We're well into the new year now, which means we're getting ever closer to some of this year's biggest game releases!

There's plenty to get excited about, and here's our pick of the essential titles coming out on console and PC before the end of 2013.

Check 'em out, then head over to TSR's Gaming forum to have your say on the games you can't wait to play.

Bioshock Infinite (PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, March 2013)

The third entry in Irrational Games' Bioshock series, Bioshock Infinite takes us from the gloomy depths of Rapture and hurls us into the shining new frontier of Columbia, a roaming, floating city mired in political turmoil.

Infinite casts the player as Booker DeWitt, tasked with infiltrating the city and rescuing Elizabeth, a young woman held captive in Columbia for the last decade. However it quickly transpires that the city will not let Elizabeth go without a fight, on account of the magical powers she possesses.

Dead Space 3 (PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, February 2013)

Another threequel, Dead Space 3 sees the return of protagonist Issac as he descends to the ice world Tau Volantis alongside fellow Necromorph veteran John Carver in an attempt to end the threat of The Markers.

Dead Space 3 introduces co-operative gameplay which includes its own unique story elements, as the player in control of Carver fights their own internal struggle. Pitting us against new variants of Necromorph (and even some human resistance) on a freezing new world, Dead Space 3 promises to offer plenty to look forward to.

The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac OS X, TBA, 2013)

The prayers of many an RPG fan were answered last year upon the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online from Bethesda. Set almost a millennium prior to the events of Oblivion, TESO sees the races of Tamriel unite in a trio of warring alliances in an attempt to regain control of Cyrodil from the clutches of Molag Bal.

The series' first outing into the world of online games, the Elder Scrolls Online brings a blend of classic MMO staples and all-new innovations.

Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360, March 2013)

Gears of War Judgment heralds the return of Epic Games' iconic Xbox 360 shooter, set 14 years before the first game in the series, shortly after the discovery of the Locust Horde.

This time players step into the boots of Kilo squad, comprised of returning favourites Baird and Cole alongside two new (old?) COG comrades, Hendrick and Paduck, working their way through Baird's memories as he recounts his experiences while on war trial.

Grand Theft Auto 5 (Playstation 3, Xbox 360, TBA 2013)

After half a decade, Rockstar Games returns to the GTA universe to much excitement from fans the world over. Players will revisit the backdrop of GTA San Andreas in the city of Los Santos, described by developers as the largest world of any of their games to date, to undertake the traditional open-world GTA experience on a whole new level with three protagonists experiencing their own stories simultaneously for the player to switch between at will.

The Last of Us (Playstation 3, May 2013)

A new survival-horror franchise from Uncharted creators Naughty Dog, The Last of Us tells the story of Joel and Ellie, two stragglers in a post-apocalyptic America fighting against the ex-populace now infected by a parasitic fungus as well as other human hostiles bent on their own survival.

With an emphasis on innovative stealth mechanics and cover-based shooting, The Last of Us promises to be one of the year's most exciting new IPs.

Pokemon X & Y (Nintendo 3DS, October 2013)

A modern classic with a tried and tested formula, Pokemon X and Y versions mark the advent of the sixth generation of the core Pokemon series and the first of the games to debut on the Nintendo 3DS.

Little is known at this point, but a few things are assured: the gameplay we all know and love will return, with players navigating a large open world collecting fantastical creatures known as Pokemon and taking part in turn-based Pokemon battles. As with every generation a whole slew of new beasties are expected to be released for players to catch, battle and trade all in a new, more detailed world.

SimCity (PC, Mac OS X, March 2013)

Rebooting the series that spawned an entire genre, SimCity is creator Maxis' newest take on the city-building genre. Built from the ground up and a whole new title, SimCity is set to be the most expansive and immersive title yet, taking cues from the developer's Sims line in building on the interaction (both positive and negative) between neighbouring cities.

Whether that's establishing trade partnerships or sabotaging competing tourist traps, how you interact with your neighbours will help define the path your own city takes. Coupled with classic elements like the infamous natural disaster buttons, this welcome return to the SimCity franchise is shaping up to be one of the year's top PC titles.

Star Wars 1313 (Playstation 3, PC, TBA 2013)

The latest offering from LucasArts, Star Wars 1313 shuns the lightsaber and embraces the blaster in a new third-person shooter. The player takes the role of a bounty hunter on Coruscant in a darker interpretation of the Star Wars universe as they are plunged into the planet's criminal underworld.

A lot of hype has been circulating around the staggering visuals shown in the demo at E3 last year, leading many to speculate that this game is being made for the next generation of home consoles.