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The Escapist's Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Escapist Staff | 27 Jan 2014 14:00
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Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter

Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Heart Machine
Platform: PC, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Ouya
Release Date: Mid 2014

Paul Says:The one thing I like the most about this successfully kickstarted game is just how slick its retro-graphics look in action. A 2D action RPG that pulls from the likes of Link to the Past and Diablo, Hyper Light Drifter looks to be a colorful and challenging game with a ton of surprises.

Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors

Genre: Hack and Slash
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Platform: Wii U
Release Date: 2014

Jim says: YES. YES. YES.

Nintendo and Koei have always had a close relationship. So close, in fact, that there once existed the nucleus of an idea to make a Dynasty Warriors game with Pokemon. As brilliant as that idea is, it was apparently shelved due to the desire by Nintendo to keep its Pocket Monsters away from hands-on violent combat. No, the simple idea of animals that are forced to fight for money is good enough.

In any case, I've been waiting for a Nintendo/Koei crossover for years, but even though Hyrule Warriors is exactly the kind of thing I've hoped for, I still barely believe it's real. It is, though, and nobody ... NOBODY ... is going to take that away from me. Big maps, hundreds of enemies, and me getting to kill everything by mashing buttons ... in the Zelda universe? YES. YES YES BLOODY YES!

My only hope is that we get a ton of characters. Warriors games tend to have dozens of characters in them, and the Zelda series has a huge amount to pilfer. From warriors like Ganondorf, Impa, and Zelda/Shiek, to more exotic folks like Tingle, Skull Kid, or even the Bug Princess, there's no limit to what can be made playable. I hope that's capitalized on.

inFamous Second Son

Infamous: Second Son

Genre: Action Adventure
Developer: Sucker Punch
Publisher: Sony
Platform: PS4
Release Date: March 21, 2014

Greg says: 2012's Infamous 2 was a great open world action game, and it seemed like Sony's Sucker Punch studio had found its stride in producing a game with fun brawling mechanics, a comics-inspired story, and a city eminently enjoyable to skate around. Second Son abandons Cole McGrath for a new hero who is much moe comfortable with his powers, and set the game in Seattle. I got to play through an action sequence, and the new powers are tons of fun to experiment with while feeling somewhat familiar for fans of the series. With the PS4's new hardware chugging behind it, Second Son looks and feels truly next-gen, and if the storytelling stays consistently solid, will be a system seller for Sony.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

Genre: Action Role-Playing
Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: Likely 2014

Jon says: The unrepentantly nostalgia-baiting Kingdom Hearts is set to return after years of half-sequels, mobile ports, HD re-re-re-releases and 'remixes' since Kingdom Hearts II. It has been an eternal tease, but with Disney now owning both Marvel and Lucasfilm since the last official game in the main series, we've all got our eyes piercingly trained on whether or not Donald Duck and Spider-Man will be able to team up with Luke Skywalker in beating the snot out of angry little shadow monsters with no hearts. And, honestly, that sentence is ridiculous but we want it so bad. Stop judging us.

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