Now that a brand new year is here, is one of your resolutions to enjoy even more video games in 2014, than you did in 2013? If so, the video game industry is ready to help you keep your New Year's resolution by offering new games not only for the next generation video game consoles -- the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 -- but for the previous video game systems as well, such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U.
Limited New Games
There have been complaints about the low quantity of video games released for the next generation video game consoles at launch; however, I believe the developers are hard at work to provide quality video games, which may take longer than churning out video games as if they were on an assembly line. I'm not making excuses for the developers, but it's possible that there is a learning curve in upgrading or creating new games for the next generation video game consoles. Speculations aside, a developer actually admitted that making video games for the next generation consoles was 10 times -- I repeat -- 10 times harder than for the previous video game systems. Additionally a senior manager from Capcom, Masaru Ijuin, stated they ran into some problems using their original engine, MT Framework -- which is the reason they are now working on a new engine, Panta Rhei. Of course video game development itself takes time, and there may be a "gazillion" reasons for the limited number of video games for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 at the current time. Hopefully as the developers get more accustomed to the new video game hardware (or overcome other causes for delayed new video games) -- games will start flowing abundantly, similar to what happened during the tail end of 2011. I recall during that time -- just about every day a game was being released for the Xbox 360 and the PS3. I was so impressed with the rapid availability of video games, I gave kudos to the video game industry here.
Slow Start for New Video Games
I'm choosing to take a positive projectory stance regarding the slow start for new video games for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Even with the slow start for new video games, things are looking up for the video game industry as a whole. Did you know the video game industry is estimated to be worth approximately 76 to 100 billion dollars, with the video game console segment currently heading the market? To keep its market lead, I think it's important for video game companies to develop quality video games -- not only for the satisfaction of the video game player -- but to also keep its lead, and to survive in general -- since it's reported that PC and mobile gaming are on the heels of the consoles -- attempting to take over market share.
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Woes
Unfortunately, the new generation video game consoles are not without problems since both systems have failed to deliver on some promises. A thorough, unbiased summary and assessment of those broken promises are here: http://www.allgames.com/component/k2/item/7217-broken-promises-of-the-next-gen-consoles
Microsoft - Sony Video Game Issues
The good news is that I'm sure both Microsoft and Sony are aware of these issues and have them on their radar. The lack of new video games is certainly obvious. In fact, a video game company has gone so far as to offer pre-order bonuses for the game, Evolve, without the prerequisite gameplay footage available to preview. Essentially if you preorder this game, you are doing so in the blind. I guess they wanted to fill the void by at least offering a preorder bonus for a game that is in the works -- with an unspecified, projected release date of the near future.
With the above being said, here is the list of video games that may be on your "can't wait" list of video games for 2014.
Video Games -- "Can't Wait" List for 2014
Note: Remember to check the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings of video games and purchase accordingly.
1. Watch Dogs -- Since the announcement in October 2013 that Watch Dogs would be delayed, Ubisoft has been relatively quiet about the progress of this game. There was a rumor there would be some "GTA 5"- like gameplay when it is released, which, personally, I'm wishing is just a rumor. In my opinion, Watch Dogs is one of those video games that will show that a video game can be innovative and exciting to play without an overload of bad language, blood and violence. I believe this game is certainly worth waiting for and I'm hoping that it will not disappoint. Watch Dogs will be playable on previous and next generation video game consoles and the PC. Release date: Spring, 2014
2. Titanfall -- Microsoft has announced there will be a special, limited edition wireless controller available for this game which will be designed to have the feel of a military spec item transported from the Titanfall universe. This first person shooter video game won numerous awards as well as a record breaking six E3 critics awards at E3 2013. Titanfall will be playable on the Xbox 360, Xbox One and the PC. Release date: March 11, 2014.
3. Project Cars -- Slightly Mad Studios plan to give Gran Turismo 6 and Fortza 5 a run for their money. They are developers of Need for Speed and Need for Speed Shift 2 and are showing they mean business by the stunning, realistic graphics of the cars in this video game as well as the environment. Having high quality video games Gran Turismo 6 and Fortza 5 as competitors, I'm not surprised the video game graphics of Project Cars have been described as "beyond incredible." Hopefully the gameplay will measure up as well. Project Cars will be playable on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii U, Steam OS and the PC. Release date: Third or fourth quarter, 2014.
4. Quantum Break -- This third person shooter is described by Remedy as the "ultimate Remedy" game, Quantum Break meshes television action with your video gameplay. Of course this video game/television scenario has been done before, i.e. the video game Defiance, but the storyline, in my opinion makes this video game stand out. Here's my take on Quantum Break:
5. Tom Clancy's The Division -- If you are a fan of Tom Clancy's video games, you should be happy to know that more action-adventure video gameplay is coming your way soon. Video gameplay involves fighting against a virus and other type enemies to save everyone from the fall of society. This game will have a companion app where you can join your team of friends as a drone from a smart phone or tablet -- anytime and wherever you may be. Tom Clancy's The Division will be playable on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC. Release date: Possible 2014. (An anonymous developer is rumored to have revealed they have quite a ways to go before this game is finished).
6. The Order: 1886 -- In this action adventure video game set in Victorian-era London, you will use advance technology to fight against monsters. Add this gameplay with the fusion of time, and you will have a unique experience playing this video game. The Order: 1886 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive video game. Release date: Third quarter, 2014.
7. Destiny -- With an open world setting, Destiny is described as an action, role-playing first person shooter video game with a "mythic science fiction" type influence. The unique feature of this game is actions may happen during gameplay that were not necessarily designed or orchestrated by the developer. Destiny will be playable on the previous and next generation video game consoles. Release date: September 9, 2014.
Here's more on Destiny: http://www.moms-minute.com/ms-h-news/745-video-games-halo-4-successor-destiny-changes
8. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes -- I guess this video game was so nice, they had to do it twice. The video game is in two parts -- with part one being more of an extended prologue and the action continuing in part two -- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -- which currently does not have a release date. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be playable on the previous and next generation video game consoles. Release date: March 18, 2014.
9. Dragon Age: Inquisition -- Unlike its Dragon Age predecessor, Dragon Age: Inquistion will afford you the opportunity to explore the open video game environment with a mission to save the world. It will be playable on the previous and next generation video game consoles as well as the PC. Release date: Third quarter, 2014.
10. Smash Bros -- In my opinion, this list would not be complete without an Nintendo video game. Enter Smash Bros -- a fighting game featuring Nintendo characters. This game has been providing fun video gameplay since 1999 and is still going strong. It will be playable on the Wii U and the 3DS and has the connectivity to play between the versions. Release date: 2014 (specific timeframe unavailable at press time).
If you do not see your "can't wait" video game for 2014 on the list -- don't fret. I'm sure if I had extended the list to more than 10 video games -- your game would have found a place -- front and center.
Happy New Year Everyone.