E3 2014: Top 10 Most Anticipated Games
Written Saturday, June 07, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
The biggest week in the games industry calendar is almost here. In the coming days more announcements will be made, more trailers released and more news revealed than at any other time in the year. E3 2014 is going to be chuffing huge.
We’ve already listed our Most Wanted Announcements of E3 2014, but what are the games we’re most looking forward to seeing? Of the stuff that’s already been announced, what can’t we wait to spend more time with? We put our heads together to pick the hottest 10. From open-worlds and fantasy lands, to futuristic shooters and comic book capers, this is our Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of E3 2014.
Insomniac Games | Xbox One
Of all the Xbox One exclusives announced so far, Sunset Overdrive is without doubt the freshest. Fast-paced, colourful and full of character, Insomniac’s open-world riot promises to be a brilliant antidote to its straight-faced, realism-focused competitors. Sunset Overdrive looks like brilliantly dumb fun.
From the freedom players are afforded exploring the city, to the crazy weapons and abilities of the protagonist, Sunset Overdrive does everything with a smile on its face. We’re hoping it’s contagious. With a multiplayer reveal rumoured for Microsoft’s E3 press conference, we can’t wait to see more.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
BioWare | Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4
What we’ve seen of Dragon Age: Inquisition so far has been super piecemeal. Following the announcement trailer released at last year’s E3, we’ve seen some behind-the-scenes content, some blurry off-screen gameplay, and some dribs and drabs of concept art, but not a lot else. We’re hoping that all changes next week.
We want a massive chunk of direct feed gameplay showing off the game’s world, characters and combat. We want want to actually get our hands on the thing. BioWare is the master of RPGs and thanks to the poorly received Dragon Age II and the Mass Effect 3 furore, the studio kinda has something to prove. We’re confident they can rise to the challenge.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projekt RED | Xbox One, PS4
Filtered through Andrzej Sapkowski’s source novels and a uniquely Polish kind of grit, The Witcher games do fantasy like nobody else. Similar to 4A Games’ post-apocalyptic Metro titles, CD Projekt RED’s RPGs take familiar elements - dragons, elves, dwarfs and shit - and makes them utterly distinct.
What makes The Witcher 3 even more exciting is that it isn’t just more of the same. Featuring an expansive open-world, and some more pronounced monster hunting elements, The Witcher 3 is hands-down the most ambitious game CD Projekt RED has ever attempted. It’s a massively exciting prospect.
Bungie | Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4
Bungie has been shovelling coal into the Destiny hype train for months now, releasing gameplay vids and character, world and mode details to get the blood racing. Yet so impressive is the scope of the MMO-ish shooter that there’s still loads to come. And perhaps most importantly, nobody has played it yet.
So what do we want from Destiny at E3 2014, beyond some hands-on time? Well, we want precise beta dates, we want loads more gameplay footage, and we want a couple more surprises. We don’t ask much, eh? September 9th is rapidly approaching and Destiny could be the game of the year. Don’t let us down, Bungie.
Halo 5: Guardians
343 Industries | Xbox One
Halo 5: Guardians has a lot riding on it. As Microsoft continues to invest in high profile TV and movie spin-offs, the platform-holder needs its biggest property to keep on performing. And with Titanfall already out and Destiny on the way, there’s never been so much competition. 343 Industries has a big challenge in front of it.
Luckily, however, the studio has Master Chief on its side. One of the most recognisable figures in gaming, Petty Officer John-117 now finds himself at the beginning of a new adventure. Facing a new threat without Cortana, who knows where 343 Industries will take the character and the series with its Xbox One debut. Hopefully we’ll find out next week.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Rocksteady | Xbox One, PS4
Forget the stopgap that was Arkham Origins, this is the real deal. Next-gen only, Batman: Arkham Knight promises to build on the series blueprint by adding a larger world, the Batmobile and a whole bunch of new gadgets and abilities to its predecessors’ engaging combat and satisfying stealth. We can’t wait to get our cowls back on.
The recent subject of a heartbreaking delay into 2015, we’re going to want to see some evidence that Batman: Arkham Knight is worth waiting for. And seeing as we’re in a demanding mood, let’s also insist upon some scintillating gameplay footage, a big chunk of “oh shit!” scene-setting and visuals that push our new consoles to the limits. No pressure, Rocksteady.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Kojima Productions | Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4
Now that the short, but super sweet entree is out of the way, Kojima is free to continue cooking up the main course. Ground Zeroes impressed with great mechanics and a nice degree of freedom, but Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain looks set to take stealth espionage action to the next level.
A hugely ambitious project from a director not shy about making platform-defining titles, The Phantom Pain is hugely exciting. We’ve heard next to nothing about the game since September last year. Expect that all to change next week, with a huge info blast from E3 2014. If nothing else we wanna see more stealth horses. Every game should have a stealth horse.
Star Wars Battlefront
DICE | Xbox One, PS4
A snow blizzard, an icy landscape scattered with metal debris, a flurry of laser canon fire, a snow speeder tumbling out of the air, an AT-AT’s foot clomping into the snow and a title - that’s all we’ve seen of Star Wars Battlefront. In fact, that’s all that existed of DICE’s upcoming reboot when the teaser trailer debuted at last year’s E3. We’ll be seeing more next week.
Star Wars Battlefront is just one of numerous Star Wars titles that EA studios currently have in development. BioWare and Visceral are both working on games in the universe. But we don’t expect to see either of them at E3 2014. Star Wars Battlefront is our only hope. We have faith that the the force is strong with this one (sorry).
DICE | Xbox One, PS4
It’s dangerous to read too much into announcement trailers, but when Mirror’s Edge (2) debuted at E3 2013, the general response was delirium. At that point it had been five years since the original had hit and th game had earned cult status for its fantastically fresh first-person, free-running gameplay. The announcement of protagonist Faith's return was massively welcome.
Since then there’s been plenty of rumours, but precious little solid information. We know it’s a prequel, we know it’s open world and we know it’s built in the Frostbite 3 engine. That alone is enough to make Mirror’s Edge 2 hugely exciting, but we want more. Let’s hope E3 2014 brings fresh new info and gameplay to get us properly hyped for the title’s suggested 2015 release.
Ubisoft Massive/Reflections/Red Storm | Xbox One, PS4
A huge surprise when it was announced at E3 2013, and a big disappointment when it was delayed to 2015, The Division remains one of our most anticipated new IP. Offering an open-world with online play and a bunch of near-future tech and gadgets, The Division has the recipe for greatness.
Even though we know development is lagging behind schedule, at E3 2014 we’re looking forward to seeing how much progress has been made. According to an anonymous member of The Division’s team, “we still don’t have a functioning game.” Let’s hope that Ubisoft can calm our slight concerns when they take to the stage on Monday, June 9th.