Also known as Biohazard 6, this is an action-adventure third-person shooter video game that is released this year on Microsoft Windows. The 9th installment in the Resident Evil series, there has been a great debate among gamers on whether the installment should belong to the survival horror genre or not. Players can select between three scenarios with connected storylines that follow one of the three main protagonists with the help of the computer AI or another player through local or online multiplayer. They will only unlock the fourth scenario once the finished the other three. The gameplay also features the Mercenaries and the Agent Hunt modes.
The next Assassin’s Creed is an open world pirate game, offering a huge, seamless chunk of the Caribbean to explore and plunder as you please. It builds on the naval battles of the third game, tying the ocean-faring to the ground-based game without a loading screen in sight. An exciting progression for the series.
Star Trek is a third-person action-adventure video game that is offered this year on the PC platform besides a number of gaming consoles, gamers will be treated to a cooperative gameplay where two players can play and control two characters, Kirk and Spock. It does not allow players to switch between the two players but to make them drop-in and play alongside cooperatively in a game’s genre described as ‘bro-op.’ The two characters have different gameplay techniques and weapons as well, where Kirk is the typical shooter while Spock have his stealth techniques. Players will gain experience as they unlock additional settings on their own weapons.
Detailing Dante’s early years and set against a contemporary backdrop, DmC: Devil May Cry retains the stylish action, fluid combat and self assured protagonist that have defined the iconic series. The Dante of DmC is a young man who is discovering and coming to terms with what it means to be the child of a demon and an angel. This split personality has a major impact on gameplay with Dante being able to call upon angel and demon abilities at will, transforming his Rebellion sword on the fly to dramatically affect both combat and movement.
Arma II is an open world tactical shooter game whose storyline takes place during the fictional Operation: Magnitude, a military operation by the NATO forces against the Eastern armies of Iran in the mid-2030. The third installment in the series of realistic first-person shooters, gamers will experience what it feels like to be a military man in real life. Players can also expect one-hit skills, life-sized battlegrounds, and other logistics to make the game an enjoyable experience for those who are looking for a more realistic combat.
The Aliens are perfect killing machines, the nightmares of the galaxy. Our only hope for survival is the ultimate in military force. Are you ready to sign up with the Colonial Marines? 17 weeks after losing contact with Hadley’s Hope, a new team of Colonial Marines returns to LV-426. The rescue mission becomes a battle for survival against new dangers, new enemies and new species of Xenomorphs. Developed by Gearbox, the critically acclaimed developers of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms, Aliens: Colonial Marines is the ultimate action/horror first-person shooter.
Dead Space 3 is a third-person shooter survival horror video game and is the third installment to the Dead Space series. Set on the frozen planet, Tau Volantis, players will follow the game’s protagonists John Carver and Isaac Clarke in their quests to end the Necromorph threat. The game is more fast-paced than its two previous series since you will not be given time to think or change weapons before an enemy comes after you. However, the satisfaction of completing the game will be definitely worth it.
A real-time strategy game, Company of Heroes 2 is a sequel to the highly-acclaimed 2006’s Company of Heroes. Set in the winter of 1941 as Germany launches a full-scale invasion of the Soviet Union, players must take command of the Soviet Red Army to free their country from the Nazis by employing their tactical and strategic skills. The PC version has also seen some innovations and technological advancements such as the new line-of-sight technology, TrueSight, to better imitate troop visibility in real-life combat and improved weather conditions.
Describing the gameplay of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Uprising is worthless, since gamers of all ages are surely familiar with this game. The attraction of this game lies on its map design, wherein the developers veer away from the game’s original maps and straight-faced campaigns. Gamers can also play a new zombie mode called Mob of the Dead, which focuses on four recently deceased mobsters as they tried to escape the zombie outbreak in Alcatraz.
The sequel to Sniper: Ghost Warrior, Ghost Warrior 2 is a shooter video game that just recently hit the stores last March 12, 2013. To win the game, players must employ stealth, sniping, and hand-to-hand assassinations techniques to kill their opponents. The gameplay also features realistic bullet physics so players must factor in not only the distance, but the bullet drop and wind as well when shooting targets.
A sci-fi shooter that does not dwell on epic story, Far cry 3 is a standalone expansion to the 2012 video game set in a dystopian 2007 in a retro-futuristic open world island that is crawling with evil in the form of the cyborg army, the Omega Force. Players will assume the role of the eye-patched cyborg protagonist, Sergeant Rex Power Colt. The developer of the game described the game as the ‘80s VHS vision of the future,’ where the hero must get his girl, kill the bad guys, and then save the world.
Defiance is a science fiction-themed world MMORPG third-person shooter game, which is a tie-in to the Syfy show of the same name. Taking place on a terra-formed earth several decades into the future, the gameplay involves dynamic events called Arkfalls, massive chunks of alien ships with valuable technology that crash down from space. Instead of classes, gamers can choose from four origins such as the Outlaws, Survivalists, Veterans, and Machinists, which have different abilities, outfits and weapons.
The third and final add-on to the action role-playing open world video game on the PC platform released on February 5, 2013; Skyrim involves the character that came into contact with the first Dragonborn, Miraak. Besides being a better polished DLC, players will find that it is worth every dollar due to its much-improved entertainment and gameplay including new areas to explore, new skills, weapons, armors, and quests.
In the year 2299, an interstellar war rages on. In a bid to save Earth from destruction, you must take control of the Strike Suit – a revolutionary fighter craft with the ability to transform into a lethal suit of space armor. Immerse yourself in massive fleet battles where your dog-fighting skills will directly affect the fate of the cosmos.
A skillful combination of the classic and modern, the new and old, this is a puzzle-adventure video game created by Ron Gilbert via Steam for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and for various consoles as well. The Cave is built on the idea about the cave that lures people in and explores their darker personality traits. Players can select three different characters from the cast of seven that will explore the cave and they must work together to complete puzzles, while other puzzles can also be specific to the unique abilities of the characters.
The sequel to Metro 2033 that takes place a year after the events of the first game; Metro: Last Light is expected to make full use of the PC’s capabilities with its visuals, which is lauded to be better than its console counterpart. Since the writer of the books, Dmitry Glukovsky, was tasked to work with the game’s developers, gamers can expect an action-oriented gameplay with elements of survival horror.
An action-adventure video game that is a reboot from the Tomb Raider franchise, the 2013 version establishes the origins of its lead character, Lara Croft, for the second time. Set in Yamatai, an island where Lara must save her friends and escape from, the gameplay elements focuses more on survival though exploration is still one of its vital components. Besides having the new voice for Lara Croft in Camilla Luddington, Tomb Raider is also the first game in the series with a multiplayer option.
A first-person shooter video game and the 3rd installment to the BioShock series, Bioshock Infinite just might be the most compelling of this generation despite its flaws. Though its storyline is not part of the previous game, gamers can still expect similar concepts and themes on its gameplay. As the former Pinkerton agent, Booker DeWitt who will be working with AI-controlled Elizabeth, you will have to use a combination of psychokinetic powers, gears, and weapons while being pursued by two warring factions, the Founders and the Vox Populi.
An upcoming strategy game that is set to be released on September 3, 2013, Total War: Rome II is lauded as the greatest title in the series. As the 8th standalone title in the series, gamers can expect a much larger campaign that will encompass the Roman Empire and its surrounding environments. In addition, you will face a variety of decisions if you want to make it through the campaign, as this will affect how the campaign will play out. It also captures the uniqueness of the different cultures involved so this will surely be an exciting game to play.
SimCity 5 is not only the most wanted PC game for 2013, but it has been so for the past decade now. A reboot from the SimCity series, gamers will be treated to a settlement that they can turn into a city by zoning lands into residential, industrial and commercial development. Since the 2013 version utilizes the new engine, GlassBox, gamers can expect detailed simulation of residences, buildings, public transport and other utilities.
Heart of Swarm is an expansion pack to the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, a military science fiction real-time strategy game; gamers can expect great expansions from refined multiplayer changes, a continuous campaign focusing on the Zerg to additional units as they follow Sarah Kerrigan in her quests to regain the control of the swarm and exact revenge to Arcturus Mengsk, Terran dominion’s supreme commander.
The sequel to 2011’s Battlefield 3 and the13th installment of the series, Battlefield 4’s primary platform is PC, though it is also a next-gen console title for PlayStation 4. It was also developed on the powerful next-gen engine and features Destruction 4 to allow for the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 style to take effects including the vibrant weather and tessellation effects. Gamers will experience the improvements in the map set that is subject to various weather conditions, a simplified objective, a compact ammo and health meter with new gameplay elements in terms of vehicles, target tagging, and dual-scoped weapons.
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