The next gen is here! But why are we still playing a bunch of ports? Here are five games that we just can’t wait to get our hands on. But, let’s not be overly optimistic, so we’ve also outlined reasons why they might not be as great as we hope. Let’s get started:
Release Date: March 11, 2014
The Premise: This competitive multiplayer game by the creators of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare pits two teams against each other in futuristic, high-octane combat. Killstreaks be damned, this game allows players to pilot one of three massive “Titans” – mechs that deal heavy damage and wreak havoc on the battlefield.
Why it will rock: If you’ve ever experienced the simple joys of online multiplayer back when COD 4 first burst on the scene, and then marveled at just how deep it could get – well, the people responsible for that are behind Titanfall. They also borrowed the whole parkour mechanic from Brink, plus jetpacks, to make traversing the landscape and taking down Titans a unique and fluid experience.
Giant mechs + fast-paced gameplay + parkour + the makers of one of the most influential multiplayer games out there = instant classic
Why it might suck: While the concept is solid, what might hold this back is in the technical aspect. For one, the Xbox One is a bit underpowered, which translates to sub-1080p resolutions in order to achieve a frame rate of 60FPS. Also, a cap of 12 players per game, with the rest of the combatants filled by dumb enemy bots might make for a weird dynamic.
Still, graphics aren’t everything, and if they can deliver solid gameplay, interesting maps and keep players captivated with unlocks, it can be a solid game that stands the test of time.
Infamous: Second Son
Release Date: March 21, 2014
The Premise: The third game in the Sony exclusive Infamous series, this PS4 title puts you in the shoes of Delsin Rowe, a conduit (read: Superhuman) who will take it upon himself to take down the authoritarian regime in a near-future Seattle
Why it will rock: Ask anyone who’s excited about this game, and they will without a doubt mention just how beautiful this game looks. We all marvelled at how great Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin’s Creed IV looked in glorious 1080p, but those won’t hold a candle to the breathtaking vistas that Second Son will be serving up. I mean, just LOOK:
Why it might suck: Anyone that’s played the other Infamous games will also tell you that it can become a repetitive slog, with uninspired enemies, and physics that seem almost too floaty and lack any sort of weight.
However, a great story and amazing graphics might just be what the next gen needs to tide it over until we see more in E3.
Release date: September 9, 2014
The Premise: The name that’s been on everyone’s lips since Bungie revealed it after they finished their work on Halo, this game will incorporate FPS, MMO and RPG elements, set in a futuristic setting. Choosing from various races and classes, players are tasked with protecting the last city of earth and ensuring that humanity isn’t wiped out by aliens.
Why it will rock: A massive, open world multiplayer shooter made by the folks who made Halo? Yes please! Through the years, Bungie has just grown and matured, from Marathon, Myth, Halo, and now Destiny. Each project getting more ambitious, but also showing that they have the chops to innovate and improve.
Why it might suck: Some people will say that we’ve been playing this game already, and it’s called Borderlands. Bungie has been pretty secretive about its baby, and with good cause. With the hype train continuing to pick up momentum, there’s a chance that it may never reach our growing expectations.
Trust in Bungie to deliver a solid experience. Even if it’s light on story or has some weird presentation elements, there will be enough here to satisfy at least the co-op crowd.
The Order: 1886
Release Date: Q3/Q4 2014?
The Premise: When there’s something strange in your neighbourhood… who you gonna call? Well back in alternate-reality steampunk 1886, you would call The Order – a sect of warriors who are what’s keeping the paranormal beasts and creatures from destroying humanity. Armed with tricked out weapons, this third-person shooter puts you in the boots of members of The Order, as you attempt to keep the growing evil from taking over London, and the world.
Why it will rock: We’ve had a plethora of FPS games already, but it’s been quiet on the third person shooter front. That will change once this game comes out. Add a nifty alternate reality spin and some seriously mustachioed British men with guns, and you’ve got yourself a weird fetishistic/cosply/hipster/steampunk vibe.
Why it might suck: A lot of third person shooter fans were really hoping that this would be Sony’s answer to the Gears of War series – which has been the gold standard for both single and multiplayer third person action. Well, it’s not, and there won’t even be a discussion because it’s been announced that this game will not have any multiplayer.
Still, we’re eager to get our hands on a TPS, and this will provide a breath of fresh air that we’re likely not going to see with the next COD or Battlefield games.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Release Date: 2015?
The Premise: The late author Tom Clancy has contributed a lot to video games, with his Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell franchises (among others) – but this might be the most ambitious project with his name on it. The Division follows a squad of highly skilled and highly trained special operatives, sent into New York City after a deadly virus has wreaked havoc on the United States. Elements of RPG and third-person shooters combine with beautiful visuals and what should be a stunning representation of a city ravaged by crime, death and destruction.
Why it will rock: Over the years Ubisoft has proven to be very capable at turning Tom Clancy ideas into compelling games, and this might actually be one of the most interesting yet. Cooperative online modes coupled with a great premise and what looked like some solid gameplay might just make this a GOTY candidate when it finally drops.
Why it might suck: When is this game dropping? Much like the upcoming Watch Dogs, this is an ambitious game that may actually get stuck in development limbo for a while. And we all know how those games fare, right Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines?
Still, if they deliver on premise and atmosphere, and make a game that’s even just a decent shooter with some cool customization elements, then this should be a game to watch out for.
And damn, JUST DROOL OVER THIS SCREENSHOT: