Most Anticipated For 2014

Superior Sequels for 2014 Part One

Challenging and fantastical.

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 Part Three of our series (check out Part One and Part Two), we venture into the realm of fantasy for two sequels we can't wait to play.

Safe sequels are often the most disappointing ones, but the next two games in our Most Anticipated for 2014 series--Dark Souls II and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt--look to be anything but standard follow-ups. Dark Souls II, for example, features significant changes to real-world player interactions, while The Witcher 3 is going the "bigger is better" route, significantly expanding the size and scope of its gameworld. But what do some of our GameSpot editors think? Read on to see why Dark Souls II and The Witcher 3 are two of our Most Anticipated Games for 2014.

Dark Souls II

I can't wait to rummage around a new Dark Souls for the first time, and explore a new land packed tight with dangerous secrets and sly discoveries.

GameSpot Editor Martin Gaston

Martin Gaston

People always talk about how hard the original Dark Souls was, but I've always thought focusing so completely on its difficulty was doing the game a disservice. Dark Souls was a challenge, sure, but there's a bit more spice to its progression than that: you'd eventually hit a point where you could breeze through large swaths of the game with a kind of superpowered momentum. No, the real beauty of Dark Souls was in the discovery.

Loads of games like to make you think you're exploring, but few of them ever attempt anything greater than just scattering around a few hundred collectible trinkets to hoover up. Dark Souls, by comparison, was a dense, ornate, and virtually impenetrable maze, and only after about 60 hours did I figure out how its land of Lordran connected. It was wonderful.

If you're anything like me, there have been at least a few times when you've wished you could play a game again for the very first time, to freshly experience it all again. When I finished Dark Souls, I was hungry for more. Namco Bandai has kept much of its upcoming sequel a secret, and that's absolutely fine by me: I can't wait to rummage around a new Dark Souls for the first time, and explore a new land packed tight with dangerous secrets and sly discoveries.

Carolyn Petit

I'm looking forward to Dark Souls II mostly because I have no idea what to expect. I'm deliberately avoiding reading too much of the prerelease coverage because I want as much of the experience as possible to be fresh to me when I finally venture into its treacherous realms. Will it just be more Dark Souls, another tremendously challenging, tremendously rewarding journey through fantasy worlds in which every crumbling wall speaks of tragic history? That would certainly be enough to enthrall me.

Dark Souls is one of my favorite games of all time, and more of it would be no bad thing. But just as that game constantly found ways to surprise me, with incredible new environments, terrifying new monsters, and mind-blowing shortcuts that changed the way I understood its intricately interlocking world, I'm hoping Dark Souls II surprises me by pushing the gameplay of the series forward in ways that I can't anticipate.

I'm hoping Dark Souls II surprises me by pushing the gameplay of the series forward in ways that I can't anticipate.

GameSpot Editor Carolyn Petit

Yes, I still want brutally hard combat, incredible bosses, and a story that takes the minimalistic approach, letting me piece it together on my own rather than bludgeoning me with lore dumps. These are the things that make Dark Souls Dark Souls. But unpredictability is also a core part of Dark Souls. I don't know how the creators could seriously improve on what they've already done, but I can't wait to see them try.

Check out all our coverage of Dark Souls II here.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

That's what gets me most excited about The Witcher 3: having the opportunity to spend more time in Geralt's world and watch his story unfold.

GameSpot Editor Maxwell McGee

Maxwell McGee

Despite having not actually played the first Witcher game, I was happy to crown The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings as my number one game of 2011. I've since started reading the books from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski on which this series is based. The grim, unforgiving world of the Witcher is quite excellent.

Geralt's mix of virtue and cynicism, which is expertly mirrored between the books and games, makes for a commanding protagonist whose exploits I'm excited to follow. That's what gets me most excited about The Witcher 3: having the opportunity to spend more time in Geralt's world and watch his story unfold.

CD Projekt RED, the series' developer, has already proven itself capable of realizing this dark, high-fantasy world within its games. And based on what I've seen so far, this conclusion to Geralt's gaming trilogy should follow suit.

Kevin VanOrd

The question isn't really how someone can be excited about The Witcher 3--it's about how someone couldn't be excited about The Witcher 3. The Witcher 2 is one of the most beautiful and intriguing role-playing games in recent years, yet it's also a tease. You look out onto vast landscapes, yearning to explore them all, yet they remain frustratingly out of reach. The Witcher 3 expands this beauty into a lush open land, urging you to investigate every nook and cranny.

This doesn't just sound like a great RPG--it sounds like potentially one of the greatest.

GameSpot Editor Kevin VanOrd

As described by developer CD Projekt RED, The Witcher 3 sounds like the best of all RPG worlds. It has a dark fantasy kingdom ripened with dark, lusty themes; it has energetic combat that makes it fun to crush giant monsters; and it has you making life-or-death decisions as Geralt of Rivia, the stoic antihero who longs for his beloved Yennefer. This doesn't just sound like a great RPG--it sounds like potentially one of the greatest.

Check out all our coverage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt here.

Do you agree with our choices for Most Anticipated titles for 2014 so far? If your most looked-forward to game is not here, never fear! We have two more Most Anticipated features coming at you, so stay tuned to see what other top 2014 titles the crew at GameSpot are eagerly waiting for. In the meantime, sound off in the comments below!

Discussion

513 comments
wolfone77
wolfone77

Can't wait to get deep down into the punishing world of dark soul again and can't wait to explore  ....Witcher 3 from one of the most respectable developers out their.

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

Cant wait for Dark souls 2!

TomahawkZA
TomahawkZA

Mind you "The Witcher 3" is looking really good.  I really enjoyed "The Witcher 2", "DOTA 2" and "Path of Exile" in 2013, but did spend a lot more time playing World of Warcraft (mostly Battlegrounds and Arena), and grinding Paragon levels in Diablo 3 between frequent visits to the Diablo 3 auction house ;) LOL


Thanks to STEAM I also spent many hours playing "TitanQuest - Immortal Throne" and "Age of Empires II - HD edition" with the "Forgotten" expansion.


There are also a whole string of interesting Indie projects which I am hoping will be as good as the few I picked up last year at discounted prices on STEAM.


But honestly, as much as I look forward to the other new titles, Blizzard expansions are the ones that have my hands trembling and my mouth drooling.  "Here Blizzard - take my money ... !"



tanerb
tanerb

If you didn't play the original Witcher, you missed a lot. Much better than Witcher 2

sorintitus
sorintitus

The Witcher 3 is by far the most anticipated sequel of next year, at least in my humble opinion.

Drkoolbeanz
Drkoolbeanz

YAY! More sequels! I can't wait to see more Masta Chief, COD: All dogs go to heaven, Assassins Greed, GTA 6, more Mario platformers, Pokemon Teflon edition, another crap Zelda that destroys and corrodes our childhood memories of what a great game it's supposed to be, Lego 50 Shades of Grey, and of course if we're really lucky Part of a Capcom game where we can buy the rest online bit by bit. 

Phoenix2518
Phoenix2518

It's funny. I'm subscribed to GameFly, with a queue of about 24 games. Just became 26 - added Dark Souls and Witcher 2. Didn't realize they had Xbox 360 versions.

TomahawkZA
TomahawkZA

The only 2 games I am excited about for 2014 are both expansions ...

World of Warcraft

Diablo 3


Elann2008
Elann2008

I loved Kevin VanOrd's comment on The Witcher 3--"it's about how someone couldn't be excited about The Witcher 3."


My response to that, "Damn, right!"

brockelley
brockelley

gahhh, I hated teh first dark souls and the witcher 2...

cougar3429
cougar3429

Having played neither series, I may pick up the original(s) in anticipation of these potentially great sequels. Question is which one...Help me out by liking this comment or the first reply.


Like this comment to recommend Dark Souls first.

argetlam350
argetlam350

Yep can't wait for both of these games along with all the other RPGs coming out next year but Dark Souls 2 and Witcher 3 definitely top the list of most anticipated games for me.

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

Ive put well over 300 hours into dark souls. Beaten the game as every type of character. And beaten it on New Game+++. Its a good game.

DestinyStarX
DestinyStarX

Oh Mah God

So much RPG. *.*


My dream has come alive.

Acekidder
Acekidder

Halo 5 Fallout 4 and the Witcher 3  please.... dark souls is awful. 

DrStrangelove29
DrStrangelove29

Ohhh those 2 games everyone is waiting om Gabe & the rest of the kind folks at Valve are supposed to release or are they going to continue to stall and wait on the release of the Steam Box.....Which they shouldn't.....Time for them to sh-- or get off the pot.

ali1111111
ali1111111

i am looking forward to watchdogs

jtabs
jtabs

With respect to Witcher 3, absolutely as Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is one of all time favorite games. 

frozengrudge
frozengrudge

Gamespot forgot about Dreamfall Chapters. I've been waiting for that for almost a decade! 

chrisx28
chrisx28

   First of all if any of you have been following Dark Souls 2 you already know it will probably be the best of 2014 only for some of us! Problem I seen with Dark Souls is it's just one of those games that you absolutely love or hate. Dark Souls practically ruined gaming for me in 2013 simply because I cannot find anything that even comes close to giving me that experience again.I am 40 years old and take my gaming very serious, and Dark Souls is a very serious and hard game for me. I am positive Dark Souls II will be my game of the year, but surely won't be some of yours.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

What happen to dragon age 3 on this list..I know the second one turned our stomachs..How ever it looks like the team at bioware is trying to make the third installment one to remember..With keeps an a team to run...Looks like they went back to the drawing board an started from scratch..Im looking forward to this more than these other two..Although the witcher 3 ill be playing for sure..

chyng85
chyng85

I wanna play Dark Souls II~ Hope it can be the GOTY next year~ 

j_kizi
j_kizi

Two of my most anticipated games of 2014.

grove12345
grove12345

Demons Souls was the best of the series. I dont like the "open world" (barely an open world) of Dark Souls. Soo much back tracking. And not in a fun im discovering new things way

chrisx28
chrisx28

Dark Souls 2 is by far the most anticipated sequel of next year, at least in my humble opinion.

timtolo
timtolo

@brockelley I'm sorry you are really missing out, I really enjoy Dark Souls. Going to be playing Witcher 2 here soon.

cougar3429
cougar3429

Like this reply to recommend the Witcher first.

Deyakk
Deyakk

@Acekidder I feel like most of the people that say Dark Souls is awful say so because they simply can't handle it.

tbabypain
tbabypain

@chrisx28 I feel you. I'm 30 years old and grew up playing the original Nintendo. Very few games get me excited anymore. Dark Souls 2 is my most anticipated game of next year. There is nothing like it on the market.

The92Ghost
The92Ghost

@Gladestone1 @Gladestone1  I am agree with that guy, what happened with DA3? I mean I know DA2 was awful, but come on DAO was one of the best RPGs and still is, how can you not include it? 

Arcturuss
Arcturuss

@Gladestone1 Dragon age 2 was shit

So this time people won't get excited until it comes out and turns out to not be shit.

CastorT
CastorT

@Gladestone1

This time we will judge the game after its release, not prior.


There was plenty of things that were alarming during the production, people played a demo and was not impressed at all.

Yet we all were so confident in BW continuing on DAO's path of glory.

Alas it was not meant to be.

malignantwraith
malignantwraith

@chrisx28 WORD. But The Witcher 3 comes in strong on the 2'd place!  However when its time to start playing other games than Dark Souls  2 i probobly will be well in to 2015 ;)   I still geek away in the first game! :D

chrisx28
chrisx28

@Deyakk @Acekidder It has to be just that, nothing else even makes sense on how someone can call this game anything but amazing. It's funny how some people just wanna respawn spray a few bullets die, rinse n repeat.

chrisx28
chrisx28

@tbabypain @chrisx28  Right on, I'm starting Demon Souls 1/01/2014 than hitting Dark Souls dragging it out to the release.  I got a new PS4 and Xbox 1 and have 3 games I haven't even opened yet, just no urge to play anything but DS.  I'm going to be sunk after Dark Souls 2 is to repetitive because at that point nothing will satisfy me. Maybe some other developers will pick up from this series and bring us some close style games.  Maybe we'll hook up on the other side.

cougar3429
cougar3429

@Starry_Notion

Um....thanks. So if I get lots of Likes, what do I win?  I don't care about Likes I care about games.

Looks like Dark Souls is the winner 7 to 4 (as of 1/18/14).

Thanks all who voted.

On a side note, is there an easy way to find one of your old posts? I had to find the article then scroll through hundreds of other comments to find mine. Any pro tips?