Happy New 2014 Readers!

By RPS on January 1st, 2014 at 6:29 pm.

Horace got a new tattoo.

Oh our goodness, it’s 2014. We’re all on holiday, together, in a submarine at the bottom of the sea. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t writing ludicrous numbers of sentences about hundreds of games that are coming out next year. Those will start appearing tomorrow.

In the meantime, we just wanted to check all was well with you, and ask which PC games you’re most looking forward to in 2014.

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  1. DragonOfTime says:

    Dreamfall Chapters and Clockwork Empires. Definitely.

    • Jac says:

      Clockwork empires for me too.

    • Synesthesia says:

      oh yiss, clockwork empires will be bought instantly.

      Also dark souls.

      • The Random One says:

        The number of games I’ve bought near release, at full price, all my life, is a single digit.

        Clockwork Empires will be one of them.

        • SillyWizard says:

          Why? (Genuinely curious + too lazy to give the game’s site more than a cursory glance.) It looks pretty amusing in a differently-themed, simplified Dwarf-Fortress-esque kind of way. But what makes this such a significant game, as opposed to Gnomoria or Space Fortress Nine or whatever it’s called, or that other space station DF knock-off that failed its kickstarter?

          (Also, whatever your reason, I worry that if every playthrough involves waking up the same Cthulhu monster…that might get a bit played out.)

  2. Utsunomiya says:

    Duck Sauce Too, and Thi4f, I guess.

  3. Ormu says:

    Hotline Miami 2

  4. Alistair says:

    Probably just the third Witcher. Getting too old for this hobby.

    Might be interested to see what they can do with the Oculus Rift.

  5. bills6693 says:

    Wargame: Red Dragon will hopefully be awesome. If the last two games plus constant free expansions and updates are anything to go by, it will be.

    Stick of Truth, but uplay nonsense is not exciting me.

    Dead State finally being released should be good, along with several other kickstarters at last, including Xenonauts, and hopefully Castle Story will finally be finished. Also looking forward to Pillars of Eternity, and there are quite a few others I won’t list.

    I’m sure Firaxis will bring out a new game or expansion and that will be very fun.

    Also most of all, Call of Duty 12 (or 13? I lose track). HAHA not at all!

  6. pakoito says:

    More Kieron Gillien! He’s my favorite staff writer.

  7. mandrill says:

    I look forward to being able to play anything at all as my current living situation means that I have a two hour commute every morning and evening which leaves barely enough time for eating and chores let alone gaming. I will be moving later this month so this will be remedied :D

    • psepho says:

      Are you commuting by car or train? I have an hour long train ride as part of my commute and it’s actually one of my main times for games (as well as for writing my occasional blog and for making my own games). My commute is great — two and a half hours each day with no colleagues, no clients and no kids!

      • hilltop says:

        I think this is a great sentiment. I really enjoy train rides for exactly this reason. The relatively recent development in the last few years (in my own locale, anyway) of wifi on trains has made a big difference too. Precious windows of time.

        • Kitsunin says:

          I have about two hours of transit each day total myself. It’s okay, but only playing 3DS games when the games I really want to play are on my PC at home means it’s not really scratching the itch.

  8. Frobitz says:

    The new Elite. I bought a HOTAS based on YouTube footage of the alpha release and I’m really hoping the open galaxy stuff matches the passion they’ve put in to it.

    Elite was THE game that really made me a gamer so goddamn it Braben, don’t Braben it.

  9. Kido says:

    Wildstar. :3

  10. RedViv says:

    Operation Bloody Backlog continues. But while that is still going, I am indeed looking forward to several kickstarted projects, Divinity OS and Pillars of Eternity among them. I do also very much hope that Dragon Age: Inquisition turns out to be the Baldur’s Gate 2 of the series.

  11. ArtyFishal says:

    Wrack

    Among the Sleep

    Betrayer

  12. cog says:

    Wasteland 2, Titanfall, Might and Magic X (on the off chance it’s good) and Endless Legend (hopefully 2014).

    Edited because I forgot to include Divinity: Original Sin.

  13. DiamondDog says:

    Well, given that I’ve built myself a computer that can actually play new games for the first time in years… anything with graphics. All the graphics.

    I’m going to be so easy to impress. Bad story? Who cares! I can turn shadows on!

  14. TheMasquerader says:

    I’d like to play a game with 2014 graphics and 2000 gameplay, since lately I’ve seen either great graphics and little gameplay, or the other way around.
    Oh and yes, Happy 2014 RPS!

    • bills6693 says:

      Definitely agree! I want great gameplay and also acceptable graphics. I tend to prioritise the gameplay and/or story over the graphics but everyone likes nicer graphics and at some point it just gets harder and harder to overlook the often low quality of these games’ graphics despite their great gameplay/story.

    • phelix says:

      Screw Man McShooter One Thousand: The Blowuppening. I want a full 3D remake of Transport Tycoon Deluxe, including a scenario editor.

  15. dangermouse76 says:

    I am looking forward to Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC exclusive release……. a man can dream can dream cant he. Actually I am looking forward to completing my a-z run through of my steam collection. A’s and B’s are done command and conquer: Red alert 3 Uprising is next.

    Also seeing how the great steam OS gamble starts to pan out, either way it’s gonna be an interesting year for consumer choice.

  16. Freud says:

    Dark Souls 2 and Reaper of Souls.

    I hope Starsector (formerly Starfarer) get released this year. It’s looking like it could be a special game.

  17. Malleus says:

    Metal Gear Rising (it’s just a few days now!)
    Dark Souls 2
    Witcher 3
    Dragon Age Inquisition
    Thief 4 (although I know I’ll hate it :) )
    Tangiers (is this still on, btw?)

    • bantamsam says:

      Oh man, I just learned about Tangiers and it looks absolutely fantastic!

    • Lambchops says:

      I don’t know whether to be excited about Dragon Age or not. I enjoyed Origins (Deep Roads excepted like any rational human being) and appreciated what they were trying to do with DA2, but my willingness to excuse the tiresome waves of enemies and copy pasted dungeons was all but cancelled out by the shambolic ending, which undid a lot of the good work they had laid the foundations for. With Mass Effect 3 I could tolerate the dodgy ending because the journey was awesome, whereas DA2 had me wondering why I’d spent 8 hours cooped up in the car to end up stranded in the rain in Wick!

  18. bantamsam says:

    A Hat In Time
    Transistor
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch
    Broken Age
    Jazzpunk
    and
    (begrudgingly) Dragon Age: Inquisition.

  19. PikaBot says:

    Pillars of Eternity, assuming the release date doesn’t slip.

  20. LionsPhil says:

    Distance.

    And then all the backlog I’m chewing through, like Saints Row IV, and the Dishonored DLC, and doing a murder-fun-times no-reload-unless-you-die probably-going-to-end-up-high-chaos Dishonored run.

    (At this point Wasteland 2 just intimidates me because I suspect it wants to eat so, so many hours.)

    …Horace seems sad about his recent ordeal.

  21. Suopis says:

    Banner Saga (aaaalmost) , Dark Souls 2 and Witcher the 3rd.

  22. Gap Gen says:

    Looking forward to Half Life 3 coming out in February.

  23. Bluerps says:

    Clockwork Empires and the Europa Universalis 4 and Crusader Kings 2 DLCs that will come out this year. I also desperately want to now what Paradox will do next (apparently they are working on three “secret projects” right now, in addition to EU4 or CK2 DLCs).

  24. CelticPixel says:

    Quadrilateral Cowboy! I’m also really looking forward to the final part of Broken Sword 5 which I reckon is the best one in the series since the first.

    • Lambchops says:

      The Broken Sword thing came out?

      Man I really, haven’t been paying attention. Stupid thesis. When it’s done I’m looking forward to some of George and Nico’s adventures.

  25. KingCathcart says:

    The games I backed of Kickstarter, whatever the hell they are.

  26. Yachmenev says:

    Broken Age – Looks lovely, sounds lovely, seems promising.

    RPS seems to have a tiny bit of a thorn in their side against the kickstarter and the game, but I’m satisfied of what I have seen from the game through the documentaries.

  27. pilouuuu says:

    I’m well, RPS. So kind of you for asking. I hope you all had a good time as well.

    As for the games I’m looking forward the most, those are the ones that show why it’s great to play on the PC:

    Pillars of Eternity, Torment 2 and Star Citizen. Also Mewgenics and Broken Age.

    I’m also expecting the ports of next gen toy boxes make better use of our machines and also that some new unexpected franchises delight us.

  28. hap says:

    Witcher 3, Watch Dogs and if it counts, Occulus Rift.

    Also – didn’t that dog thing in the pic get skinned alive a few days ago?

    • Lycan says:

      Bear, it’s a bear (or at least the original animal was one – not sure Horace is a garden variety bear any more :D)

      And, to answer RPS’ question: Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, Dark Souls 2

      and a wary eye (extremely gingerly) on Dragon Age: Inquisition :P

    • SominiTheCommenter says:

      Heathen! Horace is infinite. He has a different tatoo for every year since 1859.

    • Monkey says:

      Occulus Rift is my most look forward to thing for this year. That with Elite Dangerous…

  29. Iskhiaro says:

    Divinity: Original Sin

  30. ostropol says:

    THQ’s last word!!!

    Stick of Truth

    Dawn of War 3??

  31. Zenicetus says:

    1) Witcher 3
    2) IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad
    3) Cautious optimism for Elite:Dangerous
    4) Hoping that either CA or the modders can whip Rome 2 into shape

    That’s about it, I guess. I still have plenty of catching up to do on current games, some of which I’ve bought but haven’t had a chance to dive into yet, like EU4, XCOM Enemy Within, and Asscreed IV.

    • phelix says:

      Oh yes oh yes, one thousand times IL-2! I’m terrible at flightsims but IL-2 Forgotten Battles holds a special place in my heart ever since I picked it up from a bargain bin years ago.

    • Gap Gen says:

      I probably won’t try the sequel until I first play IL-1.

  32. Lambchops says:

    Good to see old Horace looking hale and healthy once again.

    As for 2014 I guess I’m hoping for a few of my backed Kickstarters to come to fruition (still only rely had the benefit of FTL at this stage).

    I’m also mostly planning on catching up on my backlog, which may be somewhat easier moving from a PhD to “the real world TM.”

    As such haven’t really thought about much of the new games on the horizon, though I guess Witcher 3 and the rest of The Walking Dead are the biggies.

    Happy gaming in 2013 everyone.

  33. Rojas says:

    Survarium.

    And a great 2014 for all the RPS team.

  34. bad guy says:

    In following order:

    1. Assetto Corsa
    2. GTA 5
    3. IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      GTA 5 and Witcher 3, though Rockstar has been a bit twatish about even admitting it exists on PC let alone a release date.

  35. Icarus says:

    Watch_Dogs, Hotline Miami 2. Dragon Age 3, and holding out hope against hope that it won’t be shit.

  36. kud13 says:

    I am looking forward to reducing my backlog of games i’ve accumulated up to now. I want to avoid random purchases, since there is still a slew of wonderful 2013 games i’ve yet to play.

    out of the genuinely “new” releases in 2014 I am eagerly looking forward to The Witcher 3, I am optimistically curious about Watch Dogs, I am mildly curious about DA: Inquisition (Though I STILL need to get find the time to get back into the original). I may also check out The Stick Of Truth at some point.

    I am also looking forward to a whole bunch of Kickstarters I’ve supported including: (in anticipated release date order)

    Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall (January)
    Lords of Xulima (February)
    Unrest (February)
    Son of Nor (June)
    Dex (June)
    Nekro (June)
    Jagged Alliance: Flashback (November)
    Satellite reign (December)
    Dead State (whenever)
    Sir You Are Being Hunted (feature complete)
    Pillars of Eternity (whenever)
    Xenonauts (whenever)
    Wastelend 2 (whenever)

    I am also looking forward to the “Greywalkers Purgatory” ksecond Kickstarter attempt, and intend to do more to help that one make it this time.

  37. Keymonk says:

    They’re making more PC games? But I thought PC games were dead.

  38. derbefrier says:

    Dark Souls 2 and all those kickstarter RPGs and a playable form of Star Citizen.

  39. scottyjx says:

    The Witness and Xenonauts come immediately to mind.

    • Josh W says:

      Yeah, I thought that, and that train of thought reminds me of megakure as well, but that seems unlikely to come out this year.

      I’m also looking forward to the capacity to play lots of old source games that my old computer inexplicably would not play. May dive back into tf2 again!

  40. jama says:

    Broken Age, Star Citizen, The Witness, Spire, a new Valve game (Half-Life 3 maybe? One can dream!) and the constant updates and new content that CS:GO, DOTA 2 and DayZ will likely receive throughout the year.

  41. bladedsmoke says:

    Clockwork Empires, Witcher 3, Hotline Miami 2, Divinity: Original Sin, the rest of the episodes of Walking Dead Season 2 & Wolfamongous, and Pillars of Eternity. Also, if they count: the various DLC for Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis 4 that Paradox will inevitably release. Also also, if they count: all of the Early Access games that I’ve vowed to only play when they’re a bit closer to a finished state, including Sir You Are Being Hunted, Project Zomboid, Starbound, and Day Z.

  42. zat0ichi says:

    Witcher 3 – Once that’s released the steady dribble of Cyberpunk detail will inevitably follow.
    Elite – i played on BBC this could be magical (in a spacey way)
    GTA5 – top down was fun, vice city was novel. IV was dull. The consolers are saying its proper.
    Watched Dogs – please don’t be as bad/dull as I think its going to be.

    I would like a new graphics card as well as I think i’ll be hovering around the 30fps mark with a lot of titles at 1080p
    My old gtx460 cost £140 new. I got a 560 for 150, a 660 for 150 (I sell the old one every time and stick to one brand)

    A gtx760 costs £250 – what happened?

    I don’t have £250

  43. AngelTear says:

    Dreamfall chapters! Given that I’ve backed the kickstarter and it’s a series that I love. Also on kickstarter, I pledged for the promising Pulse, I hope it delivers despite its sporadic updates.
    Besides that, I’m planning on buying games cheaper a.k.a. only when I actually plan to play them; so, unless some indie gems like papers please, gone home or shelter appear (Transistor is definitely a good candidate for that), I don’t even plan on buying 2014 games in 2014.
    Only a couple of exceptions: Dark Souls 2, and I’m cautiously optimistic about South Park, so if it turns out to be good I may get that.

    • frightlever says:

      “I’m planning on buying games cheaper a.k.a. only when I actually plan to play them”

      Hmm. I ought to do that. Every time a game or bundle goes on sale it feels like I’m never going to have the chance to buy it ever again. Hmm. I’m really going to try and do it. That and whittle away at the backlog.

      • AngelTear says:

        Yep. When I switched from being a console gamer to a PC gamer and I opened a steam account, I must have got about 100 games just in my first year, because they looked so cheap compared to the prices I was used to, and somehow I didn’t rationally realize every sale was going to repeat itself with even lower prices during the next *season* sale.
        Which means, if I’m not going to play it within 3 months, I probably could have got it cheaper. It applies less strictly to GOG, because most of their games will not go any cheaper than 6.99$ minus 75/80%, but yeah.

  44. Laurentius says:

    Grand Theft Auto 5.

  45. moocow says:

    How many games of your games of the year were on your radar at the start of 2013? For me, very few.

    I’m looking forward to a dozen games I have no clue about blowing me away.

  46. BlitzThose says:

    Consortium, out in 5 days
    Cosmic Star Heroine
    Octopus City Blues
    New Elite
    Sir You Are Being Hunted
    Day Z

  47. Lars Westergren says:

    Wow, there is so much good (hopefully) stuff coming this year… In rough order of how much hype I have for them:

    Pillars of Eternity
    South Park: Stick of Truth (Obsidian fanboy ;)
    Wasteland 2
    Elite (much thanks to RPS preview)
    Wolf Among Us episodes
    Broken Age
    Left 4 Dead 3 (pretty sure it is coming)
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Spy Party
    Sunless Sea
    The Witness
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    Star Citizen
    Warmachine Tactics
    Banner Saga
    Dead State
    Quadilatiral Cowboy
    Maia
    Cinemaware’s Wings: Remastered
    Divinity: Original Sin
    Dreamfall Chapters
    Witcher 3
    Jane Jensen’s Moebius
    Republique
    Jon Shafer’s At the Gates
    Tangiers

    Good thing I backed all of the Kickstarters already, so I won’t have to ruin myself. Again.

  48. Stepout says:

    I’m super excited for Age of Wonders III. It’s gonna be brilliant, I know it.

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