We Can't Wait

Though a few hotly anticipated titles have been delayed till 2013, several exciting games are still coming over the next few months, some aimed toward the end of summer, others closer to the holiday season. <p> Here's a quick look at 10 games for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii and Wii U that we're looking forward to over the rest of the year — from frantic first-person shooting escapades to adventures suitable for all ages. <p> Though all are sequels or latest editions in a franchise, none of them is a simple re-hash.

"Darksiders II" (Aug. 14)

You play a different character in this not-so-typical sequel to the 2010 end-of-the-world adventure. Instead of controlling the devastating Horseman, named War, you control his “brother” Death becoming a good guy and setting out to make things right with humanity, following a terrifying apocalypse. <p> But even for the grim reaper, things aren't that easy, as several foes stand in his way. Bigger is better in this follow-up, featuring a terrific combat system with multiple combos and weapons, and huge environments that will take hours to explore. <p> (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, coming to Wii U at a later date)

"Transformers: Fall of Cybertron" (Aug. 28)

Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots return to action, this time battling the Decepticons on their home world of Cybertron, deciding its fate in the process. Featuring excellent action scenes that let you transform between car and robot with ease, "Fall of Cybertron" is much bigger than the original "War for Cybertron" game, with larger levels to explore and new multiplayer options. It also features Grimlock, a fire-breathing T. rex and fan favorite from the '80s animated TV series. <p> (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC)

"Borderlands 2" (Sept. 18)

"Borderlands 2" begins when the guy who stabbed you in the back and left you in a wasteland sends others to finish the job. In this stylish and thrilling first-person shooter, you'll find hundreds of thousands of guns as you run roughshod through enemies and seek revenge. Featuring a splendid new co-op campaign for up to four players and some great new characters (like the nearly unstoppable sword-slashing assassin Zero), this game should be a vast improvement over the first. <p> (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3)

"NBA 2K13" (Oct. 2)

The latest entry in the best-selling basketball franchise features a number of improvements over the previous game. It offers even more NBA legends, a slew of NBA All Star Weekend events in which to partake (including a new slam dunk contest featuring any star, including LeBron James), and improved animation, so the game looks more realistic than ever. Will it include Charles Barkley? Fingers crossed. <p> (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, coming to Wii U at a later date)

"Resident Evil 6" (Oct. 2)

Featuring some familiar heroes, like Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield, the latest game in the series will introduce new enemies to battle through the Umbrella Corporation's ranks, as well as a storyline with lots of twists and turns. <p> Expect plenty of shocking moments throughout, especially when you run head-on into Umbrella's most twisted creations. Spoiler alert: Yes, that's a dude with a huge claw sticking out of his chest. Good luck with him. <p>(Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3)

"Assassin's Creed III" (Oct. 30)

Featuring a new hero (the nimble, hatchet-carrying Connor) and an all-new setting (the American Revolution), "Assassin's Creed III" may be the best yet in the series. You can kill foes in creative ways (like blasting someone's head off using their own musket) and explore wide-open terrain however you please. Plus, the graphics are the best to date, judging by a demonstration. This should be one well worth killing time with. <p> (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 coming to Wii U at a later date)

"Need For Speed: Most Wanted" (Oct. 30)

Racing fans should enjoy hitting the road once again with "Most Wanted." You'll hightail it in a top-of-the-line sports car, racing against other players and outrunning the police in a huge open-world environment. <p> "Most Wanted" certainly packs variety, with dozens of cars to choose from and plenty of wreckage to cause (you can even smash into cops). And you can challenge your friends' best racing times through the online AutoLog system. See you on the track. <p> (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, coming to Wii U at a later date)

"WWE 13" (Oct. 30)

THQ is once again hitting the ring to power-slam its fans with even more grappling fun. "WWE 13" will feature a number of favorites in the roster, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, and WWE champion CM Punk. You can also create your own wrestler and guide them through a championship career. The game will certainly “bring it” when it arrives this fall. <p> (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.)

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" (Nov. 13)

Activision's multimillion-selling military series returns with a new storyline that takes place in the future, with America's technological military weapons sabotaged by terrorists. As one of the few remaining human soldiers, you'll fight through an extraordinary single-player campaign, using all sorts of high-tech weapons, including missile turrets and a high-tech sniper rifle. <p> "Black Ops 2” will also feature a new array of multiplayer maps, along with a new Overwatch mode, in which you take command of an entire troop and jump from soldier to soldier to complete the mission. <p> (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3)

"Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two" (Nov. 14)

The original "Epic Mickey" from 2010 re-introduced the familiar Disney character in a whole new light — as he travelled through a beautifully spooky world filled with challenges, which he could take on using a powerful celestial brush. <p> "Epic Mickey 2" returns with even bigger worlds to explore, along with better-looking graphics. In a new two-player co-op mode, Walt Disney's first drawn character, Oswald the Rabbit, teams up with Mickey to help him defeat enemies and solve puzzles. <p>(Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.)

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