In 2013 Sony and Microsoft launched new gaming consoles, but unfortunately neither company exactly made their machines must haves. So far most Playstation 4 and Xbox One games are modestly upgraded versions of current-gen titles, or next-gen exclusives that deliver fancy new graphics, but scrimp on depth.
At first glance 2014 may look rather bleak as well. A lot of the big-name franchises are missing in action, or have been promised but not shown, but things aren’t as bad as they may seem. There are actually a healthy handful of games coming in 2014 that may very well force you to plop down that 400 – 500 bucks for a PS4 or Xbox One. Such as…
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4 & Xbox One)
Release Date: January 2014
One of the best games of 2013 is getting a spiffy next-gen update in 2014. Lara’s character model is being totally re-done, the environments are getting a lick of paint and all the DLC from the original version of the game is included. This really does seem like the definitive version of Tomb Raider, so if you missed it on current-gen consoles, this might be a good way to kick off your next-gen experience.
Titanfall (Xbox One)
Release Date: March 2014
From the creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Titanfall looks to use the Xbox One’s power to deliver as much crazy as possible. Giant mechs, jetpacks and crazy gore effects galore! This one looks like a lot of dumb fun, and could very well be the next big thing in multiplayer shooters.
D4 (Xbox One)
Release Date: Q1 2014
Did I say Titanfall looked crazy? No, this is true next-gen crazy. From the director of Deadly Premonition, D4 is a new Kinect-powered adventure game about a time-travelling detective. The game won’t be for everyone, and it’s hardly maxing out the Xbox One hardware, but if you’re the kind that likes their games strange, D4 has to be one of your most anticipated titles of the year.