2013 is gone and over. If you want to checkout our Top 13 (+1) list, you can do that here and here. To check out Part 1 of our Most Anticipated Games of 2014, you can do that here. But now it's time to conclude our look forward into 2014 with the games we are most excited for.
Alexander Cattell - Dragon Age: Inquisition
Though Dragon Age 2 was a rather a large let down, Dragon Age Origins is one of my favourite games of last generation. Like its sci-fi brother Mass Effect, Dragon Age Origins offered a rich interesting universe with dark twists and interesting gameplay. If Dragon Age: Inquisition can learn from 2’s mistakes like removing the fast paced button mashing repetitive mess and build upon the stop-start tactical combat that the first got so right. As well as creating lush, gorgeous environments that you just have to explore and a world that you actually can have an impact on then Dragon Age: Inquisition could be in strong contention to be one of the best role playing games of the if not the best.
John Judge - Alien: Isolation
Set 14 years after the events of the original Alien, this first-person survival horror puts the player in the role of Amanda Ripley, daughter of movie protagonist, Ellen. In search of her mother, Amanda arrives at a deserted space station and is subsequently stalked through its labyrinthine corridors by a single Xenomorph. The premise sounds extremely enticing. Favouring stealth over all-out action, developer Creative Assembly is hoping to repair the damage inflicted upon the franchise by the disastrous Colonial Marines. They aim to accomplish this by ramping up the tension and giving players that sense of despair and "isolation" so prevalent in the original movie. The game’s first official trailer premiered at CES on January 7 and it looks spectacular. With aesthetics modeled directly on the Nostromo, the space station Sevastopol is a dark and terrifying place I can’t wait to explore later this year.
Allen Kesinger - Dark Souls 2
I know I should be focusing my energy on upcoming PlayStation 4 titles but damn if I can’t help being super excited to play Dark Souls 2. I discovered a newfound respect for the first game after finishing it last year and despite the anguish and frustration, beating Dark Souls made me feel like I truly accomplished something and no other game has given me such high levels of self-satisfaction. The only thing that worries me about the new game is that I, like many others, will be going into the game before walkthroughs, boss strategies and character guides have been written.
Jonathan Miley - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Words honestly cannot express how excited I am for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. But not only am I excited, I am confident that The Witcher 3 is going to be amazing. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was my Game of the Year in 2011 and had I not played it then, then the 360 port would have been my game of the year in 2012. Assassins is easily one of my top ten games of all time. So, if CD Projekt Red merely slapped a new coat of paint on The Witcher 2, told a new story and called The Witcher 3, I’d be happy. But the amount of effort that CDPR is putting into Wild Hunt is incredible. With twice as much content, a fully open world that's larger than the previous two games combined, over 4 times as many combat animations, reworked magic signs (i.e. spells), horse riding and ship sailing, The Witcher 3 looks to be a similarly large jump in quality from Assassins as Assassins was from the first Witcher. And given my love for Assassins, that is exciting news.
Brian Tyler - Energy Hook
I talk about it some on our podcast that covers this same topic. While I can’t say that it is unequivocally my most anticipated, it’s the one game scheduled to come out that holds the most promise. Designed by the creator of the swing mechanic in Spiderman 2, Energy Hook drops everything but that main mechanic, and while the brief movie showing the game in concept looks like a hot mess, that glimmer of possibly recapturing the magic of free swinging through New York is going to keep me glued to its development up to release.
That does it for our Most Anticipated Games of 2014. Let us know what games you're most exited for this year. Does our list include yours?
Jonathan is the host of the DarkCast, DarkCast Interviews, and Gamers Read. He loves books, video games, and superheroes. If he had to pick favorites, they would be Welcome to the Monkey House, Mass Effect, and Superman respectively.