This is arguably the most influential and important year in a consoles lifespan. With both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 now upon the world and gamers shoveling the consoles in by the boatload, the only factor that will decide which one stands victorious in the console war will be the games. Let’s put together a quick list of what games you should be most excited for this year, shall we?
(In no particular order…)
Wow, this one just truly blows me away. Project Spark is a game where you build games. Sounds complicated, right? It’s not. Project Spark is like Project Kodu (an indie game on the Xbox 360 that tried to teach you how to build a game) combined with Halo’s Forge mode on steroids. Using a very simple user interface you create environments, build anything you want, create a world, make custom AI friends and foes, and then have at it. There is currently a beta for the game going on for Windows 8.1, with one coming to Xbox One in the coming months. The game is on track to be one of the most innovative things we’ve seen in any generation. Oh, and did I mention it’s completely free?
I don’t even know why I like this game. We know nothing about it other than what we saw in the E3 trailer, yet it’s one of my most anticipated games of all time. I’ve watched this trailer at least 100 times since it debuted at E3, and I still can’t peel my eyes off of it. What we do know is that it’s coming this year, it’s being developed by Insomniac Games, and that I’ll be purchasing it at 12:01 AM the night it releases. That’s the magic of it really, the fact that there can be such a hype and such an imense build up for something that we know so little about. I can’t wait to see more about Sunset Overdrive.
The amount of excitement I have for this game is above and beyond anything I’ve ever felt. Plants vs. Zombies is one of my all time favorite games. Battlefield is one of my all time favorite games. They’re having a baby together and I get to take care of it. Oh… but maybe you don’t know what this is? Let’s take a step back… Garden Warfare lets you play as plants in the plants versus zombies universe to fight off attacking zombies in a tower defense style game. The goal? Keep those darned zombies off your lawn! It’s hard to explain, really, but trust me: it’s going to be amazing. It doesn’t hurt that the game looks beautiful too, does it?
Tomb Raider was one of, if not the absolute, best expedition of Lara Craft that the world has ever seen. Released back in March of 2013 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and in case you forgot, I loved it. Now, Lara Croft is back in brilliant HD with the complete graphical prowess that only those of the elite PC master race know. Releasing later this month, even as a rerelease, Tomb Raider is going to be an amazing addition to the otherwise bare drought that both next-gen consoles have gone through since the initial launch games in November. [Note: Tomb Raider is the only game on this list that isn’t an Xbox One exclusive, and that’s because it still adds so much to the consoles lineup.]
Admit it. This is the reason you bought an Xbox One. Sure, Ryse was a beaut and Peggle 2 was something you couldn’t pass up, but in the end, Titanfall was the reason you went down to GameStop and forked over your paycheck. Titanfall is a collision of Battlefield and flipping awesome giant mechs with a hint of the late and great Brink, created all by the guys who were responsible for the original entries in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. Impressive, no? Titanfall is one of the most creative franchises to ever come into existence. Parkour, mechs, guns, a kick ass story, and oh did I mention the mechs?
With a line up this strong coming to the console, current and future Xbox One owners had better start saving, because this year is certainly going to be one to remember. There really is something for everyone in this line up, and this wasn’t even the whole list of games hitting this year.
Which of these do you plan on picking up? Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.