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Playstation 3 Games to Watch, April to June 2013


It's a common pattern that you get some of the best releases of the generation in its final year, and the full-to-the-brim release slate for Autumn suggests that the PS3 era is no different - from RPGs to shooters to fighting games to sports, and a whole lot in-between, there's a lot to like about the next three months of gaming!

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

Release date: April 11, 2013

Genre: Action/Hack'n'Slash

Developer: Team Ninja

Publisher: Tecmo Koei

Rating: R18+

Multiplayer: Yes

Ryu Hayabusa returns as the brutal but elite Dragon ninja in this new and improved remake of Ninja Gaiden 3. The story of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge begins with a mysterious terrorist organisation demanding to see Ryu after they have forcefully seized the city of London and taken the Prime Minister as hostage in his own home. As Ryu cuts his way through the ranks to face the leader of the terrorist group, the Regent of the Mask, he is struck down by a curse powered by the grudges of all those he has killed and one which will eat away at him until he dies. But even in this weakened state, Ryu is determined to suffer through this crippling curse as he continues to fight in the furthest reaches of the world to stop the Regent's uprising and save those closest to him.

Although Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge was originally developed only as an enhanced port for the Wii U, the AI mechanics of the game have been vastly improved from the original to make the experience much more thrilling, responsive and challenging across all consoles. Players can expect the same heavy and brutal slice and dice combo action that the series is well known for, with room to acquire and upgrade new weapons and ninja skills and customise your character to your liking. And in addition to Ryu, players will be able to select from three other familiar ninjas to play with (Kasumi, Momiji and Ayane) as they aid him in cutting through everything that stands in their way.

Defiance

Release date: April 11, 2013

Genre: Third-person Shooter

Developer: Trion Worlds

Publisher: Trion/Namco Bandai

Rating: MA15+

Multiplayer: Yes - online-only title

Defiance is an ambitious online-only game that features MMO-style cooperative Player vs Environment gameplay, as well as traditional competitive multiplayer. Part of its ambition lies in the intention of the developers to evolve the game in conjunction with a partner TV series (produced by SyFy). The game itself combines the intense action of a console third-person shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet transformed by decades of conflict. The game combines the intense action of a 'AAA' console shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart weaves the rich tapestry of the world into a series with the scope, characters, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Release date: April 17, 2013

Genre: Fighting

Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Publisher: Warner Bros.

Rating: MA15+

Multiplayer: Yes

From the makers of Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm bring you Injustice: Gods Among Us. Hereos and Villains from the DC universe face off against each other as the lines between good and evil are blurred and Superman's regime takes on Batman's rebellion.

Characters include DC Comics icons such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Joker each with their own unique powers and moveset. With battles set in locations pulled from DC comic lore where the world is a weapon and each arena has destructible and interactive environments. Each arena is multi-tiered with vehicles, buildings and more able to be used as weapons. NetherRealm Studios knows fighting games so expect Injustice to be a worthy addition to the genre.

Dead Island: Riptide

Release date: April 23, 2013

Genre: Action/FPS

Developer: Techland

Publisher: Deep Silver

Rating: R18+

Multiplayer: Yes

The story continues, following directly after the events of the first the original survivors having managed to escape Banoi find themselves in another life or death struggle against the zombie hoard. The survivors find themselves on the overrun island of Palanai after the military ship they were rescued on becomes caught in a furious storm.

Dead Island Riptide brings back the same mix of gameplay that the first had - open-world gameplay, co-op and RPG elements all presented from the First-person perspective. Featuring new characters, vehicles, location, weather conditions and Hub defense game mechanics Dead Island Riptide looks to improve on the solid base the first one had.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Release date: April 23, 2013

Genre: Action-RPG

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Expected Rating: MA15+

Multiplayer: No

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is a standalone remake of Capcom's open world RPG, Dragon's Dogma, offering additional new content and improvements to the overall gameplay experience. The story of Dragon's Dogma sees players taking on the role of a brave Arisen whose heart is consumed by a fearsome dragon threatening to completely and utterly destroy everything you hold dear. As is destiny, your Arisen and unique companions must set out on a journey across the land and face difficult enemies on your quest to defeat the dragon and finally take back your heart. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will introduce all-new enemies and quests for the Arisen to face, as well as more higher level skills, augments, weapons and armour to customise and equip for the journey ahead. Players will be also able to explore new areas and locations in the game including the cursed Bitterblack Island located outside of Gransys, where the original game was set, and will also be able to appreciate an easier travel system to the original game.

For those who already own the original Dragon's Dogma, Dark Arisen will automatically retrofit these changes and improvements and more special bonuses to your original save file.

Star Trek

Release date: April 26, 2013

Genre: Action/TPS

Developer: Digital Extremes

Publisher: Paramount/Namco

Expected Rating: M

Multiplayer: Yes (2-player coop)

(Hopefully ;) not your average movie tie-in game, Star Trek has been in development for three years, and is being put together by a studio with a solid history. Play as Kirk and Spock in a single or two-player coop adventure, explore never-before-seen sectors throughout the galaxy including exotic planets, treacherous jungles, remote space stations and other locales and take on the rampaging Gorn. Based on the Star Trek of the 2009 JJ Abrams reboot, all of the crew lend their voices and likenesses to the game for this new, original story that is intended to bridge the gap between the 2009 film and the upcoming 'Into Darkness'. The game promises to provide a wide range of scope and variety in gameplay, from third-person shooting (the focus of the gameplay, from what we've seen so far) to zero-G movement to piloting the Enterprise itself.

Guacamelee

Release date: April 2013

Genre: Action/Platformer

Developer: Drinkbox Studios

Publisher: Drinkbox Studios

Expected Rating: TBC

Multiplayer: 2-player local coop

Guacamelee! is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world. The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania style of games, by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story. The game also blurs the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves useful and necessary for both of these.

The game features a down on his luck Mexican named Juan Aguacate, who sets out to save the world when El Presidente’s Daughter is kidnapped by an Evil Charro Skeleton. The story takes place in and around a small village in Mexico, and has the player travelling through alternate dimensions including “The World of the Dead” and “The World of Nightmares” on his quest to rescue the girl he loves.

Thomas Was Alone

Release date: April 2013

Genre: Puzzle/Platformer

Developer: Mike Bithell

Publisher: Mike Bithell

Expected Rating: TBC

Multiplayer: No

The critically acclaimed indie hit is making its way to the PSN this April. Thomas Was Alone takes place within a computer mainframe, where some Event has caused several artificial intelligence routines to run out of control and gain personalities. Each entity is represented by a simple colored shape; the game's eponymous character is a simple rectangle. Each shape has unique abilities; while all shapes can move left or right across platforms and perform jumps, the height of these jumps may be limited by the shape, or may have other abilities such as being able to float on water. When the player has access to two or more of these shapes, they can freely switch between them, controlling one shape at a time.

Though the shapes themselves cannot be heard, the narrator describes the personalities and thoughts of each shape as the game progresses. The goal on each level within the game is to direct the shapes to exit points specifically tied to each shape, so that they all simultaneously occupy this exit. This most often requires using the shape abilities together to maneuver them appropriately. A shape that cannot jump very high can be helped by creating a staircase from other shapes so that the shape can reach a higher platform, or the shape that can float can ferry the other shapes across water. A shape can be lost to several hazards, but it will reappear at the start of the level, or at a checkpoint if the shape has passed such a point. There are ten sets of levels, each introducing a new character, with about ten levels within each set.

Persona 4 Arena

Release date: May 2, 2013

Genre: Fighting

Developer: Atlus/Arc System Works

Publisher: Atlus

Expected Rating: M

Multiplayer: Yes

Developed in partnership with genre master Arc System Works, Persona 4 Arena uses hand-drawn, high definition 2D anime-style fighters and colorful, over-the-top special effects to bring to life characters from the acclaimed, highly popular Persona 3 and Persona 4. Backed up by an original, hardcore fighting engine from one of the most respected 2D fighting game developers in the industry, Persona 4 Arena represents the biggest, most noteworthy expansion of the esteemed series to date. The game combines a deep story mode picking up from where Persona 4 Golden left off, and an innovative fighting system where players battle with their chosen character and Persona at the same time. A deep suite of tutorials and challenges and an easy-to-use combo system promise to make Persona 4 Arena one of the more approachable fighters of recent years.

Metro: Last Light

Release date: May 17, 2013

Genre: FPS/Survival Horror

Developer: 4A Games

Publisher: Deep Silver

Rating: R18+

Multiplayer: No

Metro: Last Light is the hugely anticipated, story-driven sequel to 2010's critically acclaimed cult classic, Metro 2033. The year is 2034 and beneath the ruins of the post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of Metro, stalk mutants in the desolate catacombs below and hunters in the poisoned skies above; all around the besieged remnants of mankind. But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, with a civil war stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever. As Artyom, you will be able to explore one of the most visually stunning, immersive, atmospheric game worlds ever created in Metro: Last Light. Fight against deadly foes, both mutant and human, with an exotic arsenal of hand-made weaponry and use stealth to launch attacks under the cover of darkness as you travel around the post-apocalyptic world of the Moscow Metro. Ranger Mode, the fan-favorite game type from Metro 2033, also makes a return to represent the ultimate, immersive Metro experience. Though he is burdened by guilt, Arytom is still driven by hope and he alone holds the key to the survival of mankind - the light in our darkest hour.

Resident Evil: Revelations

Release date: May 23, 2013

Genre: Action/Survival Horror

Developer: TOSE

Publisher: Capcom

Expected Rating: MA15+

Multiplayer: Yes

Originally for 3DS only Resident Evil: Revelations is coming to consoles/PC. Resident Evil: Revelations returns to the survival horrors roots that recent entries into the series have been lacking, set in-between RE4 and RE5 series favourites Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine has they learn the truth about the T-Abyss virus. Along with BSAA partners Parker Luciani and Jessica Sherawat, they will travel through an abandoned cruise ship and the devastated city of Terragrigia all while fighting to stay survive.

But this is no simple port with the game redefined for consoles. The games graphics have had a HD makeover, including enhanced lightning effects and textures. The console versions will also have additional content including a new enemy, difficulty and improvements to Raid mode including new weapons, skill sets and new playable characters from the series.

Grid 2

Release date: May 30, 2013

Genre: Racing

Developer: Codemasters Southam

Publisher: Namco Bandai

Rating: CTC

Multiplayer: Yes

Grid 2 is the long awaited sequel to the very popular Grid. Grid 2 features the new TrueFeel Handling system hitting the sweet spot between realism and accessibility. Powered by Codemasters' EGO Game engine you can expect stunning graphics and spectacular crashes. Including cars from the spanning 4 decades and tracks ranging from licensed, city streets and mountain roads.

Featuring locations like Abu Dhabi, Paris and the American landscape for point-to-point, circuit and street races. Cars will be split into four tiers with cars ranging from Ford Mustang's and Nissan Skyline's to the Pagani and Koenigsegg hypercars. The multiplayer aspect of the game will run on codemasters Racenet their answer to EA's autolog. Grid 2 A.I. will make little mistakes and will follow a "Do unto others as you would have them do to you" the cleaner you race the nicer they are but play dirty and they will reply in kind. Grid 2 looks to hit that right spot for those who are looking for something inbetween arcade and sim.

FUSE

Release date: May 30, 2013

Genre: Third Person Shooter/Action

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Rating: MA15+

Multiplayer: Yes

Created by the developers of the Resistance and Ratchet and Clank series, FUSE (formerly known as Overstrike) is a third person, four-player co-operative game that centres around a volatile energy source called Fuse, which has fallen into the wrong hands. The substance has been acquired by a terrorist organization known as Raven and your team, Overstrike 9, has been hired to track down and stop it from setting off a deadly arms race. FUSE places a strong focus on tactical co-op so you will earn more points for upgrading weapons and character abilities by executing co-operative kills. Each of your team mates will have their own signature weapons and special set of abilities, allowing for more diverse gameplay as you co-ordinate your attacks to provide cover for one another with fringe-tech weapons and gadgets and combine abilities for extraordinary results. The unique LEAP feature in this game will also let you instantly shift from agent to agent during combat so that you can take advantage of each one's special arsenal at any time.

Remember Me

Release date: June 6, 2013

Genre: Action/Adventure

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment

Publisher: Capcom

Rating: M

Multiplayer: No

Remember Me is set in Neo-Paris, 2084 where nothing is safe including your mind. Players take control of Nilin a former memory hunter whose own memories have been erased to eliminate what she knows. After escaping from prison Nilin must find out why and recover her lost memories to recover her lost identity.

Remember Me is a 3rd person Action/Adventure featuring exploration, platforming, combat and 'memory remixing' gameplay elements. The 'memory remixing' element allows the player to enter a targets mind and change their recollection of an event to a more favourable one. Remember Me's combat features something called "pressens". "Pressens" allows the player to assign benefits like extra damage or health regen to buttons in combos. Remember Me looks to be a great new IP.

The Last Of Us

Release date: June 14, 2013

Genre: Action/Adventure

Developer: Naughty Dog

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Rating: CTC (we expect R18+)

Multiplayer: Yes

The main characters in the game are Joel, who is a "ruthless" survivor with few moral lines left to cross and Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who is wise beyond her years. However, Ellie, as opposed to Joel, was born after the fungal pandemic spread, and has no knowledge of the world prior to the incident. The Last of Us begins in a Boston quarantine zone twenty years after a fungal plague called Cordyceps unilateralis mutated to become contagious to humans and decimated modern civilization. Ellie, a teenage orphan, resides in a strict boarding house, and Joel, who is a black market dealer within the quarantine zone, sells weapons and drugs to get by. After an unknown traumatic event occurs, Joel makes a promise to a dying friend that he will take care of Ellie and help her escape. As Ellie and Joel make their way out of the quarantine zone, the game begins to play throughout areas across the United States, including a post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh and other locations being reclaimed by nature. After a nearby safe haven fails to work out, Joel and Ellie continue their venture westward across a desolate, and ravaged wasteland that once was the United States. As they journey through the wasteland, the two soon realize that they must learn to trust each other and work together if they hope to survive their long and brutal journey.

Ashes Cricket 2013

Release date: June 21, 2013

Genre: Sport (Cricket even!)

Developer: Trickstar Games

Publisher: 505 Games

Rating: G

Multiplayer: TBC (we'd expect it)

Developed by Melbourne studio Trickstar Games (who have a history in making Cricket games), Ashes Cricket 2013 is a game celebrating the 2013 Ashes series between Australia and England, with the official licenses for both teams, dynamic weather, an all-new game engine, and the ability to play the rest of the world in limited overs tournaments and leagues as well as the official Ashes series itself.

Lost Planet 3

Release date: June 27, 2013

Genre: Action/Third-Person Shooter

Developer: Spark Unlimited

Publisher: Capcom

Rating: CTC

Multiplayer: Yes

Lost Planet 3 takes players back to the frozen planet of E.D.N. III, set long before the events of the first game in the series, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. Lost planet 3 intends returns to its roots by bringing a story-driven narrative much like the original Lost Planet, combined with intense action sequences and open areas to explore in the icy, hazardous environments. As the first few human colonists are sent to make the extreme weather conditions on the planet more inhabitable, players are introduced to the protagonist, Jim Peyton, a Utility Rig pilot working for the Neo-Venus Construction company (NEVEC) who has left Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Armed with only the tools provided from his utility rig and other scavenged resources, Peyton faces treacherous environments in an unpredictable climate and the threat of the aggressive, indigenous aliens as he searches for a new natural energy source for NEVEC to fulfil his contract and go home. But as the story progresses, Peyton begins to unravel the dark secrets about the colonial history of E.D.N. III and of NEVEC, who would later become the main antagonists in the first and second Lost Planet games.

Deadpool

Release date: June, 2013

Genre: Action

Developer: High Moon Studios

Publisher: Activision

Rating: MA15+

Multiplayer: No

The Merc with the Mouth from the Marvel universe is back in his very own self-titled and over-the-top action game, Deadpool. In this insanely graphic comic book adaption developed by High Moon Studios, the wise-cracking Deadpool will be out to shoot, slice and beat up his enemies while battling for the safety of the humans and mutants on the side (you can expect some of the X-Men superheroes and villains to make an appearance in the game too). If you've ever played with Deadpool in Marvel vs Capcom 3, then you'll know to expect nothing short of hilarity, fast-paced action and a whole heap of attitude from this lovable rogue and anti-hero. "Bang, Bang! Bang, Bang, Bang!"

Ibb and Obb

Release date: Autumn 2013

Genre: Platformer

Developer: Sparpweed

Publisher: Sparpweed

Rating: TBC

Multiplayer: Yes (2-player coop)

Ibb and obb is a cooperative game for two. Work together to find your way through the non-newtonian world. Gravity isn’t what it used to be. In the bottom half of the world gravity is reversed, enabling ibb and obb to walk on both sides of the horizon. Warps allow you to move from one half to the other. You’ll have to find your way through the levels, surfing on gravity, soulhopping enemies and collecting diamonds.

Authors: spectre51, I_live_4_fun, OC-138, Axe99




8 Comments

Con-sarn-it, thar be a lot of great games coming out!  Not sure which I'll try and grab at launch - probably FUSE and maybe The Last of Us, and Thomas Was Alone (being free on PS+ helps :D) - but I like the look of a whole bunch of these - Metro, Ibb and Obb, Dragon's Dogma, Star Trek and Ashes Cricket (the reason I got a Playstation rather than an N64 was because the Playstation had a cricket game B)).

I_live_4_fun
Mar 31 2013 12:02 AM
I'm definitely looking forward to The Last of Us, Fuse and all those platformer titles (hopefully they'll all be released on the Vita too - probably will :D). Would be good to see how Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen goes too. My brother's still playing and prepping his Dragon's Dogma save file for this, hehe.
End of May looks busy, Metro, Grid, FUSE and Last of Us all out within a month.
LAST
OF
US
!!!!
And here I thought I wouldn't have much after I got Bioshock
Well shit..
Lost planet 3 delayed back till August.

Will get FUSE around release hopefully. Last of Us in August. Remember Me around the end of the year, yet to decide what platform. Metro on PC next year and with the way things are going with Q3/Q4 releases will probably end up skipping Grid 2.
where is the Metro thread? come on Mods... this world of gaming is not only COD and BF3 :P

edit: if already created, i'm sorry Mod as I can't find the thread.....
We are using this thread for Metro discuss.