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With 2013 behind us, all the best games given their special Game of the Year awards, and a new year upon us, it's time to mark the passage of time with 10 games that will most likely dominate 2014. Of course, some video games anticipated at the start of 2013 like South Park: The Stick of Truth and Watch Dogs have become hotly anticipated 2014 games due to delays, but how about ten more.
Click play or download our Most-Anticipated Mini-cast then check out GameRevolution's most anticipated games of 2014 in no particular order below, but all should note: we've stopped anticipating never-gonna-see-'em games like The Last Guardian. Finish it, Ueda!!
With many PlayStation fans eager for the next chapter in Sucker Punch's super-human series, there's no doubt in our minds that inFAMOUS: Second Son will be one of PlayStation 4's biggest titles in 2014. With a wide-open city, some fantastic new powers, and a new protagonist, it's a brand-new beast on a brand-spanking-new next-gen console.
Following Witcher's big debut on consoles with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, we never doubted that the next game in the franchise would turn the fantasy-infused action-RPG dial to 11. With stunning visuals, engrossing gameplay, and a massive adventure ahead, the wait for Witcher 3 and the Wild Hunt stings more than any steel can.
Emergent gameplay in a fully-connected online world will stream groups of players into conflict and fully competitive modes continue the fighting after an intergalactic story has been spun. With Destiny, the creators of Halo get to take their science fiction skills to new heights in a brand-new license published by Activision, so what more do you need to know?
While Dragon Age 2 failed to meet expectations, it's up to the next entry in the franchise to recapture the story, characters, lore, and setting that fans fell in love with in Dragon Age: Origins. So far, everything about Inquisition looks like a step in the right direction, with an obvious flair of gothic fantasy and a few familiar faces. Here's hoping the anticipation is well met.
When Ubisoft unveiled The Division at E3 2013, it felt a little too similar to its reveal of Watch Dogs, another game we can't wait for in 2014. Now that we've heard and seen more about the game, waiting has gotten progressively harder. The title carries Tom Clancy's name forward into the future of military combat, but the publisher's Snow Drop engine looks to be the real star with increased modeling and effects fidelity.
Nintendo's fighting franchise shocked the world by bringing the beloved characters players have come to know and love to an arena full of damage and destruction. Now the series is set to jump to Wii U and 3DS, but the now-standard dripfeed of new information, character reveals, level details, and gameplay clips have us biting down on our GamePads. Nintendo has said that the next Smash Bros. games will land in 2013, but will rumors prove true? Will we get to play the next mega-brawler from Masahiro Sakurai by Summer?
As part of EA's exclusive agreement with Microsoft, you might have to own an Xbox platform to play Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare in 2013. There's currently no word on a PC or PlayStation release, despite the title's Xbox release date in February. We can't wait a second longer, so study up or you'll see what it's like to die all over again when our Peashooter skills take you down.
With a massive world, varied races, diverse classes, intense combat, and the same Elder Scrolls lore fans have come to expect from the franchise, The Elder Scrolls Online will surely suck away the souls of a few staff members at launch. While a subscription model and the to-be-expected launch day woes might rain on Bethesda's parade, there aren't many fantasy franchises that can stand up to World of Warcraft. Let the next-generation MMO battles begin.
While Nintendo surely has a few more surprises for the growing 3DS fanbase, there's no doubt why they wanted to bring Square Enix's Bravely Default to the West. What if Final Fantasy could return to its roots without the overbearing franchise history weighing it down? Bravely Default tries to answer that, bringing a big adventure to a small screen near you. Take your four heroes around the world and back in a fight against evil, all at the bus stop or in-between classes.
When Konami gave the keys to its historic action-adventure franchise to relative newcomers Mercury Steam, fans waited with bloodied breath and discovered a unique new perspective on the age-old war between good and evil. Lords of Shadow 2 hopes to turn the entire franchise on its head and bring back Gabriel, Alucard, and the Belmont clan's vampire-killing history for a deliciously bloody finale to the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation of consoles.
Share with us in the comments! Which games have you salivating over your keyboard in 2014?