TSA’s Top 100 of 2013 Recap: 65-61 Soul Sacrifice, Hitman HD & Trials Evolution

Another day and another entry in our recap of the Top 100 most anticipated games of 2013. Have any of the games we picked actually been released? Let’s have a look..

65. Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse

65. Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse

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Nope, still not released but current estimates are for the fourth quarter of 2013 for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android.

The game is the fith installement of the Broken Sword series and was launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Developers Revolution Software are returning the series to it’s 2D roots, albeit in shiny HD.

Rolf Saxon will return to voice George Stobbart and other voice actors will reprise roles from previous games including Hazel Ellerby, who voiced Nicole “Nico” Collard in the original Broken Sword game, The Shadow of the Templars.


64. Soul Sacrifice

64. Soul Sacrifice

Released in May, Soul Sacrifice was one of this years big Vita games but only managed to crawl in to the charts at number 26. Dan reviewed the title calling it “one of my favourite Vita games”.

Soul Sacrifice really is a brilliant game. Those not bothered about online will be pleased to hear about the game’s strong single player campaign and, unless something really bad happens, I’m confident the online part will be an absolute blast. Highly recommended.

I have spent a couple of hours playing through the large demo available on the PSN store and any game that makes you stroke the tears off a possessed (and rather camp) book gets a thumbs up from me.

63. Hitman HD Collection

63. Hitman HD Collection

Hitman: Absolution released last year, complete with nuns and cyber bullying, and to follow Square Enix announced HD versions of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money in one attractively priced package.

The collection (now named The Hitman HD  Trilogy) sold surprisingly well charting at number 5, with Official PlayStation Magazine giving it a glowing review.

“Yes, 47’s animations and shonky plotting have hardly aged gracefully. But when this killer’s aim is still so precise when pulling off thrillingly executed puzzles, I can overlook a couple of wrinkles on that barcode branded bonce.”

You can pick up our 63rd most anticipated game for just £12 on Xbox 360, what a bargain.

62. Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

62. Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs is a first person survival horror game in development for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux with the development team “looking at a release around Q2 2013.” It’s a follow-on from the original Amnesia, which was dubbed The Dark Descent, exploring even more dark and horrifying themes.

Obviously we’re beyond that now and although the creators are happy chatting to people on their messageboard, the last official update on the game was on February 19th when they explained the previous delay.

How come a game meant for Halloween 2012 has been delayed for so long? Originally we thought it would be a short, experimental game set in the universe of Amnesia, but thechineseroom had a vision that was bigger than that. As their work progressed, the potential for a much greater project emerged. What we ended up with is no longer what we had first imagined, but a fully fledged Amnesia game. A different kind of Amnesia, but definitely not a short experiment.

The game is set on New Year’s Eve 1899 in Victorian London and you will play as Oswald Mandus, a wealthy industrialist who returns from a disastrous expedition in Mexico and contracts a fever which makes him dream of a dark machine.

61. Trials Evolution Gold Edition

61. Trials Evolution: Gold Edition

Packaging together Trials HD and Trials Evolution along with some swanky graphical improvements for PC gamers Trials Evolution: Gold Edition was always going to be a winner. Peter gave the Xbox 360 game an impressive 9/10 and the PC versions have scored a mighty 85/100 on metacritic.

“Trials Evolution is not only one of the best downloadable games of the year so far, it’s one of the best games on any platform so far this year,” noted Peter, ” It’s a masterclass in perfectly tuned level design.”

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2 Comments

  1. A Machine for Pigs is going to cause mass-soiling of underwear come day one. Hannypoppie could barely handle the original Amnesia for more than ten minutes at a time.

  2. Got Trials Evolution: Gold Edition during the Steam sale but haven’t really played too much of it. I only realized that it requires Uplay to actually play the game after I bought it… Oh well, it’s too late now…

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