With rumors circulating about just when the Playstation 4 will come out, game designers have still been working on some new titles for 2013 for the existing PS3 that I am interested in playing. I am what many might refer to as a casual gamer, so I am not into the shoot-em-up tests of my aged coordination skills. I like games that have a strong story and a strong plot that I can follow along with. I love being able to get immersed in a story. Here are a couple of titles I am looking forward to in 2013.
The Last of Us
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Joel is a 41-year-old man, living in a post apocalyptic world that used the previous scientific discovery of zombie ants as a basis for the start of the story. Very cool! Joel becomes the caretaker of 14-year-old girl named Ellie, and is trying to get her to safety. I remember reading an interview where they said they wanted to make sure that this was not just an entire game in escort mode, because they were aware that this would detract from game-play. The game takes place 20 years after the fall of man, so Ellie has grown up in this world.
This looks like a game where there is certainly going to be combat, but it seems to have more intelligent combat from what I have seen so far. The NPCs might see that you have a gun, and if they do not, they will use different strategies to try and subdue you than coming directly in your line of fire with an inferior weapon. So you will have to use your wits, some strategy, and even some stealth.
In addition to the game, Naughty Dog and Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a prequel four-part comic series that depicts Ellie’s life prior to the game taking place. I am really looking forward to that as well. It should be out in Spring 2013. I have not bought a comic book in a long time, but the game is on pre-order for me at Gamestop, and the comic book is definitely on my radar. I can’t wait to get into them both. Dark Horse will also release an art book for The Last Of Us.
Beyond: Two Souls
Release Date: TBA 2013
I better seriously start saving my allowance, because there are other exciting games on the horizon as well. I have not seen a ton of information on this game yet, but it looks to have a lot to offer. It is billed as a psychological action thriller. There is a lot of acting via motion capture, and this looks to be a strong story-driven game. Nice! Actress Ellen Page plays the part of Jodie Holmes who is out to find the truth about life after death. She has supernatural powers through a psychic connection with an invisible entity.
It looks like, from the game play, that you play as the invisible entity and as Jodie. Jodie is anywhere from age 8 to age 23 in this game, and entity’s powers and ability to affect the world are dependent on Jodie’s age and subsequent development. The entity has powers such as moving or manipulating objects and possessing people. It looks like a very immersive game, I can’t wait to get started!