Most Anticipated Games of 2014

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Welcome to 2014 dear readers!! Here’s wishing you a great year of happiness, success and tons and tons of gaming! Having said that, we’ve let’s take a minute back to reflect on all the good stuff that 2013 had to offer; because 2013, was not only one of the best years in Gaming…but a great year for technology as well. Especially with the iPhone 5S coming out, The PS4, Xbox One, we had a lot of take in and; we even narrowed it down to best 10 games for the xbox 360 and the best 10 games for the PS3.

Well, now that 2013 is done and dusted; it’s has set up a GREAT platform for us, going into the new year.  Without further rambling; I give you..The Game Druid’s Most Anticipated Games of 2014!

Star Citizen

Chris Roberts returns to helm what to many are calling to be one the best flight action games. The game brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen. It offers a complete universe where any number of adventures can take place, allowing players to decide their own game experience. Pick up jobs as a smuggler, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, or enlisted pilot. A huge sandbox with a complex and deep lore allows players to explore or play in whatever capacity they wish. Immerse yourself high quality, cutting-edge visuals and technology, a virtual world that is massive and detailed, a sophisticated storyline that is wide in scope, and visceral space combat that will make your heart pound.

 

Expected Release Date: Mid 2014

Platforms: PC

 

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action-packed adventure-RPG inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Exploring an original story of vengeance and redemption, the game puts players in the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor — moments before his own life is taken. Do you really need more? The graphics and visuals are stunning from what we’ve seen…the only thing that can make or mar this game? The Game-play. If it’s picking up from where Guardian’s of Middle-Earth left off; it’s gonna be awesome!

 

 

Release date: 2014 – TBA

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC

Watch Dogs

For me, personally, this is THE game to watch out for next year. Watch Dogs brings you a world that’s slowly taken over by technology, only what’s awesome, is that YOU are not the victim, you get to harness that technology; but that technology is corrupt as well – Go play in a realistic and living open world where players must use any means at their disposal to take down a corrupt system. Ubisoft may have a winner here on their hands.

 


Release date: Q2 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Wii U

 

Thief

Thief is an upcoming stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. It is a reboot of the cult classic Thief series of stealth games, of which it is the fourth game.Thief is set in a dark fantasy world inspired by Victorian and steampunk aesthetics. Garrett, a master thief who has been away from his hometown for a long time, returns to it, a city named ‘The City’, and finds it ruled over by a tyrant called ‘The Baron’. While The City is infested by a plague, the rich continue to live in good fortune, and Garrett intends to exploit the situation to his favor.

 


Release date: Feb 25th 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC

 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

The most anticipated sequel to 2010 game, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The game is in development by MercurySteam and published by Konami. It is expected to be MercurySteam’s last contribution to the Castlevania franchise. The story is set in a modern world. If you’ve played the earlier game, you’ll know that will control Gabriel Belmont, now known as Dracula, as he fights through an open world.During the game’s opening sequence the player will able to control Dracula while he still possesses all his powers as well as all of his weapons.Dracula’s main weapon is his Blood Whip, a weapon that is comparable to the Combat Cross from the original Lords of Shadow. Replacing the magic system from the previous game are the Void Sword and the Chaos Claws. The Void Sword can replenish Dracula’s health when used while the Chaos Claws can be used to break through enemy defenses and deliver powerful attacks. The story mode in Lords of Shadow 2 has been stated to be far longer than the previous one.The game will mainly be an open world allowing the player to choose what route to take.This game will also feature a movable camera, something that was not available in the first Lords of Shadow game. Watch the trailer and let me know what you’re goose bumps feel like.

 

Release date: Feb 25th 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

 

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

MGS fans will no doubt rejoice as they will get not just Ground Zeroes in 2014, but also Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes will take place in 1975, some months after Peace Walker. It stars series protagonist Big Boss (or simply Snake) as he works with the Militaires Sans Frontieres to infiltrate an American black site on Cuban soil called Camp Omega. Snake’s mission objectives include searching for the Cipher agent Paz Ortega Andrade, who had survived her fight with Snake in Peace Walker and also rescuing Chico Libre, the young boy from Peace Walker who attempted his own rescue operation but was captured as well. Sometime during his mission, MSF’s mother base is attacked by the shadow organization XOF, lead by Skull Face. The events from Ground Zeroes will result in Big Boss’s characterization undergoing a major change.

Release date: March 18 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4

 

Bayonetta 2

After watching the trailer, you’ll wish you had a Nintendo Wii U…The sequel to the 2009 release Bayonetta; this will however not release on other platforms. It’s easily one of the best looking games to date; gameplay mechanics seem rock solid; and overall; the game just looks like you could embrace it all day long. The game is directed by Yusuke Hashimoto and produced by Atsushi Inaba, under supervision by series creator Hideki Kamiya.

 

 

Release date: TBD 2014

Platforms: Wii U

 

The Order: 1886

This PlayStation 4 exclusive might be one of the reasons why you may want to pick up a PS4. The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate history where an old order of knights keep all of the world safe from half bred monsters, who are a combination of animal and man. In the game’s history, around the seventh or eighth centuries a small number of humans took on bestial traits. The majority of humans feared these half breeds and war broke out. Despite the humans outnumbering the half breeds, their animal strength gave them the upper hand in centuries of conflict.

 

 

Release date:Q3 2014

Platforms: PlayStation 4

 

Infamous: Second Son

One look at the gameplay and graphics, and you’ll know that the next gen consoles have so much to offer visually. The story itself takes places 7 years after the events of inFamous 2; and is set in Seattle. Players will play as Delsin Rowe who discovers his powers in an attempt save people from a bus crash and thus begins the Second Son saga. At this point, lots of powers are scheduled to make their appearance, but we do know that smoke and neon are the only ones being thrown around now. We’ll only need to wait and see where this goes.

 

 

Release date:March 21 2014

Platforms: PlayStation 4

 

 

Halo 5

Ok, we don’t really know if this is going to be titled Halo 5; but the upcoming Halo game is confirmed to be only on the Xbox One, and claimed to run at 60 frames per second. Microsoft Studios corporate vice president, Phil Spencer said that the “Reclaimer Trilogy” had been expanded into a longer series of games, saying they “[didn’t] want to limit the Reclaimer story within a trilogy”.Spencer also clarified in an interview with IGN that while the next-gen game was not Halo 5, it was a “legitimate” entry in the game series rather than a spin-off.

 

Release date: TBA 2014

Platforms: Xbox One

 

Wolfenstein: The New Order

That’s right, another Wolfenstein game will be coming soon – The New Order is the ninth installment in the Wolfenstein series and the first since 1992 developed without the Id Software label; just blows your mind doesn’t it? Anyway, the game takes place during the 1960s in an alternate history world in which the Nazis won World War II.The player assumes the role of series protagonist William “B.J.” Blazkowicz who is tasked with launching an “impossible” counter-offensive against the Nazi powers that have taken over the world. Set in Europe, The New Order will have players infiltrating Nazi strongholds and battling legions of enemies, while taking control of “super weapons” that the Nazis have used to dominate Earth.

Three years after the events of Wolfenstein, famed OSA agent Blazkowicz has suffered from amnesia he received at the height of the war due to a secret mission gone awry. For the last 14 years he has resided in an asylum. After escaping, he finds a harsh new world controlled by a more advanced “old” enemy.

 


Release date: TBA 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC

 

 

Titanfall

Let me quickly put things in perspective – the game isn’t out yet; but has already won over 60 awards and Best of Show from several media outlets. It also won official awards at Gamescom and the Tokyo Game Show. Many reviewers predicted Titanfall to be the next step for the first-person shooter genre. Just watch the trailer and you’ll know why.

 

Release date: March 11 2014

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

 

Planetside 2 (PS4)

As the title says, Planetside is finally coming to a console. It’s easily one of the biggest free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter published by Sony Online Entertainment. PlanetSide 2 is a re-imagining of PlanetSide, featuring the same world, factions and taking place at roughly the same time period. As in the previous game, it features territory control in an open-world, large battles featuring up to 2000 players per continent on foot or in land/air vehicles. The territory system differs greatly from that of the original, being more free-form and based on a hexagonal territory control system. SOE has been taking into account balance issues from the first game. As stated by creative director Matthew Higby, they reward combatants on lower population empires through mechanics such as proportionally increased advancement rates and resources to aid the balance of overall empire saturation on each server as much as possible without force-restricting players from being able to play with their friends.

 

 

Release date: TBD 2014

Platforms: PlayStation 4

 

Darkwood

Darkwood is a top-down, oldschool, sandbox survival horror set in a procedurally generated, open world. It features RPG and roguelike elements, with intense combat and a eerie atmosphere. Gameplay wise, it has features in common with games like Project Zomboid, Don’t Starve and Teleglitch. As for the atmosphere and story, it’s inspired by the works of David Lynch.

The game takes place in a mysterious forest somewhere in an an alternate reality eastern europe, some time at the end of the 20th century. You have no recollection of how you got here, and don’t really know if you’re inside some sort of a nightmare or are losing your sanity, but something is terribly wrong with almost everyone and every thing around you. Your only friend is an orphan child who knows something about your past..

 

 Release date: TBA 2014

Platform: PC

Daylight

Daylight is a survival horror video game played from a first-person perspective. The player does not have access to weapons; their only tool is their cell phone, which is also their sole light source. The game features procedurally generated levels so that no two environments are the same. The plot is centered around a woman who regains consciousness in an abandoned hospital with no memory of how she got there. With her cell phone as her only light source, she must explore the haunted hospital and its criminal past in order to escape.

 


Release date: Q1 2014
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC

 

The Evil Within

Horror + Japanese = The Best ‘Shit in your pants‘ experience. Developed by Shinji Mikami and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror.

Detective Sebastien Castellanos and his partners are called in to investigate a gruesome mass murder. After witnessing a mysterious force slaughter his fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When the video opens, he finds his world has been turned upside down. Facing unimaginable terror and fighting for survival in a world where hideous creatures wander among the dead, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel who or what is behind this unimaginable evil.

 


Release date: TBA 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC

 

Dying Light

Free running + Zombies; that’s what the game is all about – it feels a little like Dead Island; but has a lot more to offer.

Dying Light contains a dynamic day and night cycle. During the day, the player has to go out and scavenge for supplies to send back to the safe zones. They can also set up traps, save random survivors, and make their way to airdrops. The infected are slow, allowing the player to simply make their way past them, but their danger grows in numbers. Luckily, the player could stay up on roofs of buildings to stay out of harm’s way.

When the sun goes down in Dying Light, the infected transform into something much more dangerous. They gain the ability to sprint after the player, and have increased damage, as well as the ability to jump and climb buildings like the player. In order for the player to avoid contact, they need to use their Night Sense to locate zombies in the dark to stay out of their way. If spotted and trying to escape their pursuers, the player can use distractions and traps to lower their numbers.

But when the night comes, so does the Night Hunter, which is a rare special type of infected that only comes out at night. If spotted by this infected, escape is almost impossible. In order to escape them, the player will need to use tactics, distractions, and their Night Sense to survive until the morning’s first light.

 

 

Release date: TBA 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC

 

Ultra Street Fighter 4

More players, more ultra and more mayhem! Ultra Street Fighter IV has been announced for release in early 2014 at the 2013 Evolution Championship Series. The game will be released in Japanese arcades on April 2014,on consoles on June 2014, and on PC on August 2014, the PC port being delayed to get the console versions ready in time for the Capcom Cup. The update will be distributed as both a paid downloadable update for Super Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, and as a standalone retail game.  Alongside the usual balance changes, the update is to introduce six new stages, and five new characters: Rolento, Elena, Hugo and Poison (all four of which had been featured in Street Fighter X Tekken), in addition to an unrevealed new character never before seen in the Street Fighter series

 

 

Release date: June 2014

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Based on the manga Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. It is a sequel to the 2013 game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. The game is set for a 2014 release in Japan, North America, and Europe. The game will feature over 100 playable characters spanning both Part I and II of the Naruto story, more than any other titles in the series. Series creator Masashi Kishimoto will also be involved in the creation of one playable character, Mecha-Naruto, as well as his Three-Tails and Mecha-Kurama modes, made exclusively for the game.

 

 

Release date: TBA 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

 

UFC 2014

EA Sports UFC brings the action, emotion and intensity inside the Octagon to life in ways that were never before possible. The next-generation of True Player Motion not only showcases the diverse, powerful and fluid of attacks of elite mixed martial artists through Precision Movement, Dynamic Striking and Strategic Submission Battles, but also brings the combatants to life with a Full Body Deformer and Real-Time Exertion. The simulation of Human Intelligence takes leaps forward with the strategic and adaptive MMAi system and is expressed through the most realistic characters ever created in a sports game.

 

Release date: Q3 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4

 

New Super Smash Bros.

It really doesn’t get bigger than this when it comes to a franchise brawler.

 Release Date: Q2 2014

Platforms: 3DS and Wii U

 

The Walking Dead: Season Two

While Season one really set the tone, Season two is all set to up the ante and the undead with some gruesome gameplay and story. Episode 1 is already out, so this is one game we’ll be watching out for right through 2014. Season Two continues the story that began in Season One. You are Clementine, a young survivor in a world gone to hell. The dead have risen to feast on the living, and the living cannot be trusted.

 

 

Release date: 2014 (Episode one already out)

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

 

Game of Thrones

TellTale is back again with another series and this time it’s that of the Game of Thrones.

It’s expected to release sometime in 2014, on all platforms.

 

 Release date: TBA 2014

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC

 

Driveclub

 

Everyone’s calling this THE best looking car game that’s gonna rock the next gen consoles..or in this case rock on the PS4 only.

 

 

Release date: Q2 2014
Platforms: PlayStation 4

 

There you have it folks, our list of most anticipated games. You may be wondering why some of the games like Dark Souls II or Dragon Age Inquistion isn’t on here…well, to be honest with you; we’re not expecting anything out of the ordinary from them; they will be great games, no doubt, but one that does not necessarily make our list.

With that, I hope you folks have a great 2014!!