5/13/2013

The Games of Summer 2013



For the video game industry, the summer is never a slow period with tons of conventions, announcements, and huge game releases. 2013 is no different starting with the next-gen Xbox announcement, E3 in June, and PAX Prime in August. However, while we wait with our fingers crossed for certain news (hopefully including more Dragon Age 3 news), there are tons of games coming out this summer to keep any gamer busy when it is too hot to go outside.




The Last of Us
Sony Computer Entertainment
One of the most anticipated games of 2013, The Last of Us is scheduled for a June 2013 release on PS3. From a highly respected publisher with exceptional voice acting (including the voice of Bioshock Infinite's Booker DeWitt), The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic survival horror game that isn't just focused on horror but the emotional connection between the two main characters. You can check out more information on the story or see the trailer on its official website.







DeadPool
Activision Inc.
After a triumphant announcement at Comic Con 2012, this summer will see the release of the merc with a mouth's first solo video game. Deadpool is a 4th-wall breaking, overly talkative, sometimes raunchy, often violent anti-hero, beloved by Marvel fans and meme loving internet dwellers. This third-person action game will allow the players to progress as the character and interact with other Marvel heroes. While this might not be the game for everyone, for those of us who love the character, it is a long time coming.






Pikmin 3
Nintendo
While I still may not have my Wii U, some upcoming releases are tipping the scales in its favor. Pikmin 3 is one of those games, another installment in the classic series that will take advantage of the Wii U's functionality and GamePad. A real-time strategy game that combines cute with strategic planning, Pikmin 3 gives you control of a group of plant-like creatures that you use to solve puzzles, fight bad guys, and explore their world. My experience with the Wii U system suggests that this is the kind of game that the system was designed for and I'm excited to see how players embrace it.






Saints Row IV
Deep Silver

The Saints Row series of games is one of my guilty pleasures with the ability to customize your character's tattoos and Japanese game show gone crazy mini-games. When the series' original publisher THQ closed its doors earlier this year, I was happy to see game picked up by a new developer and, if the trailer is any indicator, had the crazy turned up even higher than previous installments. The upcoming game features your criminal gang leader becoming President, invading aliens, and mech suits, plot points that suggest the game we know and love is back and weirder than ever.

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