If you're wondering what games the next 6 months will bring, and which you need to keep on your radar, HITC's got you covered.
We’re already over halfway through 2014, and with a somewhat slow start to the year in terms of big or noteworthy video game releases, we’re now looking forward to what the next six months are set to bring. We tried to whittle this list down to just a handful of titles, but soon realised that the remainder of this year is getting a massive influx of amazing games, so we’ve broken this up into two parts for you.
Below we’ve listed some games that should definitely be on your radar, either because they’re the next title in a big franchise, they’re doing something new and exciting, or because they just look bloody awesome.
The Last of Us Remastered – 29th July (US)/1st August (UK) - PS4
2013’s game of the year for many, The Last of Us Remastered is due to hit PS4 in North America on 30th July, with a UK release on 1st August. In the same boat as GTA V, with it not being a new IP to look forward to, it still gives those folks who have yet to experience the critically acclaimed title a look at why it’s so celebrated – plus it’s going to look even more beautiful too.
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Bungie’s new MMO title is out in September, with the PS3 and PS4 beta due on 17th July, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners getting access to the beta at some point later in the month. The game certainly looks pretty, and all the hype surrounding it keeps it at the forefront of everyone’s mind, it seems. Intergalactic floating orbs, alien attacks, hover bikes and large shiny guns; Destiny is definitely one to look out for.
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Hyrule Warriors – 19th September (UK)/26th September (US) - Wii U
What do you get when you mix the world of Zelda’s Hyrule with Dynasty Warriors – Hyrule Warriors, of course. Using the large-scale battles that are synonymous with the Dynasty Warriors series, Hyrule Warriors lets you take on many foes as some of your favourite characters from the Zelda games. We think it could certainly help bolster the Wii U’s sales, which have been lacking since launch.
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U – 3rd October - Wii U
Another title here that could save the Wii U’s sales. Super Smash Bros. Wii U brings with it all the familiar gameplay of the previous games, with new stages, characters and more. Even the Wii Fit Trainer is getting in on the fighting alongside Mario and friends. A new feature to the series is the ability to customise your characters, meaning you can change their moves and even create your own Mii Fighter.
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Alien: Isolation – 7th October - PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC
With my new-found love (and terror) of horror games, Alien: Isolation is looking more and more like a hit for this year. With the let-down that was Colonial Marines, fans of the Alien franchise are hopeful that this game will deliver. Instead of the usual shoot-em-up formula, this time around you’re playing as Amanda Ripley investigating the disappearance of your mother, Ellen Ripley. Of course you’re also being stalked by an Alien, which you must avoid whilst the game does it’s best to scare you senseless.
Dragon Age: Inquisition – 7th October - PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/ Xbox One/PC
The third instalment to the Dragon Age franchise has been long-awaited and it definitely looks like it’s been worth the wait. Expect the usual human, elf and dwarf playable races, along with the addition of the Qunari this time around. A more tactical outlook for the combat than what was experienced in the second game is expected in Inquistion too, plus there’ll be the great story-telling and dialogue options that Bioware are famous for.
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – 7th October - PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC
As a third-person action game it appears to have all the sword-play and magic you’d expect from a LotR game, but what’s most interesting here is the fact you can influence and control your enemies in the ranks of the orc army. Plus a ‘Nemesis System’ has been created in which certain enemies will remember their interactions with you, causing them to evolve and adjust their behaviour when they encounter you again.
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Evolve – 21st October - PS4/Xbox One/PC
Fully revealed earlier this year, Evolve is a 5-player game in which four of you play monster hunters trying to track down the fifth player, who is that monster. Developed by the team that created the original Left 4 Dead, this is sure to bring solid teamplay mechanics and awesome gameplay – and it doesn’t disappoint in the looks department either.
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Battlefield Hardline – 21st/24th October - PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC
A new direction on the Battlefield formula, Hardline goes all cops vs robbers but keeps the large-scale combat of its previous titles. We had a play around with the beta on PC a couple of weeks ago, and whilst the game isn’t doing anything revolutionary with its multiplayer gameplay, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun. For the first time in a Battlefield game the single-player campaign will allow you to approach situations if different ways too, either stealthily or all-out blasting.
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That's part one for you, so keep an eye out for part two coming up soon, where we'll have the rest of October's releases and look forward to the remainder of the year.