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Survey of the 2013 Gaming Post-Apocalypse

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Carmageddon ReincarnationCarmageddon: Reincarnation – Stainless Games (Linux, OS X, Windows)
Game site
February, 2013

What is it?
Stainless Steel’s death race is back thanks to fans coming out to support it on Kickstarter. After grabbing the rights back with fists of money, the team has successfully rallied together with their open funding initiative and are working hard to add in things like ragdoll physics, new visuals, levels inspired by the original with a lot more game to go with it. For those that spent hours racing about trying to turn opponents and pedestrians into tire marks while riding up on sidewalks instead of running a proper race, this is the game that we’ve been waiting for to make a comeback.

DistanceDistance – Refract Studios (Linux, OS X, Windows)
Game site
Q2 2013

What is it?
A group of DigiPen graduates are putting this racing game together as the spiritual successor to their student project, Nitronic Rush. And thanks to a successful Kickstarter, it’s tentatively heading to PCs in 2013. It features a mysterious city with a secret history and loading up your car with enough jumping, twisting, and acrobatic abilities to make Speed Racer green with envy allowing players to drive on nearly everything from roads to buildings. Multiplayer is also going to be built in along with editing tools.

Grid 2Grid 2 – Codemasters (PS3, Windows, Xbox 360)
Game site
TBA 2013

What is it?
The sequel to the popular racing game from Codemasters. Grid 2 will be coming in with a few new tricks such as LiveRoutes which can dynamically change your race by seamlessly blending in new course changes with the cityscape around you making it so that no two races are the same. But for those that prefer set tracks, that’s also still in there, among other options detailed in their ongoing development diaries geared to welcome back veterans as well as appeal to new racers.

MLB 13MLB 13: The Show – Sony San Diego (PS3, Vita)
Game site
March 6, 2013

What is it?
Another sequel to the successful MLB baseball series from Sony with a few new enhancements such as the Playoff Mode and a “beginner mode” to ease newcomers into the franchise. “Road to the Show” will also aim to make the game all about who you are from commentary to character development, though details are still sparse.

PES 2013 3DSPro Evolution Soccer 2013 – PES Productions (3DS)
Game site
February 12, 2013

What is it?
It’s the North American release of the same soccer game that had come out in September and saw itself explode across a number of other platforms from the PS2 to the Wii. Now it’s finally coming out on the 3DS.

 

Project CARSProject CARS – Slightly Mad Studios (PS3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360)
Game site
TBA 2013

What is it?
It’s a community-driven racing game led by the veterans at Slightly Mad Studios in bringing together fans, their ideas, and their wallets, into funding and building it with rewards for their level of participation – kind of like a Kickstarter, but with a more direct hand. A huge roster of cars, customization, and even the opportunity to make money off of your own content, are being promised for this title as it continues development, aiming for a release sometime in 2013.

Sonic All Star Racing TransformedSonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – Sumo Digital (3DS)
Game site
February 12, 2013

What is it?
It’s the 3DS port for the same game that came out months before featuring Sonic and his friends in a fun racing series featuring transforming cars, over 25 tracks, and legendary “All-Stars”.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 – EA Tiburon (PS3, Xbox 360)
Game site
March 26, 2013

What is it?
The next installment of the famous Tiger Woods golfing franchise at EA will also bring in the legendary Arnold Palmer who also shares the cover. Other golfers, such as Stacy Lewis and Keegan Bradley, will also be playable from a roster of over 25 famous faces.

Wii Fit UWii Fit U – Nintendo (Wii U)
Game site
Q1 2013

What is it?
Another “launch window” game, it’s expected to be out sometime before or during March 2013. It’s the Wii U version of the popular Wii Fit game that helped to keep launching a few more million Wiis into living room gyms everywhere. This time, it’ll make use of the gamepad tablet as an aid to monitor your workout progress.

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