Onward and upward with our recap of games that we suggested you watch out for in 2014. In case you missed it yesterday, when we updated you on the status of several yearly franchises, we’ll be going through our Ones To Watch feature from the end of last year and and offering a brief rundown of what’s going on with those games that we expected to see this year.
This time we’ll be focusing on our first set of cross-platform titles, including one that many of you are currently playing in beta form, and our first recap of a game that’s actually launched. So let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
We’ll begin with what is perhaps the most relevant title on our list today, Destiny. It’s Bungie’s first game since leaving the Halo franchise and signing on with Activision, and attempts to bridge the gap between traditional shooters and MMOs. Though the entire game can be played solo, multiplayer is a huge part of Destiny as players can assemble strike teams of up to three guardians for story missions, and a lot of the traversal between missions takes place in public areas with other players present.
We got our first look at Destiny with the alpha that went live last month, and although it was a little rough around the edges, most gamers were in agreement that it looked like something special was being built. The only common negative complaint coming out of the alpha was the voice work of Peter Dinklage, who plays the role of a robotic AI companion. Thankfully, his voiceover work has already been tweaked for the beta, and Bungie says it’ll change again before launch.
Although it’s currently on hiatus, the Destiny beta will return on Wednesday, and anyone who preordered the game can take part. The content in the beta is extensive and will continue to grow until its conclusion on the 27th. Although not a finished product, the beta has shown us that Bungie have a solid vision for the Destiny universe, and just about everything we’ve seen of it has been absolutely marvelous. Destiny will be launching worldwide on September 9th for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Dying Light is up next and is a game that falls somewhere between action and horror. It’s being developed by Techland, who you may remember from the Dead Island series, and it’s not hard to see the influence from their previous work.
Melee combat seems to play a large role in surviving, but there’s also an aspect of platforming and parkour at work. Players will have an open world and a full day/night cycle to work around, and Techland has not-so-subtly hinted that you might not want to stay out in the open at night.
Unfortunately, since we last previewed Dying Light, it’s been delayed and is now scheduled to hit store shelves sometime in February of 2015. On the plus side, E3 brought us the shiny new trailer with the really attractive zombie just above.
When Mad Max was originally announced last year at E3, many gamers rejoiced at the idea of the developers behind the cult-classic Just Cause series getting a crack at the video game adaptation of the Mad Max movie.
Unfortunately, Mad Max has gone all but silent since then and has been pushed from its spot this year into 2015. Mad Max is set to be an open world game that involves both on-foot and driving segments, but Avalanche Studios have really only been pushing the driving segments in the very limited footage we’ve seen so far.
While it’s probably a stretch to speculate about this game never making its way to gamers, it’s worth noting that it has been in production in some form or another since 2008.
The Evil Within was at one point scheduled for release in August of this year, but it later slid to October and has now actually shifted forward by a week. It’s being developed by Tango Gameworks, a studio started by video game legend, Shinji Mikami.
The Evil Within looks like a cross between Silent Hill and Fear, with plenty of Resident Evil influences thrown in, seeing you fight both physical and supernatural foes, as you attempt to survive in a world gone completely insane. It’s a game that’s rich on atmosphere and probably comes about as close to classic survival horror as you’ll get in 2014.
We recently had another chance to play it, and although there were some less than stellar moments, there was enough positive that it’s worth keeping on your radar for its October 17th release in Europe.
Finally, we have Wolfenstein: The New Order, which sees you play the role of BJ Blazkowicz in an alternate reality world in which the Nazis win World War II.
Probably the best thing about Wolfenstein is that it didn’t attempt to be something it wasn’t. It’s just a good old fashion shooter with all kinds of big guns to violently power through your opponents with. Though there is a slightly stealthy approach you can take through certain areas, the game never really promotes it and you’ll likely be just as successful if you go in guns blazing.
Wolfenstein: The New Order only offers a single player campaign but that doesn’t seem to have affected its success, as it’s still charting in the top five in the UK as of last week. In case you missed it, check out our review to read more about it.
That’s it for today. Check back tomorrow as we’ll be updating you on another round of cross-platform titles, the majority of which are already available for purchase.