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The Most Anticipated Games of 2014

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Before the release of the “current-gen” consoles in November 2013, the gaming industry had already experienced a fantastic year. Games like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Call of Duty: Ghosts had made record-breaking sales, while indie games and free-to-play titles continued to gain popularity. With the new year upon us, it’s time to look forward to the biggest games of 2014.

A Look Ahead

The games listed here are not necessarily the best games of the year, but rather the titles that will generate the most buzz throughout the year. This list will be updated as new games are announced and release dates are confirmed. While some highly anticipated games like Halo on the Xbox One and the next Assassin’s Creed are not confirmed for 2014, this list focuses on titles that have been announced or rumored for release this year. If there’s a game we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments!

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Final-Fantasy-XIII-Lightning-Returns
(PS3/ Xbox 360)

One of the first major releases of the year, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII marks the end of the FFXIII storyline. Players will once again assume the role of Lightning as she embarks on her final journey.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Continuing the story from the first game, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 puts players back in control of Gabriel Belmont, now known as Dracula. This highly anticipated sequel is set to release on February 25, 2014.

Thief

Thief 2014
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

The first major next-gen release of the year, Thief brings back the popular stealth franchise with a fresh new look. Players will take on the role of master thief Garrett as he navigates a dark and immersive world.

South Park: Stick of Truth

South Park Stick of Truth
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Based on the popular TV show, South Park: Stick of Truth is an RPG written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Players will take on the role of the “new kid” in town and join the South Park gang in an epic adventure.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

From the creators of the Ninja Gaiden series, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a spin-off starring a vengeful ninja seeking revenge against Ryu Hayabusa. Players can expect the intense action and challenging gameplay that the series is known for.

Dark Souls II

Dark Souls II
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

For those seeking a challenging and immersive gaming experience, Dark Souls II is the perfect choice. This sequel to the critically acclaimed Dark Souls continues the series’ tradition of punishing difficulty and rewarding gameplay.

Titanfall

titanfall beta
(PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Developed by the creators of the original Call of Duty, Titanfall is an online-only multiplayer game that has garnered a lot of attention. With its fast-paced action and giant mech suits, this game is sure to captivate players.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes
(PS4, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

While we await the release of Metal Gear Solid V, Konami has gifted fans with Ground Zeroes, a prologue to the main game. Players will once again step into the shoes of Solid Snake (or Big Boss) in this stealth-action game.

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Infamous: Second Son

Infamous Second Son
(PS4)

Exclusive to the PS4, Infamous: Second Son is the latest installment in the popular superhero franchise. Players will control Delsin Rowe, a Conduit with the ability to manipulate smoke, as he explores a beautifully rendered open-world Seattle.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III Reaper of Souls
(PC)

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is an expansion to the critically acclaimed action RPG Diablo III. With a new act and additional content, this expansion is a must-have for fans of the series.

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder scrolls Online
(PC, Mac)

The Elder Scrolls series ventures into the world of MMORPGs with The Elder Scrolls Online. Set in the same world as Skyrim and other Elder Scrolls games, players will be able to explore and quest with others in this highly anticipated online adventure.

Destiny

Destiny
(PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

From the creators of Halo comes Destiny, a sci-fi first-person shooter with a massive multiplayer online component. With its immersive world and cooperative gameplay, Destiny is shaping up to be one of the most talked-about games of the year.

Alien: Isolation

Alien Isolation
(PS, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Unlike previous Alien games, Alien: Isolation focuses on surviving against a single xenomorph that relentlessly hunts you down. With its intense atmosphere and innovative gameplay, this game is sure to keep players on the edge of their seats.

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2
(Wii U)

The Wii U’s exclusive title, Bayonetta 2, promises to be a thrilling and action-packed adventure. With its unique graphics and fast-paced combat, this game is a must-play for fans of the original.

Borderlands 2 Vita

Borderlands 2 Vita
(PS Vita)

Borderlands 2 is coming to the PS Vita, allowing players to experience the addictive loot-based shooter on-the-go. With its vibrant art style and addictive gameplay, Borderlands 2 is a perfect fit for the handheld console.

The Crew

The Crew
(PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Blending the racing genre with open-world gameplay, The Crew offers players a chance to explore a massive, online-connected version of America. Whether you want to race against others or complete missions, The Crew offers a unique and immersive experience.

Daylight

Daylight
(PC, PS4)

Daylight is a survival horror game that takes a different approach to the genre. Armed only with a cell phone, players must navigate through a dark and haunted environment. With its atmospheric setting and unique gameplay mechanics, Daylight is a must-play for horror fans.

D4

D4
(Xbox One)

D4 is a cel-shaded adventure game that follows the story of an amnesiac detective who can travel through time. With its unique art style and innovative gameplay, D4 promises to be an unforgettable experience on the Xbox One.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Following the success of the Mass Effect trilogy, BioWare turns its attention to the Dragon Age franchise with Dragon Age: Inquisition. This standalone entry in the series promises to push the boundaries of storytelling and gameplay on both current and next-gen systems.

Driveclub

Driveclub
(PS4)

Originally planned as a launch title for the PS4, Driveclub offers players a chance to race with friends in a gorgeous and immersive racing world. With its stunning visuals and customizable cars, Driveclub is a must-play for racing enthusiasts.

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Dying Light

Dying Light
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Dying Light is a unique blend of survival horror and parkour-style gameplay. Players will scavenge for supplies during the day and fight off hordes of zombies at night. With its innovative gameplay mechanics and atmospheric setting, Dying Light is a game that shouldn’t be missed.

EA Sports UFC

EA Sports UFC
(PS4, Xbox One)

EA Sports UFC brings the popular mixed martial arts franchise to a new generation of consoles. With its stunning graphics and realistic gameplay, this game is a must-have for fight fans.

EverQuest Next

Everquest Next
(PC, PS4)

EverQuest Next is the highly anticipated MMORPG set in the world of Norrath. With its dynamic and immersive world, this game aims to redefine the MMORPG genre and bring a new level of depth and interactivity to the genre.

The Evil Within

The Evil Within
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

From the creator of the Resident Evil series comes The Evil Within, a survival-horror game that aims to terrify players with its intense atmosphere and unpredictable gameplay.

Evolve

Evolve
(PC, Xbox One)

Evolve is a highly anticipated multiplayer shooter from the creators of Left 4 Dead. Players can team up or go head-to-head in a battle against a massive monster, creating intense and thrilling gameplay moments.

Fables: The Wolf Among Us (Parts 2-5)

Fables Part 2
(iOS, PC, OS X, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360)

Based on the popular comic book series, Fables: The Wolf Among Us is an episodic adventure game that offers a unique and immersive storytelling experience. With its compelling characters and gripping narrative, this game is a must-play for fans of the series.

Fortnite

(PC)

Fortnite is a co-op sandbox game that blends day and night cycles to create a unique gameplay experience. Players scavenge for supplies during the day and fight off cute yet dangerous creatures at night. With its innovative gameplay mechanics and charming art style, Fortnite is a game that shouldn’t be missed.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Telltale
(TBA)

From the creators of The Walking Dead games comes Game of Thrones, an episodic adventure game set in the world of Westeros. With its gripping narrative and tough choices, this game is a must-play for fans of the TV series and books.

Hyrule Warriors

(Wii U)

Hyrule Warriors is a crossover game that combines the Dynasty Warriors franchise with The Legend of Zelda. Players can expect fast-paced action and intense battles as they take on the role of popular Zelda characters.

Mad Max

Mad Max
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Based on the popular film series, Mad Max is an open-world action-adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Players will navigate the desolate landscape and engage in thrilling vehicular combat.

Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8
(Wii U)

The beloved racing franchise returns with Mario Kart 8, offering players a chance to race against friends and family in a variety of iconic Nintendo-themed tracks. With its fun and addictive gameplay, Mario Kart 8 is a must-have for Wii U owners.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect

Murdered Soul Suspect
(PC, PS4, Xbox 360)

Murdered: Soul Suspect is a unique detective game that puts players in the role of a ghost trying to solve his own murder. With its supernatural setting and intriguing gameplay mechanics, Murdered: Soul Suspect offers a fresh take on the detective genre.

The Order: 1886

The Order 1886
(PS4)

Set in an alternate version of Victorian London, The Order: 1886 follows a group of elite knights battling supernatural threats. With its stunning visuals and cinematic storytelling, this game is a must-play for PS4 owners.

Persona 5

Persona 5
(PS3)

Persona 5 is the latest installment in the popular Persona series. Known for its deep storytelling and addictive gameplay, this game is a must-play for fans of the JRPG genre.

Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive
(Xbox One)

Sunset Overdrive is a vibrant and fast-paced open-world game that puts players in a city overrun by mutants. With its unique art style and innovative gameplay, Sunset Overdrive promises to be a thrilling and action-packed experience.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U

Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U
(Wii U and 3DS)

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U brings the iconic Nintendo brawler to both handheld and console platforms. With its extensive roster of characters and addictive gameplay, this game is a must-have for fans of the series.

Walking Dead: Season Two (Parts 2-5)

Walking Dead
(iOS, PC, OS X, Ouya, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360)

Continuing the story from the critically acclaimed first season, The Walking Dead: Season Two offers players a chance to continue Clementine’s journey in a post-apocalyptic world. With its gripping narrative and tough choices, this game is sure to tug at players’ heartstrings.

Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs
(PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Watch Dogs is an open-world action-adventure game that takes place in a near-future version of Chicago. Players control Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker seeking revenge in a city controlled by a Central Operating System. With its unique hacking gameplay mechanics and immersive world, Watch Dogs is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
(PC, PS3, Xbox One)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final installment in the critically acclaimed Witcher series. With its massive open world and rich storytelling, this game promises to be an epic conclusion to Geralt of Rivia’s journey.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a first-person shooter set in an alternate version of World War II. Players assume the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he fights against the Nazi regime. With its intense action and immersive story, this game is a must-play for fans of the genre.

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