God of War: Ascension
Kratos remains an angry, angry guy. That much is a given, and while his character has never been the deepest, most intelligent protagonist in gaming history, the God of War games have delivered on cutting edge graphics, perfectly balanced combat and an exciting sense of scale. Unlike a lot of faithful, I am not too worried about the multiplayer aspect at this point. It sounds like an additional feature, like with Mass Effect 3, and that turned out to be pretty entertaining (as opposed to Dead Space 3 where there is a core change to the campaign's mechanics). Still, while I am curious to see what comes of Ascension, I did not walk away from this demo with the same sense of awe and anticipation as when God of War III had a demo that featured Kratos combating enemies on the back of a mighty titan either.
Madden NFL 13
I enjoy the NCAA football titles, but it is Madden I inevitably wind up plunking down money for almost every year. I realize a lot of people immediately dismiss sports titles (there was a lot of hate on the live chat when Madden was introduced), but I personally enjoy them quite a bit. Additionally I know a lot of people feel that Madden's yearly releases are little more than a roster update that EA should give us for $5 a year. There may be a bit of merit to that line of thought, but overall there are changes made, usually for the better, and for sports fans who follow a team or sport very closely, we work on a sort of yearly cycle of hope and renewed faith and the Madden series plays right into that, right or wrong. For me, it is usually right, and I found the below trailer to be pretty exciting stuff as I anxiously await the start of the NFL season. Go Lions!
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
That title is a mouthful of letters to try and squeeze in, but then it looks like this game is going to be packing in quite a few heavyweight PlayStation characters as well. Sure, this game borrows heavily from Super Smash Bros - but I really do not care myself where a game gets its inspiration so long as the title itself is fun and inspired. Seeing as the Smash Bros games get played in my house somewhat regularly still, if this turns out to be any good, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale may find itself in the mix too.
The Last of Us
This title's been on my radar for some time. I have always enjoyed a good post-apocoloytpic tale, and this game looks like it may fit that bill rather nicely. The extensive look at the game in the trailer below did not disappoint, and keeps The Last of Us high on my watch list at this point.
From Reality Pump/Topware, this horror survival game looks like it will not lack for artistic style. Not much is known about it yet, but I am a sucker for horror games and have found precious few that have delivered this generation, so I am holding out some hope that maybe this game will fit that bill.
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