Sunday, January 12, 2014

Gaming all the way into 2014:

Yes, 2014 is here! And we have all danced out hearts out. But the party doesn’t end just yet. Cuz all you gamers are in for a treat, as 2014 does not only look promising but it is freaking awesome. Well I am already on the edge of my seat. But only time will tell if these games live out to the hype it has generated. I have listed down some of the most anticipated games coming to your nearest PC’s and PlayStation's this 2014.

1.   Destiny: (PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, XBOX One) – Releasing on 9th Sept 2014

There is so much of hype and buzz about Destiny, once wonders if it is all noise and less details. If anyone wants a game about vast explorable space opera set within a persistent massively-multiplayer universe it's probably Bungie, the creator of the Halo series. The backdrop and looks are quite similar, but the idea of a first-person shooter set within a vast planet-hopping adventure where you can randomly encounter and team up with other players is a scintillating one. What is in hold for this game’s destiny, I think it will not disappoint the Halo fans.

2.   Thief: (PC, PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, XOne) – Releasing February 25th 2014 

Our entire wait is over as the long awaited rebirth of the legendary stealth series is here. Since it was first announced almost 5 years ago we've seen Dishonored and heard about The Order 1886, which both use dark steam punk cities and conspiracy-laden plots to very familiar effect. If the Game play is as open and tactically diverse like the earlier ones, we are in for a treat. It has a very good sleek look and is very visually rich. Decade old wait is finally over.

3.   Titanfall: (PC, Xbox360, Xbox One) – Releasing on 11th March 2014

By what I saw and felt while playing the Demo of Titanfall on Gamescom 2013, this could easily be one of my favourites. It gives u what u want, with the fast-paced super-three-dimensional combat of Quake and the thundering military impact of the Modern Warfare titles. Developer Respawn Entertainment has a winner here with a game having it all from movement skill, accuracy and tactics into one experience. Leaping between rooftops while waiting for your Titan mech to be delivered and then stamping along city streets blasting players from the air like clay pigeons is ridiculous fun.

4.   Bayonetta 2: (Nintendo, Wii U) Release date TBA(2014)

There was so much teeth crunching excitement when Platinum Games announced last September that its follow-up to the cult hack-n-slasher would be a Wii U exclusive. A little disappointment that it will be sorely missed on PC and PS versions. But Bayonetta 2 trailer packed more megaton combos and ridiculous mid-air demon skirmishes into 60 seconds than seems humanly possible – even for Platinum. With the addition of a two-player mode, this is going to be chaos. In a Hell of a good way.

5.   Dark Souls II: (PC, PS3, XBOX 360) – Releasing on March 11th 2014

Even though we have a new director helming and taking this series forward, Tomohiro Shibuya, has promised a sublime action packed role-player that will retain the essential elements of its predecessor along with exploring new avenues. We have been promised of much more in dept story background, an expanded and revised online experience, as well as vehicles. Ha Ha Ha… more likely to expect chariots and galleons, than monsters driving jeeps. I Pray.

6.   Driveclub: (Sony, PS4) – Releasing early 2014.

This is a planned PlayStation 4 launch. With breath taking inclusions like multiplayer RPG driving, players competing in events all over the world and , team-up in co-op squads to extend their influence and abilities. Evolution Studios is surely taking this title skywards as the future of social gaming. This will surely be an interesting year for racers. Get Zap Zoommmm!

7.   The Witcher 3: (Microsoft Windows, PS4, XBOX One) – Releasing in Quater2 of 2014

If you consider The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to be the number one game to look forward to for 2014, I don't blame you. CD Projekt RED has something really special on their hands as we continue the story of Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher 3 comes as the third installment of the series introducing a living open world larger than any other in modern RPG history. The witcher 3 has been described as 20% bigger than Skyrim. Now this is one big big big action packed role-playing game. CD Projekt RED anticipates approximately 100hrs for the completion of the main story and open-world quests. Are you aching to explore the all new open world of The Witcher 3 and cover the land with corpses?
Then get ready to unleash those shinning blades.

8.   Dying light: (Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, XBOX 360,  XBOX One) – Releasing this 2014

Dying Light is a first-person, action survival horror 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. At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most frightening are the predators which only appear after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning’s first light. Hmmmmmm…are you scared already.

9.   South Park The Stick of Truth: (PC, PS3, XBOX360) – Releasing on 4th March 2014

There were two games I was most impressed with at this year's E3, and one of them was South Park: The Stick of Truth. Written and voiced by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The Stick of Truth stays true to the show's humor and love of playing video games. Like every fantasy RPG game, you'll have attacks and spells, but they have a very South Park way of being performed. When we saw the game, we laughed the entire time. It looks and feels like an episode of South Park, and it even ties into the show. 

10. Tom Clancy’s The Division: (PC, PS$, XBOX One) – Releasing date TBA

The list could not be complete without this one. When I think of what a next-gen game should look and be like, this is it. The Division revolves around real-world events that revealed how vulnerable our society has become. As a member of the “Strategic Homeland Division, called “The Division” for short, it is your mission to combat the threat and do whatever it takes to save what remains. Taking place in New York City after a disease was spread on Black Friday, causing the United States to collapse in five days, you, your friends and AI will have to prevent the fall of society. Need I say more.
Even more amazing than the story is the visuals. In an online world like this where you fight with and against real players, it's amazing the detail and realism that is present in every ray of light, shard of glass, drop of water and stray bullet. This is next-gen gaming. But with lots of rumors that The Division could miss 2014 release, all we could do is just pray…

What do you guys feel about the list…I am sure I missed out on quite a few. To be quite frank, I picked the ones I personally like a lot. Thanks and Happy New year to all.

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