Platforms: PS3, Playstation Vita
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Sly Cooper is a master at the art of staying hidden because it’s been a small eternity since we’ve seen him. The ringtail had a small cameo in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (may it rest in peace), but 2005 marked the last named entry in the series. After beautifully handling the Sly HD Collection, Sanzaru Games was given the reigns to the series to resurrect for the PS3 in the form of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Sanzaru Games has mostly accomplished their mission in faithfully continuing the journey of Sly and the gang, even if it was a little too faithful.
Release Date: June 14, 2013
Naughty Dog has gradually ascended the ladder of seriousness. From the slapstick Crash Bandicoot to the wavering tones of Jak and finally to Uncharted‘s witty atmosphere, the coveted developer has slowly but surely injected a more mature tone, although maintaining a mostly lighthearted ambiance. Naughty Dog’s newest release, The Last of Us, is a natural tonal progression for the team, subbing in a wise-cracking treasure hunter for a desolate fungus-driven apocalypse. The tone is grim and the subject matter is admittedly worn, but through sublime design, impeccable storytelling, dramatic acting, and open-ending gameplay mechanics, Naughty Dog has expertly crafted one of the greatest, most emotional rides in all of gaming.
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Raiding tombs hasn’t been as profitable as of late especially when compared to years past. Lara Croft’s erratic quality and draining relevance has led to her valued name to gain tarnish over the multiple console cycles. As if that wasn’t enough, the Uncharted series single-handedly stole the spotlight from Lara, leaving the teacher as the one getting schooled. To stay relevant, the Tomb Raider series has undergone a reboot. Simply named Tomb Raider, Lara has returned but with a completely different atmosphere. Having no prior field experience and lacking her signature dual pistols, this reinvented Lara must survive on a hostile island in a game that doesn’t completely nail any one aspect, but does enough right in each area to yield satisfaction.