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 18 through to 13.

18. Gears of War: Judgment

Gears of War: Judgment screenshot

We love Gears of War, well at least Tom does, and seeing as he's the one writing this paragraph, that's all that matters. There's a worry that Judgment (with its missing first e) might be a stopgap release that’s come too soon after Gears of War 3, but most people are just glad we're getting more of the brilliant third-person combat and thrilling multiplayer. Unless Microsoft throws some surprises our way in 2013, Judgment will also be the final triple-A Microsoft Studios release for the Xbox 360.

17. Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends screenshot

Rayman's rockin' sequel was the reason many of us stumped up the cash for a Wii U in the first place, so a little extra time to dot the "i"s, cross the "t"s, and possibly draw some arms sits fine with us. Besides the game's beautiful watercolour worlds, it's the musical stages that excite us the most about Legends, with Ancel's superb level design being put to the test in stages synchronised to the beat of the music. Rounded off with co-operative play that actually relies on co-operation, this could be one of 2013's brightest stars, and a shot in the arm for Wii U.

16. Tomb Raider

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Before her breasts swelled to the size of The Incredible Hulk's fists and she spoke like someone off of Made In Chelsea, gaming's greatest girl was fending off wolves and hunting wildlife in a forest. Or at least, that's what Lara Croft's origins story will lead us to believe, as Crystal Dynamics returns with a reboot of one the industry's most iconic characters. Let's hope it goes somewhat better than the last two...

15. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 screenshot

The original Lords of Shadow was a game people either loved or couldn't care less about. We thought it was pretty spiffing marvellous, with its slick combat and highly detailed visuals. If the sequel can offer a similarly sized epic adventure, but with the few lumbering acts replaced with more engaging offerings, CLOS2 could be one of the best games of 2013.

14. Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm screenshot

The follow-up to the bazillion-selling, life-stealing Starcraft 2, Heart Of The Swarm expands the story via 20 new missions. Which is nice, but Starcraft is really about competing, and we're hoping that Blizzard will have refined the already-brilliant SC2 gameplay into something even better. Given that it's been over 2 years since the release of Wings of Liberty, you'd hope so, and with 7 new units (as well as previous ones being tweaked or removed) it looks as if the developer has another hit on its hands. And we have another timesink in our lives.

13. Saints Row 4

Saints Row: The Third screenshot

Dildos are only really good for one function in society, and if you believe Saints Row: The Third, it's for smacking old ladies around the chops. Over-enlarged sex toys or not, Saints Row's kerrazy sandbox sequel should prove a nice distraction from the relatively grounded GTA 5, and if Volition can ramp up the quirk and continue to distance itself from the series' serious undertones, Saints Row 4 could take on Rockstar's behemoth for the crime-sim crown.

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Batmamerc

Tomb raider and saints row 4 from this list for me
Posted 08:21 on 10 January 2013
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BC_Animus

Boobs aside I honestly do like the old TR's gameplay, and I liked the characters, and even the crazy stories, even the supernatural elements. My main worry is that the reboot would remove too much of what made TR TR, and ruin (IMO) a solid franchise in the process.

This, I guess is why as much as I love a lot of these older franchises, part of me kinda wish they'd all just stay dead...
Posted 09:26 on 06 January 2013
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munkee@ CheekyLee

..and thats why I have no interest in it. Maybe Lara was adventuring and tomb raiding before Drake had been conceptualised. But, those Uncharted games have made their mark by producing great adventures, great visuals and solid gameplay. Unlike Tomb Raider that tried over & over again to make a decent game and failed repeatedly (obviously a matter of opinion).

I have no interest in Lara as a character and don't feel the need to play a game thats probably not going to be good as a series of games i already own.

Personally, I would rather see Crystal Dynamics working on a new Soul Reaver game.
Posted 11:56 on 05 January 2013
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BC_Animus

Well, some things don't really need innovation... like- well, boobs. Oh dear, its stuck in my brain now. Looks like Tomb Raider had me at boobs.
Posted 11:31 on 05 January 2013
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DancingRhino

It's also got some RPG elements. It just looks like it will be cool. I doubt it's going to be that innovative, just a rethink of an old puzzler game.
Posted 09:33 on 05 January 2013
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BC_Animus

Nathan Drake with boobs, I'm okay with that. Kinda ironic in a way though, since initially a lot of people laughed at Uncharted, saying that it was just Tomb Raider with no boobs.
Posted 09:29 on 05 January 2013
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CheekyLee@ rbevanx

The Tomb Raider demo played so much like Uncharted that it was almost criminal. At one point whilst climbing you just knew that there was going to be one of those "The whole thing drops" moments, and it took mere seconds for it to happen. It did a pretty good job of reducing my interest in the game.
Posted 08:38 on 05 January 2013
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BC_Animus

I'm definitely getting Tomb Raider, but I might wait for the price to drop too. Wasn't even considering Saints Row 4, but come to think of it maybe I SHOULD get it - just to support THQ.
Posted 08:00 on 05 January 2013
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rbevanx@ FantasyMeister

I don't think you will if you get Tomb Raider, it's looks more like Uncharted and Dead Space with it mechanics more than Far Cry 3.

I can see it going down in price very quickly like most Square Enix games do now like Deus Ex, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs so I will wait until it's cheap as chips.
Posted 19:48 on 04 January 2013
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FantasyMeister

I was originally looking forward to Tomb Raider, but now that I've played Far Cry 3 I'm hesitant, purely because it looks (from the trailers at least) very similar in gameplay. That's normally a good thing but personally I'm always looking for fresh experiences, serious case of sequelitis over the past few years makes me pause a lot now.

I also wonder who is going to publish Saints Row 4 if THQ do go under?
Posted 19:41 on 04 January 2013
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DancingRhino

I'm most looking forward to tomb raider. But who wants a bet Saints Row will be much more fun than GTA again?

And yep njeezy, when I eventually get a Wii u, Legends will be the first game I get, considering how great Origins is.
Posted 13:16 on 04 January 2013
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Njeezy

I would be so psyched for Rayman Legends if I was ever planning on getting the Wii U purely due to how good Origins was, but I don't have that kind of money to spend on a console I would potentially barely use.
Posted 12:51 on 04 January 2013
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chelskiboy247

Castlevania's probably my pick from this bunch, I thought the first one was fantastic.
Posted 12:45 on 04 January 2013
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Wido@ rbevanx

I will just play it on my brothers Xbox when he has done with it mate, might as well save myself £££
Posted 12:20 on 04 January 2013
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rbevanx@ Wido

You could get an old one for 60-70 quid on ebay which could last you until the summer...that's what I would do anyway but it is risky if you don't wanna fork out for another slim.
Posted 11:47 on 04 January 2013

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Release Date: 05/03/2013
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action
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