My Most Anticipated Games of 2014
2014 is going to be a great year for gaming, especially with the release of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 this past November. Although there will be a plethora of great games being released this year, I found that this list was an easy one to come up with. There were a few games that completely stood out among the rest as games that might very well be the best of this year. Without wasting too much time, lets jump right in.
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: Q2 2014
Systems: PS3, PS4, XO, X360, WiiU, and PC
Watchdogs was the main reason I pre-ordered the PS4, as it was the one game I wanted above anything else during the last quarter of 2013. Saying I was hugely disappointed when they announced it had been delayed is an understatement. Ubisoft has said that they pushed back it's release so they could continue working out it to deliver the best possible version of the game. While the anticipation is killing me, I'm glad they are smoothing out some of the rough edges. Watch Dogs is an open world action-adventure game (in a similar vein to the GTA series) where you play as Aiden Pearce, who is an expert hacker. Through his mobile device players will be able to hack pretty much every single electronic thing/device in the game, from bank ATM's to electronic police barricades to the average person's cell phone (as one can see in the trailer below). With our ever-increasing dependence on technology, it was only a matter of time before a studio decided to develop a game like Watch Dogs.
The Evil Within
Developed by Tango Gameworks and Published by Bethesda
Release Date: TBA 2014
Systems: PS3, PS4, XO, X360, and PC
The Evil Within is being directed by survival horror mastermind Shinji Mikami who brought us, and also directed, Resident Evil 1, Dino Crisis, Resident Evil remake and Resident Evil 4, while also being behind numerous other games over the years. The Evil Within follows Detective Sebastian Castellanos who, while investigating the scene of a mass murder, is attacked. He wakes up in a world full of hideous creatures and monsters and must fight to survive. So far, from what I've seen out of gameplay footage,The Evil Within has a very similar Resident Evil 4 feel to it, but also feels much darker and much more terrifying. While the game will feature the same third-person over the shoulder view as many other action/survival horror games (e.g. Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space), The Evil Within is said to focus much less on action and much more on horror. It is also said that the game will incorporate a psychological aspect to the horror. As a huge fan of the Resident Evil series (the second one being my favorite), I'm excited to see Mikami return to survival horror, and his desire to create a terrifying game that is "pure survival horror".
Tom Clancy's The Division
Developed by Ubisoft Massive
Release Date: TBA 2014
Systems: PS4, XO, and PC
Tom Clancy's The Division is easily the most impressive game on this list. It is an open world, online, tactical, third-person RPG that will run on the one of the best looking engines to date, Snowdrop. In the game players play as a group, known as The Division, who are established to combat a disease which began spreading on Black Friday, and crippled the United States in less than a week. Players will play with and against NPC's as well as other players like them. From the 7 minutes of gameplay footage that Ubisoft has released, I can honestly say that I haven't seen a game quite like this one, from the level of detail, to realistic environmental damage due to gunfire, to the level of interaction a player can have with it's surrounding environment. Check out the impressive gameplay video below, as it's much easier to show than to tell.
The Order: 1886
Developed by Ready at Dawn and Sony Santa Monica
Release Date: Q3 2014
The Order: 1886 is one of the, if not the, most anticipated PS4 exclusive among gamers. Details surrounding the game mechanics, gameplay, etc are still unknown, but we do know a bit about the story. The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate history where humans are at war with half-bred creatures (human and animal). An old order of Knights are humanities best hope, along with a mystical liquid that increases healing and longevity called Black Water, against the half-bred creatures. Technology at the time is said to have progressed much faster and further than ever allowing for wireless communications in the late 19th century. The game sounds fascinating, and will incorporate real history with fantasy. The trailer below is supposedly done in-engine which, if true, might turn out the be the best looking game to date.
Telltale's Game of Thrones
Developed by Telltale Games
Release Date: TBA 2014
Anyone familiar with Telltale Games' work knows why this game is on my list of most anticipated games of 2014. The people behind Telltale Games are some of the most talented game developers we've seen in the past couple of years. The first season of their The Walking Dead game was chosen for numerous game of the year awards in 2012, and season two is well on it's way to achieving that same feat for 2014 (even though the first episode came out at the end of 2013). They are able to tell a story better than anyone in gaming and movies. Game of Thrones, based off the book series A Song of Fire and Ice is one of the most popular television shows on right now with no signs of slowing down. Combining Telltales unique ability to create fun, emotional, and dramatic games with the massive property of Game of Thrones will be something special. No details about the game have been revealed as of now, but we do know that the game will be set within the universe of the show, not the books.