Most Anticipated For 2014

New Ideas and New Worlds in 2014

Puzzles and a postapocalyptic world.

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2013 isn't even over, but we're already looking forward to next year with GameSpot's Most Anticipated for 2014 series. Which games are our editors most looking forward to over the next 12 months? In the last feature in our Most Anticipated series, we're looking at two games that are bringing fresh ideas and gameplay in 2014.

While we can probably expect the usual sequels over the next 12 months in gaming (and we already covered some of the likely best ones here and here), not all of 2014's most exciting games are building from already established worlds. The final two games in GameSpot's Most Anticipated for 2014 series are both new gaming properties that we can't wait to play. The first is Tom Clancy's The Division, a third-person shooter that, like Bungie's Destiny, looks to upend the traditional notion of an online game. The second is The Witness, a puzzle game from Braid creator Jonathan Blow that reminds us more than a little of the classic Myst. Read on as some of our GameSpot editors sound off below on why they're looking forward to these two games.

The Witness

[The Witness] seems poised to evoke the same captivating mood that Myst did all those years ago.

GameSpot Editor Carolyn Petit

Carolyn Petit

In the summer of 1994, I had a tedious job as an office assistant. I spent hours upon hours faxing documents, filing documents, printing documents, and doing other document-related tasks. It was as mundane as mundane can be. That same summer, I got a CD-ROM for a game that billed itself as "the surrealistic adventure that will become your world." And become my world it did.

By night, Myst transported me away from the tedium of reality to a place of wonder, a series of lonely islands in which every detail seemed to have tremendous significance. Myst invaded my mind. My body might have been there at the office faxing documents for hours, but in my imagination, I strolled about the islands of Myst, puzzling out their mysteries.

Now, the creator of one of my favorite puzzle games of recent years, Braid, is riffing on Myst to create his next game, The Witness. While the puzzles in Jonathan Blow’s game have an entirely different format from Myst's, the island setting, with its sense of isolation and its mysterious, fascinating details, seems poised to evoke the same captivating mood that Myst did all those years ago. I'm so ready for another island getaway.

Mark Walton

I'm as intrigued by The Witness because of outspoken creator Jonathan Blow as I am because of its Myst-like take on the puzzle game. Blow has always been openly critical of reward-driven game design, the idea that every action you take must be followed by a reward to keep you engaged. It's an idea that's prevalent in almost every game you can think of, even the brilliant Braid, so I'm extremely curious to see what he's done to make The Witness a little different.

It's like the very antithesis of the shooter, and for that alone it gets my vote.

GameSpot Editor Mark Walton

That said, I'm a sucker for a good puzzle game too. The Witness' maze-like puzzles that are just as much about encouraging exploration of a beautiful island as they are about engaging the brain sound fantastic. This is a game I can imagine sitting down to with a glass of wine after a particularly hard week at GameSpot towers and getting lost in for hours. It's like the very antithesis of the shooter, and for that alone it gets my vote.

Check out all our coverage of The Witness here.

Tom Clancy's The Division

It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I am ready to prove my mettle.

GameSpot Editor Kevin VanOrd

Kevin VanOrd

Reading The Hunt for Red October made me sleepy, so it's a surprise that I'm drawn to so many Tom Clancy-branded games. I love their atmosphere, but more than that, I love the feel. I love the way it feels to slide from cover to cover in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. I love the fluidity of the shooting and traversal in the most recent Ghost Recon games. I also love open worlds and exploring them with fellow combatants, and The Division seems to bring all these elements together, allowing my friends and me to make a difference in the devastated remnants of New York City.

Like another of my most anticipated games, Destiny, The Division dynamically brings players together--or pits them against each other. I love the idea of moving through the city, sometimes teaming up with others, and other times turning my gun against them. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I am ready to prove my mettle.

Zorine Te

Being part of a team of talented and competitive gamers, I am always on the lookout for a game that will test the skills we've long touted in multiplayer modes across a variety of genres. Tom Clancy's The Division definitely fits the bill as a multiplayer game; throw in a tactical shooting component mixed into an open-world format, and I'm practically salivating.

The Division could be the game to turn my fantasy of open-world firefights with my team into a virtual reality.

GameSpot Editor Zorine Te

As far as stakes go, saving the world seems to rank pretty high, and where better to test my skills than in post-disaster New York City? The ability to join games using a smart device sounds like a fine idea on paper, but whether the feature is well integrated into the game or becomes a source of grief remains to be seen. Regardless, The Division could be the game to turn my fantasy of open-world firefights with my team into a virtual reality.

Check out all our coverage of Tom Clancy's The Division here.

And that rounds it up for GameSpot's Most Anticipated Games for 2014. Which game are you most excited to play next year? Did we miss out on any obvious games? Let us know in the comments below.

Discussion

181 comments
Димитрий Код
Димитрий Код

нихрена не видно на картинке где контрасность и гамма?!

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

before you post in all caps "WTF WHEREZ MY FAVORITE GAME U SUX"...be sure to check the other "most anticipated" pages on GS first. They're split up into different genres, for example The Witcher 3 is in the "Most Anticipated Open-World Games" page, and so is Watchdogs. I swear the only thing people are good at on the this site is raging...but i guess it makes for a fun feedbackula eh?

tej6767
tej6767

Witcher 3. WHERE THE FUCK IS WITCHER 3?

MN121MN
MN121MN

I don't get how The Witness's a new idea, seeing it resembles Portal closely, but let's see if it's gameplay is quite distinguishable...


The Division on the other hand, while having a brand new idea, should get it out sooner as Kickstarter's the franchise main threat: you wouldn't believe how many games can be produced until The Division's release that can bore people of the dev's vision of Division (but on the other hand, it can boost people's enthusiasm for The Division as well)

The92Ghost
The92Ghost

What the hell is this first game... it looks AWFUL! How can you put something like that in Most Anticipated... there is Dragon Age 3, Watch Dogs and so many other franchise... which are 1000% better than... what was again "The Witness?" What the HELL is that?!

Vodoo
Vodoo

The Witness??!!! You guys picked a game that looks like it was maid with an Etch-A-Sketch over something like Watch Dogs? C'mon Gamespot. 


I mean The Division and Watch Dogs, bot Ubisoft games, are my top anticipated games for 2014. Not saying that my picks should be everybodys' picks, but The Witness?

MADDjoe
MADDjoe

waiting for the next tales game to come to states. 


chyng85
chyng85

Waiting for The Witness~ 

hystavito
hystavito

I fear The Division will try to dazzle us with fancy high tech gadgets rather than try to make a good at least somewhat tactical somewhat realistic combat experience.

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

for which Systems will the witness be released?

thomasn7
thomasn7

Very excited for The Division!

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

Dark souls, division, destiny, any other game beginning with D lol

Azazel29
Azazel29

so excited for the Division.  cant wait to wreck pple with my 3 brothers :)  just hope the variety of the world can keep things interesting for a long time.

faizanhd
faizanhd

The Division. If only I wasn't in Asia and forced to play multiplayer games on Singapore and Russian servers. Why can't more Asian countries promote good games, instead of playing Starcraft and cr*ppy MMOs all day.

hyksiu
hyksiu

I just wanna be playing them games folks.

DETfaninATL
DETfaninATL

It's obviously a personal thing for me, but BAYONETTA 2 tops my most anticipated list.....

oflow
oflow

Um all anyone talked about is The Division,,,

What about:

Star Citizen


Homeworld: Shipbreakers (Homeworld is the best space rts ever made)


EQ Next


No Man's Sky


Project Spark


Elder Scrolls Online (played the beta was pretty good)


Wild Star 


Rainbow 6 Patriots


DayZ

just to name a few?????




naruto945
naruto945

Honestly I'd like another Pokemon game or KH3

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

For next gen or this gen?? now I want more AI, and the ability to affect the story line. Linear game play is so Last several generations. Its time for something new. Branching story lines... That to me will signal when the "Next Generation" is upon us from last gen 3D. 

jecomans
jecomans

@tej6767 Already covered in this series. 'Superior Sequels, Part One'. 

jecomans
jecomans

@The92Ghost Watch Dogs has already been covered in the Most Anticipated series, DA3 could of made Superior Sequels but was nonetheless best covered in that post. Most of the large number of puzzle gamers I know are looking forward to The Witness. It is indeed a new take on the abstract puzzle game, so it deserves its place here.

Shehi
Shehi

@The92Ghost In a first-world society only 20% of people comprise medium-class, people who really work hard and provide main percentage of total tax-payer money. The rest are just consumers, aka "losers" who leech from those medium-class people (top-class has isolated themselves from the pleb hierarchy, so that noone could leech from them). Those medium-class rarely pay good deal of care to computer gaming; its just a means of entertainment for them, as going to cinema or opera is. The game you so strongly try to discredit/dislike, is one of the main titles those regular people play. Those games are pure fun, and only! AAA-titles or any similar high budget, "hardcore" titles are there to keep zombie-class where they are, (a "loser", poor, dumbed-down idiots). Generations raised upon those games, and those relatively elders who completely give in to those games later on - whose lives get dissolved into the gaming - become as such, inevitably. If this wasn't the case, those technologies upon which gaming is constructed, would be used for much nobler goals, such as education-via-fun, simulations-reflecting-real-life-situations and/or the scientific researches of various kinds etc in a PUBLIC level. But instead, we are blowing up buildings, killing fellow mankind in games we play - and only! For the sake of "fun".


Overall, your concept of "better" doesn't mean a squat! While you are wasting your life in front of gaming-machine, whether its a PC or console, those who rule over you, who define your life and make decisions for you enjoy the beauty and variety that is provided by the real life and the real world.


P.S.: If you are wondering, "Flag" button is on the left bottom side of this post :)

jecomans
jecomans

@Vodoo They covered both your most anticipated games in this series already, so why not allow them to represent the puzzle genre with a game that looks to be a fantastic new entry into the genre?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Da Witcher 3 :P.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Don't forget about Dark Division, the Destiny of Destruction in Dreamland's Dimension.

Link3301
Link3301

I don't think that that's an open world game.

made_u_look
made_u_look

@oflow Well I think Star Citizen is coming out in 2015, I suppose will see how far they get in 2014. But from the content they've released it seems they still got a lot of work ahead of them.

phoenix1289
phoenix1289

@Ravenlore_basic I disagree. Affecting the story is nice but it shouldn't take over the industry. There is plenty of room for both open ended experiences and focused carefully crafted experiences.

scottp61
scottp61

I agree. I always liked this franchise called The Way of The Samurai because it had multiple story lines and your actions determined your path in the game. I'm hoping other IP's come along with a similar concept but expand on the idea more in the next generation.

sting5
sting5

@Shehi  hipsters, hipsters everywhere right now... "80 percent are dumb, I'm the one of 20 percent"... As a mediocre person I might say that humanity itself is egoistic, and all people want is panem et circenses, bread and games. And rarely, oh rarely companies choose to flatter minorities, leaving the majority of market unsatisfied, because, as any other company, game developers make games for profits. Deal with it.

northArrow
northArrow

@ShehiInstead of trying to defend the game he ridiculed, it looks like you attempted to make a political/economical rant - in English what appears isn't your first language. I've never seen someone post so much without saying a damn thing

quakke
quakke

@phoenix1289@Ravenlore_basic "focused carefully crafted experiences."

You define Call of Duty and Tomb Raider 2013 as "carefully crafted" instead of `"grabbing your throat and shoving it down"?

Shehi
Shehi

@sting5 Unfortunately I ain't one of those 20% yet, at least not the way I envision it. Do I want to be one of them? Definitely. My response, as @northArrow  pointed out above, is quite unfocused on one specific topic - tbh I was tired after work and got "agitated" when some "kid" spewed nonsense about a title which is chosen as #1. With that, @northArrow was right when he said he didn't get me. I agree with you too.. companies do try and *should* try to please majority: that was not my original concern. What I tried to say is that the OP's distaste towards the selected game and criticism wasn't based on anything logical really - at least he/she couldn't (or didn't even bother to?) manage to express it in such convincing way. It did and does look like a rant to me. Nothing personal there of course - I am just tired of seeing same shit all over the net every day (and being Internet Professional, I *do* see them quite a lot).


So, overall, both you and @northArrow are right but still, none of you address those concerns stated in my reaction. And, did I use somewhat harsh language there? I am sure I did. But I'd rather do it in a harsh way and somehow irk people and push them to thinking (at least a bit); than playing nice and polite. We as a society have become dumber and dumber by these "nice", "polite", "civilized" discussions, especially in past 10-15 years - we are so "nice" that we elect people who kill thousands in our name and we don't feel a thing: things become a statistics to us (ironic that once we laughed at Stalin's misinterpreted, yet similar quote). Nevertheless, since the message has been delivered, I think stating the original intention of mine here would be a good idea.


Anyway, Happy New Year to you all! Have an intelligence-full, thought-full, love-full Year 2014!

quakke
quakke

@wizardboyus@sahandx360@LordCrash88@Link3301Aah, the good old Prince of Persia Series (Sands of Time-The Two Thrones). Another one of UBISOFT'S victims. Division is gonna fail just like Rainbow 6 Patriots because Ubisoft has learned way too much from EA..

phoenix1289
phoenix1289

@quakke@phoenix1289@Ravenlore_basic First off nice generalization. Not once in my comment did I mention CoD or Tomb Raider. There are plenty of other linear games in the industry. Arkham Asylum, Alan Wake, Max Payne, the Bioshock series (while they are semi open they are still extremely linear), Half life, and Mass Effect just to name a few.


As to CoD and Tomb Raider devs "grabbing your throat and shoving it down" I wasn't aware they held a gun to your head and forced you to buy it.


Last time I checked people have the full option to not buy a game if they aren't interested. Which means the people that buy it *gasp* enjoy playing the game. People are allowed to like a game you don't, and you disagreeing doesn't make them wrong.