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This Holiday’s Most Anticipated Current Gen Games

PS3_XBOX_wireless-controllerA few games for those not ready to make the leap to next-gen.

2013 has shaped up to be one of the best years for gaming in recent memory. On top of masterpiece titles like The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto Five there’s even brand new hardware to reignite the console wars. But for those not ready to transition into the world of Xbox One and PS4 , here are our most anticipated (yet to be released) current gen games.

6. South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3,X360, PC)
Can anyone tell me a good South Park video game? One that really mirrors the idiosyncrasies of the world of South Park. We may finally get it with Ubisoft’s South Park: Stick of Truth. It’s an RPG that takes the mundane out of building a character with stats and numbers. Instead we get farts, Cartman, and everything else that’s made us love south park for so long.

5. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (PS3,PSN)
While I admit I still have to play through Full Frontal Assault, this is one of the franchises that is synonymous with the PlayStation brand. Insomniac Games has always put quality and character at the forefront of a great game experience and this prologue to the next series of stories in this universe has us excited. For only $29.99 this looks to be a sleeper hit this holiday.

4. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3,X360,PC)
Over the life-cycle of the PS3 and Xbox 360, the Call of Duty franchise made itself a staple in mass media entertainment and brought publisher Activision its most highly successful franchise. Call of Duty has gone on record saying they’re going to get back the records shattered in September by GTA5. With the same hype and level of devoted fans as the Madden franchise, Ghosts has a great shot at making good on that promise.

3. Battlefield 4 (PS3,X360,PC)
I’ve been critical in the past of Battlefield games not living up to their potential in terms of story and over complex multiplayer. Battlefield 4 looks to change all that. The game’s developer Dice has never been one to leave out details and this fourth game throws everything players could want at them. Gamers that have taken part in the Battlefield 4 beta can already see the more streamlined approach to everything about online multiplayer; combine that with a story that looks epic and as cinematic as any great war movie and you’ve got yourself a contender.

2. Assassin’s Creed 4 (PS3,X360, PC)
So much was made about the short comings of Assassin’s Creed 3 that it made the quick turn around for part four, daunting to get behind. But people are quick to forget AC3 did a couple of things right; one of those being the boat missions. Assassin’s Creed 4 takes the element and puts you in the middle of a pirate’s life. The quest for booty has never been so gorgeously brutal. YARRRRR indeed.

1. Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3, X360)
When we first heard about another Batman Arkham game we’re like, F’Yeah! Then when we heard it was going to be a prequel by a studio other than Rocksteady, we’re like ummmm okay. Then when we heard Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill would be replaced by Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker we were getting worried. But seeing everything this game has to offer has made us believers in WB Montreal’s ability to take something great and not only avoid screwing it up, but put a unique signature on the franchise. We’ll get new gadgets and a story that adds to the mythos of the Arkham franchise. We’ll also get a Joker and Batman that were just as good as their predecessors.

We should note that Assassin’s Creed 4, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts will all have next-gen versions available on Xbox One and PS4.

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