Top 5 Most Anticipated Game Releases of 2014
2014 has been a relatively quiet year so far for video games. With PS4 and Xbox One launching this past November, we’re just starting to get out of the release window and into the current generation. This summer in particular has been quite silent but beginning at the end of this month, things start to wind up. Here are the five games launching in 2014 that I am most excited about, in release order.
Release date: August 26, 2014
Though this is technically two games, I’m going to count it as one since it is being shipped as a bundle package. Coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC both digitally and as a boxed copy (on consoles), both Metro 2033 (originally launched in 2010) and Metro: Last Light (originally launched in 2013) have been fully remastered in 1080p, with a 60fps frame rate and retooled mechanics. The original games are two of my favorite first-person shooters, and I really look forward to experiencing them again in the way they were originally intended by 4A Games.
Release date: September 9, 2014
As a longtime fan of Bungie, I would play almost anything these guys put out. Destiny is a huge step outside of their comfort zone in a myriad of ways. For those unaware, Destiny, first and foremost, is a first-person shooter. Featuring controls typically found in Call of Duty games, Destiny features the fast-paced, medium range combat that Bungie has become known for in the last decade. Beyond that, things get pretty different. It may be easier to draw comparisons to Phantasy Star and other MMO games than to compare Destiny to Halo or Call of Duty. The game features a central hub world, where you can accept quests, buy/upgrade equipment and chat/dance with other players that are on the same server. From there, you can go on grand adventures across the on Earth and across the solar system. The game features a story mode, raid modes, and a robust PvP suite. Bungie’s ambitious 10-year plan for the Destiny franchise promises multiple sequels and DLC to expand the experience. It’s shaping up to be one of the most ambitious games on consoles, and one of the biggest launches of the year.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Release date: September 30, 2014
Out of this list, this is probably my most anticipated new game. Shadow of Mordor is set between the events of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, putting you in the role of Talion, a ranger who loses his life and family to Sauron. Talion is brought back to life by a mysterious wraith (later identified as Celebrimbor), in order to exact revenge for his family’s death. The game features combat that will immediately be familiar to anyone who played Batman: Arkham Asylum, or any of it’s sequels. The most fascinating mechanic in Shadow of Mordor, though, is the Nemesis system. With this mechanic, certain enemies and characters Talion meets are unique with their own names and roles in society. Enemies remember Talion’s actions, which can affect later events. Enemies you fight but may not finish off may show up later, stronger, and scarred from your first encounter. You can even use Talion’s wraith powers to influence certain enemies to fight for you, causing confusion in battles and allowing you to strike at enemy leaders. I haven’t enjoyed a Lord of the Rings game since to original EA movie tie-in games over ten years ago, but this game looks like the franchise may finally be in good hands.
Release date: October 28, 2014
I honestly don’t know that much about Sunset Overdrive. I do know that it is being developed by Insomniac Games, the fellows responsible for the Ratchet & Clank franchise and others. I know it is colorful, fast-paced, goofy, and features insane weapons (an Insomniac hallmark). It appears to be a combination between a Tony Hawk game and a Ratchet and Clank game. I’m mainly looking forward to it because it is finally something new and fresh in a sea of sequels, remakes, and military FPS games.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Release date: November 11, 2014
Though this isn’t a new game or IP, it is, by far, my most anticipated release of this year. The Master Chief Collection features all four numbered Halo games, with the first two being remasters. I have enjoyed all four of the Halo games greatly, and the ability to replay all of them on Xbox One with updated graphics, 1080p resolution and a 60 fps frame rate, makes me so excited to step into the boots of the Master Chief once again. The game will also feature every multiplayer map from all four Halo games, along with the original physics and glitches present in those original releases. For anyone that grew up playing the Halo games, this is a must-buy.