From action to racing, from Xbox One to Wii U’, the PS4 and more... We've taken a look at some of the hottest games which are set to come out this year
By now you should all be well in to the
gaming goodness that Santa had dropped down your chimneys on Christmas Day,
whether you’re finally getting to grips with your new Playstation 4 or Xbox
One; or maybe you are half way through your favourite game of 2013.
So, what next? What can we expect from 2014? We at Native Monster have compiled a list of what we can expect in the form of gaming experiences this year and believe me, we have plenty to be excited about and allot of really cool titles to start saving those post Christmas pennies for.
A genre that has changed drastically over the years, from the typical fighting games to the more popular run and gun. However we are going to honour the classic definition of the action game which emphasizes physical challenges and reaction-times along with a sprinkle of adventure. Read on for the most anticipated action titles of 2014...
“Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.” www.watchdogs.com
This game has been at the centre of all the hype since our first glimpse back at E3 in 2012. Originally it was set for a November 2013 release date - but due to technical issues with the games brand new engine titled ‘Disrupt’ which was built especially for Watch Dogs; it has now been delayed until the end of the fiscal year which begins April 1st 2014.
However, despite the frustrations of the delay, from what we have seen so far from its open world and stunning recreation of Chicago - to the very ballsy protagonist we play (who goes by the name of Aiden) it looks like this will give us experiences that we have never seen before in a game. Watch Dogs will certainly be a game I shall be adding to my wish list, will you?
Infamous: Second Son
The biggest exclusive to be hitting the PS4 so far this year, ever since Infamous: Second Son, was revealed on the night that the PS4 was officially confirmed. There has been plenty of speculation and excitement surrounding the next installment from one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s flagship developers, Sucker Punch.
Both Sony and Sucker Punch have kept allot of information regarding Second Son close to their chests, but what we do know is enough for everyone to be climbing the walls in anticipation for what is sure to be a breakthrough title for Sony’s powerhouse, the Playstation 4.
You will take control of Delsin Rowe who is voiced by the incredibly talented Troy Barker (Joel – The Last of Us, Joker – Batman: Arkham Origins). Delsin is a 25 year old graffiti artist with no real direction in life. He witnesses a crash and attempts to help the victims, and this is where he comes in contact with a conduit which awakens his own inner abilities. Alongside ambitious characters comes a stunning open world built on the look and feel of Seattle, Washington. March 21st can’t come soon enough, what were your first thoughts on Infamous: Second Son?
A franchise that has so much history behind it. Since 1998 we have seen our protagonist ‘Garrett’ hit a plethora of streets, cities and open worlds built to prevent what would be described as the perfect thief.
This reboot not only looks stunning and detailed but the playability is incredible and really shows off the next generation of gaming in its true colours. To perform the perfect heist you have to plan and scheme your way through a limitless open world that allows you to crawl through every shadow or climb through any window you may need to assist you in becoming the ‘Master Thief’. A great feature is the fact of being able to go through the entire game without killing a soul, and rely more on your skills to get past or through any guards that stand in the pathway to your targeted treasure. This makes for a challenge and fun, unpredictable experience. Definitely a game to consider, due out February 28th this could be the first glimpse in to what we can expect from this year’s releases.
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Very little is known about Eidos Montreal’s latest project. From the brief trailer and screenshots we have been treated too over the last year, it’s certainly building up some hype and interest. The things we do know are that the game is focused on Detective Ronan O'Connor who uses his ghostly powers to solve his own murder whilst combating demonic creatures at the same time. It sounds for a pretty refreshing and innovative take on a video game, with no official date just yet; we expect some more information and hopefully a new trailer to drop soon.
Microsoft are backing this one to the moon and back, from the developers that bought you the Call Of Duty franchise at Infinity Ward Jason West and Vince Zampella before creating their own studio ‘Respawn Entertainment’. The high expectations for Titanfall can only be a huge weight to bare at the moment, but from the looks of what we have seen so far, the guys at Respawn are coping with the pressure of being the most highly anticipated game for the XBOX One this year and coping with ease.
Set in the future Titanfall features all of the advanced war fighting technology you could ask for, including jetpacks and enormous mechanized walkers. This is multiplayer-only, with up to 12 human players (6 against 6) sharing a battlefield (that can contain up to 48 total combatants, including AI characters). Could this be the first challenge that Sony will face with what looks like an incredible Microsoft exclusive, it’s due to release March 14th for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
The developers behind the first person, action, role playing shooter Bungie have expressed their expectations of what looks to be the biggest fresh new IP of 2014. During an Interview Activition who will publish the new breakthrough title stated “We expect that Destiny will become the best-selling new video game IP in history”. I’m sure you would agree that is a very bold statement especially considering that this exciting new project won’t be released until September 9th.
Destiny is an action game from the creators of Halo, set in a mysterious future. Create a unique and powerful character, customize the way you look and fight, and explore what remains of our solar system. The game also holds some impressive features such as a compelling storyline, competitive multiplayer, cooperative gameplay choices, wide open public combat destinations, and third-person community spaces where you can repair and rearm before going out on your next adventure. Sound exciting? Get your pre-order in now and play it 2 months prior to its release with a beta code.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
One of the most impressive in game weather systems to date has been shown in this incredibly beautiful looking online Shooter/MMORPG hybrid developed by Ubisoft. The Division was a show stealer at Ubisoft’s E3 conference in 2013. It's rumoured that there's still “plenty” of development to be done on what looks to be the next flagship for the guys behind the Assassins Creed and Far Cry franchise – which could mean many things... Doubts have arisen about a 2014 release but at the moment it still shows on Ubisoft’s 2014 timeline calendar, so we’ll stay optimistic for now.
Set in a realistic-looking near-future New York City, after a disease outbreak has wiped out much of the country's population in less than a week. You are one of a group of government sleeper agents ("The Division") charged with restoring order after the surviving population turns lawless.
The Evil Within
The latest survival horror game from the master of the genre, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, comes a terrifying physiological horror game based around a police officer who has been kidnapped and transported to a world full of cruelty and monstrous beings, after the mass murder of his fellow colleagues he searches for answers and an escape. Developers are already talking about how gruesome, disorientating and unnerving the new title from Tango Gameworks really is. This is a game I’m personally very excited about, from the trailers we have been treated too and the fact that the godfather of the horror genre is directing the entire game The Evil Within is leaving allot of people with high anticipation.
Set in a zombie apocalypse style outbreak, this open world survival horror games mixes day and night to great effect. The game allows you to play stealth or show off you base jumping skills (Think Mirrors Edge) to outwit and out-think each zombie attack, what’s really impressive is the day and night cycle. As you can imagine in the daytime you might be a little safer than you would walking through a shanty town in the middle of the night. This is where you see the game really shine, the reaction from your enemies is totally different depending on what time of day it is. No official date just yet from Warner Bro’s Interactive but expect something special when we eventually see this hit the shelves.
Now the last time we got excited about an Alien title the world mourned in the disappointment of what was eventually released, and will definitely go down as one of the most embarrassing tragedies in gaming history. However, fear not – with a new developer together with fresh inspiration from the original 1979 film, we have plenty to be excited about. The Creative Assembly (Most popular for the Total War series) have gone down the survival horror/stealth route for the latest instalment, the single-player game focuses on the character of Ellen Ripley's daughter Amanda, who is alone and trying to remain alive while hunted by a single xenomorph. Early indications suggest that this could be the Alien game we have all been waiting for. Its February release date has now been put back to later this year.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Donkey, Dixie, Diddy and Cranky all join this incredible adventure that the Kong family are about to embark on. Delayed from its original 2013 date, we see the first Donkey Kong on the Wii U and in full HD from the guys behind the brilliant ‘Donkey Kong Country Returns’ we will see an adventure like no other. The family must take to air, land and sea to save the world which has been frozen by an evil animal Viking. Due for a February 21st release, Wii U fans finally have a game to be excited about.
Finally the ports over to the next generation consoles see’s Rayman added to the list of classic gaming icons to make the jump. The game which releases February 28th holds an impressive 120 levels, 40 of which are remastered from Rayman Origins which you unlock by collecting those tricky lucky tickets.
Mario Kart 8
Every Nintendo system needs a Mario Kart game and now it’s the Wii U’s turn to get the treatment, with full HD graphics this franchise which turns 22 years old next month and is set to blow the gaming world in to Mario mayhem. Boasting endless new features including being able to defy gravity, drive up walls and even upside down, any fan (or not) should grab a wheel this May and prepare for the ride of your life.
Who fancies a different sort of racing title? One where not only can you customize every inch of your chosen ride, but one that takes you a full 90 minutes (real time) to travel from one side of the huge, diverse map that has been created from scratch... Who fancies playing a racing game where the objective of the game isn’t always to ‘win the race’ but to infiltrate a criminal underground and take down an organisation that is crippling the American economy? Developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections, I introduce to you, The Crew. Set for a summer release this game looks incredible, it’s set to push the next generation of gaming to the max and stretch its current compatibilities.
Role Playing Game
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The third instalment to the dark fantasy RPG, The Witcher series has given us some memorable gaming moments. Wild Hunt has already shown off some impressive gameplay and stunning visuals, following a lengthy demo at E3 2013, we got to see the incredible new engine that is been used to produce such high end visuals mixed together with a huge open world with endless features that will keep you busy for months. The new open-world setting which we assume is inspired by Skyrim is reported to be 30 times larger than previous games in the franchise, with some remote locations requiring transport by sailboat (unless you prefer a 40-minute horseback ride). This is a big game; expect over 50 hours of gameplay for the main story. No date as of yet but rumours point towards a summer release.
South Park: Stick of Truth
Expect plenty of adult humour when the release of Obsidian Entertainment’s newest addition to its gaming library is released on March 7th. With heavy involvement from the popular TV series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone which include script work and voice acting, we should see all the relevant dark and offensive jokes we have become accustomed too when watching an episode of South Park. Stick of truth is an RPG game based around a ‘new kid’ who must befriend Cartman and the gang and play through the open world to find the answers they seek about the treasured stick of truth.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The third major release in BioWare's fantasy action-RPG series, Inquisition should land on both previous- and next-generation consoles (plus PC) this fall. The developer aims to blend gameplay elements of both prior releases in a world that is much larger than either predecessor (though still not as open as competitor Skyrim). Combat and romance have been overhauled, and there will be more customization compared to DA2. The plot is based on “Saving the world from itself” with a large amount of new exploring mechanics and story based character interaction.
So, there you have it – we have a host of new games to be very excited about, many more may not have made the detailed treatment but make no mistake, there is allot more to come. Which game are you most looking forward too? Let us know on twitter @NativeMonsterUK
Written By – Simon Hill
Twitter - @SimonHOfficial