We here at OmniGamer like games. We like talking about upcoming games just as much. This article is going to be our Top 10 picks for best Action/Adventure games of 2013. Action/Adventure games are a very broad genre, with several of the games in our list playing very differently from each other. If there’s one thing that’s for certain though, it’s that we are very excited for these games. Here is OmniGamer’s Top 10 most anticipated games of next year:
#10. Remember Me
Creating an action game with no guns and no multi-player is a bold move to take for a debut project. But that’s exactly what new studio Dontnod Entertainment did. It sure got the attention of Capcom, who will be producing the game that is slated for release in May. The gameplay demos that have been released show an eccentric take on the adventure genre with a female character that is able to replay and modify people’s memories. The game’s developers call it “a third-person action-adventure game driven by narrative”. In any case, the game enticed publishers enough, and we are very interested in seeing how this game turns out.
#9. God of War: Ascension
God of War is known as one of the strongest trilogies that Sony can call it’s own. Hacking and slashing everything that moves with main hero (and god) Kratos is something that simply doesn’t get old for fans. Ascension, the fourth game in the series is going to be a prequel to the original trilogy, something that’s becoming more and more common in big franchises this era. Fear not, this is still Kratos’ story, and it’s made by the same developers. God of War: Ascension is being released in March.
#8. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Fans of the Metal Gear Solid franchise have been itching for Revengeance info since it was announced in 2009. One of the oldest IP’s still going strong in the games industry today, the game has quite a legacy to live up to. MGS has always been known for consistency in its games. For those of you interested in the game, Kojima is dropping a public demo next month. Stay tuned.
#7. Dead Island: Riptide
Was the original Dead Island everything it could have been? Perhaps not. As an editor’s note however – I think the game was panned too harshly when compared to the stunning trailer. The game didn’t attempt to create an emotional backdrop and interesting characters. It aimed to create an original take on a zombie world in an open-world melee-focused adventure. Sure the games had it shortcomings and glitches, but we’re excited to see if Riptide is the Dead Island we were waiting for.
#6. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
We don’t know much about the sequel to Castlevania, other than being exposed to the overly elaborate trailer released at the tenth VGA’s this month. We know the game will be about the dazed Dracula who struggles to regain his power. The fact that the first game was a sleeper pick for some of the top game’s of 2010, and that we know so little yet are so enticed about the sequel, is why we’re looking forward to the Lords of Shadow.
#5. Tomb Raider
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Lara Croft in a game, and perhaps that’s a good thing. It makes us all the more excited to finally play a Tomb Raider game once again, and we have no idea what to expect. Crystal Dynamics have said they are going in a completely new direction with the series, and from all the concept art and gameplay we have seen it definitely looks like Lara Croft has her work cut out for her. The demo’s we have been shown at E3 and the like have all drawn parallels to the cinematic entertainment of the Uncharted series. It looks awesome, and quite frankly I can’t wait till the game is released in March.
#4. The Last of Us
Fans of the Uncharted series (yes, there are many) are excited about Naughty Dog’s newest IP, The Last of Us. Absolutely spectacular gameplay demo’s at recent events have shown Joel and Ellie working together to fight off both the infected and other humans. The artificial intelligence in this game has been hyped to be unparalleled by any modern game, and Naughty Dog has tagged it a ‘genre-defining experience’. We really hope all the promises come through and if so, The Last of Us could be one of the most exciting games of this year.
#3. Star Wars 1313
I know what you’re thinking. “Why can’t we just have Battlefront 3 already?”. If you’re asking yourself that question, well too bad. Or maybe not – Star Wars 1313 looks incredible. All we’ve seen is concept art and a short play-through at E3 yet it has still gotten this game to number three on our list. Players will take on the role of a bounty hunter, relatively unexplored territory in the Star Wars universe when compared to all the Jedi games we have seen in the past decade. With Disney’s recent buyout of LucasArts, it will be interesting how that will have its influence on the franchises new games and movies.
#2. Grand Theft Auto V
GTA IV is one of the most critically-acclaimed games of all time. It holds a legendary 98 on Metacritic, and won several Game of the Year’s against great games such as Fallout 3 and Super Mario Galaxy. 5 years later, we are finally going to see the fifth installment in the emblematic franchise. However it’s not like developer Rockstar has been asleep the past half-decade, they’ve enjoyed success in their hit games Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire, among others. So there is no surprise in anyone’s minds that Grand Theft Auto V is near the top of our list for most anticipated games.
#1. Watch Dogs
If you’ve seen the demo presented at E3 then you know why Watch Dogs is at the top of our list. Developed by Ubisoft of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, we will play Aiden Pearce, a hacker who can manipulate any electronic device that is linked to the city’s ctOS. With this exciting new gameplay element and the stunning visuals presented in the demo, if executed correctly could result in one of the most interesting new IP’s this generation has seen. It is an understatement to say that we are excited for Watch Dogs.