Best Games of 2014
Will These Be The Best Games Of 2014?
The year’s coming to a close. While we think this year’s been the best ever for gaming, 2014 is set to be even better thanks to the release of two of the most powerful consoles the world has ever seen.
But what good are those systems if they haven’t got the games to support them? Luckily 2014 sees not only a host of amazing next-gen games on the horizon but also titles to support the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Don’t forget about Nintendo, who also have some great looking games ready to hit the shelves. But which will be the best game of 2014? Let’s have a look at some of the contenders!
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Hack-em-up Watch Dogs was sadly delayed until 2014 but we’re sure Ubisoft Montreal has taken the extra time to give this sandbox game the improvements it needs to be one of the most important early games on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
A new future for the first-person shooter? Destiny is being developed by Halo heavyweights Bungie the team is promising a living universe teeming with aliens and events happening in-game that Bungie says aren’t planned and will be totally unpredictable.
Driveclub’s one of the most eagerly anticipated PlayStation 4 games so far. We’re looking forward to testing the racer’s social connectivity features and creating an unstoppable team with other petrolheads across the globe. Driveclub also promises some of the finest visuals ever seen in a driving game.
A reboot, Thief mixes stealth and action sequences as you control master thief Garrett, who wants to exploit the enormous gap between rich and poor to steal from the wealthy. The City blends Victorian style with steampunk architecture with its bleak atmosphere complementing a stunning narrative.
A sucker for punishment? Dark Souls II is the follow-up to everyone’s favourite unforgiving RPG Dark Souls. The second instalment promises to be even more brutal than ever with co-director Tomohiro Shibuya saying "We do not plan on having an Easy Mode.” Yikes!
Xbox One exclusive Titanfall is an online multiplayer-only game hoping to reinvent the first-person shooter. How? With enormous mechs called Titans that players can pilot. Not only can they kick some serious behind, but controlling them’s essential for completing team-based co-op missions.
Final Fantasy X was an excellent entry into the Final Fantasy series and one of the PlayStation 2’s most fondly remembered games. The tenth instalment is getting a brand new lick of paint – as is its sequel X-2 – and will also be available on the PlayStation Vita (TBA).
Snake’s back! Voiced by Keifer Sutherland Ground Zeroes focuses on the events following Peace Walker which debuted on the PSP. Also connected as a prologue to The Phantom Pain Ground Zeroes follows Big Boss in 1975, features an amazing time cycle, and smartphone access to the game’s motherbase.
The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes are both separate entities making up the fifth Metal Gear title. The Phantom Pain sees Punished Snake heading into Afghanistan on a vengeance mission, and features series’ favourites including Ocelot.
Action-adventure The Order:1886 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive set in an alternate universe where an order of knights fight animal-human hybrids to keep the world safe. The Order features King Arthur in what is one of the most imaginative games we’ve ever seen.
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is involved with Tango Gameworks’ original survival horror story. Didn’t think the latest Silent Hills or Resident Evils packed too many scares? The Evil Within is set to make you fill your pants with psychological frights that we hope will reinvent the horror genre.
Mario Kart 8
What’s left for Mario Kart to introduce apart from bloody irritating blue shells? Quite a lot as it happens, as the eighth racer sees Mario, Bowser and co. drive up walls and across ceilings thanks to a new antigravity element. Submarines and gliders also make a return to Nintendo’s popular racer.
Bayonetta 2 is something of a coup for Wii U, especially with the Platinum Games’ team back on board to provide more hack-and-slash action that made the first such game such a smash. Bayonetta’s back with a new suit, cropped hair, and a new arsenal of deadly weapons.
2010’s Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii was a return to form for the world’s favourite ape and won praise for its tough difficulty. Retro Studios is back in charge with Viking creatures the Snomads invading DK’s island. The first game in the series to feature a playable Cranky Kong!
Open-world racer The Crew takes place in North America with rumours abound that it takes up to 90 minutes in-game to drive from coast to coast. Truly enormous The Crew sees you trying to infiltrate criminal gangs, and features a heavy dose of RPG and multiplayer elements.
Set in New York City in 2094 Capcom’s Deep Down is best described as a dungeon crawler with online RPG elements. Though set in the future Deep Down takes you back to the past and features cataclysmic battles with fire-breathing dragons and other huge monsters.
Colourful open-world survival shooter Sunset Overdrive is an Xbox One exclusive and features what Insomniac Games describes as ‘agile combat’. Sunset Overdrive has substance as well as style with players using all sorts of weapons to protect themselves against hoards of mutants.
The first Mirror’s Edge was a fantastic, creative game based around free-running with EA announcing a sequel at E3 in June. The next game is expected to be a prequel showing Faith’s origins and is also set to use the upgraded Frostbite 3 engine. It’s also been confirmed as an open-world adventure.
These games and many more are available to pre-order now through the Grainger Games website! Have we missed any games out? Let us know which games you’re looking forward to most by leaving us a comment below!