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The Escapist's Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Escapist Staff | 27 Jan 2014 14:00
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Massive Chalice

Massive Chalice

Genre: Tactical RPG
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Platform: PC
Release Date: September

Justin says: While there was perhaps a bit of backlash over Double Fine not having not yet delivered on their first Kickstarted game, just putting Double Fine and tactical strategy in vein of X-COM and Fire Emblem was still enough to get fans to push funding through. In addition to the tactically gameplay, Massive Chalice's other core mechanics are the permadeath and lineage of your heroes, and you'll need to balance between keeping your most powerful characters on the field or retiring them to sire the next generation of heroes. Look forward to this one in September.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Genre: Stealth
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: 2014

Jim says: I adore the Metal Gear Solid series, so I'm naturally looking forward to The Phantom Pain, the fifth official installment of the series. Okay, so David Hayter has been replaced as Snake (booooo) but I'm still holding out hope that some elaborate Kojima trolling is occurring there. In any case, MGS in an open world sounds damn interesting, and I am yet to be let down by a Metal Gear game.

As always, I expect an utterly demented game with a senselessly contrived plot, one that carries itself with such conviction that it somehow works. I'm excited to find all the odd easter eggs, fourth-wall breaking ideas, and assorted eccentricities that come with an MGS game. Above all, I look forward to The Pantom Pain infecting my brain and capturing my undivided attention. Kojima's got a damn fine track record in that department.

Murdered Soul Suspect

Murdered Soul Suspect

Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Airtight Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: 2014

Schuyler says: Murdered: Soul Suspect, from Airtight Games and Square Enix, casts you as a murdered policeman. Don't worry - that's not a spoiler, that's the premise. You play as Detective Ronan O'Connor, you've been murdered but you're on the track of the killer. While using your ghost powers to find your murderer you are also challenged by demonic creatures, you're a ghost after all, so it only makes sense that you be confronted with other supernatural powers. So much from a game that hasn't had a traditional roll-out, the release was teased on Twitter and a teaser trailer was released without the normal fanfare for AAA games. It's a refreshing take on marketing by Square Enix for what looks like a refreshing take on a genre.

Persona 5

Persona 5

Genre: RPG
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Platform: PS3
Release Date: Q4

Justin says: Mix one part dungeon delver, equal part RPG and add a dash of social relationship simulation, and you've got yourself a recipe for a Persona game. The games manage to strike a careful balance of charm, complexity and challenge all while dealing with some heavier issues than most RPGs. Details are pretty scarce on Persona 5other than the game will take place in a school like its predecessors and that the game appears to deal with freeing yourself from some form of metaphorical slavery. Look for this one towards the end of the year and either dust off your PS3 or it might be time to buy one on the cheap since it's not been announced for any other platform.

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