So Christmas is over for another year and you’ve received some of your favourite games, films, TV boxsets of 2012 for Christmas. But what about next year, what are some of the best things to look forward to in 2013?
1. BioShock Infinite
In an alternative version of 1912, former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt is sent to rescue a prisoner on air-city Columbia. That’s just the beginning of DeWitt’s troubles though, as he soon finds that both he and his ward are in danger from the two warring factions which are tearing the city apart. Taking control of Booker, the player must work together with the computer-controlled Elizabeth to work their way through this first-person shooter, the third in the Bioshock series. Winning ‘Best of Show’ at E3 2011, this game has been a long time in the pipeline- and its release on 26 February is hotly anticipated.
2. Dr Who
We’ve been told to prepare ourselves for ‘thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises’ as Dr Who’s 7th series carries us into 2013, its 50th anniversary year. The BBC has been quick to deny rumours that Matt Smith will be stepping down, but the rumours stand nonetheless- interviews reveal that he has been planning a move to the States, and that the workload required for the series has been pretty intense. Can we expect a 50th anniversary regeneration? What surprises will be in store for the doctor? Watch on in 2013.
3. Grand Theft Auto V
The Grand Theft Auto series from developers Rockstar North surely needs no introduction. GTA V is the first big title to join the series for over four years- and despite its modest title, it is actually the 15th game in the series. Set in the sunny environs of a re-imagined southern California, the game offers GTA’s largest game world yet, and will apparently focus on ‘the pursuit of the almighty dollar’, according to Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company. At the moment, details of the game and its release date are a closely guarded secret- but we can expect to hear more before the end of 2012.
4. Les Miserables
That’s right, the famous stage show gets the big Hollywood treatment this January 11th. “Finally!” cry musical fans worldwide, who will be able to see the film with an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen. For those of us not in the know, the title refers to the miserable ones- the poverty stricken inhabitants of 19th-century France- whose lives are chronicled by the story. With every actor singing their part as they act it- rather than lip-syncing to pre-recorded music- and additional music by Schonberg and whoever, this is set to be the musical release of the year despite its January release.
5. The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead series is one of the best loved- or perhaps best feared- horror franchises around. With three films, numerous comic books and video games, and even a musical (I’m not kidding), it’s caused quite a stir over the years. The final of the three films, however, is now more than ten years old- so it’s lucky that in April 2013 we can look forward to a remake of the film that started it all. Appearing on-screen with some fresh twists and new faces, the new Evil Dead will nonetheless feature a load of teens, a deserted cabin and the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis- an extremely evil book.
6. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Featuring Raiden the ninja as the main playable character, Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance takes the established series in a new direction. Diverging from Metal Gear’s usual emphasis on stealth tactics, finally on February 21st players will have a chance to wield Raiden’s katana in a game which is strictly action. The newest offering makes use of an advanced cutting system to help the player through the complicated storyline, which takes place four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. That said, developers Platinum Games have said that it’s a spinoff, not part of the main Metal Gear Solid storyline- so this looks like quite an intriguing release.
7. Star Trek Into Darkness
Set for release on 17 May, it is rumoured that Benedict Cumberbatch will be taking on the role of well-known villain Khan. Coming from more or less the same production team as 2009’s successful Star Trek, the film also features many cast members reprising roles – including Simon Pegg and Chris Pine. The storyline is still a mystery, although some scraps of information are available; Leonard Nimoy will not return as future-Spock, an appearance from Khan and the Klingons is a possibility, and whoever Cumberbatch’s villainous alter-ego is, he ends up in fisticuffs with Spock.
A hotly-tipped favourite of the critics, Fringe has already entered its final season- and we can expect the finale in 2013. For those who haven’t seen it, you have a lot of catching up to do- but it has been described generally as a cross between Altered States and The X-Files. Following the story of the ‘Fringe’ division of the FBI, the series combines science fiction with detective drama and has built up a strong cult following. It’s hard enough to know what will happen next in any episode of Fringe, but the series finale is sure to keep us all guessing- right up until the last minute.
9. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
The production of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, more simply known as Sin City 2, has been dogged by problems. Between getting the creative team back together and money issues, it sometimes seemed this film would not even get made- even now, the October 2013 release date is far from certain. In the manner of the comic books, Sin City 2 is set to follow the stories of some characters from the first film, and introduce some new ones. Dwight will be returning, but as a ‘killer with a new face’- perhaps played by Clive Owen, if the rumours are true.
Plans for a series on Hannibal Lecter have been circulating for a long time now- and NBC began developing a series in 2011. Finally, in 2013, their labours will bear fruit; Hannibal is a thirteen-part series coming to the small screen sometime next year. Featuring Danish actor Mad Mikkelsen in the title role- bringing Dr Lecter back to his Germanic roots- and Englishman Hugh Dancy as special agent Will Graham, it looks as though the cast will be relatively low-profile. Whether this will lead to a more compelling and ‘real’ series, or instead mean that the show doesn’t get the attention it deserves, only time will tell.