The crew at #GetSome Elite Gaming highlights the games we are most looking forward to in 2013 with the next generation consoles. To kick things off, we have what we would call the big three: Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Forza 5. Previous incarnations of these games have been a staple for the GSEG clan and the upcoming titles will almost certainly continue that trend.
#1 – Battlefield 4 – Coming off the powerful rebirth of the series in Battlefield 3, Electronic Arts and Dice are looking to deliver an even more beautiful game and a score of new features. Most interesting is the inclusion of Commander Mode, something that has been missing since Battlefield 2. While this feature works well on the PC, it will be intriguing to see how it is implemented on consoles. Gameplay, weapons, and tactics seem solidly current gen compared with the near future of Call of Duty: Ghosts, but that familiarity may work in its favor for many fans. Battlefield 4 will be released on October 29th for current consoles, and on or near Day One for Xbox One and PS4.
#2 – Call of Duty: Ghosts – The recent Call of Duty games have been amazing and frustrating at the same time. Great leaps have been made in the visuals, social mechanics, storytelling, and customization, but the engine has been sluggish in recent years causing the graphics, gameplay, and networking to suffer. COD Ghosts is a chance for Infinity Ward to change all of this, but with only a short amount of time since MW3, it is unclear how many improvements have really been made. The decision to go with a near future story, akin to Black Ops 2, may be a good move for the story, but may alienate some fans wanting a more historic or realistic shooter template. Regardless of these concerns, the new Call of Duty is poised to be a powerhouse and GSEG will be ready to roll on Day One. The release date is set for November 5th, and although it is not listed as a Day One title, it will probably be close.
#3 – Forza 5 – While racing may not be for everybody, Forza has a huge following and personally we were more than a little excited to see the next gen Forza 5 game announced as a launch title for the Xbox One. While the mechanics and visuals look like they have taken a huge step forward, the core of what the developers and Microsoft are pushing is the improved artificial intelligence and social interaction. The AI, according to the presentation, is much more human, focusing less on catching up and passing you and more on specific personalities and driving traits. Each AI takes corners differently, is more or less aggressive, and has specific strategies for wining. This also translates to your character when you are offline. Your “Drivatar” continues to race while you are away, building an AI profile based off of your playing style. Overall, the game looks beautiful and appears to be a nice step forward in the racing sim genre after the unfortunate detour of Forza Horizon. Forza 5 launches Day One with the Xbox One.
In addition to these top games, there are many others we are excited to try. While most of the GESG clan is Xbox only, we did include a couple interesting PS4 exclusives in this upcoming list.
#4 – Watch Dogs – With Grand Theft Auto 5 coming out pre next gen launch, Watch Dogs is definitely the new open world crime rpg everybody is watching. With the recent NSA leak and the constant presence of groups like Anonymous, the world of Watch Dogs seems much more relevant and intriguing than the traditional mob or gang oriented games. It will be interesting to see how big the world really is and how the multiplayer interaction works, but this is sure to be a top title with the new consoles. Watch Dogs comes out November 19th.
#5 – Ryse: Son of Rome – The oddly named title aside, this action adventure game looks to be a fresh take on the historic action game genre. It looks like this game will be somewhat open world with a heavy emphasis on melee combat punctuated by quick time events. The graphics look solid, there are some intriguing squad mechanics, and the world look rich and developed. Ryse is listed as a Day One title, and while we are excited, it may get lost in the shuffle of stronger and more recognizable games.
#6 – Dead Rising 3 – Yes this is another zombie game, which as GSEG DirtyMoney pointed out in a recent post, is a cash cow that is running a little dry. The Dead Rising series has a rich and quirky history, but this new installment looks to be taking itself a little more seriously and is expanding the scope and open world of the game. There are still crazy weapons and gadgets, insane stunts, and tongue-in-cheek humor, but it also looks a little more approachable. If Dead Rising 3 can draw enough new fans, this game may be a surprising Day One hit.
#7 – Project Spark – A game that we likened to Minecraft on steroids, Project Spark is a new Microsoft game that lets the player develop the world and even create their own games. It looks to have elements of Little Big Planet, Trials Evolution, Fable, and as we mentioned earlier, Minecraft. While this sandbox game is being pushed more as a tech demo for Kinect and SmartGlass, it will be interesting to see all of the crazy things the community can create when it comes out. There has been no release date mentioned yet, but considering the amount of effort Microsoft has been putting into Project Spark, it may be a Day One or November title.
# 8 – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – With less than a year to breath since the last Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft is already pushing their next game. While the story looks exciting and the visuals look as beautiful as ever, this game is a current gen console game first, and a next gen console game second. This game will certainly be popular, but we can’t help wonder a true next generation Assassin’s Creed game could have been. Maybe we will only have to wait another year to find out, given Ubisoft’s breakneck pace. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag comes out October 29th for current consoles and sometime after Day One for Xbox One and PS4.
# 9 – The Order: 1886 – The steampunk action genre is hot right now with recent successes in Bioshock Infinite and Dishonored, and PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 looks to capitalize on this with an action packed adventure game developed by PSP developer Ready at Dawn. While probably not enough to sway diehard Xbox fans away from the Xbox One, it is good to see some solid looking PS4 exclusives.
#10 – Killzone: Shadow Fall – Killzone has been a strong franchise for PlayStation, but it has also suffered in the past for being over-hyped. Killzone: Shadow Fall looks amazing and there has already been solid gameplay videos showcasing the intense first person action, but it is unclear if Killzone has enough fans to be the exclusive launch title PS4 needs to tip the scales in the console battle.
#11 – Honorable mention goes to the plethora of new sports games titles for the next gen consoles. Some will be hits, some will suck, but most will probably be decidedly average clones of current games. For this reason, these games: Madden NFL 25, Need for Speed Rivals, Kinect Sports Rivals, FIFA 14, NBA 2K14, and NBA Live 14 get an honorable mention, but we will probably hold off on buying until after launch.
This are our favorites for 2013 and the next generation consoles, but what Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games are you most looking forward to?