Our Most Anticipated Games of 20142013 brought with it a wealth of fantastic new games and we're definitely feeling a little spoiled, but the year is over and gamers are already hungry for more. Luckily the release schedule for 2014 already boasts some exciting and enticing titles - both new installments in well-loved franchises and brand new IPs for the new console generation. Some of these are sequels that we've waited years for, others stood out thanks to eye-popping trailers and others are just too ambitious to ignore. Find out which games you should be keeping an eye out for next year in Game Rant's list of the Top 12 Most Anticipated Games of 2014.
Watch DogsTaking the prize for the most topical premise of 2014, Watch Dogs is an open world hack-'em-up set in an alternative version of Chicago, where everything that uses electricity is hooked up to a central operating system, simply called the CtOS. An unfortunate side effect of this is that anyone who can hack into the CtOS can effectively play god - and they don't have to play nice. Vigilante Aiden Pearce carries a gun, but the most powerful weapon at his disposal is his smartphone. Taking on the role of Aiden, the player can manipulate the world around them - from traffic lights to security systems - and use this talent to help others or achieve personal wealth and power. The lesson to take away from this is that iPhones are eventually going to take over the world. Release date: Spring 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U and Xbox One.
ThiefFans of the original Thief games have been watching the development of Eidos-MontrÃ©al's reboot with understandable trepidation, and the studio itself has seemed torn between trying to please the loyal fanbase whilst also trying evolve the game by drawing on elements from more recent stealth games like Dishonored. The promise of seeing Garrett the master thief back in action is enough to keep our interest in Thief high, but this game isn't a sure bet and there are a lot of mixed feelings towards it already. We're keeping our fingers crossed, though - what's life without a little larceny? Release date: February 25, 2014 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC
Following the initial reveal of the Xbox One at an event in May, Microsoft finally got around to showcasing games for its new console at its press conference during E3 2013. No one was entirely sure what to expect from the event, but a new Halo game, especially after the recent launch of Halo 4, was not something that many gamers planned for.
The official reveal trailer utilized some misdirection to keep watchers guessing the identity of the title — effectively concealing Master Chief in a robe for a majority of the footage — but the second the fragmented clothing blew off, fans became excited. While Microsoft has refused to call the new game Halo 5, the '2014' that appeared at the end of the cinematic teaser was more than enough to have us excited for a next-gen Halo later this year.
Release date: 2014 for the Xbox One.