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Video games to watch out for in the coming year

Some might be coming out in time with the consoles, others not till next year. But one thing's for sure - these games will be appearing heavily in future Christmas lists.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, for the Xbox One. Courtesy PopCap
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, for the Xbox One. Courtesy PopCap

Some might be coming out in time with the consoles, others not till next year. But one thing’s for sure – these games will be appearing heavily in future Christmas lists.

Ryse: Son of Rome – Xbox One (launch title)

In this epic-looking third-person hack and slasher set in ancient Rome, you must master close-combat swordplay and help lead your troops into battle, utilising the Kinect to bark commands via voice. “I am Spartacus!”

Sunset Overdrive – Xbox One (TBA)

With more than a heavy hint of Borderlands-esque silliness, this frenetic open-world shooter involves a cartoonish city populated by daft-looking mutants. Naturally, you must get rid of them in a somewhat violent manner.

Titanfall – Xbox One (Spring 2014)

Call of Duty meets Mechwarrior in this first-person sci-fi shooter in which you can do your fighting by foot or jump into massive heavy-armed robots for some added awesome.

Super Smash Bros – Wii U, 3DS (2014)

Much of the excitement for the latest in Nintendo’s beat ‘em up franchise was reserved for the addition of the robotic icon, Mega Man, who is bringing his trusty dog Rush along for the ride.

Dead Rising 3 – Xbox One (launch title)

Effectively Grand Theft Auto with zombies, Capcom’s ultra-violent undead annihilator gets a massive open-world environment, utilising the power of the Xbox One to offer three times the number of zombies on screen than before.

The Order: 1886 – PS4 (2014)

Victorian era London is the setting for this steampunkish horror in which you take on monsters with lightning guns and similar futuristic weaponry. Like Assassin’s Creed, historical figures are dropped in.

Rayman Legends – Xbox 360, PS3, Wii (September)

A celebrity of “old-fashioned” platforming offers a welcome respite from the ever-so-serious open worlders, with hugely fun multiplayer options and spectacular graphics. If there was a game for all the family, it’s this.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare – Xbox One (November)

The popular “flower defence” strategy tablet game takes a quirky step into the third-person arena, with an impressive multiplayer side in which you must collectively fight off invading undead hordes.

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