Game of the Year in 2013 could be an epic struggle, but here are our predictions.
Earning the title of Game of the Year is no small feat. Every game made this year will be up for consideration, and that obviously means that current generation consoles may need something seriously fun to compete with the high-definition graphics and advanced mechanics of next-gen games. Of course, this also puts the next generation games under pressure, as they have to prove themselves in the span of maybe a month, so unless the game catches on right away, it might not have a chance. As always, the Holiday Season will be the deciding factor on the most part.
These predictions are based on gamer response to various titles, some of which are launch titles for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In those cases we are looking at what we are most excited about, as well as what gamers in general appear to be most excited for. All major and portable consoles are being considered.
Let's begin our predictions for 2013's Game of the Year:
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (all consoles) – With the next generation consoles pushing for more realism and sharper visuals, Ubisoft seems to be going out of its way to make pirates in the Caribbean as fun to play as they are to watch on the big screen. This one is even promised to give us a satisfying ending, as previously reported by The Inquisitr.
- Batman: Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) – Play as Batman in an era when the major villains of Arkham Asylum just started to become a problem for the dark knight. The followup to the already proven Arkham series is once again proving itself a contender for Game of the Year.
- BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) – Booker DeWitt's mind-bending journey to self discovery has already proven itself a top seller in spite of its limited environments. It's not every day that a first-person shooter makes you think about alternate realities.
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) – As old as this franchise is, it never stops being fun or anticipated in the eyes of the gamers. The lack of a next-generation counterpart is probably the only thing that might knock it down in the eyes of the crowd.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) – DC Comics superheroes fighting each other seems to be just what the doctor ordered as the fighting game continues to add new heroes and villains to the roster via DLC.
- Pokemon X and Y (3DS) – Nobody can deny the popularity of Gamefreak's pocket monsters franchise, and this series just never seems to lose steam. Due in October, this game is almost guaranteed to be a serious contender for Game of the Year.
- Saints Row IV (Xbox 360, Playstation 3) – This open-world game from Deep Silver has the potential to be one of the best games made for the current-gen consoles, and could easily be a "sleeper hit" if it's overshadowed by its next-gen brethren.
- The Last Of Us (PlayStation 3) – The PS3 exclusive zombie survival game proved itself to be a serious contender on the sales charts. Escorting your companion was never this much fun.
- The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) – How can a new take on an older Legend Of Zelda game not be at least mentioned for Game of the Year? It's new and different enough to be its own game, and Nintendo never fails to please.
- Titanfall (Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Respawn Entertainment is focusing on what they noticed players spend the most time on, and that's the multiplayer aspects of the game, and the exclusion of a single player mode as a result appears to be giving Titanfall a seriously powerful start.
- Watch Dogs (all consoles) – There seems to be lot of excitement surrounding this title, even to the point where Ubisoft is working with Sony to make a major motion picture out of it, as previously reported by The Inquisitr.