PAX Prime has once again changed the gaming industry with a sneak peak at some of the most highly-anticipated titles to-date. For those that are ready to dig into some of the most advanced games ever created, here is a closer look at the top 10 games of PAX Prime 2014 and how they will each be taking gaming to the next level.
1. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Going all the way back to the N64, Smash Bros. has remained one of the most anticipated titles for every new Nintendo gaming system, and Smash Bros. for the Wii U is no exception. With this newest release, Nintendo has attempted to find a middle ground between both casual and competitive players with a lineup of new characters, locations, tactics, and game types.
2. Shadow of Mordor
Created by WB Games and Monolith, players will move through this action-packed game as Talion, a Guardian of the Black Gates looking to stop Sauron’s push for more power. The standout feature of this game is the “nemesis system” that creates custom gameplay for every single player as their actions change the personality, movements, and tactics of their enemies.
Evolve has taken a unique approach to competitive and cooperative gameplay as 4 players square off against one monster during each match. Much like creating a dungeon in a tabletop game, the monster has a third-person perspective while setting traps and unleashing NPCs in order to stop the 4 on 1 raid.
4. Far Cry 4
Building on the ever-growing popularity of the Far Cry series, Far Cry 4 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting releases for the next-gen consoles. This game takes place in an open-world atmosphere in the remote Himalayas as players utilize a wide variety of weapons, vehicles, and gadgets to stop a despotic king’s rise to power.
5. Project Totem
Project Totem has been revealed as one of the most unique games at PAX Prime as players immerse themselves in a fanciful 2D world. Played either in single player or co-op mode, each level is designed to challenge players with unique physics, power-ups, and gameplay not seen anywhere else.
6. Dragon Age: Inquisition
While the original release of Dragon Age was met with mixed reviews, the game developers have taken the criticism to heart and created Inquisition as an upgrade to almost every facet of this series. This roleplaying game is set in a beautiful landscape that offers players the chance to upgrade skills, seek out weapons, and customize all of their belongings on a scale never seen before.
7. Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
Few games have created as fanatic a following as Assassin’s Creed, and both Unity and Rogue were revealed with new gameplay videos at PAX Prime 2014. In AC: Unity, players will work together on co-operative and semi-competitive missions while AC: Rogue returns to the traditional single-player gameplay set in the French Revolution.
8. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
One of the few sneak peaks that will not be coming to next-gen consoles, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the exciting third addition to the Borderlands trilogy. Set between Borderlands 1 and 2, players will follow the story of Handsome Jack as he attempts to consolidate his power on the moon of Pandora with 4 new Vault Hunters.
9. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
The Temples of Osiris returns to the gritty and violent world of Lara Croft as she and a rival explorer stumble upon a tomb which results in a powerful curse. With new options for up to four player co-op gameplay and a vast new world to explore, those that have been fans of the first few releases in this franchise are sure to find excitement in Temple of Osiris.
10. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Based off the vast fantasy world created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is slated to be the last in the series after 10 years of game releases. Much like Mass Effect, every action or statement made by the character has far-reaching consequences as players move through war-torn landscapes, epic outdoor areas, bright cities, and a violent underworld.