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2014 – The Year of the Gamer

January 6th, 2014 by

Midlife

Silly season last year was a rather muted affair. Yes we had GTA V, Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider and a whole host of other titles that both made it and missed out in our community awards countdown.

For once though, it was as if the publishers actually got together and timed the releases so we didn’t have to choose one title from a selection of three every single week – who can forget, back in 2011, having to choose between Assassins Creed: Revelations, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Need for Speed: The Run and Saint’s Row The Third just one week after purchasing Skyrim.

 

Just like every year before it, 2014 really does feel like the year of the gamer. We have indie titles finding love here, there and everywhere, we have two major new consoles, mobile gaming, handheld gaming, Kickstarter consoles, STEAM lavishing us with ridiculous sale prices, Microsoft and Sony giving away games month on month (I’m not arguing the “it’s a rental service” here) and the last generation of consoles, quite rightly, refusing to fade away quietly.

Are we going to have a silly season around January/February where companies chase the last few bucks before the financial year ends – possibly. This is where we normally showcase these games but with a multitude of formats to choose from this year let’s just look at where you hard earned coin may be going over the next 12 months.

This list is by no means definitive and has been collated from various sources to ascertain release dates/periods. The list is also broken up into definitive dates, then months, followed by quarters before finishing off with games that are scheduled to be released this year but we just don’t know when:

January

8th –Don’t Starve (PS4)

14th – The Banner Saga (PC)

15th – Dr Luigi (Wii U)

17th – Mario Party Island Tour (3DS)

31st – Tomb Raider Definitive Edition (PS4 / One)

Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD (360 / PS3)

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February

1st – Fable Anniversary (360)

7th – Earth Defence Force 2025 (360 / PS3)

7th – The Raven: Legacy of a Master (360 / PS3)

7th – Ultra Street Fighter (360 / PS3)

14th – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 (360 / PS3)

20th – Plants v Zombies: Garden Warfare (360 / One)

21st – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

21st – Rambo (360 / PS3)

28th – Rayman Legends (PS4 / One)

28th – Thief (360 / One / PS3 / PS4 / PC)

28th – Castlevania: LoS 2 (360 / PS3)

28th – Driveclub (PS4)

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March

4th – South Park: Stick of Truth (PC / PS3 / 360)

7th – Pacman & the Ghostly Adventures (360 / PS3)

13th – Titanfall (PC / 360 / One)

14th – Dark Souls 2 (360 / PS3)

14th – EA Sports UFC (One / PS4)

20th – Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (PS3 / PS4 / 360 / One)

21st – Infamous: Second Son (PS4)

21st – Sniper Elite 3 (One / PS4)

28th – Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright (3DS)

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Quarter 1 – Exact dates to be confirmed

Carmageddon Reincarnation (PC / PS4 / One)

Crimes & Punishments (PC / PS3 / PS4 / 360 / One)

Elite: Dangerous (PC)

Murdered: Soul Suspect (PC / PS3 / 360)

The Crew (PC / PS4 / One)

War of the Vikings (PC)

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April

4th April – Elder Scrolls Online (PC)

Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Pavillion (Vita / PS4)

Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)

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May

23rd – Uncharted 4

Final Fantasy XV:  A Realm Reborn (PS4)

7 Days to Die (PC)

Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS3 / PS4 / 360 / One / Wii U / 3DS / PC)

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July

Elder Scrolls Online (PS4 / One)

September

9th – Destiny

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Finally scheduled for 2014 but without a firm timeframe as yet:

Bayonetta 2

Daylight

Dying Light

Edge of Eternity

Fantasia: Music Evolved

Helldivers

Kingdom Hearts 3

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Lego The Hobbit

Mad Max

Star Citizen

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Story

The Evil Within

The Lego Movie Videogame

The Promise

The Sims 4

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Transistor

Trials Fusion

Tropico 5

Watch_Dogs

Wolfenstein: New Order

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Once again, I feel we may have to prepare our pockets for a little bit of hurt for our own entertainment

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2 Responses to “2014 – The Year of the Gamer”
  1. avatar G-Squirrel says:

    A couple of other highlights for the year:

    Broken Age (Double Fine) – January
    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls – March 25th
    Starlight Inception – TBC

  2. avatar Solm says:

    Great Article Simon looks like another great year for gaming. Also good to see a healthy amount of games still coming to ps3/360.

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