E3 2013: Top Ten Most Anticipated Games

E3 2013: Top Ten Most Anticipated Games

Written Saturday, June 08, 2013 By Lee Bradley
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We’ve already brought you a list of our most wanted E3 2013 game announcements, so now it’s time to look at the games we’re most looking forward to spending time with at this year’s L.A. mega-event. You know, the stuff we already know about but can't wait to see again. There’s some absolutely stonkingly huge titles in here.

Below you’ll find a list, in no particular order, of all the most exciting titles set to release over the next year or so. We’ve got sneaky stealth-em-ups, intriguing TV show/game mash-ups, huge online shooters, and a game about a fat kid from Colorado that can fart fire. Something for everything then. This is our Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of E3.

Quantum Break

Of all the next-gen titles we've glimpsed so far, Quantum Break is without doubt the most interesting. The debut trailer mixed live-action footage featuring a creepy little psychic girl, with pre-rendered footage of a dirty great big ship crashing through a bridge, as well as what looked like third-person sections where you control a policeman of some sort. It left us with more questions than answers.

What we know for sure is that Quantum Break also has a TV series in production and "how you play the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the game." This is clearly a title at the very forefront of Microsoft's living room push, and with Remedy, the Finnish developers of Alan Wake, at the helm, we wouldn't bet against it being great. Hopefully E3 will help us work out exactly what the hell it is.


We love a stealth game here at X360A, and Thief represents the daddy of them all. The original 1998 release – dreamed up and written by BioShock creator Kevin Levine – was the first 3D stealth game, the first to use shadow as a mechanic and the first to employ sound cues that could alert NPCs to players and vice versa. Hitman, Splinter Cell, Dishonored – they all owe a debt to Thief.

The return of Thief is exciting, then, and the early signs are good. When Editor Dan saw the game in action behind-closed-doors at GDC earlier this year, he was shown an uncompromisingly tough stealth experience. Thief isn't a game that allows you to shoot your way out of trouble, there are no real alternatives. In a world where such games are becoming increasingly action-orientated, that's rare. That's why we can't wait to see a little more of the next-gen Eidos Montreal reboot.


Everything we've seen of Destiny so far has blown our socks off. In terms of world, race and character building, it's a project of a scale we're not sure we've ever seen outside of the Mass Effect series. Mixing fantasy and sci-fi, with healthy doses of Star Wars and Halo and even a touch of Lord of the Rings, everything about it is huge. But we still haven't seen it in action.

Sure there's been concept art and a live-action/CG trailer and a bunch of stuff about the engine, but we're gagging to see a bit of gameplay. Thankfully, at E3 this year developer Bungie promises to deliver just that. Halo was massive, a system defining series for an entire platform. Destiny has the potential to be even bigger. In just a few days time, we should get our first proper look at the future.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

This one has split opinion at X360A. Some of us feel that the series has been run into the ground, needlessly turned into an annual franchise and drained of any excitement. But others remember the strength of Assassin's Creed's premise and the beauty of its worlds. We're a team divided.

So with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag we're going to give it another chance. Assassin's Creed III promised much, but didn't really live up to expectation. With the latest instalment, we're hoping that pirates, naval battles and exploration across environments as diverse as ocean, jungles, forts and ruins can breathe life into a franchise that is in danger of getting stale. Plus, there's the next-gen factor. Assassin's Creed has always been pretty. We want the Xbox One version to melt our eyeballs.

Dragon Age III: Inquisition

Dragon Age developers BioWare have had a tough few years. Following the disappointment felt by many over Dragon Age 2, the flop that was The Old Republic, and the fan rage that surrounded Mass Effect 3's original ending, the once exalted studio has taken and few gut punches. But we fully expect them to come back fighting.

The stage is set then, for BioWare to knock us out with Dragon Age III: Inquisition. Despite their setbacks, it's a team the can stand among the very best RPG creators that the world has ever seen and we don't say that lightly. The ingredients are all there and if it all comes together DAIII could be something very special indeed. We'll be hoping to spend some time with it next week.

Watch Dogs

An open-world; spangly future-techno gadgets; stealth; augmented reality; emergent gameplay madness; the ability to cause massive pile-ups by messing with traffic lights; the MOBILE PHONE OF DOOM. If there’s one game coming our way this year that’s right up our street, it’s Watch Dogs.

A new property from the talented chaps and chapesses at Ubisoft Montreal, with an entirely new engine built from the ground up specifically for the project, it’s a game that reeks of freshness. And at an event no doubt dominated by sequels, it could be just what we need. Watch Dogs is a franchise that promises to be around for a long time. 

South Park: Stick of Truth

Featuring old-school, turn-based RPG mechanics and Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s trademark humour (they’re writing the game), South Park: Stick of Truth may not quite have the AAA clout of some of the other games on this list, but in terms of pure fun it’s potentially right near the top.

When we spent time with Stick of Truth at last year’s E3, we were impressed enough to call it “THQ’s saving grace.” That didn’t come to pass, as THQ collapsed before the game could hit shelves, but with the Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas) helmed project now under the wing of Ubisoft, we’re hoping it can fulfill its potential. And if you disagree? You go to hell. You go to hell and you die!

Murdered: Soul Suspect

An intriguing mix of L.A. Noire and Capcom’s Ghost Trick, Murdered: Soul Suspect sees you take the role of detective Ronan O'Connor as he strives to solve his own murder in the historically spooky town of Salem. Aside from the fact that you play as a character acting from beyond the grave, which is pretty novel in its own right, it’s the game’s mix of evidence gathering and stealth that makes it stand out.

Throw all that together and Murdered: Soul Suspect is a massively promising title. E3 is going to be dominated by big, brash, noisy action games, but Soul Suspect is offering something different. It’s taking its influences and making something that looks and feels fresh. Early showings of the game have been impressive, so we’re keen to see more. Let’s hope it lives up to our expectations.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

We love The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. The grizzled, monster hunting Geralt is one of our favourite characters in recent years, the game’s world offers a wonderfully dark twist on fantasy staples and... well, it’s just not quite like anything else. With Wild Hunt, we fully expect CD Projekt Red to take the experience to the next level.

They’re already talking a good game. So far the Polish developer hasn’t been shy about its aspirations, promising a 50-plus hour main campaign, another 50 hours of side quests, a world bigger than Skyrim’s and an increased focus on doing what Geralt does best: slaying huge beasts. One of our most anticipated upcoming releases, we can’t wait to see more of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Now that Kojima’s fun and games surrounding the announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its voice actor are over (or are they?), we’re looking forward to finally getting a proper look at the latest in the revered series. Because let’s be clear, Metal Gear Solid games aren’t just new releases, they’re events.

Is the Fox Engine really that good? How is Kojima going to bridge the 9 year gap between the prologue and the main game? Will the tactical espionage action translate well to an open world? How will Kiefer Sutherland acclimatise to his new role? What the hell is going on with the giant flaming whale hallucinations? We’ve got plenty of questions about The Phantom Pain. Let’s hope that E3 can offer up some answers.

So there you have it, the games we're most anticipating seeing at E3 this year. As ever, let us know below what you're looking forward to and why we're idiots for missing your favourite upcoming game.


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Comment #1 by iBlaise
Saturday, June 08, 2013 @ 06:40:15 PM
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Mostly looking forward to Destiny, DA3, M:SS, and Watch_Dogs. I'm surprised there's no The Evil Within on this list though!

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Comment #2 by Hurricane Of 87
Saturday, June 08, 2013 @ 06:53:08 PM
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U forgot LocoCycle. Ediots.

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Comment #3 by BlueBlooded
Saturday, June 08, 2013 @ 06:59:18 PM
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Destiny is what I am looking forward to most!

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Comment #4 by LickableLemons7
Saturday, June 08, 2013 @ 07:25:43 PM
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Good work making the distinction between "most anticipated" and "most wanted" features!

Still looking forward to The Evil Within the most, quickly followed by MGSV. Has there been any distinction between "The Phantom Pain" and "Ground Zeroes" yet? Are both titles supposed to make up all of MGSV, and are they being released as seperate games?

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Comment #5 by Floodclaw
Saturday, June 08, 2013 @ 09:49:39 PM
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@4: I believe that Ground Zeroes is like a prologue titles to Phantom Pain. Technically both of them together make up Metal Gear Solid V, with Phantom Pain making up the main chunk of the content.

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Comment #6 by UK x Jok3r x
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 05:24:26 AM
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Surprises me that south park makes the list

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Comment #7 by EarthFool
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 07:37:40 AM
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Thief, mgs5, the witcher 3 and dragon age III are the titles i'm looking forward the most.

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Comment #8 by Deviss516
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 10:59:16 AM
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@4 They are akin to Tanker and Plant from MGS 2 or Virtuous Mission and Operation snake Eater from MGS 3 so they are seperate chapters.

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Comment #9 by UK x Jok3r x
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 11:04:18 AM
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Comment #10 by ResistantMortal
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 03:54:54 PM
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So exited for Dragon Age III: Inquisition

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Comment #11 by HoliestEd
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 05:27:19 PM
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Would love to see Fallout 4 myself. I've waited TOO LONG!

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Comment #12 by Minarvia
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 05:44:32 PM
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I looking at Murdered: Soul Suspect, that looks like to be something that is different. I am hopping that it not a next gen game so that I can play on my 360.

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Comment #13 by Savage13
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 08:38:52 PM
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What? Not COD or Madden? ;-)

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Comment #14 by s1c1m
Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 12:01:03 AM
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@12 most likely going to be next gen. but may remain as one of the last 360 games left. E3 should impress many skeptics about the Xbox One, I will admit that I am already on board with it.

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Comment #15 by s1c1m
Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 12:02:13 AM
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better question...WHAT ABOUT BLOOD DRAGON 2?!?!? should be a full blown sequel at this point

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Comment #16 by NightReflection
Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 08:04:17 AM
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Murdered: Soul Suspect and MGS - Cannot wait!

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Comment #17 by Hayabusa66
Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 10:51:13 AM
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Dark Souls 2 my personal most wanted !

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Comment #18 by BruTaLyZe
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 05:50:51 AM
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Dragon Age III and Destiny. I find myself not interested in Xbox One exclusives, which is a worrying sign. The only one that did catch my eye though was Titanfall, mainly due to the fact that it could have an outstanding multiplayer.

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Comment #19 by l.maciver
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:48:44 AM
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No Batman. (sad face)

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Comment #20 by Dothackbear
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 03:10:34 PM
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evil within is the game im looking forward to most, besides adventure time and regular show coming in the fall for 360

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Comment #21 by Laurence4
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 02:53:02 PM
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Am i the only one looking forward to ryse?

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Comment #22 by Emperor 95
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 02:53:57 PM
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cant. fucking. wait.

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Comment #23 by DiasdeGalvan
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 04:43:30 PM
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The Witcher 3 for me followed by Destiny.

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Comment #24 by harvir11596
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 01:00:34 PM
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Just destiny for me

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Comment #25 by Chozo_Lord
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 05:47:39 AM
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I think Killer Instinct should be up there.

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Comment #26 by EMP
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 07:21:16 PM
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I like all those, but I'd swap out Assassin's Creed and South Park. Probably replace those two with Battlefield 4 and Dead Rising 3. My runner up Forza 5

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Comment #27 by darth nerdius
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:37:55 AM
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I like quantum break for next gen game of the year or destiny... cant wait for cod ghosts

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Comment #28 by Darth Brently
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 12:16:15 PM
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All of these look great but I'm also interested in Ryse and especially Battlefront 3

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Comment #29 by Leon McLane
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 01:11:01 AM
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quantum break

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Comment #30 by Samigi
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 02:32:39 AM
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@2 wtf is that

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Comment #31 by TimespliTT
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 05:34:46 PM
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I'm looking forward to lost planet 4 the most. it looks like they are making/taking LP3 in the right direction, lets hope it becomes a success and then they make LP4 where they refine the gameplay and add 24 player multiplayer where it gets 60,000 players and give us free maps and character skins from other capcom games.

why i cant beat up akrid with dante is beyong me

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Comment #32 by BIG TRIGG
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 03:13:34 PM
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I want titan falls that's my most anticipated game

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Comment #33 by aseddon15
Thursday, July 11, 2013 @ 03:18:44 PM
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why the hell is GTA V not in this list? its the most anticipated game of all time never mind this year!

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Comment #34 by Ereaser NL
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 01:12:19 PM
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Destiny, Division, AC3 and GTA V for me!

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Comment #35 by JuSt BLaZe
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 03:41:09 PM
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DEAD RISING 3 that's all I need!

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Comment #36 by deluxnugs
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 07:28:59 PM
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Yeah i really want a game thats not mentioned here, its called Enemy Front.

Enemy Front
Enemy Front is an original WWII action game that takes players behind enemy lines to tackle the might of the Nazi war machine. Spanning several years and in stunningly realized, diverse, unique and authentic theatres of conflict, players will engage in warfare against organized and intelligent enemy forces as they fight to disrupt German occupation and thwart Hitler’s secret weapons program.

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Comment #37 by deluxnugs
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 07:30:01 PM
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I forgot to add that it runs at 60 fps on the Crysis 3 engine.

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Comment #38 by kennythomas26
Thursday, August 01, 2013 @ 09:50:20 PM
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I can't wait for Watch Dogs that game looks epic.

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Comment #39 by XtremeDagger
Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 11:35:09 PM
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No Grand Theft Auto V? Really?!

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Comment #40 by The Cipriani
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 02:21:36 PM
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haha again Call of duty doesn't even get a spot !
hallelujah, its days of cash-ins are finally coming to an end. thehardcore fans are now the minority :D

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Comment #41 by bLaWsTeiN
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 11:10:43 PM
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The Witcher 3 is amazing!

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