2014 brings us a combination of new games and brand new next-gen consoles which translates to mean the potential for being a good year to be a gamer. I’ve been dropping out of the gaming loop more and more over the last few years but 2014 is the year that the slide stops and reclaim my place atop the pantheon of Jamaican gamers. New PC upgrades and a PS4 are in my near future and I intend to put them to use throughout the year. Below are the my 10 most anticipated games of 2014, check them out, vote in the poll below and leave me some feedback via a comment or @Jamaipanese on Twitter!
Before I was introduced the Civilization series there was a little-known turn-based strategy game named Age of Wonders II that was one of the most awesome fantasy games I have ever played. I easily dumped dozens of hours into this game along with its expansion Age of Wonder II Shadow Magic. It had dragons, dwarves, magic, interesting combat and replay-ability. I was ecstatic to learn recently that Age of Wonders III has been announced and is coming sometime in 2014. Yes please!
Star Wars: The Old Republic
has been providing my MMORPG fix for over two years now. I’ve played through 6 of the 8 unique stories in that time and enjoyed dozens of raids, events and PvP action in a galaxy far far away. However Wildstar whimsical look and accessibility has got my attention and looks like a MMO I will at least try for the first few weeks of its release. Will it stick? I am not sure but I will give it a try!
- Destiny (Xbox One, PS4) – Shooter/RPG
Ever since it was first announced Destiny has been on my radar. As the months have progressed I have learned more and more about this first person shooter fused with RPG elements set in a sci-fi world with an interesting story. Its being made by the same people that brought us Halo so there is no doubting the pedigree.
The Elder Scrolls series is a titan of the RPG genre. It is looking to make the MMORPG jump in 2014 and I’ll admit that although I am conflicted, I am too much of a fan to not give it a try. Feedback from friends who have been playing the alpha/beta has been mixed, some absolutely love it, some absolutely hate it. The main gripe seems to be some similarities to the uber disappointing Guild Wars 2 but its Elder Scrolls, I can’t resist!… I’ll be playing an Argonian mage as a member of the Ebonheart Pact.
Dragonage Origins is one of my favourite videos games of all time. I am halfway through a replay of the entire campaign now to prepare my mind for Dragonage Inquisition. Dragonage II was a decent game but fell way below the bar set by the first game and Inquisition looks to be aiming to get the series back on track. A must play for me on the PC.
First announced and teased in mid 2012 Mount and Blade: Bannerlord seemed to them disapear into nothingness before reappearing a few weeks ago on the developer’s website. I played far too many hours riding hourses and chopping down my enemies in Mount and Blade: Warband and Bannerlord promises an upgraded engine and a more modern game still set in a medieval world. The peasants will cringe at a sound of my name.
A massively multiplayer third person squad based shooter? Where have you been all my life! The Division’s trailer and gameplay video when it was first released in early 2013 cemented this game as a must play in my mind. The flow of information pretty much dried up in the later half of the year but I expect more information and awesomesauce leading up the release of this game in 2014.
Alternate universe? Fantasy creatures, steampunk influences? breathtaking graphics?The Order: 1886 is Playstation 4 exclusive set in a world where an old order of knights keep all of the world safe from half bred monsters, who are a combination of animal and man. Just give me the biggest gun you can find and point m in the direction of the monsters.
I’m a big fan of Shadowrun Returns, I even tried to do a Youtube playthrough series but it got swallowed up by school. Shadowrun: Dragonfall is a followup of sorts and promises to improve on the Shadowrun Returns. BERLIN. The Flux-State: a stable anarchy enforced by an ever-shifting coalition of megacorps, political factions, and savvy power players. A place where almost anything goes and the right connections can be the difference between success and starvation. Dangerous jobs abound and there’s no better place to earn a quick payday – provided you live long enough to spend it. For you and your team of battle-scarred runners, it’s just another day in the Free City of Berlin.
A third person action game set in the Lord of the Rings universe? Yes please. Video game tie-ins to movies usually suck but in this case Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is set between the happenings of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The family of ranger Talion is killed by Sauron’s armies, and he himself is also killed, but soon revived with “wraith-like abilities” and heads to Mordor to exact his revenge. Can’t wait to play a mature LOTR game and to explore Mordor!
Did I miss any big (or small) games that you are looking forward to playing? Share it via a comment below or on twitter to @Jamaipanese. With the new console generation upon us I am interested to see which console(s) readers of this article have bought or will be buying so vote in the poll below!
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