As the PS4 and the Xbox One slowly rise from the horizon, gamers are already thinking of abandoning living room mainstays, the PS3 and the Xbox 360.
After years of waiting for a new console, the excitement is immense and completely understandable. As a direct result, some may already be posting their trusty but aging systems on buy-and-sell sites, in part to line their wallets with the extra cash necessary for The Great Console Migration of 2013.
But should we make the jump now or is it too early? If the upcoming games for current-gen systems tell us anything, it’s that you’re going to miss out on some killer games if you do.
By no means a complete list of all the big games still to come, here are 10 titles that collectively scream “No, don’t dump your PS3/Xbox 360 just yet!”
1) Last Of Us
Released: June 14, 2013
From the makers of the Uncharted series comes this riveting, open-world epic about the last remaining people of this planet and their struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a deadly infection that has turned most everyone into mindless rage-machines. Another zombie game? Not even close. It’s only being touted as the finest game of this generation.
2) Dragon’s Crown
PS3, PS Vita
Release date: August 6, 2013
2D games enjoyed a mini-renaissance in this generation, but, naturally, they were hardly revolutionary. So why is Dragon’s Crown on this list? First off, it’s a visually striking game—vibrant, fluid, unique. Combine it with its promise of dynamic action featuring character classes that play in wildly varied ways, and you’ve got a title worth looking out for. The overly generous proportions of the female characters can only help, can’t it?
3) The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Xbox 360, PS3
Release date: August 20, 2013
Surprise strategy hit XCOM: Enemy Unknown’s prequel, XCOM Declassified, has mutated into a tactical, third-person shooter set in the '60s about a super-secret alien-monitoring agency and their daily exploits to foil the next great alien invasion. Alien shooters set in a less high-tech era in time are always charming. The Mass Effect-style squad-based action seems to be shaping up charmingly as well.
4) Killer Is Dead
Release date: August 27, 2013
Grasshopper Manufacture, the guys behind this game, are known for creating quirky, stylish, and brutal games, such as Lollipop Chainsaw and No More Heroes. Just as unconventionally-titled is Killer Is Dead, where you play as a professional hitman with a traditional samurai in his right hand and a robotic left arm that transforms into several futuristic weapons. With a highly stylized art style, and gameplay that would make Quentin Tarantino blush, this title is a satisfying way to release rage for anyone who’s had a bad day.
5) Batman: Arkham Origins
Xbox 360/PS3/Wii U
Release date: October 25, 2013
Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel Batman: Arkham City redefined the comic book videogame genre, serving up an immersive experience that captured the legendary character, his world, and his adversaries. Now, the next game in the Arkham series returns to earlier times, specifically five years prior to the events of the first game and just two years into the Bat's crime-fighting career. You’re a younger and less refined Batman, and you’re about to face a squad of the world’s top assassins.
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