2014 looks to be a great year for PC gaming. With many major titles due for release, and a couple of trilogies concluding in epic fashion. 2014 ushers in new gaming consoles which hopefully will advance gaming technology. While we might not see the benefits of it this year, we will see some amazing games.
10 – EverQuest Next
Developer: Sony Online Entertainment | Release: TBA
EverQuest Next is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a parallel world within the EverQuest series. EverQuest Next’s gaming innovation comes from allowing the environment to be completely malleable. Players can destroy a bridge to kill a group of enemies or build a Keep and fortify it with their friends.
Developer: Rockstar North | Release: Unknown
Some may argue that GTA 5 is the best game ever created, but has only been released on gaming consoles . There have been rumors suggesting a PC release soon, but no official word. Either way, with a huge open world, great story, and remarkable game play, I can’t wait to get my hands on a PC version of GTA 5.
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment | Release: March 25th, 2014
What discouraged me about Diablo III were the loot system and the real world auction house. In their latest expansion, Reaper of Souls, both of these problems are being resolved. The expansion plans to add a lot more depth to the game with the addition of a new class and balancing. This should give me enough incentive to jump back into a good old hack ‘n slash.
7 – WildStar
Developer: Carbine Studios | Release: TBA 2014
If you are like me and crave a solid Player verse Player (PvP) experience, then WildStar is the game for you. With day one ranked leader-boards, interactive developers, and a large community of followers, this game looks to quench the PvP communities thirst. Though I’m not a fan of the artwork/graphics, I think the overwhelming dedication to PvP might be enough for me to sink my teeth into WildStar.
6 – The Repopulation
Developer: NA | Release: TBA 2014
I miss the old “Sandbox” style MMOs, the type of game that allows player driven content with a sprawling open world environment. The Repopulation looks to capitalize on this market using Kickstarter to create a truly sandbox Sci-Fi game with no leveling, player created cities, and more. Though not a triple A title, Repopulation has enough backing to have me excited about a sandbox MMO of old.
5 – Watch Dogs
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Release: Q2 2014
Watch Dogs looks to further expand on the idea of a fully interactive world. Players can use their phone to hack into a CEO’s computer, send funds to another company, create a scandal, and watch chaos ensue. Your player is directly affecting the city of Chicago. Watch Dogs also looks amazing with spectacular graphics, sound, and story.
4 – Titanfall
Developer: Respawn | Release: March 13th, 2014
Want a shooter with lighting fast gameplay, ground and vehicles combat, and a dynamic setting? It looks like Titanfall will try to answer the call after a group of developers left the successful franchise Call of Duty to start their own gaming company. What has me interested in this game is the focus on ground and vehicle combat. Titanfall looks to balance the ground/vehicle combat giving both distinct advantages over each other.
Developer: BioWare | Release: Q3 2014
The original Dragon Age was one of my all-time favorite games. It had a non-linear story, important player driven story choices, and a great cast of characters. Though the second game lacked most these elements, it looks like BioWare has learned from their mistakes and tries to finish the trilogy in style. DA3 looks visually stunning with more attention on player choices and massive open world surrounding. I hope this gives a definitive ending to the trilogy and less of a disappointment than other titles.
Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios | Release: April 4th, 2014
Why am I excited about this game? It’s the Elder Scrolls with friends. The Elder Scrolls series is one of my favorite but lacked a multiplayer. ESO looks to add enough Elder Scrolls style with traditional MMO elements to be successful. I’m also interested in the three faction interaction, the open world PvP, and the story telling. Either way, my group of friends plan to be storming Tamriel on day one.
Developer: CD Projekt Red | Release: TBA 2014
The second volume in the Witcher story had the most mature/unique story I’ve ever seen or read. With complex characters, astonishing graphics, and an added dimension of player choices, this ranks number two on my all-time favorite games. So, how does CD Projekt Red plan to make the third the best? Add a massive open world game, near endless amount of quests, crafting, and the list goes on and on. Hopefully the choices in the trilogy will lead to a satisfying conclusion.
2014 Will Be Epic
With so many great titles, 2014 looks to be a great year in PC gaming. In addition, with the upcoming release of the Valve Steam Box, consumers will have a cheaper alternative to PC gaming. Either way, the games, quality, and direction of PC look promising.