Grand Theft Auto V is an upcoming sandbox action title from the highly popular GTA series by Rockstar. It takes place in a fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles) and its environs, and is larger than any other Grand Theft Auto game to date. GTA 5 features three playable protagonists (Michael, Trevor, and Franklin), all sorts of vehicles (including airplanes, helicopters, bicycles, and jet skis), improved car physics, and new weapons as well as better shooting mechanics.
GTA V also offers an online multiplayer mode, with up to 32 people playing together via Xbox Live or PSN. The game is integrated with Rockstar Social Club, which allows the players to form private crews and join public ones, as well as transfer existing crews from Max Payne 3.
NHL 14 is an upcoming hockey simulator developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. The game includes a handful of new features like more realistic collisions, easier controls, new jostling mechanics, additional skating animations, and one-touch dekes. The collision system is powered by the same technology as used in the latest FIFA titles. An updated Be a Pro career mode is also present.
Rayman Legends is a platform game developed by Ubisoft for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii U consoles. It is also a sequel to, and shares many gameplay elements with the 2011 title Rayman Origins.
The game supports single-player and 4 player co-op modes; the latter is actually increased to 5 on the Wii U. The fifth player can control Murfy using the Wii U gamepad, and assist the others by activating switches, cutting ropes, and even moving platforms.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a relaunch of the original FFXIV with a brand new client, improved engine, different server system, streamlined interface, addition of new jobs as well as modification of existing ones, and so on. It does look like Square Enix did an impressive job of addressing the shortcomings of the game’s previous incarnation.
Meanwhile, the lore and storyline of the game stayed largely the same, although some things have changed there as well. In order to explain the changes in the land of Eorzea, A Realm Reborn takes place five years after the events in the original.
Lost Planet 3 is an upcoming third-person shooter from the Lost Planet series by Capcom (although this latest installment is developed by Spark Unlimited instead). The game takes place years before the events in Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and follows Jim Peyton, a miner working on E.D.N. III in order to earn money for his family back on Earth. Lost Planet 3 is said to be a story-driven game, and in this regard it resembles the first title in the series more than the second one.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an upcoming action / stealth game which takes place 6 months after the events in Splinter Cell: Conviction. The word “Blacklist” refers to a series of terrorist attacks against the US, which Sam Fisher will have to stop as the leader of the newly formed 4th Echelon.
Much like its predecessors, the game allows for different play styles. Depending on your approach to the mission, you will earn points in three categories: ghost (silent & non-lethal), panther (stealthy kills), and assault (just shoot ’em up). This score will then translate into cash for buying, upgrading, and customizing your equipment.
Deadpool is an upcoming action video game based on one of the most popular Marvel Comics characters. It is developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision. The game’s script is written by Daniel Way, and Nolan North is voicing the titular character.
The gameplay is said to be a mix of melee and shooting, with Deadpool mostly using his signature swords and guns in various combinations. Other weapons like rocket launchers and sledgehammers are also available. According to IGN, the protagonist frequently breaks the fourth wall, just as you’d expect from the Merc with a Mouth.
The Last of Us is an upcoming survival horror / action game set in a post-apocalyptic United States. Twenty years ago, a mutated parasitic fungus infected and killed millions, essentially turning them into zombies. Most of remaining survivors live in quarantined areas under the harsh rule of US military. Joel (the playable character) escapes one of these areas, taking a 14-year-old Ellie (AI companion) with him as a favor to a dying friend. Outside the quarantine zone, they will face not only the Infected, but other Survivors as well. Furthermore, the military also seems intent on hunting Joel and Ellie down.
Remember Me is a third-person action / stealth game developed by a French studio Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom. You play as Nilin, a memory hunter who is on a mission to restore her identity and skills after her own memories were wiped clean. As a memory hunter, Nilin is able to steal and even modify the memories of her targets.
The game’s combat system allows the players to create their own combos from a variety of fighting moves called Pressens. There also are 5 more powerful moves (S-Pressens) which will become available as you progress through the story. Incidentally, pre-ordering Remember Me at select retailers will give you more Pressens to choose from.
Grid 2 is an upcoming racing game developed by Codemasters for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC platforms. Like its predecessor, it is said to toe the line between arcade and simulation. Chief among the new features of Grid 2 is a handling model called TrueFeel, which is based on real-world specs and driving characteristics, yet fine-tuned to make it more accessible. The game doesn’t have driver assists anymore, but it is still a lot easier to master compared to a full-on simulator.
Fuse (formerly known as Overstrike) is an upcoming action / shooter title developed by Insomniac Games and published by Electronic Arts. The plot of the game is centered around the titular Fuse, a mysterious alien power source which has fallen into the hands of a terrorist organization. An elite team called Overstrike 9 is tasked with recovering it.
At its core, Fuse is a 4-player cooperative shooter with four diverse classes, each of which has its own Fuse-powered weapon. It is said to be a fast-paced game with over-the-top action, as is expected from Insomniac Games.
Metro: Last Light is an upcoming first-person shooter game with survival horror elements. It is also a sequel to Metro 2033, which was released back in 2010. The game is developed by the same 4A Games studio, but has a different publisher this time: Deep Silver.
The game is based on a novel by a Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, and is centered around survivors of a global nuclear war who take shelter in the Moscow Metro and form different factions.
Dead Island Riptide is an upcoming action / survival horror game with RPG elements. It is developed by Techland and published by Deep Silver. The game picks up immediately after the events of the original, and allows the players to import their heroes or start off fresh. Dead Island Riptide adds a dynamic weather system, more powerful weapons, new enemies, and numerous improvements and fixes.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is an upcoming console fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. The game is based on the DC Comics universe and features popular characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Bane, Green Lantern, Batman, and Harley Quinn. In order to make it more accessible to casual players, Injustice uses a simple four-button control scheme (light / medium / hard attacks, and a “character trait” ability unique to each fighter).
Defiance is a multi-platform MMO shooter developed by Trion Worlds. The game is set in the same universe as Syfy’s TV series of the same name. The action takes place on a future Earth which is devastated by a war with Votans – aliens who sought refuge on our planet after their sun went nova. Neither side managed to gain the upper hand, and the Earth was rendered nearly uninhabitable by the decades-long warfare.
By the time the game takes place, various human and Votan factions are starting to work together in order to survive on the less-than-hospitable planet. Incidentally, both humans and aliens are playable in Defiance.
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel is an upcoming third-person shooter from the popular co-op series for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Like its name implies, the game pits the players against a powerful drug cartel in Mexico. Fighting the drug lords are two new protagonists only known as Alpha and Bravo.
The Devil’s Cartel uses a more powerful graphics engine than its predecessors (Frostbite 2), and adds a new Overkill mode which allows the players to unleash massive damage on anything that stands in their way.
BioShock Infinite is an upcoming installment in the popular Bioshock video game series. Plot-wise, it is not directly related to its predecessors, but the game does retain similar gameplay mechanics and themes. Infinite begins in 1912, when the game’s protagonist – a detective named Booker DeWitt – is sent to a floating city of Columbia to rescue a young woman, Elizabeth, who is imprisoned there.
In addition to various weapons in the game, players can use Vigors and Nostrums to augment their character. Vigors are active powers that require charges to use. Nostrums are passive enhancements, similar to Gene Tonics in the previous BioShock games. Using either of these items has a permanent effect on your character, so you should think carefully before choosing a power, seeing how only a limited number of Vigors can be equipped.
This upcoming FPS game from Terminal Reality is a prequel to The Walking Dead TV series which puts the player into the shoes of Daryl Dixon (voiced by Norman Reedus). Daryl, along with his brother Merle, have to make their way across the walker-infested Georgia to the city of Atlanta.
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct lets the players choose between trying to sneak past groups of zombies and fighting them head-on. The Walkers aren’t the only problem in the game though: the two brothers also encounter other survivors who can either help or hurt them. Furthermore, the unforgiving, post-apocalyptic world makes it necessary to ration food and save ammunition in order to survive.
God of War: Ascension is a prequel to the popular GoW trilogy. It follows a younger Kratos on his quest to slay the three Furies and get revenge on Ares, who tricked him into murdering his own family. Besides the single-player story, God of War: Ascension also features multiplayer, a first in the franchise. It offers several different game modes and allows the players to create and customize a new warrior, and pick one of the four gods to align with. Incidentally, all preorder incentives for this games are related to multiplayer.
The upcoming 2013 Tomb Raider game is a reboot of the franchise, unrelated plot-wise to its predecessors. The story begins with the 21-year-old heroine Lara Croft getting stranded on a remote tropical island after a shipwreck. Waking up in a coastal cave, the young woman immediately has to fight for her life. Combat is an important part of the game, but so are the series trademark puzzles and exploring.