Hunting down the best unique games at E3 2013

LOS ANGELES—It’s no big secret that game sequels have gotten out of hand. Everybody has a favorite franchise, and it’s always hard to see beloved characters retired from the roster. But when it comes to clinging to the tried-and-true to the exclusion of something new, the game industry is guiltier than most.

I mean, Final Fantasy is up to number fifteen—excuse me, XV—and that’s not even counting all the spin-offs.

But a console refresh provides a chance to start over. Developers get to show off their latest ideas—often things that weren’t even possible on previous platforms. We get new and inventive characters, unexplored worlds, and novel mechanics. A refresh year should easily be the most exciting time for game makers and gamers—especially with new versions of both the Xbox and PlayStation on the way.

Call of Duty Ghosts
The glut of modern military shooters almost makes you miss the days of World War II games.

Sure, we’re still going to get a new Halo game, another Call of Duty, and another Assassin’s Creed, but we’re also getting games that provide new, inventive multiplayer experiences, or that interact with the world in a different way. We’re even on the cusp of legitimate virtual reality suites!

There’s a lot of same-old, same-old out there, but look past it. If E3 represented one thing this year, it was potential. It’s past time for a new generation of games, and judging by some of the new offerings we saw at E3 this year—new IPs in the parlance of gaming—developers are determined to come out of the gate with their best feet forward.

Now they just have to deliver.

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