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Welcome to a brand new year. It’s 2013, and yet I’m still trying to finish games from as far back as 2010. Yes, I’m looking at you Red Dead Redemption and Dead Space 2. While I’ll be working diligently trying to complete older games I’ll also be reviewing all the new games that will arrive. Once again there will be a heavy influx of titles during the next couple of months starting in February, and I think part of this has to do with the the fact that there’s a new Xbox console on the way later this year. So until the Xbox 720, Durango, or whatever Microsoft wants to call the new console arrives, or if I retire from gaming, there’s still a shitload of games on the horizon that I want to play. While some of these games have piqued my interest only five are on my must play list this year. So what games can I no longer wait to play? Check out my list.

Bioshock Infinite

Diving into the depths of Rapture was an amazing moment back in 2007. Returning as a Big Daddy a couple of years later…not so much. The Bioshock sequel was good, but it didn’t have the same magic due to the fact that I’ve already been to Rapture once before. Now a new Bioshock adventure is on it’s way and this time I’ll be taken to a brand new world up in the clouds. A turn of the century Cloud City. Now this is very interesting. Plus there’s an amazing story yet to unfold in the process. Hang on Elizabeth. I’ll be there to rescue you soon.

Gears of War: Judgement

Going the route of a prequel, this chapter of the riveting Gears of War saga takes place just days after “Emergence Day” and stars Baird and Cole. Yes, I’m going to miss Marcus, but the idea of playing as other characters definitely breathes new life in the cover based shooter franchise. Plus I get to experience the early days of the war before the real doom and gloom of humanity’s epic struggle really set in. Looks like I’ll have plenty of grubs to kill along with other human players online in multiplayer. Roadie roll into a shotgun blast to an enemy’s head FTW!

Grand Theft Auto V

Yes, I’m a GTA junkie. Nothing says fun than going on a rampage and taking the cops for a wild ride through the city while I cause absolute mayhem. That’s what I do when I’m having a good day. Just imagine what I do when I’m having a shitty one. The new GTA game takes place back in another familiar setting…San Andreas. Now I wasn’t a big fan of the previous San Andreas game due to the fact of the game being more like Boyz n the Hood which didn’t interest me. GTA V is not going that route, and from what I’ve seen so far from the few screenshots and trailers it’s safe to assume that things are looking on the up and up.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

This has to be the biggest South Park undertaking ever. The games based on one of my favorite long running animated series has seen titles from all genres. Now it’s time for an epic role playing game, but this time it stars me! I get to make myself into a South Park character and interact with Stan, Kyle, Kenny, Eric Cartman, Butters, and the rest of the gang. With Trey Parker and Matt Stone behind it I can hopefully expect the best South Park game of all time. Plenty of references to the show and laugh out loud moments are awaiting me. Best of all…completely uncensored! The big question for me is what type of character do I start out with. I think the Jew in me is going for the High Jew Elf.

Tomb Raider

Call me weird, but I’ve never been big on the Tomb Raider franchise. I did play the original game and for a time, like most fanboys, I was hooked to Lara Croft’s hot curves. While most of the latest games have not done Ms. Croft justice, this new reboot from Crystal Dynamics will provide an origin story that will make old and new fans scream out in joy. This new Tomb Raider game feels a bit more realistic and down to earth compared to the other games. Survival becomes a key element, and this young Lara Croft will continue to find a way to survive against the overwhelming elements that confront her. I really like what I’ve seen with this game in the last year, and I’m hopeful that everything stays true to form reviving the rather tired franchise.

So there you have it. My eye is fixated on these five titles that look to shape up my gaming year of 2013. These titles are mostly early releases so I’m sure that maybe the late holiday releases could be even bigger especially with a new console on the way. However, I’m not concerned with that at this point, because these games are what’s going to take up the most of my playing time this year. Game on my friends.

Amazing Story
Multiplayer In A Word Is…Awesome
Horde 2.0 Is Addictive And Fun
Tougher AI Is A Huge Plus

Too Bad The Story Has To End

Destroyed Beauty. Hope Runs Deep. Brothers To The End. These were words to describe what would be the epic conclusion to an amazing trilogy. Since 2006, Gears of War has played a huge part in my modern gaming life. The epic story of the humans of Sera fighting for their very survival against an enemy from below is definitely something of a big budget Hollywood movie except we get to play it on our Xbox 360. Now in 2011 we come to this moment. What do the humans do? What about the Locust? Does Carmine(s) live or die? More importantly, just how does the story end?

It’s been eighteen months since the fall of Jacinto, the last human city. The COG has fallen apart, the Locust keep coming, and now the Lambent have made things worse on Sera. The humans now must make their last stand or perish forever. The one thing that has stayed constant throughout this time is Delta Squad. Marcus Fenix still leads his heroic badass team, but this time you can tell that the ravages of war is getting the best of them. Dom’s grown some facial hair and yet still struggles over the loss of his wife. Cole has got some issues which you’ll see play out. Even Marcus, as tough as he is, has a moment when he finds out that his father lives. Now I’m not going to spoil the rest of the game for you. You’ll just have to play the game to find out what happens next.

For anyone that has played a Gears of War game in the past, the gameplay should come as no surprise. Everything is still pretty much the same as you take cover and fire at the enemy and throw in the occasional melee attack just to show off. Locust and Lambent alike will try their best to make your life miserable as you find yourself in a gunfight at every turn with some cutscenes in between to mix things up. Throw in an occasional boss fight and what you have is an epic experience that should not be missed. Each of the characters also throw in their typical one liners during the action, because we all know that every badass macho game needs lines like “Shit Yeah!” or telling enemies to “Fuck Off!” I also want to mention the enemy AI. Now is it me or does Gears of War 3’s AI much better than it has been in the last two games? I was really impressed as the Locust and Lambent are giving me more of a fight then ever before.

Since it’s inception, the Gears of War franchise has been known for it’s awesome weapons. From the trademark Lancer to the almighty Hammer of Dawn, no game rains down death more impressively than this franchise. I always loved using my Lancer and run up to a Locust and rev up my chainsaw for the cool bloody death animation. That really gets me going. Now with Gears of War 3 there are some new weapons added to the mix. The Retro Lancer may have an old school name, but an assault rifle with a bayonet does make things quite interesting especially in the melee department. You’ll also find a sawed-off shotgun for some close range kills with tons of blood and gore. Those are some nice hardware, but all pale in comparison to the awe inspiring Silverback. This kick ass mech can deal out some massive damage while sacrificing some speed, but you can expect some Locust running in fear. Plus it also looks really cool.

The one thing that really impresses me with the Gears of War series as a whole is the impressive looking graphics. From the big hulking characters to the impressive looking backgrounds and environments, Gears of War 3’s art style trumps both Gears 1 and 2 combined. Yes, I said it! A lot of work was really put in to make sure that Gears of War is more than just a game…it’s like a work of art. In a way, the graphical look can tell a story by itself. This is also done well in Gears of War 3. Sometimes while I’ve been playing the game I can’t help but notice the awesome visuals only to have some red show up on the screen and before you know it I was dead. No more staring at the pretty pictures. Lesson learned.

Just like Gears 1 and 2, Co-op multiplayer has returned except this time in the campaign up to three people can join you for all the fun on Xbox Live. Remember the theme “Brothers To The End.” Everything works with drop in/drop out format just like most other games. If there’s one thing that I like about co-op, it’s the fact that I’m never alone playing a great game. Having my online friends join me for some Locust and Lambent killing leads to good times and also so competitive banter. Gears 3 also includes an arcade scoring mode similar to the Halo games which brings both co-op and competitive play into the mix. Hold on a second! Did I just mention Halo in a Gears of War review? Do the Locust live in the Hollow? OK, I know mentioning Halo is blasphemous here. I just wanted to stress a point. The Locust do live in the Hollow.

Also returning from Gears 2 is the infamous Horde Mode. A game mode that every other title has copied to some extent…even Halo (there I go again with the Halo comment). Now dubbed “Horde 2.0” a new element has been added. Tower defense. As you slay countless amounts of enemies you’ll gain money that you can use to buy items to help you against the Locust horde. Also added in is the occasional boss battle which raises the challenge aspect. I’ll be honest with you guys. When I play multiplayer I’m more of a co-op type then competitive, and Horde was where I spent most of my time. In Horde 2.0 I had a blast as I wasted Locust and worked on my defenses. A good tip to all you Horde players out there is make sure you have good teammates along with effective communication. I also want to mention that you can also turn the tide of the war and play as the Locust and take out the COG as well in Beast Mode.

Competitive Multiplayer has been Gears of War’s biggest and most fun feature. Gears 2 did have a huge setback in that department which led to multiple title updates. Good news this year is that Gears 3 decided that a beta was needed and now the multiplayer has been perfected. All of your favorite game modes including Warzone, Execution, Meatflag, and more return once again because they’re just fun to play. Also added is a Team Deathmatch mode which gives a team 20 lives to share together. Once there used up it becomes a last man standing type of match just like Warzone and Execution. Overall, the multiplayer is awesome just like it was in the previous games and jamming with friends chainsawing, grenade tagging, and the occasional sniping makes the expereince even better. Finally, each game I played was mostly lag free which is huge plus in my book as well.

With it’s epic story and fantastic multiplayer, Gears of War 3 ends the trilogy with a bang. The really sad part is the feeling that after playing the game for ten hours during the camapign was that the end was inevitably coming. There was a tear in my eye as I witnessed the end of an amazing story that I was attatched to for five long years. The big question for me was wondering if this was really the end. At one time we thought we finished the fight with Halo (damn there’s that Halo mention again) only for Microsoft to announce Halo 4 in 2012. While this storyline ends, maybe Epic Games can start a new storyline with the early days of the war before Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad. Just making a suggestion.

Gears of War 3 is the perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy. There’s plenty of hardcore action, blood, gore, and drama in a campaign that will keep you on your toes for many hours. Most of all, it’s a ton of fun. Your definitely going to want to play the game over and over again for more than just collectibles and achievements. The multiplayer is addictive as ever and will keep both amatuers and pros busy for a long time especially with plenty of other multiplayer games on the horizon. I don’t think that I have to mention that this game is a must buy. On a final note, I want to thank Cliff Bleszinski and the crew at Epic Games for making an exceptional franchise that will live on as a classic for many years to come. Thank you.