There are going to be many games worth noting in 2014, but these are by far the ones I’m waiting for. Until now, they have been some of the most innovative, tackling our perceptions of what games have become capable of. Strap in boyos, 2o14’s games are huge.
10. Halo 5: Xbox One – TBA
So I haven’t played Halo 2 , 3, ODST, or 4 because I just never had an Xbox. I played Halo 1 because it was on PC which by far was a generation definer when it comes to FPS games. While all other Halo games have been great in their own right, Halo 5 looks like one to wait for as well. If there’s one thing I envy Xbox fanboys for, its Halo.
9. Watch Dogs: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U & PC – Spring 2014
By far, I have put the most hours into Assassin’s Creed than any other Ubisoft game that I’ve played. I’ve played many from Tom Clancy games to Prince of Persia, but by far the AC series have been the most interesting. Watch Dogs is #9 on my list because it’s a different take on how we play open world games but at the same time I feel it might be fiendishly similar to a futuristic Assassin’s Creed. It wouldn’t be so refreshing if it feels like the same game with simply tweaked elements. That being said, the gameplay looks exciting and the environments feel real.
8. Uncharted 4: PS4 – TBA
I’ve been playing Naughty Dog’s early games such as Crash Bandicoot (although I missed Jak & Daxter), and they really focus on adventure games. When Uncharted came out, it was just fresh and a cool idea for the most epic of adventure games. The heroic adventure of a broken character, who suffers from the curse of destroying everything he touches, in search for his ancestor’s legacy. I was never a big fan of Tomb Raider, but Nathan Drake drew me in with his persistence and his overcoming of overwhelming odds. It’s great to see that the franchise is going forward and the past few games have always kept us on our toes with grand stories and huge set pieces.
7. Titanfall: Xbox One, Xbox 360 & PC – March 2014
I’ve strayed away from traditional shooters lately, especially with the slew of Call of Duty games; a series I was playing since it all began in 2003. I then wanted a more realistic experience, pursuing Battlefield: Bad Company 1 & 2 and on to BF3 and BF4. Both of which have also fallen into a copy and paste issue. Titanfall does borrow elements from traditional FPS games, however there is something refreshing in the movements and the different tactics one can use within the game. It looks awesome to just jump in your Titan and switch up the pace of battle. Additionally, integration with the Oculus rift will add more immersion (although we’ll have to wait and see), making you feel like you’re really in a ton of metal blowing things to bits.
6. Dying Light: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC – TBA 2014
There as many zombie-killing games released as the amount in-game. It’s becoming hard to look for one that really stands out. Dying Light seems to have something worth looking at though. You become bound by the world you traverse, forcing you to make careful decisions before nighttime. How you set your traps, scrounge for supplies and complete objectives in the day will adversely affect your survival at night. The mindless and slow heaps of the undead seem a piece of cake during the day, but come darkness, and it’s another ball game. Parkouring your way through the city back to the safe house gives a Mirror’s Edge experience but with more functionality as you bunny hop over zombies’ heads. Just be careful you don’t trip or you’ll be ravaged by whatever’s chasing you.
5. The Order 1886: PS4 – Q3 2014
It’s a PS4 exclusive. It’s set in 19th century London, and you play as Knights of the Round Table hunting monsters. A new setting with a steampunkish style, with super-cool characters whipping out some badass weapons. What more could you ask for? I really hope we get some gameplay footage soon!
4. inFamous: Second Son: PS4 – Q1 2014
I loved the first inFamous. It was such an interesting take on an open world, allowing you to be the superhero (or villain) you wanted to be. What was more interesting was your ability to manipulate your surroundings as part of your superpower. That made you feel you were in a living and breathing world, constantly using it to your advantage. I did not bother with second installment as it seemed to be repetitive of the first. inFamous: Second Son however, looks to rejuvenate the story putting us in the shoes of one Delsin Rowe. A young, 24-year-old who discovers his new-found abilities, and how he has to cope with them.
3. Destiny: PS4, Xbox One, PS3 – September 2014
An MMOFPS created by Bungie – creators of Halo. Now doesn’t that sound exciting. An interesting take on plunging you into an ecosystem of a persistent world that is connected to your devices as well (I think…)? Still sounds like we are heading towards a different direction. While we’ve had a slight taste of this kind of genre seen in Borderlands, Destiny just throws you into the ever-changing world to mess it up with friends.
2. Tom Clancy’s The Division: PS4, Xbox One, PC – TBA
Another MMO on this list, we see a world transformed by an outbreak. Scour a post-apocalyptic New York as you battle foes to survive in the urban wasteland. Encounter your friends, AI and other players as you fight to save what’s left. The Division looks at how the world has become unsustainable up to a certain point, and how fast an outbreak of this kind can deteriorate life so quickly. Bleakness aside, the game looks amazing, the subtle nudge of closing that car door in the trailer, and the chit-chat between your teammates all bring the game to life. I hope this comes out this year!
1. MGS V: Ground Zeroes – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 – Spring 2014
As an MGS fan, this will naturally fall into first place for me. While I am disappointed we still have to wait for the Phantom Pain (which I am unsure of its release date yet), we still get Ground Zeroes for a fully refreshed MGS V experience. Not only was Rising something I did not bother to continue playing nor want to know the story, it felt so out-of-place for me in the MGS series. If you’re like me, I can’t wait to get back into Hideo Kojima’s mind-bending and mysterious world.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series: TBA – TBA
The Witness: PS4, PC & iOS – Q1 2014
No Man’s Sky: TBA – TBA
Deep Down: PS4 – TBA
Star Citizen: PC – TBA
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: PS4, Xbox One & PC – Q2 2014
Let me know which games you are waiting for in 2014 in the comments below!