2014 Most Anticipated Games Part IIFiled inside: Games
Last week we showed you round I of the most anticipated games of 2014. These week we bring you a few more titles we’re excited to check out.
Child of Light (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WiiU)
Child of Light may be considered an Indie or Arcade game due to its “download only” distribution, but it’s still shaping up to be a refreshing and entertaining release. Players will control Aurora, an Austrian girl living in 1895, who contracts a mysterious illness that causes her to fall into a deep sleep. When she awakens, Aurora finds herself in the mysteriously dark world of Lemuria, where she is tasked in recapturing the sun, moon, and stars from the Queen of the Night.
Gameplay is described as a mixture between a side-scroller and an RPG, containing battle elements similar to the ATB found in games like Final Fantasy, Lost Odyssey, and Grandia II. Aurora will be able to upgrade her skills and abilities through different trees and is also accompanied by a blue firefly named Igniculus. Ubisoft also revealed that there will be multiplayer cooperative elements to the title. Child of Light will carry an art style similar to Indie titles like Limbo.
Release Date: April 30th
Destiny (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Destiny is a new and highly anticipated franchise from Bungie, the creators of the Halo universe. This sci-fi shooter is set 700 years into the future with a post-apocalyptic backdrop. It is during this time that the galaxy is in a prosperous period of exploration and peace, an era known as the Golden Age. Destiny’s story follows “the event,” a time in which the Golden Age ends and mankind is on the verge of extinction. Players will enter the universe as one of the last remaining humans, in the last remaining human-city in the galaxy.
Destiny looks a lot like a polished, graphically enhanced Borderlands, with varying classes to choose from and a variety of weapons to loot and upgrade. Bungie claims that the game will allow for massively multiplayer events and MMO overtones, but has shied away from classifying Destiny as a traditional MMO. Events will play a very important role in the development of the title and the games creators have stated that it is possible for a multitude of unplanned scenarios to take place. Developers will use these random occurrences to help reshape the title in the future. Bungie plans to give Destiny a massive “game-life” that will expand over a decade of real world time.
Release: September 9th
Bayonetta 2 (Wii-U)
Hideki Kamiya’s oddball action release is finally making a comeback. Bayonetta 2 has become a highly anticipated blip on the 2014 release radar, but many gamers may be disappointed to discover that the title will only be releasing on the Wii-U. Kamiya plans to be a part of the project, but the overall creative direction belongs to Yusuke Hashimoto. As a product of this , Bayonetta 2 may not be the same comedy-action cult classic kill-fest that the original was.
Bayonetta 2’s storyline picks up where its predecessor left off, revolving around the Umbra Witch Bayonetta and her traveling companion, Jeanne. Through a process of action-packed events, Jeanne’s soul is stolen by a mysterious force, and Bayonetta embarks on a journey to Inferno to get it back. Bayonetta 2 will feature the same fast-paced hack-n-slash action as before, with a feeling very similar to Devil May Cry, in which players blend together melee attacks and gun play to create combative works of art and acrobatics.
Release: Summer 2014
Evolve (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to control your massive video game monster? Evolve gives you that opportunity, tossing you into the quadrupedal shoes of a hulking beast and gives you the freedom to level your colossal baddie as you see fit. Evolve will take place in a massive jungle, teeming with animals and plant life. You can unlock special abilities and attacks by consuming wildlife and performing other various tasks. But don’t think Evolve is just a simple “simulator,” there is a real threat to you at all times, lurking in the shadows and tracking your every movement.
What makes Evolve truly unique is the player-versus-player system of battle. While you’re working to become the best monster you can be, four other players will join forces in an attempt to gun you down. These aren’t simple A.I. opponents, on either side of the field, so both the monster and the cooperative hunting party will need to use extra caution when approaching each other. Evolve is shaping up to be a very creative, and ambitious project.
Release: July – September 2014
Dying Light (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
This one’s for all you Dead Island fanatics out there. Techland is back, and this time they’re bringing up a revamped version of their refreshing first-person zombie-killing epic. Dying Light takes the same checklist that made Dead Island such a rousing adventure and turns the action up to eleven by adding in some parkour elements. You’ll be able to vault, climb, slide, and dash your way through a plethora of obstacles and undead enemies as you make your way towards objectives. Dying Light is best described as a mixture of Dead Island and Mirror’s Edge.
Not much is known about the storyline surrounding this release, but it appears to take place in some kind of downtrodden cityscape. Players will control an acrobatic free-running character and attempt to secure important airdrops as they float periodically from the sky. During the day, it is important to beat rival runners to supplies and safe houses, as night poses a very different, very dangerous threat. As the sun goes down, zombies become much stronger, gaining swiftness and the ability to climb and vault over objects. Worse, special zombie types crawl from their hiding places, including a blood thirsty hunter that is hard to escape.