PS3 isn't dead yet...
Yeah yeah, we know that the (in fact, the PS4 is already out. We may be the first to start drooling at the sight of a new generation, but now is hardly the time to give up on current-gen. In fact, it looks as though the PlayStation 3 is going to be around for quite some time to come--fantastic news for those who dropped 600 bucks on that bad boy way back when. Besides, who wants to go through all the trouble of unplugging the .
These twenty-five games are all coming to PS3, and all of them warrant your attention. Remember, this is only year eight of PS3's supposed ten-year lifespan, and the lineup suggests it'll be as strong a year as ever. What Blu-rays will you be tossing into your old, dusty PlayStation 3 this year? Well, to name a few...
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Release Date: November 4, 2014[Pre-Order it on Amazon]
A new year brings a new Call of Duty, but this year's entry into the annual first-person shooter franchise is particularly interesting. Sledgehammer Games gets its first-ever crack at the franchise, and they're going to try a put a whole new spin on it. We're going to the future this time around, and we're going to get a taste of some Advanced Warfare.
We like the futuristic ideas that we've seen from this new Call of Duty so far, it's definitely showing off some high-tech stuff not yet available today, yet it still seems "real" enough to be believable. It's not like we're fighting aliens or anything of the sort; it's still soldier against soldier, country against country, and that's what we love about CoD. We're rooting for you, Sledgehammer!
Little Big Planet 3
Released on: November 2014
Sackboy is back, and he's bringing some friends along with him! Little Big Planet 3 was announced during Sony's E3 2014 press conference, shocking everyone in attendance. The new game has a brand new developer in Sumo Digital, and with a new set of hands on the project comes a new set of ideas. While the core LBP experience is intact, expect a brand new and awesome approach.
Little Big Planet 3 will be implementing 4-player co-op for the first time in the series, introducing three brand new characters: Oddsock the sock dog, Toggle, a burlap man who can grow large or shrink at will, and Swoop, a bird who can fly and carry the others around the stage as they need it. Playing LBP alone was cool, but being able to play with three other, all as an unique character, is something we're really excited about. Welcome back, Sackboy!
Assassin's Creed Rogue
Release date: November 11 2014 Pre-order now on Amazon
Just because the Assassins Creed franchise is moving into the new generation doesnt mean those with old hardware and a penchant for open worlds and historical conspiracies will be left in the dust. Assassins Creed Rogue will be launching alongside Unity, and promises a unique storyline where we finally get a chance to take the fight to those goody two-shoes assassins.
Of course, any friend of the Templars is sure to have access to their limitless resources. Armed with a silent air gun, a not so silent grenade launcher, and a ship tricked out with fancier toys than Edward Kenway could ever have dreamed of, no man, trained killer or not, will be safe from your retribution.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Release date: November 18, 2014
The first Dragon Age set RPG fans' hearts all a-flutter with its throwback playing style and interesting game world. Dragon Age II threw that all away in the name of more action, stomping on those fluttering hearts with little remorse. Dragon Age: Inquisition hopes to win back those RPG diehards while maintaining what actually worked in the second game. We'll see if they can do it.
It's a good start that Morrigan is coming back, as she was one of the most interesting characters in Origins that ended up absent in the second game. We also like that Dragon Age II's dialogue wheel is returning, since that made talking with other characters much more fluid than the first game's list of responses. Keep up balancing the good parts of the first two while throwing in some modern changes, and Inquisition will be a classic. We hope.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Release date: November 18, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Those damn Wraiths, always trying to scare the hell out of us...just once we'd like to take control of those ghouls and see just how powerful we are. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor isn't exactly coming through on that wish, but we're getting the next best thing: Talion, a ranger infused with the power of the Wraiths. Let's kick some Mordor ass.
Shadow of Mordor's hero is killed by Sauron's forces at the beginning of the game, but he is somehow revived and given "wraith-like abilities." Since he is both a ranger and a Wraith, players will be able to build each set of abilities though separate skill trees. Want to focus on being a ranger? Build that tree first. Want to impose your will on enemies? Build the Wraith tree. This may be the most immersive tour of Middle-earth we'll ever get, so let's hope it doesn't take too long to come out.
Release date: Oct. 28
WWEs video game licensing went through some branding drama that would be tumultuous to anyone other than wrestling fans. With THQ out of the picture, WWE was scooped up under the 2K franchise. Last years WWE 2K14 was the first under the new name, and despite concerns was just as good as its predecessors--if not better.
But now things have settled. Theres no excuses on the table, meaning that were ready for WWE 2K15 to blow us out of the water. The return of big names and old faces wont be enough--we want new mechanics thatll blow us out of the water. Your move, 2K.
Far Cry 4
Release Date: November 18
So you played through Far Cry 3. You loved it, but wished it had just a little bit more. Maybe the game could be better with a new environment, a different culture, another unique antagonist, or--brainstorming goldmine--an elephant you could ride around mid-rampage. If only there was some game, some magical sequel out there in the fantasy land of our imaginations that could contain all of these features
Yeah, we know, youre not stupid--its title and picture are at the top of this page, for crying out loud. Set in Nepal during the middle of a civil war, Far Cry 4 looks to be everything we loved about its predecessor with a few extra goodies thrown in. Even if this sequel turns out to be a lot of the same, wed still be happy to dive in for a dozen more hours of open world fun.
Just Dance 2015
Release Date: October 23, 2014
It might seem crazy, what were about to say, but Just Dance doesnt look like its going to quit anytime soon--and why should it? Dancing has been a part of human culture for millennia. From wedding celebrations to improv battles to protect ones rep, the world would be a very different place if we couldnt get our groove on from time to time.
Just Dance 2015 ups its game with not only the multiplayer and karaoke dancers have come to expect from the series, but also a staggeringly large playlist as well as the series newest addition, user created videos. Record yourself performing a routine with some serious flair, and your video might just get featured to other aspiring dancers around the world. Just make sure its not getting passed around for other, more embarrassing, reasons.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
Release date: December 2, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
When the original Kingdom Hearts HD launched earlier in 2013, we thought it odd that the two core games in the franchise wouldnt be released together. Instead, the first game was paired with Chain of Memories (the GBA game remade for PS2) and all of the cutscenes from the DS game 358/2 Days. We assumed Kingdom Hearts 2 would get the HD treatment as well, but we didnt expect everything a package like what were getting.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX packs Kingdom Hearts 2, the PSPs Birth By Sleep, and the cutscenes from the second DS game, Re:Coded, into one disc, all with an HD upgrade. Kingdom Hearts 2 is a big game, and Birth By Sleep is even bigger, so well have plenty of Kingdom Hearts to play before we FINALLY get the third installment on the next-gen consoles.
Escape Dead Island
Release date: 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Escape Dead Island is not your typical Dead Island game. You won't be looking zombies right in the eye as you club them in the face. Escape Dead Island is more of a survival mystery, asking us to unlock the secrets of the outbreak rather than fight our way through it. We can't help but be excited.
We thought Dead Island 2 would be the only new DI game to be excited about, then Deep Silver dropped this on our laps and we don't know what to think. A big change in direction like this is a big risk, but perhaps it will breathe new life into the zombie franchise just in time for its big new sequel next year. We're looking forward to figuring out to Escape Dead Island.
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Release date: 2014
Fighting games are often known for their eccentricity. Over the top combo moves, cheesy stories, wacky joke characters--the list can go on and on. The Guilty Gear series is one of the worst offenders, a turn of phrase that we use as endearingly as possible. Your typical tough guy amnesiac brawler is still around, but vastly outnumbered by the rest of the eclectic cast.
Powerchord rockin witch? Check. Assassin who kills with her hair? Check. Tiny pirate wielding an anchor five times her weight? Check. Rollerskating, yo-yo-wielding nun who is secretly a dude? Check, (not that we were the ones to, ahem, check). Oh yeah, did we mention its also a rock-solid, hard-core 2D fighter?
Hotline Miami 2
Release date: 2014
There are few games that can balance surrealism and hyper-violence quite like Hotline Miami did back in 2012. A hallucination here, a psychopathic rampage there, and just like that were petrified of anyone sporting a latex animal mask (although to be fair, those things are pretty creepy to begin with).
The sequel will have much, much more of the fast-paced action weve come to love with a few bonus features thrown in for good measure. New weapons and characters complement full-fledged features such as dual-wielding, co-op gameplay, and a level editor, so theres a good chance that fans could carry this one on for quite some time. If nothing else, our music collections could sure use some more synthy goodness.
Release date: 2014
In the future, Super Earth is threatened by not one, not two, but THREE groups of aliens poised to smash the peaceful military democracy that governs us all. But humanity isnt quite ready to lie on its back and let some stinking aliens take control--we have guns! We have heart! We have Helldivers, ready to fight tooth and nail to keep us safe.
That is, if theyre not too busy fighting each other. Much like the developers previous work Magicka, this multiplayer top down shooter has friendly fire permanently locked and deadly. It also has action that can become downright hectic at times, meaning that youre just one itchy trigger finger away from ending your buddies good time. Accidentally, of course--wed never condone teamkilling.
Tales from the Borderlands
Release date: 2014
If there ain't no rest for the wicked, then Telltale Games must be a studio of hardened criminals. As if they didn't have enough on their plate with The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead, they recently announced two more adventure games: Game of Thrones and Tales of the Borderlands. That's right, Borderlands, the Gearbox shooter, is getting the Telltale treatment. This can only be a good thing.
We don't have the first idea what Telltale will choose to explore in Pandora, but we have our theories. For starters, based off of the initial reveal trailer, that man pictured above looks an awful lot like the main villain of Borderlands 2, Handsome Jack. Could this story follow the Butt Stallion-riding madman's rise to power? We'd be perfectly fine with that, as more Handsome Jack can only be a good thing.
Revenge of the Titans
Release date: 2014
Tower defense games are notoriously straightforward. Monsters walk here, towers go there, boom boom, level complete, repeat ad nauseum with more enemies and slightly larger towers. Thats all well and good, but why does it all have to be so linear? Why start with X tower every time--maybe Y tower along with more resource collection and an extra slowdown effect matches our play style better than what YOUR game decides we should do!
With Revenge of the Titans, we get to choose our specifically decorated cake and eat it too. An open ended R&D system lets you pick the playstyle you want to pursue right from the start--no more waiting until level 15 to unlock that ability you wish youve had all game. Thats freedom, and we here at GamesRadar will always support freedom.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Release date: Dec. 3
Is there anything more honorable than a hand to hand combat between two champions? It was the perfect blend of strength and dexterity, not like those silly pistol duels that came later--is it any surprise that so much of our entertainment nowadays is fixated on the days of olde?
Those days may be dead and gone, but it doesnt mean that their appeal is as well. Chivalry lets us dodge and parry to our hearts delight, all while our buddies are charging the battlements by our sides. Classes and weapons add plenty of options to the already tactical combat, making sure that the most skillful will live on to fight another day.
Release date: 2015 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Since we were small children, weve had problems with things that go bump in the night. Most of the time its our imaginations running wild, but sometimes a movie weve seen or game weve played convinces us that what happened on the big screen will happen to us in real life; the end of our lives rests around every corner.
Dying Light is going to be one of those games, especially at night. The world of Dying Light is dangerous anyway, with zombies running amuck and terrorizing everything they see. However, once night falls, things get way worse as the zombies become ultra-powerful. Were going to be afraid of the dark all over again, and we can already tell where in the dark empty rooms of our house were going to see the zombies coming for us.
Release date: 2015
When cheap RPGs are a dime a dozen, how do you make your own stand out? If youre the team behind 2013s Rainbow Moon, then youd have already answered the question. A huge amount of content, satisfying story, and gameplay thats part RPG, part tactics, made the download a budget-friendly hit, so hearing of an indirect sequel with even more content had our wallets sighing in relief.
With more environments, enemies, and dungeons, itd be easy to just call this more of the same. However, gameplays getting an update too with the addition of monster taming, joint skill attacks, and more. It may not have all the flashy shine of a new Final Fantasy, but it certainly earns the penny pinchers seal of approval.
Release date: TBA
Theres huge demand for a good survival horror game. Ever since Resident Evils classic zombie scares were traded in for limitless ammunition, superpowers, and Chris bulging biceps, the throne is open for another game to take its place as king of the creepy crawlies. The Evil Within tried its best, and Silent Hill is still a long ways off, so the time is perfect for a game like Sacrilegium to swoop in and steal the show.
The devs said that their focus is on story and atmosphere, which is the best place to really bring in the big scares. The setting--a young girl thrust into the middle of a swarm of modern day vampires and the intrigue of a supernatural world lying beneath our own--seems to hit the right notes as well. With luck, this could be the sleeper hit of the genre.
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Release date: 2015
Some gamers remember Dead or Alive as one of the first examples of jaw-dropping 3D gameplay (you know, back in the day). Others hear the name and think of its hyper-sexualized female fighters and their totally realistic chests. While both viewpoints certainly hold merit, Dead or Alive 5 staked its claim in something less flashy and more legitimate: rock solid mechanics and competitive fighting gameplay.
Last Round takes the gameplay of the most recent installment and updates it with touched up visuals and more features. But while a few new levels or fighters may be nice, were hoping Team Ninja delivers on whats really important in 2015--rock solid online play. If this version can stand tall where its predecessor fumbled, it would no doubt be the definitive edition of the franchise fighter.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Release date: TBA
Why does it seem like our favorite bioterrorism defense agents never get a moments rest? Seriously, its like everyone and their sadistically malevolent grandmother has gotten a hand on some kind of newfangled virus or mutagen--its a wonder that the entire human race hasnt transformed into some sort of gross, parasitic monster by now.
Such is (likely) the case yet again in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. An episodic sequel to the surprisingly ambitious 3DS game, Jill and her new helper Moira Burton are back to fight the good fight and keep the world safe from some truly gross creatures. As long as its more like its predecessor and less like a certain numbered release, well be happy to tag along.
Mortal Kombat X
Release date: 2015
Its way too common to see fighting games that go out of their way to avoid violence. Nobody ever dies in Street Fighter, and something as squeaky-clean as Super Smash Bros. will never get our animalistic bloodlust going. Sometimes we want to see pain. Death. Fatalities.
We should probably thank some higher power for the triumphant return of our favorite sadistic show of force. NetherRealm has proven to be exactly what this series needed, so a new chance to rip out some spinal cords from these guys is guaranteed to be a good time. Just, you know, bring a mop or something to clean up all those messy blood and guts when your all done.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Release date: January 27, 2015
Many of us were expecting the next Saints Row to be a full-fledged, new hardware sequel, but so far we cant say that this mini expansion is anything close to a disappointment. A demonized cityscape, a flashy new flight ability, a butt-load of creatively hellish weaponry, and an insanely cocky end goal of shooting Satan right in the face--yep, weve got ourselves a new Saints Row.
With the Boss kidnapped, Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington journey down to the land of fire and brimstone to get him back. What follows is a foray across new open world and (probably) a long, long line of dead demons. Lets face it--itll probably be the most morally justified killing spree the saints have gone on in a long time
Release date: 2015 [Pre-Order it on Amazon
The minds behind the two Just Cause games have decided to venture into a whole new type of madness: the world of Mad Max. The 1979 post-apocalyptic action movie starring Mel Gibson can be viewed the precursor to games like Fallout, bringing to life a world after the end times come and go. Its about time the name got a video game of its own, and with Avalanche Studios its in good hands.
Early information tells us that the game will focus on vehicular combat, following Max after his beloved Interceptor is stolen by marauders, adding a Twisted Metal twist to the third-person action. Post-apocalyptic Twisted Metal? Yes, please!
Resident Evil (2015)
Release date: TBA
They say those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, but that would hardly be a problem for Resident Evil. Sure, the early controls may seem clunky by todays action-heavy standards, but its hard to deny the tension that comes from the lone, shambling zombie who could end you in a moment. Quite the difference from todays endless supply of rabid villagers or sprinting parasitic tribesmen.
The upcoming re-remake (remember the 2002 upgrade?) throws us back into the days where Jills were sandwiches and biceps were realistically sized. Call us old fashioned, but sometimes an old, simple friend is more appealing than the big budget explosion-fest.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Release date: TBA
It wouldnt be hard to argue that Geometry Wars was the perfect arcade game. As far as were concerned, quick rounds, high scores, fast action, flashing lights, bumpin beats, and a huge reliance on quick reflexes are all the ingredients for a fantastic time with your best buds. Although the series had multiple successful releases, we cant help but want more and more of that 2D action.
But while our prayers may have been answered with the announcement of a third game in the series, we cant exactly say that itll still be in 2D. See, instead of duking it out with other shapes on a standard X and Y grid, combat in Geometry Wars 3 takes place on 3D objects (see the pic above). Its wild, its overwhelming, and it could very well make the game even harder than it already was--so bring it on.
It's easy to lose track of things and forget something you were excited for was released. The following games came out within the past few months for the PS3, so if you want to play them, go get them now!
The Wolf Among Us
Release date: 2014 (Episode 5, Episodes 1-4 out now)
As we read each issue of Fables, we thought to ourselves "man, this would make an excellent adventure game." Then we played Telltale's The Walking Dead and thought "man, Telltale makes one hell of an adventure game." All of a sudden, Telltale announces that their next new episodic series is The Wolf Among Us, based on Fables, and we still haven't stop smiling.
The first two episodes are out, but the rest are on the way, and we hope there's just as much tension in each choice here as there was in Walking Dead. We want the same fantastic choice-based gameplay with a major Fables twist. We can't wait to take control of Bigby Wolf, we can't wait to talk to other fairy tale characters like the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Toad, and we can't WAIT to see how Telltale shocks us again. Time to read Fables again!
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Release date: June 24, 2014
We've loved playing High Moon Studios' Transformers games; the Cybertron saga brought back some fond memories of playing with our Transformers as kids. We've also enjoyed seeing them come to life on the big screen; the Michael Bay movies have done the Transformers well in bringing them into a brighter spotlight. Soon, we're going to get the best of both worlds.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be joining the two Transformers storylines into one big explosive romp. We don't know if the forthcoming fourth movie will be included in this package; to be honest, we don't know a whole lot about this new game other than it will be Edge of Reality at the helm, not High Moon. A new developer and a new storyline could put some people off, but we look forward to seeing what comes of it.
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Release date: June 3, 2014
Man, it really sucks to be Ronan O'Connor. Nothing like coming back to consciousness and seeing your own dead corpse laying in the street in front of you, while you have no recollection of how you ended up that way in the first place. Murdered: Soul Suspect tasks us with finding out how Ronan died, and we're going to have to do it in two planes of existence.
It's not enough we're going to have to manipulate the real world to find our answers, but otherworldly creatures will stand in Ronan's way as well. How the hell are we supposed to balance solving our own murder and battling demonic beings from beyond? We guess we'll have to wait until February to learn the truth, but we're really excited to find out.
Release date: May 27, 2014
People sometimes say that a city is "alive," but in Watch Dogs that's an understatement. The Central Operating System, or CtOS, controls Chicago's entire information network, and as Aiden Pearce, we can bend the city to our will. The only thing CtOS couldn't do was keep the game from getting delayed, but that's another story.
Deactivating security cameras? Simple. Identifying a target? No problem. Thwarting a crime before it even happens? Yeah, we can do that too. Watch Dogs gives us the power to control an entire US city, and forgive us for wanting to use that power as soon as possible.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Release date: May 20, 2014
The return of B.J. Blazkowicz caught us all by surprise, but were more than thrilled to see him return. Wolfenstein is one of those names that every time a new game comes out, we have to try it. With The New Order, Wolfenstein is vying to capture our hearts again.
The New Order is set in an alternate 1960s, one where the Nazis actually won World War II and are imposing their will throughout the world. Theyve also seemed to perfect the bipedal mech, a fleet of which surround our hero in the first trailer. We havent seen gameplay yet, but if the playthroughs are as interesting as the teaser, well be even more excited.
Release date: May 20, 2014
Take the hack-and-slash combat of games like Devil May Cry and Kingdom Hearts and infuse it with dragon riding and combat while riding the enormous beasts, and you have Drakengard in a nutshell. For two games, this sleeper hit series has impressed RPG and action fans alike with its great story and crazy action, but with Drakengard 3 Square Enix is bringing the series to the forefront.
We're really excited to see Drakengard get the push it's getting now; we're big fans of the prevous two games and we fully expect to love the third when it launches in May. Obviously we're banking on a similar experience to the previous games, but reviews out of Japan have been favorable, so our hopes are not unfounded. Trust us; the first time you ride a dragon, you'll wonder why you hadn't played the previous games.
Child of Light
Release date: April 30, 2014
The JRPG is a lost art, as most of the top games in the genre have come in previous generations. Ubisoft recognizes this, we think, because once Child of Light was announced the love we held deep inside in places we dont talk about at parties came rushing back to us. Child of Light could be the answers to our JRPG call, and we want to be answered!
The gorgeous graphic design comes from the UbiArt Framework of Rayman Origins fame, and a good chunk of the development team was taken from the minds behind Far Cry 3. If you want a formula, Child of Light = JRPG + UbiArt Framework + Team behind Far Cry 3. The possibilities for this game are truly endless, and we cant wait to see more.
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle
Release date: April 29, 2014
Everything you need to know about Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is right there in the title: the game is indeed "bizarre." The 2D fighter from CyberConnect2 pits 32 characters from the long-standing manga against each other, and some of these characters will make you scratch your head.
There's Iggy, a dog who barely reaches most other characters' shins; Vanilla Ice, who is not a rapper but instead a hulking bruiser with a sweet headband, and Hol Horse, a rootin' tootin' cowboy packing a six-shooter. CyberConnect2 has built a brand new fighting engine from the ground up for this title, so fighting aficionados should probably keep an eye on this one.
Madden NFL 15
Release date: August 26, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
There are two dates that NFL fans circle on their calendars every single year: the start of the regular season and the release date of Madden. The game gives diehard gridiron junkies a preview of how their beloved team will stack up against the rest of the league, and it also takes the edge off of those last few weeks before kickoff.
This year's game promises a major overhaul on offense, defense, and special teams, giving longtime Madden fans a lot to sink their teeth into. Of course, with Seattle's Richard Sherman on the cover, you better believe that the defensive side of the ball got a lot of attention from the developers this year. They wouldn't want to risk being the brunt of a Sherman post-game interview...
MLB 14: The Show
Release date: April 1, 2014
For half of the country, looking outside the window means looking into a barren wasteland of snow piles and slippery ice as far as the eye can see. Digging out may be tough, but stay strong: the perfect weather of springtime is fast approaching, and with it comes America's Pasttime: baseball. With that, of course, comes a new baseball video game in MLB 14 The Show.
MLB 14 is taking its Show on the road to the new console generation, but that doesn't mean the PS3 offering will be of any less quality. We're sure it'll be the same fantastic baseball we've been playing since the PS3 launched, and now that the virtual baseball world is without competition, it's the only choice baseball fans have to play on the virtual diamond. Hope you baseball nuts are Sony fans too.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition
Release date: April 1, 2014
Take the excellent Batman Arkham universe from Rocksteady, transform it into a 2.5D Metroidvania-style adventure, and you get Arkham Origins Blackgate, an excellent Batman game for the 3DS and Vita. Not all of us own portable systems, however, and they felt left out of all of the fun, even if they were playing Arkham Origins.
Luckily, come April 1st, console fans won't be left out in the cold anymore, as Armature is creating a deluxe HD port of the whole game. They will be adding some new things, including an enhanced map system and a few aesthetic tweaks, but everything else will remain unchanged. It's not Arkham Knight, that'll still require a new console, but at least it's more Batman, right?
The Walking Dead: Season Two
Release date: 2014 (Episodes 4, Episodes 1-5 out now)
We didn't know just how far TellTale was willing to go to make us cringe. The finale of The Walking Dead Season One make us hurt inside, some of us even wept at the fate of young Clementine. What more could possibly happen to this poor little girl among the hordes of undead?
Well, Episode One of Season Two answered that question with a severe gut punch right in the first ten minutes, then it was all downhill from there. Not many games make us put down the controller, seriously considering our path before continuing, even contemplating not continuing at all. Episode One achieved that feat more than once, and we simply can't wait for more.
Release Date: September 9, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Is there anything more exciting in sports than postseason hockey? Hockey fans have been watching each game in every series with bated breath, even if their own beloved team isn't playing, just because of how tense and high-energy the action is. Few sports can match the adrenaline that watching a playoff hockey game can produce.
Of course, playing it ourselves would be preferred, but since most of us aren't going to be able to contend with the likes of Sidney Crosby anytime soon, we have our beloved NHL 15 coming soon to whet our appetites. With new features and the new authentic NBC Sports presentation, NHL 15 is going to be the most realistic NHL yet. Don't be surprised if passersby think you're controlling real hockey somehow.
Release date: September 9, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
The next game from the creators of Halo certainly have their work cut out for them. After developing a world that gamers fought in for almost ten years, how can they possibly follow that up? Destiny is their answer, and from what we've seen so far, it's the correct one.
There are definite Halo influences throughout Destiny, but this game is set to carve its own path. The massive world is begging to be explored, and the multiplayer-centric gameplay means that gamers won't have to go it alone. We're pulling for Bungie to deliver the goods after so much success, and we're plenty confident they'll come through.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Release date: September 2014
Two anime series have enjoyed continued success in the video game realm: Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, with games coming out almost annually. We've already seen the Dragon Ball entry for 2014 in Battle of Z, and soon it will be the spiky-haired ninja's turn when Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution launches later this year.
Over 100 characters will be playable in this insane ninja battle, giving plenty of variety to those who like a large roster to choose from. There's even a mechanical version of Naruto equipped with gun fingers. That...seems like overkill for a bot based on a expert ninja who can shoot incredibly powerful energy balls. Who needs guns when the major firepower comes from within?
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
Release date: September 23, 2014
As if the Disney library needed any more buffering, here come the Marvel Super Heroes into Disney Infinity just to make our wildest crossover fantasies come true. So far we know the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a few other big names are coming to the game, but we doubt Disney and Marvel would just stop there.
We really hope they'll dive into Marvel's vast library, because there's some great potential there. Jack Sparrow could team with Namor the Sub-Mariner to take on Davy Jones, for example. Maybe they'll get really obscure and reveal some insane characters into the game. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to own their very own Squirrel Girl figurine? We totally would.
Skylanders: Trap Team
Release date: October 5, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
How many times have you been fighting a big bad villain in a game and wished you could take his or her powers and make them your own? We can think of plenty of times where we wanted to steal our opponent's best moves, but very rarely does a game actually let you do that. The team behind Skylanders recgonizes this, apparently, as the new game Trap Team will allow to fight, capture, and convert the bad guys to the good side. How cool is that?
We'll be capturing the evil lot with a crystalline substance called Traptanium, which we can attach to our figurines with a brand new portal extension. Each Traptanium "figure" will save whichever villain is trapped in it, allowing us to carry our captured villains around the same way we take our heroes with us. Skylanders just gets better and better, doesn't it?
Race The Sun
Release Date: October 2014
In Race The Sun, players will indeed chase the sun as it falls over the horizon. Darkness is not an option; we must stay in the light for as long as we can. As such, this game is about one thing and one thing only: speed, speed, and more speed. Race The Sun is all about testing the speedometer, and it's quite a rush.
It looks like a Star Fox game, but there's no barrel rolling here; this is all about avoiding obstacles and keeping the MPH numbers sky high. We've never played a game this fast, and we're not sure we will again, but we love speeding through this world again and again on the PC, which means we're sure to love it on the PS3 as well.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: September 30, 2014
Marrying a major RPG series like Persona with a brand new genre like 2D fighting seemed like a daunting task, but Arc System Works proved they were up to the challenge with Persona 4 Arena in 2012. After all, these were the devs that put Guilty Gear and Blazblue on the map, why did we even doubt their abilities in the first place?
The game is getting an update with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, adding new characters and a slew of new mechanics into the already addicting fighting system. Seriously, effortlessly calling in a hulking behemoth to assist us in a battle is awesome, so the more we get to control these Personas, the better we feel about it.
The Legend of Korra
Release date: 2014
Search for a video game based on the Avatar license and youre bound to pull up a lot of junk--and why shouldnt you? A licensed game based on a Nickelodeon cartoon isnt exactly the most promising place to start, and publishers have been perfectly willing to pump out mindless adventures for Aang and his friends for years. What makes Korra an exception?
Answer: Platinum Games, a developer whose pedigree is nothing to scoff at. Weve already gotten our hands on it, and needless to say we liked what we saw. Surprisingly deep combat, consistent artistic style, collaboration with the shows writers, and bending in all of its fantastic glory give us every reason to become one with the elements later this year.
Release date: August 26, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Standing among the giant action RPGs like The Elder Scrolls and Diablo stands Sacred, a series that has withstood its competition and carved a nice fanbase for itself. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel didn't live up to its potential, but that didn't stop Deep Silver from trying again with Sacred 3. Resiliency is admirable, and Deep Silver must have faith in the franchise, so we're keeping an eye on this.
Sacred 3 will feature drop-in/drop-out co-op play at all times, even if we're playing offline or single-player; the three other characters will be A.I. controlled until someone plugs in and plays. Multiple classes and a giant world make us think that the third time will be the charm for big time success for Sacred. We're rooting for it to work, as we can never have too many awesome games to play.
The last of them?
And these are just some of the current-gen games hitting the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and beyond. There are plenty of others coming, and being revealed every month. The next-gen might be close, but... it's not that close.