The Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Most Anticipated Games of 2014
 
 

With 2013 now very much in the past, and the dust finally beginning to settle on the various "which game was the best of the year?" conversations that typically do the rounds at the end of a given 12-month period / start of the next, it seems appropriate to put what is aside and think instead about what's next.

Investigation into what's on the horizon in terms of high-profile videogame releases reveals that there is, in fact, a hell of a lot of stuff coming up - so much so that narrowing the list down into just the top twenty was seriously difficult (and likely to be quite controversial as a result.)

Thanks to our Facebook-enabled readers, however, we did manage to come up with a list, which is then supported by a "nearly, but not quite" collection of other hotly anticipated games, before being rounded off by games that - while ludicrously high profile, as a rule - are unlikely to make it out this year.

Let's start at the very beginning then, shall we? Games are listed in alphabetical order!

The Top 20

Alien: Isolation

PS3, PS4, XO, 360, PC - Q4

Developed by Creative Assembly (the team behind the Total War games), Isolation is a return in tone to that set by the original movie (rather than the action focus of the follow up films). Playing as Ellen Ripley's daughter Amanda, you'll be stalked by a lone Alien Xenomorph aboard a remote space station. Creepy!

Battlefield 5

PS3, PS4, XO, 360, PC - ??

A rumoured, and likely - but as yet unannounced - sequel to EA's ongoing, smash-hit first-person shooter franchise. It's almost guaranteed - almost.

Call of Duty XI

PS3, PS4, XO, 360, PC - November

The as yet unannounced sequel to Activision's on-going money-printing franchise that we all know is coming. Look for an announcement in late April / early May, for release between November 7th and 14th. Rumours suggest it will be Modern Warfare 4 (developed by Sledgehammer Games), to be followed by Black Ops III (by Treyarch) in 2015, and Ghosts 2 (by Infinity Ward) in 2016.

Dark Souls II

PS3, 360, PC - March 14th

Developed by From Software, the sequel to 2011's Dark Souls (itself the spiritual successor to 2009's Demon's Souls) looks to continue the ultra hard action RPG gameplay of its forebears. Punishingly difficult, the series rewards perseverance - beating it will likely be very satisfying indeed, assuming you actually can...

Destiny

PS3, PS4, XO, 360 - September 9th

The next game from the team that brought us Halo, Destiny has a massive budget, suggesting that both Bungie and Activision are expecting it to be very successful indeed. It's set 700 years into the future and things look pretty grim. An event of some sort has brought mankind to the brink of extinction; it's up to the player, their friends, and random strangers to team up and put things right.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

PC - March 25th

In addition to taking the story of Diablo III from the legendary city of Westmarch to the unhallowed halls of the Pandemonium Fortress in Act V and introducing the incorruptible Crusader class, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls increases the game's level cap to 70. Players continuing on with their existing Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Wizard, and Monk characters will benefit from an array of fearsome new spells and abilities as they advance in level.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

PS4 - ??

Includes the content of the original Diablo III (PC) game, as well as its expansion - Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. It's coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4, and will include support for Remote Play on PlayStation Vita.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

PS3, PS4, XO, 360, PC - Q3 2014

Developed once again by BioWare, Inquisition is a significant departure from the earlier games in the series. The more open-world setting is just the beginning; the title also promises a significant redesign of the various combat systems, with a much greater focus on thinking and less need to repeatedly press the same buttons over and over.

Elite: Dangerous

PC - March

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the remake / reboot of the Elite series - helmed by the man who created it, David Braben - is developing well and (according to Braben) still on track for a March release. As with the original, your goal will be to travel the spaceways, trading or fighting your way to the top - only this time around there will be other players to contend with too.

The Evil Within

PS3, PS4, XO, 360, PC - ??

The survival horror genre looks set to return to its roots when The Evil Within releases later this year, thanks to the director of the game. Shinji Mikami - best known for creating the Resident Evil franchise - is at the helm, and he's promising to deliver something much more inline with what horror fans have been asking for (than what they've been getting.)

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Comments Comments (49)

 
Posted by Coddfish
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 4:46 PM
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Great list! This is going to be such a big year.

Hopefully we'll get Beyond Good & Evil 2 this year! *keeps dreaming*
 
 
 
Posted by PE0PLEKN0WME
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 4:47 PM
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GTAO next Gen? I hope so!
 
 
 
Posted by temungbean
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 4:59 PM
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The Order: 1886 is what I am looking forward to most. But first I am looking forward to finding out some more info on the game.
 
 
 
nenz
Posted by nenz
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 5:06 PM
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Battlefield 5 in 2014? Seems unlikely!
 
 
 
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 5:38 PM
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17 January 2014, 05:06 PM Reply to nenz
Battlefield 5 in 2014? Seems unlikely!
Red Dead Redemption 2 anyone?
 
 
 
Posted by Bappernz
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 5:42 PM
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another big year for gaming, can't wait to my hands on some of these titles
 
 
 
Posted by SpeediePetey
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 5:52 PM
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No Fallout 4 on this list?
 
 
 
W1NG3R_NZ
Posted by W1NG3R_NZ
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 6:19 PM
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17 January 2014, 05:52 PM Reply to SpeediePetey
No Fallout 4 on this list?
Probably because it's not likely to released in 2014 haha. Maybe an E3 announcment at best - Pretty please :)
 
 
 
Posted by OriginalSin
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 6:34 PM
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Divinity: Original Sin, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Thief, Tales from the Borderlands, Wildstar.
 
 
 
Super-Pangolin
Posted by Super-Pangolin
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 7:42 PM
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I thought I read somewhere that The Division was unlikely to release this year?
 
 
 
Posted by toner
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 7:43 PM
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Good list, I'd play a majority of the games.
 
 
 
Posted by LeftoversNZ
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 7:43 PM
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17 January 2014, 04:46 PM Reply to Coddfish
Great list! This is going to be such a big year.

Hopefully we'll get Beyond Good & Evil 2 this year! *keeps dreaming*
I don't see battlefield 5 coming out in 2014 . The BF4 premium calendar runs the rest of the year and has never typically been an annual release title
 
 
 
Super-Pangolin
Posted by Super-Pangolin
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 7:46 PM
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Also - "Sunset Overdrive is published by Microsoft - which means it's exclusive to the Xbox One". Insomniac you traitors :<
 
 
 
haydensomething
Posted by haydensomething
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 7:48 PM
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Star Citizen, The Division & Star Wars Battlefront.. These are my most anticipated!
 
 
 
Posted by Dvst8u
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 7:53 PM
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driveclub im looking forward to the most , thinking id like to give diablo 3 on ps4 a go , and also project cars looks interesting..........rdr 2 would be insane
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 8:14 PM
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This year is going to be AWESOME!
 
 
 
Posted by Shoel
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 9:06 PM
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D3:RoS CE preordered :) this better not suck as much as AH3 did on launch...
 
 
 
Posted by LeftoversNZ
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 9:11 PM
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17 January 2014, 07:43 PM Reply to LeftoversNZ
I don't see battlefield 5 coming out in 2014 . The BF4 premium calendar runs the rest of the year and has never typically been an annual release title
Oops stupid mobile interface. Accidentally quoted a comment that had no relation to what I said
 
 
 
rocketman12
Posted by rocketman12
On Friday 17 Jan 2014 10:39 PM
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Personally I am really looking forward to Castlevania Lords of shadow 2, really enjoyed the 1st game.
 
 
 
ssjroneel
Posted by ssjroneel
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 12:06 AM
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Sorry wallet, no money for you this year....
 
 
 
Posted by Goonertron
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 12:40 AM
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Really interested in Witcher 3, Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 4 (hopefully!)
 
 
 
Posted by Goonertron
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 12:41 AM
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17 January 2014, 05:06 PM Reply to nenz
Battlefield 5 in 2014? Seems unlikely!
Battlefield 5 is very unlikely. They couldn't handle a 2 year cycle, there is no way they will commit to a year when they are still working on BF4!
 
 
 
Posted by Goonertron
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 12:42 AM
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17 January 2014, 07:46 PM Reply to Super-Pangolin
Also - "Sunset Overdrive is published by Microsoft - which means it's exclusive to the Xbox One". Insomniac you traitors :<
Awesome! Didn't know about this. Loved Ratchet and Clank on the PS2.
 
 
 
Posted by Chris Redfield
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 11:01 AM
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Guilty Gear Xrd
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 11:29 AM
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Should be a great year for gaming.
 
 
 
Posted by oconnomiyaki
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 2:04 PM
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There is no way BF5 comes out this year. CoD manages annual releases because they have different teams on them. (Same deal with Assassin's Creed.) It looked like there might be something in Danger Close, but after Medal of Honor tanked...

Also, if CoD this year is Modern Warfare 4, I'll sit it out. That series is done; move on.

Big hitters for me this year are Titanfall and Destiny. Hopefully Halo makes it too. Interesting that both games launch before the holiday season. Hopefully there's something that comes along to be a good Christmas gift.
 
 
 
nenz
Posted by nenz
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 2:41 PM
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18 January 2014, 02:04 PM Reply to oconnomiyaki
There is no way BF5 comes out this year. CoD manages annual releases because they have different teams on them. (Same deal with Assassin's Creed.) It looked like there might be something in Danger Close, but after Medal of Honor tanked...

Also, if CoD this year is Modern Warfare 4, I'll sit it out. That series is done; move on.

Big hitters for me this year are Titanfall and Destiny. Hopefully Halo makes it too. Interesting that both games launch before the holiday season. Hopefully there's something that comes along to be a good Christmas gift.
It won't be MW4, that's Activision's series and it's now Treyarch's time to make the game this year because of Activision making Ghosts last year.
 
 
 
grieving
Posted by grieving
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 2:58 PM
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Also pretty skeptical of BF5. Unless they're looking to release another bug riddled beta.

My most anticipated is easily MGS5 followed by The Evil Within and FFXV.
 
 
 
Posted by strawpeople
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 3:17 PM
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Got FFX on preorder and will be preordering Dragon Age as soon as I can... I'm really pumped for The Order but I don't see myself with a PS4 any time soon so I'll just add it to the expanding "next gen wants" list :)
 
 
 
Posted by Gadgetgamers
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 5:56 PM
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17 January 2014, 05:06 PM Reply to nenz
Battlefield 5 in 2014? Seems unlikely!
I agree, Battlefield 4 isn't even worth it and they talking about Battlefield 5, don't even waste my time.
 
 
 
Posted by Gadgetgamers
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 5:59 PM
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Yeah yeah bring on the new Call of Duty XI, will beat Ghosts hands down.
 
 
 
SolomonLaw
Posted by SolomonLaw
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 10:49 PM
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That's a huge list!
 
 
 
Posted by Dvst8u
On Saturday 18 Jan 2014 11:37 PM
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Looking forward to game announcements like gran turismo 6/7 on ps4 and the big one......crash bandicoot 4
 
 
 
Posted by Seraphim
On Sunday 19 Jan 2014 9:33 AM
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I anticipate having no money and too many games to play.
 
 
 
Posted by jords
On Sunday 19 Jan 2014 12:20 PM
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Wouldn't this year be MOH for EA?
 
 
 
Posted by souljah685
On Sunday 19 Jan 2014 12:22 PM
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Tom Clancy games are a must for me this year
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Monday 20 Jan 2014 12:34 PM
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Some titles i cant wait for and others ill look into be interesting to see what E3 brings.
 
 
 
Posted by Killjoy
On Monday 20 Jan 2014 12:53 PM
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Coo list, other games to look forward to are Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Strider.
 
 
 
Posted by LoftyDog
On Monday 20 Jan 2014 1:45 PM
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So is this basically a "all the big games that come out in 2014" list then?
 
 
 
Posted by ReaperCrew
On Monday 20 Jan 2014 2:36 PM
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I'm expecting "Halo 2 Anniversary" to be released this year (9 Nov) as well. I suspect it will be for XBOX One only, however hopefully it will be available for 360 as well.
 
 
 
Posted by OrkMischief
On Monday 20 Jan 2014 5:27 PM
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20 January 2014, 02:36 PM Reply to ReaperCrew
I'm expecting "Halo 2 Anniversary" to be released this year (9 Nov) as well. I suspect it will be for XBOX One only, however hopefully it will be available for 360 as well.
I agree. It would seem silly for them to do Halo CE anniversary edition and not even consider Halo 2 anniversary edition. I'm thinking the Halo game this year will be that and we will get Halo 5 next year or even later. I'm alright with that cause I can't stand yearly releases of franchises I enjoy.
 
 
 
Posted by Deanology
On Monday 20 Jan 2014 7:11 PM
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Quite the list, indeed.
I am most likely not going to play many of these..
Unfortunately, cos they look so good.
 
 
 
Posted by captain X nz
On Tuesday 21 Jan 2014 12:13 AM
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List needs Rime and Deep Down.

Still hopeful for Last Guardian and The Division is the game that sold me this gen.
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Tuesday 21 Jan 2014 6:14 PM
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What I really want is for Yakuza 5 to be localised...Give me that an it'll make my year :D
 
 
 
Posted by reavers
On Wednesday 22 Jan 2014 8:49 PM
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Would so love GTA5 to be on next gen as well, even though I already have it on PS3 :D
 
 
 
Littlelah
Posted by Littlelah
On Friday 24 Jan 2014 5:53 PM
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Goodbye money =)
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Friday 24 Jan 2014 11:19 PM
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wow what a list! Fall out 4 please! was keen on FFX HD but honestly can't see myself playing it on ps3. ps4 maybe. Destiny, Es online, Titanfall, dragon age and witcher3 for me I guess :D
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Saturday 25 Jan 2014 4:15 PM
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Good lists now to get some of or most of them and the time to play them.
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Thursday 13 Feb 2014 10:07 AM
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Destiny with out a doubt, hopefully exploration is a big part