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Monday, August 18, 2014

Destiny, Super Smash Bros., Halo: The Master Chief Collection highlight remaining 2014 releases

While lots of hyped-up games are being delayed into 2015, there's still plenty of big titles coming out the rest of this year to ease the pain. Here's a look at some of the bigger releases for the rest of 2014.

Destiny: Sept. 9 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
This online multiplayer first-person shooter developed by Bungie had a very successful beta campaign that got gamers even more hyped for it. Players will be able to choose a race and class and travel around a post-apocalyptic universe set hundreds of years into the future. Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage lends his voice as a robot companion.

Hyrule Warriors: Sept. 26 on Wii U
This different take on the Zelda franchise is based on the popular Dynasty Warriors series overseas where you smash through hundreds of enemies. It will boast a big cast of playable characters, from Link and Zelda to Darunia and Ganondorf.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS
Not one but two new games in this very popular fighting franchise are scheduled this year, the first coming to the Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 3 with the Wii U version slated for a holiday release. Over the past months, Nintendo as been slowly revealing more and more characters to choose for battle. This will no doubt be the biggest games in the franchise.

Driveclub: Oct. 7 on PS4
After multiple delays this exclusive racing title will (hopefully) be in our hands later this year. We've seen lots of screenshots of stunningly beautiful cars driving in all kinds of weather elements. Players will be able to connect with their friends, receive and send challenges and be part of a team.

Alien: Isolation: Oct. 7 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC
This upcoming first-person survival horror with a heavy emphasis on stealth is part of the Alien franchise that takes place 15 years after the events of "Alien," where you play as Ellen Ripley's daughter. One Alien stalks the player throughout this terrifying and punishing game. 

Assassin's Creed Unity: Oct. 28 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One
This installment takes place in Paris during the French Revolution and introduces cooperative multiplayer for up to four players who can take part in missions and explore together. Parkouring up and down buildings is supposedly easier now, which have always been a pain for me in the past.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Nov. 4 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Here's your annual Call of Duty game, this time taking place in 2054 and starring actor Kevin Spacey. Futuristic technology includes cloaking aircraft, hover bikes, and the ability to climb up walls. It'll sell millions for sure.

The Crew: Nov. 11 on PC, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Ubisoft's open-world racing game features missions that can be played alone or with others. Players can form crews and race together. The campaign is expected to be around 20 hours.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection: Nov. 11 on Xbox One
This will be one of the biggest remasterings of the year. The franchise that helped cement Microsoft's place in the console industry will come to their newest console. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 will receive graphical updates and feature all their multiplayer modes and add-on content. This should be the perfect start for the Halo newbie.

Dragon Age: Inquisition: Nov. 18 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
BioWare's action RPG published by EA will feature multiple races to choose from and an overhaul in the combat mechanics, requiring a bit more thinking. Just like the first two games in the series, it takes place on the continent of Thedas.

Far Cry 4: Nov. 18 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Ubisoft will release another of this first-person shooter, this time taking place in the lush land of Kyrat, which is ruled by a ruthless king who shows no mercy to anyone. Players will be able to play cooperatively, even if one doesn't own the game. I suspect we'll see this feature more in the future.

LittleBigPlanet3: Nov. 18 on PS3 and PS4
This cute franchise will introduce new characters like Oddsock, a four-legged creature who can wall jump; Swoop, a bird who can pick up others; and Big Toggle, who uses its heavy weight on pressure plates and platforms. Levels from the first two games can be transferred to this one.

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