My Most Anticipated Games

by Matthew Thompson

With my look back at games in 2013 behind me, it is time to look ahead. In this blog I will be counting down my ten most anticipated games on the horizon. My only requirement was that they be announced. So even if they don’t seem like they will release in 2014, I still included them. Well here they are (I don’t feel great about the order after the top two, but this will work!).

10. Sunset Overdrive: I’m a huge fan of Insomniac. Mostly for their work on the Ratchet & Clank series, but I enjoyed their Resistance games for the most part too. Sunset Overdrive seems like the kind of fun creative shooter that they excel at and I welcome the stylized look. I probably won’t get an Xbox One anytime soon, but when I do this will likely be one of the first games I grab.

The Order 1886

9. The Order 1886: I think Ready at Dawn is a studio poised to break into the big leagues and their first stab at their own IP, The Order 1886, might be the game to do it. A shooter isn’t exactly what I was hoping for from them for their first original effort, but Victorian setting and fantasy/sci-fi elements seem like they will at least make it a cool shooter, so I’m interested.

8. Telltale’s Game of Thrones: I’m not going to lie, I found Telltale’s The Walking Dead game a little boring. It certainly had a strong story and did a great job of capturing the essence of the comic books, but I didn’t find myself engaged by the gameplay. While I’m afraid that may be the case with this game as well, I’m hoping my love for all things Game of Thrones will help me overcome the issue.

Destiny

7. Destiny: Everything about this looks great. A big open shooter created by a talented developer like Bungie. I find the art for the characters and world to be a big step up from Halo too which is a plus. My only worry is that my falling away from online play in recent times might put a damper on this one. Hopefully with some buddies jumping into co-op with me that will be a non-issue. Maybe it is even the game that makes me fall back in love with online gaming. Who knows?

6. Gravity Rush 2: Gravity Rush remains one of my favorite Vita games. Kat was a really fun character, but it was the way you moved through the environments with her control of gravity that made the game such a joy to play. A sequel that improved some of the original’s problems (namely its combat) could be a real winner.

Infamous Second Son

5. Infamous: Second Son: I was pretty done with the Infamous series. I enjoyed all three of Sucker Punch’s games on PS3, even the ridiculous vampire title. But I thought it was a good time for them to move on to something else. And yet here I am, super excited about Second Son. It just looks great. The visuals, the new characters and powers, the fresh setting. I’m in.

4. Watch Dogs: I love this game’s new hook: the ability to control the electronics and systems of the city of Chicago. It sounds like a blast and it seems like Watch Dogs could be the next great open-world action game because of it. I hope it can deliver after the long wait.

Mario Kart 8

3. Mario Kart 8: I love Mario Kart. It is my favorite series for multiplayer particularly of the local variety and MK8 looks to deliver me and my friends our next fix. It looks like classic Mario Kart fun with a fun gravity twist. And as a nice bonus, it is the nicest looking Wii U title visually I have seen yet.

2. Mirror’s Edge: It doesn’t seem like this game is all that far along. The move to something more open-world worries me. DICE seems to have botched their last game, Battlefield 4. EA looms over the whole thing. But the original Mirror’s Edge is one of the greatest platformers of all-time! I have to believe the sequel can be great too. Don’t let me down. I need this.

Uncharted

1. Uncharted: Naughty Dog is my favorite developer and their next game is always my most anticipated game and that is no different this year. Despite how much I’ve enjoyed the Uncharted series so far, I do hope they shake things up a little with this next entry and you know what… I think they will. The move to the PS4 and the longer development cycle should allow for some new fresh ideas and I can’t wait to see what ND has in store with Uncharted’s debut on the PS4.

Honorable Mention: The Last of Us: Left Behind: I didn’t want to include DLC in my list, but I am really looking forward to checking out Left Behind. Everyone knows how I feel about The Last of Us and I am really curious how they handle what looks to be a much less action-driven story. It is also Naughty Dog’s first venture into singleplayer DLC which is always a tricky endeavor. Given how much content they packed into the core game, I don’t think Left Behind will disappoint.

Other Games I Considered: Hyrule Warriors, N++, Quantum Break, Ryme, Yoshi’s New Island

Well that will do it. To be honest, I don’t love the look of the upcoming year for games so far and it doesn’t help that my top two choices might very well be 2015 games (almost certainly in Mirror’s Edge’s case). So I do hope there are some big announcements to join these on my list. I might make that into another blog… we’ll see. So which games are you looking forward to most? Which games did I miss here? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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16 comments on “My Most Anticipated Games

  1. I’m excited at the possibilities of Telltale’s Game Of Thrones even though I don’t know what’s the story or how much these characters will cross paths with people on the show/book. I don’t have Wii U but the trailer for DK Tropical Freeze looks fun … having said that I would prefer if Retro Studios worked on a new IP. I know you don’t play much multi-player but it’ll be interesting to see what if any impact Titanfall will have on the industry/console race. I’m personally looking forward to Lightning Returns. I’m still deciding between the next gen consoles but I have to ask myself how much time will I actually spend gaming?

    • I’m with you on Retro. I kind of forgot about Tropical Freeze when making this list. That is definitely a good one even though I’d have preferred a new IP from them as well. Titanfall looks pretty great too. I wish I had the time to invest in a multiplayer mode still. Without enough time to dedicate to it, I just get frustrated at being bad at it… haha.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Nice list. Hopefully Destiny does rekindle that as you know I’m super excited for it. Maybe Mario Kart 8 can do the same thing for MK with me you’re hoping Destiny does for MP with you. I’m so worried on Mirror’s Edge 2, so many things against it but it’s the kind of game I really don’t want to see fail. Sunset Overdrive will probably be my first game too if I ever get an Xbone. That or Halo 5.

    • I was going to try and write an optimistic description for Mirror’s Edge… and then this is what came out. I think I’m more worried than I thought. I feel like with you guys playing Destiny, I’ll have no choice but to get into it. It really does look rad.

  3. All of those games sound great to me! The only one I know I won’t play is Mirror’s Edge 2, because of the fact the first one makes me nauseous as hell.

    I love Telltale games, so Game of Thrones is very near the top of my list. I hope it plays more like The Wolf Among Us than The Walking Dead. TWD is kind of a chore to play… but the story is so damn good.

  4. Looking forward to Gravity Rush 2, also. I really had fun with the first game. And thank you, for noticing MK8’s graphics! I haven’t read much of anyone complimenting them; they totally won me over during the E3 Nintendo Direct. The game looks amazing.

  5. The Order, Watch Dogs and Infamous top my list. I cannot even begin to express how disappointed I was when I found out the one game that I pre-ordered for Playstation 4 was pushed back so far. This is Watch Dogs that I am talking about!

    Other than Lego and Assassins Creed, the rest of the launch titles were not very good. Killzone was poor, and I currently have nothing to play. PS4 has become a source for Netflix, nothing more due to beating what I had and having no other choices. Hopefully one of these games change that…

  6. I completely missed The Order 1886 when I made my list. That game looks like it could be special and I have been waiting to see what Ready at Dawn could do on console and with their own IP. And I left Sunset Overdrive off my list because I highly doubt I will be getting an Xbox One anytime soon myself. Probably the same with the Wii U. I have to cut down on spending so much money on games this year.

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