I think most of us can agree that the Xbox One and PS4 are off to a slow start. Excluding launch titles, both consoles have struggled to release quality games. The only two that really come to mind are Infamous: Second Son and Titanfall. I have some good news though for all of you hungry gamers out there. It looks like the drought might be over. The remainder of 2014 looks outstanding.
10. Alien: Isolation
Wait… a game based on the Alien franchise is in your top ten list? What is this madness!? If you find yourself saying this then you might want to rethink your opinion. Alien: Isolation is an ambitious survival-horror title from the masterminds behind the Total War series. The game is set in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien and 42 years before the events of Aliens. Judging from some early gameplay footage, Alien: Isolation looks superb. It really captures the look and feel of the Alien universe. The gameplay looks intense. The video itself had me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to see what The Creative Assembly has in store for us later this year. Keep your fingers crossed Alien fans!
9. Dying Light
Dying Light… or as most people call it, Dead Island + Mirror’s Edge. Is this a fair judgement? Yep. Is this a bad thing? Nope. Dying Light started out as a Dead Island sequel, but Techland turned it into a completely new IP. Dying Light will contain a ton of new features, such as a massive open world, new zombies, real time day/night cycle, “next-gen” graphics, new game mechanics, etc. They also promised to fix the bugs that plagued the previous Dead Island games. Hopefully Dying Light won’t suffer the same fate. Out of the ten games listed, this is the one that I’m the most skeptical about. It’s a boom or bust title. Can Techland deliver? We’ll find out later this year.
8. The Evil Within
Another horror game? That’s right. 2014 is going to be an excellent year for the genre. The Evil Within is a survival-horror game from the creative mind behind the Resident Evil series. In fact, The Evil Within is very reminiscent of the older Resident Evil titles. You know, the ones that were actually scary? The Evil Within strays away from the zombie craze and in turn focuses on demonic forces and monsters. If you thought Resident Evil was scary, wait until you see The Evil Within. Be prepared to be scared this August when the game officially releases worldwide.
7. Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Not much is known about Assassin’s Creed: Unity, but it’s safe to say that it will be one of the biggest titles of the year. Black Flag was a ton of fun and most could argue that it was the best Assassin’s Creed game since Assassin’s Creed II. What makes Unity so special you ask? It’s being built from the ground up for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Unlike Black Flag, it will take advantage of the “next-gen” hardware. Ubisoft has been on a role lately, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is due out later this year.
6. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Fans rejoice! Dragon Age is back! Most of us fell in love with the series after playing Origins. It was a breakout title for Bioware, earning rave reviews and selling over 3 million copies worldwide. Some could argue that it was one of the best RPG titles of the PS3/360 era. Overall, Origins was a smash hit. Two years later, Bioware releases a sequel. Let’s just say it’s a forgotten memory to most Dragon Age fans. Dragon Age II felt like a downgrade in almost every category. Bioware has heard the fans loud and clear and have promised to deliver an incredible Dragon Age experience with Inquisition. It’s a highly ambitious title that plans on raising the bar not only for Dragon Age, but RPGs alike. Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled to release later this Fall.
5. The Order: 1886
Most people would agree that Infamous: Second Son will be the best Playstation title of the year, but most people tend to forget about a little game called The Order: 1886. Some of you may think this game is a little high on the list, but if you’ve done your research on this ambitious title from Ready at Dawn and Sony Santa Monica, you would understand why it sits in the top five. Though the games are completely different, The Order: 1886 was heavily influenced by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The game is set in an alternate history London, where a war wages between man and beast. The Order: 1886 looks outstanding and it’s sure to be a must-play title for PS4 owners. Keep an eye out for it at E3 this year.
4. Batman: Arkham Knight
Arkham Asylum exceeded most people’s expectations. Arkham City blew our expectations out of the water. Arkham Knight is looking to obliterate any expectations we may have. Rocksteady is back with what could possibly be the best Batman game ever, and sadly their last. The game’s main storyline is set one year after that of 2011’s Arkham City. For the first time ever, you will access to the Batmobile. You will be able to perform stunts, shoot missiles and even eject from it and glide across the city. Like Batman, the Batmobile can be upgraded. This is just one of the many new features coming to Arkham Knight. Get ready to return to Arkham City this October when the game officially releases.
3. Watch Dogs
As I previously mentioned, Ubisoft has been on a role lately. They look to continue that streak with the highly anticipated new IP, Watch Dogs. Ever since the game was announced at E3, people have been dying to get their hands on it. The game is set within a fictionalized version of Chicago, Illinois. The single-player story is told through the eyes of a highly skilled hacker named Aiden Pierce, who has the ability to hack into any electronic in the city. You can hack bank accounts, traffic lights, cellphones, and even shut down power to the entire city.
The game also features an asynchronous one-on-one multiplayer element. Player One carries out their current mission at hand, unaware that Player Two has spawned into their world. Player Two’s task is to find Player One and hack into their cellphone. Player Two must be within a certain distance in order for the hacking process to occur. Once hacked, Player One is notified that someone is stealing data from their smartphone. Player One’s task is to find Player Two and eliminate him or flee the area, halting the download. This is an awesome feature that I think will really add to the experience. You never know if the person beside you is an ally or an enemy. The game will also feature an online free-roam mode. Don’t worry gamers, the wait is almost over. Watch Dogs releases next month!
2. The Division
That’s right, three Ubisoft titles crack the top ten list. Ubisoft has been amazing these past few years, but 2014 is going to be something special. Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Watch Dogs will be great titles no doubt, but I believe The Division will be something truly remarkable. It was tough for me not to put this game at the number one spot. Just like Watch Dogs, the game will integrate multiplayer into the single-player experience. Team up with friends in co-op, with the ability to jump in and out at any time. Seamlessly engage in PVP, player-to-player trading, and experience suspenseful scenarios where danger can come from anywhere and anyone. You will be able to loot items from corpses, craft new ones, and even improve any older items that you might have. Customize your agent with thousands of weapon types, skill combinations, gear and much more.
The story itself is very intriguing. This can be found on the official site. “A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, The Division agents are trained to operate independently of command, as all else fails. Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a man-made virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it. When everything collapses, your mission begins.”
The Division will be the first game to use the gorgeous Snowdrop Engine. The engine takes full advantage of the new consoles with dynamic global illumination, stunning procedural destruction and an insane amount of detail and visual effects. The game looks stunning. The engine runs like a dream. If you haven’t seen any gameplay then I highly recommend opening up a new tab right now and searching up videos on YouTube. I am dying to get my hands on this game. The Division has no official release date, but it’s slated to come out sometime later this year. Keep your fingers crossed!
What did you expect? This is a no-brainer for most of us. Destiny has been on my radar since it was officially announced a few years ago. Players could find references to the upcoming Bungie title in their 2009 game, Halo: ODST. Who remembers, “Destiny Awaits“? Destiny will be Bungie’s most ambitious game to date. They have left Halo and their exclusivity to Microsoft behind and have their eyes set on a Destiny franchise.
Destiny is an MMO, RPG, and FPS all wrapped into one. The game is set seven hundred years into the future in a post-apocalyptic setting following a prosperous period of exploration, peace and technological advancement known as the Golden Age. Bungie has emphasized that the universe of Destiny will be “alive”. Events may happen in-game that are not necessarily controlled or planned by the developer, which will help to create a dynamic developing experience for Bungie and a dynamic playing experience for gamers. Bungie has avoided defining Destiny as a traditional MMO game. Instead, the game has been referred to as a “shared-world shooter.” Similar to Watch Dogs and The Division, players will be able to team up with friends in co-op and take on other players in a seamless match-making system. At any time, the game can match you with players around the world. This can mean matching you with players who can help you fight, or matching you with players who will want to end your life. The system is incredible and makes the gaming experience feel very natural.
I was never a fan of Halo, but Destiny has really caught my attention. It’s something different and it feels fresh. It’s a new direction that I’m glad the developers are going in. Bungie has something special on their hands and I think they’re well aware of it. The CEO of Activision Blizzard has even stated that he expects the game to be the “best-selling new video game IP” ever. Those are big words Bobby Kotick. The game is set to release on September 9th. Get ready, Destiny is going to blow some minds!