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 our top 5 most anticipated games of 2013.

5. Battlefield 4

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Besides a rough date for a beta, and an even rougher date for release, absolutely nothing is known about Battlefield 4 outside of DICE's heavily-fortified walls. But when the developer does finally blow the lid off its shooter, expect a blast big enough to ripple across the entire industry. Nowadays, the announcement of a new Battlefield is almost up there with the reveal of a new Call of Duty, especially when (as we suspect) it's announced for next-generation consoles.

Remember the shivers that Battlefield 3's theme sent down your spine the first time you heard it? Expect it all again later this year. Dun-dun-dun, dun-dun.

4. Watch Dogs

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Only this morning did this very writer receive a message from a Twitter user asking if I could "categorically" tell them a release date for Watch Dogs. The truth is, I can't, but as ambitious it may sound, Watch Dogs is scheduled to launch later this year - and possibly across more than one generation.

Ubisoft's hi-tech espionage thriller has every bit the potential of being the cross between Hitman, Deus Ex and Assassin's Creed that we (I) have always (just) dreamed of, with its near-futuristic open-world setup letting players hack into anything with an electrical pulse as they think up ways of taking down targets. You'll also get to launch investigations into dodgy builders and wonky online modes, before the mid-game twist sends the co-star to jail for benefits fraud. Only joking. But Anne Robinson is on board to receive her own set of side-quests. Maybe.

3. The Last of Us

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With the end of days fast-approaching for the PS3, it could be left to Naughty Dog to give the console a fitting send-off. Sure, it's another zombie game (kinda), but it's one delivered by the same team that brought us Uncharted 2, and with a story pitched partway between The Road and The Walking Dead we're confident that The Last of Us will not only be one of the PS3's most visually arresting titles, but one of the most poignant, too.

2. Destiny

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Still no new news on Activision and Bungie's insano-dollar (approx cost) new franchise, apart from a lovely logo and some concept art. That said, we're expecting 2013 to be the year when we finally see what the house that Halo built has been up to. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions: will it be massively multiplayer? How different will it be from Halo? How much space-faring combat will there be? And will the songs that Paul McCartney wrote for it be palatable? No-one knows, but one thing is for sure: this is going to be big.

1. GTA V

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Not since The Jackson 5's ABC have three letters caused as much of a global ruckus as GTA, and Rockstar's next major instalment in its criminal universe could prove to be a sensational last hurrah for the current generation.

Rockstar's expertise in building engaging game worlds crammed with humour and personality has been core to its success in recent years, and GTA 5's colossal size, three-character structure and technical ambition is beyond anything attempted by the publisher before. If Rockstar North really can deliver on everything it promises, GTA 5 will surely be one of the most technically and creatively accomplished games ever released.

But GTA 5 isn't just our most anticipated. Judging by the things you've been clicking on VideoGamer.com over the past 12 months, it's yours too. 2013 seems certain to be an altogether better year for games than 2012 - and Rockstar's super-sandbox looks set to lead the charge.

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minimur12's Avatar


you have the most boring voice ever
Posted 18:58 on 06 February 2013
Marink's Avatar


This may be the first year in a while in which I am quite excited about more than five games! I, personally, would've replaced Animal Crossing with Pikmin 3, though, but that's just me.
Posted 14:00 on 18 January 2013
Batmamerc's Avatar


I would like to say all I care about in 2013 is GTA but I can't there are quite a few that I'm looking forward too, I think 2012s lack of exciting games and new ips has made 2013 more exciting for us just look at the top 5 list there all anticipated games along with a few others further down, this time last year I only had Hitman to look forward to which got shat on at the last hurdle and far cry 3 neither of which I have played yet, certainly gonna be a great year and maybe a great last hurrah if rumours are true.
Posted 08:11 on 10 January 2013
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Looking forward to BF4 https://www.facebook.com/bf4hq
Posted 23:49 on 09 January 2013
Mintyrebel's Avatar


Just saying that Battlefield 3 came out in 2011, was an honorable mention for 2012 and is now one of the most anticipated games of 2013 (technically BF3 footage was shown). Have EA brainwashed you guys ;)
Posted 21:49 on 08 January 2013
rbevanx's Avatar


Bit depressing Battlefield 4 was in the top 5 thinking about it, gonna give that miss and rent it a year later instead when they have fixed the game and is no longer broken.

Online I won't even bother with.
Posted 16:55 on 08 January 2013
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Glad they left the only game I'm getting this year till last. I think some of these will shift into 2014. On the bright side, there are always titles each year that get released out of the blue and knock everyone for six, I expect 2013 won't be an exception given the experience everyone has with the hardware now.

There's also the small matter of next gen, 99% certain we'll see Microsoft unveil something at E3 now, so therein lies another whole bunch of games the public hasn't heard of yet.
Posted 14:16 on 08 January 2013
Wido's Avatar


GTA V!!! That is all.
Posted 14:15 on 08 January 2013
munkee's Avatar


Taking the other posts into account as well, this appears to be a pretty good year for gamers :)
Posted 12:47 on 08 January 2013
draytone's Avatar


Only Watch Dogs that looks interesting... another zombie game?
Posted 12:46 on 08 January 2013
EverTheOptimist's Avatar


Cannot wait for GTA V, but that also means that if it isn't as good as I'm hoping it's going to be pretty disappointing.

I might pay a little attention to Battlefield 4 as I'd love to be able to enjoy a military shooter again at some point in the future. Hopefully they'll have brushed up the campaign as it sounded flat at best.
Posted 12:26 on 08 January 2013
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rbevanx@ pblive

I'm really looking forward to The Last of Us but if that's number three on this list, then that sums up how meh this year is gonna be with this gen.
Posted 11:08 on 08 January 2013


I'm still not hyped about a new GTA game at the moment. Maybe nearer the time...
Posted 11:07 on 08 January 2013
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rbevanx@ DancingRhino

and Routine I think, could easily have a 100 list. But anyhow the list was always just gonna be "meh".
Posted 11:05 on 08 January 2013
DancingRhino's Avatar


Silly Video Gamer. You missed out Dark Souls 2.
Posted 11:04 on 08 January 2013

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