Things X 5 – January 27, 2014

by Francois Joron

Last year, the first x5 post of 2013 was dedicated to my most anticipated games of the coming year and I thought I would be doing the same to start a new year of weekly x5 articles. This year however, I have been having a bit of a hard time finding upcoming titles that I am really excited about, so some of the games listed below might be more of a curiosity than anything else. But, from what has been announced so far, these are the games I will keep my eyes for the new year.

Shovel Knight (Wii U, 3DS, Steam, PC, Mac, Linux)
by Yacht Club Games
March 31

Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight has been featured heavily on x5 and I even backed it during its highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The game just recently reached its alpha development phase and its March 31 release date has been confirmed through a new 2 and a half minute trailer showcasing some terrific gameplay footage, awesome moves and the coolest lightning effect. There is no doubt now, Shovel Knight will be the best game to own in 2014.

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)
by Nintendo
Summer 2014

Smash Bros

Save from once being a respectable contender at Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast, I’ve always been terrible at fighting games and never really cared about them. But, there is an exception to this generalization: Smash Bros. I still think I’m not very good at the game, but I’ve been playing so much Brawl on the Wii (the first Smash Bros. that truly hooked me); getting new characters, stages, finding trophies and getting a myriad of unlockables. I’ve been playing the game mostly in single-player, over and over, through and through, accumulating hours and hours of gameplay. Yet, I’m still a pretty average Smash Bros. player. That being said I’m still looking forward to playing the new Smash Bros. more than any other game this year just to unlock the ridiculous knick-knacks the game has to offer and to witness how even the smallest detail of Nintendo’s history that’s been hidden in the game. Not only that, but we’ll be getting TWO new Smash Bros. games this year. TWO!

Grand Theft Auto V “story DLC/expansions”
by Rockstar
2014

GTA V

While nothing concrete has been announced, it has been confirmed by Rockstar that some story expansions will eventually be released in 2014. I have been enjoying the two downloadable episodes to GTA IV even more than the main game, especially the biker-centric drama The Lost and The Damned. Apparently, those downloadable episodes are said to be “substantial additions” to the story surrounding the game’s three main protagonists Trevor, Michael and Franklin. Considering Rockstar’s attention to detail, especially regarding their characters and their taste for the uncanny, I’m pretty sure those new misadventures will be quite entertaining even though I still hope we’ll see brand new expansions featuring new main characters or new universes in the same vein as The Lost and The Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. One way or another, I cannot wait to return to the gritty, satirical city of Los Santos.

Alien: Isolation (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
by Creative Assembly, SEGA
2014

Alien

Alien: Isolation aims to break the mold of the previous Aliens games and bring back the sci-fi survival horror tone of the first movie by Ridley Scott; the only Alien movie I really cared about. The game has an ambitious goal built around the idea of being stuck on a space station with a single Alien hunting you, presented in a style that recalls the mid-70s designs of futuristic technologies. You will have to survive by crafting weapons, hacking systems and making quick decisions in the face of a deadly enemy. It is even more ambitious since the studio behind the game, Creative Assembly, has been so far known more for its RTS titles than anything else. But, with the recent downhill spiral the franchise went into with the apparently abysmal Aliens: Colonial Marines (I haven’t played it), Sega had no other choice than to turn the franchise upside down. If for that reason only Alien: Isolation will be one interesting game to watch.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright (3DS)
by Level-5
2014

Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton

This improbable yet strangely logical face-off between the two greatest “point-and-click” heroes of handhelds is the best, most entertaining idea for a crossover I’ve seen in recent years. I’ve been trying to avoid reading about it since I want to jump into the game without knowing details on the plot or even know how the hell those two universes collide with each other. I might have yet to finish The Unwound Future and haven’t even tackled Ace Attorney 5 on the 3DS, but it won’t matter as long as Nintendo sets the records straight as to when the damn game will release in North America.

So, what games are looking forward to the most in 2014?

Don’t forget, you can drop me hints on my Twitter account. Also, you are welcome to send me a friend request on my Wii U, my Nintendo Network ID is Jorf-Jorf. My 3DS Friend Code is 5069-3920-3758. If you want to snoop at what I’m playing on PS3 my PSN ID is l_am_error. Have a great week!

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