When a new Intellectual Property is announced, it attracts the attention of the entire gaming community. Some titles demonstrate the pure quality that studios within the industry are capable of. New IPs offer an exciting and unique experience which tends to capture most people in euphoria. Furthermore, IPs are capable of cementing their legacy and becoming revered titles in gaming. New IPs excelled in 2013, and these are the VGU.TV nominees for best new IP of 2013.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog has held a reputation that is legendary in the industry, which can be recognized in the unique titles that the studio has released (Jak and Daxer, Crash Bandicoot, and Uncharted). When Naughty Dog announced its intentions to create a new Intellectual Property, people were excited by the prospects that this new title could have. When The Last of Us actually arrived, its reception was overwhelmingly positive. Naughty Dog delivered an incredible title, with many considering it to be their Game of the Year for 2013.
The Last of Us centers itself on the journey of Joel (Troy Baker), someone who now resides in the military-controlled safe sphere following the outbreak of the zombie virus. Joel is entrusted by the Fireflies – an anti-government militia led by Marlene – to escort a young girl by the name of Ellie (Ashley Johnson) back to their headquarters. The narrative of the title is emotionally powerful, offering an insight into each character’s trait and personalities, rather than focusing on the cause of the outbreak. It delivers a journey which is full of twist and turns from beginning to end.
Narrative, gameplay, and visually, The Last of Us is a statement of intent in gaming; demonstrating the quality that Naughty Dog has continued to produce, time, after time. Naughty Dog left the PlayStation 3 with a truly incredible IP, and people’s focus on what it can now deliver on the PlayStation 4.
The Wolf Among Us
Telltale Games made a name for themselves with The Walking Dead last year; the team is now doing the same for another comic book series. The series this time around: Fables by Bill Willingham, which takes place in current times with the characters from the fables of old. This time it is The Wolf Among Us from Telltale. You are playing as Bigby (Big Bad Wolf) who ironically is the sheriff of Fabletown. As sheriff, it is your job to look into things, keep peace, and make sure the normals don’t discover your presence in New York.
Right off the bat there is a murder, a conspiracy, and battles between the characters. The battles are done in such a way that you have the choice in nearly all factors of your fights. Not only that, but the episode ends on a bombshell that could put everything in jeopardy and it is only the first episode of the season.
Beyond: Two Souls
Quantic Dream returned with one of its most ambitious projects to date, Beyond: Two Souls. Following on from its previous entry, Heavy Rain, David Cage tested the boundaries of a narrative once again with this new title.
The focus of the story is on the character Jodie Holmes (Ellen Page), who is on a quest to understand the meaning behind the entity Aiden. The journey spans across fifteen years of her life, constantly jumping back and forth through her timeline. Beyond: Two Souls follows the style of previous Quantic Dream title Heavy Rain with the use of interactive controls (quick-time events) and in game decisions to make. Albeit that Beyond’s in game decisions aren’t as consequential as Heavy Rain, but it still allows players to think about certain events, as it can cause an alternative outcome in certain scenarios.
Beyond: Two Souls received a mixed reception, but it still serves as a extremely unique title. Featuring Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page, David Cage really was trying to capture the mind of gamers through this interesting experience. Many people will be wondering what Quantic Dream’s next project will hold.
The PlayStation Vita has been on a high note as of late with certain titles; the perfect example of this is Tearaway. Developed by Media Molecule, the creators behind LittleBigPlanet, this title is a unique example of an IP to feature on a hand-held.
Tearaway is an exceptional title which utilized the full potential of the PlayStation Vita. This includes the use of the rear touch panel, PlayStation camera, and others. Tearaway is a break-out title this year which demonstrates the titles that can feature on the PlayStation Vita. Receiving a positive reception, the Vita title is rightly so one of the best new IPs introduced in 2013.
Those are the nominees for best IP of 2013. Make sure to vote for your favorite IP with the polls open from Monday and shutting on Thursday. The readers and staff winner will be announced shortly after. In the meantime, make sure to head on over to our other categories and vote!