Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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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 30 through to 25.

30. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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We've got to have some faith that Ubisoft knows what it's doing with Splinter Cell. While the signs so far are quite worrying, this is one of Ubi's biggest franchises and it's unlikely the publisher would want its brand to be tarnished. At worst we'll probably get a fun, action-packed shooter with some stealth elements, but hopefully we'll get something smarter than that. Conviction had its fans despite being a big departure from the series' roots, but a change back to what made Sam Fisher popular in the first place would be great.

29. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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It's a crying shame we're still waiting for a sequel to the GameCube launch title. While there was an element of disappointment that it was Luigi and not Mario who took the starring role at the launch, those who played Luigi's gorgeous ghost hunting adventure generally have very fond memories. We're hoping the 3DS sequel ends up being the sequel that game deserves, and is a reason to get excited about the handheld again. In 2012 Nintendo went off the boil slightly with handheld output, but we're confident some spooky ghost action will be just what Dr Mario ordered.

28. Metro Last Light

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If you're reading this it means the world hasn't exploded! Hooray! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! But while you're busy celebrating life, why not stop to consider what it could be like to live in a world where gas masks are as fashionable as a vajazzle in Essex? Set 20 years in the future, Metro: Last Light continues the tale of a group of Russian survivors driven to an underground rail system following a nuclear war, and where the battle to fend off mutants and neo-Nazis grows ever stronger. Cheery? Not quite. But Metro: Last Light has a good chance of being one of this year's best - and certainly most atmospheric - first-person shooters.

27. Devil May Cry

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Remember when this was announced and long-time series fans blubbered themselves into a frenzy that would make even the worst Justin Bieber fans blush? Seems a long time ago now. Ninja Theory's latest sees the developer doing what it does best: marrying solid, accessible combat with spectacular visual design. It might not please the die-hard Capcom fans out there, but hey: neither did Devil May Cry 4. Ninja Theory's games have improved dramatically with every one shipped, and this could be one of the best games Q1 has to offer.

26. Company of Heroes 2

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Brrrrrrrrrrrr. It's bloody cold outside. But the UK's wintry streets aren't anywhere near as dicey as the frosty arenas in THQ's Saving Private Ryan on Ice, which takes Company of Heroes' cover-based RTS on tour to the Eastern Front, with brand new ColdTech technology that see tanks going for a swim in Russian lakes, and men freezing to death when left out in the cold for too long. The harsh realities of war have never seemed quite so bleak, then, and in Company of Heroes 2, it's just as much your environment as it is your enemy that you'll have to keep an eye out for.

25. Metal Gear Rising Revengeance

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Remember the last time you cut yourself a slice of cheese? Fun, wasn't it? Now replace the cheese with a flippin' great robot, switch the knife for a four-foot katana and throw in a good dollop of Japanese quirk, and you've got yourself a recipe for a great slice of gaming.

Revengeance's fall from KojiPro's cuckoo's nest into Platinum's kooky wagon caused an awkward rift of confidence and scepticism when the game's new developer was revealed earlier in the year. But recent looks at Raiden's debut solo outing suggest it could be one of the first big hits of 2013 - and a worthy rival for Capcom's Dante.

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Splinter cell still looks good even if it isn't I the drk anymore
Posted 08:22 on 10 January 2013
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BC_Animus@ munkee

Originally Posted by munkee
Was Watch Dogs a 2013 release!? If so, then stick it on my must play list

Wishful thinking mainly lol. Don't think they have a date set yet.
Posted 01:57 on 03 January 2013
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p0rtalthinker@ Neon-Soldier32

^^^ What he said in a nutshell
Posted 21:18 on 02 January 2013
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Mintyrebel@ rbevanx

Probably after the 5 interviews they've given me and I still forget them XD
Posted 17:36 on 02 January 2013
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rbevanx@ Mintyrebel

I'm sure they are screaming at the computer screen right now saying "YOU ARE DEAD TO US NOW!" :P
Posted 17:23 on 02 January 2013
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Mintyrebel@ rbevanx

F*ck Aaron and Jemma would kill me for forgetting Routine :P
Posted 17:11 on 02 January 2013
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rbevanx@ munkee

Forgot about Splinter Cell and also Routine which is the game I want this year!

So Yeah six games and they all come out before the summer, I smell new consoles in the Autumn ;)
Posted 17:05 on 02 January 2013
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Mintyrebel@ Wido

Ni No Kuni will be AWESOME!
Posted 17:03 on 02 January 2013
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Ah yes I forgot about Ni No Kuni, that looks like a gem of a game!
Posted 16:53 on 02 January 2013
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munkee@ BC_Animus

Was Watch Dogs a 2013 release!? If so, then stick it on my must play list ;)
Posted 16:26 on 02 January 2013


My number one is and always has been, BioShock Infinite. I've got enough stuff from Q4 to play atm; Dishonored, Far Cry 3 as well as a second play through of Borderlands 2 - whose DLC I am tempted to pick up.

Then there's XCOM, Hitman, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor etc. to play, so I think I'm all set for games for a while.

After those, though, I'll be getting The Last Of Us, GTA V and, most importantly (behind BioShock) Heart of the Swarm.
Posted 16:05 on 02 January 2013
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I'm kinda hyped for this year. Top of my list and day one purchases will be GTA-V, closely followed by God Of War, Castlevania, Beyond, Bioshock and The Last Of Us, oh and two maybe's Metal gear Rising and Devil May Cry. Fingers crossed and hoping for no major disappointments.
Posted 16:02 on 02 January 2013
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Mintyrebel@ BC_Animus

Wasteland is the prequel to Fallout basically.
Posted 15:28 on 02 January 2013
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BC_Animus@ Mintyrebel

I don't think I ever played Wasteland, so not sure what all the hype is.

Speaking of old games and franchises though apparently there is an official Ultima 4 remake coming from EA. Think it's called Ultima Forever or something. Lord Garriott British won't be involved though I don't think, and from what I remember reading it's gonna be free to play, with RMTs, and its gonna be dumbed down for the tablet platforms, so it's probably gonna be rubbish...
Posted 15:07 on 02 January 2013
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Probably tons of other titles that have slipped my mind, but I'm definitely buying Bioshock: Infinite, Beyond Two Souls, Ni No Kuni, Rainbow Six : Patriot, Injustice, the new Tomb Raider.

Most likely be getting Dead Space 3, The Last of Us, Watch Dog, Yakuza 5, South Park: Stick of Truth, and the new Starcraft 2 expansion (though I still haven't gotten round to finishing off main game yet).

Want, but not sure if I'm getting yet would be Metro: Last Light, Remember Me, the new Castlevania (er- Lord of Shadows 2? Lords of Shadow 2? whatever), and Dark Souls 2.

Interested, but probably not getting would be Fuse, and Star Trek.

There are a few things happening on the MMO front as well, but meh, I'm probably the only one interested in those here.
Posted 15:00 on 02 January 2013

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Release Date: 23/08/2013
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Stealth
Rating: PEGI 18+
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