Although we enjoyed plenty of great games last year, 2014 should be even more impressive, with a variety of must-play titles across different platforms. On New Year's Day we asked the GAME community to tell us their most anticipated games of the year via Facebook and Twitter, and we have to admit, you and your peers made great suggestions. A proper vote is now waiting for you to let your voice be heard (as well as your choices for the Best Games of 2013), but for now, here are the most popular choices from New Year's Day...
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U
With Ubisoft delaying its ambitious open world game and a release date to be announced, we certainly hope Watch Dogs is worth the wait. This feature-packed and tech savvy adventure may take the Grand Theft Auto model of gameplay to the next level. Yes, you're able to drive a plethora of vehicles through a painstakingly detailed Chicago, but Watch Dogs goes beyond sight seeing and car jacking. Playing as hacker Aiden Pearce, you skilfully manipulate the infrastructure known as the Central Operating System to complete numerous missions throughout the urban landscape, whether that means stealing cash from someone's bank account to fund your agenda, control cameras to avoid detection, manipulate traffic lights or stop police vehicles via built-in security measures. Board a train to escape the law, cause a pileup to ensnare enemies and compete with other gamers in a multiplayer mode that ties into the single player campaign. Suffice to say, Watch Dogs should be on every shopper's must buy list.
While Nintendo has yet to reveal the next chapter in its celebrated The Legend of Zelda franchise (a title that that's apparently very high on your must-play lists, too!), at least there's Hyrule Warriors to tide us over. This hack-and-slash action game, designed in collaboration with Tecmo Koei, incorporates ele-ments from both Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. Playing as Link, players will face off against swarms of familiar creatures and dispose of their adversaries with the classic Master Sword, bombs and even Link's highly effective spin attack. It re-mains to be seen how much depth the game will have, but we have no problem causing massive destruction with the Zelda theme music playing in the back-ground.
Wii U, 3DS
Warning! Challenger Approaching! Plenty of gamers will buy Wii U and 3DS sys-tems this year, in large part because of the new Super Smash Bros. It appears the latest edition of the critically acclaimed series will be the biggest in history, with a stacked roster that includes series' mainstays like Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Donkey Kong, combined with new faces like Mega Man, Animal Crossing Villager and even the Wii Fit Trainer; Sonic the Hedgehog also makes a welcomed return. These combatants will square off across plenty of detailed locations featuring Dr. Wily's Castle, the Wii Fit Gym, a Super Mario Galaxy inspired board and even one from Pilot Wings. What remains to be seen is whether the 3DS and Wii U versions will somehow interact, but we expect to learn about this potential feature and more in the months ahead.
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Bungie left the Halo franchise in Microsoft and 343 Studios' capable hands. Now we get to see what it created with Activision when Destiny arrives on multiple platforms later this year. This gorgeous first person shooter takes place in an al-ways connected universe, where players customise their warriors (choosing from three races- Human, Awoken and Exo), select one of three classes and go it alone or team up with friends. Throughout the course of the journey, you'll explore the vast reaches of the solar system, defend the last safe city on Earth and engage the opposition across multiple planets. Now factor in dynamic events that may occur at any time, and you'll never know what's about to happen.
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Players that think most games these days are a bit on the easy side will line up for Dark Souls II, the sequel to the beloved and insanely tough predecessor. The follow up comes with a much bigger world to explore and elements more acces-sible to newcomers, but the extreme difficulty will remain; no easy mode here. Gamers will journey through brand-new labyrinths filled with all sorts of monsters featuring improved artificial intelligence that allow these creatures to better react to their opponents' moves. Meanwhile, a new engine let developer From Software improve the visuals, audio and animation. Throw in deeper customisation and new weapons, and we can't wait to die again.
Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Considering BioWare's new action RPG utilises the same Frostbite 3 Engine as Battlefield 4, that alone is enough to get us excited. Beyond that, Dragon Age In-quisition takes place in a huge world comprised of different landscapes, taking players from ice-capped mountains to sun kissed deserts. Upon creating their warriors, they'll proceed to select a party from nine characters, then embark upon an adventure that will see them create Inquisition strongholds, upgrade their he-roes over time and affect the world in several ways, bringing war or peace to nu-merous factions. The battle system lets gamers get in the thick of combat, or switch to a more tactical view to have more control. Taking all this into account, we only have one question: when is the official release date?
Agree? Disagree? Cast your vote now, and check out what the GAME Online Team chose as their picks of 2014 - and our picks of the best of 2013, too!