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Top PC and console games for 2014

A look at the top releases for the new year
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With 2014 set to be the first new year for the upcoming next-gen consoles, there are also plenty of exciting and original video games coming out on PC and consoles.

With so many games, it might be hard to keep track of the hottest titles – but never fear, PCR is here to help.

WATCH DOGS
Players can take control of computer hacker Aiden Pearce as he shoots and hacks his way through this techno open-world adventure. Manipulate the tech-filled world to gain the edge in gunfights or sneakily breach firewalls to steal data from unsuspecting citizens. Think Assassin’s Creed – in the future.
FORMATS: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
PUBLISHER: Ubisoft
DISTRIBUTOR: Exertis Gem
RELEASE DATE: Spring 2014

THIEF
Step into the soft-soled shoes of master thief Garrett in this reboot of the classic first-person stealth series. Creep around The City, with the freedom of choice to decide how to approach each situation. Use a variety of tools and skills to take down guards or avoid them completely, as you attempt to stop a bloody and violent uprising – all while grabbing valuable loot.
FORMATS: PC, PS3, PS4,Xbox 360, Xbox One
PUBLISHER: Square Enix
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
RELEASE DATE: February 28th 2014

TITANFALL
Created by two of the minds behind Call of Duty, the multiplayer-only mech FPS will allow players to battle on the ground as Pilots, or hop in one of the 24- foot tall Titans to take on the enemy team. The developers promise to bring the cinematic intensity of single-player campaigns to fast-paced multiplayer matches. Pacific Rim meets Call of Duty? Count us in.
FORMATS: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One
PUBLISHER: EA
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
RELEASE DATE: March 14th 2014

THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
The massively popular RPG series that gave us Skyrim moves into MMO territory. As with the epic single-player games, players can create their own adventurer and choose their own play style, before setting off to explore the land of Tamriel. Players can adventure alone, like previous Elder Scrolls games, join a group of friends or even battle with – and against – hundreds of players in real-time first-person.
FORMATS: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One
PUBLISHER: Bethesda
DISTRIBUTOR: Open
RELEASE DATE: Spring 2014

THE SIMS 4
People simulator The Sims is to return, built on a brand new system called SmartSim. Emotions will play a much bigger part in guiding Sims through their lives, and will directly impact the way players play the game. Choices are more resonant, affecting each Sim’s entire life, rather than a single moment. The creation tools have also been improved, meaning nearly every aspect of Sims’ appearance, personality and environment can be manipulated.
FORMATS: PC, Mac
PUBLISHER: EA
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
RELEASE DATE: Autumn 2014

FIFA 15
An annual event among football-loving gamers, FIFA will return in 2014, and FIFA 15 is certain to prove as incredibly popular as previous entries. EA has developed the Ignite engine for next-gen consoles, making players and matches seem realistic with smooth movement, smart actions and contextual awareness, and the technology will continue to improve in future releases.
FORMATS: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, DS, 3DS, Vita
PUBLISHER: EA
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
RELEASE DATE: Autumn 2014

DRAGON AGE 3: INQUISITION
The RPG series returns, fusing elements of both of the previous Dragon Age games, such as multiple playable races, with improved combat, dialogue interactions and customisation. Players’ actions are also said to have a greater effect on the story, and the world is set to be far more open, to allow players to explore the fantasy environment to their heart’s content.
FORMATS: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
PUBLISHER: EA
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
RELEASE DATE: Autumn 2014

CALL OF DUTY
There is no doubt that the Call of Duty series will return for an 11th title in the insanely popular military FPS series, following the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts this year. It looks to be the turn of developers Treyarch, who previously delivered the Black Ops and Black Ops II entries. Whether the next Call of Duty game will be Black Ops III is yet to be seen, but one thing’s for sure – gamers will be queuing at the door to get their hands on it.
FORMATS: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
PUBLISHER: Activision
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
RELEASE DATE: Autumn 2014

DESTINY
Coming from Halo developer Bungie, Destiny aims to provide players with a dynamic and living world. First-person shooting elements are combined with always-online MMO-like features such as race and class selection. On-the-fly cooperative and competitive matchmaking will allow players to battle across the post-apocalyptic sci-fi environments. The world continues to live and change after players log off.
FORMATS: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
PUBLISHER: Activision
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
RELEASE DATE: Spring 2014

DARK SOULS II
A sequel to the crushingly difficult RPG hit, Dark Souls II aims to give its dedicated fans another hardcore but rewarding challenge. Back from the original Dark Souls is the series’ unique multiplayer experience, with a twist. Massive bosses and gruesome enemies also return, but in new forms and populating an entirely original world.
FORMATS: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
PUBLISHER: Namco Bandai
DISTRIBUTOR: Advantage
RELEASE DATE: March 2014

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