Also, just for fun, take a look at our Most Wanted Xbox 360 Games of 2012 list. Sure there were a couple of missteps, and a couple of games that didn't make it out in 2012, but pretty solid predictions overall.
Gears of War Judgement - People Can Fly, Epic Games, Microsoft - March 19, 2013 - Prequels are always tricky, but Judgement should still be okay as long as the gameplay core stays the same. Experiencing the Gears of War world in the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day is a fascinating aspect of the series that I can't wait to explore. The promise of new multiplayer modes, including class-based deathmatch that lets you play as Locust or COG, sounds great as well.
BioShock Infinite - Irrational Games, 2K Games - March 26, 2013 - A new BioShock, in a new setting, with Ken Levine back at the helm. Of course this is going to turn out well. I still consider BioShock among the best games of this generation (and, honestly, BioShock 2 wasn't bad either, just the wow factor was gone), and fully expect BioShock Infinite to rekindle the same sense of wonder and awe that BioShock did back in August 2007 when we first played the demo. The "wow" factor should definitely be back.
Tomb Raider - Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix - March 5, 2013 -The new Tomb Raider is yet another origin story for Lara Croft and over the course of the game she will transform from scared and vulnerable girl to strong and skilled adventurer as she is forced to do anything to survive on a dangerous island. I'm not sure that Tomb Raider needed as drastic of a reboot as this - TR: Underworld was a reboot too and it was fine - but I'm looking forward to see how it all turns out.
Rainbow Six: Patriots - Ubisoft - 2013 - Rainbow Six Vegas 1 and 2 are some of my favorite co-op games ever. They fit my friends and my personalities so well - they like to rush forward like idiots, and I like to snipe from a distance, so between us we're actually pretty effective. If Patriots keeps that same gameplay balance, it should be a good time.
Anarchy Reigns - Patinum Games, SEGA - January 8, 2013 - I love Platinum Games, but I have to admit I wasn't that hyped for Anarchy Reigns. I kind of though it probably didn't get announced for a U.S. release for so long for a reason. Then I watched The Two Best Friends Brawl video for it, and I was sold immediately. This game looks fun as heck and I can't wait to finally get my hands on it.
Injustice: Gods Among Us - Netherrealm Studios, Warner Bros. - April 2013 - I would have been happy with a new Mortal Kombat, but a DC super hero-themed fighter is fine too. I'm more a Marvel guy, but solid fighting is solid fighting, and beating up Batman and Superman sounds fun to me.
Grand Theft Auto V - Rockstar Games - 2013 - Lets hope that Rockstar has learned a few things from Saints Row The Third and Sleeping Dogs (among other titles) and remembers to actually put the fun back in GTAV. I know you're proud of your serious story and cinematic ... stuff, but I kinda just want to steal cars and blow things up. GTAV is one of my most wanted games because, like all Rockstar titles, it has GOTY potential, but could just as easily be the disappointment of the year. Fingers crossed.
South Park: The Stick of Truth - Obsidian Entertainment, THQ - 2013 - Despite the nervousness that seeing Obsidian as the developer causes me, I still have faith that The Stick of Truth should turn out decent. With Matt Stone and Trey Parker writing it, it should be gloriously funny. The visuals are true to the show. And you can even use Kinect voice commands to yell at Cartman. So good.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Patinum Games, Konami - February 19, 2013 - It is a new Metal Gear. On Xbox 360. Developed by Platium Games. I'm totally freaking out. It is going to be an over the top action game, rather than a stealth game, but with Platinum at the helm I'm confident it will all turn out just fine.
Remember Me - Dontnod Entertainment, Capcom - 2013 - With a gorgeous looking cyber punk setting, this futuristic third-person action game from Capcom could be one of the most interesting games of the year. While the whole "steal people's memories" thing could go either way (reminds me of Mindjack ... and that isn't a good thing) the Uncharted-esque action/platforming gameplay and flowing combat looks fun.
Saints Row 4 - Volition, THQ - 2013 - So here is what I don't get. Wouldn't it have made THQ a lot more money if they would have gone ahead and released The Trouble With Clones stand alone expansion for $30 AND SR4 for $60 instead of rolling it all into Saints Row 4? Assuming the dev costs are the same either way (we're assuming it is the same amount of content, just released differently), selling two games for $90 is better than selling one game for $60. And people wonder why THQ is in trouble. I would have bought it. Saints Row The Third was amazing, so we have high hopes for SR4.
Sacred 3 - Keen Games, Deep Silver - 2013 - Even though the PC is still the king of top down action RPGs, the Xbox 360 has seen a few solid ones (Sacred 2, Torchlight). Now a follow up to one of the best is coming later in 2013 in Sacred 3. These games are always more fun in co-op, but like minded friends to play with aren't always available, so a key addition in Sacred 3 is that you can play offline with A.I. co-op partners. Sold.
Lightning Returns: FF XIII - Square Enix - 2013- I like Lightning. Some folks laugh that her face is the same model as Cloud's from "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children", though I figure that is because he's an effeminate man, not because Claire is a manly woman ... Anyway, I like Lightning. In Lightning Returns, she has thirteen days to save the world, Majora's Mask-style. It still isn't fully clear how the game will actually play, but I'll be there day one.
Terraria (XBLA) - Re-Logic - 2013 - Terraria is like if Spelunky and Minecraft had a baby. It is a 2D platformer, but like Minecraft, features blocks to mine and build with and tools and monsters that come out at night (mostly) that you can fight or hide from. Coming to Xbox Live Arcade this Spring, Terraria should be fun as long as the controls hold up.