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Video games you’ll be playing in 2014

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Microsoft and Sony may have recently discharged their respective cannons in the console war, but Nintendo’s Wii U and Valve’s Steam Machine present themselves as compelling opponents, each with a unique set of interesting features.

Naturally, all this translates into a candy land of opportunity for game developers, who have pulled out plenty of stops to give us an impressive line-up of videogames for the next year. Here are The New Daily’s top 2014 game releases to look out for.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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Platform: PC
Release date: TBA
From the minds behind Gears of War: Judgement and Bulletstorm comes The Vanishing of Ethan Carter; a mystery adventure for fans of Alan Wake, Silent Hill and the tales of Edgar Allen Poe. Step into the shoes of occult detective, Paul Prospero, as you solve the mystery of missing boy, Ethan. The game developers advise it should ‘only be played at night.’

Destiny

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Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4
Release date: 9 September
Game developer Bungie’s next assault on the world of ‘mythic science fiction,’ Destiny is a shared-world shooter with MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) elements, meaning players can enter an ‘always on’ game and interact with other players in the storyline. Regardless of how it plays out, the creators of Halo can’t do wrong.

Dark Souls II

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Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release date: 14 March
While it may not be getting a next-gen release, Dark Souls II will still make the dance card of many hardcore action RPG fans. A non-sequel to the first instalment, this game abounds with gruesome bosses, punishing environments and a sadistic storyline. Worthy of a good stay-cation.

Kingdom Hearts III

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Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release date: TBA
Actually the eighth in the series, Kingdom Hearts III sees the return of many of your favourite characters from the past (Sora, Riku, Donald Duck, King Mickey et al), locked in a battle with the forces of evil, all staged within the realms of Disney locales. It’s an old chestnut, but one that has proven itself popular over the game’s previous incarnations.

Oddworld: New ’n’ Tasty

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Platform: Wii U, PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, PS Vita,
Release date: TBA
Indeed, it would be a very odd world without Abe. This new adventure, Oddworld: New ’n’ Tasty, let’s you explore the world of Oddysee in all the glory of real-time 3D. While being billed as a remake of the original, expect some tasty gameplay innovation, all courtesy of the power of next-gen consoles.

Titanfall

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Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: 14 March
Already trumpeted as the reason to own an Xbox One, Titanfall is a mech-powered romp into the future of freestyle battle, where humans fight alongside (and pilot!) mechanised robots in epic wars on a ravaged planet. Even though it’s multiplayer only, we hear the sound of a new franchise being born.

The Sims 4

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Platform: PC, Mac
Release date: TBA
Everyone loves The Sims! With real-world cause and effect, consequences for your actions and NPCs with emotional qualities, this next version of the popular Role Playing Game may be one of 2014’s best stories. Early reports are the bugs from The Sims 3 have been ironed out, so prepare for weekends full of immersive RPG fun.

The Elder Scrolls Online

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Platform: PC, Mac
Release date: 4 April

Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release date: June
Guaranteed to end a relationship faster than sarcasm, The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the most hotly anticipated MMOs of the new millennium. With a history comprising some of RPG’s greatest titles, there’s almost no way this game could disappoint. Return to Tamriel as you fight to bring down a Dardric Prince, who’s basically hell-bent on wrecking the place.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Platform: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC
Release date: TBA
Take the nostalgia of one of the first AAA game titles and add the power of modern platforms, and you have Wolfenstein: The New Order. Set in an alternate timeline, where the Nazis were the victors of WWII, this FPS lets you roam Nazi strongholds to despatch enemy soldiers, battle Nazi robots and generally wreak all sorts of havoc on the Third Reich.

EA Sports UFC

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Platform: Xbox One, PS4
Release date: 5 May
Mixed martial arts never looked so good. The next UFC videogame is dedicated to next-gen consoles; unlocking the power of each to provide all the precision and dynamics of real life. Rest assured, it will be intense, and it will be raw.

The Evil Within

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Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release date: TBA
Master horror storyteller, Shinji Mikami (creator of Resident Evil), has crafted a horror tale many are already anticipating as the next benchmark for the genre. If the horrifically gory trailers are anything to go by, this game is a blood-drenched, suspense-filled ride into the abyss of pure terror. Definitely not one for the kids.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4

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Platform: Xbox One, PS4
Release date: TBA
Regardless of the quality of the game itself, Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 4 will sell by the truckload. Indeed, so popular was the previous instalment, is was actually been stolen by the truckload. Expect stock standard solo campaign gameplay to be overshadowed by the real star here, multiplayer.

The LEGO Movie Videogame

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PlatformWii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita
Release date: 4 February
From what will likely be the best movie of 2014 comes the videogame tie-in, The LEGO Movie Videogame. This title introduces a whole new element to gameplay, called Instruction Build. Find instruction pages and build your way through levels, just like opening a box of LEGO!

Honourable Mentions

Keep an eye peeled for Fantasia: Music Evolved, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Watch Dogs, Firefly Online, LEGO: The Hobbit, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series – Season Two, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

All release dates are subject to change. Check with your local game supplier for price at the time of release.