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The Escapist's Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Escapist Staff | 27 Jan 2014 14:00
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Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive

Genre: Shooter
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox One
Release Date: 2014

Josh says: What happens when Mirror's Edge and Borderlands fall in love and conceive an illegitimate lovechild? From the looks of it, at least, the obvious answer is Sunset Overdrive. Dashing across rooftops, signs, and canopies using pseudo-parkour moves, it channels the essence of Mirror's Edge. Through the hyper-stylized art direction, wacky characters, and over-the-top arsenals, it's Borderlands traits are definitely shining through.

In development by Insomniac Games, Sunset Overdrive is, at least in theory, going to be Xbox One exclusive, meaning that it'll be designed from the ground up with next-gen power in mind. It's not one of those trans-generation titles that's being graphically throttled by the limitations of the previous console generation. You can expect, nay, demand that Sunset Overdrive offer Ryse-like graphics, with high-intensity, action-oriented gameplay.

All that aside, the official site uses the word "Awesomepocalypse." What else do you want?

Super Smash Bros U

Super Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS

Genre: Fighting
Developer: Sora Ltd. & Namco Bandai Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U, 3DS
Release Date: Unknown 2014

Jon says: With the inclusion of iconic Mega Man and yoga-badass The Wii Fit Trainer, Super Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS is shaping up to be if not the best, at least the most hilarious installment in Nintendo's every-character-and-also-the-kitchen-sink fighting game. While many people were disappointed with Wii U's Super Smash Bros Brawl for its eschewing of the competitive spirit that made Melee so good, it was still a damn good party game. In the end, however, we're hoping for a return to form for Nintendo: A really great party game with no randomization - laying the seeds for real, hardcore competitive play. We've gotten the start too, with Sakurai announcing that the game won't, in fact, have random and fantastically frustrating character tripping. That and the triumphant return of King Dedede, the most important and valuable of videogame potentates. Do not question his royal Penguinness.

The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division

- Sometime in 2014
Genre: MMO
Developer: Ubisoft Massive
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Release Date: 2014

Paul says: The Division took everyone by surprise during its announcement at E3 2013 with a lengthy demo showcasing a brand new Tom Clancy game that wasn't another military shooter. Set in New York City after a devastating plague has caused widespread death and destruction, this open world, third-person action MMO lets players explore a ruined abandoned city as a member of the titular Division, a secret organization dedicated to restoring society in the event of disaster. With a heavy focus on social interaction, co-op and PVP seem to be the mainstays of the game, giving the likes of DayZ a run for its money. Plus, the technology behind it looks absolutely gorgeous!

The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886

Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Ready at Dawn
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PS4
Release Date: Q3 2014

Josh says: Okay, I'll admit. I don't know all that much about the seemingly obscure The Order: 1886. It's got something to do with half-man-half-beast monsters and the Knights of the Round Table, or something like that. What's important is that it's an alternate-history industrial-era action adventure with fanciful elemental weapons and just the right amount of irreverence. I can't imagine that the Knights of the Round Table storyline is going to hold much water, but neither will the lightning gun. It's still likely to be amazing.

This is at the top of the "be excited, but don't get your hopes too high" category, as it has a lot of potential, as long as it doesn't try to take itself too seriously. I'm okay with a Black Flag level of seriousness, where it's tempered, but I would hate to see The Order: 1886 try to be The Last of Us, and just fall completely flat because of the hilarious premise.

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