2014 will be a big year for PC gaming. But we say that every year. Just like the last few years, 2014 will feature some exciting game releases and some landmark moments.
What, specifically, are those landmark moments and exciting game releases? Here are our top 5 most anticipated PC games as chosen by our editorial stuff:
Titanfall is coming in March 2014, making it the first released game on this list. The hype machine for Titanfall is already underway. People are excited because of its stunning combination of mech combat and infantry warfare. It’s like a more epic version of Battlefield and Call of Duty rolled into one, but calling it that seems unfair.
Mechs are widely appreciated across the gaming world. Titanfall has been fuelled by hype for two reasons: first, it features mechs. And second, it’s the first post-Call-of-Duty game created by the original developers and creators of the Call of Duty franchise. We’re expecting big things!
Elder Scrolls Online
Of all the games listed here, Elder Scrolls Online is the one that has the biggest question mark. It’s set to be released on April 4, 2014 and is unique for a few different reasons. It’s the first Elder Scrolls game not created by Bethesda Game Studios and it’s the first MMORPG set in the fantasy world of Tamriel – a world that has a massive worldwide following.
Elder Scrolls online will come with a subscription fee and an initial box fee, making it the most expensive game on this list. However, if it can capture the magic of previous Elder Scrolls games like Skyrim and Morrowind, then this could be the next big MMORPG. I might buy it just to explore the world I’ve been reading about for over a decade.
Watch Dogs is a bizarre and ambitious game that is unlike any other game on the market today. You may have seen the stunning E3 trailer, which featured a shady-dressed man walking around a living, breathing city and using his smartphone to perform all sorts of different tasks.
It’s a third-person open-world game from Ubisoft that combines unique player interactions, hacking, and traditional combat to – hopefully – create something special. Watch Dogs is set to be released sometime in Q2 2014.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The past two Witcher games have enthralled PC gamers around the world. They’re among the best PC RPGs ever made and feature a dark, surprisingly-realistic world populated by the usual assortment of fantasy characters.
The Witcher 3 is changing a few things. It will be the last chapter in the adventures of Geralt, who has been the protagonist of all Witcher games released so far. It will also be open world for the first time in the series. The previous games featured vast environments and spaces, but they rarely felt open world: players progressed along a line and explored environments one after another while rarely having a chance to return to previous environments – with the exception of cities.
In spite of that rigid structure, PC gamers still loved the Witcher games, and the Witcher 3 will be released late in 2014 to much acclaim and hype.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Blizzard could announce an expansion pack titled “A Bunch of New Items” and it would still automatically be called one of the most anticipated games of the year. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor does add a lot of new items, but it should also add a bunch of other cool stuff.
Unlike other expansion packs, that “cool stuff” is not game-changing. However, it will add some wanted features like non-linear raids, a new world, new PVP zones, and, of course, level 100.
Oh, and did I mention you’re going back in time? Yup, Warlords of Draenor will take players on a “journey to a mythic time” before the orcs first invaded Azeroth. The Warlords of Azeroth ran the show at the time and the only people able to stand against them are WoW players. You also get to explore ancient Draenor.
Despite being over ten years old, World of Warcraft remains immensely popular. However, its popularity is undoubtedly declining. Warlords of Draenor will try to attract previous players and prove there’s still life left in this classic title.