Well, it’s official. 2013 has now come and gone! What a year it was and here is a quick look at some of the highlights!
2013 Proves a Big Year For Gaming
It has long been pencilled in as a year to take note of for gaming and 2013 certainly delivered.
It was a rollercoaster of a year with so much controversy surrounding the release of the next generation consoles. Along with various other stories and events that shook the gaming community and big blockbuster video game releases, it will be a long time before we see another year like it.
The Release of The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
To say the release and launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was rocky would probably be an understatement.
Microsoft seemingly tried to alienate the bulk of their fan base with a controversial online only policy to restrict the use of any video games for their system. At the various gaming conventions hyping up the new releases , Sony poked fun at them in a series of videos revealing how simple it was under their ecosystem.
This and a few other issues caused a heated battle leading up to the launch of both consoles. Fans voices would be well and truly heard though, as Microsoft eventually reversed their policies. What did we end up with? Two fantastic systems that shared pretty much identical online ecosystems.
And in the end both consoles enjoyed a great launch while seemingly selling very well over the holiday period. This all bodes well for the next year where, of course, we hope to see some groundbreaking next-generation games released for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Don’t Forget The Games – 2013’s Big Releases
With the release of two major consoles it would be easy to overlook some of the fantastic releases that we saw this year. There was of course others that failed to deliver and disappointed.
Grand Theft Auto IV was certainly not one of those reaching and even surpassing many people’s expectations in what turned out to be one of the most ambitious and well-received additions to the franchise. We also saw the release of Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider, both resurrecting their respect the series and featuring on many of gamers best of 2013 lists.
There was some disappointments, not least SimCity , which was clouded under various technical issues and is now pretty much regard as being inferior to its predecessors. The same can be said for Beyond: Two Souls.
One more thing to mention before we go, 2013 also saw Valve announced their intention to into the hardware market, which could redefine their barriers between console and PC gaming in years to come. The announcement of their Steam machines and Steam controller may prove to be of even more significance in 2014!