The year 2013 ended with a mesmerizing blast of explosive games. And this 2014, gamers are eager to get a hold of upcoming titles they’ve been hearing about for at least two years. If you’re curious what these games are, we’ve summed up some of the most anticipated games for 2014. Take note, these games aren’t exclusive for the current gens, some of them will be available for the previous gens too, like PS3 and Xbox 360.
Dark Souls II
This game is only for hardcore players. Anyone who has played the first game and Demon Souls will agree to that. A simple skeleton in this game is brutal and merciless and will kill players – yes, plain boring skeletons are very capable in making players smash their controllers into their own skulls in frustration, just imagine when you face something bigger. This is the type of game that will make you realize that if you’re in a fantasy world, this will happen. Dark Souls II is said to be very different from the first game and will give enemies a wider range or actions for deeper sophistication. Expect this one hellish game to arrive in March.
The Shin Megami games have come a very long way. They make use of the mythologies around the world and somehow stuff them all in Japan. The Persona series is part of the Shin Megami Tensei games (not necessarily a sequel, prequel, or spinoff, just shares the same grit and atmosphere.) The game had always been unique and when Persona 3 for the PS2 came out, a lot of things have changed from the earlier versions and yes, people loved it. Nothing much has been revealed about the game, but we can speculate it will have the usual Japanese high school setting, with a silent protagonist, making friends, answering quizzes, studying, dating girls, witnessing brutal murders, slaughtering a massive horde of demons, and be just in time for the next day’s finals exam. There hasn’t been a definite release date yet, but as promised by the game’s publisher, Persona 5 will come out by winter (which should be around November-December in Philippines.)
From the publishers of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed, here comes a potential new series. Players take the role of Aiden Pearce in an open-world Chicago-like city. Like the first two games mentioned, Watch Dogs will contain parkour elements, with an added stealth and cover-based shooting mechanics. But what’s interesting in this game, is its take on computer hacking. As Aiden, players will be able to hack into mobile phones, switch traffic lights, disable electronics, and more. It seems the game will focus more in careful and strategic use of this ability in order to complete missions. The game is set for a second quarter release.
With a release date set on March, this game has won over 60 awards, including Best Action Game, Best Console Game, Best PC Game, and a whole lot more. It is one of the most awaited video game for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. The game will be massive, although it has been labeled as an online multiplayer-only game. The game is a sci-fi FPS, where players play as Pilots, sent to a battlefield, and has to survive long enough for a giant mecha, Titan, to descend for the player to climb and pilot. Other players can set traps such as electric-smoke clouds to prevent enemies from ascending into the Titan. The game will still have story elements to it, just to give a slightly boosted motivation to play. If you were never interested with an Xbox before, now you will.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Every living gamer knows the title, Metal Gear Solid. And many, if not all, will agree that the title alone is a legend. The new features of the game will include an open world structure, which is a first in the series. The game features Big Boss—Naked Snake, from Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater. As the game is open-world, players will be able to develop weapons and item in a motherbase, which can be accessed with our real-life smartphones, day and night cycle, and the option to do missions in any order. What’s the biggest isue here, Ground Zeroes is just the “prologue” of another upcoming title, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes will begin blowing minds in March.
It has been a very long time since we’ve last seen Max in the big screen. For those who don’t know, it’s one of the movies that made Mel Gibson – Mel Gibson. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic future with a lot of punk-style savages roaming around the wasteland with vehicles re-modeled for war (think Twisted Metal). Little is known about the game’s story, but we expect a lot of action in this game – shooting, car chases, explosions, and whatnot. Everything goes in Mad Max and we’ll get to see him soon this year.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
The English release will be on February, while Japanese players got to experience the game and while the series, especially the first two XIII, has suffered a few backhands. But nonetheless, Final Fantasy fans are awaiting for the third XIII game where they have Lightning as the sole playable character (which is a first in any of the series) and focuses on a more action-inspired battle sequence. The game will feature Lightning with the ability to switch costumes, dubbed as “Garbs”, that will determine her available skill set in battle. The world has been promised to be massive and we really can’t wait for that. It’s said that this is the last game to have Lightning onboard, and it’s too early to tell if this means we’ll be having more XIII sequels.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Finally, one of the biggest Western RPGs in the world, gets an online version. We’re not really sure how the gameplay will be, but we can safely say that the game is a little bit different from previous installments – besides having a ton of other people to play with. The game is set in the vast continent of Tamriel, and a thousand years before the Skyrim. And we’re most likely get to see familiar places, live the legends and myths, and witness the history in the making that were all told in the in-game books and tales from previous games. And yes, it’s going to be epic. The game has been slated for an April Windows and Mac release, while the PS4 and Xbox One versions on June. And while it won’t matter to some players, others will feel like they’ve been kicked between the legs, because there will be a monthly subscription fee – so far it’s announced to be 15 US dollars.
A science-fiction first-person shooter (FPS) that takes place in the far future. Earth has been ravaged and only a single city remains and the players take role of one of the Guardians set to protect the planet’s last city. What’s cool about this game is its emphasis on enhanced multiplayer experience, major events, and events that not even the developers have planned can and will take place.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Another western RPG we just can’t wait to get our hands on. It features the basics – character customization, vast world exploration, and so on. But what made this game unique, like the Mass Effect games, is the freedom to make critical decisions throughout the game. In Inquisition, BioWare has promised that these decisions made will have a greater effect in the game world. This doesn’t just promote interest, but also multiple playthroughs to experiment on the outcome of varied decisions. Now with this game out of the way later this year, BioWare can go back into putting 100% into restoring humanity’s faith in the Mass Effect games.