Join me as I cover the top 10 best looking new IPs in this year’s lineup of video games! You can view the original article I posted on GenGAME.net regarding the subject below.
2013 has now long since passed, leaving behind some incredible gaming moments and memories. And despite an incredible lineup of games over this past year, 2014 is shaping up to be even better, especially when it comes to new IPs. For those unfamiliar with the term “IP,” it stands for intellectual property and represents a specific game series. From what’s been shown so far, 2014 isn’t messing around, as a host of awesome new franchises are set to release throughout the year. Let’s take a look at 10 incredible looking new IPs set to release in 2014. Oh, and I’ve created a YouTube segment to accompany this list if you’d prefer to watch it in video form. Check it out after the jump.
10. Dying Light
Over the past few years zombies seem to have dominated the video game landscape, with titles such as Left 4 Dead, DayZ, The Walking Dead, Dead Island, and Dead Rising capitalizing on the recent popularity of the undead. Dying Light seeks to continue that trend, but with some pretty cool features of its own that will probably make for some intense moments within the game’s zombie-laden, open world landscape.
Similar to other zombie-based games, the undead in Dying Light will be much slower than the player…during the daytime that is. Once the sun goes down, all bets are off, as the standard zombies in the game will become substantially faster, with the ability to scale structures in a manner similar to the player. Sounds pretty gnarly, right? Well, it gets worse. Special types of infected that only come out at night will stalk the protagonist and can only be avoided via traps and distractions. Partnered with fluid freerunning mechanics and an in-depth weapon crafting system, Dying Light looks to push the boundaries of the zombie-survival genre in new directions.
9. Shovel Knight
What’s small, blue, has horns and likes to use a shovel? Shovel Knight of course! It’s always nice to get hit with a blast of nostalgia from time to time and its looks as though Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight will be dishing up a heavy dose of classic gameplay this year.
Shovel Knight represents the return of the 2D platformer in 2014. Graphically, the game resembles a whole host of retro 8-bit titles and even utilizes the same color palette as past games in the NES library, but don’t let its retro appearance fool you. Shovel Knight uses special modern techniques to create the illusion of depth in the side-scrollers background. Partnered with the protagonist’s ability to bounce off of enemies and objects by means of his shovel, Shovel Knight looks to be a breath of fresh air in the gaming industry and a chance for players to explore their old-school roots.
Despite the massive amount of backlash this game has received for being delayed from its initial release date back in November, Watch_Dogs‘ open world concept looks incredibly ambitious and intriguing. Set in a fictionalized version of Chicago, Illinois, the implementation of information warfare as an overarching theme should serve as a rather captivating driving force behind the game’s plot. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from past games that have seen delays – most notably Bioshock Infinite – the extra wait is usually worth it, as we hope is the case with Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs.
7. Murdered: Soul Suspect
Teased for over a year now, Murdered: Soul Suspect‘s detective elements combined with its supernatural theme make it quite the provocative next-gen title. While current-gen systems are slated to receive the game as well, it will certainly be exciting to see the ways in which next-gen systems will utilize their upgraded hardware to squeeze every bit of awesomeness out of Soul Suspect.
With possession mechanics similar to those of Aiden in Beyond: Two Souls and other supernatural abilities, Detective Ronan O’Connor will be forced to solve his own murder in the midst of other demonic entities. If done well, Soul Suspect could see success similar to that of past detective-based games such as L.A. Noire, with a supernatural touch of course.
6. The Order: 1886
Ever wanted to hunt half bred monsters in an alternate history London as one of King Arthur’s knights while wielding futuristic weaponry? Well, you’ll be able to do just that in The Order: 1886, a PS4 exclusive.
The game will feature four steampunk-esque knights as they defend a gothic-styled London from their age-old enemy – a strange race of half human/half monster creatures. Equipped with advanced technology from an over-the-top industrial revolution, players should be in for quite the adventure. From the looks of it, this could truly be one of the next big franchises for Sony. In fact, it kind of makes me want to go out and buy a PS4…
For the true multiplayer fanatics, Evolve offers up a unique style of 4v1 gameplay in which a team of hunters – likened to space marines – attempt to kill a large player-controlled monster. But, there’s a catch. The monster can eat local wildlife within the game’s various settings in order to evolve into an even larger beast, making the job of the hunters a whole lot more challenging.
Armed with various abilities and weapons, the hunters must work together as a team to take down the game’s monster. If all of the humans are incapacitated, the monster wins. But, if the players are able subdue the beast and kill it, the locals on the island will be able to rest easy…at least until the next giant monster decides to make its home on their island. Oh, and Evolve is being made by the same team behind Left 4 Dead and all of it’s multiplayer goodness, so expect an awesome game from Turtle Rock Studios.
4. Sunset Overdrive
Reportedly an open world shooter, Sunset Overdrive‘s scarcity of information makes it somewhat difficult to get a read on this Xbox One exclusive. However, the folks over at Insomniac Games have been known to make some pretty awesome titles, so we’re remaining optimistic. Relying heavily on Microsoft’s cloud-based computing, Sunset Overdrive‘s setting is expected to take on the characteristics of a living world in which user feedback can easily be added.
At this point, all we know about the plot is that some sort of disaster has struck the game’s city, leaving everybody either dead or transformed into strange mutants. Aside from that, there’s the whole orange soda gun thing touted in the game’s trailer from E3. Mutants, orange soda and guns…what could possibly go wrong?
3. The Evil Within
Over the past few years the survival-horror genre has begun to evolve into something driven more by action than sheer terror, leaving hardcore fans feeling a bit isolated. Hoping to atone for past woes in the genre is a new IP from Bethesda Softworks, The Evil Within – a survival-horror game that claims to return the genre to its roots. And who better to direct such a project than the originator of survival-horror himself, Resident Evil creator Shinji Makami.
If you’re looking for a game that holds your hand, you’d better search elsewhere, as The Evil Within will force players to deal with stealth-based gameplay, murderous booby-traps and some really sinister looking dudes wielding chainsaws. If you’ve played Resident Evil 4, you may be just a bit more prepared than the rest of us. For those who have been craving a strong dose of old-school survival-horror, this is the game for you.
Deemed the spiritual successor to the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall looks to be more than just another military shooter. Created by the same people who brought players Modern Warfare, Respawn Entertainment’s futuristic multiplayer-based game has some pretty fantastic looking features. From its immersive environments to its massive player-controlled Titans, Titanfall could be the next big thing on the first-person shooter frontier.
And from what’s been shown since its incredible debut at E3 this past year, the extreme amount of hype surrounding this title is certainly warranted. So long as EA delivers a successful launch for Titanfall, bypassing issues associated with the likes of Battlefield 4, the game should have no issues rising to the top as one of the best new IPs in 2014.
When Bungie left behind its beloved Halo franchise a few years a go, fans were naturally concerned. How could they abandon the likes of Master Chief and Cortana? Well, it turns out the developer had something brilliant up its sleeve – Destiny. Set seven hundred years into the future, Bungie’s Destiny takes place after a time period known as the Golden Age in which peace and prosperity have outstayed their welcome. Players will take control of a Guardian – the defenders of the last standing city on Earth – as they forge their very own personal narrative.
The world of Destiny is said to have a mind of its own, meaning events can be triggered randomly in a manner similar to MMOs. However, the developer prefers the term “shared-world shooter,” as the game will match smaller groups of individuals together rather than massive online groups. Imagine that, automatic matchmaking in a living, breathing world! What’s not to be excited about? Destiny‘s mythic open world setting alongside carefully crafted RPG elements make it one of the best looking new IPs of 2014 and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
That’s a Wrap!
So there you have it, 10 groundbreaking new IPs headed our way in 2014. From the barren slums of a zombie apocalypse to the furthest out reaches of space, this year in gaming is certainly shaping up to be something special. Still, there are plenty of other new IPs we haven’t named. What other new franchises are you looking forward to in 2014? Let us know in the comments section below!
Originally posted on GenGAME.net.