Most Anticipated: What we’re excited to play in 2014

January 6, 2014


There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year! Members of the Snackbar Games staff gathered to share which title each is most eagerly awaiting in 2014.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I never played the original Witcher and didn’t get into The Witcher 2 until a year after it originally released, yet it quickly became one of the best RPGs I’ve played in quite some time. The Witcher 3 looks to continue the bold traditions from the first game, complete with exciting choices that completely alter the story and rewarding combat, but this time with a gigantic open-world to explore. Finally having the opportunity to traverse the endlessly impressive fantasy world of The Witcher is more than enough to make it a game I can’t wait to get my hands on. – Andrew Passafiume

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U/3DS)

Mostly I want anything that will get people to stop talking about the Wii U’s underperforming sales, but honestly I can’t wait to get some new Smash on. Having a portable version is going to be insane, and ultimately might be the better version, although there’s nothing like getting around the big screen with friends in the room so everyone can see everything that goes down. Nobody does living room group play like Nintendo, and the Smash franchise is among the best there is at that. – Chris Ingersoll


The Order: 1886

Arthurian legend, steampunk weaponry and werewolves all in the same game is pressing all of my “I need this game” buttons. Ready At Dawn showed what it’s capable of with God of War titles on the PSP, and The Order: 1886 is going to be my system-seller for the PlayStation 4. I like the Victorian setting, I really like the knights-of-the-round-table motif and the more times in my life I get to shoot werewolves with a lightning gun, the better. Alternate history is already great, and adding long-lived Arthurian knights to it just sweetens the deal for me. – Justin Last

Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey

As the final part of the saga set up by point-and-click adventure classic The Longest Journey and its genre-redefining sequel, Dreamfall, Dreamfall Chapters has a lot to live up to when it launches late this year. The game’s successful $1.5 million Kickstarter campaign, coupled with project lead Ragnar Tørnquist’s immense vision for the series, makes this potentially one of the most exciting upcoming adventure games in a while; no small feat in an era when the genre has seen an unexpected revival. – Chris Dominowski


Child of Light

Showing just how flexible the UbiArt Framework is, this largely-hand-drawn JRPG uses a side view that really shakes things up and lets aesthetics take center stage. That’s fine: as long as it has just a bit of combat depth, the genre could use a title with a focus on style over substance. Just looking at footage of the game makes me enthralled. – Graham Russell

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are on a hot streak. South Park recently finished up its 17th season and has been renewed for 3 more. The duo’s hit broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, is one of the most successful shows in the world. Can they translate that success to a video game? The visuals look fantastic, and go well beyond previous video game incarnations of the long-running series. Combine that with a Paper Mario-looking battle system, and this RPG has massive potential. – Henry Skey