2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

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2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

Counterspy - August 19A side-scrolling spy adventure with stylized silhouette visuals. Developer Dynamighty is drawing inspiration from spy fiction of the 1950s and 60s.

Looking Ahead To The Games Of 2015

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Looking Ahead To The Games Of 2015

Whether part of an intended schedule or due to a delay, the games of 2015 are looking good. We’ve compiled a list of next year’s games, so you know what the future looks like for your platform of choice.

We’ll be updating this list throughout the rest of 2014, so check back with us as your future backlog begins to pile up. We're being conservative about some of the titles that were shown without gameplay, so if you see something you think should be on the list, let us know. We'll check back in and keep the conversation going.

Batman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - 2015Rocksteady is donning cape and cowl for one last go at the Arkham series. This final title in the series will be on PC and new-gen hardware only, so if you want to see who is under the Arkham Knight’s mask (no, the title doesn’t refer to Batman), you’ll have to upgrade.

5 Guest Wrestlers That Deserve A Spot On The WWE 2K15 Roster

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5 Guest Wrestlers That Deserve A Spot On The WWE 2K15 Roster

This weekend, 2K revealed the roster for WWE 2K15. It was disappointingly full of real professional wrestlers.

Fighting games have guests all the time. The Soul Calibur series has seen guest fighters as diverse as Link and Darth Vader. Even the recent EA Sports UFC game featured Bruce Lee as a playable character. For some reason though, WWE games never seem to have guests. It does have a character editor which leads to some great fan-made customizations, but it’s just not the same. Here are some extra folks that should have made the cut, or hopefully will make the cut for the final release.

Juan Aguacate – GuacameleeJuan stars in the Metroid-inspired platformer, Guacamelee, where he wrestles with demonic beings in order to save the love of his life. He’s a powerful luchador with a cool mask, and no shirt. If he were to appear in a WWE game, I hope he would retain his cartoonish style, as opposed to becoming a real human with Juan’s outfit and tattoos.

Super Replay – Resident Evil Episode 8

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Super Replay – Resident Evil Episode 8

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the infamous Spencer Mansion incident. On July 24, 1998, members of the Raccoon City Police Department's S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team entered a biohazardous, trap-filled mansion nestled in a dense forest of the Arklay Mountains. Many of the RPD's finest died battling the biological abominations roaming the huge estate's dusty halls. To commemorate this important chapter in the Resident Evil series and the horror genre, we're revisiting both the original 1996 PlayStation version of Resident Evil, as well as the excellent 2002 GameCube remake.

For this Super Replay, we'll be switching off between the two versions of the game beginning with the PlayStation original. Each subsequent episode will switch back and forth between the two versions. If you're new to the series, expect a lot of cautious crawling through the monster-infested mansion, careful conservation of ammo and health, and chunks of backtracking to unlock new areas. And as with every playthrough of a Resident Evil game, there are bound to be surprises and close calls that rattle even experienced zombie hunters like us.

Replay – The Simpsons: Hit & Run

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Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has spawned countless clones over the years, just like The Simpsons has spawned countless crappy games that aren't worth playing. Mix the two together, however, and you get something magical for anyone who considers themselves a fan of America's favorite dysfunctional family; a chance to explore a virtual, open-world Springfield, and interact with the series' many iconic characters and locations in The Simpsons: Hit & Run.

Andrew Reiner, Ben Hanson, Jeff Cork, and I take a lengthy tour of Springfield as we discuss the cartoon's decades-long impact on pop culture and point out the myriad show references we see along the way. We also help Marge with a few errands, return some "borrowed" property to Ned Flanders, and set off on a quest to buy a surprisingly expensive pair of underwear. What other Springfield citizens make an appearance? And which ones get run over? Watch the video below to find out. 

Be sure to stay tuned for Replay Roulette, which features a deep cut from Neversoft that can only be described as wicked awesome.

Exploring Dungeons & Dragons’ Tyranny Of Dragons

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Exploring Dungeons & Dragons’ Tyranny Of Dragons

Last month, Wizards of the Coast generously (and cleverly) offered a free version of the basic rules for its new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Not only does this free offer give new and old players a chance to check out the new ruleset for the classic tabletop RPG, but it also helps draw those same players into a likely purchase of further, more complex rulebooks as they release. The first and most important of those rulebooks, the Player’s Handbook, is rolling out to retailers now, and it includes the full game rules with all the classes and races available. At the same time, 5th edition’s first major campaign is launching, and it’s a little different from what many players might be used to.

Best Video Game Places To Take A Vacation

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Best Video Game Places To Take A Vacation

We may be at the tail end of summer, but that doesn't mean we can't still take a well-earned vacation. A couple of years ago, we highlighted some of the worst places your travel agent could send you in the video game space. Now that you know where to avoid, let's take a look at some places that you might not mind visiting from time to time.

Just like with the previous feature, be sure to suspend your disbelief. Obviously you can't actually visit any of these locations as they are portrayed in the games. That being said, strap in, grab a drink, and read on to find out where are the best places to vacation.

Why go here: Why does anyone go to any lake? To swim! Yes, Hyrule's biggest (and seemingly only) lake is the perfect place to enjoy a swim in crystal-clear waters, whether you are there for temple-plundering business or pleasure. In addition, if that gets too boring for you or your party, you can check out the nearby fishing center. There's even a mad scientist in the area who will give you stuff if you swim deep enough in his private pool - just don't ask why.

Get To Know Elise From Assassin’s Creed Unity

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So far, we’ve only seen a small slice of Elise De LaSerre in her reveal trailer, but it was enough to get people speculating, especially the revelation that she’s a Templar. When we visited Ubisoft Montreal for our cover story, Ubisoft opened up about the enigmatic red-head and her role in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Don’t dismiss this skilled swordswoman as a mere damsel in distress or minor character. Elise plays a pivotal role in Arno’s journey, having a larger place in the plot than previous non-player characters. She grew up with Arno, after her father took him in, and eventually falls in love with the man who becomes an Assassin. The two lose touch after some time, but are brought back together when Elise’s father is murdered. 

Why Isn't Media Molecule Just Making Tearaway 2?

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If you haven’t played Tearaway on the Vita, it’s a clever little platformer, and it looks like the new PS4 version – Tearaway Unfolded – will be well worth your time. If you have played the Vita version, Media Molecule has revamped the game to such an extreme degree that in many ways it looks and feels like a different game altogether.

Lead designer Rex Crowle compared the new game to movies like Evil Dead and El Mariachi where the filmmakers originally made a film on the cheap, but were able to return to the concept down the road and expand on it with Evil Dead 2 and Desperado. 

Which kind of begs the question: Why isn’t Media Molecule just making Tearaway 2 for PS4?