As we rang in the new year, we turn our minds from the fond memories of 2013 to the future, to the year now before us. With the next generation of gaming now in full swing, it’s time to look forward to what the industry has to offer for dedicated gamers everywhere. Whether you own an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, a gaming computer, or even a Wii U, there’s always something to look forward to, with hopes that the games that we’ve all been watching will be as successful as we hope.
So what games are players looking forward to this year?
10. South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC)
One of North America’s most successful animated shows has seen some hardships with the release of its latest game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, after multiple delays pushing back the game’s release by over a year, and the bankruptcy of its original publisher THQ. The series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker oversaw much of the game’s development, even voicing the characters and writing the scripts for the game.
South Park: The Stick of Truth offers players an interesting RPG environment with familiar characters across the series, with the humour that made the series popular to being with. Rather than taking control of a well known character from the series, players instead create their own character, who comes to town as the “new kid”. In an exclusive feature revealed for the Xbox 360, the game would feature the use of the Kinect to use voice controls, as well as being able to swear or criticize characters, and even get responses.
9. The Elder Scrolls Online (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
Following its humble beginnings in 1994 with Arena, The Elder Scrolls series has been one of the biggest open world RPGs to come to the PC and console. With games that offer enough gameplay to offer players days worth of gameplay, the latest instalment in The Elder Scrolls is likely to trump that number still, by bringing the open world RPG into the realm of MMO gaming.
This latest game, The Elder Scrolls Online, allows players to do something they’ve wanted to do for the longest time: venture across all of Tamriel in a single game. While not all of the continent will be explorable upon release, the release of expansions later on will complete the world of The Elder Scrolls. While the game will see release on three different platforms, there will unfortunately be no cross-play between any of the platforms. The Elder Scrolls Online will require a subscription to play, at $15 a month.
8. Tom Clancy’s The Division (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
While Tom Clancy may no longer be with us (having passed away last year), the impact he has had on the gaming industry will continue on with us, due to a deal made with Ubisoft back in 2008. With over 76 million games bearing his name having sold worldwide, The Division will be the latest instalment of this legacy. The Division follows the events surrounding an incident in New York City, three weeks after a lethal virus has turned the once bustling metropolis into a desolate wasteland.
Not only is The Division the first Tom Clancy game to hit the next generation, it is also the first in the series to offer a connected online gameplay experience, similar to MMO games. The online connectivity will allow players to take on missions alone, or allow friends to jump in and out of cooperative gameplay. Hopefully this will not be the last game to continue the legacy of the man who introduced us to a whole new world.