2014 will be an interesting year in gaming. A lot of good Indie titles but also some AAA titles made it high on my list of things most desired. Please check out my personal list of hot games in 2014 – I’m guaranteeing you some titles you will most likely not even have heard of before!
After watching the trailer of this great looking indie-game i was immediately hooked: “Paradise Lost” looks and plays like a retro stylized Metroid game, but with are nice twist: YOU are the alien, a plant-like entity that is held captive by scientists who perform gruesome experiments to gain any advantage possible during the cold-war era.
Your goal is simple: try to use all means possible to evade and dispose of your captors. The game switches between stealth, evolution mechanics and sometimes gruesome violence to tell a really captivating story with twists and turns.
While there are many “World of Warcraft” wannabe titles out there, Wildstar has big potential to be a viable replacement. This doesn’t come unexpectedly, as the developers of Carbine Studios mostly consist of Ex-Blizzard employees. The game just oozes with charm, featuring a fresh-looking “Ratchet and Clank” like comic style. Add lots of humor and an interesting skill-based fight mechanic and you get quite the fresh experience. The developers also go out of their way with well-made trailers, boasting with quite a huge feature list that doesn’t have to avoid comparison with the bigger Blizzard genre brother.
With the ongoing F2P mentality it may sound counter-intuitive that this game will re-introduce “monthly fees”. But it might also be a selling point that makes the title stand out a lot – not only because of its originality, but also due to the fact that you can also “play” for your monthly fee by getting the things other (paying) customers want. And who knows? Maybe after all this time people feel like actually feel like paying for a game they enjoy again.
Another “pixel” game you might say, moaning in disgust! But wait, “Crawl” is waaay different: this dungeon crawler features yet-unmatched 3 VS 1 gameplay mechanics where one player controls the hero while the others take possession of monsters and traps. If one player manages to kill the hero, he will take possession of his body and continue with the quest until the final boss is defeated.
What deceptively looks like another “Gauntlet / Zelda” clone could turn out to be a game that offers you hours of fun with friends with very minimalistic hardware requirements. It’s the interesting mechanical twist that will keep Crawl players on their toes right until he very end. The pixel’y look is spot-on and well-animated, making the game feel retro and modern at the same time. Randomly generated dungeons will ensure that every match will be different from the last.
On a side note: this is one of the best game-trailers i’ve seen in a while. Not only is edited and voiced on a very high professional level, but it also manages to clearly explain the mechanics within seconds. Make sure to watch this even if you don’t care about the game.
Mirror’s Edge 2
Recently EA has built up quite the reputation to screw up game releases and run franchises into the ground. That said i still was very happy to hear that Mirror’s Edge (despite not being a huge financial success) is getting a long-anticipated sequel.
Developed by DICE, this game was so great in its mechanics back in the days, but also held back by the technical limitations of the PS3. While there are not many new features known to date, most fans quite sure were glad to hear that Mirrors Edge 2 will finally feature open world mechanics, something that a free-running game will most likely profit a great deal of. The clean grafical style from the first part will be taken over, as there is not much to improve on that style anyways.
Provided that quality and storyline aren’t suffering from the increased freedom in movement we can soon again hope to slip into Faith’s shoes and keep running.