The Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U are all out but haven’t set the world alight with their games thus far. The Wii U has the most impressive catalog of games but has been out for over a year(incase you haven’t noticed). 2014 will be the year that makes or breaks these consoles so I will be highlighting the most exciting releases expected this year. Out of the three the Wii U needs to really push ahead and sell more units or it may leave Nintendo being a thing of the past like it’s old rival SEGA. Xbox One and PS4 are selling well so far but their fate will ultimately be decided on their exclusives in the upcoming year. A lot of analysts were predicting the demise of console gaming with the recent massive increase in casual gaming but recent strong console sales shows there’s still life in the good old console. Here is my top 5 of the potential killer next-gen games heading our way this year.
Titanfall could throw Xbox a life line, it is one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year and it’s easy to see why. It is created by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and at a glance it does seem to have a style very similar to the most popular game of it’s generation. With big mechs and mind blowing graphics it is the FPS that FPS fans have had wet dreams about. Early videos show that Titanfall will not only be a technical masterpiece but will add a refreshing change to the genre which has gone stale due to the abundance of military shooters. It should have huge appeal, appealing to Sci-Fi fans as well as fans of the genre in whole. I for one can not wait. Titanfall will drop on the 11th March 2014 on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC and is not to be missed.
Bungie has so far been quite tight lipped about their upcoming game Destiny. They have a history for creating some of the best games around and a lot will have high hopes from the team that brought us Halo. We do know that Destiny has been in production for a number of years and is an ambitious MMO shooter unlike anything we’ve ever played on a console. Destiny could even start it’s own genre with Bungie labeling the game as an action role playing, first person shooter with MMO elements, yea we have no idea what that means either. Let’s just hope this ambition doesn’t get dumbed down and won’t turn to disappointment, remember Fable anyone? Destiny is expected to hit shelves on the 9th September on PS3, PC and Xbox One.
3. Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart has been emulated a thousand times but never beaten. The latest in the series looks like the best yet, it has never looked so good or played so smooth. Big hopes are riding on Mario Kart 8, it could be the game that saves the Wii U from an early death. Tracks are now huge, wonderful spectacles to be marveled at, so much so you may be forgiven if you crash whilst taking your eye of the road for a gaze at their wonders. Mario Kart has always been a trump card in Nintendos armory and this could be the system seller that it so desperately needs. Mario Kart in HD is a mouth watering prospect and hits stores for Wii U owners sometime in April this year.
4. The Elder Scrolls: Online
The Elder Scrolls Online will be the first time we can share the world with other players, this is enough to earn a spot on the list alone but it promises to be much more than that. Those who have played any of the previous 5 adventures should be very excited indeed, with the scope that Skyrim and others had this game promises to be massive and one of the most life consuming games ever made. How the series will handle the transition is questionable with many notable failures in turning a franchise into an MMO but I still have high hopes. This is one of those games which could set the gaming world on fire and could be a benchmark for further console MMOs to come. The Elder Scrolls: Online releases on April 4, 2014 for PC, and June on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
5. Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs was initially due to be a launch title for next gen consoles but has been delayed for unknown reasons. It was the ultimate tech demo to show exactly what the new consoles could do in terms of graphic enhancements and gameplay engine a few years ago. You play protagonist Aiden Pearce in an open world city which draws inspiration from Prince of Persia and Assassins Creed, which can’t be a bad thing. When early gameplay videos were put out the world was stunned and it was shown to be the platform of what next-gen consoles were truly capable of. It still remains hotly anticipated and hopefully the delay is just for improvement sake. Watch Dogs is due to be released in Spring 2014 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, PS4 and PS3.