Justin’s Most Anticipated Games of 2013

Friday, December 21st, 2012

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5.  The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise

Games of 2013

Will this villainous energy drink mascot play a role in The Next Great Sequel?

Otherwise known as Saints Row 4, Saints Row: The Fourth, or perhaps S4ints Row, The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise is the only open-world crime game I’m looking forward to at this point.  (If you must know, no, that is not the game’s actual, final title.)  Saints Row: The Third was the most fun I’d had with such a game in many years thanks to the balls-out, unapologetic insanity that permeates every single inch of it, and it really makes me excited to see what the development team has up their sleeves for a follow-up.

The Third was actually going to receive a stand-alone expansion entitled Enter the Dominatrix; a story in which the Boss is captured by aliens and forced into a virtual reality version of Steelport.  A VR simulation that could be hacked to gain superpowers.  However, this expansion was cancelled, and reportedly at least some elements that were planned for the expansion are now in the next full game.  What utter madness are we due for next?

4.  Tomb Raider

Games of 2013

A Tomb Raider game for people that want something more substantial.

I have never been that much of a fan of Tomb Raider.  I never played the games, never cared for the cardboard caricature that I always perceived as Lara Croft, and most certainly did not enjoy the first Tomb Raider movie nor even bother to watch the second.  It’s probably safe to say that I’m not a fan.

That being said, I’m really, really interested in the new Tomb Raider in development at Crystal Dynamics.  It looks like a truly fresh take on the series, complete with a Lara that actually seems more human and less over-developed pin-up.  I had the chance to play the game’s demo at PAX earlier this year and was left impressed by what they had shown.  If this franchise ever wants to win me over, this seems like the game that would do it.

3.  Bayonetta 2

Games of 2013

New platform, same gun-heeled hair witch.

Like everyone else, I was surprised to learn that Nintendo had managed to lock up Bayonetta’s second outing as a Wii U exclusive.  I never played the original (mostly due to owning a PS3, on which the original version was…less than stellar), but I’m really looking forward to seeing how Platinum puts the GamePad to use.  Like Tomb Raider, this is another case of me being late to the party, but it’s potentially a great time to jump in.

2.  Fire Emblem: Awakening

When all was said and done this past E3, regardless of what else was announced, which company “won,” and how absurd some showings truly were, there was only one thing I cared about.  The Regginator’s slip-of-the-tongue announcement of a North American Fire Emblem: Awakening release.

And it looks like Intelligent Systems pulled out all of the stops for this one.  A robust upgrade to the combat and other game mechanics, a lengthy list of DLC characters from past games, the ability to finally use Anna as a playable character.  And I only have a little more than two months to wait.

YES.

1.  Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Games of the Year 2013

We haven’t seen much more than concepts at this point, but those concepts all say positive things to me.

The third and final game in Lightning’s story arc has got me excited.  Lightning is one of my favorite protagonists in Final Fantasy, and even though her story wasn’t really meant to stretch on this long (since Final Fantasy XIII-2 was developed as a response to the criticisms of the first game), I’m happy to see it continue.  The game sounds like an interesting mix of Final Fantasy XIII and Majora’s Mask, with a heavy emphasis on time management.  Its emphasis on party-less combat and Lightning’s customizability will definitely be a switch, but what little that they’ve revealed has my interest piqued.

About Justin Graham

Justin joined Oprainfall through…belligerence. (Note to others: This is not a good way to get noticed. This sort of thing only works once.) When he’s not writing about games or waxing nostalgic about anime older than a large portion of the site’s audience, he can be found playing JRPGs or beating up lots of dudes in Dynasty Warriors.




  • Fire Emblem: Awakening, perhaps the only exciting thing to come out of this year’s E3.  Well, that and Watch Dogs…

  • Guruthos Amarthruin

    “Its emphasis on party-less combat and Lightning’s customizability will definitely be a switch, but what little that they’ve revealed has my interest piqued.”

    I actually see that as a negative switch.  They’re getting further and further from what makes it Final Fantasy.  I’ve stuck with them through 13 and 13-2, but this game has me on the edge, and just about ready to jump ship on the entire series.  And, I NEVER thought I’d say that.

    I feel like they’re abandoning the RPG crowd, and trying to cater to the new generation of gamers, who need everything to be action-oriented.

    • It’s not abandoning the RPG crowd.  It’s evident that that elements of the FFXIII battle system (shown in the trailers that were posted after I had written this list) are still in place.  But the story is tailored toward Lightning specifically, just like FFXIII-2 was almost exclusively Serah and Noel, so the system is geared toward a single player character rather than a party.  The FFXIII sub-series isn’t reflective of Final Fantasy as a whole any more than Final Fantasy X-2 was (and I really didn’t like that game at all).

      So this isn’t Final Fantasy going the way of Kingdom Hearts.  This is just the FFXIII team taking this particular game universe in a different direction to cap off Lightning’s story.

    • Guruthos Amarthruin

      “The FFXIII sub-series isn’t reflective of Final Fantasy as a whole any more than Final Fantasy X-2 was (and I really didn’t like that game at all).”

      Yeah, that thought crossed my mind, and I hope you’re right.  I’m just afraid they’re looking at modern western games, and changing into them.

  • IkeFE

    13-3 out places FE13.

    Makes sense as its easier to anticipate when you have a crap coming than it is to know when the greatest software on a handheld is.