Games to Watch 2024 – RPGs

Games to Watch 2024 - RPGs

It’s time again to peer into the future, all so I can highlight games that I think are worth watching. It is worth noting two things, the first is that this list is for announced games only and the second is due to the nature of classifying genres these days, I have placed the games where I feel they fit best so don’t shoot me if your most anticipated game isn’t here, it may be in another list. With that in mind, let’s get to the games. It is now time to shine the light upon the RPGs that are going to be consuming our existence this year. 

What was once a niche series in the West, is now a major force in the gaming world and there is no other series quite like it. Like a Dragon (aka Yakuza) is about to drop the 9th game in the main series. Ichiban is back and this time he is joining forces with none other than the Dojima Dragon himself, Kiryu Kazama to explore Hawaii and perhaps have a bit of crazy fun in the process. 

Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon (yes it is a little confusing) took the franchise in a new direction with a turn-based JRPG instead of the traditional action game template and Infinite Wealth is building off this very solid foundation while adding a whole host of new features and game modes.

The only major problem I had with the last game was the difficulty spikes that forced player grinding, so if the devs can smooth that out, I have no doubt Infinite Wealth will be a winner. 

You can Pre-order Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth here:

What needs to be said about this hugely anticipated title? The first part of the Final Fantasy VII remake was a triumph in not only bringing the classic tale to a new audience but showing what was actually possible when remaking a well-loved classic. It genuinely took the game in a new direction, which could have backfired, but instead, the gamble paid off spectacularly. 

That gamble looks to continue with Rebirth. The story is diverging even further from the original game and there are a host of new mechanics making their way into the game. Normally this would be of concern but with just how well part one turned out, Square Enix has earned the faith of the gaming community. Rebirth is odds-on to be another banger. 

You can preorder Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth here: 

Dragon's Dogma 2

When Dragon’s Dogma came out all those years ago I don’t think even Capcom could fathom the sort of cult hit it would be come. But here we are, after many years, many re-releases and many upgrades and Dragon’s Dogma has become the sort of game that people obsess over. 

So it is safe to say that there is a huge amount of anticipation for the sequel, a game that will not only have to live up to the legacy of its well-loved predecessor but also bring new players into the mix. 

For me, the original was a good but not amazing game. So many cool concepts but I always found the controls and UI a little clunky. If the dev team can fix those issues I have no doubt Dragon’s Dogma 2 will break out from the cult hit status and graduate into full-blown mainstream success. 

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2

To say this game has gone through development hell is putting it lightly. The game struggled to come together until a development change and what, from the outside at least, appears to be a full reset. That said the ship seems to have been righted and it looks like we will be finally getting Bloodlines 2 in 2024.

This is a game that I have no confidence in, but am rooting for with all of my heart. The original Bloodlines was one of the best RPGs of the early 200s and the IP itself is one that has been tragically underserviced in the world of video games. The concept of competing Vampire families, living in society in secret is just so cool and one that deserves a fantastic game to flesh it all out.

So I have no faith that this game will be amazing, but boy do I want it to be. We will find out for sure when it finally drops (hopefully) this year. 

Avowed

Obsidian has always been one of my favourite developers and to say my hopes for Avowed are high would be an understatement. In the past, Obsidian’s skill in crafting RPGs has always been held back by funding, but now, with the full support of Microsoft’s bottomless pits of money, I feel like we are going to see the talented team really reach their peak.

Set in the same world as the fantastic Pillars of Eternity franchise, Avowed is going to be a story focused RPG that is more in the vein of games like Knights of the Old Republic or Obsidian’s own Outer Worlds, as opposed to a massive, time-consuming affair like Skyrim or Starfield. This is perfectly fine because of their many talents, Obsidian is best known for their excellent writing so a game that focuses on that makes total sense. 

I can’t wait to see more of this game and finally get my hands on an unshackled Obsidian experience. 

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