First off, happy new year to everybody reading! This blog has been a lot of fun to write for the past several months, and I plan to keep it going in the new year. I really appreciate the subscribers and all of the conversations we get going in the comments, and I wish you all a very happy 2013!
Already I can see that the upcoming year is full of geeky things to get excited about. Speculation flies that Microsoft many unveil the next gen Xbox console at E3, and we know for sure that (potentially) awesome movies like Star Trek Into Darkness are coming out. Though this list is far from complete, here are a few things I’m looking forward to this year…
DmC: DEVIL MAY CRY
I don’t have to wait long for this video game, as it’s coming out in just two weeks. The next installment in the Devil May Cry franchise has been on my dying-to-play list for months, even with Dante’s angsty new dark-haired look. (At least his jacket is still cool, right?) I’ll be reviewing it for Population GO, so expect a post about it later this month!
Remember Me is a video game set in a dystopian Paris circa 2084, featuring a female protagonist and a world where memories are a commodity. The gameplay looks innovative (combos!), and I’m loving the overall style and concept art recently released for it. This might turn out to be my game of the year.
Rumor has it that the next gen Xbox console will come out in time for Black Friday sales after Thanksgiving this year. (Maybe that’s why there’s not a flood of Xbox 360 titles set for release around that time… or so the rumor goes.) In anticipation, I’m buying a cheap refurbished Xbox 360 to get me through until then, rather than splurging on a nice black slim… but we’ll see. At any rate, Microsoft should announce it this year!
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
I love Star Trek, with Deep Space 9 being my favorite series of the bunch. The latest J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie released in 2009 was a huge experience for my college friends and me, with our finals and dissertations behind us and a long month of summer to enjoy before we parted ways for graduation. I have way too many photos of us running around London and Cardiff that year making the Vulcan salute. And even if Into Darkness didn’t look as amazing as it does in trailers, I would still be giddy over its release.
Many people say that Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is the greatest science fiction novel ever written. Though I don’t really agree with that, I did enjoy the book and am looking forward to its film adaptation, which looks magnificently cast. The only strange thing will be seeing the story play out so colorfully; for some reason, I imagined everything happening almost in black and white when I read the book.
The third and final installment of The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey comes out in June. I enjoyed the first book, Leviathan Wakes, which is a masterpiece when it comes to world-building. It has a gripping plot that’s part mystery and a whole lot of conspiracy, and I loved the well-written action scenes. The only downsides were the slightly cheesy dialogue in spots and the use of the term “vomit zombies” way too many times. I have yet to make it through Caliban’s War, but now that Abaddon’s Gate is coming out, I’ll hurry and finish both this year. If you’re into space opera, I highly recommend the series. And it has some of my favorite cover art ever.
I’ve seen some trailers for upcoming Syfy shows like Defiance, but the only one that has really captured my interest is Continuum. It’s a Canadian series about terrorists who escape from the year 2077 to our time. Though it premiered in Canada in May 2012, it’s coming to the United States this year. Since the only sci-fi or fantasy series I watch consistently now are Games of Thrones, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and Merlin, I’m eager to try this one and possibly add it to my list of geek TV that I actually keep up with.
STAR WARS DETOURS
A smart cartoon set in the Star Wars universe that good-naturedly pokes fun at Star Wars? It’s like a dream show… especially for weekend mornings when I still sometimes watch cartoons like I’m a kid. There’s no release date in sight quite yet, but with a trailer that’s over three minutes long, this show has got to be pretty close to finished, right? Maybe? Please?