The top 25 must-play videogames of 2014
There are some videogame corkers coming up next year, and here's our pick of the top 25 you just can't miss...
Now that the next generation of games consoles are on sale, and support for the Xbox 360 and PS3 is continuing for some time, 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for gamers, and there are plenty of big titles on the way.
These titles are set to both bring back beloved game series and to show us just what's possible with the new and powerful next gen platforms. Some are delayed titles we should have had already, and others are new, intriguing releases that we just can't wait to get our hands on. So, without further ado, let's take a look at our pick of the top 25 must-play games of 2014.
25. Sunset Overdrive
An open-world, highly stylised shooter, Sunset Overdrive, exclusive to the Xbox One, comes from the previously PlayStation-only Insomniac, creator of Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, and Resistance, so it was always going to attract our attention. What's more, it's filled with some splat-tastic mutants, crazy weapons and free-running multiplayer with a dash of co-op. What's not to like?
24. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
With one of the most interesting trailers we've seen for some time, the apocalyptic Everybody's Gone to the Rapture has us in its grip. Supposedly a spiritual successor to the acclaimed Dear Esther, the latest title by The Chinese Room will be an open-world adventure for the PlayStation 4, and takes place after the world ends, following six different characters as they survive the now barren world.
23. Mad Max
An open-world game that'll mix vehicle and on-foot gameplay, Mad Max is a perfect license for the sandbox game formula, and Avalanche has plenty of practice after the Just Cause titles, so we've got high hopes. And, after some heated feedback, Max is going to have a proper Aussie accent, keeping the license and its identity in tact. The game will arrive ahead of the new film, incidentally: Mad Max: Fury Road has been put back to May 2015.
Another spiritual successor, this time to the excellent Xenoblade Chronicles, the mysterious 'X' from Monolith Soft is coming for the Wii U, and it's quickly generated a buzz amongst gamers. X looks set to feature a vast open world populated with giant, transforming mechs and all manner of deadly sorts, and if it's anything like Xenoblade, we've got some high quality RPG action to look forward to on the Wii U.
21. Fable Legends
Although the Fable series has never really lived up to the considerable hype generated by Peter Molyneux, we've always had a soft spot for the charming fairytale RPG. After three main titles that focused on solo play, only dabbling with multiplayer (and not very well at that), Fable Legends will change things, and will instead centre on co-op play for up to four players on Xbox One. As ever, players can dabble in good and evil, shaping the world as they see fit, only this time they'll do it in a group (solo play is still supported however).
20. Deep Down
Bolstering the PS4's already impressive line-up of free-to-play titles, Capcom's Deep Down is a strange one. Set in New York in 2094, players are teleported to the past in order to go on a bit of ye olde dungeon raiding with a hefty dose of hack and slashery. It'll use Capcom's vaunted Phanta Rhei game engine, and early gameplay demonstrations have shown impressive visuals and third-person adventuring, with more than a little similarity to Dark Souls.
19. The Crew
Ubisoft's open-world racer has been pushed back until the third quarter of 2014, meaning it may miss out on the early next gen market, but it shouldn't matter too much as it's looking pretty tasty, and worth the extended wait.
Encompassing the entire United States in an open and persistent world, The Crew will feature all sorts of racing-focused missions that you can take on alone or with your crew of friends. Vehicles of various types will feature, and all can be customised.
18. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Admittedly, this would probably be higher on our list if it wasn't for the second game being such a let down, but BioWare may very well revitalise the Dragon Age brand with Inquisition. Already it's looking like a true next gen title, and it'll hopefully span a larger, more varied open world that'll be far more interesting than the dull setting of the second title. Oh, and Morrigan is back, which is good.