Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One)
The tenth game in the Metal Gear Solid series and the first half of Metal Gear Solid V (the second being The Phantom Pain), Ground Zeroes looks set to take the stealth-action gameplay of previous instalments to new heights. Set in 1975, it’s yet another open world game (it’s the first free-roaming MGS title) that offers the player far more options when it comes to ways to complete a mission.
Ground Zeroes will be out on 20th March, 2014.
Destiny (PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One)
A game combining MMO, FPS and RPG (that’s a lot of capital letters isn’t it?), Destiny is the first post-Halo game from Bungie. Players will be able to choose one of three different races, and three different classes, and fight together through huge open levels with their friends – with other people joining during Public Events. Characters and looted items can be improved over time.
With gorgeous visuals and a radical approach, Destiny looks set to rock everyone’s worlds when it touches down on 9th September. You may be able to play it earlier, though, should you gain access to a beta test that starts in the summer.
Super Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
The first ever Mario Kart in HD, the eighth version of Nintendo’s beloved cartoon racer (due out in the spring) features 12-player online multiplayer and a new anti-gravity feature that allows for mind-bending circuits that defy the laws of physics. And, well, it’s Mario Kart – we can’t help but look forward to it.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS Vita/Windows/Mac/Linux)
The first Hotline Miami was an indie essential – a game that blended old-school top-down 2D action with a disquieting atmosphere, nightmarish visuals and perfectly-chosen music. And so we’re decidedly pumped for its sequel, which promises to conclude the story of the animal mask-wearing Jacket. So far little is known about the game (which has no release date beyond “2014” at the time of writing) but it seems likely to follow in the footsteps of the first, challenging players to clear increasingly tricky levels of bad guys without taking a single hit.
The Crew (PS4/Xbox One/Windows)
This open-world racer screams ambition. Set in a scaled-down version of the US (it takes 90 minutes to drive from coast to coast, and there are no loading screens), it features a persistent world with single- and multiplayer not distinct from each other: players can complete missions alone or with friends.
The game has a 20-hour single-player campaign centred around infiltrating criminal gangs and is full of RPG-like elements – but rather than build up the skills of your character, you’re able to build up and customise your cars to a dizzying degree. Expect the game to be released in the summer.