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The Escapist's Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Escapist Staff | 27 Jan 2014 14:00
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Phantasy Star Online 2

Phantasy Star Online 2

Genre: MMO Action RPG
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Platform: PC, Vita, iOS, Android
Release Date: 2014

Justin says: Poor Dreamcast, you had such promise. If I was pressed to come up with a short list of necessary Dreamcast title for every gamer to play, Phantasy Star Online would be on it (right next to Jet Set Radio, Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia). Sure it's been released on other platforms, but I fondly remember playing it on the Dreamcast first. The big draw is the melding on fantasy and sci-fi, chopping away at monstrous beasts with a fancy laser sword instead of some rusted and pitted longsword. The game has been out in Japan since 2012 and is expanding into other Asian markets early this year, but I'm still holding out some hope that we'll see release some time this year.


Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity

Genre: RPG
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Obsidian Entertainment
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q4 2014

Justin says: Spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate. Yep, we're done here. Where can I post "take my money" memes? One of the most successfully funded games on Kickstater, surpassed only by another isometric RPG in Torment: Tides of Numenera, it warms my jaded RPG heart that so many folks are also not ready to let this genre go away. Six races, 10 classes, attribute scores, roll-to-hit and all the other little fiddly RPG mechanics that keep my replaying Baldur's Gate. Here's hoping the exploration, combat and narrative can all come together because I'm eagerly anticipating this one towards the end of the year.


Planetary Annihilation

Planetary Annihilation

Genre: Real-Time Strategy
Developer: Uber Entertainment
Publisher: Uber Entertainment
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q1 2014

Justin says: Another successor title from Kickstarter, Planetary Annihilation hones in on the feel of games like Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander. Made by the same folks behind Monday Night Combat, Planetary Annihilation features a really interesting take on RTS maps. Rather than being a flat 2D plane, Planetary Annihilation's maps are spherical planets - think of it almost being the intersection of Mario Galaxy and StarCraft. The potential for fighting amongst multiple planets with up to 40 players is even more intriguing. Like many of these titles, the game has being available in early access. I haven't gotten a chance to play it yet, but if the developers can deliver on even half of what they promised they will have made something really awesome.


Project Awakened

Project Awakened

Genre: Action
Developer: Phosphor Games
Publisher:
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2014

Schuyler says: Project Awakened has already dealt with its fair share of complications. It first caught our eye on Kickstarter but then our dreams were dashed when it wasn't able to reach its goal. Things have come around for the creators, Phosphor Games, as they've successfully been picked for Steam's Greenlight program. Project Awakened has been described by its creators as "... a very innovative 3rd person action-adventure title for PC," and, from the looks of the screenshots, they're telling the truth. This game makes it possible for you to decide who you want to be and how you want to play by taking character creation to the next level, allowing you to design your character with abilities and weapons. Keep your eyes out for this beautifully made game.

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