PS4 and Xbox One in 2014: A list of games to grace our consoles
Authored by Nadeem Najdi
Photo courtesy of Gizmodo
As 2013 nears to its close, we’re left wondering what we can expect from the recently launched PS4 and Xbox One systems. Launch titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and the rest that we’ve been enjoying over the past few weeks are a perfect way to bring us into this new generation, but they can only hold our attention for so long.
With 2014 closing in fast, gamers are left wondering what goodies we can look forward to on our shiny consoles. Well, the future is bright my friends. I’ve put together a generous list of games. Not all games coming next year are included here, as that would entail making a list of hundreds, but I feel safe in saying this is a pretty cumulative list indeed.
Note: Keep in mind there will definitely be games coming next year that have yet to be announced.
Title: Below | Developer: Capybara Games | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Adventure
Below is an adventure game which focuses on atmosphere, exploration, survival and skill-based combat. Many of the ideas in “Below” are directly inspired by roguelikes of yor, though we’re approaching every aspect of the design with a uniquely stylized perspective. “Below” features no text, no hints and no dialogue. It’s all mood, atmosphere and soul… and skill.
Title: D4 | Developer: Access Games | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Mystery, Suspense (Kinect)
The player is a private investigator whose wife has been murdered. The traumatic events surrounding her death left the player-character unable to recollect those memories, but has allowed him to travel through time instead. The player travels through time to undo the murder. The player cannot time travel arbitrarily, as the powers are activated upon finding certain objects that bring the player to specific points in time. D4 is an Xbox One title that uses Kinect controls with “simple gestures and voice” to uncover the mystery. The game uses cel-shaded graphics similar to that of a graphic novel.
Title: Halo (working title) | Developer: 343 Industries | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: FPS
In possession of a mysterious data chip, Petty Officer John-117, aka Master Chief, confronts a new battery of challenges and tests in a Herculean effort to stay alive in a galaxy where sentient life is mercilessly hunted.
Title: Kinect Sports Rivals | Developer: Rare | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Sports
The game features sports such as bowling, jetski racing, rock climbing, soccer, target shooting, and tennis.
Title: Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare | Developer: PopCap Games | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Third-Person Shooter, Tower Defense
The player can take control of their own plants going from a third person perspective, where obstacles intervene to address either as a zombie wave or even up to a final boss battle. Each character in this game will have a primary skill as a single class and four-player co-op mode. The game will only feature a multiplayer option, it will have a capacity of up to twenty-four players online, which between them will have to face plants with zombies or vice versa.
Similarly, in his repertoire include each of the different plants displayed delivery above its predecessor, Plants Vs. Zombies, as well as some of its successor and second part, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time. For zombies, who will also be participating in this game will have a variety of different styles.
Title: Project Spark | Developer: Team Dakota | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: “Game Maker”
Project Spark is a digital canvas which can be used to make games, movies and other experiences. A player can download other user-generated content, remix that content or create content of their own. A player can use the Xbox controller, keyboard and mouse, touch-devices, Kinect and SmartGlass to build experiences. Kinect can be used to animate models and record audio. The created environments can contain mountains, rivers, and towns. The player can also create events, like inter-character battles. Created Items and objects are able to be shared with other players.
Players choose whether to start from a blank map or a pre-designed level, but always have the tools to customize the topography, add plant and animal life, and program behaviors for specific objects, such as a rock that bounces when a player is nearby. The topography is modified by pushing and pulling the earth, digging through surfaces after changing the view to adjust a wall or create holes in it. And anything added to the terrain reacts to the circumstance, such as grass covering the floor and the vertical surfaces becoming rocks.
Title: Quantum Break | Developer: Remedy Entertainment | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Action, Third-person shooter
From the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake comes Quantum Break a revolutionary entertainment experience that blurs the line between television and gaming. With Quantum Break, Remedy Games delivers an action-packed, fast paced game in which you bend and shape time in order to survive. Master unique powers, bending and warping time to outmaneuver and outwit the enemy. Epic moments of destruction, captured in time, become your playground.
How you play the game shapes a personalized version of the television show. Watching the show gives you strategies and insights that will impact the way you play the game and helps you discover unique content within the game. Together, the game and the show deliver a holistic entertainment experience.
Title: Sunset Overdrive | Developer: Insomniac | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Open World Shooter
Sunset Overdrive is an open world shooter video game by Insomniac Games for the Xbox One. The game was announced during Microsoft’s E3 2013 press event. A recent catastrophe in the player-character’s city has killed or turned most of its people into mutants. The player has to “figure out how to deal with” the mutants. The game is set in the near future. The game focuses on “agile combat”, including wall running, zip-lines, and acrobatics.
With an arsenal of kick-ass, overpowered weapons and a knack for traversing the city with hyper agility, it’s not the end of days for you. This is your awesomepocalypse.
Title: Titanfall | Developer: Respawn Entertainment | Release date: NA: March 11th, 2014 EU: March 13th, 2014 | Genre: FPS
Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is among the most highly anticipated games of 2014, having been shrouded in mystery for nearly three years. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experience in first-person action gaming, and are building on that pedigree by taking a new approach to game design and creating an all-new universe with Titanfall.
Title: Bound by Flame | Developer: Spiders Studios | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Action RPG
As a victim of this demonic influence, players will have to choose between the powers offered by this evil or to reject the demonic influence, developing heroic talents instead. Dangers, and enemies becoming more terrifying and fearsome in battle, will be temptations to acquire more power by giving up part of the hero’s soul to the demon. Progression of the demonic influence will be reflected by the transformation of the hero’s body. Through its different chapters, Bound by Flame will offer many quests around a primary, epic adventure.
Title: Daylight | Developer: Zombie Studios | Release date: Q1 2014 | Genre: Survival Horror
Daylight is a survival horror video game played from a first-person perspective. The player does not have access to weapons; their only tool is their cell phone, which is also their sole light source. The game features procedurally generated levels so that no two environments are the same. The plot is centered around a woman who regains consciousness in an abandoned hospital with no memory of how she got there. With her cell phone as her only light source, she must explore the haunted hospital and its criminal past in order to escape.
Title: Deep Down | Developer: Capcom | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: RPG
Deep Down is an upcoming free-to-play fantasy online role-playing video game by Capcom. The player perspective for Deep Down begins in New York City in the year 2094. By touching magical artifacts, players are teleported into the distant past to explore dungeons and avoid or battle monsters and seek treasure.This title is to be developed using “Panta Rhei,” Capcom’s proprietary software development engine to provide the optimum game development environment for next-generation game consoles. “Panta Rhei” supports the latest graphics, enhances work flow to bring down development costs, and improves development efficiency in order to raise game quality.
Title: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition | Developer: Blizzard | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Action, RPG
The game comes with Diablo III+Reaper of Souls.
EVIL IS IN ITS PRIME
Twenty years have passed since the Prime Evils were defeated and banished from the world of Sanctuary. Now, you must return to where it all began—the town of Tristram—and investigate rumors of a fallen star, for this is an omen that the End Times have begun.
Call Upon Your Allies
Play solo or form a party of up to four heroes—either with local players together on the same screen or with network players online (or mix and match).
Pick Up and Slay
Take a stand as one of humanity’s last defenders—barbarian, witch doctor, monk, demon hunter, or wizard—and level up with devastating new powers and abilities.
Conquer a Dynamic Battlefield
Lay waste to hordes of evil throughout randomized 3D environments. Face innumerable demonic foes, uncover quests in new locations, and lay claim to masses of loot every time you play.
Title: Don’t Starve | Developer: Klei Entertainment | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Adventure, Strategy, Sim
Play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home. Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.
Uncompromising Survival & World Exploration: No instructions. No help. No hand holding. Start with nothing and craft, hunt, research, farm and fight to survive.
Dark and Whimsical Visuals: 2D characters and odd creatures inhabiting a unique 3D world.
Randomly Generated New Worlds: Want a new map? No problem! At any time you can generate a new living and breathing world that hates you and wants you to die.
Title: Driveclub | Developer: Evolution Studios | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Racing
DRIVECLUB is all about you and your friends. It’s about teamwork; it’s about everyone fighting for one another and earning rewards together – and most importantly it’s about sharing in the sheer thrill of every race. It permanently connects you and your friends, always allowing you to share your experiences, send and receive challenges, and keep up to speed with your team’s performance.
Title: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn | Developer: Square Enix Product Development Division 3 | Release date: April 2014 | Genre: MMO RPG
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is an MMORPG and features many of the trappings of the genre. Players create and customize their characters for use in the game, including name, race, gender, facial features, and starting class. Unlike in the original release, players may only choose to be a Disciple of War or Magic as a starting class—Disciples of the Hand and Land are initially unavailable. Players must also select a game world for characters to exist on. While servers are not explicitly delineated by language, data centers have been placed in the supported regions (i.e., North America, Europe, Japan) to improve the communication latency between the server and the client computer and players are recommended to choose a server in their region. Regardless of server or language, the game features a large library of automatically translated game terms and general phrases which allow players who speak different languages to communicate.
Title: Galak-Z: The Dimensional | Developer: 17-BIT | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Shooter
GALAK-Z is a modern, A.I. and physics-driven open-world action game, viewed through the lens of the classic 16-bit space shooter. It’s 2D combat taken to the next level,” says Jake Kazdal, CEO of 17-BIT. Players will take control of a variety of classic spacecraft inspired by anime of the late 70s and early 80s, piloted by a cast of characters every bit as colorful as the rainbow-hued explosions erupting all around them. Newtonian physics take center stage as players experience finely-tuned control, blasting enemies, unleashing missile salvos, and tossing enemies into explosive obstacles.
Title: Hohokum | Developer: Honeyslug | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Adventure
Enter the whimsical, colorful universe of Hohokum. Take on the role of a curious flying kite-like being and travel to unique worlds full of eclectic characters and interactions. While there are goals, activities, and secrets to uncover, at its heart, Hohokum is a playground – a place to wander about and get lost in.
Title: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number | Developer: Dennaton Games | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Action
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is the direct sequel to the first game. This time around the gameplay will be centered around a bigger cast of characters who each have their own POV (point of view) regarding the events in Hotline Miami. Dennis Wedin, the game’s co-creator has stated that most of the gameplay mechanics are intact and that players will get to experiment with new weapons, new and more gory finishing moves and a complete story arc that will end the series, meaning that HM2 is the last game of the franchise.
Dennis had also confirmed that a level editor was going to be added to increase the life span of the game.
Title: inFAMOUS: Second Son | Developer: Sucker Punch | Release date: March 21st, 2014 | Genre: Action-adventure
inFAMOUS Second Son brings you an action adventure game where surrounded by a society that fears them, superhumans are ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the Department of Unified Protection. Step into a locked-down Seattle as Delsin Rowe, who has recently discovered his superhuman power and is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive DUP. Enjoy your power as you choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you.
Title: MLB 14: The Show | Developer: SCE San Diego Studio | Release date: Spring 2014 | Genre: Sports
The 2013 baseball season may have just ended, but we’re not ready to stop talking baseball here at PlayStation. We’re proud to announce the award-winning MLB The Show series will be coming to the PS4 next spring with MLB 14 The Show. The highest-rated sports franchise over the past 8 years will also launch on the PS3 and PS Vita, making PlayStation your home for baseball.
Title: Octodad: Dadliest Catch | Developer: Young Horses | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Sports
Octodad’s existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family. Opposing the octopus are scores of staircases, boxes of banana peels, and one intense sushi chef.
Octodad has gotten himself in a bind between his wife’s mounting mistrust, and a disastrous trip to the local aquarium! Manipulate his body like a squishy marionette to maintain the masquerade, as too much suspicion from the proper populace will doom him to sleep with the fishes!
Title: Outlast | Developer: Red Barrels | Release date: Q1 2014 | Genre: Horror
In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, has been operating in strict secrecy… until now. Acting on a tip from an inside source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line between science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.
Title: Planetside 2 | Developer: Sony Online Entertainment | Release date: Early 2014 | Genre: MMO FPS
PlanetSide 2 is a re-imagining of PlanetSide, featuring the same world, factions and taking place at roughly the same time period. As in the previous game, it features territory control in an open-world, large battles featuring up to 2000 players per continent on foot or in land/air vehicles. The territory system differs greatly from that of the original, being more free-form and based on a hexagonal territory control system. SOE has been taking into account balance issues from the first game. As stated by creative director Matthew Higby, they reward combatants on lower population empires through mechanics such as proportionally increased advancement rates and resources to aid the balance of overall empire saturation on each server as much as possible without force-restricting players from being able to play with their friends.
It is a faster paced game than the original PlanetSide and holds the ability to feature potentially thousands of players. It also features familiar first person shooter elements such as sprinting, iron sights, and regenerating shields. An important aspect is that player skill and teamwork are major determiners when it comes to being able to kill other players and overcome opposing teams. Unlockable skills are available and are stated to only make between a 15-20% difference between any player. The game also features a day and night cycle, meaning that battles happen in different times of day, affecting the general methods for warfare.
Title: Shadow of the Beast | Developer: Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs | Release date: TBA 2014
Players will battle on the alien world of Karamoon in their quest to overthrow the tyrant Maletoth, fighting hordes of enemies “in ferocious adrenaline-fueled combat, unlocking increasingly brutal moves as you draw power from the blood of your enemies,” reads an announcement. Players will be able to “discover the souls of other players and summon them to fight” at their side or help them unlock new locations in Shadow of the Beast.
The downloadable game is being developed by Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs.
Title: Starbound | Developer: Chucklefish | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Adventure
You’ll encounter procedurally generated creatures and weapons, discover populated villages and abandoned temples. Explore planets dotted with dungeons, eyeball trees and treasure. Build vast stone castles or lonely, secluded cabins, and do all of it alone or with friends! Starbound lets you live out your own story of space exploration, discovery and adventure. Settle down and farm the land, hop from planet to planet claiming resources, or make regular visits to populated settlements, taking on jobs and earning a living. NPCs are scattered about the worlds, offering quests and challenges for those looking for a little extra excitement in their lives.
On top of that, a number of quest lines let you delve into the greater galactic mysteries. Who created the Glitch? What is Big Ape’s secret? Why are the Hylotl so uptight? From abandoned bunkers to creepy temples, Starbound’s richly detailed universe offers a host of places to investigate and tales to unfold. Follow the story or create your own, experience the game how YOU want to.
Title: The Order 1886 | Developer: Ready At Dawn | Release date: Fall 2014 | Genre: Third-person shooter, Action-adventure
The Order: 1886 introduces players to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe. As a member of an elite order of knights, join a centuries-old war that will determine the course of history forever.
Title: The Witness | Developer: Number None, Inc. | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Puzzle
The Witness is a puzzle adventure game, experienced in the first-person view. The player, as an unnamed character, finds himself on an island with numerous structures and natural formation. The island is divided into ten sections arranged around a mountain that represents the ultimate goal for the player. Within each section, the player will encounter numerous puzzles, and once the player has completed all puzzles in a section, a gold turret will emerge from around that section and shine a light towards the mountain. The player needs to complete seven of the ten section sections to be able to access the puzzles within the mountain and complete the game.
Title: Transistor | Developer: Supergiant Games | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Action RPG
Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG from the creators of Bastion that invites players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they fight through a stunning futuristic city. The game seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, melding responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, players will piece together the Transistor’s mysteries as they pursue its former owners.
Title: Child of Light | Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Platformer, RPG
The game puts players in the shoes of Aurora, a child stolen from her home, who, in her quest to return, must bring back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night. Helped by her playable companion Igniculus the firefly and several unlikely allies, Aurora will face her darkest fears in this modern take on a coming-of-age story. The game is largely inspired by popular old-school RPGs, such as Grandia and Grandia II. Most of the core creative team is formed of people who worked on Far Cry 3, both games share a similar upgrade skill tree.
Title: The Crew | Developer: Ivory Tower, Ubisoft Reflections | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Open World Racing
Be Part of The Crew
The Crew is a revolutionary action-driving game developed exclusively for next-gen consoles. It takes you and your friends on a reckless ride inside a massive, open-world recreation of the United States.
THE MOST VARIED DRIVING EXPERIENCE OF ALL TIME
Take part in a relentless ride to move up the ranks of the 510s, a gang grown around Detroit’s illegal street racing scene – making a rep for yourself on the underground-racing scene and ultimately taking down their activities all across the United States. Maneuver through the bustling streets of New York City to lose the cops, cruise down sunny Miami Beach or trek through the breathtaking plateaus of Monument Valley. Each locale comes with its own set of surprises and driving challenges to master. On your journey you will encounter other players on the road – all potentially worthy companions to crew up with, or future rivals to compete against.
Title: Destiny | Developer: Bungie | Release date: Q2 2014 | Genre: FPS
In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.
A BOLD NEW WORLD
Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden Age.
MORE WAYS TO PLAY
The next evolution of the first-person action genre that provides an unprecedented combination of storytelling, cooperative, competitive, and public gameplay, and personal activities that are all seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent online world. Venture out alone or join up with friends. The choice is yours.
CREATE YOUR LEGEND
Personalize and upgrade every aspect of how you look and fight with a nearly limitless combination of armor, weapons, and visual customizations. Take your upgraded character into every mode, including campaign, cooperative, social, public, and competitive multiplayer.
THE DESTINY BETA
Be one of the first to blaze a trail through the wild frontiers of Destiny. Pre-order and receive access to the upcoming beta. Beta will be available in early 2014.
Title: The Division | Developer: Ubisoft Massive | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: TPS, RPG, MMO
The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which “revealed how vulnerable we’ve become”; society has become “fragile” and “complex”. In the game, a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States to collapse in five days. The player is part of a group called “Strategic Homeland Division (SHD)”, called “The Division” for short. This group was established to combat the threat and do whatever it takes to “save what remains” in a massive multiplayer online situation, putting them against friends, AI, and other players.
Title: Dragon Age Inquisition | Developer: BioWare | Release date: Fall 2014 | Genre: Action RPG
Explore a vast, fantasy world at the brink of catastrophe in Dragon Age: Inquisition, a next-generation action RPG, where your choices shape and drive the experience. In this upcoming video game from BioWare, makers of Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Origins, you’ll make your mark in an expansive, story-driven open world filled with complex characters, challenging combat and difficult decisions.
A cataclysmic event has plunged the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons now darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages have broken into an all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you to restore order as you lead the Inquisition and hunt down the agents of chaos – your choices will forever change the Dragon Age.
Title: Dying Light | Developer: Techland | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: FPS, Survival Horror
Dying Light is a zombie themed game set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population with a heavy focus on free-running mechanics. Many compare and it is noted that it appears as a combination of Dead Island, Mirror’s Edge and Fallout 3. “At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most frightening are the predators which appear only after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning’s first light.”
Title: The Elder Scrolls Online | Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios | Release date: Q1 2014 | Genre: MMO RPG
As with other games in The Elder Scrolls franchise, the game will be set in the continent of Tamriel and feature a storyline indirectly connected with the other games. The game will be set a millennium (1000 years) before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and around 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, with the “Daedric Prince Molag Bal appearing as the main antagonist as he attempts to pull all of Tamriel to his realm of Coldharbour.
Most of the continent of Tamriel will be playable in the game (although much of it will be locked off for expansion content), and players will have the opportunity to join any of the three factions warring over the throne of the Emperor of Tamriel: The Aldmeri Dominion (represented by an eagle), composed of Altmer (High elf), Bosmer (Wood elf), and Khajiit; the Daggerfall Covenant (represented by a lion), composed of Bretons, Redguards, and Orsimer (Orcs); and the Ebonheart Pact (represented by a dragon), composed of Nords, Dunmer (Dark elf) and Argonians.
Title: The Evil Within | Developer: Tango Gameworks | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Survival Horror
When Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners, Joseph Oda and Julie “Kid” Kidman, rush to the scene of a gruesome mass murder, a mysterious, powerful force is lying in wait for them. Witnessing the killing of fellow police officers one after another, Sebastian is then attacked and loses consciousness. Waking up in a land where monsters are wandering about, he has to fight his way through a world of death and his close friend’s madness in order to understand what’s going on. Sebastian has to face his fears in order to survive on a journey to discover what lies in the shadows of that mysterious force.
Title: Mad Max | Developer: Avalanche Studios | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Action-Adventure
Play as Mad Max, a lone warrior who must embark on a dangerous journey after his Interceptor is stolen by a deadly gang of marauders. A reluctant hero with an instinct for survival, Max wants nothing more than to leave the madness behind and find solace in the storied “Plains of Silence”.
Title: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes | Developer: Kojima Productions | Release date: Spring 2014 | Genre: Action-Adventure, Stealth
Ground Zeroes will take place in 1975, some months after Peace Walker. It stars series protagonist Big Boss (or simply Snake) as he works with the Militaires Sans Frontieres to infiltrate an American black site on Cuban soil called Camp Omega. Snake’s mission objectives include searching for the Cipher agent Paz Ortega Andrade, who had survived her fight with Snake in Peace Walker and also rescuing Chico Libre, the young boy from Peace Walker who attempted his own rescue operation but was captured as well. Sometime during his mission, MSF’s mother base is attacked by the shadow organization XOF, lead by Skull Face. The events from Ground Zeroes will result in Big Boss’s characterization undergoing a major change.
Title: Project CARS | Developer: Slightly Mad Studios | Release date: Q3-Q4 2014 | Genre: Racing
PROJECT CARS represents THE ULTIMATE DRIVER JOURNEY…
- FRANCHISE MODE allows you to carve out a personalized career starting in the Karting world and then progressing on to whichever motorsport specialization you prefer including Rally, Touring Cars, Open-Wheel, GT, Le Mans, and many more!
- Play CO-OP with a friend as Driver/Co-Driver
- FULL TEAM MANAGEMENT… Have a large number of friends? Create, manage, and compete together!
- Experience the excitement of PIT STOPS like you’ve never seen before!
- Revolutionary PIT-2-CAR RADIO gives you the strategic advantage
- DYNAMIC Time Of Day & Localized Weather make every race unique and challenging
- 10+ GAME MODES covering every form of motorsport
- CLOUD-BASED SOCIAL NETWORK allows you to connect with friends, compare times & scores, compete and challenge each other, and share content
- USER-GENERATED CONTENT – Create your own liveries, decals, tuning setups, and even events! Then share them with the world – either for free, in-game credits or even real money!
- PUSHING TO THE LIMITS – Advanced physics, lighting, and AI
Title: Rayman Legends | Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier | Release date: February 2014 | Genre: Platformer, Side-Scroller
The game features over 120 levels, including 40 remastered levels from the original Rayman Origins, which are unlocked by obtaining Lucky Tickets, which can also win additional Lums and Teensies. Some levels feature remixed ‘Invaded’ versions, which must be completed as quickly as possible. The game also offers daily and weekly challenge stages, in which players can compete with other players via leaderboards in challenges such as collecting a certain number of Lums in a short time, or surviving the longest on a stage. More challenge stages can be accessed by raising the player’s ‘awesomeness’ rating, which increases by collecting trophies earned by rescuing Teensies, collecting a high number of Lums in each level or by having a high leaderboard position at the end of a challenge. A local multiplayer soccer game, Kung Foot, is also featured.
Title: Thief | Developer: Eidos Montreal | Release date: NA: Feb 25th, 2014 EU: Feb 28th, 2014 | Genre: Stealth
Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach. As an uprising emerges, Garrett finds himself entangled in growing layers of conflict. Lead by Orion, the voice of the people, the tyrannized citizens will do everything they can to claim back the City from the Baron’s grasp. The revolution is inevitable. If Garrett doesn’t get involved, the streets will run red with blood and the City will tear itself apart.
- YOU ARE GARRETT, THE MASTER THIEF: Step into the silent shoes of Garrett, a dark and lonely thief with an unrivaled set of skills. The most challenging heists, the most inaccessible loots, the best kept secrets: nothing is out of your reach.
- THE CITY: YOURS FOR THE TAKING: Explore the sick and troubled City, from its shady back alleys to the heights of its rooftops. Sneak into rich houses, Infiltrate the best-guarded mansions and lurk in every dark corner… unnoticed and unsanctioned.
- CHOOSE YOUR APPROACH: Leverage Garrett’s arsenal to take down guards with your blackjack, shoot one of your many arrow types or use your newly acquired focus abilities to manipulate the environment and outsmart your enemies. What kind of master thief will you be?
- UNPRECEDENTED IMMERSION: Become one with the world thanks to ground-breaking visual elements and a truly tactile and visceral first-person experience. Through jaw-dropping Next-Gen technical possibilities, THIEF delivers unprecedented immersion through sights, sounds and artificial intelligence.
Title: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition | Developer: Crystal Dynamics | Release date: Jan 28th, 2014 | Genre: Action adventure, third person shooter
This edition of Tomb Raider features a rebuilt engine from the ground up for the PS4 and Xbox One. A lot of changes went into the physics of the game, much more destructible cover, weather effects, physics of Lara’s clothes, hair, skin, etc. This new version runs at 1080p and comes with AMD’s “TressFX” engine, making every strand of hair on Lara an actual individual strand. Crystal Dynamics also redid Lara’s face from scratch to showcase their vision for what a next-generation Lara Croft can look like.
Title: UFC 14 | Developer: EA Sports | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Fighting, Sports
The next generation of mixed martial arts fighting begins spring of 2014 when EA SPORTS UFC is released for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. As revealed during the EA E3 Press Conference, here are the EA SPORTS UFC gameplay features powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology. Feel the fight as the action, emotion, and intensity inside the Octagon are brought to life in ways that were never before possible in a video game.
Title: Valiant Hearts: The Great War | Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Puzzle Adventure
Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier on the UbiArt Framework (the same studio and engine that gave us Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins), Valiant Hearts tells the tale of four strangers coming together on the battlefield to help a young German soldier find love in a story about survival, sacrifice and friendship.
Solve puzzles and sneak through enemy lines while doing your best to stay alive. Each of the five playable characters (including the lovelorn German soldier) work alongside the same faithful canine companion at different times, all trying to survive in the trenches while doing their best to hold onto their humanity in the face of loss and tragedy. Though it’s set during a dark time in history, there are lighthearted (and even comical) moments spread throughout the game.
Title: Watch Dogs | Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Release date: Spring 2014 | Genre: Puzzle Adventure
Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice. Chicago’s overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city’s technology and information – including key data on all of the city’s residents.
You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You’ll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy… and more.
Title: The Witcher 3 | Developer: CD Projekt Red | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: Open World Action RPG
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the recently announced third and final installment in the series of games by CD Projekt RED featuring witcher Geralt of Rivia. The game is scheduled to be released sometime in 2014 and will be set in an open world, unlike the previous games. The game will also be built using the new REDengine3. The game’s atmosphere is set in the aftermath of the events of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The plot combines several storyline elements – with the two main ones being Nilfgaard’s invasion into the Northern Kingdoms and Geralt’s own quest to eliminate the Wild Hunt.
The game will introduce “a living open world larger than any other in modern RPG history.” The setting is more than “30 times larger” than previous Witcher games, requiring players to catch a sailboat for some locations and ride horseback to others. However, fast travelling for the area of known locations is also possible. The Witcher 3 has been described as “20% bigger than Skyrim,” and CD Projekt RED anticipates approximately 100 hours for the completion of the main story and open-world quests.
Title: Wolfenstein: The New Order | Developer: MachineGames | Release date: TBA 2014 | Genre: FPS
Europe, 1946. World War II rages across Europe. Where once the Allies pressed advantage, the Nazi forces have turned the tide in dramatic fashion behind the technologically advanced war machine of General Wilhelm Strasse — Deathshead. When a final Allied assault on Deathshead’s compound fails, the Allies’ greatest hope falls with it.
Europe, 1960. The war is over. And the Nazis are triumphant victors. Using unrelenting force and brutal intimidation, the Nazis have brought even the most powerful nations to their knees. The Nazi regime now rules the globe with an iron fist. You are Captain B.J. Blazkowicz, the American War Hero. After emerging into this world of darkness, you must launch an impossible counter-offensive against the monstrous Nazi regime. Only you dare stand up against an unstoppable army of Nazi robots and hulking Super Soldiers. Only you can stop Deathshead. Only you can rewrite history.
Phew! Quite the list. Remember this is even close to everything coming next year. Expect announcements of new games in the near future. Suffice it to say, our PS4s and Xbox Ones will be getting some extensive workouts next year as we become fully engrossed in the next generation.
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