PS3 isn't dead yet…
The PS4 is on the horizon, we all know it. We’ve even seen some of the features it has to offer, despite not knowing what it looks like. However, if the next couple of months are any indication, PS3 isn’t going anywhere for a while.
These ten games are all coming to PS3 by the end of the year, and all of them warrant your attention. This is only year seven of PS3′s supposed ten-year lifespan, and the lineup suggests it’ll be as strong a year as ever.
Metro: Last Light (May 14)
Metro 2033 flew under most players’ radars when it launched in 2010, but now the post-apocalyptic cat is out of the bag. Thanks to Deep Silver saving the game from the THQ bloodletting, Metro: Last Light will be continuing the story of Artyom very soon.
This first-person shooter mixes some survival horror elements with its action to create a chilling tale of life after nuclear war in Moscow. This type of “fallout” has been done before, but that doesn’t make us any less excited. We’re ready to ride the Metro.
Remember Me (June 4)
There’s nothing we appreciate more than a new IP, especially one as ambitious as Capcom’s newest title, Remember Me. Set in a dystopian future Paris, the game follows Nilin as she tries to discover who erased her memories and why.
Mixing stealth with third-person hand-to-hand combat is nothing new, but Remember Me also adds a Combo Lab feature where we can design our own attack chains. Customizable combos? We’re headed to Neo-Paris!
The Last of Us (June 14)
The Last of Us is uncharted territory for Naughty Dog. They’ve done third-person action before, but there’s no statuesque action hero here. The Last of Us is laced with grit, darkness, and sometimes horror, culminating into what we hope will be yet another Naughty Dog masterpiece.
Joel and Ellie are a pair unlike anything we’ve seen before (or, at least since The Walking Dead’s Clementine and Lee). Ellie will antagonize enemies with taunts and bricks, giving Joel time to move in for the kill. PS3 owners should have had June 14th circled on the calendar as soon as they heard the date, because Naughty Dog is primed to wow us once again.
Tales of Xillia (August 6)
Some think that the JRPG is dead and gone, but Namco Bandai isn’t convinced. After releasing the excellent Ni No Kuni back in January, they are back again with the 13th game in their main JRPG franchise, Tales of Xillia.
Sporting a new battle system with an excellent name (Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System, or DR-LiMBS) and a brand new behind-the-back viewpoint, Tales of Xillia looks to be more than capable of carrying on the historic Tales name. Are JRPGs dead? Not if Namco has anything to say about it.
Puppeteer (September 10)
A mystical bear king kidnaps children and turns them into puppets and makes them into palace guards. One child, after being turned into a puppet, has his head severed and eaten by the bear king. Finding a new head and a mystical pair of scissors, this boy must brave the puppet world to retrieve his head and make his way back home.
Sounds like pure insanity, right? Well, that’s Puppeteer in a nutshell. This upcoming platformer features environments that can be changed using the scissors, as well as a unique dual control scheme, where each analog stick controls a separate character at the same time. Anyone who craves an unique experience should keep Puppeteer in mind.
Beyond: Two Souls (October 8)
David Cage is no stranger to blurring the line between movie and video game. His last game, Heavy Rain, serves as one of the best cinematic games of the current generation, even if the “game” is a myriad of quick-time events and pressing X to Jason.
With Beyond: Two Souls, Cage is looking to once again deliver a movie-style experience in game form, this time enlisting the talents of Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe to play his characters. We’re looking forward to once again being blown away, though we hope there’s more GAME this time around.
Batman: Arkham Origins (October 25)
This October, players will be heading back to Gotham City, as Arkham Origins promises to continue the Arkham name, only this time with some yuletide cheer. That’s right, a younger Bats will be fighting the likes of Black Mask, Deathstroke, and more during the most wonderful time of the year.
Despite the jump back in time, Origins will bring the same modified Unreal Engine 3 from the other Arkham games, as well as some new tricks up the Dark Knight’s sleeve. Even though Rocksteady Studios isn’t in charge this time, we still can’t wait to spread some early Christmas cheer with Batman this fall.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (October 29)
We’ve played through the Holy Land, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution, but this time the Assassins are taking us on a Caribbean vacation in Assassin’s Creed IV. No Henry Rollins here, just swashbuckling adventures as Captain Edward Kenway, grandfather to ACII’s Connor.
Improved naval combat, underwater traversal, and an open Caribbean world will make Black Flag the most ambitious Assassin’s Creed yet. We also saw sharks in the waters, and if we can stab a shark, we’ll be in love forever. Please let us do that.
Watch Dogs (November 19)
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.
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.
Rain (TBA 2013)
An invisible world only revealed by the falling rain sets the stage for Rain, the story of a boy looking for a girl through this world. As we are dependent on the rain to show us the way, we need to use what we can see to help this boy find the girl he’s searching for.
In an industry that’s seemingly starved for originality, Rain might be the sustenance we’ve been looking for. We’d weather any storm to be able to play this game as soon as possible, and we sincerely hope it will see the light of day by the end of the year.
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.
And if you’re looking for more games to play soon, check out the most anticipated games of 2013 and the best games ever made.
By GamesRadar Staff
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