Here’s a look at the video games I’m mostly looking forward to in 2014. The launch of the new consoles has brought with them a badass time for gamers – but so far not many actual PS4 and Xbox One games. I’ve been pretty happy with Battlefield 4, Assassins Creed 4 and Killzone Shadow Fall so far, but there are some pretty awesome games scheduled for release later this year. You’ll notice I’m more of a fan of darker/violent/scary/intense games, and not so much happy/yay/love/lighthearted games, the same goes for my t-shirt designs too.
Okay, here’s my pick:
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Tom Clancy’s The Division is third person tactical shooter MMO, with reports of a possible single player/offline mode too. It’s set in a devasted New York City after a massive pandemic creates chaos and brings society to its knees (OMG). You play as a Division agent, your goal is to restore order with other agents while looting and shooting. It all sounds very cliche but the game really does look rad. The graphical detail is pretty mind-blowing and when combined with the sounds of an empty city the atmosphere is edgy and leaves me wanting MORE.
The Division will be released in Q4 2014 on PS4, Xbox One and Windows.
The Heroes that brought us Marathon and Halo are set to release Destiny later this year. Destiny is an open world role playing first person shooter set 700 years in the future in a post apocalyptic world. You’re essentially tasked with saving humanity from nasty aliens who are trying to invade the last city on Earth. You play as a Guardian of the City and are granted some awesome powers to help kick alien ass. The art direction looks divine.
Destiny will be released in September 2014 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
For those who don’t know Titanfall is the upcoming release from Respawn, the guys that gifted us with the first Call of Duty Modern Warfare, COD4 – one of my all time favourite games. They worked under the name Infinity Ward before having a massive falling out with Activision and starting fresh as Respawn (not all the IW guys but from what I can tell, all the big hitters – and IW still operates with a different team). They’ve been fairly quite over the last few years reports surfacing that they were working on a FPS new game, that game it has since been revealed, is Titanfall. A futuristic first person shooter that looks like all kinds of crazy and fun. It’s multiplayer only so there’s no real plot (as far as I can tell). With lots of crazy wall jumping and giant mech robot dudes that you can operate, this game looks badass to the maximus.
Titanfall will be released in March 2014 on Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows
Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones
I love the Game of Thrones TV show but when I first heard about this game I wasn’t very hopeful. Typically games based on movies or TV shows are absolute rubbish, but then I heard Game of Thrones was being developed by Telltale Games, the guys who brought us the highly acclaimed Walking Dead episodic series of games. There aren’t a heap of details around for this game just yet but with Telltale’s involvement it’s safe to assume the game will be more focused on narrative than action and it will be awesome. Really looking forward to this one! Hoping we’ll be able to poke Joffrey in the eye!
Game of Thrones will be released TBA 2014
The Evil Within
I love a good scary game, and I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve played one. The first Dead Space I thought was brilliant, even Doom 3 gave me a good scare, but it’s been a while. I think The Evil Within will break the drought. The Evil Within is an over the shoulder single player survival horror game. You play as Detective Sebastion Castellanos investigating a gruesome murder where an evil force awaits you. The game begins with you waking up to a horrific setting of blood and gore in a scary building with a gigantic crazy dude breathing down your neck. Nice!
The Evil Within will be released on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows
Another decent looking scary game, Daylight is a first person survival horror game. You play as a woman who wakes up in a creepy old hospital with no idea how she got there. Creepy! A cool angle for this game is that the player does not have access to weapons, instead you have a phone which provides your only light source. Also! The game generates unique levels so that no two are the same (hello replay value) we need more of this.
Daylight will be released in Q1 on PS4 and Windows
Hooray, another scary game!
I’m pleasantly surprised that an Alien game is coming out so soon after the recent disastrous release of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Initial reports for Alien Isolation have been very positive, so I’m being cautiously optimistic.
Alien Isolation is a first person survival horror game. Set 15 years after the movie Alien and 42 years before Aliens. You play the game as Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda, who is investigating her mother’s disappearance. As part of her mission she’s sent to a space station where she encounters an Alien of her own! Cool!
As you will learn from the video below the production team wanted to put the emphasis on tension and survival rather than make yet another shooty game.
Alien Isolation will be released in Q4 2014 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows
Dying light is a zombie apocalypse open world game set in run down slums and cities. A cool angle that sets Dying Light apart from the other 5 million zombie games out there is the importance of day and night. During the day your objective is to collect supplies, set traps, craft goodies, save survivors and I’m sure there’s other fun stuff to do (pick up chicks?). Zombies aren’t a huge threat as they move slowly. At night though zombies power up! They sprint, jump and can take increased amounts of damage. Night also brings the Night Hunter, an especially badass type of zombie that only comes out at night. Love me a good zombie game.
Dying Light will be released March 31 2014 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows
Watch Dogs has been one of the most talked about next gen titles for some time now. It was due to be released as a launch title for PS4 and Xbox One, but as with a lot of games lately its release has been pushed back to Q2 2014.
Watch Dogs is an open word action adventure game centred around Aiden Pearce, an insanely badass hacker . The plot delves into the world of information warfare, and is set in an alternate reality Chicago. The city’s technology is operated by a single supercomputer that also contains detailed information on its residents and activities. By hacking into the supercomputer Pearce is able manipulate electronic systems and information to his advantage.
Watch Dogs will be released on Windows, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I haven’t played any Witcher games yet (too many games!) – but I’ve only heard good things. There have been a few screen caps and gameplay reports for Witcher 3 surfacing lately that have peaked my interest. It’s currently scheduled to be released i Q2 2014.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an RPG video game that follows on from its predecessors, The Witcher and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The game boasts having an open world larger than any other recent RPG game – 20% bigger than Skyrim.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be release on PS4, Xbox One and Windows.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
The first FPS I can ever remember playing was on a Commodore 64, I have no idea what it was called (I should find out) but it had me sucked in. Fast forward a few years and I’m playing the Shareware version of Wolfenstein 3D on a friend’s computer – amazing. Before too long I had the full version on my family's computer and found myself bagging Nazis day and night. I finished it, then played it again for each level of difficulty beyond what I originally played, then kept playing it to find all the secret areas and levels. It was an amazing game for its time. Since then there have been several mediocre sequels that have ultimately just blended into the over saturated FPS market that has plagued the gaming world since the days of Doom and Quake. Here's hoping The New Order will be RAD.
Set for release at some point in 2014 is the latest in the Wolfenstein franchise, Wolfenstein: The New Order. Like its predecessors Wolfenstein: The New Order will be a first person shooter. Players once again take the role of William “BJ” Blazkowicz to blast Nazis away with an unforgiving arsenal of weapons and awesomeness. The twist to Wolfenstein: The New Order – it’s set in an alternate history in during the 1960s in which the Nazis won World War II. At this point it looks like Wolfenstein: The New Order will be single player only.
Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows.
God I hope it’s good.