Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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With the potential for two new consoles to arrive just in time for Christmas, 2013 could well be a landmark year in the video game world. But it's also a year full to the brim with AAA releases for current consoles that we hope won't disappoint. Here's our look at 24 through to 19.

24. Star Wars 1313

Star Wars 1313 screenshot

Star Wars 1313 might well be a game of visuals over substance, but it doesn't half look impressive. If this is the kind of visual level we'll be getting at the launch of new consoles, then things look promising for the years ahead. Still, pretty graphics will only get you so far, so we're hoping the cover-based gunplay is at least competent and that the campaign manages to throw in some spectacular set-pieces. We've been let down by Star Wars games in the past that prioritised visuals over gameplay (we're looking at you, Force Unleashed 2), but we're hoping this is the game to change that.

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23. GRID 2

Codemasters has taken its time to bring us a sequel to 2008's brilliant street racer, but hopefully that means GRID 2 won't disappoint. With most of 2012's big racers being open-world offerings, we can't wait to get back into a pure closed track game; an area Codemasters has excelled at in the past. Fingers crossed that F1 Race Stars and Dirt Showdown were slight blips in the company's otherwise stellar history, and that GRID 2 signs off Codemasters' current-gen efforts with a bang.

God of War: Ascension screenshot

22. God of War: Ascension

It seems like everyone is down on God of War: Ascension, and we can understand why considering most of what has been shown is a frankly uninspiring multiplayer mode, but surely this is going to be good. Chances are Ascension will be one of the final showpiece games for the PS3, and we just can't imagine Sony letting the series go out in such a disappointing manner. All we want is the spectacle of God of War 3 with as many great moments of God of War 2. That can't be too hard, can it? Please, Sony - get it right.

21. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch screenshot

We've kind of gone off traditional RPGs in recent years, but it's hard not to be at least a little bit excited about Ni no Kuni. Just look at it: it's gorgeous. If you're thinking the art style looks familiar but can't quite put your finger on its origin, this is a game made in collaboration with Studio Ghibli, the wonderful animation team behind Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro. If, like us, you're not usually bothered about JRPGs, Ni no Kuni's beautiful world and delightful characters might well be enough to warrant giving this a look.

20. Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Buzzwords: Can't live with them, can't live without them. Two of the biggest from 2012 were 'meaningful innovation', and they're exactly the words you'd use to describe Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Possibly.

As the name suggests, New Leaf is packed with meaningful innovation - as far as innovation within the confines of Animal Crossing will allow for, anyway. Unlike other Animal Crossings, you no longer start the game by paying off a debt for a house. That's change no. 1. Instead, you live in a tent (change no. 2) and you can now swim in the ocean (change no. 3). Want more? Well, how about customisable clothes (change fo... - oh, forget it), the ability to hang furniture from the walls and the option to build new items for your town, like bridges and fountains. There are even shrubs and lamp posts! If that isn't meaningful innovation, we don't know what is.

19. Total War: Rome 2

Total War: Rome 2 screenshot

So, you've been watching Spartacus: Blood On The Sand and now you want in on some of that lovely/violent ancient Roman action, albeit in strategic format. Well you're in luck, as The Creative Assembly returns to one of its earlier classics, expanding on the 2004 original and implementing the lessons learned from Total Wars Empire and Shogun 2. We've always been a fan of CA's work, and the new graphics engine, player choices (such as turning the Republic into the Empire) and larger game world excites us. And, if we're honest, terrifies us too. Because we just don't have the time.

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Ni No Kuni looks stunning but I don't know if I have time for a JRPG at the moment. The Ghibli aspect is swaying me towards it, though.
Posted 10:59 on 04 January 2013
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Just me interested in Grid 2 then
Posted 10:10 on 04 January 2013
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I wish this would have been split up into two articles. One for 30-11, the other 10-1. Such a cocktease these articles.

@MrGloomy: I really hope Prey 2 will be released!

SW 1313 looks good from the little snippets that we've seen. An M rated star wars title? Count me in.
Posted 00:00 on 04 January 2013
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altaranga@ altaranga

Now you've taken the article away it looks like I've requested access to the dodgiest package holiday site ever.
Posted 22:57 on 03 January 2013
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18 to 13 link not working.
Posted 16:39 on 03 January 2013
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MJTH@ DancingRhino

Yeah, agreed, that would be nice...
Posted 15:38 on 03 January 2013
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Clockpunk@ altaranga

!! Even worse! :p
Posted 15:06 on 03 January 2013
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#1 had better NOT be FarmVille 2...
Posted 14:42 on 03 January 2013
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Posted 14:20 on 03 January 2013
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That's 0/10 that have my interest, thus far...
Posted 13:37 on 03 January 2013
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If only I could afford a pc to do Rome 2 justice...
Posted 13:27 on 03 January 2013
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rbevanx@ MrGloomy

I have Kingdoms of Amalur and Mass Effect 3 DLC to do as well. I'm waiting for the new DLC to come out in spring/summer (which I think will be the last as well) before I do another playthrough of it, the Omega one is meant to be quite poor so I will wait for that to go cheap.
Posted 12:27 on 03 January 2013
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So far there's nothing I'm really excited for this year. I think I might go for a bit of God of War: Ascension and Crysis 3. I think 2013 will be the year were I finally play through some of my back-log of games.

Kingdoms of Amalur
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Mass Effect 3 DLC
Darkness 2

My big hope for 2013, which the pessimist in me thinks it will never happen, Prey 2.
Posted 12:25 on 03 January 2013
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rbevanx@ MJTH

I will get it in the steam sale a year later for 6.49 methinks.
Posted 12:22 on 03 January 2013
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The only one I'm somewhat interested in here is Star Wars 1313, because it's Star Wars, has no lightsabers in sight and actually looks good. But even then I'll probably not buy it.
Posted 12:03 on 03 January 2013

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Release Date: 14/06/2013
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Simulation
Rating: PEGI 3+
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