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Digital Spy's most-anticipated games of 2013: Part one

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2012 will forever be known as the year of the underdog, with the likes of The Walking Dead and XCOM: Enemy Unknown going toe-to-toe with Mass Effect 3, Halo 4 and Black Ops 2. Last year also saw the release of two new consoles, with Nintendo officially kicking off the next-gen with the launch of the Wii U.

Whether we see any more new consoles in 2013 remains to be seen, but there are a bucketload of blockbusters on the horizon, including a new Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and Gears of War. Welcome to part one of Digital Spy's look ahead at 2013 in video games.

DmC: Devil May Cry

Release date: January 15 (Worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Don't be fooled by Dante's brand new look, the DmC: Devil May Cry protagonist has the same bad attitude, still knows how to handle a weapon and thinks nothing of picking a fight with a demon five times his size. Taking place in a parallel universe, the upcoming Devil May Cry sees Dante attempt to rid the living, breathing Limbo City of its demonic inhabitants on behalf of his brother Vergil. It's a path littered with danger, courtesy of some of the ugliest screen-filling enemies we've ever encountered.

> 'DmC: Devil May Cry' preview: New face, same old Dante


The Cave

Release date: Mid-January
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, Wii U eShop, PC

Ron Gilbert's upcoming platformer-cum-adventure game The Cave sees seven characters from across time and space - including an adventurer, a knight, time-traveller and a scientist - join forces to explore a Cave that magically brings their desires, hopes and dreams to life. Described as a cross between retro classic Dizzy and Gilbert's own Manic Mansion, The Caveis not short on puzzles or humour. Could this be 2013's must-have downloadable release?

> 'The Cave' preview: Ron Gilbert's latest adventure game


Dead Space 3

Release date: February 5 (North America), February 8 (Europe)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Isolated and alone in the depths of space - where nobody can hear you scream - Dead Space has always evoked a feeling of dread thanks to its claustrophobic setting and terrifying monsters. The decision, therefore, to shift the action to the outdoor ice planet of Tau Volantis is a little surprising, as is the addition of a co-op partner to aid Isaac. Early Dead Space 3 footage looks promising, however, and it might be nice to have some company when things get a little too scary.

> 'Dead Space 3' preview: Icy terror best shared with a friend
> 'Dead Space 3' interview: Visceral Games explains why co-op makes sense



Aliens: Colonial Marines

Release date: February 12 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U

Following hot on the heels of Dead Space 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines ensures that February is going to be something of a frightfest. Taking place 17 weeks after 1986 movie Aliens, it puts players in the boots of a US Marine sent to investigate the U.S.S. Sulaco in search of Ripley. With a huge arsenal of weapons and Xenos scuttling out of ceilings, walls and grates, all of the elements are there for a really great first-person shooter, provided Gearbox strikes the right balance between action and tension, of course.

> 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' preview: Embrace the terror


Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Release date: February 19 (North America), February 22 (Europe)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is what happens when you cross Bayonetta with Metal Gear Solid. Developed by Platinum Studios with input from Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Rising combines a thrilling combat system with an insane story and bonkers cast of characters. It's also extremely violent - thanks to a brutal, albeit enormously fun limb-slicing system - and incredibly challenging, with bosses including a chainsaw-wielding robo-wolf, a giant Metal Gear and at one point, a walking, talking Slinky.

> 'Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance' preview: Raiden goes solo


Crysis 3

Release date: February 19 (North America), February 22 (Europe)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Crysis 3 sees Prophet return to a post-apocalypse New York to finally take his revenge on the corrupt Cell corporation. Now resembling an urban rainforest courtesy of one or two Nanodomes, New York is teeming with wildlife and vegetation, not to mention the towering remnants of its past self. Gorgeous to behold and packed with detail, Crysis 3 is another stunning effort from Crytek that oozes style. Here's hoping that the new Nanosuit abilities, weapons, enemies and multiplayer modes give it the substance to match.

> 'Crysis 3' first-look preview: Prophet returns to New York


Rayman Legends

Release date: February 26 (North America), March 1 (Europe)
Platforms: Wii U

Initially scheduled to release alongside the Wii U, Rayman Legends was delayed until 2013, possibly to give Ubisoft's fellow launch titles a little room to breathe and perhaps to avoid going up against New Super Mario Bros. U. Whatever the reason, if Rayman Legends is half as good as its predecessor Rayman Origins, then March 1 can't come soon enough. With a mythical theme, GamePad multiplayer support and the same gorgeous visual style, we doubt that it will be anything other than excellent.


Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Release date: March TBA
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

Originally a Gamecube launch title, Luigi's Mansion is well overdue a sequel. Thankfully, gamers will have the opportunity to do a spot of ghost hunting in at least three separate haunted mansions in March. Utilising the Nintendo 3DS's gyroscope and accelerometer, the upcoming sequel is said to be much more puzzle-orientated than before, and will contain some of the most impressive 3D effects on the handheld system to date.


SimCity

Release date: March 5 (North America), March 8 (Europe)
Platforms: PC

It's been far too long since we've had a proper SimCity game, but early indications show that next year's sequel will be well worth the wait. Not only does it look absolutely stunning, but the game features a fully simulated global economy, with prices for resources fluctuating depending on trade. Climate change and natural disasters will also have an impact elsewhere, something which should help players feel truly connected.


Tomb Raider

Release date: March 5 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Next year's highly-anticipated Tomb Raider reboot reveals how Lara Croft became the fearless treasure-hunting heroine we've all come to know and love. Shipwrecked on a hostile island and without her usual highly-developed skillset, it's not going to be an easy ride, especially with scavengers, wolves and booby-trapped temples to contend with. Despite an occasionally frustrating combat system, the game's beautifully-realised locations and intriguing narrative should provide another first-class adventure.

> 'Tomb Raider' preview: Three hours with Lara Croft's first adventure


God of War: Ascension

Release date: March 12 (North America), March 15 (Europe)
Platforms: PS3

Taking place six months after Kratos killed his wife and child, God of War: Ascension promises to reveal a more human side to Sony's ancient Greek anti-hero, before he was consumed by a desire for revenge. That's not to say he's gone soft, however. In fact, from the footage we've seen, Kratos is as ruthless and brutal as ever, which is a good thing when faced with monsters the size of cities. It should also hold him in good stead for the game's newly-introduced multiplayer mode.


Gears of War: Judgement

Release date: March 19 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360

Developed by Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly, Gears of War: Judgement takes place before the events of the original trilogy, with Baird and his team brought to trial for disobeying orders. The story will be told through a series of flashbacks in a court of law. With initial testimonies revealing only half of what really happened, much like a classified report, second and third playthroughs are essential for uncovering the truth and revealing brand new enemies and gameplay scenarios. Add in class-based multiplayer, and what you have is a sequel full of surprises.

> 'Gears of War: Judgment' first-look preview: A prequel packing surprises


BioShock Infinite

Release date: March 26 (worldwide)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Moving away from the murky depths of Rapture to the floating city of Columbia, BioShock Infinite introduces a whole new environment to both fear and fall in love with. Matching its predecessors will be no easy task, but a floating fortress in the midst of a civil war has piqued our interest, and we can't wait to find out more about the powerful and enigmatic Elizabeth. Experiencing numerous delays and going through multiple changes, including the complete removal of multiplayer, it appears as though the game is back on track and will finally be released in March.


Return tomorrow (Monday, December 31) for the second part of Digital Spy's most-anticipated games of 2013.

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