Epic Games/Epic Games
The makers of Bulletstorm are trying something a little different with a PC-only (for now) title, that uses a day/night cycle. Described as a co-op sandbox game, during the day you scavenge supplies, then at night you fight off monsters. In that, it’s a bit like Dying Light, but rather than trying to survive horrific monsters that want to rip you apart, you fight off creatures that are kind of cute. Who want to rip you apart.
Game of Thrones
Telltale Games/Telltale Games
Over the last few years, Telltale Games has become one of the most exciting studios in the gaming industry. It’s taken an old game style – point-and-click – and reinvented it with expert storytelling, episodic delivery that is both well-paced and affordable, and by selecting properties that are well-suited for the medium. Game of Thrones has been adapted to video games before, but this one has us excited.
Nintendo & Tecmo Koei/Nintendo
Take the Dynasty Warriors franchise, throw in The Legend of Zelda, and stir. That’s the idea behind the mash-up game that is Hyrule Warriors. Don’t expect a lot of philosophy to be explored during the game, but do expect a lot of button-mashing goodness.
The Mad Max film reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road, won’t hit theaters until 2015, but the property will make its triumphant (and bloody return) in 2014 thanks to Avalanche Studios. The game features an original story set in Max Rockatansky’s bleak, dystopian future. Thankfully, Mel Gibson will not appear. In any fashion. At all.
Mario Kart 8
Nintendo EAD Group No.1 / Nintendo
As bad as things have been for the Wii U, this game is as close to a guaranteed hit on the system as you can get. If you have played any of the previous titles in the series, then you probably have a good idea of what to expect. And that’s a good thing.
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Airtight Games/Square Enix
Murdered: Soul Suspect’s creative director, Yosuke Shiokawa, described the game as being similar to Die Hard – but Die Hard if John McClane died during the events and continued to fight on as a ghost … not a zombie. A zombie John McClane would be unfair to the rest of us.
The Order: 1886
Ready at Dawn/Sony
From the moment it was first unveiled, Sony’s exclusive title The Order: 1886 was held up as another advantage the PS4 had over the Xbox One. Having seen very little of the game, we’re a bit slower to make that claim, but color us intrigued.
Fans of the Persona series should greet the news of this game with a touch of fear. If it’s like the previous titles, you may want to prepare to start up the game and go to high school, make friends, and occasionally fight monsters after school – for at least 100 hours. Be sure to stock up on food before you turn it on.
Insomniac Games/Microsoft Studios
One of the first games unveiled for the Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive, will put players in a city where the bulk of the citizenry has turned into mutants – which are totally different from zombies. (Even though they sound a lot like zombies). There will be a sense of humor built into the action as evidenced from the art design, as well as plenty of “agile-combat,” whatever that means.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U
Sora Ltd. & Namco Bandai/Nintendo
The aptly named Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, which is for … well, the 3DS and Wii U, will give the Wii U a bit more ammunition in the fight for its survival. And a good piece of ammo at that. The game will feature more of the same Smash Bros. style from previous platforms, but now on Nintendo’s new systems, allowing you to punch Mario in the face in HD and even on the go!
Walking Dead: Season Two (Parts 2-5)
Telltale Games/Telltale Games
Season One of Telltale’s The Walking Dead sent ripples throughout the gaming industry. It was a downloadable title with limited gameplay options that went on to win several “Best of” awards (including ours). If the second season is half as good, consider us sold.
(PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
When Watch Dogs was announced as a next-gen launch title, it was assumed that the game would be one of the best selling next-gen titles without question. Pushing the game back was almost certainly the right move in terms of quality, but it let the air out of many people’s balloons. As the game nears release though, expect that excitement to ratchet right back up.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projekt RED/WBIE
The Witcher 3 was one of the first games announced for next-gen consoles, having debuted before either system with the tag that it was available for “all high-end platforms.” The series was born on the PC, but the more people that have access to this fantasy RPG series – which is also considered a national treasure of Poland – the better.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
After years collecting dust, following the purchase of id Software from ZeniMax, the neglected property of Wolfenstein was reborn. Protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz returns with his foul mouth and love of blowing stuff up, but this time he is fighting the entire world – an alternative world, where the Nazis won the war. For anyone else this would be bad news; for Blazkowicz, it means everyday is a good day.