eGamer Awards 2013: The 5 Most Anticipated Titles Of 2014
We’re an attention deficit conglomerate of miscreants and while we’re always advocating caution and careful management of expectations, at the end of a very long year we can’t help but get more than a little hyped for upcoming games. 2014 is especially exciting because it will usher in the first wave of what promises to be truly “next-gen” titles. No offense, PS4 and Xbox One launch titles.
This award is given to the five titles that have gained the most interest from us this year, and ultimately are our five most anticipated games for the year 2014, because as gamers we’re always looking ahead to what we can play next. But this is more than just a list, as it also contains information about each and every title, and the reasons as to why we’re looking forward to the game in question. So without further delay, check out our five most anticipated games for 2014.
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*Note: The order is in no way depicting the level of anticipation, but rather arranged in a complex and completely random manner that we do not understand ourselves.
Infamous: Second Son
Infamous is one of the PS3’s most beloved franchises and the series is being carried over to PS4 for something of a fresh start. We play as Delsin Rowe in Seattle set after the events of inFamous 2 in a world where conduits (individuals with powers) are hunted by a government organisation called the DUP. Delsin has some incredible smoke-based powers but is also able to absorb the powers of others, such as neon powers. The game looks absolutely gorgeous, unbelievably pretty – especially with all the lighting and particle effects once Delsin gets his smoke and neon powers firing. The game looks immensely fun with a powerful, fast combat system and flowing free-running. It just so happens to be my personal most anticipated title of 2014 and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on this game. The game is due out on March 21 2014 for PS4.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came along early in the life of the PS3 and Xbox 360 and completely revolutionised modern military shooters. Now, Titanfall is looking to do shake the FPS genre up in much the same way. Like pretty much every next-gen title it looks rather beautiful, that’s practically a given. What really sets it apart is that the game is exclusively multiplayer, no singleplayer, and some true innovations. The premise is mechs – Titans – versus regular squads of soldiers. Everything we’ve seen of the game thus far sets it up to be a fast-paced and frantic affair. Better still, Titanfall features plenty of verticality thanks to short burst jetpacks which will hopefully add a new dimension to the stale FPS genre. Titanfall is due out on March 14 2014 for PC and Xbox One.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
It’s a little strange having Metal Gear Solid V on this list considering we had it on our list of most anticipated titles last year. Of course, back then we knew far less about the game, there’s a lot more to be excited over now albeit a lot more to worry about too. The game is split up into a prologue – Ground Zeroes and the main game – The Phantom Pain. That in itself is its own can of worms but let’s focus on what’s in the game to get excited about. It’s an MGS title for one which means you’re guaranteed to have a convoluted narrative and some great stealth gameplay. For the first time, the series is tackling a massive open-world environment in which the game will take place. We have yet to see what this massive world has to offer but thus far we at least do know that the game looks absolutely breath-taking and for all its developmental red flags is still pretty darn intriguing. A concrete release date has yet to be confirmed for the Xbox One and PS4 title.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 2 was perhaps one of the best RPGs of the past few years. It’s successor is looking to follow suit with the added bonus incredible gameplay, mind-blowing visuals and an open-world just begging to be explored. In fact, the world is said to be 30 times larger than the previous game with some inspiration drawn from Skyrim, make of that what you will. The narrative will once again revolve around Geralt with the protagonist chasing down the Wild Hunt – the band of spectres responsible for his amnesia throughout the first two games. Tying into this, Geralt will also be searching for a mystery “long lost love.” The game looks absolutely stunning, especially in motion and everyone on the eGamer team is exceptionally eager to get their grubby paws on this game. The game has yet to receive a definitive release date but will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Division is another game that promises to offer a completely next-gen experience. The game looks so very pretty thanks to Ubisoft’s new Snowdrop Engine. The premise itself is what got most of us very excited. The game is set in a persistently-connected world after some sort of cataclysmic event. What’s left of humanity are all clinging on, doing whatever needs to be done to survive. It’s essentially a tactical third-person shooter with RPG elements but players are free to team up with a group of friends and are free to jump in or out at any time. The entire city of New York is yours to explore with dynamic PvP encounters which can either result in exchanging of resources or a tense and suspenseful situation. These encounters will actively affect the game’s narrative and an encounter with other players is entirely what you make of it. There’s so much promise to this one that we’re worried it’s set up just perfectly for failure. Let’s hope that doesn’t turn out to be the case. As with some of the other titles on this list, The Division has yet to receive a concrete release date but will be out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.