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Eurogamer readers' most anticipated games of 2014

Your top 10 choices for the year ahead.

We've had our say already, and typically we were probably well wide of the mark, so it's now your turn to let us know what games you're looking forward to over the next 12 months. Thanks to all who voted (but no thanks to whoever suggested Pong, and to the handful of people who put forward Half-Life 3, well... I'm sorry). The top 10 are presented in reverse order below - and it was incredibly tight out at the front, with the top result beating out the runner-up by only a couple of votes. We've also included some of your comments, although since the submission form was anonymous we can't say exactly who made which point. Sorry about that - if you feel particularly proprietorial about one of your insights that we've highlighted, tell the world in the comments. Onward!

10. Pillars of Eternity

  • Publisher: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Release date: Q4 2013

Kickstarter's already provided us with a glut of excellent games, but 2014 feels like it'll be the year when some of the big names that made up the first wave of the crowdfunding phenomenon will begin to bear fruit. What was once known as Project Eternity feels like the most promising of the lot, and it'll be fascinating to see how an older, more thoughtful style of role-playing will transpose to a modern audience. Hopefully we won't to have to wait long to find out.

What you said:

"Why? Because it was the game that popped my Kickstarter cherry so I have money riding on it being a winner! Mostly though, I'm just looking forward to playing an RPG that has depth and tone so lacking in many modern RPGs. I'm also hoping that being freed from the commercial constraints set by publishers will reduce the chances of game-breaking bugs being released into the finished product, or at the very least that patches will be issued in a timely and thorough manner."

"It was this or Witcher 3. I'm after high quality, thoughtful narrative and both seem likely to deliver on this. I wound up plumping for Eternity because I miss RPGs leaving a little something to my imagination. Perhaps it's nostalgia, but the rise of voice acting isn't always a good thing."

9. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Release date: 20th March 2014

It's been six years since the tangle of Metal Gear Solid 4, yet it doesn't feel like Snake's been away anywhere near that long. The brilliant Peace Walker released in the interim was more than just a stopgap - it proved that Kojima Productions still had plenty of fresh ideas for the series, and that after the sometimes scrappy Guns of the Patriots the Metal Gear series might have a bright future after all. Ground Zeroes should be further proof of that before the full-blooded Phantom Pain arrives - an open-world proof of concept that could well make the wait for the full Metal Gear Solid 5 all the more painful if it's half as excellent as it looks to be.

What you said:

"An exciting new direction for the Metal Gear franchise kicks off this year with the appetiser, Ground Zeroes. I'm looking forward to seeing how Snake copes in an open-world environment and it looks absolutely stunning from what we've seen so far."

8. Elite: Dangerous

  • Developer: Frontier Developments
  • Release date: TBA

By the time Elite: Dangerous comes out, it'll have been coming up to 20 years since the last instalment in the space-faring series, and a shocking 30 since the BBC Micro original. So it's understandable that everyone's getting a little hot under the collar for the return of arguably the original open-world game. It's at the tip of a wave of new interstellar adventures, with Chris Roberts' Star Citizen also looking to do the business sometime soon. Is there enough appetite for the incoming glut? After so long away, it seems likely the answer is yes.

What you said:

"As soon as the Elite: Dangerous kickstarter was announced, I immediately pledged £40 before increasing it to £150 (much to my wife's annoyance) and have followed the regular dev updates and the alpha footage with growing sense of excitement (shameful for a 40-plus-year-old). 2014 for me promises to be restarting my regular Sol-Barnards Star shuttle runs, before I start exploring the big wild yonder."

"Elite: Dangerous is a game I'd been waiting for long before it was ever announced. I have loved the original since first playing it on the BBC Micro back in '84. The nineties sequels didn't live up to my expectations but I've got a strong feeling that this year my dream of a modern Elite will finally be realised. And it's going to have full Rift support, which is actually the thing I am most anticipating this year."

7. Titanfall

  • Publisher: EA
  • Developer: Respawn
  • Release date: 13th March 2014

As thrilling as the next-gen launches were late last year, it would have been grand to have something new and exciting to play on the freshly arrived consoles. Titanfall's launch in March feels like the first real shot fired in the next-gen battleground, and it's all the better that they're shots fired from jetpack-powered infantry and strangely adorable mega mechs. Everyone that's been fortunate enough to play it has come away frothing with delight, and it's looking increasingly like Titanfall will be Microsoft's killer app this year.

What you said:

"It might be a bit obvious but Titanfall is my most anticipated game of 2014. I'm sure there will be a few surprises, most likely from the indie sector, but, having become extremely bored of the same old multiplayer experience you get from Call of Duty, I'm hoping this scratches the fast-paced, multiplayer FPS shooter itch. The fact that it looks like more than shooting waves of Arab soldiers is a little refreshing too."

"People love playing FPS, it's just a great genre but it's being suffocated by lack of innovation and domination of only a handful of franchises, especially on console. I'm crossing my fingers for this game to shake things up and really kick off next-gen."

"Looking forward to a new approach to the FPS genre following largely unimpressive 'rinse and reboot' releases from Battlefield and COD over recent years.

6. inFamous: Second Son

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Developer: Sucker Punch
  • Release date: 21st March 2014

It doesn't quite have the thudding impact of Titanfall, perhaps, but the PlayStation 4's big exclusive for the first quarter of 2014 is an intriguing prospect nevertheless. Sucker Punch's action series found its feet over the course of the PlayStation 3's life, and it starts out on the PlayStation 4 in a good place: it's a superhero game where you're allowed to delight in your super powers, something which will only be made all the more enjoyable thanks to the power of Sony's new console.

What you said:

"Navigating through the InFamous world is like floating through the clouds. Most satisfying and fun platforming ever. And while the 'morality' system is very black-and-white in its implementation to the point it almost becomes a negative, it saves its skin by providing variety in power-ups, moves and how to approach missions, making a second run of the game as the opposite of what you were before (good or bad) something worth doing."

"All I need from the next generation (or any other generation, really) is an openworld superhero action-adventure that revels in its over-the-top-ness, is not drab, and looks like it might actually be fun to play. Also, I quite enjoyed the first two... InFamouses?... InFamousi? Infamice?"

"You can shoot neon out of your hands; that's the best idea I've heard since sharks with frickin' lasers on their heads."

5. Watch_Dogs

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Release date: Q2 2014

It certainly feels like we've waited long enough. When the veil was lifted on Watch Dogs at E3 a couple of years back, it was our first real glimpse of what next-gen gaming could look like. The next-gen's here now, but Watch Dogs famously wasn't there for the opening party - though that hasn't really diminished any of the hype. An open-world game that looks more detailed and intricate than ever before, the only real question remaining is how much of an impact you can have upon it.

What you said:

"Next-gen is finally here! And I admit my choice for the most anticipated game of 2014 isn't strictly a next-gen title, with it also seeing release on the 360 and PS3. But this is the game that convinced me to put my money down, and buy a PS4 - only days before its announced delay."

"A game I have been watching for a while now, the whole connected world concept to manipulate an open-world environment will give endless possibilities and play styles. Gutted it did not land in time for Christmas but happy at the same time they are taking a bit extra time to polish it to perfection!"

4. Tom Clancy's The Division

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Massive
  • Release date: 2014

Team Ico might have been a high-profile absence last generation, but spare a thought for the brilliantly talented team at Massive in Malmo. Bought by Ubisoft in 2008, the World in Conflict developer spent much of the past few years lending its hands to big franchises such as Far Cry and Assassin's Creed - but now it's finally able to show what it's really capable of with Tom Clancy's The Division, a highly ambitious MMO-like shooter in a persistent open world. Yes, basically.

What you said:

"That gameplay trailer looked amazing! The fact they're delaying it to winter 2014 means they're not afraid to give it some proper dev & QA time. EXCITED!!!"

"Much the same as the way Gears of War made me sit up and look and think, 'Wow, this console is awesome,' I'm hoping The Division does this for me again with the Xbox One."

"Looks to be the step-change next gen needs to justify buying into it."

3. Destiny

  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Release date: 9th September 2014

We didn't feature this in our own list, not because we're not excited by Bungie's next adventure - we most definitely are - but because since its initial reveal the drip-feed of information has been frustratingly protracted. I think we know even less now than we did a year ago, which is quite an achievement. Still, what we do know is that it's Bungie, and that's enough to make it one of the hottest prospects regardless.

What you said:

"There have only been a few really good co-op games over the past few years and it's a market that is severely lacking and one that fans of gaming have been yearning for more of. Games like Borderlands 2 have really shown me personally how much value and fun can be captured when developers make the co-op experience with friends the centre of the game, and not just multiplayer, but a story, a campaign, a journey that you and your friends can go on together."

"The lack of new info as well as the shock departure last year of Joseph Staten are a little worrying, but even so there's little else as potentially game-changing on the horizon. But frankly if it turns out to be little more than a reskinned Halo, I'd be a very happy bunny indeed. Roll on the beta!"

"I still don't know what Destiny is exactly. I hope it's more than, 'Hey, sweet thunder machine gun, bro... check out my awesome sniper rifle,' but I wouldn't bet against Bungie who have a habit of revolutionising the old multiplayer shooty business."

2. Dark Souls 2

  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Developer: From Software
  • Release date: 14th March 2014

Dark Souls 2's announcement was met with some trepidation: Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creative force behind the first two Souls games, had stepped away from the series, and there was murmurings of a softer approach to the bleak world of cruel action and adventure. That's been washed away, though, by a wave of almost unbearable anticipation as it becomes clear that this is very much looking like the real deal. Some of the sharp edges may have been rounded off, but that all-important enigmatic core remains - unravelling it looks set to be one of 2014's biggest thrills.

What you said:

"There are lots of reasons for keeping the PS3 plugged in during 2014 but Dark Souls 2 is probably the main reason I am not putting it in the loft. It looks great and, after playing the beta for a while, feels like a solid improvement over the first Dark Souls game.

"I tried to not get too excited about this one because of the new directors and all but since the previous two Souls were the best games of last gen I'm really curious to see if From Software can make an equally good game without Miyazaki-san."

"No game has ever come close to the enigmatic atmosphere, beautiful learning curve and ultimate satisfaction of Dark Souls. If they can do it again I will be more than happy to die over and over again."

1. The Witcher 3

  • Publisher: Namco Bandai (Europe), Warner Bros. (US)
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Release date: TBA

It's been dubbed a Skyrim killer, so it's no wonder we're all getting excited. It's more than just hot air, too - the idea of CD Projekt's exquisite attention to detail being spread across an open world, with The Witcher's refreshingly nuanced and adult universe threading it all together, is all a bit much to take in without letting out involuntary yelps.

What you said:

"The Witcher 3 is my most anticipated game (and finally a reason to buy a next-gen console) for two reasons: first, combining the lore of the series with the open-world freedom of Skyrim is every RPGer's El Dorado. Second, even if the game is not perfect, CD Projekt still does one thing the big guns don't: they listen to us, and they invest in giving us a complete experience."

"Previous Witcher games showed that in the world of cliche RPG choices there is still a beam of light. No press button in the end to choose your fate, no good or evil ending. Just gorgeous graphics, wide and interesting fantasy world, interesting combat system, an exciting story and now an open world with an end to this epic trilogy."

"I love western RPGs and it looks like The Witcher 3 could have everything I am looking for from the genre. Brilliant quests, fearsome monsters, an expansive open world, interesting characters, and the chance to make your own choices and decisions. Plus, it has Charles Dance. What more could you ask for?!"

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