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Dark Souls 2
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: From Software
Publisher: From Software & Namco Bandai
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: March 11
Justin says: You died, again. Dark Souls 2 might very well be my most anticipated title this year. While some RPGs function better with a feast of dialogue and lore, Dark Souls aims for a more solitary experience with hints of intrigue peaking around corners for some to find. The core of the game is how mechanics constantly play against each other. Newcomers will be able to appreciate a more accessible starting area but also a promise for long-term fans that the challenging gameplay the series is known for will still remain. I'm simply looking forward to a brand-new world to explore. While I'm greatly enjoying a current re-play through, it does loose a little of the charm once you know exactly where to go and what to avoid.
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Capcom Online Games & SCE Japan Studio
Release Date: TBA
Justin says: Just a few seconds of video during the initial PlayStation 4 reveal was enough to pique my interest. It's a shame we haven't heard a ton about Deep Down since that reveal. What we do know is that this dungeon crawler being developed by Capcom and SCE Japan looks to channel a heavy dose of the Dark Souls and Demons Souls series, though combat gameplay may be the extent of the similarities. The game will be free-to-play, it features a story involving players being magically teleported through time and the dungeons will be procedurally generated, so they are never quite the same each time. Up to four players will be able to team together to take down giant monsters, and it's worth additionally noting that the game looks really gorgeous.
Platform: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Greg says: Playing Destiny behind Activision's closed doors was one of my highlights of E3. It feels decidedly Halo-like in its control scheme, but the world, the characters and the visuals feel wholly original. The online multiplayer nature of the game is intriguing, and I could see myself going along with a group of friends only to be sucked into a random dynamic event. Best part of Destiny so far though? Peter Dinklage is the voice of a disembodied AI. Tyrion Lannister can guide me through a post-apocalyptic sci-fi shooter? Yes, please.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Genre: Action RPG
Platform: PC, PS4
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Josh says: Okay, so this opinion might not make me any friends, but I really enjoyed Diablo III from start to finish, from Normal to Inferno, from Monk to Wizard. I slew Diablo dozens to hundreds of times before I moved on, and this was on the PC! When D3 came to consoles, I was dubious, as one should be, given the lack of success with previous Diablo ports, but the experience was surprisingly delightful. I dove back into Sanctuary with a gamepad, and maxed out yet another character, as well as working with Kross to get my first Hardcore character past the first playthrough.
Offering up a new class to play with in addition to a brand new Act to conquer, Reaper of Souls promises a glorious return to Sanctuary. If you were burned by D3's launch woes, I'd recommend checking it out on consoles instead. You can play offline, it offers local co-op, and the loot system is amazing. Because equipping legendaries, as you might imagine, is a lot more exciting than salvaging them.