2013 has easily become one of gaming’s banner years. Filled with dozens of great game releases, video game fans around the globe have had plenty of reasons to eschew work and studying in favor of this year’s best titles. Of course, one video game has overshadowed just about every other game that has hit shelves this year - Grand Theft Auto V. GTAV’s top notch gameplay, writing, and record shattering sales have made it the hot topic since its recent release. While the gaming media and general population alike are showing not signs of slowing down in terms of GTAV talk, it is important to remember that the year isn’t over yet. 2013 still has a bunch of great releases ahead of us.
Spread out across handhelds and consoles – both current and next-gen alike – the following games are some of the most promising video game releases for the rest of the year. These seven certainly aren’t the only games being released in the next couple of months, feel free to leave us a comment with any other games you think should have made the list.
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Nintendo 3DS – October 1, 2013):
The newest offering in Atlus’ handheld Etrian Odyssey series, The Millennium Girl has had both RPG fanatics and handheld lovers alike very excited. Touted as both a re-imagining and remake of 2007′s Etrian Odyssey, The Millennium Girl offers two complete game experiences in one. The series’ signature dungeon crawling and intense battles return will return in Classic Mode, but the all new Story Mode takes Etrian Odyssey Untold in the direction of more traditional JRPGs. Those looking for a challenging game that they can sink hours upon hours into need to look no further - Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is available October 1st both in stores and the Nintendo eShop.
Pokemon x/y (Nintendo 3DS – October 12, 2013):
The first fully 3D handheld Pokemon game, Pokemon X/Y, is packed with new features and additions that are sure to take the long running series to new heights. Adding customizable trainers, Mega Evolutions for Pokemon, a new Fairy type, and a other new gameplay elements, there is no doubt that the team at Gamefeaks is planning to make X/Y the definitive Pokemon experience.
Batman: Arkham Origins (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U – October 25, 2013):
The Arkham games have been some of the most loved and highest rated games of the current video game generation. Batman: Arkham Origins is slated to take the Caped Crusader to a whole new level, building upon the previous titles’ tight controls and combat, while telling the origin of Batman’s Arkham-related adventures. Featuring dozens of recognizable Batman characters, including Alfred, the Joker, the Mad Hatter, and Penguin; as well as Deathstoke and the diabolical Black Mask - Arkham Origins looks to be the biggest and best of the Batman games.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360 – October 29, 2013 / PlayStation 4 – November 15, 2013 / Xbox One – November 22, 2013 / PC – TBA):
Assassin’s Creed IV seems in many ways to be a departure from the previous entries in the series – with a focus more on corsairs and swashbuckling than stealthy assassins – but the potential new direction of Black Flag does bring a lot to the table. Pirates have been remarkably underrepresented in video games, and Ubisoft Montreal’s brilliant character models and locations capture the very essence of the high seas. While recent Assassin’s Creed titles – specifically the third entry in the series – were met with middling reviews, Black Flag has a lot going for it and may just be the revitalization the AC series needs.
Watch Dogs (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U – November 19, 2013 / PlayStation 4 – November 15, 2013 / Xbox One – November 22, 2013):
Another highly anticipated title from the team at Ubisoft Montreal, Watch_Dogs is at both an open world adventure and a commentary on the current state of technology. Placing players in the shoes of vigilante Aiden Pearce, Watch_Dogs features a fully realized version of Chicago, loaded with places to explore and technology to hack. Watch_Dogs’ gorgeous visuals, state of the art tech, and innovative gameplay have earned the game a considerable amount of pre-release buzz. The open world genre is sure to be taken to a whole new level with Watch_Dogs’ next-gen release.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS – November 22, 2013):
A new Zelda release is always a sure-fire way to get people talking. Nintendo’s legions of fauthful fans have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming release of A Link Between Worlds. Set in the same world as A Link to the Past, A Link Between Worlds features an all new story that takes place six generations after ALttP, and will feature the game’s fabled Dark World. A spiritual successor to one of the most beloved Zelda games isn’t the only reason to be excited for A Link Between Worlds, however. Packed with completely new dungeons and a new ability for Link – entering walls as a drawing, allowing the camera to shift perspectives, allowing for Link to traverse new areas - A Link Between Worlds looks to keep Zelda’s spirit of adventure alive in a way like never before.
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