Most Anticipated For 2014

Superior Sequels for 2014 Part Two

Upside-down karts and ferocious fireballs.

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? Today, we look at two platform-exclusive sequels: Infamous: Second Son and Mario Kart 8.

The two games on our list for today come from opposite ends of the sequel spectrum. Infamous: Second Son is the third in the relatively young Infamous franchise, and carries with it high hopes as the first of the series on a next-generation console. Mario Kart 8 is similarly the first for the series on new Nintendo home console hardware (the Wii U), but has a longer history stretching back to more than 20 years ago. But new or old, both games have hordes of fans eager to play their latest installments, including several of our GameSpot editors. Read on to see why we think Infamous: Second Son and Mario Kart 8 are deserving games in our Most Anticipated Games for 2014.

Infamous: Second Son

What's drawing my interest months before release is hints of a fascinating story waiting to unfold.

GameSpot Editor Tom Mc Shea

Tom Mc Shea

Sucker Punch makes open-world games that are seemingly built with my interests in mind. Infamous nailed exploration within a bustling metropolis, and the combat was so fast, so frenetic, and so unpredictable that I would rush happily into each fight, fingertips tingling with electricity. And choices? Yeah, your decisions may not have amounted to much more than pure good versus repulsive evil, but I love crafting my superhero in the image I want. It's because of such obvious strengths that I am downright giddy to see how a third iteration--and a lot more horsepower--could improve on the franchise's already high standards.

What's drawing my interest months before release is hints of a fascinating story waiting to unfold. Second Son is centered around revolution; a corrupt government body has turned Seattle into a police state, under the guise of being protective. I would make a joke about current events, but the NSA doesn't have the best sense of humor. Anyway, nothing gets me happier than good old sedition. If Sucker Punch can communicate the powerlessness a lone person feels when matched against oppressive laws, and the joy of overcoming such injustices, I'll happily tromp through the city like a chain-wielding George Washington.

The thing that gets me most excited is how Delsin Rowe, the game's protagonist, moves.

GameSpot Editor Maxwell McGee

Maxwell McGee

I like where Tom's going with this whole "chain-wielding George Washington" thing, and Assassin's Creed III has already set the Evil George Washington precedent with that one downloadable content pack. The ball is in your court, Sucker Punch. In all seriousness, when I think about Infamous: Second Son, the thing that gets me most excited is how Delsin Rowe, the game's protagonist, moves. And I'm not talking about dance moves.

This may seem like an odd choice in a game filled with explosive powers and an open-world re-creation of Seattle, but locomotion will make or break this game for me. Sucker Punch has already done a good job of making its previous protagonist, Cole MacGrath, light on his feet while still packing plenty of punch. When I watch Rowe slip between his smoke and human forms, or turn on a dime while tossing fireballs, the momentum and fluidity of motion seem honed to a tee. Hopefully that will hold true in the final release.

Check out all our coverage of inFamous: Second Son here.

Mario Kart 8

It's great to finally get Mario Kart in glorious HD.

GameSpot Managing Editor Randolph Ramsay

Randolph Ramsay

There are those who like to throw around the accusation that Nintendo has become little more than a recycler, continually going back to its most famous franchises and repackaging them with little innovation. But as we saw with A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo is still capable of surprising us with new ideas. So will Mario Kart 8 be a safe sequel or a bold one? Certainly the antigravity mechanic showcased so far looks like it could significantly impact how a race plays, particularly if the ability to drive on walls or ceilings is incorporated in interesting ways on the game's various tracks.

Whether Mario Kart 8 breaks the mold or not, it's probably safe to say that it'll still be an absolute blast to play. After so may iterations on home consoles and handhelds, the Mario Kart formula is refined and slick--easy to play, awesome in groups, and occasionally heartbreaking (I'm looking at you blue shell). It's great to finally get Mario Kart in glorious HD, and if it retains the same sense of fun as previous entries, then it's already a winner in my book. But if it goes that extra step and shows me something new? Then that will be amazing.

Justin Haywald

After the hyper realistic cars in Forza 5, Need for Speed: Rivals, and Gran Turismo 6, I’m ready to take a break with some karts. Colorful characters, crazy tracks, and ridiculous rides are always more appealing to me than endless stretches of realistic road. (Don’t I see enough of that driving in real life?) And this will be yet another huge visual upgrade to a franchise I love. Nintendo took a long time to jump on the HD bandwagon, but Super Mario 3D World and Wind Waker HD have shown what a dazzling difference it makes.

This will be yet another huge visual upgrade to a franchise I love.

GameSpot News Editor Justin Haywald

Also, I really want more good games to play on my Wii U. I don’t regret purchasing the system, but the long periods between releases have relegated it to secondary status while PC and other consoles eats up the bulk of my gaming time. Kicking 2014 off with some Mario Kart might help break that trend...but more than likely it’ll still just be the console I break out solely for the can’t-miss Nintendo exclusives.

Check out all our coverage of Mario Kart 8 here.

Both Infamous and Mario Kart are platform exclusives. Are there other platform exclusives you're looking forward to in 2014? Tell us in the comments below. And make sure to come back tomorrow for our final two Most Anticipated Games for 2014.

Discussion

280 comments
Nonnzz98
Nonnzz98

wouldnt delsin (the new infamous protagonist) make a great villain for spiderman, imagine how awesome that would be!

Mentroso
Mentroso

does super smash bros. WiiU/3DS count?

Drkoolbeanz
Drkoolbeanz

I hate it when a new IPs comes out. I wish we just had sequels from now on. 

LuVGReatGames
LuVGReatGames

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, now that is definitely a sequel to look forward to.

TomahawkZA
TomahawkZA

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

World of Warcraft

Diablo 3

jemoedr
jemoedr

Am i the only one who thinks InFamous really sucked? It was like a wannabe prototype spin off. 


I'd rather see Dragon Age Inquisition in here.

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

What about Monolith Softs X game? If it is Xenoblade 2 then it fits the bill. It wont be game of the year, it will be GAME OF THE 8TH GENERARTION.

ACMC85
ACMC85

I love having a PC and Nintendo console. Seems to work out the best, high performance and crazy multiplayer on PC, great local multiplayer, innovative and nostalgic games on the Nintendo console, with a surprise once and a while.

belkins
belkins

Sorry but Dragon Age Inquisition should have been part of this article. Dragon Age brought new life to RPGs and there was no mention how come?

chyng85
chyng85

Sure playing Mario Kart is a fun, and why Square-Enix doesn't make another Chocobo Racing... ?

sahandx360
sahandx360

Hope to see FFXV in Part three!!

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Really surprised by the lack of reception for the Wii U. Right now it actually has a nice handful of solid games with many on the way. I'm sure it'll end up kicking off like the 3DS did.

Speaking of handhelds, what's going on with the Vita? That thing still alive?

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

Mario Kart 8 has me really excited. Smash Bros U is the only thing that I'm looking forward to more. After playing Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing: Transformed I was legitimately curious as to how Nintendo would answer with the next Mario Kart. Transformed has incredible track design, excellent weapons and fantastic gameplay. Then I saw the first trailer for Mario Kart 8 after E3 and it left me in awe. Cannot wait for this game.

Poodger
Poodger

Sorry, but Super Smash Bros sounds infinitely more exciting than Mario Kart 8. Smash Bros is the only reason I am even considering buying a Wii U. I won't even OWN Mario Kart, regardless of whether or not I buy a Wii U.

constrictor14
constrictor14

Super Smash Brothers, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8... I like the upcoming Wii U lineup a lot. Hopefully Madden makes a return to the Wii U next year, I missed it this year.

thirdson1812
thirdson1812

inFAMOUS second son is the reason i'm getting a ps4 at the end of 2014

hystavito
hystavito

"Whether Mario Kart 8 breaks the mold or not, it's probably safe to say that it'll still be an absolute blast to play. "

I think this is an important point, but there's another side to it as well.  So often we bash companies for their lack of innovations, but Nintendo getting a pass isn't really fair is it?


Perfect example would be the mighty juggernaut CoD.  It's undeniable that millions of people love to play every sequel or iteration, right?

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Who's Randolph Ramsey and Justin Haywald?

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

I really don't like those two games.  :(


Majora's Mask, someday!

Craig King
Craig King

Watchdogs, destiny, MGS, The division

painpas
painpas

Agreed on both games. I am debating a Wii U impulse buy tomorrow in all honesty but I have a feeling 3DS will win me over once in the store. Both should be FUN and that's all that matters. Can't go wrong with both these games from the LOOKS of them. 

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

I'm excited for MK8 because of the Mario Galaxy physics more so than HD.

Baz Beale
Baz Beale

Watch_dogs destiny the division and witcher 3

Rhino_All
Rhino_All

"Colorful characters, crazy tracks, and ridiculous rides are always more appealing to me than endless stretches of realistic road. (Don’t I see enough of that driving in real life?)"


You're saying you drive to work in a race car at 100+ mph every day??? *jealous

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Infamous Second Son looks really neat, i really like its concept of the story, the whole going against a government kind of thing, should be really fun after how fun Infamous 2 was.


The online communities in Mario kart 7 was one of the best things created for the series, bringing it back for 8 is a must thing to do.


Wonder which Part Tropical Freeze is in, its coming out in February alongside Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare both of which im really excited about.

5mirn0ff
5mirn0ff

How is Dragon Age Inquisition not here?

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@belkins New life to RPGs how? Good RPGs in general have been all over the place for some time now. Maybe it did something for WESTERN RPGs, but in general? Not feeling it.

Besides, I think both InFamous and Mario Kart got more hype to them than Dragon Age

The92Ghost
The92Ghost

@belkins  Agree, completely disappointed by GameSpot, how can they put Mario 8 and not Dragon Age Inquisition... this game basically brought a whole new life to the RPG world for Games... I am really disappointed by Game Spot.

Cristhian_Cobas
Cristhian_Cobas

@sahandx360 FF XV is not really a sequel... except for FFVII, FFX and FFXIII there have been no Final Fantasy games with sequels nor spin-offs... Onlines do not count, for they need expansion packs... anyways, I'm still psyched about FF XV... 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@AuronAXE The Wii U isn't a bad system at all. However, if you're getting one it's almost strictly to play Nintendo IP. Considering that the other two beefier next gen consoles are out now with more devs in their pocket and the fact that not too many people have cash to hand over for multiple consoles at the moment the Wii U doesn't look like much of an option right now. I think in the long run sales will pick up, especially with some of the bigger titles still looming in Nintendo's future, but it'll be the console that people purchase second or third.

amk11
amk11

@Poodger You will, everyone does. Mario Kart is on my pre-order list, along side Smash bros and DKC: Tropical Freeze

amk11
amk11

@constrictor14 talk about a game that gets recycled lol. jk. But yeah, it would be interesting if EA can turn their cheek back in Nintendo's direction since they were the ones to start this debacle :P  

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@hystavito Two things:

1) As weird as it is, most gamers still don't truly understand "innovation". Innovation doesn't mean "new IP". It means "new IDEAS". If you can have new ideas within an established IP that makes significant differences to the experience of that game, then that's innovation in and of itself.

2) CoD, although deserving of success, doesn't truly innovate from one game to the next. The single player is a story you play through for a couple of hours, and the multi-player may have new maps, but you're still experiencing relatively the same thing. There's not enough to truly feel like you're playing one CoD from the other, whereas in Nintendo's games, in *most* situations, there's a few new defining aspects that separates one game from another. The whole reason we haven't had a new F-Zero is because of that very notion. Before you jump the gun, I've played enough CoD games before coming to this realization of "same-ness" between them, and I've played enough Mario Kart games to know that there's moderate differences between *most* of them.

I'm not sure why I have to keep explaining this to gamers on gaming sites. I thought this'd be something that's understood to a higher degree than this.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@fredyellowone I really think Majora's Mask was due for a remake before Wind Waker, but Nintendo apparently disagrees.

amk11
amk11

@painpas You have after xmas sales in your area? if so take advantage. If you live near the Canadian border and can travel freely between the countries, give boxing day and week a whirl. 250 dollar deluxe kits and such! 

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@5mirn0ff It might just be that they're cautious about how it'll turn out, especially considering how rushed DAII felt.

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

@chipwithdip True but it still is the most anticipated Nintendo Wii U game of 2014. Maybe excluding Zelda HD.

Poodger
Poodger

@amk11@PoodgerI haven't bought a Mario Kart game since Double Dash, which I loathed. I played Mario Kart on the Wii at a friend's, never wanted to touch it again.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@chipwithdip @hystavito CoD is repetitive, over rated and innovated in ideas zero since the beggining, higher percentage of gamers that play CoD or Battlefield that is THE only game they play, mainly online, i have tried them and didnt like any.


I love FPS such as FEAR, Wolfenstein, Bulletstorm, i guess because these games actually focus on a good story and they do have many fresh ideas, well i guess you cant really shoot electric bolts from your hand like in Bioshock or something, so really as long as people who like simple FPS thats all about rankings and such will play them online and it will keep selling it will keep selling.


My friend is addicted to CoD, gets every overpriced map and DL, its nuts lol.


Dont start me on DLC, that shit should be in the full game in the first place, guess devs found a way to exploit people with new tech, i understand if DLC is worth it if it packs punch, its worth the money, 90 percent is just nothing



amk11
amk11

@Yomigaeru @fredyellowone But wind waker was beautiful. Plus if they were to remake majoras mask (like current director is thinking about). It would happen after the new Zelda Wii U game. :P 

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@Master_Of_Fools But...no info, brah. Honestly, I'd get hype if there was more info than just the trailer. That, and it's not even known if it's a sequel or a spin-off. It's just "X".

jemoedr
jemoedr

@amk11@PoodgerDouble Dash was awesome. Had some of the best mario kart tracks in the franchise. Which they unfortunately didn't add in Mario Kart Wii.

amk11
amk11

@Poodger @amk11 Double Dash wasnt good, Mario Kart Wii was classic fun. The new one will be based off the improvments from the DS versions

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@WolfgarTheQuiet Nintendo's been very modest about dlc in their first party games, if any. But yea, people'll friend-zone Nintendo because Mario's a strong IP. Go figure...

amk11
amk11

@lazarius12 @amk11 @Yomigaeru @fredyellowone It would happen after Zelda HD. They arent exactly going to break up the Zelda team to remake Majoras Mask when they have the full team now working on Zelda U. They have priorities and Hyrule warriors is a 3rd party side game not made by Nintendo that has no relation to the main game... The Zelda team were the ones who did the Wind Waker HD remake, it's not going to be anyone else but the Zelda team who does the remake for Majoras Mask if it happens

lazarius12
lazarius12

@amk11@Yomigaeru@fredyellowone Not sure why you think it would happen after the new Zelda for Wii U, but if we're throwing out wild accusations then I have one as well. Zelda HD for the Wii U won't be coming out in 2014, guaranteed. They haven't even shown it off yet and Hyrule Warriors is coming out next year. I say Majora's Mask, along with Warriors, will be our Wii U/3DS one two punch, while we wait for Zelda HD in September of 2015.