At the beginning of this year I wrote a list of my top ten most anticipated of 2014. In that list I announced that Batman Arkham Knight was going to be the definitive game of this year. Unfortunately, Batman Arkham Knight has been delayed until 2015, forcing me to reconsider what this year’s most impressive title will be.
None of the games being released this year strike me as being particularly original or interesting. The reason why I originally chose Arkham Knight was because it looked like a ‘next-generation’ game in terms of graphical fidelity, scale, and narrative. It essentially gave a sense of awe that you’d expect from the technological leap between console generations. All of the games being released this year don’t succeed in impressing me like Arkham Knight did.
“While the grass is now fresher, I’m worried the adventure will be stale”
Nevertheless, I am excited for a few games being released in the last quarter of this year. While Assassin’s Creed: Unity looks incredible, it’s Far Cry 4 which I feel is the game I’m most looking forward to play. I’m saying Far Cry 4 reluctantly, though, as I can only see it expanding on the foundations of its predecessors. I look forward to being able to play in this incredible open world, but feel as if I’m only looking forward to it because I already know (based on Far Cry 3) what to expect from the franchise.
It’s this sense of familiarity which gives 2014’s biggest titles a lack of appeal. I want to dive into the unknown. I want to feel as if there’s an adventure to have in a world I am unfamiliar with. Where most of 2014’s games go wrong, though, is bringing the same adventures to a different landscape. While the grass is now fresher, I’m worried the adventure will be stale.