2024’s Most Anticipated Games – Matt’s Picks

2024's Most Anticipated Games - Matt's Picks

2024 has a hard act to follow to live up to the incredible release calendar of 2023. That said, there’s still no shortage of high quality games coming this year. No matter whether you play on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, or the Nintendo Switch and even its upcoming successor, you’re going to have a lot to play in 2024. Given that, we couldn’t simply pool the team’s thoughts into one top 10 countdown of the most anticipated games, so we solicited 10 from each person to discuss. Today, hear what Matt has to say about his 10 most anticipated games of 2023, sorted from 10 to 1.

10. Tekken 8

Tekken holds a special place in my heart. Tekken 3 was pretty much my first experience with a Playstation and boy did I play the hell out of it. As a result, I have always had a soft spot for the franchise and with the cool single-player modes that Tekken 8 is sporting, it may be the game that gets me right back into the franchise. 

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9. The Plucky Squire

Everything I have seen from this game has been super impressive. I am worried that its scattered focus between different game styles will hurt it in the end, but I sincerely hope my worries are completely unfounded because this could be a real breakout indie in 2024 if the devs nail it. 

8. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

How can I still be hyped for this one you ask? Well, the first game is honestly one of the best PC RPGs ever and it was one of the games that absorbed my early 20s. I know the game has had one hell of a run with switching devs and multiple delays, but recent information suggests things are back on track and I just have to believe they will nail it. The setting is just too cool for anything else. 

7. Star Wars: Outlaws

Open-world Star Wars shenanigans without force powers? Sign me up. The franchise has focused on space wizards for too long and it is only recently that there have been some attempts to tell more than just Jedi tales in what is an amazing universe. Even if this game just turns out to be Far Cry Star Wars, I am okay with that because the setting and characters should paper over any reused elements from other Ubisoft games. 

6. Hades II

The only reason this isn’t higher on my list is because it is only an early access release, but even then I am super pumped to get my hands on this one. I played the original Hades right through the early access period and enjoyed every second of it. I worry that it will just be more of the same but honestly, there are worse things than repeating what is rogue-like perfection. 

5. Dragon’s Dogma 2

So I tried quite a few times to get into the first game, but I bounced off every time. It just had that slightly clunky interface and control scheme that made it a struggle for me. That said, the second game looks like it may have fixed that and everything else I have seen is super impressive. I really want to like this one so my fingers are crossed it lands for me when it releases. 

4. S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart Of Chernobyl

My love for dark, depressing and engaging Eastern European shooters is well known and with no new Metro game on the horizon, STALKER is looking to fill that void. The fact this game is even still coming out is something of a miracle considering the development conditions it was made under and every trailer has been super impressive. This is a dark horse in early GOTY 2024 betting for me. 

3. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

The first game was a true revolution when it came to the portrayal of mental health and the use of sound. It blew me away with just how immersive it was and the second game is looking to truly up the ante in all respects. The combat looks better, the Unreal 5 engine is really showing off just how good things can look and the story will undoubtedly be amazing. I can’t wait. 

2. Avowed

In Obsidion I trust. I don’t think they have ever put out a game that I haven’t enjoyed. Not a single one. Even their most problematic releases have come about because of a lack of funding, not because of development talent and now they have the might of Microsoft behind them I am backing Avowed to be one of their best. 

1. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Shock, Matt is pumped for Yakuza. Infinite Wealth is taking Kiryu and Ichiban outside of Japan for the first time and bringing a range of crazy shenanigans along for the ride. Yakuza 7 was fantastic and it was only the late-game grind that stopped it from being my favourite game in the franchise. If they can get that right, I do not doubt that this could be the best game in the franchise yet. 

So that concludes Matt’s list of his most anticipated games of 2024. What are some of yours? Hit us up via social media to let us know what games you are keen on in 2024!

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