There are plenty of hugely hyped games scheduled for 2014. Maybe all of them will totally rock.
But chances are, one of them will come up short and disappoint you. Which one is it? Which one are you hoping will be a masterpiece, but actually has the best chance of being ultimately underwhelming?
I think it might be Mad Max , currently in development at Avalanche. Despite the large and loyal following Just Cause generated, I've never quite understood the fascination. Those games were always riddled with technical issues; I suppose just because they were absurdly over-the-top, they were given a pass. But such flaws really take me out of the experience and on top of which, I was never that interested in any Just Cause world. They all seem so stark and barren, especially when compared with the likes of other sandbox titles ( Assassin's Creed , Grand Theft Auto , inFamous , etc.).
And it doesn't help that Mad Max will, almost by default, have yet another very stark environment. I don't see myself getting all that involved and despite all the hype, I have a feeling Avalanche will let a lot of people down with this one. Second on my list is actually The Order: 1886 , even though I won't be surprised if it ends up being excellent. Ready at Dawn is new to the AAA big-budget blockbuster game for consoles, and I'm concerned they've bitten off more than they can chew. The title sounds crazy ambitious, which I definitely applaud, but it can also lead to big problems.
I'd also mention Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII …if I actually thought anyone in their right minds was actually "hyped" for it.