Six essential PS4 and Xbox One games still to come in 2014

The nights are drawing in, the skies are getting murky and there’s a chill in the air. Winter’s coming... and we can’t wait. After all, there’s no busier time for the biggest game releases - and 2014 is no exception. This year, we’ve got a whole crop of next-gen titles to look forward to. Here's our pick of the very best of them...

 


Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Release date: 14 November 2014
Platform: Xbox One

If you ever loved Halo, you'll already be wishing the days away to 14 November. That’s when this remastered Xbox One bundle arrives, bringing with it Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, along with a newly remastered version of Halo 2 plus Halo 3 and Halo 4. Oh - and you also get all the extra content ever released. Halo 2, in particular, looks like everything we ever dreamed a next-gen title could be. An epic collection.



Far Cry 4
Release date: 18 November 2014
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, X360, PS3, PC

The Far Cry series enjoyed a massive return to form with Far Cry 3 and this next-gen addition to the franchise promises to build on that with some intriguing new features. The traditional open-world gameplay reappears, with your playground this time the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat. Gyrocopters, wing suits and even elephants are among the varied modes of transport in the game, while the run-and-gun gameplay also includes drop-in, drop-out co-op for a friend to join in.



Assassin's Creed Unity
Release date: 14 November 2014
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Assassin's Creed series' success is as much down to its grand historical landscapes as it is its sneaky-sneaky stealth-based gameplay. This next-gen iteration takes in the grand panoply of the French Revolution for its backdrop, with main character Arno slipping his way through the Paris of 1789 and playing a part in events from the storming of the Bastille to the execution of King Louis XVI. Every gameplay mechanic has been improved upon, so you can expect the stealth experience to be more satisfying than ever.



Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Release date: 3 November 2014
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PS3, X360, PC

Ah, it wouldn't be November without a new Call of Duty game demolishing some kind of sales record, and this year's edition looks set to treat shooter fans once more. Not only do you get entirely rebuilt game mechanics, a futuristic collection of weapons that befit the game's 2054 setting and, of course, a compelling multiplayer offering; you also get a motion-captured Kevin Spacey hamming his way through the part of a deranged owner of a private military company. What's not to like?


Dragon Age Inquisition
Release date: 21 November 2014
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, X360, PC

Has there ever been a bad game featuring dragons? We're not counting 90s stinker Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, so the answer must be nope, it's actually impossible to make a bad game, so long as you lob enough flying lizards at it. Of course, Bioware knows what it's doing with the impeccable Dragon Age series and we're awaiting this next-gen third instalment in the series with toe-tapping excitement. If you love a good RPG, new features such as customisable castles, team-based combat and a world that is materially changed by your actions will be sure to get you buzzing.



Sunset Overdrive
Release date: 31 October 2014
Platform: Xbox One

Remember the days when videogames were all about pure dumb fun? Po-faced seriousness is more the order of the day for most of today’s realism-obsessed titles...but not Sunset Overdrive. Set in a world crippled by an apocalypse caused by a fizzy energy drink, this over-the-top shooter feels like what would ooze out if you lobbed Infamous, Worms and Ren & Stimpy into a blender. Supercharged parkour-style action, ridiculous weapons and a colour-drenched palette combine for what should be the perfect switch-off-your-brain antidote to gaming's more cerebral offerings.

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