1. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
1/22/13 - Level-5 and Studio Ghibli deliver the classic JRPG experience I have been craving for so long. Engaging story and complex combat combine for satisfying gameplay.
2. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
2/19/13 - More madness from Platinum Games, this time mixed with the crazy hijinks of Kojima's Metal Gear universe. I just made the jump to PS3 last summer, so I've been catching up on the Metal Gear series, and loving it so far. I grew fond of Raiden in MGS4, so getting to play as him will be a real treat. Also, the demo kicked my ass.
3. God of War: Ascension
3/12/13 - I picked up the GoW Saga last year and hacked and slashed my way through all five amazing games. I loved every raging moment of it. Like most people, I was skeptical of the notion of bringing multiplayer to the GoW franchise. But, after a few days with the beta, I think it will be the most fun I'll have online all year.
4. BioShock Infinite
3/26/13 - Honestly, I hated the original Bioshock at first. The hype was just too much and soured my expectations for the game. It was years before I went back to it with a fresh perspective, and I really immersed myself in the story and came to love the world of Rapture. I know that Infinite will carry on that immersive storytelling form the original game, so I am more than looking forward to another thrilling experience from Irrational Games.
5. The Last of Us
6/14/13 - I've been a fan of Naughty Dog since the Crash Bandicoot era on PS1. They tell great stories with memorable characters and engaging gameplay. That said, now that they have wrapped up the Uncharted saga, I am ready for them to move on to more adult themes. The Last of Us looks like the perfect step in that direction for them. This is my most anticipated game this year.
6. Grand Theft Auto V
9/17/13 - I played the crap out of GTA IV back in 2008. It had its flaws, but I the characters and setting really grew on me, despite the clunky gameplay. So far, GTA V looks like a much more polished (and colorful) experience than its predecessor. Hopefully Rockstar will apply what they've learned from RDR and Max Payne 3 and pull out another amazing blockbuster.
7. Beyond: Two Souls
10/8/13 - I never played Indigo Prophecy, and I took turns between watching and playing Heavy Rain. Heavy Rain was so close to being amazing, but despite an engaging story and characters, the gameplay was lacking and often struck me as unwieldy. Beyond: Two Souls looks to be a step in the right direction as far as blending storytelling and engaging gameplay. Plus, Ellen Page looks to be giving it her all in this one, acting-wise, and I'm not going to miss out on that.