OutletPC’s most anticipated video games of 2013!

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2012 was an amazing year for video games. With additions to popular franchises like Call of Duty, Halo, and Borderlands, groundbreaking new titles like Dishonored and Journey, and cool indie newcomers like Spelunky, it will take quite the effort for 2013 to put together a game roster that compares to the great games we saw in 2012.

However, there is a massive slate of games awaiting release in 2013 that we are super duper excited for. We are set to see tons of new additions to beloved franchises, including reboots of gaming classics, as well as a whole crop of new titles. Understandably, it’s hard to keep track of the hype surrounding all these games, so we decided to simplify things and give you the five games that we can’t wait to see in 2013.

Untitled-15. PIKMIN 3

Anticipated release: Spring 2013
Platforms: Wii U
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Real-Time Strategy

Though we had hoped to see the third installment in the Pikmin series released at the same time as the Wii U, Pikmin 3 will no doubt still become one of the flagship titles of the newest Nintendo console. Though details are still somewhat hazy and very little visual evidence has been released by Nintendo since the E3 conference back in June, it is still exciting to see Pikmin coming back from an eight-year absence that missed an entire console generation. With new colors of Pikmin and – for some reason – no more Captain Olimar, there will be much to learn about the world of Pikmin 3 when it’s released in Q2 of 2013. Here’s to hoping the franchise still feels like home after all these years.

South_Park_Stick_Of_Truth_Box_Art4. SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH

Anticipated release: March 5, 2013
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, OnLive
Developer: Obsidian
Genre: Role-Playing Game

Tell us that there will be a new South Park game for every major console, and you will have our interest. Tell us that it will be an RPG based on the Lord of the Rings episode we all know and love, and we may become a tad bit giddy. Tell us it’s being developed by the same studio that made Fallout: New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, and you’ll have us on the ground foaming at the mouth, hugging, and sobbing.

Obsidian’s first entry into a series of South Park games that dates back to 1998 is assisted by a script written and performed by the cartoon’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It will allow the player to customize a character who must assist Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny on an epic, and likely vulgar, quest. After multiple delays of the game’s release, we will reportedly get our chance to plug ourselves into the South Park universe in the first week of March.

TombRaider20133. TOMB RAIDER

Anticipated release: March 5, 2013
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Genre: Action-Adventure Platformer

Personally, we are scared of reboots. Some reboots are good, some bad. Sometimes, when a beloved character is retconned, it gives us as fans a whole new chance to fall in love with the character again. Batman Begins is a good example of this. However, sometimes a character can be completely ruined by overly ambitious creators who want to add a new facet to the character. In other words, for every Christian Bale in Batman Begins, there is also an Eric Bana in Hulk.

That being said, it’s both easy and difficult to be scared about what will happen to Lara Croft, the crown princess of platform gaming, in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. Lara Croft will finally be given an origin story, which will follow her as she becomes hardened by her surroundings and the people and things that are trying to do away with her and her comrades. Good or bad, it will be exciting to see a new take on such a beloved character that is in dire need of a new coat of paint. The suspense ends March 5, 2013.

2. BIOSHOCK INFINITE

Anticipated release: March 26, 2013
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Developer: Irrational Games
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Tasked with rebounding from a solid but disappointing sequel to the original Bioshock, 2K Games has not spared any time or effort in hyping up their upcoming third installment in the dystopian FPS saga, Bioshock Infinite. Set during the hey-day of American Exceptionalism, Infinite continues the vintage look and feel of past Bioshock games, but is set in a city in the sky, suspended by balloons, called Columbia. This sets the stage for a much more open-world style of gameplay, in contrast to Infinite’s predecessors.

Rife with social commentary inspired by both American history as well as the nation’s current state of affairs, it’s no surprise that this game has plenty of people anxious. Not excited yet? Then watch the trailer below. Not only does this game look absolutely gorgeous, but that song just gets us super pumped up (really, I’m listening to it as I write these words).

Bioshock Infinite is due out March 26, 2013.

Grand_Theft_Auto_V_logo_-_transparent_background1. GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Anticipated release: Q2 2013
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Developer: Rockstar North
Genre: Open-World Action-Adventure

Is Rockstar Games trying to ruin us? It was bad enough when there would be a new Grand Theft Auto game about every three years. At least that gave us time to see our families, shower, and maybe grab a bite to eat in between. But now? GTA IV in 2008, Red Dead Redemption in 2010, and now, in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V.

It’s not often that a game franchise gets to a fifth installment, but don’t let the numerical nomenclature deceive you. This is actually the fifteenth installment in the GTA series, so Rockstar North is going all-out in terms of making this the quintessential Grand Theft Auto game.

How all-out is Rockstar going? Not only will this game have three protagonists (THREE? THREE. 3. EFFING THREE!), but Rockstar has promised that GTA V will be the largest open-world game the studio has ever made.

How large? Well, the world of Grand Theft Auto V is set to be larger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTA IV combined.

You have until the late spring or early summer to call your parents, break off any engagements, buy a new couch and maybe write a will. We have a feeling you won’t be coming back once you dive back into the state of San Andreas. Expect GTA V in stores by June.

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Dead Space 3

This is an easy game to get excited about. The first two Dead Space games were solid, scary games that were engaging but easy to play. If the third keeps up that momentum without losing the horror aspect that has made Dead Space great in the past, this should be another great installment in a consistent series. Due out February 5, 2013 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows.

Star Wars 1313

In Star Wars 1313, currently being developed by LucasArts, you will be a bounty hunter in the lower levels of Coruscant, trying to uncover a conspiracy, with gameplay focused on gadgets and weapons, à la Arkham City or Gears of War. This will be the first full-game release in the Star Wars franchise to come after the Disney acquisition. Careful, you’ve got some drool coming out of your mouth. Due out in 2013. Date TBA, likely for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Deadpool

How did it take this long to give Deadpool a video game? If this game is bad, it will be tragic. Too bad that’s impossible. There is literally no feasible way this game could be bad. Due out in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Date TBA.

Are you excited for any upcoming video games? Let us know in the comments.

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