With the debut of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 for the holiday season, the outlook has never been better for the video game industry. Not only console games, but computer games are constantly adding more features, better graphics, and new and exciting concepts to the world of gaming. The year 2014 is set to be a record year for the industry, with the new systems opening up entirely new possibilities for already-existing and freshly designed franchises alike. Let’s take a look at 8 of the most talked about games set to be released next year!
Bungie and Activision are teaming up to produce Destiny, a game that will blend the best elements of the first-person shooters and the massive multiplayer online role-playing games into one. The gameplay itself will resemble that of a first-person shooter, but the matchmaking system, social aspects, and progression through the game will draw from MMORPGs. Also exciting is the game’s premise, a futuristic world that blends aspects of fantasy and science fiction and features Humans, Awoken and Exo, two alien classes that take after beautiful elves and evil robots, respectively.
2. Star Citizen
Star Citizen may be one of the more ambitious computer games embarked upon in recent years. It seeks to create a futuristic world involving ship-to-ship combat, interstellar trade, planetary worlds, and a first-person cooperative campaign story. With early levels of testing already underway on some parts of game play, Star Citizen is set to be unrolled in phases over the next two years, and could very well be the next big MMORPG to achieve galaxial levels of fame.
3. Tom Clancy’s The Division
The back story to The Division involves an outbreak that causes the immediate collapse of the United States, leaving a group of elite warriors to do battle in a post-apocalyptic New York City. The game itself is a tactical first-person shooter, allowing console gamers and PC users to battle against the AI or against friends, either by themselves or cooperatively. If you’re looking for another reason that the game has a realistic feeling that is just a little too spine-tingling, the disease that causes national chaos breaks out on Black Friday.
4. Metal Gear Solid V
The fifth installment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise will be split up into two parts, Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, the first of which is set to debut next year. Like the other entries in the series, the emphasis will be on stealth and sneakiness rather than pure brawn. Known for its outstanding storylines and voice acting, the fifth installment is sure not to disappoint, adding features such as a time cycle that alternates between night and day and a variable order to the missions in-game.
5. The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga is a game that harkens back to the old days of Final Fantasy and other turn-based combat games, using that framework to tell a fantastical story based on Viking themes. The game is expected to be released in three parts, with the first installment due in January 2014. A trial version of the game’s combat system — which was tested in a multiplayer format — has already been released via Steam this year in anticipation of the game’s 2014 release date.
One of the most highly-anticipated games of 2014 is Titanfall, a futuristic first-person shooter in which players can either act as pilots or control titans — massive, mechanical machines of war. Besides featuring an intricate combat system and stunning graphics, the game has drawn focus because it is designed to be a multiplayer-only game. While there are ways to interact with the game on a single-player level, its primary focus is on playing with other people over the internet, through which one can progress through the story and earn rewards typically gotten through the single-player module.
7. South Park: The Stick of Truth
The latest game based on South Park takes an entirely new spin on the series, creating an MMORPG based on the popular animated series. Building off of episodes in which the show’s characters re-enact the story from Lord of the Rings and the recent arc parodying A Game of Thrones, the game illustrates the farcical side of MMORPGs while maintaining the excitement of combat and team-play that have made the genre so popular. Another bonus is that the game is designed to appear much like the actual television show, using a similar style of animation in its graphics.
8. Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs tackles a concept that has so far not been adequately covered by the plethora of video games on the market — that of information warfare. In the game, the player controls a hacker in a futuristic version of Chicago who can manipulate electronic devices and steal information from various targets as the game progresses. Though there is an element of violence as well, the emphasis is often on stealth and subtlety, using computer powers to progress through the game. There is also apparently a multiplayer option where a player can hack into another user’s single player game and try to steal information from them, as long as they aren’t found out first!