February 13, 2013
5 Great PC Games To Be Excited About In 2013
The 2013 gaming year has only just begun and already the Internet is abuzz with rumors of next generation consoles and PC hardware. It’s an exciting time for gamers, and today I have five games that I’m personally stoked about. So, without further ado, let’s get down to my most anticipated PC games of 2013!
Total War Rome 2
By definition, Total War is the involvement of both the military and the civilian population in a war effort. It’s the combination of a great populace that is stimulated by great morale from a solid Emperor and a well-equipped army at your disposal. Don’t think for one second that the tactics of a battle is dependent on sheer numbers, because tactics and strategy are important factors in this RTS wonder world.
Since Shogun: Total War was released in 2001, we have seen the magnificence of what a high end gaming rig can handle with thousands of generated units on each team battling in very lengthy simulations.
Total War: Rome 2 is the sequel to the original Rome: Total War game that was released in 2004. The game promises to bring back civilization and military aspects those previous installments in the series have given us. This includes the happiness of the population, the morale of the army, the stability of your country’s economy, and your strategy as a military tactician.
We’re going back to Rome with the next installment later this year, and I have eight months to practice in Shogun 2 before I’m pitted against thousands of enemy units from opposing factions online!
This game is bit like Total Annihilation, which was released for PC back in 1997. I wasn’t at a proper age to have played it back then, but now that I’m in my adult years I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing its’ game play from Steam.
It’s amazing! Even for a 90’s game, it still has a very vibrant strategic atmosphere to it. The game is being developed by Uber Entertainment and a chunk of the team from Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander 2 are working on it. When I heard about their involvement with Supreme Commander 2, all my worries subsided.
Chris Taylor, creator of the Supreme Commander series, has been regarded as ‘sketchy’ at the development of Planetary Annihilation. This game is a Kickstarter baby, and received a surplus of support from its community for funds.
Be that as it may, Taylor believes that the development is far too lengthy and demanding to be successful. I hope that he’s wrong, because the design of the units and buildings added to it being a space strategy game excites me! I hope this game lives to see the light of day in 2013.
Grand Theft Auto V
Need I say more? It’s the fifth installment in the GTA series, and it’s getting a heavy bit of attention for being called a San Andreas HD remake. Essentially, that’s what it is given that Rockstar Games is redesigning the city to make Los Santos the main metropolitan attraction. The game has been regarded by these guys as big a jump from GTA 4 to 5, as was GTA 3 to San Andreas.
There’s been some conflict between the PC community and Rockstar not developing a PC version. With piracy and a considerably small profit population, they were quoted as saying that “we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.” You can imagine that this means that they’ll develop a game wherever they can get money.
I can’t be bitter about this, but my hopes are still high for a PC release. Rockstar has been the architects of my early gaming years, and I will gladly follow them to a new GTA release-whatever console that may be on.
The game appears to be a free roam that is heavily focused on the aspect of journalism. This sounds a bit farfetched at first, but after five minutes of cellphone hacks and unbelievable visuals I was sold.
You’re placed in the feat of Aiden Pierce, an anti-hero who’s specialty revolves around computer hacking. To see him jam a crowd of cellphones outside of a night club, or pull secure files on the personal secrets of people, was astounding. When I say personal secrets, I mean just that-you could dig up dirt on anyone about anything.
That could be something as mild as a stolen item from target, or an STD contracted last year. The player interaction with the A.I. looks amazing, and I can’t wait to see what Ubisoft has in store for us later this year.
Star Wars 1313
Don’t you look at me like that.
Lucasarts lost my respect when I found out about the terrible developing process that saw the sinking of Pandemic Studios, and consequently, Star Wars Battlefront 3. I was really hoping that I could experience another Star Wars game on the consoles that didn’t involve seven hour campaigns and overly-dramatic button sequences.
Star Wars 1313 puts you in the shoes of a bounty hunter who traverses to level 1313 of the city-world Coruscant. It’s a heavily crime ridden underworld, and the game pushed some unbelievable game play at last year’s E3. This game play was so unbelievable that most people couldn’t believe that it was current gen!
Actually, the game was demoed on a high end gaming rig. As this points to 1313 being very well optimized for the PC, so we can all be very excited for some love and support from Lucasarts this year!
I should honorably mention Fortnite on this list, but Epic Games hasn’t revealed much information on its development or even a release date. I’m also excited to see Fortnite unravel, but until I see it unravel I won’t report on anything just yet.
Saddle up, PC gamers. 2013 shall be a wild ride!
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