With the recent launches of the next gen systems, this will be the inaugural summer of next gen gaming as highly anticipated titles for the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U are scheduled to be released. Prepare your thumbs and mind for an exhilarating summer full of nonstop rofl-stomping. Here are 7 games you need to be playing this summer 2014, listed by release date.
1. Transistor | PC, PS4 | May 20, 2014
From the creators of critically acclaimed Bastion, SuperGiant Games brings its latest game to the PC and PS4. Transistor places you in the role of a female protagonist aptly named Red who conveniently carries around a behemoth, living sword with a big Red eye. This sci-fi action rpg has it all, from the stunning hand drawn art style set in a not so distant dystopian city to its tight gameplay mechanics. Transistor is the Hideki Matsui of video games – Amazing!
2. Watch Dogs | Multi-platform | May 27, 2014
Contrary to the game’s title, Watch Dogs is not a competitive doggy daycare simulator. It is, however, an open world action-adventure game with eerie real life overtones. Set in a fictional and technologically connected Chicago, you play the role of an adroit hacker who can access protected electronic systems that control different aspects of the city and a to a larger extent, the world. It is developed by Ubisoft Montreal, the same team that brought you Far Cry 2 and Shaun White Snowboarding! Actually forget Watch Dogs, I want to play Shaun White Snowboarding!
3. Mario Kart 8 | Wii U | May 30, 2014
“It’s a me, Mario!” Mario Kart 8 is the latest rendition of the beloved Nintendo racing series, dating back to the SNES days when moderately offensive ethnic stereotypes were still acceptable. It brings back some sweet features from the previous installments like motorbikes, hang gliders, and underwater racing! A new feature is anti-gravity racing, which allows for racing along walls and ceilings. Talk about insane! Get hype for Mario Kart 8 and ready your blue shells to do battle against your friends.
4. Ultra Street Fighter IV | PS3, X360, PC | Jun, 2014
It seems like there is a new Street Fighter game every year. I would not be the least bit surprised if the developer, Capcom, were to release something like Super Hyper Ultra Combo Street Fighter IV.V next year. This is the fourth rendition of the Street Fighter IV series. This time around each character has one extra costume color! But seriously, this version has tighter gameplay mechanics, five new characters, and six new stages. For you diehard fighting gaming enthusiasts, Ultra Street Fighter IV will be your go-to fighter this summer. For you casual gamers, I suggest you go home and be a family man.
5. Valiant Hearts: The Great War | Multi-platform | Jun 25, 2014
This game looks sweet. On a scale of sweet to super sweet, I would rate Valiant Hearts: The Great War cinnabon-sweet. The art style has a really indie feel to it and is a bit reminiscent of Metal Slug. More importantly, the gameplay mechanics are tight like jean shorts in the 90’s. I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me it doesn’t look tight!
6. Madden NFL 15 | Multi-platform | Aug 26, 2014
Here comes the annual Madden game, this time with more dementia. Our dearly beloved John Madden is 78 years young, but that hasn’t stopped him from making awe-inspiring video games like Madden NFL 15. The most recent Madden game has updated rosters that include 2014 NFL draft players like Johnny Manziel. Here’s your chance to simulate his upcoming season and achieve realistic stats – 584 YDs, 3 TDs, 19 INTs, and 7 fumbles! Go Football!
7. Destiny | Multi-platform | Sep 9, 2014
Destiny is a Destiny’s Child simulator, allowing you to immerse yourself as Beyoncé and overshadow the other neglected members. Experience real-life past events like rudely interrupting Kelly Rowland as she applies for a title loan or abruptly cutting Michelle Williams in line as you queue for movie theatre concessions. Just kidding, this game is actually much more jubilant than Destiny’s Child’s history – it involves the slaughter of xenophobic aliens in an interstellar blood bath.
And there you have it folks. 7 games you need to be playing this summer. Subscribe to the blog below or get at me via Google+.