Dragon Age III: The Inquisition
(Maybe. TBA; PC/Xbox/PS3/Mac) Rumors are circling that Dragon Age III, which is slated for late 2013, will get pushed back to the following year. I'd be fine with that. I'd go so far as to say I encourage that. I was surprised at how fast DAII came on the heel of Origins, and I think it’s fair to suggest that the game might have been better received among fans if it hadn't been rushed. Okay, time for an unpopular opinion: I liked Dragon Age II. Or to be more specific, I wasn't crazy about the game as a whole, which was indeed a far cry from Origins. What I liked about Dragon Age II was, honestly, the narrative structure. It was a shift from the well-worn Hero's Journey riff I'm used to in RPGs, and I admired the writing team for taking a risk. Did it work? Not for everyone (myself included, at first). Certainly not for people who were expecting a more predictable follow-up to Origins (again, myself included). But I think it deserves some credit for trying something new, and the cliff I was left hanging on has kept me eagerly awaiting a new chapter. This franchise is not without its many flaws, but even so, I've put some two hundred hours into exploring the layered world of Thedas, and I’m looking forward to going back. I just hope BioWare (well, really, EA) gives the next installment the time it deserves. It goes without saying, but 2013's got way, way more good-looking games on the docket than the ones listed here. If I skipped over the apple of your eye, chime in below.