January 3, 2013
With 2013 now here, which games (either that are out now or coming soon) that you don’t play are you looking to get more into?
For me that’s The Old Republic, I loved KOTOR and have always wanted to give an MMO a try. Also League of Legends, I’ve played Dota 2 (not that well…) for over a year but I’m curious about LoL too. I’ve played 30 or so games but I’m having a hard time learning the items and abilities, it doesn’t feel that intuitive compared to Dota’s stuff — probably a failing on my part.
—Elmo (presumably not the red puppet)’s comment from My 2012 “I Like You” Awards
I’m so glad you asked this! I haven’t thought about what I’m going to play next year at all yet, and if 2012 taught me anything it’s that good games will get lost if I don’t actively keep track of them.
First of all, you choices are excellent LoL and SWTOR are both great games that you can (mostly) enjoy without paying a dime. So that’ll help the wallet too! If you ever have questions about LoL, feel free to shoot them my way. I’ve played it a lot, and am always happy to team up in-game for a match (just add “Nereus”).
If we’re going strictly with games that will be out by early 2013 that I have not played at all, I’d really like to get into Neverwinter’s beta and revel in Mass Effect 3′s story. Neverwinter looked very promising in the one hands-off demo I got of it at PCG, and I really like the overall “feel” of the universe and animations. Mass Effect 1 and 2 has one of my favorite gaming storylines of all time going, and I was reluctant to jump into 3 until I I thought I’d have several days straight to just take in the whole thing at once. It’s pretty clear that’s not going to happen with my schedule at the moment, so I just need to jump in.
Dota 2 is my big personal challenge for 2013, though. I haven’t put nearly as much time into it as I should have, and there’s so many cool heroes I keep hearing about that I want to learn. Let’s make it official: my goal is to play every hero in Dota 2 at least once, and to have mastered at least 3, by the time 2013 comes to a close.
I also want to put much more time into Guild Wars 2, The Walking Dead, SWTOR, and Diablo 3. I want to finish the stories in all of them. I don’t need to hit max level in Diablo 3, but I do feel compelled to beat Normal mode on my hardcore Monk at the very least. I’ll finish The Walking Dead with my wife, and hope to be brought to tears at least 2 times during it. Guild Wars 2 never really got stuck in my mind when I played it, but it came out when I was transitioning to the new job and I think it deserves a second chance. All I want from SWTOR is to finish the storyline on my Sniper—it was going really well, but the game just wasn’t worth a subscription. If they try and kidnap my action bars even though I bought the game originally, though, I’ll skip it. That’s just the dirtiest way to nickel-and-dime F2P customers.
So I think that’s all of my list! What’s on the rest of yours? If you need help remembering games that will be coming out in 2013, PC Gamer put together a very extensive list recently.
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