Here’s a look at the top 11 most talked about games to come out of the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (randomly ordered, of course), along with my first impressions of the trailers, whether or not I’d throw any money at those games, and when exactly you can throw money at those games, provided you want to.
Note: For the “Will I Buy It” sections, let’s just assume I have a giant stockpile of cash I am able to spend willy nilly, but am still moderately stingy about it (which, let’s be real, is exactly what would happen if I were to ever become rich) instead of the flat broke, Can’t Even Afford The Consoles For These Let Alone The Games Themselves person that I actually am. Let’s get to the list!
1. Dragon Age: Inquisiton (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
First Impressions: I got all my fannish flailing in when the first trailer came out, so I’m looking at this one with a much clearer head. I’m still impressed.
Will I Buy It: Hells to the yes. Every last one of those companions better be romanceable, because I’m about to seduce the shit out of everyone.
Available: October 7, 2014
2. Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
First Impressions: I’m in love, y’all. This looks really, really fun. Everything else on this list seems so damn serious that Sunset Overdrive‘s trailer injected some much needed levity, which instantly endeared it to me.
Will I Buy It: Yeeep.
Available: October 28, 2014
3. Mirror’s Edge 2 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
First Impressions: ASIAN FEMALE PROTAGONIST. EYE TATTOOS. FAST PACED PARKOUR. I never got the chance to experience Mirror’s Edge when it first came out (I dunno what I was up to in 2007, but apparently I did not have the correct priorities) so I’m excited about getting the chance this time ’round.
Will I Buy It: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I don’t even care that I’m unbelievably terrible at platforming, I want this.
4. Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
First Impressions: Good lord, Lorde has infested everything. I just got finished getting “Biting Down” out of my head because of Hemlock Grove, and now this?!
I have a few choice words for Ubisoft’s continued usage of straight white males for their main protagonists, but that’s not technically Unity‘s fault, so lemme just stare at the pretty backgrounds some more while a tiny voice in my head wonders why all the British accents if they’re supposed to be in France. And what’s this, four player co-op? Now I can rope my non-existent friends into playing the game with me!
Will I Buy It: That trailer looks good. It looks really, really good. But I’ll admit I’m more likely to watch a bunch of other people play it on YouTube, replay Assassin’s Creed 2 a few more times, then pick Unity up a year or so later when it’s cheaper.
Available: October 28, 2014.
5. Mass Effect 4
First Impressions: It’s a first look, so I mostly just see game devs talking at me. GIVE ME MORE GAME FOOTAGE PLEASE.
Will I Buy It: I was sold the instant the words “Mass” and “Effect” were stated.
6. Rise of the Tomb Raider
First Impressions: This trailer is downright haunting, what with the therapist’s monologue leading to Lara’s final line of “they become who we’re meant to be.” It’s good to see Lara Croft getting help for her PTSD.
Will I Buy It: Maybe.
Available: Holiday 2015
7. Evolve (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
First Impressions: I’ve wanted my paws on this ever since Kotaku previewed it. Basically, four players hunt down a giant monster that gradually evolves into an even giant-er monster, controlled by a (surprise!) fifth player. I can’t remember what my initial impression was upon reading that article, beyond “that is REALLY COOL” and “I want to be the monster. Always.”
Will I Buy It: Come to me, my precious. I will get over my fear of interacting with other human beings for you.
Available: October 21, 2014
8. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
First Impressions: Not much to say here; cinematic trailer, dialogue voiceovers, skeletons in cages.
Will I Buy It: I’m embarrassingly behind on this series and should catch up before even thinking of picking this one up, so no. (Plus side to this: by the time I’m done working my way through Uncharted 1-3, Uncharted 4 will probably be in the bargain bins.)
9. Destiny (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
First Impressions: This extended trailer served as the opening for Sony’s press conference – and oh, what an opening it was.
Will I Buy It: I’d buy the exclusive special edition white PS4 that comes with a copy of Destiny. I would buy that deluxe bundle so hard.
Available: September 9, 2014
10. Far Cry 4 (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
First Impressions: Dudes gave us the entire first five minutes of Far Cry 4. The villain is exactly the type of villain I love to hate to love – mouthy, sarcastic, gloriously ruthless, undeniable fashion sense. But there are mildly (?) racist overtones in Far Cry 3 that still make me wary of this.
Will I Buy It: Mayhaps.
Available: November 18, 2014
11. The Order: 1886 (PS4)
First Impressions: Everyone I know has been talking about this game, but I haven’t really looked into it that much. This gameplay trailer is my first real look at The Order. It’s appropriately grim-looking, and features a painfully grunting dude and a creature that I thought was a zombie, but might be a werewolf mutant thing? I don’t know what it is exactly but it’s terrifying.
Will I Buy It: I’m gonna go with ‘no’ just based on that trailer alone. I’ll do some digging later, though, to find out why everyone’s gone gaga over it. Maybe I’ll change my mind.