It’s time to dust of your controllers and clear out that gaming backlog, because this is shaping up to be an absolutely killer year for new games no matter which platforms you own. I’ve put together a list of my personal top 6 most anticipated games of 2014, but we’d also love to hear what you are looking forward to in 2014 in the comments below. Let’s get started!

Persona 5 – PS3

Anticipation Level: Extreme

You are slave. Want emancipation? So far the only details we have about Persona 5 come from a short, vague, teaser trailer with an image of 5 chairs each attached to a ball and chain, and this obscure line of text. In other words we know that it exists and that’s about it. This fact alone however is all Persona fans need for this installment—the first new numbered Persona game in over 5 years—to have them itching with anticipation. As a rabid fan of Persona 3 and 4 (if you haven’t played them, seriously stop reading this and pick them up right away!), I have been waiting for this one to be announced for a long time. There is every chance that it won’t be released until 2015 outside of Japan, but I was too excited to leave it off this list. If ever you needed an excuse to keep your PS3 plugged in this is it!

Dark Souls 2 – PS3/360/PC

Anticipation Level: Extreme

This one almost goes without saying. Without a doubt my most anticipated game of the year (if only because Persona 5 will likely be delayed until 2015) has to be Dark Souls 2 which is set to release in March this year. Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls hold the honor of being 2 of my favorite games not just from the PS3/360 era, but of all time. I just love everything about these games. I love the extreme challenge and subsequent euphoria of defeating a boss that at first seemed impossible. I love the mysterious, beautiful world that isn’t spelled out for you in cutscenes but left for you to discover and piece together on your own. I even love the insanely passionate fans that come up with countless new ways to make the game even harder (think naked speed runs). Too often these games get criticized as being made for masochists, but spend some time getting to know them and you realize that they are in fact extremely deep and demand a lot of the player, but are never unfair. What some will think is unfair however, is the fact that Dark Souls 2 isn’t currently slated for release on PS4 or Xbox One—another reason to hang on to your old consoles this year. The new generation of consoles may be here, but last-gen isn’t going away without a fight!

Destiny – Multiplatform

Anticipation Level: High

Sure the setting, visuals, characters and gameplay all look stunning, but the main reason I am excited for Destiny is to finally see the talented folks at Bungie get to stretch their creative muscles on an all new project outside of the Halo universe. After a steady, decade-long stream of regular Halo releases, it can be easy to forget just how big an impact the original Halo: Combat Evolved had in 2001. It was this game that compelled me to buy the previously unproven original Xbox console at launch, and I’m hoping it can have the same impact when it is released in September this year.

Bayonetta 2 – Wii U

Anticipation Level: Dangerous

Platinum games is a truly fabulous—yet criminally underrated—developer, and no game better captures their ideology of tight action, deep gameplay and general insanity as Bayonetta. I instantly fell in love with the original game’s unique mix of wacky humour, cool visual style, intriguing setting (a witch battling against angels) and above all it’s rewarding combat system. Despite some initial doubts when it was announced that the sequel would be a Wii U exclusive, it appears Nintendo is letting Platinum do their own thing and Bayonetta 2 is looking just as gorgeous, action-packed and crazy as the original.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Wii U

Anticipation Level: High

Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii was not your typical hand-holding Nintendo platformer. At first I got sucked in by it’s fantastic art direction and for a dose of nostalgia, but it was the razor-sharp controls and devious level of challenge that kept me hooked until I collected every single K, O, N, and G hidden though out the game. Few developers can match Retro Studios for pure creativity and talent, which was evident in the seemingly unending supply of fresh gameplay ideas in each level. Some people were disappointed to hear that Retro was working on sequel to Donkey Kong as opposed to a new Metroid game, though I am happy to wait a bit longer if it means another platformer that is as fun, challenging and addictive as Donkey Kong Country Returns. All signs indicate that Retro is on track to live up to these high expectations.

Mario Kart 8 – Wii U

Anticipation Level: Dangerous

If you judge new consoles on how far they exceed their predecessors, I would argue that the Wii U is the most ‘next-gen’ console on the market today. While Xbox One and PS4 boast some impressive graphics that will only get better as time goes on, the jump to these consoles from the 360 and PS3 is far less pronounced than it is going from the Wii to the Wii U. Anyone who complains about the graphical capabilities of Nintendo’s latest console clearly hasn’t sat down with the gorgeous Super Mario 3D World or Pikmin 3 which are both a sight to behold. The novelty of finally getting to enjoy Nintendo games in full HD still hasn’t worn off for me, and Mario Kart 8 is no exception. Sure it’s still the same old Mario Kart we know and love with a fresh coat of paint, but complaining about that would be like saying ‘it’s just the same old chocolate cake, but with a scoop of ice-cream on the side’.

Thanks for reading and make sure to let us know your most anticipated games of 2014 in the comments below!

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  1. Jack on January 21, 2014

    So – you didn’t say ‘The Division’? Or ‘Destiny’? Or ‘Halo 5’? 😛

    • Tim Author on January 21, 2014

      Will I did say Destiny ;p

      And those other 2 would have made it if it was a ‘Top 10’ list – along with Titanfall and maybe Watch Dogs or Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition since I missed that the first time.