With the holiday season now behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the highlights of the video gaming industry that the early months of 2013 have to offer.
“Dead Space 3” (Feb. 5)
Visceral Games’ terrifying third-person survival series returns this winter with the newest entry, “Dead Space 3.” Series protagonist Isaac Clarke returns for this installment as he finds himself searching for the key to stopping the Necromorph outbreak once and for all. Joining him this time around will be merciless soldier John Carver. The addition of Carver introduces a new drop-in, drop-out cooperative feature for the series. Expect plenty of action and scares from this one. “Dead Space 3” is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
“Crysis 3” (Feb. 19)
“Crysis 3,” the third installment in Crytek’s popular first-person shooter series, sees players returning to New York City as series protagonist Prophet. Set 24 years after the events of “Crysis 2,” this newest installment sends players on a quest for revenge after Prophet uncovers the truth behind the corrupt C.E.L.L. Corp.’s motives throughout previous games. Returning to the series will be the advanced weaponry and tactics the series is known for, as well as the very fun, challenging and competitive multiplayer mode. “Crysis 3” will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
“Tomb Raider” (March 5)
Hollywood is no longer the only place to be struck by the reboot craze. With the release of “Tomb Raider” in early March, developer Crystal Dynamics aims to reimagine the popular heroine of previous generations by crafting an entirely unique story and experience that explains the origins of Lara Croft. Players must utilize both stealth and action gameplay mechanics while fighting for survival in an open-world, island jungle setting. The third-person action game will also include platform elements that the series is known for, as well as a competitive multiplayer mode. “Tomb Raider” will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
“God of War: Ascension” (March 12)
This March sees the return of everyone’s favorite destroyer of Greek mythology, as gamers are introduced to a storyline that aims to tell just what sent the series’ protagonist on his path of destruction. Set roughly 10 years before the events of the first “God of War,” this prequel sends players on a mission to free Kratos from the bonds of Greek god Ares after selling his soul. “Ascension” brings back all the brutal combat and magical abilities that the series is known for, as well as the promise of a more fluid combat system. “God of War: Ascension” is developed by Sony Computer Entertainment and is a PlayStation 3 exclusive.