Originally a Wii U exclusive, Ubisoft later made Rayman Legends a multiplatform title due to weak Wii U sales. From what we’ve seen so far, Rayman Legends is a gorgeous 2D side-scroller, with vibrant colors, amazing art design, cartoony effects, and just general eye-candy throughout.
We can imagine Ubisoft adding a few next-gen features for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 versions. If Rayman Legends ever sees release on next-gen platforms, we doubt the visuals will need much improvement. Just check out this gorgeous gameplay footage.
Metro Last Light
The successor to 2010’s sleeper hit Metro 2033 has had an up and down development cycle, culminating in the bankruptcy of publisher THQ. New publisher Deep Silver bought the rights to the franchise and is determined to release Metro Last Light on current generation platforms next month. Hopefully the game will be successful enough for the publisher to invest in next-gen versions for the PS4 and Xbox 720.
Lost Planet 3
The third installment in Capcom’s Lost Planet series is set for release this June on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. It features updated visuals powered by the Unreal Engine 3, which means it should have no trouble running on powerful next-gen hardware. The Lost Planet series have always had a unique visual style, which could be even better on next gen consoles.
Another Capcom title, Remember Me is a brand new IP that surprised many when it was revealed a year ago. Remember Me is a futuristic third person action/stealth game akin to Metal Gear Solid and Deux Ex. So far the game has been confirmed for PC and current gen consoles, but there have been rumors of a next-gen update scheduled for release next year. Remember Me is one of the few original gaming IPs to launch this year, and hopefully it will be successful enough to be ported to the new consoles.
The long-awaited sequel to 2006’s Prey is finally hitting the store shelves this year — or so we think. While publisher Bethesda confirmed that the game started development in 2010, it looks like they’re taking their time. Prey 2 was supposed to be released in 2012, but not only did it get delayed, Bethesda removed it from its product page altogether, which could be an indication that there’s a lengthy delay in progress. Perhaps this is a sign that the game will be released on next-gen consoles as well, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.
Saints Row 4
Saints Row has been described as Grand Theft Auto on steroids, and enjoys a large and hardcore fan base. However, things didn’t look too good last year when publisher THQ went bust, selling off the assets. Luckily, Saints Row 4 ended in the hands on Deep Silver, which has confirmed that they are continuing to fund development of Saints Row 4 and plan for a 2013 release.
Half Life 3 /HL2 Episode 3
This is a no-brainer, really. If only Valve would get their act together and announce Half Life 3 already. There are some rumors that it might be announced at E3 this year, but every year around E3 time, there are “rumors” of Half Life 3. And we never get anything. Knowing how business-savvy (and talented) Valve is, they’ll want to reach as many gamers as possible with Half Life 3.
One of the most anticipated shooters of this year, EA’s Battlefield 4, has so far only been confirmed for current gen consoles. However, an email from GameStop recently revealed that it would be released on current and next-gen platforms. That’s the biggest hint we’ve had at Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720. Technically, neither EA nor developer DICE have actually denied a next-gen version, they’ve simply stated that they are focusing on current generation systems.
One of the most anticipated games of this year, if not the most anticipated game of this year. Grand Theft Auto 5 is the swan song for the PS3 and Xbox 360, the last, great game to come out on the current gen systems. Hopefully Rockstar will change their minds and port the game to the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. One thing is sure: regardless of how popular the PS4 and Xbox 720 are this year, many gamers will hold on to their older consoles just to play GTA 5.
The recently released BioShock Infinite has been met with huge critical acclaim, continuing the storytelling style and imagination from the original BioShock. While the setting and characters are different, there are numerous similarities between the two. Suffice to say, Bioshock Infinite is a game that should be played by every gamer out there, and it’s a game that definitely belongs on a next-generation console.