25 upcoming PS3 games for 2014 and beyond
PS3 isn't dead yet...
The PS4 is out in the wild (in fact, the PS4 review is here!), we all know it. You can feel it in the air, and now that November has come and gone, you're able to feel it... in your hands. We've seen the next-gen and it's glorious, but it's not time to give up on current-gen. In fact, it looks as though the PlayStation 3 is going to be around for some time to come. Don't toss your DualShock 3 out just yet.
These twenty-five games are all coming to PS3, and all of them warrant your attention. Remember, this is only year seven of PS3's supposed ten-year lifespan, and the lineup suggests it'll be as strong a year as ever. What Blu-rays will you be tossing into your old, dusty PlayStation 3 this year? Well, to name a few...
Release date: August 12, 2014
Hohokum is a game that appeals to the most basic of our gamer sense: it’s simply about being in the game’s world, exploring every inch of it, and seeing what you find. There’s no major action sequence or over-the-top violence; Hohokum is simply gaming pleasure, and that’s what makes it so appealing to us.
Developer Honeyslug is out to prove that sometimes people just want to boot up a game and have fun. We don’t always need action or explosions or gunshots; sometimes we just want to get lost in a game’s virtual world. It’s one of the things that make games like Skyrim and the best MMOs so successful, and it’s what Hohokum is trying to do through its exploration gameplay. We can’t wait to play it.
Tales of Xillia 2
Release Date: August 19, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Tales of Xillia lived up to every expectation when it released last year, bringing some of the seemingly-dead JRPG greatness that the Tales series always delivers to yet another brand new storyline. When Western players heard that a sequel was coming in Japan, they wanted to get in on it too, and they weren't shy about letting Namco know. Now, Tales of Xillia 2 is coming to the West, and those fans are understandably delighted.
The second games works under the "Cross Dual Raid Linear Mode" Battle system, which is really just a long way of saying that you'll control one character during the battle and the others will be maintained by A.I. The story is set one year after the first game, so we're sure that there will be plenty of carryover for those loyal players. We always love hearing new Tales, and Xillia 2 should fit the bill this August.
Madden NFL 15
Release date: August 26, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
There are two dates that NFL fans circle on their calendars every single year: the start of the regular season and the release date of Madden. The game gives diehard gridiron junkies a preview of how their beloved team will stack up against the rest of the league, and it also takes the edge off of those last few weeks before kickoff.
This year's game promises a major overhaul on offense, defense, and special teams, giving longtime Madden fans a lot to sink their teeth into. Of course, with Seattle's Richard Sherman on the cover, you better believe that the defensive side of the ball got a lot of attention from the developers this year. They wouldn't want to risk being the brunt of a Sherman post-game interview...
Release date: August 26, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Standing among the giant action RPGs like The Elder Scrolls and Diablo stands Sacred, a series that has withstood its competition and carved a nice fanbase for itself. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel didn't live up to its potential, but that didn't stop Deep Silver from trying again with Sacred 3. Resiliency is admirable, and Deep Silver must have faith in the franchise, so we're keeping an eye on this.
Sacred 3 will feature drop-in/drop-out co-op play at all times, even if we're playing offline or single-player; the three other characters will be A.I. controlled until someone plugs in and plays. Multiple classes and a giant world make us think that the third time will be the charm for big time success for Sacred. We're rooting for it to work, as we can never have too many awesome games to play.
Release date: September 9, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
The next game from the creators of Halo certainly have their work cut out for them. After developing a world that gamers fought in for almost ten years, how can they possibly follow that up? Destiny is their answer, and from what we've seen so far, it's the correct one.
There are definite Halo influences throughout Destiny, but this game is set to carve its own path. The massive world is begging to be explored, and the multiplayer-centric gameplay means that gamers won't have to go it alone. We're pulling for Bungie to deliver the goods after so much success, and we're plenty confident they'll come through.
Release Date: September 9, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Is there anything more exciting in sports than postseason hockey? Hockey fans have been watching each game in every series with bated breath, even if their own beloved team isn't playing, just because of how tense and high-energy the action is. Few sports can match the adrenaline that watching a playoff hockey game can produce.
Of course, playing it ourselves would be preferred, but since most of us aren't going to be able to contend with the likes of Sidney Crosby anytime soon, we have our beloved NHL 15 coming soon to whet our appetites. With new features and the new authentic NBC Sports presentation, NHL 15 is going to be the most realistic NHL yet. Don't be surprised if passersby think you're controlling real hockey somehow.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
Release date: September 23, 2014
As if the Disney library needed any more buffering, here come the Marvel Super Heroes into Disney Infinity just to make our wildest crossover fantasies come true. So far we know the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a few other big names are coming to the game, but we doubt Disney and Marvel would just stop there.
We really hope they'll dive into Marvel's vast library, because there's some great potential there. Jack Sparrow could team with Namor the Sub-Mariner to take on Davy Jones, for example. Maybe they'll get really obscure and reveal some insane characters into the game. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to own their very own Squirrel Girl figurine? We totally would.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: September 30, 2014
Marrying a major RPG series like Persona with a brand new genre like 2D fighting seemed like a daunting task, but Arc System Works proved they were up to the challenge with Persona 4 Arena in 2012. After all, these were the devs that put Guilty Gear and Blazblue on the map, why did we even doubt their abilities in the first place?
The game is getting an update with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, adding new characters and a slew of new mechanics into the already addicting fighting system. Seriously, effortlessly calling in a hulking behemoth to assist us in a battle is awesome, so the more we get to control these Personas, the better we feel about it.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Release date: September 2014
Two anime series have enjoyed continued success in the video game realm: Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, with games coming out almost annually. We've already seen the Dragon Ball entry for 2014 in Battle of Z, and soon it will be the spiky-haired ninja's turn when Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution launches later this year.
Over 100 characters will be playable in this insane ninja battle, giving plenty of variety to those who like a large roster to choose from. There's even a mechanical version of Naruto equipped with gun fingers. That...seems like overkill for a bot based on a expert ninja who can shoot incredibly powerful energy balls. Who needs guns when the major firepower comes from within?
Skylanders: Trap Team
Release date: October 5, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
How many times have you been fighting a big bad villain in a game and wished you could take his or her powers and make them your own? We can think of plenty of times where we wanted to steal our opponent's best moves, but very rarely does a game actually let you do that. The team behind Skylanders recgonizes this, apparently, as the new game Trap Team will allow to fight, capture, and convert the bad guys to the good side. How cool is that?
We'll be capturing the evil lot with a crystalline substance called Traptanium, which we can attach to our figurines with a brand new portal extension. Each Traptanium "figure" will save whichever villain is trapped in it, allowing us to carry our captured villains around the same way we take our heroes with us. Skylanders just gets better and better, doesn't it?
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Release date: October 7, 2014
The first Dragon Age set RPG fans' hearts all a-flutter with its throwback playing style and interesting game world. Dragon Age II threw that all away in the name of more action, stomping on those fluttering hearts with little remorse. Dragon Age: Inquisition hopes to win back those RPG diehards while maintaining what actually worked in the second game. We'll see if they can do it.
It's a good start that Morrigan is coming back, as she was one of the most interesting characters in Origins that ended up absent in the second game. We also like that Dragon Age II's dialogue wheel is returning, since that made talking with other characters much more fluid than the first game's list of responses. Keep up balancing the good parts of the first two while throwing in some modern changes, and Inquisition will be a classic. We hope.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Release date: October 7, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Those damn Wraiths, always trying to scare the hell out of us...just once we'd like to take control of those ghouls and see just how powerful we are. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor isn't exactly coming through on that wish, but we're getting the next best thing: Talion, a ranger infused with the power of the Wraiths. Let's kick some Mordor ass.
Shadow of Mordor's hero is killed by Sauron's forces at the beginning of the game, but he is somehow revived and given "wraith-like abilities." Since he is both a ranger and a Wraith, players will be able to build each set of abilities though separate skill trees. Want to focus on being a ranger? Build that tree first. Want to impose your will on enemies? Build the Wraith tree. This may be the most immersive tour of Middle-earth we'll ever get, so let's hope it doesn't take too long to come out.
The Evil Within
Release date: October 14, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
The Evil Within gives us the heebie-jeebies. We're wary of horror games to begin with, but Shinji Mikami's next adventure looks like it will keep us up all night days after we last turn it on. This is the creator of Resident Evil 4 folks, if anyone knows how to successfully scare the hell out of us, he's the guy.
Gameplay looks to resemble RE4's over-the-shoulder approach, which is fine by us. Anything that makes us feel the least bit comfortable we can work with. As freaked out as we are, we're excited to see what Mikami has up his sleeve in his return to survival horror. We're fully prepared to not sleep for a couple of years.
Race The Sun
Release Date: October 2014
In Race The Sun, players will indeed chase the sun as it falls over the horizon. Darkness is not an option; we must stay in the light for as long as we can. As such, this game is about one thing and one thing only: speed, speed, and more speed. Race The Sun is all about testing the speedometer, and it's quite a rush.
It looks like a Star Fox game, but there's no barrel rolling here; this is all about avoiding obstacles and keeping the MPH numbers sky high. We've never played a game this fast, and we're not sure we will again, but we love speeding through this world again and again on the PC, which means we're sure to love it on the PS3 as well.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Release Date: November 4, 2014[Pre-Order it on Amazon]
A new year brings a new Call of Duty, but this year's entry into the annual first-person shooter franchise is particularly interesting. Sledgehammer Games gets its first-ever crack at the franchise, and they're going to try a put a whole new spin on it. We're going to the future this time around, and we're going to get a taste of some Advanced Warfare.
We like the futuristic ideas that we've seen from this new Call of Duty so far, it's definitely showing off some high-tech stuff not yet available today, yet it still seems "real" enough to be believable. It's not like we're fighting aliens or anything of the sort; it's still soldier against soldier, country against country, and that's what we love about CoD. We're rooting for you, Sledgehammer!
Little Big Planet 3
Released on: November 2014
Sackboy is back, and he's bringing some friends along with him! Little Big Planet 3 was announced during Sony's E3 2014 press conference, shocking everyone in attendance. The new game has a brand new developer in Sumo Digital, and with a new set of hands on the project comes a new set of ideas. While the core LBP experience is intact, expect a brand new and awesome approach.
Little Big Planet 3 will be implementing 4-player co-op for the first time in the series, introducing three brand new characters: Oddsock the sock dog, Toggle, a burlap man who can grow large or shrink at will, and Swoop, a bird who can fly and carry the others around the stage as they need it. Playing LBP alone was cool, but being able to play with three other, all as an unique character, is something we're really excited about. Welcome back, Sackboy!
Assassin's Creed Rogue
Release date: November 11 2014 Pre-order now on Amazon
Just because the Assassin’s Creed franchise is moving into the new generation doesn’t mean those with old hardware and a penchant for open worlds and historical conspiracies will be left in the dust. Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be launching alongside Unity, and promises a unique storyline where we finally get a chance to take the fight to those goody two-shoes assassins.
Of course, any friend of the Templars is sure to have access to their limitless resources. Armed with a silent air gun, a not so silent grenade launcher, and a ship tricked out with fancier toys than Edward Kenway could ever have dreamed of, no man, trained killer or not, will be safe from your retribution.
Far Cry 4
Release Date: November 18
So you played through Far Cry 3. You loved it, but wished it had just a little bit more. Maybe the game could be better with a new environment, a different culture, another unique antagonist, or--brainstorming goldmine--an elephant you could ride around mid-rampage. If only there was some game, some magical sequel out there in the fantasy land of our imaginations that could contain all of these features…
Yeah, we know, you’re not stupid--its title and picture are at the top of this page, for crying out loud. Set in Nepal during the middle of a civil war, Far Cry 4 looks to be everything we loved about its predecessor with a few extra goodies thrown in. Even if this sequel turns out to be a lot of the same, we’d still be happy to dive in for a dozen more hours of open world fun.
Just Dance 2015
Release Date: October 23, 2014
It might seem crazy, what we’re about to say, but Just Dance doesn’t look like it’s going to quit anytime soon--and why should it? Dancing has been a part of human culture for millennia. From wedding celebrations to improv battles to protect one’s rep, the world would be a very different place if we couldn’t get our groove on from time to time.
Just Dance 2015 ups its game with not only the multiplayer and karaoke dancers have come to expect from the series, but also a staggeringly large playlist as well as the series’ newest addition, user created videos. Record yourself performing a routine with some serious flair, and your video might just get featured to other aspiring dancers around the world. Just make sure it’s not getting passed around for other, more embarrassing, reasons.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
Release date: December 2, 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
When the original Kingdom Hearts HD launched earlier in 2013, we thought it odd that the two core games in the franchise wouldn’t be released together. Instead, the first game was paired with Chain of Memories (the GBA game remade for PS2) and all of the cutscenes from the DS game 358/2 Days. We assumed Kingdom Hearts 2 would get the HD treatment as well, but we didn’t expect everything a package like what we’re getting.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX packs Kingdom Hearts 2, the PSP’s Birth By Sleep, and the cutscenes from the second DS game, Re:Coded, into one disc, all with an HD upgrade. Kingdom Hearts 2 is a big game, and Birth By Sleep is even bigger, so we’ll have plenty of Kingdom Hearts to play before we FINALLY get the third installment on the next-gen consoles.
Escape Dead Island
Release date: 2014 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Escape Dead Island is not your typical Dead Island game. You won't be looking zombies right in the eye as you club them in the face. Escape Dead Island is more of a survival mystery, asking us to unlock the secrets of the outbreak rather than fight our way through it. We can't help but be excited.
We thought Dead Island 2 would be the only new DI game to be excited about, then Deep Silver dropped this on our laps and we don't know what to think. A big change in direction like this is a big risk, but perhaps it will breathe new life into the zombie franchise just in time for its big new sequel next year. We're looking forward to figuring out to Escape Dead Island.
Tales from the Borderlands
Release date: 2014
If there ain't no rest for the wicked, then Telltale Games must be a studio of hardened criminals. As if they didn't have enough on their plate with The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead, they recently announced two more adventure games: Game of Thrones and Tales of the Borderlands. That's right, Borderlands, the Gearbox shooter, is getting the Telltale treatment. This can only be a good thing.
We don't have the first idea what Telltale will choose to explore in Pandora, but we have our theories. For starters, based off of the initial reveal trailer, that man pictured above looks an awful lot like the main villain of Borderlands 2, Handsome Jack. Could this story follow the Butt Stallion-riding madman's rise to power? We'd be perfectly fine with that, as more Handsome Jack can only be a good thing.
Release date: 2015 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]
Since we were small children, we’ve had problems with things that go bump in the night. Most of the time it’s our imaginations running wild, but sometimes a movie we’ve seen or game we’ve played convinces us that what happened on the big screen will happen to us in real life; the end of our lives rests around every corner.
Dying Light is going to be one of those games, especially at night. The world of Dying Light is dangerous anyway, with zombies running amuck and terrorizing everything they see. However, once night falls, things get way worse as the zombies become ultra-powerful. We’re going to be afraid of the dark all over again, and we can already tell where in the dark empty rooms of our house we’re going to see the zombies coming for us.
Release date: 2015 [Pre-Order it on Amazon
The minds behind the two Just Cause games have decided to venture into a whole new type of madness: the world of Mad Max. The 1979 post-apocalyptic action movie starring Mel Gibson can be viewed the precursor to games like Fallout, bringing to life a world after the end times come and go. It’s about time the name got a video game of its own, and with Avalanche Studios it’s in good hands.
Early information tells us that the game will focus on vehicular combat, following Max after his beloved Interceptor is stolen by marauders, adding a Twisted Metal twist to the third-person action. Post-apocalyptic Twisted Metal? Yes, please!
The Walking Dead: Season Two
Release date: 2014 (Episodes 4, Episodes 1-5 out now)
We didn't know just how far TellTale was willing to go to make us cringe. The finale of The Walking Dead Season One make us hurt inside, some of us even wept at the fate of young Clementine. What more could possibly happen to this poor little girl among the hordes of undead?
Well, Episode One of Season Two answered that question with a severe gut punch right in the first ten minutes, then it was all downhill from there. Not many games make us put down the controller, seriously considering our path before continuing, even contemplating not continuing at all. Episode One achieved that feat more than once, and we simply can't wait for more.
It's easy to lose track of things and forget something you were excited for was released. The following games came out within the past few months for the PS3, so if you want to play them, go get them now!
The Wolf Among Us
Release date: 2014 (Episode 5, Episodes 1-4 out now)
As we read each issue of Fables, we thought to ourselves "man, this would make an excellent adventure game." Then we played Telltale's The Walking Dead and thought "man, Telltale makes one hell of an adventure game." All of a sudden, Telltale announces that their next new episodic series is The Wolf Among Us, based on Fables, and we still haven't stop smiling.
The first two episodes are out, but the rest are on the way, and we hope there's just as much tension in each choice here as there was in Walking Dead. We want the same fantastic choice-based gameplay with a major Fables twist. We can't wait to take control of Bigby Wolf, we can't wait to talk to other fairy tale characters like the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Toad, and we can't WAIT to see how Telltale shocks us again. Time to read Fables again!
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Release date: June 24, 2014
We've loved playing High Moon Studios' Transformers games; the Cybertron saga brought back some fond memories of playing with our Transformers as kids. We've also enjoyed seeing them come to life on the big screen; the Michael Bay movies have done the Transformers well in bringing them into a brighter spotlight. Soon, we're going to get the best of both worlds.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be joining the two Transformers storylines into one big explosive romp. We don't know if the forthcoming fourth movie will be included in this package; to be honest, we don't know a whole lot about this new game other than it will be Edge of Reality at the helm, not High Moon. A new developer and a new storyline could put some people off, but we look forward to seeing what comes of it.
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Release date: June 3, 2014
Man, it really sucks to be Ronan O'Connor. Nothing like coming back to consciousness and seeing your own dead corpse laying in the street in front of you, while you have no recollection of how you ended up that way in the first place. Murdered: Soul Suspect tasks us with finding out how Ronan died, and we're going to have to do it in two planes of existence.
It's not enough we're going to have to manipulate the real world to find our answers, but otherworldly creatures will stand in Ronan's way as well. How the hell are we supposed to balance solving our own murder and battling demonic beings from beyond? We guess we'll have to wait until February to learn the truth, but we're really excited to find out.
Release date: May 27, 2014
People sometimes say that a city is "alive," but in Watch Dogs that's an understatement. The Central Operating System, or CtOS, controls Chicago's entire information network, and as Aiden Pearce, we can bend the city to our will. The only thing CtOS couldn't do was keep the game from getting delayed, but that's another story.
Deactivating security cameras? Simple. Identifying a target? No problem. Thwarting a crime before it even happens? Yeah, we can do that too. Watch Dogs gives us the power to control an entire US city, and forgive us for wanting to use that power as soon as possible.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Release date: May 20, 2014
The return of B.J. Blazkowicz caught us all by surprise, but we’re more than thrilled to see him return. Wolfenstein is one of those names that every time a new game comes out, we have to try it. With The New Order, Wolfenstein is vying to capture our hearts again.
The New Order is set in an alternate 1960s, one where the Nazis actually won World War II and are imposing their will throughout the world. They’ve also seemed to perfect the bipedal mech, a fleet of which surround our hero in the first trailer. We haven’t seen gameplay yet, but if the playthroughs are as interesting as the teaser, we’ll be even more excited.
Release date: May 20, 2014
Take the hack-and-slash combat of games like Devil May Cry and Kingdom Hearts and infuse it with dragon riding and combat while riding the enormous beasts, and you have Drakengard in a nutshell. For two games, this sleeper hit series has impressed RPG and action fans alike with its great story and crazy action, but with Drakengard 3 Square Enix is bringing the series to the forefront.
We're really excited to see Drakengard get the push it's getting now; we're big fans of the prevous two games and we fully expect to love the third when it launches in May. Obviously we're banking on a similar experience to the previous games, but reviews out of Japan have been favorable, so our hopes are not unfounded. Trust us; the first time you ride a dragon, you'll wonder why you hadn't played the previous games.
Child of Light
Release date: April 30, 2014
The JRPG is a lost art, as most of the top games in the genre have come in previous generations. Ubisoft recognizes this, we think, because once Child of Light was announced the love we held deep inside in places we don’t talk about at parties came rushing back to us. Child of Light could be the answers to our JRPG call, and we want to be answered!
The gorgeous graphic design comes from the UbiArt Framework of Rayman Origins fame, and a good chunk of the development team was taken from the minds behind Far Cry 3. If you want a formula, Child of Light = JRPG + UbiArt Framework + Team behind Far Cry 3. The possibilities for this game are truly endless, and we can’t wait to see more.
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle
Release date: April 29, 2014
Everything you need to know about Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is right there in the title: the game is indeed "bizarre." The 2D fighter from CyberConnect2 pits 32 characters from the long-standing manga against each other, and some of these characters will make you scratch your head.
There's Iggy, a dog who barely reaches most other characters' shins; Vanilla Ice, who is not a rapper but instead a hulking bruiser with a sweet headband, and Hol Horse, a rootin' tootin' cowboy packing a six-shooter. CyberConnect2 has built a brand new fighting engine from the ground up for this title, so fighting aficionados should probably keep an eye on this one.
MLB 14: The Show
Release date: April 1, 2014
For half of the country, looking outside the window means looking into a barren wasteland of snow piles and slippery ice as far as the eye can see. Digging out may be tough, but stay strong: the perfect weather of springtime is fast approaching, and with it comes America's Pasttime: baseball. With that, of course, comes a new baseball video game in MLB 14 The Show.
MLB 14 is taking its Show on the road to the new console generation, but that doesn't mean the PS3 offering will be of any less quality. We're sure it'll be the same fantastic baseball we've been playing since the PS3 launched, and now that the virtual baseball world is without competition, it's the only choice baseball fans have to play on the virtual diamond. Hope you baseball nuts are Sony fans too.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition
Release date: April 1, 2014
Take the excellent Batman Arkham universe from Rocksteady, transform it into a 2.5D Metroidvania-style adventure, and you get Arkham Origins Blackgate, an excellent Batman game for the 3DS and Vita. Not all of us own portable systems, however, and they felt left out of all of the fun, even if they were playing Arkham Origins.
Luckily, come April 1st, console fans won't be left out in the cold anymore, as Armature is creating a deluxe HD port of the whole game. They will be adding some new things, including an enhanced map system and a few aesthetic tweaks, but everything else will remain unchanged. It's not Arkham Knight, that'll still require a new console, but at least it's more Batman, right?
The last of them?
And these are just some of the current-gen games hitting the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and beyond. There are plenty of others coming, and being revealed every month. The next-gen might be close, but... it's not that close.
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