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The Escapist's Most Anticipated Games of 2014

The Escapist Staff | 27 Jan 2014 10:00
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Ghost of a Tale

Ghost of a Tale

Genre: Adventure
Developer: Lionel Gallat
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2014

Paul Says: This indie title being developed by an ex-Dreamworks and Universal Studios animator totally looks like a crossover between Dark Souls and the classic Redwall book series I read when I was younger, and that's enough to get me interested in playing it. Telling the story of a mouse exploring an abandoned island filled with danger with just a lute at their disposal, Ghost of a Tale might just be one of 2014's most unique and atmospheric adventure games.


Halo - Xbox One

Halo - Xbox One

Genre: FPS
Developer: 343 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox One
Release Date: 2014

Schuyler says: Of course the new Xbox is going to have its own Halo title. Why not? From a series that was the flagship for the Xbox, we need it represented on the new generation and now. The folks at 343 Industries are making all of our headshotting dreams come true with this next game to enter the Halo franchise. Not much is known about this game as of yet, but we do know for sure that this is not Halo 5 and yet not a spin-off, like Halo Wars or Halo: Reach, but this is a legitimate entry into the series but it just so happens to not get a number. It may sound and act like it's Halo 4.5, but even so, who wouldn't want to play Halo 4.5?


Hearthstone

Hearthstone

Genre: CCG
Developer: Blizzard
Publisher: Blizzard
Platform: PC, iOS, Android
Release Date: 2014

Josh says: I've been playing Hearthstone's closed beta for a few months, but that hasn't stopped me from getting super excited about the release. With open beta upon us, the first crashing wave of new users has hit. While I'll almost certainly enjoy a few freebie games from the influx, I'm most excited for the anticipated adoption. As a long-time Magic player, the biggest issue has always been finding enough people to play with. I don't really have that problem with Hearthstone, even in closed beta, but finding people to talk to about it is a different story.

Given the broad appeal of an easy-to-learn digital CCG, I'm excited for the prospect, come launch, of being able to talk to everybody about it. No, not everyone will play, but I expect that, given the free-to-play nature of the game, enough people will try that I won't have any difficulty finding an interested ear to jabber at.


Hotline Miami 2

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Genre: Action
Developer: Dennaton Games
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Platform: PC, PS4, PS Vita
Release Date: TBA 2014

Paul Says:The original Hotline Miami was a super tough, ridiculously challenging game with one addciting new wave 80's style soundtrack. Its sequel Wrong Number aims to continue this trend with more crazy ultra-violent action, outlandish characters, trippy retro colored graphics, and a new ultra hard mode for those eager to put their reflexes to the test.

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