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The Escapist's Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Escapist Staff | 27 Jan 2014 14:00
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Warlock 2: The Exiled

Warlock 2: The Exiled

Genre: Turn-based Strategy
Developer: Ino-Co
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2014

Greg says: The last Warlock was a surprisingly fun fantasy strategy game that had a lot going for it. It had the accessibility of a Civ V clone, but had unique fantasy units like Werewolves and Elven archers, as well as game changing spells you could cast on a strategic level. I hope the sequel keeps the tongue-in-cheek feel of the leaders, while expanding on the concept of other planes to explore and monsters to kill as you expand your empire.


Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2

Genre: RPG
Developer: InXile Entertainment
Publisher: InXile Entertainment
Platform: PC
Release Date: TBA

Justin says: Along with Double Fine Adventures, Wasteland 2 was one of the early games to show rampant success on Kickstarter. Most any gamer will be aware of Fallout, but we likely never would have had Fallout without Wasteland. The games share many similarities; nuclear war causes the post-apocalyptic setting and a group of what's left of various military and law enforcement personal form together as a group of survivalists. The game hit early access beta last December, and while it hasn't been officially announced we expect to see it released sometime this year.


Watch_Dogs

Watch Dogs

Genre: Action-Adventure
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: Q2 2014

Paul Says:This action-adventure game set in a futuristic Chicago looks wicked cool, and features an interesting premise to boot - as highly skilled hacker Aiden Pearce, you parkour, sneak and hack your way cross a city controlled by a supercomputer in order to bring down corrupt officials and punish criminals who are evading the law. As Aiden, you can shut down traffic lights, trigger blackouts, hack into phones to nab bank data and all sorts of other internet shenanigans - though I have to wonder if there's a button that lets you scream "HACK THE PLANET!" every time you do so.


Wildstar

Wildstar

Genre: MMORPG
Developer: Carbine Studios
Publisher: NC Soft
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q1/Q2 2014

Greg says: The MMO market may be dying, but companies still believe an original game design can make a hit. Carbine is trying to sell the quirky sci-fi Wildstar as an MMO that breaks the mold. With its action-based combat, extensive player housing system, and a genuinely humorous script, there's certainly a lot going for it, and my time in the beta has proved that clever quest design can go a long way. I'm looking forward to Wildstar claiming a stake in MMO players hearts who have grown faint from the present offerings.

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