Over the last month and a half, the FRONTBURNR team has gone through and debated over our 25 most anticipated titles of the new year. Each week we have given you a list of 5 games and why we are looking forward to those games coming out, but this week we are wrapping up this piece with some of the biggest names of the year. These games are pretty much the ones everyone will be keeping their eyes on this June at E3, but here is a peek now!
At PAX East last year, I was fortunate to be able to sit down and spend some quality time with a very early build of SuperGiant Games’ upcoming title, Transistor. You may know SuperGiant Games from their massive hit Bastion. Bastion was critically acclaimed for its beautiful style and amazing narrative that accompanied such a solid indie game. From the handful of time I spent with Transistor, it has the same style and finesse, but also seems to have a much more unique combat system.
This time around, you play as a character named Red, who was formally a singer that has now lost her voice but has gained an intelligent, and from what it seems sentient, sword called the Transistor. Unlike Bastion, Transistor’s combat is almost, in a way, a lot like a chess game. You will issue a series of commands and then execute them out quickly, but you’ll have to wait until your action bar recharges before going on the offensive again.
Since Bastion was a title that captured the hearts of games on every platform, it’s simply impossible to see how the followup won’t have the potential to do the same. Pair it with the fact that the game will be launching on current-gen consoles as well, and we really have something to be excited for. This looks to be THE indie game to look out for!
Bungie’s open world massive multiplayer online first person shooter (MMOFPS) has been something that we’ve been super excited about for quite some time. The team that created the legendary FPS game Halo is back, breaking new ground on their new game, Destiny.
Destiny details the post-apocalyptic struggle of 3 factions of the outerspace society; Humans, the Awoken and Exo. Each race can then choose from 3 classes to give their character their ‘job’. These jobs are Hunters, Warlocks and Titans. While the characters and roles may not be the most unique in a video game, the potential for seeing all of these roles synergize together across the frontier of space looks to be absolutely awesome.
Something a little out of the norm with Bungie’s “MMO” is that it will actually utilize a matchmaking system for both cooperative and competitive play. In a way, Destiny will feature a game within a game. With the legendary experience behind the Bungie studios and the premise of what we have seen so far, most of us here at FRONTBURNR will probably never see the light of day again.
Remember the first time that you played Left 4 Dead? Remember how it was one of the first games that allowed you to team up with friends and pretty much work together to fight and survive against hordes of zombies? Well, take out the hordes of zombies and add in a giant, evolving monster, and you will have a pretty solid idea of exactly what the game Evolve is all about.
Evolve is looking like a 5 player FPS-survival title that will pit 4 “hunter” characters against an alien monster with the ability to kill, adapt, and evolve based on its environment and prey. That means that as a hunter, if you pick the right tools for the job at hand, failing to kill the monster will allow it to adapt to you and come back as a major threat. Yeah, I know, it does sound pretty awesome.
The final “mystery” game that was going to be published by THQ, Evolve has the opportunity to take a relatively open genre and.. well.. Evolve it into a brand new level of cool. I truthfully haven’t had the most fun playing with a group of friends in anything other than League of Legends, but this game really looks like it has the potential to change everything!
Batman: Arkham Knight
Have you ever gotten so excited that you… I don’t know, like reached the eye of the storm or something? A few days ago, Batman: Arkham Knight was announced. A new Rocksteady developed Batman game is coming this year, in 2014. I don’t know about you, but I immediately text all of my friends (in all caps, of course) and then started sharing links on social media. Part of the fun of being hyped for a game is conveying just how hyped you are for said game, so I then chose to tell everyone on Frontburnr that I was going to break everything in my office because Batman. I didn’t actually break anything, but threatening to do so is the form my hype took, including a threat to punch a hole in the moon (which is just absurd, I know – I should have threatened to punch a hole in the sun.)
Anyways.. back to my thought about the eye of the storm. I’m calm today.. strangely calm. I must be in the eye of the Batman hype storm. Though I’m not freaking out at the moment, I am still thinking about this next-gen only Batman title quite a bit. Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are my favorite games. Arkham Knight is supposed to be the final chapter in this series (if not the last Batman game developed by Rocksteady). Unlike Origins, I’m confident this title won’t be “more of the same”. And even if I’m wrong and we find that it is.. at least we FINALLY get to drive the Batmobile. -Dean
Aiden Pearce seems to be really bad at keeping appointments. Watch_Dogs was supposed to be out in time for the PS4 launch, but unfortunately, it wasn’t ready, and the game that he is the main protagonist of keeps getting pushed back. I mean, I can’t really blame him, since he will be spending a majority of his time trying to fight back against those that want to monitor and control the populous in a pseudo-big-brother-like Chicago. I don’t know why “big-brother’ is so interested in coffee drinking hipsters, but hey, that’s their thing.
Watch_Dogs looks to be the answer to all the Assassins Creed fans that have been clamoring for a real, present-day iteration of the series. That isn’t to say that Watch_Dogs is part of the Assassins Creed mythos, which Ubisoft has denied any connections between in any way, but there has been evidence that has shown that they may have their fingers crossed behind their backs while telling us all this.
Every member of the FRONTBURNR team is more than excited to take on the mantle of Aiden Pearce and hack their way into CtOS and take the fight to the ones responsible for hurting those close to him. If the game lives up to its hype, it very well may be an easy shoo-in for the Game of the Year. I know I’ll be playing this bad boy on day one.
Let’s take a quick look back at the twenty other games that we’ve been looking forward to as a recap:
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Bravely Default
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
- Dark Souls 2
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- BlazBlue: Chronophantasma
- inFAMOUS: Second Son
- Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Child of Light
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Mario Kart 8
- Super Time Force
- The Sims 4
- The Order: 1886
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3ds and Wii U