Platform: Wii U
Developer: Platinum Games
'Waaah. Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive! I don't want to play it on Wii U!' Then don't! No one is making you. Just be happy it's getting released. Do you think Sega was going to get it out into the world? No! They'd given up on it. If you love Bayonetta that much, there should be a shrine in your bedroom to Nintendo, much like Helga had in Hey Arnold! What? This is supposed to be about the games of next year? Oh. Right. Good point. Bayonetta 2. Coming 2014.
The Sims 4
Release: Q3 2014
Everyone rejoice! The Sims returns in 2014, enabling you to get fake people to mate and then send them to go to work… and stuff. Features include being able to stroll and talk at the same time, and there's no 'end game' so to speak. You just keep on playing till you or your Sims die. Wonderful. In all fairness, EA is going all out fan-wise to ensure that long-time players are more than happy, so if that's you, you're in for a treat.
Developer: Epic Games
Good grief, Epic has gone quiet on Fortnite. A Minecraft clone that actually looked like it had something different to offer – albeit in the same mold – we haven't heard a peep out of the North Carolina studio for some time. We would assume this is mostly because they have nothing to say about it, and if they did do a press tour, some asshole would ask 'Where's da next Gears, plz!?' When it rolls along, though, keep an eye out for it. It's unlikely to make the same splash as Notch's juggernaut, but it could fill a void all the same.
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PC
Do you like getting stuck on the same level for hours? Do you enjoy wanting to punch yourself in the head because a game is so damned hard, it drops your sense of self-worth to zero? Then you'll love Trials Fusion! The follow-up to the, to be frank, wonderful Trials Evolution, the guys at RedLynx continue to churn out the goods with more of the same. Hopefully destined to be one of the first 'must-have' downloadable titles on next-gen, this is everything you hoped it would be, and then maybe a little bit more.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Monolith Productions
It began with the forging of the great movie tie-ins.
Two were given to Electronic Arts.
Immortal, all-consuming, and wealthiest of all beings.
Three were given to Sierra Entertainment.
Real Time Strategy, a game about The Hobbit, they'd make anything really.
Bloody loads of spin-offs were gifted to other studios.
Who above all else desired lots and lots of easy sales.
For within these licences were bound the strength and will to make an absolute fortune.
But they were all of them deceived.
For another game was made.
In the land of online RPGs.
In the Shadows of Angmar.
The Dark Lord Sauron forged in Secret a Last Game to control all others.
And into this Game he poured fetch quests, loot drops, and anything else that seemed to make World of Warcraft ridiculously popular.
One Game to rule them all.
The Lego Movie Videogame/Lego The Hobbit: The Video Game
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita
Developer: TT Games
If you've played any form of Lego game you know exactly what to expect here. Smash, smash, build, build, Lego, Lego, laugh, joy, happy. This is A Good Thing. The only difference is that one features superheroes, and the other features a Hobbit. Good.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Platform: Xbox One, PS4
Developer: Crystal Dynamics/United Front Games
'We thought our game would sell 13 million copies because our financials and expectations were well off and now we're in a panic' a Square Enix executive may say. Well, don't you worry Square Enix executive. Just take Tomb Raider, which came out in March, make it prettier and then sell it again. You can even try and trick some people into thinking it's actually a whole new sequel! Everything is going to be alright after all.
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Game of Thrones/Tales from the Borderlands/The Walking Dead Season Two/The Wolf Among Us
Platform: Think of a format made after 2010. It's on that. Maybe.
Developer: Telltale Games
Telltale loves to make games. We know that because of behind the scenes documentaries and, more importantly, the fact they have 23,456 titles in development at any one time. As well as TWD and Wolf, they're also focusing on Game of Thrones and Tales From The Borderlands, two offerings that actually have the potential to be awesome. The former is one of the best licenses doing the rounds at the moment, and the latter is Borderlands. A lot of people like that. Just remember, though – nearly everything Telltale has done other than The Walking Dead has been criminally terrible. Seriously. There's some developers who are still on the run!
No Man's Sky
Platform: Atari Jaguar. Only joking…
Developer: Hello Games
Well, Hello Games pulled this from nowhere, didn't they? Leaving millions of gamers with slack-jaws and drooling mouths at the VGXs, the brains behind Joe Danger have publishers courting them like they're the prettiest girl at the dance. It's a great position to be in, too. Given how ambitious this project is, any help and additionally funding the studio can get will only help them achieve their vision. Do us proud, boys. You're our last hope. Or something.