Games to watch out for in 2014

"Watch Dogs." (HO)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

Wall calendar, check. Red marker, check. Time to start counting down the days until the big game releases of 2014.

While there probably won't be any game that matches the monstrous success of Grand Theft Auto V, 2014 will be the year where we start to see next-generation games that have been in gestation for a long while. Here's a look at the 10 games we're most excited for.

Destiny (PS4, Xbox One, PC; Sept. 9)

Bungie, the studio behind the original Halo games, has left Master Chief behind to create a sprawling new universe that's shaping up to be one of the most technically impressive titles of next year.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC; TBA)

Polish development studio CD Projekt Red raised the bar awfully high with The Witcher 2, one of the best role-playing games of 2011. What they'll do with next-gen hardware, and a move to a less constrained open-world format, could be amazing.

Titanfall (Xbox One, PC; March 11)

Soldiers and giant robots and shooting the crap out of each other? In a game by some of the original creators of the Call of Duty franchise? Just take our money. This online-focused shooter could be the Halo of the Xbox One. At least until Halo comes to the Xbox One.

Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC; late 2014)

The technology behind Ubisoft's latest foray into near-future geopolitical intrigue has literally made our jaws drop. There are lots of really great-looking games coming out next year, but The Division must be close to the top of the list.

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U; Spring 2014)

Sure, very little has changed with the Mario Kart series since it debuted in 1992. But when you have a formula that creates pure joy, you don't mess with it. This is classic Mario Kart with a few fresh twists (driving upside-down!) and amazingly crisp high-definition visuals.

NHL 15 (TBD, TBA)

Unlike football, soccer and basketball, there was no next-generation hockey game released this year, so EA Canada's NHL 15 will be the first time we see our favourite teams rendered in glorious next-gen detail.

Infamous: Second Son (PS4; March 21)

The first two Infamous games on the PlayStation 3 were among the best superhero games on the last-generation consoles, so we can't wait to see what developer Sucker Punch is doing with the PS4's powerful hardware.

Mad Max (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PC; 2014 TBA)

Not much is known about Warner Bros. Interactive's open-world action game set in the Road Warrior universe, but combining post-apocalyptic vehicular combat and the development studio behind the incredible Just Cause series is genius.

Game of Thrones (TBD, 2014 TBA)

Telltale Games, makers of the incredible Walking Dead series of episodic adventure games, are turning their talents to the Game of Thrones series this year. Matchmaking doesn't get much more heavenly than that.

Watch Dogs (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PC; Spring 2014)

Ubisoft Montreal's high-tech open-world game was supposed to be out last month, but was delayed until spring for some extra polish (or maybe because Ubisoft didn't want to go up against their own Assassin's Creed IV.) Waiting longer has simply whetted our appetite.

Bonus: The question marks

If we're really lucky, maybe games like Uncharted 4, No Man's Sky and Fallout 4 will be out this year, despite having no announced release dates yet. But don't bet on it. And it's not like we won't have enough to keep us busy anyway.

 


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