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5 Games I’m Excited to Play in 2014 (What are yours?)

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2014 looms ahead of us, bright and beautiful, and the promise of new, exciting games has managed to beat my cynicism into submission – at least momentarily. Thus instead of getting angry this week, I’ve decided to share with you five of the games I’m looking forward to getting my hands on over the next 12 months (complete with trailers!). Read to the end, then tell me why I’m wrong and share your own list in the comments.

Alien: Isolation

I’m pretty excited for this one because all the other Alien games have been, well, kind of awful. Perhaps I just have the bad taste in my mouth left by the poop-sandwich that was Colonial Marines, but I don’t think so.

I have fond memories of the Alien vs. Predator games of my childhood, but after that has been a long succession of mediocrity.

This one actually looks pretty damned cool. They’re going back to the roots of the franchise with a creepy, survival horror feel rather than mindless shooting, with more stealth elements and gameplay which makes me feel like I’m going to be uncomfortable playing this after sunset.

To be fair, survival horror is very much the flavour of the year, but I’m hoping this game manages to set itself apart with a tight storyline and a much needed change to a stale series.

Child of Light

Now this is an interesting one. In the last couple of years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed some fantastic indie platformers, often with RPG elements in games such as Trine and it’s excellent sequel.

Child of Light appears to be one such game, with platform gameplay, RPG-style progression and turn-based combat. What gets me all hot under the collar about this one is it comes to us from the same team who developed Far Cry 3.

With the full weight of Ubisoft behind it, I feel like this could be something special; and such a mainstream classic platformer can only be good for the genre.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

I’ve been in love with this game ever since the 2013 rAge expo, where I got a chance to have one-on-one time with one of the fine folks at Megarom who talked me through a lengthy demo.

Humour aside (of which there is a lot, most of it great), underneath the TV-tie-in exterior lies a genuinely good RPG.

The turn-based combat system was clever and fun, the skills and levelling systems had enough intricacies to satisfy hardcore RPG fans and the story, seemingly shallow as it may be, was written by the actual South Park writers, which lends a lot to its credibility.

This isn’t some rushed out cash-in like whatever the last Spider-man game was, it’s an actual good, yet quirky RPG experience. I think a lot of you might be pleasantly surprised by how much depth this game has.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones

I love the books, I love the series, and I love all of Telltale’s excellent, story-driven games. What can go wrong?

A Game of Thrones game is an intimidating undertaking, with complex characters, an intricate plot and an expansive world. We’ve already had that one awful attempt I’d prefer not to talk about; more of a shameless hype cash-in than an actual game.

Telltale’s episodic games, on the other hand, have all delivered, and I’m excited to have this franchise handled by such a capable studio.

The Evil Within

I’m a huge horror fan, and it’s pretty hard not to get all tingly in my special places over the Resident Evil creator emerging from his money-cave to create a brand new IP.

Shinji Mikami’s debut title for his new studio, Tango Gameworks, features a police detective who finds himself placed in a world full of various horrific things after all his colleagues are murdered.

Mikami promises a decent amount of action and story to go along with your pants-wetting terror. Nice.

P.S. Did you really think My Little Pony was going to be here? You should know better than to trust my header images by now.

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  • Alex Rowley

    I actually agree completely with the list. All of these games are looking very promising. While 5 is a bit short of a list for all the cool games coming out I shall just put the ones that I have been thinking about more recently.

    The Witcher 3
    I don’t think an explanation is really needed for this one, it just looks fantastic

    Dragon Age inquisition
    Been a big fan of Bioware since Mass Effect and although there were some stumbles in DA2, having seen gameplay for DA;I and just how strongly they have taken legit criticism to enhance their game I think this one will be Bioware returning to it’s throne as the best RPG developer in the public’s opinion(I myself kind of still do)

    Stick of Truth

    Looks like some serious fun and most definitely for fans of the series, only issue I see so far is that there may be one too many fart jokes. I know weird to complain about that when we’re talking about south park but just from watching the trailers it’s already getting old.

    The Forest
    This one seems to have come out of nowhere but damn it’s got potential to be next phenomenon when it comes to horror games since the original Slender. I do wish there was a bit more coverage on this game though.

    WildStar
    This one took a hit in my opinions about it when it was announced that it was going to have a subscription and I basically pushed off my radar, but recently there has been a ton of information that has been dropped on it and I am now more interested in it than ever, to the point where I am indeed considering buying it and seeing if it’s worth the subscription for it.

    • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

      Thanks for the lengthy reply Alex! I had to google The Forest and I have to say, you’ve got my interest ;) I’m a total sucker for horror; especially if it’s actually good.

  • Grasshopper

    I can hardly wait for the games you listed here, especially Child of Light! Just because of how ridiculously different it is from Far Cry 3.

    My personal picks that I would add to the list are mostly all the Kickstarted games that are coming out this year: Double Fine’s Broken Age, Obsidian’s Project Eternity

    and Time For That Upgrade’s Star Citizen and Squadron 42 by Chris Roberts.

    Then there’s the rest of Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead.

    I’m also really looking forward to Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, the remake of Abe’s Oddysee, though the lack of any real news on it is kind of troubling me a bit.

    All in all, though, it looks like 2014′s going to be a brilliant year for gamers.

    • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

      Good choices! I like all the indie-ish/less mainstream stuff. I’m kind of intrigued by Star Citizen and it’s enormous Kickstarter support, think I’ll have to give it a try just based on that.

      I didn’t even know they were remaking Abe’s Oddysee, haven’t heard anything about it either :(

  • Miklós Szecsei

    I keep forgetting about Child of Light. I’m looking forward to it, but it doesn’t make my top 5.

    Mine:
    The Witcher 3
    Star Citizen
    Homeworld: Shipbreakers
    Castlevania: LoS2
    And then I can’t really decide between Bayonetta 2, Watch Dogs and Stick of Truth, So just insert whichever one appeals the most out of those three.

    • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

      Stick of Truth, obv xD Another Star Citizen fan ey, I really need to start looking into this game, because it seems like I’m missing something.

      • Miklós Szecsei

        There is a TON of stuff to catch up on! But yes, it’s sounding incredible for fans of old Wing Commander games and the more recent Freelancer.

  • gameaddict

    Dark souls 2
    Child of light
    Witcher 3
    Rain world (unrecognized indie game that is amazing)
    Telltales’ Game of Thrones

    • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

      Wow, Rain World does look pretty damn cool actually.

  • Matthew Field

    “P.S. Did you really think My Little Pony was going to be here? You should know better than to trust my header images by now.”
    Oh, you’re such a tease.

    • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

      :D Shamelessly tricked you into giving me a pageview :P

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