2013 is a special year for gamers. Not only are there fantastic games on the way, but it’s also finally time for a new console generation. The upcoming game consoles of 2013 promise to usher in a new era for gaming and will be fully revealed at E3 2013. A couple of months have passed by and we’ve already seen some great games release like Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite, it’s been a good start to the year indeed. But there’s more to come, and they’re some of the biggest names in the business. So here’s the most anticipated upcoming PC games of 2013!
The Most Anticipated PC Games of 2013
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
The next installment in the Assassin’s Creed series continues the story from the previous game and puts players in the shoes of Edward Kenway, grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor), the protagonist of the third game. Set in the Caribbean, it has a lot of piracy themes and also promises gameplay on land and water. It’s promised to be more fast paced and open ended compared to Assassin’s Creed III, which dragged in the beginning. Here’s to hoping that this next game won’t disappoint!
Release Date: 29th October 2013
Although it’s not entirely clear if Battlefield 4 continues the story from the previous game, it looks plenty promising and is slated to hit next generation consoles as well. The gameplay trailer introduces new characters and locations plus looks super slick and cinematic. It’s going to be competition to the next entry on our list, which is of course, the newest Call of Duty game. DICE has promised better gameplay and a more open world, and has gotten rid of the co-op mode from Battlefield 3, and initial impressions look positive.
Release Date: 29th October 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Another year, another Call of Duty game. One of the most successful franchises of all time gets another sequel this year and it’s rumored to be named Call of Duty: Ghosts, an obvious reference to Ghost, a character from the Modern Warfare story arc. Even the cover art seems to suggest the same and features his trademark skull marked mask. While games in the Call of Duty series have been great, the dated graphics and similar approach is getting slightly stale, let’s hope that we something new and radical this time around.
Update: The next installment in the Call of Duty franchise will reportedly run on a new engine.
Release Date: 5th November 2013
Although not part of a big franchise, Grid 2 looks extremely promising with its blend of arcade and simulation gameplay. With a huge list of cars, a new control scheme, great graphics and one of the best multiplayer racing experiences around, Grid 2 could turn out to be this year’s sleeper hit since there’s not many other racing games coming out on the PC in 2013.
Release Date: 28th May 2013
Metro: Last Light
Metro 2033 was one of the most underrated games of its generation and blended horror and FPS elements with aplomb. Even the story, based on Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky’s book of the same name was very good. Metro: Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033 and will continue Artyom’s story in post apocalyptic Moscow. Following THQ’s dissolution and its buyout by Deep Silver, the release date was delayed to mid-2013 from the beginning of 2013. If you haven’t played Metro 2033 yet, get to it, because Last Light looks very interesting.
Release Date: 14th May 2013
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Sam Fisher returns to kicking ass in Splinter Cell: Blacklist this fall. Continuing from where Splinter Cell: Conviction left off, Sam Fisher is tasked with taking down an international terrorist outfit called “The Blacklist”, which threatens to attack the United States. It introduces a couple of mechanics and changes the gameplay a bit, but perhaps the biggest change is that Michael Ironside will not return to voice Sam Fisher, instead voice acting and motion capture duties will be taken over by Eric Johnson.
Release Date: 20th August 2013
Rainbow 6: Patriots
The long running Rainbow Six series has been in the slumps since the past few games, but the upcoming Rainbow 6: Patriots could just bring back tactical shooters back in vogue. It’s had a somewhat troubled development phase, but latest updates suggest that everything is fine and it will most probably release this year. You play as one member of Team Rainbow, called upon to deal with a militia group called the “True Patriots”, who are executing people as they see fit, citing corruption in Wall Street as the cause.
Release Date: TBA 2013
A promising new IP from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs is set in alternate reality Chicago, where everything is controlled by a central supercomputer called CtOS. You play as Aiden Pierce, a hacker who uses the technology around him to complete his objectives to reach the goal of assassinating a media mogul accused of murder. It’s a third person shooter with stealth and parkour elements, and has been a showcase for next generation consoles because of the high quality graphics and unique gameplay.
Release Date: 19th November 2013
Dragon Age III: Inquisition
Not much is known about the new entry in the Dragon Age franchise other than it could be possibly set on Orlais and feature a new protagonist. BioWare has always been the torch bearer for high quality RPG games and that’s what makes Dragon Age III: Inquisition worth waiting for. It’s supposed to be more open ended than ever and every decision made by the player will have an impact on the world. Sounds good!
Release Date: TBA 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins
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The recently announced Arkham Origins lets you play as Batman before the events of the highly acclaimed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Featuring a host of new baddies, new gameplay and an interesting story where you play as a less experienced Batman, Arkham Origins has certainly caught our fancy. For the first time in the series, it will be developed by Warner Bros. Interactive, Montreal instead of Rocksteady Studios.
Release Date: 25th October 2013
Saints Row IV
The other name in the open world third person action game genre, Saint’s Row, gets a new sequel this year. It’s suitably over the top, and the plot deals with an alien invasion amidst a Saints leader being elected as President. Expect loads of violence and humor as the previous entries in the series and probably, some star cameos as well!
Release Date: August 2013
So those were the top upcoming PC games of 2013, there’s probably some more going to be announced in E3 2013 along with the new consoles, so keep an eye out for updates and let us know if you think there should be more games on this list!