Opinion// Dan's Dares - 2013 - Gears Up for War

Posted 7 Jan 2013 16:32 by
Weíve given you our ĎGames of the yearí for 2012, so now letís have a think about what 2013 has in store for us.

Iíd like to start this very honestly; Iíve paid minimal attention to the release schedule of 2013. Thatís okay though, donít worry your little heads; because I work for SPOnG, I get access to top secret databases containing upcoming titles, release dates and other such valuable information. (What I mean by that, is I clicked on the ĎComing Sooní link on SPOnG.com).

So now Iíve got this long list of game releases in front of me, and my first thought is: What the fuck is ĎFist of the North Star: Kenís Rage 2í? What? Do stars have fists now? And whoís Ken? Why is he angry? Was he angry in the first title? I just donít know, and frankly, I didnít pay enough attention to find out.

Looking at the more sought after titles, the start of 2013 gets very interesting. Iíve always been a fan of slicing up demons and somehow floating in the air while firing my twin pistols Ebony and Ivory in the Devil May Cry series, and this year, we get to have a play with Ninja Theoryís reboot. Markís preview would suggest that itís good for people who have never played DmC before, but what of existing fans? Are we going to take to it as kindly?

Looking down the list, we have some other big titles; Army of Two: The Devilís Cartel, Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, GRID 2, Tomb Raider... the list goes on. None of these are screaming out to me though. And yeah, I know some of you are going to be all ĎBUT ITíS METAL GEAR WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUTí, but hush, whose feature is this?

There really are only two games that stand out to me. Yes theyíre typical, yes theyíre both part of existing seriesí, and yes, they will (hopefully) be brilliant. The games Iím talking about are of course Bioshock: Infinite and Gears of War: Judgement (thatís right, GTA V isnít even getting a mention).

Now, if you scour through the pages of SPOnG.com frequently, itís probable that youíll have seen the first five minutes of Bioshock. If you havenít, well, arenít I kind, you can watch it here. Take Five while everyone catches upÖ

And welcome back. Wasnít that something? I mean, I canít be the only one thatís eager to know why our protagonist is being shot upwards in some sort of lighthouse chair rocket, can I? In all honesty, thatís all I really know about InfiniteÖ weíll just have to wait and see.

Before I continue, I feel as though I should make a confession to those of you who donít personally know me. Iím like a kid in a sweets shop when it comes to GoW. I just canít get enough. The story is amazing, the gameplay is second to none, the cover system actually works (I donít like cover systems, usually). The characters, the empathy, the locust/lambent design Ė Everything is just perfect.

Anyway, I went off on a bit of a tangent there didnít I? Basically, I really like Gears of War as a whole. Judgement is just around the corner, and from the sounds of Overrun mode, it has a lot to offer!

Overrun introduces a Ďclass-systemí to Gears of War - something that we havenít seen to present. As for the story mode, weíre going back in time 14 years before the first Gears of War game Ė two weeks after E-Day (Emergence Day Ė the day the Locust Horde emerged from underground and launched an all-out attack on every major human city). Damon Baird will be our main protagonist as the leader of Kilo Squad.

So, thatís it! The two games that have my attention this year are Bioshock: Infinite, and Gears of War: Judgement. There are plenty of AAA games being released to grab almost everyoneís attention, but if you like to think of yourself as a hipster of gaming, thereís plenty of simulations out there!

And yes... I did just write an article on ĎThe games of 2013í without mentioning CoD, deal with it.

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