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cross platform video games2012 was a bumper year for video games on all platforms, with a heady mix of sequels in well-loved franchises and new IP making their way onto consoles and computers. We recently listed five titles released in 2012 Game Of The Year 2012: 5 Must-Play Video Games [MUO Gaming] Game Of The Year 2012: 5 Must-Play Video Games [MUO Gaming] It's been a good year for video games, with some cracking titles having been released on all of the various formats available to gamers. But 2012 is almost at an end, with 2013, and a... Read More which could have been crowned Game Of The Year. Certainly all of them should have been on your Christmas lists, and they will remain must-play games for some time to come.

However, as good as 2012 was for gamers everywhere, 2013 is shaping up to be even better. The Wii U will be coming of age Wii U Games Worth Getting Excited About [MUO Gaming] Wii U Games Worth Getting Excited About [MUO Gaming] The Wii U just hit the market, and there's a good chance that if you didn't get one, you missed the boat. Supply shortages are commonplace with the launch of a new console. That being... Read More , there’s the strong possibility of at least one (and possibly two) new consoles Why Next-Generation Games Consoles Can Wait [Opinion] Why Next-Generation Games Consoles Can Wait [Opinion] The current generation of home games consoles - the Wii, the PS3, and the Xbox 360 - have all been with us for some time. This seventh-generation began in 2005 with the release of the... Read More being released, and the list of games worth playing is growing by the day. What follows are five cross-platform video games due for release in 2013. Each one is looking more than worthy of everybody’s time and attention.

BioShock Infinite

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Platforms: PC, PS3, and Xbox 360
Release Date: March 2013
Anticipation Level: 8/10

BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter that is the polar opposite of the Call Of Duty Are Gamers Sick Of The Call Of Duty Series? [MUO Gaming] Are Gamers Sick Of The Call Of Duty Series? [MUO Gaming] Call of Duty is huge. Every November for the last 5 years, a new Call of Duty has hit store shelves, and every year it sells better than the year before. Even the years that... Read More series. It’s the third game in the BioShock series, but isn’t a direct sequel or prequel to the previous two outings. While they were based in the underwater city of Rapture, BioShock Infinite takes place in a floating cloud city called Columbia.

You play Booker DeWitt, who arrives in Columbia during a civil war between two factions. Against this dystopian backdrop you have to find and rescue Elizabeth, a young lady held captive in the city in the air for the past 12 years. Thankfully you have a range of weaponry, gadgets, and special powers at your disposal. And you’ll need them all to succeed in your mission.

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Grid 2

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Platforms: PC, PS3, and Xbox 360
Release Date: Summer 2013
Anticipation Level: 8/10

Grid 2 is the long-awaited sequel to Race Driver: Grid, which was released in 2008 to commercial and critical acclaim. The original was a tough racing game which saw the player become a racing driver, starting at the bottom and working their way up to owning and managing a team. There were a variety of different events to compete in, including drift championships and demolition derbies.

Little is yet known about the sequel. All Codemasters has revealed so far is a teaser trailer and two gameplay trailers, one of which is embedded below. We can clearly expect more of the same, but with the lengthy gap between games hopefully all the wrinkles of the first title will have been ironed out. The original had a compelling multiplayer mode, and Grid 2 should reprise that.

 

Tomb Raider

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Platforms: PC, PS3, and Xbox 360
Release Date: March 2013
Anticipation Level: 9/10

Tomb Raider has been with us since 1996, when the first game landed on the original PlayStation. Its main protagonist Lara Croft immediately became an icon, being a female lead character in a male-dominated industry. Her disproportionately busty body may have helped, but still. The games have dwindled in popularity and quality since, but it’s nothing that a good reboot can’t fix.

The new Tomb Raider game set for release in 2013 is just that: a reboot which forgets everything that has gone before. The 2013 Tomb Raider is set before Lara Croft became the brave heroine we now know her as, exploring her origins as she has to fight to survive on a remote island full of bad guys. Now being overseen by Square Enix Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming] Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming] Gaming can be an expensive hobby, whatever your system of choice may be. The games are cheaper on PC, but keeping your rig up to speed in order to play the latest titles can burn... Read More , the new Tomb Raider has many gamers eager to revisit the series with fresh eyes.

 

Watch Dogs

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Platforms: PC, PS3, and Xbox 360
Release Date: Late 2013
Anticipation Level: 9/10

Watch Dogs is an exciting new IP from Ubisoft Montreal, the developer that brought the Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed franchises to life. Little wonder then that anticipation levels are so high. Embedded below is the teaser trailer that really just sets the scene, but there’s an extended gameplay trailer (YouTube link) that shows what the game is all about.

This game sees hacking and technical proficiency used as a weapon. You play Aiden Pearce, who is capable of tapping into any device tied to the city’s central operating system, and he uses this ability to stay one step ahead of his foes. This innovative gameplay mechanic — matched with stunning visuals — means Watch Dogs could be the exceptional title released in 2013.

 

Grand Theft Auto V

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Platforms: PS3 and Xbox 360
Release Date: Spring 2013
Anticipation Level: 10/10

Grand Theft Auto V is coming, finally, after far too big a gap between the first teaser trailer and the actual release date. We still don’t quite know when it’s going to drop, but it will definitely be during the first half of 2013. We’ve already expressed our high anticipation level 8 Reasons Why I'm Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming] 8 Reasons Why I'm Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming] Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don't know when it's... Read More for GTA V here on MakeUseOf, and as the release grows nearer the excitement is only set to grow.

So, what to expect 4 Things About Grand Theft Auto V That Have Me Incredibly Excited [MUO Gaming] 4 Things About Grand Theft Auto V That Have Me Incredibly Excited [MUO Gaming] The epic reveal of all things Grand Theft Auto V is here. The folks at Game Informer have shown off a massive cover article that details lots of information about Rockstar's upcoming mega game. When... Read More from Rockstar’s latest and possibly greatest game? The second trailer (embedded below) gives much away, including the outline of a plot which employs three main protagonists who join forces. We also know the open-world Los Santos (read Los Angeles) environment is huge, the variety of vehicles has been expanded, and there will be side-quests galore to ensure epic longevity.

 

Conclusions

These games represent what I consider to be the best titles coming out on more than one format in 2013. There are many more that didn’t quite make the list, including (but not limited to) XCOM, Crysis 3, DmC, Thief IV, and Battlefield 4.

Are there any more games you would add to the list? Or are there any that made the cut but which you’re really not interested in? Of those mentioned which are you most excited about? And why? As always let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. moclov3
    January 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    next time how about you use the word "multi-platform" instead of saying "cross-platform" as its being used for ps3 exclusives that actually do cross-play with the same system.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Cross-platform and Multi-platform are interchangeable, describing the exact same process whereby software (video games or otherwise) is released on multiple platforms. Sony is the one confusing people, and should probably stick to referring to what they do as "cross-play."

  2. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I'm waiting to see surge of controversy following GTA V. It sure is interesting.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      That's guaranteed. Especially with the arguments regarding gun control currently happening in the U.S.

  3. Harshit Jain
    December 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I am waiting eagerly for Thief 4.

  4. Anonymous
    December 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    This list could not be better made by myself. :)

  5. Junil Maharjan
    December 28, 2012 at 4:45 am

    next year is going to rock, always been a fan of tomb raider and gta but watching forward to watch dogs.

  6. Terafall
    December 28, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Goodbye productivity

  7. Richard Steven Hack
    December 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    The other Watch Dogs trailer is better, gives you a feel for what the game is really about. This game looks very cool.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZhK6ZwPNxQ

  8. Anonymous
    December 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    The Last of Us??

    • Dave Parrack
      December 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

      The Last Of Us is a PS3 exclusive, and it features in an article going live next week :)

  9. Jagbir Sembhi
    December 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    grand theft auto 5 has awesome grapics

  10. Andrei Bogdan
    December 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I'm really looking forward to Bioshock infinite because I've played the first one and the second one and I really want to play Watch Dogs , it looks great .

  11. Darren Reynolds
    December 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Got my GTA 5 on order.

  12. Bumferry Hogart
    December 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Don't mean to sound like an old duffer, but why do all the "best" games have to be about shooting each other or destroying stuff. Don't get wrong, I love GTA and the like, but four out of the five games YOU are looking forward to are "blasty-shooty-blow'em-up" games. Don't they boring and turn out all the same.
    What about any strategy or sports games? Don't they get any look in?
    God I sound like my Dad! -hahahaha (sorry)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 28, 2012 at 12:12 am

      You do have a point, and I'm also a fan of inventive, genre-blurring games. But they tend to be surprise hits that don't enjoy the kind of anticipation levels of the titles featured here.

      Also, I'm not sure you can generalize. Grand Theft Auto 5 is more about exploration than anything, Tomb Raider has a strong storyline, Watch Dogs is far from being a simple shooter, and Bioshock is known for its offbeat creativity.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        December 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        Everyone have their own preference and this list is simply the mainstream examples. We all have our own 'best list' and it'd be exhaustive to try to please everyone. I do prefer strategy and JRPG, but hey, the 'blasty-shooty-blow'em-up' is nice for playing together or blowing off some steam :)

  13. Axandre L.
    December 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I'm waiting on The Last of Us, the PS3 exclusive from Naughty Dog. It looks amazing, and it comes out in May. Can't wait!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 28, 2012 at 12:13 am

      I have an article talking up 5 PS3 exclusives coming in 2013 on the way... and The Last Of Us is most certainly included :)

  14. Ebuka Mmaduekwe
    December 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    gosh these games are awesome

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