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PS4 vs Xbox One: What’s Next In 2014?

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Xbox One

So much of the marketing around Xbox One was that it was the all-in-one device. The Kinect is part of that package, and with D4 looking to be quite the legitimate Kinect-Only title it appears that it may have some use to it.

As you can imagine, big gets for Microsoft include Titanfall as company-exclusive (on their consoles and OS PC platform), former Sony-exclusive developers Insomniac Games’ “Sunset Overdrive,” TV/video game project Quantum Break and the upcoming Halo game. 2014 looks to be very promising for the top names, with Microsoft looking for quality over a smaller quantity. Hope you’re a fan of shooters!

  • Below (Capybara Games)
    One of Microsoft’s more seemingly-compelling adventure games, Below combines the grand scale of the game’s world with the quaint smallness of the playable character. A pick-up-and-go game with no UI, hints, text or dialogue. Atmospherically driven with the music of an award-winning composer. The fact they are Toronto-based is just a bonus! Reveal Trailer
  • D4 _ Dark Dreams Don’t Die (Access Games)
    Directed by the brilliant mind of Swery65, D4 is an episodic mystery game that utilizes the Kinect for gameplay controls. The main character’s wife has been killed, but the traumatic events surrounding the event has left our playable private investigator unable to use his memories of her. Instead, he travels backwards in time to specific moments in the history of the game in an attempt to undo his beloved’s murder. Wacky plots with a character-driven story and an odd supporting cast is par for the course, so buckle in with the announcement trailer.
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix)
    More Kinect-based gameplay with this music rhythm game. Based on the Fantasia films, the player is drafted as a new apprentice to the sorcerer to animate the worlds he has created. There is no scoring system; you cannot win or lose. You can only become more and more creative with the game as you expand beyond your previous conceptual limitations in coordination with the game’s music. You have to see the announcement trailer to get the best idea of the concept. (Also coming to Xbox 360)
  • Halo (343 Industries)
    The 5th entry in the main ‘saga,’ we were promised a new Halo game in 2014 and it appears Microsoft is sticking with their story. Deserts, cloaks and giant robots confirmed. Get hype. E3 Reveal Trailer
  • Kinect Sports Rivals (Rare)
    The game will receive its full edition with all sports included later this year. Bowling, rock climbing, soccer, target shooting, and tennis are your new playable sports, in addition to the already-available jetski racing. Use the Kinect to participate in single player or cooperative play. It’s no Banjo-Threeie, but it’s the best that Rare has left. My jetski impressions. Hands-on video.
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PopCap Games)
    In which we see the series jump from a strictly single player Tower Defense to co-op/multiplayer Third Person Shooter without anyone batting an eyelash. This timed exclusive title sees up to 24 players in a match at once or 4 players together offline. Play as a plant or zombie with specific classes, skills and weapons. Some features, including SmartGlass usage, are Xbox One-exlusive. Gameplay Footage (Also coming to Xbox 360 and PC)
  • Project Spark (Team Dakota)
    Fitting into the rarely-seen “Game Maker” genre, Project Spark allows players to customize almost everything needed to make their own custom game creation. Hundreds upon thousands of assets are made available to the player, along with movement pathing, AI, dialogue options and gameplay mechanic styles. The goal is to allow anyone to make their own game with a basic set of tools and assets for free with a free-to-play model that allows for purchase of future content packages. E3 Gameplay Demo (Also coming to Xbox 360 and PC)
  • Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment)
    The experiment of gameplay-driven development of a television series begins with Quantum Break. The story involves a set of characters that were part of a time travelling experiment gone wrong. As a result, they can manipulate anomalies in time. The team at Remedy look to balance the gameplay excellence level of Max Payne with the storytelling ability of Alan Wake to create the ultimate video game/TV experiment. E3 Trailer
  • Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games)
    A stylized open world shooter with a focus on agile and fast paced combat. Ziplines, acrobatics and wallrunning are the name of the game in Sunset Overdrive, where most of the game’s city’s inhabitants have been turned into mutants. It’s up to the player and his friends to deal with them. More colors than what most modern shooters dictate, meaning I’m actually excited for it. E3 Trailer
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment) 
    Call of Duty x MechWarrior, with an online-only multiplayer campaign/battle. Don’t pretend you haven’t seen it. Here’s some more of it. (Also coming to PC and Xbox 360)