Despite the imminent announcement of the release dates for the next Xbox and PlayStation, there are plenty of games to be getting excited about this year. So in keeping with tradition, we at Megabits have decided to choose a selection of upcoming releases we think will become essential purchases. Here's my selection of five games that are getting me a little hot under the collar and have already been allocated money from my meagre savings jar.
Fellow Megabits writer Ibwib and myself have a little wager each year, picking five games each and seeing who gets the highest review scores via Metacritic. Check his top five games here.
Ubisoft's Watch Dogs stole the show at last year's E3, and I wouldn't bet against it being a frontrunner for Game of the Year. Surveillance, computing, hacking, data control... what's not to love? Looks a little like a combination of GTA and Deus Ex, which can't be a bad thing! After Ubisoft's recent success with Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3, I'm expecting big things with Watch Dogs.
The Last of Us
Sony's survival horror adventure comes from good stock, with Naughty Dog certain to deliver an awesome experience. A desolate landscape and abandoned cities create an awesome atmosphere of fear and intrigue. As a couple of survivors of an apocalyptic event, you've got to trudge through a world full of the infected. A kind of zombie game with a really strong narrative...The teaser videos look fantastic - great graphics with a hint of the kind of strong storyline that wowed us last year with The Walking Dead.
I used to love Tomb Raider - and not just coz I was a young lad who enjoyed gawping at the busty models who posed in those tight shorts to publicise each game. And with the recent form of Square Enix, I have no doubt that this will be a title that truly delivers. The trailer suggests loads of gun-toting, cavern exploring goodness - with some lovely looking graphics and audio to boot. Oh, and hopefully, they'll be a nice busty model to pose in tight shorts to publicise the game too!
Capcom's Remember Me definitely makes it onto my list. Another game to feature a strong female protagonist, Nilin will surely give Lara Croft a run for her money as they fight it out this year. Expected around May time, this seems to kind of combine the futuristic Total Recall-type world with the likes of Syndicate and Deus Ex. Lost memories and cool combat make this a must buy in my eyes.
Army of Two: Devil's Cartel
Now I don't expect this to be one of the top scoring games of the year... but past form with this series suggests I won't care anyway. Both the previous games from EA have been right up my street and I've played them to death. Played alone, they boast decent - if slightly ridiculous storylines - and a reasonable challenge, but with a co-op partner, the entire experience is cranked up a couple of notches. Covering one another, rescuing downed teammates and drawing enemy fire makes for some absolutely brilliant moments. It's big, loud and stupid... but that's why I love it. Salem and Rios may have been replaced with some new blood, but I still can't wait until March!