2013 was a year with some pretty big titles released. Now with the current gen bad boys of Xbox One and PS4 well and truly up and running, it’s time for some even bigger games to come out in 2014. Titanfall has certainly done very well in leading the charge, but what else is out there that will make you start scrabbling under the sofa cushions for extra change?
The awesome foursome have shaken the magic 8-ball, consulted the wise and mysterious internet and put together their most anticipated games for 2014.
We couldn’t do a list for most anticipated games of 2014 without the most anticipated game of 2013 that was postponed to 2014!
Watch Dogs was due for an end of year release around the time of the Xbox One and the PS4 launch. However, the developers were not happy with the state of the game and instead choose to push the release date back to “Spring 2014”.
Well Spring is here and Watch Dogs is around the corner! The game follows Aiden Pearce, a hacker and former thug with a history of crime that led to a violent family tragedy. Watch Dogs is set in Chicago where a central network of computers does a Kevin Bacon and connects Everything Everywhere (EE joke). Armed with futuristic hacking technology, Aiden can pretty much control the city whilst he journeys on his mission to bring about his own form of justice. Think GTA but with control of everything around you in a sort of Terminator 3 robot esque way and you are starting to paint the picture of what Watch Dogs is meant to be all about.
Why do we want it? Well last year’s E3 trailer had everyone drooling and the team even went to an event at the local cinema to see an early build in the flesh and it looked tasty! Best thing eaten all year tasty not just that week! While recent press releases and videos have certainly not looked quite as good as original, we are yet to set judgment on Watch Dogs until it is finally released on May 27th.
This is another title that the next generation of consoles really needs to show the difference between the new and old and really push people to purchase these devices. GOTY? Possibly? With a game like this it is very hard to live up to the hype it has had building for 3 plus years but Ubisoft didn’t rush it out and this we hope is going to show in the final build. Oh and did we mention that it has 50 plus hours of gameplay! We like that amount, we like it a lot!
EA SPORTS UFC
So ok maybe only one person on the team is really looking forward to this title, but it is starting to look like a title that could again push the next generation of consoles to where we want them. Using the Ignite engine used by EA to make Madden 25 and Fifa 14 on Xbox One and PS4, EA have been leaking snippets here and there of how the game looks and it looks bloody brilliant! Characters really look like the fighters and in-cage antics have been mirrored into the screenshots and videos that we have seen.
Whether it is the custom way Anthony “Showtime” Pettis throws his flashy kicks or the intensity of a Cain Valasquez takedown, the game really does look good. Building on the success of EA MMA and now having the license away from THQ (rest in peace), they look to put on a show that may have all the spectical of a live UFC event. Is this the next generation of fighters? Will it be able to attract fans that are not MMA or UFC fans already? EA have said that “Its as real as it gets” and from everything we have seen so far, I hope that this is true and not some rubbish to build up a flop of a game. One bit of good news is that it sounds like they are going to use a 2 year release on new titles. This hopefully means changes will happen unlike some of the other sporting franchises that they have done work on in the past. And in the words of the infamous Bruce Buffer announcer for the UFC “IIITTTTTTSSSSSSS TTTIMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEE” or at least it will be soon!
This game was showcased at E3 as part of PS4’s conference but no one seems to remember it, I can’t seem to forget about it. It’s the only game on the roster that got me excited about the current gen. It looks like the visual beauty from Flower mixed in with elements and story taken from Ico or Zelda.
The world gives the impression of being massive and unique which is refreshing. The story line is supposed to be that a boy is trying to escape the island because of a curse. There is also meant to be narration, so I’m feeling that it might be similar to the narration from The Stanley Parable which I personally loved. Now not a whole lot has been shown in the E3 trailer so it could all change. We know too well games completely changing from when we’ve first seen them showcased (like Alan Wake and Alien Colonial Marines), but I look forward to seeing more footage from this and getting my hands on it later in the year if it indeed does come out in 2014.
THE EVIL WITHIN
I’m still a little torn on whether this should go on this list. While there seems to be a little bit of hype due to Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil fame, it could go either way with this one. I’m excited because the game play so far has looked pretty good and stayed with being a true “survival horror” game. I also really enjoyed Shadows Of The Damned and that seemed to have a great feel to it, a mixture of comedy and suspense.
Everyone seems to complain about the Resident Evil games losing the Survival Horror element these days and instead comparing them more to action titles. If this title does return on track, it might suggest that maybe the shift of focus was the studio and not the creator, which could then lead to more debates.
The most recent game play trailer for The Evil Within, explains that the main character in the game is Detective Sebastian Castellanos, who rushes to a scene of a murder with his colleagues and then all hell breaks loose.
The game play reminded me a lot of the Saw series as there seemed to be a lot of traps around the place and it’s seems to have scares around every corner. If this is truly a return to survival horror I think this will be amazing game in 2014, but time will tell. This could either be a massive game or a massive flop.
Coming from Bungie (the creators of the extremely successful franchise ‘Halo’) and being published by another giant in the FPS scene Activision (who published the valuable ‘Call of Duty’), this game is hotting up to be one of the big FPS games of this year.
Coming out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Playstation 4, this maybe the game to compete with Titanfall for FPS of the year.
Here’s a quote from their website:
‘Destiny features a compelling story line, competitive multiplayer, cooperative gameplay choices, wide open public combat destinations, and third-person community spaces where you can repair and rearm before going out on your next adventure.’
After the failure of the last Alien game (Aliens Colonial Marines) a lot of people I have spoken to have been skeptical about this title. However, when the trailer dropped for this game, I saw the true survival horror feel that we have not experienced within the Alien universe.
This game is due to come out late this year and will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. This is likely to be the last big game to come out on the old generation of consoles.
Here’s a quote from their website:
‘Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien™, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.’
DIVINITY: ORIGINAL SIN
As I already own this on Beta, I feel my first choice of anticipated game is cheating slightly.
Way back in 2002 Larian Studios released one of my all-time favourite games, Divine Divinity. Now 12 years on, they have early released their third Divinity installment through Steam for eager fans to play and provide feedback.
The game itself is your standard RPG fare. Beastly creatures stand between you and your reward of gold, shiny items and renown across the land. You can play as your usual variety of classes ranging from the spell-slinging Wizard to the muscle-bound Warrior. However, you can tweak your classes slightly allowing for less rigid templates.
Where the series really stands out is it’s writing. The previous two games contained excellent story telling in the form of humour, heart-warming moments and at times, a little sadness. The story in Divinity: Original Sin is no exception and as an added bonus, this game comes with an editor allowing those among you who love writing stories as well as reading them, to spend many happy hours designing your own adventures for friends to conquer.
Combat is turn-based and very solid. A big plus goes to the ability to interact with your environment when fighting and this is especially noticable when spell casting. Is your foe standing in long grass? Burn him out with fire! That dastardly creature too quick for you? Freeze their path with ice! It’s a simple touch, but comes across incredibly effective.
While it is still very much in its Alpha stages, it still looks and plays incredibly well and I for one cannot wait for the full release later this year.
CHILD OF LIGHT
Continuing with the RPG theme and going back to Ubisoft, Child of Light is my second choice of games to watch out for. It looks absoultely gorgeous and could be a strong contender for RPG of the year. It’s also coming out really soon!
If you’re not already aware of this title, the premise is simple. You play a girl who wakes up in a strange land and have been tasked with the simple quest of returning the Sun, Moon and stars from the evil Black Queen. It plays like a cross between LIMBO and Rayman but with Final Fantasy style combat. Add to that a crazy big levelling up system and the ability to craft a massive range of items, this game will keep you playing for many hours.
Did I mention it’s coming out really soon? 🙂