The most anticipated games of 2014

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Alien: Isolation

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

Q4 2014

The Creative Assembly/Sega

The last Aliens game Sega released was … well, it wasn’t good. At all. Aliens: Colonial Maries was a broken mess, but the property still resonates so strongly that the publisher is trying again with a different type of game. Rather than exterminating hordes of vicious xenomorphs, you are running from a single xenomorph that wants to just wants to play. With your skull.

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2(Wii U)

2014

Platinum Games/Nintendo

The Wii U is on life support, but there is always a chance it will make a miraculous, Lazarus-like revival. If so, it will start with the console exclusives. Usually when someone says that, they are referring to a game with the plumber brothers or the elf in the green hat (and you’ll find both Mario and Link on this list), but in this instance, the Nintendo exclusive in question comes from Platinum Games, and features a very un-Nintendo protagonist.

Borderlands 2 Vita

Borderlands 2 Vita(PS Vita)

2014

Gearbox Software/ 2K Games & Sony

Borderlands 2 is coming to the PS Vita! ‘Nuff said!

The Crew

The Crew(PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Q3 2014

Ivory Tower & Ubisoft Reflections/Ubisoft

The Crew takes the racing genre, adds crime-based missions, then blends it all up with an open-world environment. The game puts you behind the wheel as you cruise around an America populated by other gamers. You can team up for jobs or go it alone, jump in a random race or hang out with your crew as you try to beat ghost data. America is your asphalt oyster.

Daylight

Daylight(PC, PS4)

Q1 2014

Zombie Studios/Atlus

Rather than making a typical survival horror game where you make it through using the old adage that “the best defense is a good offense,” in Daylight your only tool is a cell phone, which doubles as your only light source. There are videos of people playing this game and they screamed. Actually screamed. Survival horror fans, be excited.

D4

D4(Xbox One)

TBA

Access Games/Microsoft Studios

Designed using cel-shaded graphics, you control an amnesiac detective as he hops around in time in order to undo the traumatic death of his wife. The game is made specifically for the Xbox One, so there will probably be a healthy dash of screaming commands at your TV and waving your hands like a mad man.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

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

Q3 2014

BioWare/Electronic Arts

With Mass Effect having concluded its trilogy, BioWare now turns its attention to its Dragon Age franchise for current- and next-gen systems. The game will be a standalone entry in the Dragon Age universe, and it will likely push the next-gen systems to their limits. And if fans don’t like how it ends, they can just complain until BioWare changes it (zing!).

Driveclub

Driveclub(PS4)

Early 2014

Evolution Studios/Sony

Originally scheduled as a PS4 launch title, Driveclub slipped a few months from November 15, 2013 to “dunno.” When we do get our hands on Driveclub, the game will offer two versions – one will be free to all PlayStation Plus Members and offer a pared-down version of the game, while the other will offer everything at a normal price. Whenever it is released.

Dying Light

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

2014

Techland/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

In some ways Dying Light is actually two games. One has you scavenging supplies and fighting off moderately weak zombies under the comforting embrace of the sun. The other has you parkour-style free-running for your life as the night introduces several new enemies, all capable of ruining your fun by murdering you. In some ways, it’s a bit like Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. Yeah, we went for the deep cut there.

EA Sports UFC

EA Sports UFC(PS4, Xbox One)

Spring 2014

EA Canada/EA Sports

One of the many properties to find a new home following the great THQ fire sale of 2013 was UFC, which now makes its home at Electronic Arts. Will EA Sports be able to revitalize the franchise? Will punching people in the face look better than ever on the next-gen systems? Fingers crossed.

EverQuest Next

Everquest Next(PC, PS4)

2014

Sony Online Entertainment/Sony Online Entertainment

There was a day when EverQuest was the king of MMORPGs. It set the standard in many ways, and more than one child owes their very existence to parents who met in the game. One of those children may grow up to be President one day, and that President could stop a war! So when you think about it, EverQuest may have helped save the world. Just go with it. The series is back in 2014, fighting to regain its glory.

The Evil Within

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

2014

Tango Gameworks/Bethesda

Shinji Mikami, the man that helped to define the survival-horror genre with the Resident Evil franchise, is back with a new property, more powerful graphics, and a whole new generation of gamers to freak out.

Evolve

Evolve(PC, PC4, Xbox One)

Q3 2014

Turtle Rock Studios/2K Games

Although we haven’t seen much about Evolve yet, the game has already had quite the history. Created by part of the team responsible for Left 4 Dead, the game was originally picked up by THQ in 2011. The then-untitled game was due out in 2013, but the THQ collapse ended that dream. 2K Games was the high bidder, purchasing the rights for over $10 million – one of the highest amounts paid for a THQ property. People in the industry are apparently excited about this game, and you should be too.

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

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

2014

Telltale Games/Telltale Games

There are three titles on this list from Telltale Games, and all with very good reason. If you enjoy good storytelling in your games, then you owe it to yourself to check out Telltale’s properties, including the comic adaptation of Bill Willingham’s excellent Fables series.

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