The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014

We may be more than halfway through the year, but there are plenty of top games still to look forward to

It happens every summer: the impending holiday release schedule looks unbelievably stacked, and then one by one the big titles get put back to the following year.

Batman: Arkham Knight and Battlefield Hardline have been perhaps the biggest games bitten by the delay bug, but several other titles not beginning with "Bat" (we're looking at you, The Order: 1886) also fit the bill.

Fortunately there are plenty of cracking games still on the horizon for what's left of 2014 - from massive online shooters to open-world racers to quirky platformers.

Don't believe us? A quick look at our picks for the 20 most exciting games left in 2014 ought to convince you otherwise.

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1. Destiny

As the studio behind Xbox classic Halo, Bungie's next release was never going to be an unheralded little puzzle game.   

Instead, Destiny is BIG. In every way. It's a BIG release that's had gamers excited for years. It's a BIG game that spans multiple locations across multiple planets. And it's a BIG platform that will see thousands upon thousands of addicts spending hour upon hour in its immersive universe.

Or at least that's what we reckon having played the alpha and beta test versions.

You can find out more about it in our full Destiny preview, but to summarise: "brilliant"; "always-online"; "massive spider tank"; "packed with secrets"; "big guns"; "tight, fast and addictive".

Get the idea? Roll on, 9 September…

Due: 9 September / Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3

READ MORE: Destiny preview and hands-on beta review

2. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes

Last year's debut showed that Disney could hang with Skylanders in the toy-based game world, and Infinity 2.0 looks set to amplify the action with a bevy of superhero showdowns.

The Avengers characters are bundled in, plus there are Spider-Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy sets, and all other Infinity figurines work as well. The game worlds are also much larger than in the first version, and the freeform Toy Box mode has been simplified. So, whether you're genuinely buying it for your kids or just using that as an excuse, it looks well worth checking out.

Due: 19 September / PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3

READ MORE: Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes

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3. FIFA 15

FIFA made a big splash on new-gen consoles last year, with FIFA 14 towering over not only the competition but also its own appearance on older platforms. The next version - unsurprisingly titled FIFA 15 - looks set to push things ever further ahead come September.

While not representing a dramatic shift in strategy, EA's latest footie sim seeks to tap into more of that hardware power to deliver stadium-specific crowd interactions and more realistic player responses. But the changes aren't only cosmetic: we've played an early version and also felt that the computer-controlled players made more intelligent runs, ball control is tighter and passing slicker.

Whether it can make up for the disappointment of England's World Cup campaign remains to be seen. 

Due: 26 September / Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS

READ MORE: FIFA 15 - First Play preview

4. Forza Horizon 2

Forza Motorsport 5 was the Xbox One's flashy launch showcase, but Horizon 2 shakes up the routine with an open-world romp through southern Europe. 

Expect a massive amount of terrain split between France and Italy, with loads of challenges, online Car Meets with other players, and a day/night cycle featuring dynamic weather. That's the new-gen version, at least; the Xbox 360 game may not share all features.

Due: 30 September / Xbox One, Xbox 360

5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

We've played enough mediocre Lord Of The Rings games to know better by this point, but we keep hearing such excellent things about Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor that we're determined to give it another chance. 

Filling in the gap between The Hobbit and the main trilogy, this open-world action role-player makes bold strides in enemy AI and generally makes you feel like a bad, bad man in the familiar fantasy world.

Due: 30 September / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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