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Final Countdown? A closer look at Xbox 360's 2013 games line-up

As the generation comes to a close, there's still much to look forward to...

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Crysis 3

Release: Out now

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Long hailed as the world's best looking FPS series, Crysis 3 stretched CryEngine's trademark visuals to Xbox 360 without it turning into a slideshow, whilst still letting PC owners privy to all the volumetric clouds and lumpy frogs their rigs can handle. Our Crysis 3 review called it an 'enjoyable shooter' and praised its open levels and 'surprisingly good multiplayer'. The latter, developed by an entirely different Crytek team in Nottingham, saw plenty of meaty encounters, with the standout being Crysis 3's Hunter mode which has two nanosuited hunters stalking Cell operatives in an asymmetric battle.


Dark

Release: 2013

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Skyrim Dawnguard and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines prove that you can never go too far wrong in playing a vampire. In Dark, you take on the role of Eric Bane an amnesiac newly born bloodsucker in a blend of stealth-action and RPG. A world of blood and darkness awaits as you wield a host of vampire skills and abilities to battle the sinister GeoForce corporation, and uncover the truth behind your rebirth as one of the undead.


Dragon Age 3: Inquisition

Release: Late 2013

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The third instalment in BioWare and EA's RPG series will once again be set in the Dragon world of Thedas, though it promises to be a much larger game, with some territories being described as 4-5 times bigger than Ferelden, the original setting for Dragon Age: Origins. Its been hinted that Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will take place in the land of Orlais which is apparently the most 'French' of Dragon Age's lands. Expect plenty of trademark high fantasy roleplaying and BioWare's customary levels of polish as you attempt to save the world from itself.


DMC Devil May Cry

Release: Out now

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Ninja Theory's reboot of Capcom's demon-slaying series attracted its fair share of controversy in the lead up to launch, with long term fans sharpening their knives on everything from to Dante's new look to his choice of haircut. They needn't have worried as our 9/10 Devil May Cry review noted "DmC is bold and brilliant; a glorious union of East and West that marries deep and responsive gameplay with high-quality production values, vivacious environments and engaging characters." While the combat isn't quite as deep as rival Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which drops a month later, DMC has the sheen and madcap plot beats to thrill.

Homefront 2

Release: 2013

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Our original Homefront review called the Kaos Studios' shooter "an engrossing, cleverly realised shooter with CoD-beating multiplayer" and so the sequel was much anticipated as the American resistance continued its struggle against the savage occupying forces of North Korea. Yet THQ's well documented troubles meant the sequel was in danger of never seeing the light of day. Fortunately Crysis developer Crytek has stepped into the breach, with the game being developed on CryEngine at Crytek UK and CEO Cevat Yerli saying: "We've been firm believers in the IP and its potential to excite and amaze players". We should know more about the intriguing Homefront 2 at this year's E3.

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