There are a few things you can count on in 2014: You will get one year older, Miley Cyrus will be part of another “shocking” live musical performance, and some awesome new video games will launch for this round of next-gen consoles. The Xbox One and PS4 hit shelves in November 2013, and game developers are hurrying to bring more cutting-edge titles to players' living rooms. Here are some major titles we're looking forward to in 2014.
“Infamous: Second Son,” March 21, 2014 – The upcoming open-world action-adventure title was developed by Sucker Punch Productions and is available only on the PS4. Taking place seven years after the ending of “Infamous 2,” the title is set in Seattle and follows the story of Delsin Rowe, a 24-year-old graffiti artist who witnesses a bus crash and attempts to help. During the rescue, he comes into contact with a Conduit and discovers his own hidden Conduit abilities. He then joins forces with his older brother Reggie, a police office, to battle other Conduits.
“Final Fantasy XV,” TBD 2014 – The latest endeavor from Square Enix doesn’t have a specific release date yet, but it will contain a darker and more realistic setting than previous “Final Fantasy” titles. “FF XV” has no direct relation to other titles in the series and will feature completely different characters and a different world. The game will feature a party-based battle system similar to the one seen in the “Kingdom Hearts” series and will allow for a party of three members.
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“Titanfall,” March 11, 2014 – Respawn Entertainment’s first-person shooter will launch on the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. The title has already taken more than 60 awards at its E3 2013 reveal, including a record-breaking six E3 Critics Awards. “Titanfall” also won Best in Show awards from IGN, Destructoid and Game Informer. In the first-person shooter, players are able to fight on foot or as free-running pilots inside mech-style walkers called “Titans” to complete team missions and goals. The title is online multiplayer only, but it injects single-player elements such as plot, character interaction and non-player characters into its matches.
“The Order: 1886,” TBD 2014 – Developed by Irvine, Calif.-based game developer Ready at Dawn, “The Order: 1886” will hit shelves for the PlayStation 4 in fall 2014. The action-adventure title is set in an alternate history where an ancient order of knights are responsible for keeping the world safe from half-human, half-animal monsters. Set in the 19th century, the story focuses on the war between King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table engaging in battle with the monsters. A supernatural substance called black water is discovered, allowing the knights to heal themselves and extend their lives.
“Tom Clancy’s The Division,” TBD 2014 – The upcoming online multiplayer third-person shooter will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Created by Ubisoft Massive, the setting is a post-apocalyptic New York City, where players explore the destroyed metropolis while facing attacks from warring groups. “The Division” will feature Massive Entertainment’s Snowdrop engine, which the company calls “a dynamic, interconnected and united system. The artists, the designer and the animators have the power to achieve their ideas…by accessing the game directly within the engine.” Snowdrop will run in real time, allowing each experience – a window shattering, a car exploding – to be different every time.