauty.
In Watch Dogs your protagonist will be able to interact with the world through his hacking abilities. Whether its hacking cell phones to listen to phone calls, switching traffic lights to cause accidents, or causing a city-wide blackout Watch Dogs has it all. A promising looking story should drive the game with unparalleled graphical immersion. Watch Dogs is not to be missed.
3. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Are you a fan of Assassin's Creed games? Well most of us are.
Even if Assassin's Creed was a bit of disappointment, Ubisoft can bring back the magic with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, especially if you are a fan of the romanticized pirate era. Take the gameplay we know and love to the seas in this sword buckling adventure and get ready for a ride.
You will be able to captain your own upgradeable ship and own the seas. Several missions will take place over water. This game will also free you to explore as you wish unlike the previous Assassins Creed game which scripted you through a narrow path at the start of the game.
This could definitely be the year of sandbox games. This will come out on all the consoles with a delayed PC release.
4. Battlefield 4
Battlefield has always been the premiere FPS experience for large scale multiplayer action. Even though Call of Duty has outsold the series with a more infantry driven close spaced action, Battlefield pushes the genre forward with every iteration of its release.
Battlefield 4 will prove no different. Some of its improved features are:
- Frostbite 3 engine for even more technically refined and awe-inspiring moments.
- Console players for the first time will now get to experience 64 player maps at 60 fps on the Xbox One and Playstation 4.
- Map destruction has been taken to the next level with the ability to take down entire skyscrapers or destroy a levy to flood areas.
- Commander mode makes a return to the series from Battlefield 2.
- Naval Warfare is implemented and stronger than ever.
- Enhanced vehicle disabling based on locational damage.
- Enhanced vehicle customization including paint jobs.
- Over 1,200 unlockable items to equip your characters.
- Spectator Mode
- Return of the Battlefield Theme song. :D
Expectations are high and it's up to Dice to meet and exceed them. Check out the trailer if you aren't decided.
5. Batman: Arkham Origins
Developed by Warner Brothers and the successor to the award-winning 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City, Arkham Origins will be released to PC, Xbox 360, Wii U, and the PS3 on October 25th.
The story will follow a younger, rougher Batman set five years before Arkham Asylum. Mechanics will include stealth, gadgetry, and combat to advance yourself in this tailored story-line for Batman fans.
Arkham Origins will also feature multiplayer gameplay for the first time in its series.
Several characters in the Batman universe will be seen such as his butler Alfred, Bane, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Copperhead, Firefly, the Joker, the Penguin, the Mad Hatter, and more!
Set in grizzled, old Gotham City, the scene is juxtaposed by the joy of Christmas time as you fight off the bounties set on your head by the main antagonist of the story arc.
It's sure to be a solid, quality game and highly recommended if you are a fan of the series.
Game lovers have a lot to look forward at the end of 2013. Should a different game have made the top five? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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