In January, I read an article from a gaming fanatic that stated that 2013 would be a bad year for gaming and that “nothing could beat the awesomeness of 2012.”
I remember thinking “how on earth has this guy managed to get this article published seeing how Grand Theft Auto V, Gears of War: Judgment, Tomb Raider, God of War: Ascension, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Batman: Arkham Origins and The Last of Us to name are being released this year, not to mention the new releases of next gen consoles.”
The lineup for this year is quite frankly, astonishing and following the hugely popular reviews of GTA V, we can safely say, 2013 is quite possibly one of the strongest years for gaming, even for consoles that aren’t PS3 or Xbox such as PC games. I read an article not so long ago about the game named Gone Home which made me grin in excitement. Gone Home is a conceptual simulation game where you spend your time interacting with the space around your characters which ultimately determines how far your progress in the game. The beauty of this game is that any room, any door, any shelf, any draw can be opened, examined and interpreted, right to the smallest detail. Something I wished was the case in Fall Out 3, purely because there were some places and things I wished you could do but you couldn’t. The development team has gone all out in this simulation game by making sure players investigate their interactive game world, subsequently IGN rated it a huge 9.5!
…He is missing out on some awesome games…
When writing this article, I spoke to a friend about it recently, who said “pah, gaming these days is terrible, boring and not worth the money, wouldn’t bother with the article.” I was quite literally gob smacked at this statement and genuinely felt quite sorry for him. He is missing out on some awesome games and although many people who do not play games say “games are for nerds” it just simply isn’t true. You can get lost in a game like you can get lost in a film and the beauty of awesome development highlights this. I’d also say, a huge reason he is missing out is because there is something for everyone. You have huge blockbuster hits such as GTA V, story-driven like The Last of Us or pure action games like Battlefield 4. There really is something for everyone.
So far the scores we have by IGN are as follows:
GTA V – 10/10
Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn – 8.6/10
Diablo III – 9/10
Rayman Legends – 9/10
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist – 9.2/10
This is only a few ratings for games already available, but it highlights that games for everyone have a huge entertainment rating, well above average, and well above great and so, even with games that are tipped to reach the perfect 10 but haven’t yet been released means we are on for a great 2013 gaming year.