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The Escapist's Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Escapist Staff | 27 Jan 2014 14:00
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Kirby Triple Deluxe

Kirby Triple Deluxe

Genre: Platform
Developer: HAL
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 3DS
Release Date: 2014

Jim says: Kirby games will always have a special place in my heart. It's one of those series that seem to be about pure, unpretentious joy. They're not especially challenging, no, but they're bright, happy, and invoke a childish glee in me that no other series can manage.

Triple Deluxe is the latest game in the series, an upcoming 3DS platformer, one that sticks to the series' roots in a manner similar to the excellent Return to Dream Land. Kirby returns to float, suck, and turn his enemies into unique copy abilities. It's gruesome when you think about it, but it's all in good fun.

I'm a big fan of portable gaming, and portable gaming is where Kirby's most at home. This is looking set to be one of my top handheld picks of 2014. I certainly hope it lives up to my lofty expectations.


Lego The Hobbit

Lego: The Hobbit

Genre: Action Adventure
Developer: Traveller's Tale
Publisher: WB
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita
Release Date: 2014

Greg says: I love me some Tolkien, and I love the Lego series, so this game will be a no brainer for me. It may technically be a movie tie in game, but the delight and wonder Traveller;s Tales bring to all of its licensed material is also sublime and The Hobbit will likely follow on the footsteps of the excellent Lord of the Rings game which used actors' voices for the first time in a Lego game. I'm excited!


Mad Max

Mad Max

Genre: Action Adventure
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: WB
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: 2014

Josh says: If you haven't seen Mad Max, you're definitely missing out. With the first film debuting in 1979, it brought the post-apocalypse to the mainstream, or at least some semblance of mainstream. It was financially successful enough to hold the Guinness World Record for highest profit-to-cost ratio of a motion picture for two decades. There was a sequel, Road Warrior, and then there was the immortal Beyond Thunderdome. If you've ever wondered what in the world the phrase "Who run Bartertown?" meant, or where "Two men enter, one man leaves," comes from, you should probably just spend a couple hours and watch it. It's amazing.

Suffice to say, I'm cautiously optimistic about Mad Max, in the works by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios. Like any crossover title, it could be terrible. But it could also be amazing. Just look at Arkham Asylum. Unlike it's Multiplayer-only brethren, Mad Max is also a single-player affair, which is exactly what I want in my post-apocalypse. Who wants to see hundreds of other Maxes running around, anyway?


Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8

Genre: Driving
Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 1
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U
Release Date: Spring 2014

Greg says: My fondest memories from college have nothing to do with drinking or sports, but sitting around a screen split into 4 quadrants and playing Mario Kart. The latest Wii version kept up with the series excellent mechanics, and while I skipped the 3DS Mario Kart 7, I have high hopes for 8 on the Wii U. As long as I can nail Toad with a green shell from long D, I will be a happy man, but I imagine the Nintendo's game pad will come into play to push the series forward. Nintendo could use some good news.

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