15 games we can't wait to play
Beyond: Two Souls
2013 – PlayStation 3
The makers of Heavy Rain bring us another cinematic experience – and this time they've got a bona fide movie star on board, in the form of Inception’s Ellen Page. The game is set over 15 years and you can expect to play as both her character and the invisible entity she’s bonded to – the former playing like Heavy Rain, the latter playing like… well… Patrick Swayze in Ghost. The graphics are spectacular and the performance capture is some of the best we’ve ever seen.
Splinter Cell Blacklist
2013 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Sam Fisher returns, this time sneaking around and dealing out death along the Iran-Iraq border. Kinect support and quick, fluid Mark and Execute attacks are on the cards, with the Spies vs Merc multiplayer mode making a comeback after its absence in Conviction. Here's hoping we're all as spry as Sam at his age.
God of War: Ascension
March 12th 2013 – PlayStation 3
Kratos is back, with more ridiculous boss battles and new instruments of murder to rain death on his unfortunate victims. Set before the events of the God of War trilogy, the game's biggest new feature is multiplayer – promising intense eight-player class-based skirmishes as well as big scale boss battles.
Far Cry 3
November 30th 2012 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Ubisoft's upcoming FPS puts you right into the heart of a gorgeous, lush and exotic tropical island. Shame about the crazed inhabitants trying to kill you, though. With stealth takedowns littered through a gorgeous sandbox world, Far Cry 3 looks set to be another big hit for Ubisoft this year.
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation
October 30th 2012 – PlayStation Vita
With the Vita having had a pretty lean year in terms of new game releases, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation looks set to be its saving grace. Set in 18th century New Orleans, Liberation casts you as female assassin Aveline and will let you use all the Vita's touchscreen and physical controls to slice and dice your way through the Templar army – using a variety of new toys. It has the same all-new movement and kill animations found in Assassin’s Creed III and it looks simply gorgeous on the Vita’s OLED display.