10. Dying Light (Multiplatform)
Techland’s alternate take on the zombie survival genre was definitely one of the more fun to play experiences shown off at E3 2014. The focus on parkour and tactics helps to set this slasher apart from the studio’s first zombie game, Dead Island. Jumping from rooftop to rooftop to avoid the zombie horde is surprisingly thrilling, and the open approach to each mission will ensure that no two playthroughs are the same. The fact that Dying Light also supports 4-player co-op is a bonus, and it will surely make for a great community experience once it releases.
Dying Light is set to release during February 2015. Check out our hands-on preview.
9. Alien: Isolation (Multiplatform)
Based on a short demo of this creepy title it appears that Creative Assembly may have finally perfected the art of making a scary as hell Alien video game. The atmosphere and lack of ammo makes each mission attempt a fearful adventure that will tweak your senses in all of the right ways. At all times you feel like you’re helpless against the lurking Xenomorph, which will make you feel like Ripley did aboard the Nostromo. The heavy focus on stealth may turn off gamers that don’t love being sneaky, but the overall experience will definitely keep the hair standing on the back of your neck until you hit the power button on your gaming machine of choice.
Alien: Isolation is set to release on October 7, 2014. Check out our hands-on preview.
8. The Order: 1886 (PS4)
The Order was one of the few PS4 exclusives shown off at E3 2014, and it played ver similarly to the first Gears of War, so fans of pop and cover third person shooters will definitely appreciate the gameplay featured in it. This game also boasts some amazing in-game visuals and character models that look near life-like, and perfectly showcase what the PS4 can do. The narrative seems intriguing thanks to its play on the whole Knights of the Round Table motif, and for the fact that a new breed of human has arisen to shake up Neo-Victorian London. The Order also utilizes some impressive future-tech weapons such as a thermite gun, so the mashup of new school and old school definitely helps to set this game apart from other third person shooters.
The Order: 1886 is set to release on February 20, 2014. Check out our hands-on preview.
7. Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Multiplatform)
The latest AC game truly looks to change up the way the franchise has played over the last six titles thanks to the inclusion of 4-player co-op. The ability to play through the campaign with friends as other assassins is amazingly awesome, and the gameplay moments that take place during co-op play are some of the coolest set pieces to ever be featured in the franchise. The tech behind the game is insane, so the visuals are impeccable, and the size of Paris is mind blowing. The fact that 1,000 NPCs can be on-screen at once without causing a single frame rate glitch or graphical mishap is stunning to say the least. Revolutionary France appears to be a fantastic setting for the next AC game, so if you’ve been following the franchise since the original, there’s no reason to give up on it now. Lack of female representation aside, AC: Unity looks to be one of the best entries yet.
Assassins’ Creed: Unity is set to release on October 28, 2014. Check out our hands-off preview.
6. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Multiplatform)
The latest title to take advantage of the Tolkien franchise is definitely looking like it could be one of the best games based on the franchise to date. Many gamers and media members alike thought it looked too similar to Assassin’s Creed in terms of its gameplay, but after checking Shadow out at E3 2014 I can say that it is far from it. The Nemesis system will ensure that no two playthroughs, or even the playthroughs of your friends will ever be the same as yours, and the domination system opens up all sorts of strategy and tactics for approaching each orc stronghold. The game looks beautiful and definitely has a Middle-Earth feel, plus the story looks to fill in a few gaps in between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Fans of Tolkien games should definitely add Shadow to their to-do list in 2014.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is set to release on October 7, 2014. Check out our hands-off preview.