2024’s Most Anticipated Games – Shaun’s Picks​

2024's Most Anticipated Games - Shaun'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 Shaun has to say about his 10 most anticipated games of 2023, sorted from 10 to 1.

10. Star Wars Dark Forces Remaster

A blast from the past, Dark Forces was the first non-movie tie-in Star Wars game I ever played and I loved it. One of the better Doom clone games that introduced platforming and the ability to look up and down to shooters, Dark Forces also had a great story that tied it into the overall universe. While I know that it will feel clunky and stale when compared to today’s shooter games, the nostalgia level is what will have me jumping in when it releases.

9. Skull & Bones

Yes, this game still exists. Yes, this game is going to be released. And surprisingly it is looking alright according to our own Matt Hewson. After playing through a closed beta, Matt found that it is shaping up to be a solid game that takes the fan-favourite ship combat from Assassins Creed and upgrades it into a solid gameplay loop. Will it be a complete success? Who knows but it is looking good.

8. Hades II

A sequel to the immensely popular Roguelike that had people attempting to fight their way out of the Underworld, only this time you will be taking control of Melinoë as you pick a fight with the guy that holds control over time. Sounds like fun, where do I sign up? 

7. Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

Elden Ring took the world by storm when it was released, introducing people to the brutal gameplay of a souls-like but allowing the freedom for players to spend time boosting their levels and exploring other areas if they find they are in over their heads. It is the first of these types of games that I have managed to finish free and clear and the expansion will give many people a reason to venture back into the Lands Between.

6. Rise of the Ronin

Following on from Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, Team Ninja are bringing a new action-adventure game set in the final years of the Edo period. Unlike previous games, Rise of the Ronin is going to be a fully open-world experience, filled with historical places to explore, along with the NPC’s and side-quests that make a world feel truly alive. 

5. Star Wars Outlaws

Announced in June, Outlaws is looking pretty good in my humble opinion. Taking pages out of the Jedi series of games, sans force powers and lightsabers (at least so far), Outlaws looks to focus on a regular human scoundrel who making her way through the galaxy under the expanding Empire. The gameplay trailer showed off some cool aspects and has me intrigued, then again when it comes to Star Wars games I am always intrigued.

4. Avowed

From the developers that brought you Pillars of Eternity, The Outer Worlds and Fallout: New Vegas, Avowed may just be the next big RPG to scratch your itch. While Starfield does have valid criticisms concerning its questlines and a lack of ramifications, Obsidian Entertainment is renowned for making games where your choices will affect the game world and have ramifications that extend to more than a few lines of dialogue from NPCs. No release date yet but it will be on Game Pass day one so that is a good enough reason for me to check it out.

3. Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth

The first part of the remake was a spectacle to behold, and it was very easy to see why the developers decided to break the game up into multiple parts. We know we will start to see differences in how the story progresses from the original, but how extensive will these changes be? Regardless of the changes, this is one I am looking forward to making the time to play this year.

2. Broken Roads

This has been a game that I have been following closely for a long time now. A very late release delay has pushed this Australian-made CRPG back to February but I for one believe this can only be a good thing as it is better to delay than release a broken game. We don’t have much longer to go before exploring the apocalyptic Outback.

1. Black Myth: Wukong

Having dropped a stunning 13-minute pre-alpha video in 2020 that got many a tongue-wagging, developer Game Science is finally bringing its take on the Monkey King and Journey to the West to gamers in August. The game looks stunning and as a fan of martial arts with a fondness for the original Monkey TV series, bad dubbing included, I am looking forward to fighting demons and creatures when this souls-like drops in August.

So that concludes Shaun’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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