Multiplayer Titles To Look Forward To In The New Year

2012 has come to a close. We have survived the apocalypse and witnessed a photogenic guy win the hearts of millions, but with the new year finally among us, it’s time to look towards the more important matters at hand: what multiplayer titles can we look forward to that will be arriving in 2013?

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Big Aliens fan here, and for me, this will probably be my first purchase of 2013. The recent releases of Aliens titles have been lackluster, but with Gearbox (the team behind Borderlands) developing this title, I have full faith that they will deliver. Plus, from what’s been shown thus far, the game is looking great in both the single-player and the multiplayer department. Expect more coverage of the title as we near its release.

City of Steam

I was only made aware of this title recently, and by the looks of things, it’s shaping up to be one very impressive MMO Browser title. Yeah. That’s right. Its a game running from your browser, much like those silly old flash games we use to play back in middle school, only this one isn’t silly. Currently running in it’s closed beta, soon to be open, City of Steam is one browser title you don’t want to miss this year.

DayZ Standalone

While many are playing the Arma II Mod version of DayZ, creator Dean Hall is preparing a new standalone version to be released later this year. Many ask, “why should we bother when we can get it for free through the Arma Mod?” Well, while we don’t know exactly how much of a difference the final standalone version will be, we do know that the team is definitely working hard to make it so. News of a new engine, more content, and different server model should make the standalone version by far much more flexible and better performing than it currently is as a mod.

Arma III

If you’re looking for a military shooter simulator, then Arma III is for you. Using the latest Real Virtuality Engine from Bohemia Interactive, Arma III features new lighting, physics, photo-realistic locations and all sorts of other things to make this one impressive 2013 shooter.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots

Seems that this title has gone completely into the dark this past year, though that may be due to the reports that it has jumped ships and moved into the next-generation of consoles. Nonetheless, we are still eager to hear about this title as both Rainbow Six Vegas 1 and 2 proved to be amazing titles when it came to multiplayer. Let’s just hope the game get’s the support it needs, come release. The target gameplay looks great, though it’s not actual gameplay.

Killzone: Mercenary

This is probably my most anticipated title for the PS Vita next year. Taking the role of a Mercenary, you’ll be fighting against and with both the Helghast and the ISA. The only thing that matters to you in this war is money. The title looks absolutely great for a PS Vita game, perhaps sporting the best graphics yet. Gameplay for Killzone has always been fun, and while no multiplayer has been confirmed yet for Mercenary, one can only hope that it truly will be the best FPS experience on handheld. We expect to hear about the multiplayer later this year as Guerrilla Games set themselves to reveal more details about soon.

All Hail Scolar Visari!!

Bonus video of a fan-made, live-action movie.

God of War: Ascesnion

If you missed my Beta preview from a couple of days ago, then go a give it a read. I am extremely satisfied so far with how the Beta is being handled. So, for those who had doubts about the Multiplayer, I say, at least give it a try, then come back and tell me you didn’t enjoy mashing your best friend’s head with a hammer. Be it whether you’re in it for the single player or the multiplayer experience, God of War: Ascension will be a must have 2013 title.

Crysis 3

For one thing, I’m deeply impressed by the graphical input of this game, though the guys at Crytek need to be able to follow through this time. Graphics can only get you so far, considering that the story and multiplayer of the last title weren’t exactly as great as I had hoped for them to be. However, it seems that from all the previews and videos shown, Crytek has taken all criticisms of Crysis 1 and 2 and is crafting Crysis 3 with fine blend between the best features of both titles. Hopefully, it delivers.

GTA V

Not much is known about the multiplayer other than players of Max Payne 3 will be able to import their crew members into it. Whether it follows the same route as GTA IV or goes on a new, innovating route is all on the table, but we’ll make sure to keep the news flowing as long as it’s there.

The Last of Us

This is probably a title that you’ll want to play single player mostly, but since we haven’t actually seen anything from the multiplayer yet, that’s to remain untold. We expect it to follow the same route as Uncharted 2 and 3, and to offer both player vs. player and some unique co-op story/hoard modes.

Call of Duty “Next”

It’s a no brainer that a new Call of Duty title will be releasing. After all, it is annualized. The real question is, what can we expect this time around? Seeing that Modern Warfare 3 may have been the last in its series, it’s possible we can expect to see a completely new and fresh title from Infinity Ward (and others) this year. Though, Modern Warfare 4 wouldn’t be much of a surprise either.

Battlefield 3: End Game

This is the last DLC expansion for Battlefield 3, and is set to release in March 2013.

Battlefield 3: End Game delivers some of the most high-speed warfare to date across four vast maps. Race through enemy lines using the new dirt bike, bringing speed and agility to the Battlefield, or fight back aerial assaults with new lightweight AA vehicles. Coordinate lightning fast attacks and defenses in the return of the classic Capture The Flag game mode. In the skies, the new dropship introduces the ability to turn the tide with rapid deployment air drops of troop transports.

Battlefield 4

Once EA is finally through with the last of BF3′s DLC, they can hopefully start focusing on their next big installment announced late 2012. Not many details have been revealed other than its set in modern-day, like always. Either way, we expect big things from this one.

The Elder Scrolls: Online

Yep, the Elder Scrolls is finally making its multiplayer debut with The Elder Scrolls: Online. While many are a bit worried about the end result of this title, I for one am very excited to get my hands on it.

DUST 514

We have been covering the Beta for some time now, and with a release set sometime in 2013, we expect DUST 514 to be an amazing free-to-play title for all PS3 owners out there.

AGENT

Where has this title gone? I’m not saying 2013 is the year it comes out, but we should be looking forward to this Open World Rockstar-developed title, a PS3 exclusive (from the current information, which is years old). Not much information is available, sadly, other than the fact it’s set in the Cold War era and takes players into “the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations”.

Dark Soul’s 2

Prepare to die again, and again, and again, and again, and (yeah, you get it). This is one of those titles that most will enjoy perfectly fine by themselves, but the option to play with three other people is still there. There is nothing like teaming up with your bros to take down massive dragons and other dangerous fiends.

Praise the Sun!!

Warframe

A game built entirely on the use of teamwork, Warframe will have you play as ancient gun and sword weilding warrior known as the Tenno. This title, which is also in it’s beta, is already wowing us with it’s smooth frame-rates, immersive graphics, and high action gameplay.

That’s just just a small taste of 2013, as there are plenty of other titles not listed along with a bunch of unannounced ones, which we expect to see later this year.

So, the big question is, which title are you looking forward to the most?

  • Jordan M.

    I’m mostly looking forward to End Game and BF4. But I’m also excited for TES: Online and the DayZ standalone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheNeoReaper Chad Eugene Rash

      Look at all you nerds. The Battlefail franchise is a joke & nothing more.

      • UnicornMilk

        “Battlefail”? Only idiots use substitute words like that.

      • B_Boss

        I’m actually replying to you to tell you I’ve -1′d you :)…..Wish it did more to you. May you have no testicles tomorrow :).

      • iamsosuperior

        Your jsut shit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/erik.lidberg.3 Erik Lidberg

        why hate co`s you don´t like te franchise?

  • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

    Crysis 3 is in my sights at the moment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mohammad.nassir.92 Mohammad Nassir

      why? I love 1 thing about that game: the graphics !!!

      • uhopeisarcastic

        i liked cryis 1 but 2 i hated…. always been more of a far cry guy

    • just saying

      same here, david.

    • MassNERDerer

      Never played a Crysis, but looks like it has potential, and always heard good things!

      • http://twitter.com/BseagullMCTR Brendan

        Hi Scott

  • http://twitter.com/TechS3ek Aria

    >>>>>>>>>> Battlefield IV <<<<<<<<<<

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002367454310 Jonathan Stoffregen

      COD: MODERN OPS BLACK TERRORISTS 4

      • WarHero

        LOL I don’t know how to respond to that.

        • tony

          I do, your obviously referring to the vita version. The console and pc versions will be called COD: Black War on Modern World (AKA black supremesy)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohammad.nassir.92 Mohammad Nassir

    there is no doubt BF3:END GAME and BF4 and GTA V will be the best in everything .. CoD see you in hell

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheNeoReaper Chad Eugene Rash

      You have brain cancer?

      • iamsosuperior

        couldnt be any worse than you

  • Storm

    We haven’t got that much to go on, but GTA V will be at the top of my list if the multiplayer is anything like GTA IV’s multiplayer: mayhem, topped added with limitless fun. I must say that the thought of BF4 is exciting.

  • Dan

    Isn’t Dark Souls 2 scheduled to release in 2014? I thought I read that somewhere.

  • nickmaster1150

    interresting games, for what might be the last year for xbox 360 and ps3

  • Mo3Sad1

    I’m a huge bf3 fan and I want bf4 as much as the next guy, but i’m more excited for Dark Souls 2!

  • just saying

    BF4 , BF3: End Game , GTA V , Crysis 3 and GoW: Ascension.
    btw ascension is written wrong in the article

  • http://twitter.com/DrOs666 DrOs

    Watch dog should be on the list , new Splinter cell too

  • MassNERDerer

    Great article Lara! So for me, Rainbow 6 looks awesome (but I always love the co-op and story better than the mutiplayer… Unless we know about a form of terrorist hunt??)
    Crysis 3 also looks like it’s worth a shot. Never played a Crysis game before.

  • uhopeisarcastic

    arma 3 i think i love u, my computer on the other hand….

  • other games looking good too

    WHOO next cod mw4 WHOO ! Yay infinity ward! Lol jk no, black ops 2 is the cod I will still be playing next year :P

  • Dirk

    Despite all of the Call of Duty hate, it will be somewhat interesting to see what Infinity Ward or Sledgehammer does with the next CoD, whether they choose the easy route and make MW4, or go with something new entirely.

    • PuddingAuxRais1ns

      After mw3, i have lost all of my fate in infinity ward. I’ll just stick with black ops 2 till treyarch releases their next title but infinity ward has to do alot in order for me to regain my trust for them again.

      • PertAndPopular

        The main people who were behind infinity ward left after MW2…That’s why MW3 is horrendous.

  • daflaminunicorn

    Is Halo 5 to be released in 2013?

  • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

    how about all the strategy games that come out?

  • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

    C&C (free 2 play), rome 2, company of heroes 2

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002367454310 Jonathan Stoffregen

    most of these im looking forward to playing the single player not MP :D

  • WarHero

    Must get lists:
    GTA V
    BF4
    Dark Souls 2
    Aliens:CM
    DayZ
    Arma 3
    Crysis 3
    Last of Us
    Total: Around $480 time to work….

  • IcyGuy

    Ctrl + F “Assassin’s Creed”

    “Phrase not found.”
    :(

    The next CoD and BF4 will almost certainly be getting my money, and Gearbox would be getting more of my money in exchange for Borderlands 2 expansions if I hadn’t already bought the Season Pass. (We’ll see if the rumors of a second Season Pass come true.) A few other games are “maybe”s:

    -DayZ standalone: I was getting tired of zombies back when Left 4 Dead 2 came out, and although the survival aspect of the game sounds very appealing…it’s still zombies.

    -Crysis 3: I had a blast on Crysis 2′s multiplayer demos, but the game felt so unpolished that it made me wary of plunking down $60 for it; it didn’t have the word “Fallout” in the title to convince me that second-guessing myself was a good idea.

    -Rainbow Six: Patriots: The big design team shake-up got me worried about this game, and there hasn’t been any recent good news about it. I enjoyed Vegas 1 and 2, but I wouldn’t mind if the franchise returned to its roots. A whack from the “AAA setpiece-driven shooter” stick will not serve the franchise well, just like with…

    -Splinter Cell: Blacklist: R.I.P. Splinter Cell – 2002-2010.

    -Arma III: My previous PC prevented me from playing the other installments in the series, and I’ve always been interested in what the big daddy of milsims has to offer. But I’ve always preferred close- to mid-range gunfights over long-range gunfights, and both the original Operation Flashpoint (made by the team that would eventually make Arma) and Dragon Rising gave me the impression that this sub-genre isn’t necessarily the droid I’m looking for.

    Hmm. That was less thoughtful and more pessimistic than I wanted it to be. Anyone got “Mad World” queued up on their iPod?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000473322091 Jeroen Jacobs

    nothing special on this list only want the new rome total war :-)

  • SangheiliSpecOp

    Gears of War Judgement?

  • B_Boss

    I have to say, the one and only thing I look forward to (other than some awesome notables in the list MP1st) is End Game and BF4…..I know, sad lol.

  • http://twitter.com/SuchSimplicity Gabe

    The Last of Us, most definitely. This one isn’t on the list, but I’m also looking forward to seeing what Crystal Dynamic does with Tomb Raider’s multiplayer.

  • Apollo

    StarCraft ll: Heart of the Swarm expansion should be added to the list.

  • Apollo

    StarCraft ll: Heart of the Swarm expansion should be added to the list.

  • B_Boss

    Here is my ONE main concern: that we BF players don’t get the same
    treatment as we did with the AMAZING BC2: Vietnam…..Vietnam was
    released and what felt like RIGHT afterwards (not even a year later as
    Vietnam was released 12/2010 and BF3 10/2011), BF3 came out and Vietnam
    for the most part was abandoned. I felt Vietnam needed a bit more time
    to be enjoyed given its greatness and so I’m hoping to really be able to
    ‘burn’ BF3 and its expansions out before BF4. I honestly don’t mind
    waiting more than a year for the next masterpiece title from DICE,
    whether it be BC3 or BF4, etc.

  • roland0811

    Are consoles ever gonna get a tactical shooter? OFP: Dragon Rising is the last one I can remember and that was 3 1/2 years ago.

  • Peter

    Super excited for BF4! hopefully w/commander mode, re-worked squad/friends/VoIP functionality, more jets, better game modes, even bigger maps, and of course #BFDINOS

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