Top 21 Games of E3 2014
E3 2014 is over, and it certainly looks like it s going to be an expensive couple of years for gamers, with a lot of great games having been shown off at this years E3 press conferences. Here are the 21 games JumpToGamer are most excited to see released in 2014 and 2015.
We ve decided to include 20 of the best games due for release in 2014 or beyond, providing that they were detailed during either the Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft or Sony press conferences. I have also included some of the games announced during the Nintendo digital event. Of course, there were hundreds of awesome games that were shown off at the E3 event that weren t featured in the press conferences, but as I cannot possibly go through them all, we ve decided to keep focus on those that were. I have also avoided ranking the games in order as it s unfair to pre-review a game without actually having played it.
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
Sunset Overdrive is a Xbox One exclusive due for release in late October, and is being developed by Insomniac Games, the developers responsible for the Resistance franchise, as well as Ratchet and Clank and Spyro. The game unapologetically mocks the seriousness and direction that the games industry has seemingly focused on in recent years and looks to create a wildly enjoyable experience for players, supplemented by 8 player co-op support. This game looked like it could be a whole lot of fun when it was first announced at 2013′s E3 conference, and it simply looks better every time more is shown. Microsoft seem to be onto a winner with this game, and it s one of my personal favourites from E3 2014.
Evolve (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Evolve, brought to you the developers of the Left 4 Dead series, is a co-operative game that pits four players against one. Seems unfair? Well, it would be if the one wasn t a giant monster that has the power to tear the four apart. If you ve ever wanted to play a game as the Kraken, or try and hunt it down with a bunch of friends then this is the game for you. I wasn t particularly interested in this game until I saw some live gameplay from E3, and I have to say it does look like a whole lot of fun. Due for release in October, this could be one of the most enjoyable co-operative experiences coming this year.
Assassin s Creed: Unity (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The first solely ‘next-generation game in the Assassin s Creed franchise, Assassin s Creed: Unity looks extremely promising, particularly due to the addition of four player co-op to the story mode. The game does look beautiful too, and this alongside the seemingly more ‘open world due to the opening of interiors to the player, as well as the huge numbers of AI s combine to give the feeling of what could be one of the best AC games to date. Returning the franchise to a setting similar to that of Italy in Assassin s Creed 2, a setting where the franchise appeared to be most at home. This game is also due for release in late October.
Destiny (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
I was drastically unimpressed by the Destiny trailer at this years E3 2014. However, the subsequent public alpha and numerous gameplay videos that have followed have completely swayed me on my perception of the game. After Halo, Bungie needed to move onto something huge, and Destiny certainly seems to be exactly that. Due for release in early September with a Beta running from the 17th of July, Destiny could be this years biggest release. I m going to pull away from adding gameplay trailers here to add a video from Machinima with Adam Kovic that perfectly represents the game.
The Crew (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The Crew is an open world driving game from Ubisoft due for release in November 2014, although Ubisoft have been renowned for their delays lately so it s entirely possible we may see this game coming in early 2015. However, if the game does turn out to be everything the developers are claiming, this could absolutely become one of the best arcade racing franchises around, as the developers have promised that you can drive from one coast of America to another, with dynamic weather and lighting. Providing the driving mechanics are actually good, this should be thoroughly enjoyable.
Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One)
The popular Forza series returns with a sequel to Playground Games Forza Horizon. Another open world, arcade styled driving game, it looks like it s going to be a battle between The Crew and Forza Horizon 2 on the Microsoft Platform, and The Crew and DriveClub on the PlayStation platform. Forza Horizon 2 will be using the Cloud based ‘Drivatar functionality from Forza Motorsport 5, something that I throughly enjoyed, and I personally will be looking forward to seeing this implemented into an open world environment.
Far Cry 4 (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Far Cry 3 was absolutely one of my favourite games of 2012, and I hope that Ubisoft will do the franchise justice and provide an open world FPS experience similar to that of the previous game in Far Cry 4. They re certainly off to a good start with the casting of Troy Baker as the voice actor for the main antagonist of the game. Whilst I have some concerns over the setting of the game this time around, Ubisoft have been doing particularly well since the beginning of the new generation of consoles, so there s no reason to think they ll let us down here.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection & Halo 5 (Xbox One)
As someone who bought into the hype around the Halo franchise late into its lifecycle on the Xbox 360, I am thoroughly excited to experience Master Chief s story as a whole on the Xbox One. The remastered version of Halo 2 also looks incredible, and the ability to player the original multiplayers for Halo CE, 2, 3 and 4 on the Xbox One in their original engine is something that new and old fans of the series can all be excited about. This alongside the Halo 5 multiplayer beta coming as part of the package later this year as well as the Halo TV series upon its release provides a pretty well rounded package for Halo fans on the Xbox One. [Although Halo 5 will be released in 2015, this was detailed at the same time so i've bundled it all into the 2014 category.]
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Okay, it s a Call of Duty game, but it s one of the most promising Call of Duty games that has been revealed for quite some time and it certainly looks like it could have some interesting mechanics and gameplay elements, at least in the single player. It s leaps and bounds ahead of Call of Duty: Ghosts in terms of visuals, too. Sledgehammer have an uphill battle ahead of them to prove that they can produce an interesting Call of Duty title that breaks away from what we ve all become all too used to, but perhaps that will ultimately benefit them as we wait to see what the final product will be.
Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 3DS, Wii U)
We all know what to expect from a Super Smash Bros. game, but that doesn t make it look any less fun. The Wii U is finally beginning to start developing a great collection of games, and Super Smash Bros. is undoubtedly going to be one of the cornerstones of the Wii U s market development. The addition of the Nintendo Mii s will surely add an extra competitive edge to family or friend gameplay, and the overall roster of characters is fairly impressive.
Battlefield: Hardline (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
I m still not 100% convinced by this Battlefield game, but the single player campaign looks impressive enough to warrant Visceral Games a place on the list. The multiplayer looks as though it could have been more of a DLC for Battlefield 4 than a full retail release, but the gameplay trailers certainly made it look at least a little exciting. I ll reserve my full judgement of the game when the beta is released, but it s got enough potential to be included here.
Grand Theft Auto V (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
One of the most successful games of last year, and of all time, is finally getting released on the ‘next generation consoles and the PC. The new release visually looks absolutely incredible when compared to the previous generation versions and fans of the franchise will certainly be excited to get the game on their new consoles so that they can finally move on from the previous generation.
2015 and Beyond
Tom Clancy s Rainbow Six: Siege (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
One of the more impressive games to be solely revealed at this years E3 press conferences without being spoiled by a leak prior to the event. The game featured some widely impressive sound design and interior destruction that promises some intense tactical gameplay in the multiplayer. Little is known about what else we can expect from the game, but early signs are promising.
Tom Clancy s The Division (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The Division has looked incredible since it was announced at last years E3 press conference, and the game has continued to look impressive since. The Snowdrop game engine is one of the more visually impressive that we have seen in recent years and the physics calculations of the engine appear to be pretty accurate, too. Hopefully the game will live up to the hype and provide the semi-apocalyptic experience that gamers are hoping for.
No Man s Sky (PlayStation 4)
A huge get for Sony to get this game to debut first on their platform. No Man s Sky has generated a huge amount of hype since it was first revealed at the VGX awards before seeing a little bit more gameplay at this years Sony press conference. The game looks to be a huge undertaking for the tiny Indie studio, Hello Games, but if they can pull it off they may have the next Minecraft on their hands. And I hope they do, because this game is pure programming voodoo.
Inside (Xbox One)
From the developers of Limbo comes Inside. Limbo was a hugely successful Indie platformer first released in 2010, and this new game looks to be following similar gameplay and puzzle mechanics. The game looks visually more interesting and seems to have more depth than Limbo, and could be another massive hit for Playdead.
Star Wars Battlefront (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Whilst I was thoroughly disappointed not to see a straight up gameplay trailer of this game at E3 this year, we have seen SOME in-engine footage and it already looks incredible. There isn t much EA could do to ruin this franchise, and providing they stay loyal to the series, this could be one of the best games to be released in 2015.
The Order 1886 (PlayStation 4)
The Order 1886 looks like it has the potential to be a massive new franchise for Sony, but it remains to be seen whether it can deliver on its potential. It looks as though the mood and overall visuals of the game are of an incredible quality, and if they can just deliver a gameplay experience that s similar to that of The Last of Us, Sony will definitely have a great new IP for themselves. One of the more impressive Sony exclusives to be shown at E3, it could be a seriously impressive game.
Batman: Arkham Knight (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
With Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady are looking to expand on their hugely successful Arkham series and create the biggest Gotham City experience yet. This includes providing players with the ability to drive the Batmobile around Gotham and giving them an array of new weapons and gadgets. With all of the Villains we ve grown to love from the Batman franchise, with the exception of Joker, this game promises to be a great experience from any fans of the franchise.
Uncharted 4 (PlayStation 4)
Sony s biggest exclusive platform is returning in 2015, in what could be Nathan Drake s last adventure. We haven t seen too much from Sony regarding this new game, but apparently what we have seen is all in-engine. So although we don t know too much about the story or whether we can expect any new gameplay mechanics, we can seemingly expect a very good looking game.
Zelda (Wii U)
We don t have a title for the newest Zelda game, but we do have a gameplay trailer showing off the new ‘open world environment, the beautiful aesthetics and Link. The game looks absolutely beautiful, and fans of the franchise will undoubtedly be eagerly awaiting more information regarding the next Zelda on the Wii U.