Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Five Most Wanted Xbox 360 Games of 2013

Most of you who have read SuperPhillip Central for a year or longer know my position on the Xbox 360. I think it is one of my least favorite home consoles I have ever owned, and I believe the list of exclusives pales in comparison to both the PlayStation 3 and Wii. When only one game on this list of most wanted Xbox 360 titles is an actual exclusive, there's something definitely wrong here. Regardless, scope out my five most wanted 360 games for the year 2013.

Gears of War: Judgment

While Gears of War 2 was a complete and utter disappointment for me, Gears of War 3 made me remember what I enjoyed about the third-person shooter franchise. The upcoming March 2013 release Gears of War: Judgment brings with it new characters (as well as old faves like The Cole Train and Baird) and a new story, predating the original Gears trilogy. If the intense shooting action is as fun as two out of three of the last Gears games, Xbox 360 owners are in for a treat.

DmC: Devil May Cry

There has been a shower of criticism surrounding the upcoming reboot of the Devil May Cry series, DmC: Devil May Cry. The new direction of the series and the updated character design for Dante are the main targets. However, the early reviews that have been pouring in have stated that the Ninja Theory-made reboot is quite stellar. I look forward to returning to slicing and shooting enemies in one perfect combo and taking down demons with ease with DmC: Devil May Cry when it releases next week.

Dead Space 3

The fight against the Necromorphs is happening once again with Dead Space 3. With the addition of rolling and cover elements, Isaac Clarke and Sergeant John Carver have more movement capabilities than ever before. For the first time in franchise history, there will be full-fledged co-op to be had-- the drop-in/drop-out variety. While some lament how the Dead Space series is leaning more towards action than survival horror, I still am excited for the third installment. Dead Space 3 is certainly set to be a dismember to remember.

Anarchy Reigns

Releasing today, Anarchy Reigns is a pseudo-sequel to the Nintendo Wii's MadWorld. It features many of the same characters from that game and several new ones. This time the world is in glorious color instead of the stylistic monochrome that MadWorld possessed. Hero Jack Cayman loves to carve up enemies with the chainsaw at the end of his mechanical arm, and players will most likely love it too. With all-new multiplayer modes and a budget price, Anarchy Reigns is a top title on my Xbox 360 most wanted list.

BioShock Infinite

The BioShock series already explored a city in the deep, so why not explore the idea of a city in the sky? That is exactly what the series is doing with BioShock Infinite. Now, the steampunk air city of Columbia would be enough to interest me in the game already, but there's more. Weapons, gear, combat, powers, and role-playing elements all promise a game that will complex and deep, a savory mix for experienced players like myself. I don't get excited too often about first-person shooters, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis-- no, I mean, I don't get excited too often about first-person shooters, but when I do, that FPS is certainly special. BioShock Infinite appears to be just that.


There you have it. Another day and another console's games for 2013 done. Tomorrow I will be sharing my picks for my most wanted PlayStation 3 games. We'll see you then.

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