Best games for 2014 and beyond: The 36 best PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U games

While last year's E3 videogames trade show mainly focused on the two new next-generation consoles, this year's event was the ultimate showcase for an amazing line-up of games.

Most games publishers focused on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC next-generation titles, bar Nintendo which had its own special line-up that proved the Wii U is far from dead. However, lip service was still paid in some places to the current generation machines, the Xbox 360 and PS3. There's a mighty user base still out there and it is hungry for the hottest titles too.

So we've put together an exhaustive list of our favourite games from the show, as determined by the previews we wrote at the time. We saw others too, but these are the games that really rocked our boat. And they are all coming out in the remaining months of 2014 or beyond, so you can make sure you pre-order or put them on your wishlists now...

Best PS4 games for 2014 and beyond

DriveClub

Release date: 10 October

What we said: "It will be interesting to explore the multiplayer aspects of the game more in the coming months. And look into the creation of clubs and the iOS and Android companion apps, which were not available at the show. But from this extended play of DriveClub it will be giving Forza Horizon 2 a run for its money."

READ: DriveClub preview: Finding out exactly why Sony delayed its next-gen Forza rival

Little Big Planet 3

Release date: November

What we said: "Run, jump, grab, collect items - Little Big Planet 3 is typical platformer fare, but one with flair. The addition of the new characters evolves the game without removing its core and we thought it was refreshing to play after battling through half a dozen first person shooter titles at this year's E3 gaming expo."

READ: Little Big Planet 3 gameplay preview: PS4 sequel focuses on multiplayer

The Order: 1886

Release date: 20 February 2015

What we said: "The demo was bit too short to get a real feel of the storyline - on average, it took eight minutes to get through, three if you really know what you're doing - but it was enough to know that Sony has a PS4 exclusive that could become an important new IP. On this evidence, it is sensible to have delayed the game for that extra polish."

READ: The Order: 1886 preview: A PS4 gameplay journey through an alternative Victorian Britain

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Release date: 2015

What we said: "Of all the E3 press conference unveils it was Uncharted 4 that received the biggest round of applause; the cheering began just at the sight of the Naughty Dog logo appearing on screen. But it was no surprise as such: we knew the title was in development back in November 2013."

READ: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming 2015 exclusively for PS4, watch the trailer right here

Best Xbox One games for 2014 and beyond

Forza Horizon 2

Release date: 3 October

What we said: "Forza Horizon 2 is more than just the original racing game with some added weather effects. As you battle to stick your supercar to the tarmac in locations across southern Europe, it's hard to not marvel at the glorious graphics while dodging oncoming traffic."

READ: Forza Horizon 2 gameplay preview: Glorious racing, whatever the weather

Sunset Overdrive

Release date: 31 October

What we said: "Sunset Overdrive is a lot of things: colourful, cheeky, crazy. It's also tricky to master. The demo shown off at Microsoft's Xbox E3 media briefing showed our protagonist deftly swinging from wires, grinding on ledges, activating traps and shooting mutant enemies with deft style. It looked like adding guns and mutants to a Tony Hawks game."

READ: Sunset Overdrive gameplay preview: A gaggle of genres wrapped into one insane package

Halo 5: Guardians

Release date: 2015

What we said: "Hold your breath Xbox fans: a lot hangs on Halo 5. Here's hoping Master Chief delivers, because - and no pressure 343 - but a stack of as-yet-unsold Xbox One consoles hangs on it."

READ: Xbox One’s road to success hangs on Halo 5. Can Master Chief put Microsoft in pole position?

Crackdown 3

Release date: 2015

What we said: "Unveiled at the Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, the trailer showed off the game's multi-coloured neon cityscape. Looks like Tron with some crazy guns, explosions and driving sequences to us."

READ: Crackdown 3 unveiled: Xbox One exclusive due in 2015

Best Wii U games for 2014 and beyond

Splatoon

Release date: 2015

What we said: "Splatoon feels like Nintendo's answer to Call of Duty. While the company has relaxed its laws on violent multiplayer games in more recent times, especially for its Wii U console, they are not likely to come from the Japanese giant itself. Instead, it has always focused on games that sit comfortably with parents as much as they do with gamers of all ages."

READ: Splatoon preview: Going 4 v 4 in Nintendo's mad new multiplayer skirmish

Yoshi's Woolly World

Release date: 2015

What we said: "Like all Nintendo platformers, there are secret passages and things to find along your journey, and bonuses to unlock by spitting wool at them (or your partner). Even on a simple level, we found this to be extremely satisfying. And although we were on a tight time scale, it made us want to stop and explore that little bit more."

READ: Yoshi's Woolly World preview: The Wii U surprise hit of E3 

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Release date: Winter

What we said: "Super Smash Bros is another prime example of why Nintendo isn't giving up on the Wii U yet. It is fun, frenetic and pays lip service to fans with every pixel. We cannot wait to play the final game when it arrives this Christmas."

READ: Super Smash Bros for Wii U preview: Want to fight as your Mii against Pac-Man? Now you can

Mario Maker

Release date: 2015

What we said: "One of the more quirky Wii U titles trailed during the E3 special edition of Nintendo Direct was Mario Maker. Not just a game, it allows you to build and then play your own Mario Bros levels and, presumably, then share them with a community of other gamers."

READ: Mario Maker preview: Building our own Mario levels, every Nintendo fan's dream

Best PC game for 2014

Elite: Dangerous

Release date: Late 2014

What we said: "Being able to actually look around the cockpit and, because of the glass front, track enemies visually as well as on the radar was an incredible experience. We've played the Eve Valkyrie demo on Oculus Rift in the past, but this was on another planet – pardon the pun."

READ: Elite: Dangerous on Oculus Rift preview: Hands-on with the best VR experience we've had 

Best multiformat games for 2014 and beyond

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

Release date: 4 November

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sees Activision throw everything at the latest instalment in its first person shooter franchise. This time around CoD fast-forwards 44 years. And in 2058 soldiers don super-strength exoskeletons which can temporarily render their wearers invisible. There's also a badass collection of guns and futuristic grenades too."

READ: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview: Invisibility, guns, grenades and jetpacks in 2058

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes

Release date: September

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U

What we said: "From our initial playtime, Disney Infinity 2.0 is shaping up very well and, thanks to the Marvel tie-in, feels like it is aimed at a slightly older audience this time around. We definitely felt like it had enough in there for more experienced gamers. And as massive comic book fans, we thoroughly welcome the chance to play with some of the heroes we love."

READ: Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview: Hands-on with Cap America, Spidey and the gang

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege

Release date: 2015

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "Rainbow Six: Seige is an adrenaline ride to play; a game that requires thinking and proper team coordination. From the destructible play arenas to the various ways to fortify and attack, there's originality aplenty here and it looks like a true next-gen game."

READ: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Seige gameplay preview: Fortify, attack and destroy in intimate multiplayer

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Release date: 2015

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360

What we said: "On the evidence of seeing an in-game demonstration played by one of the development team, it has every chance of being one of the best games of 2015."

READ: Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain preview: Solid Snake is most definitely back

Tom Clancy's: The Division

Release date: 2015

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "From what we've seen The Division looks like it'll be one of the stronger titles in 2015. A third person tactical shooter with RPG elements and bags of originality. Just the ticket."

READ: Tom Clancy's The Division preview: 'Our game is an RPG' says Massive Entertainment

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Release date: "Coming soon"

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "In some ways, with four on screen at once, it felt like old school Gauntlet - especially when we were set upon by floods of scarab beetles. And that is, by no means, a bad thing."

READ: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris preview: Sequel to Guardian of Light fills Tomb Raider gap year

Tales from the Borderlands

Release date: Later this year

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "Stylised, funny, dramatic - Tales from the Borderlands has got lots of appeal and if you're after something to break the mould of your normal gaming choices then here's a potential gem to look into..."

READ: Tales from the Borderlands preview: Telltale Games treatment for Borderlands

The Crew

Release date: 11 November

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "We'll have to wait until we're many hours deep into the game before we can verify how compelling it feels overall. But in terms of raising the bar, from what we've seen many of the ideas embedded into this game are visionary. Ubisoft's grand online vision keeps going from strength to strength."

READ: The Crew gameplay preview: Driving game meets massive multiplayer online

Evolve

Release date: 21 October

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "The game looks fantastic and plays like a dream. Like all of these multiplayer only games, the experience will entirely depend on the people you play it with – especially when playing as a hunter – but we suspect that there will be enough depth to sate any gamer's appetite. Possibly even more so than Titanfall, and that's high praise indeed."

READ: Evolve preview: Monster Xbox One action with one of E3's hottest games

Batman: Arkham Knight

Release date: 2015

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "Above all else it's the grand scale of Gotham that makes Arkham Knight feel new and more special than its predecessors. It's higher resolution, better lit and more encompassing than before. And it makes the game look great because of it."

READ: Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay preview: A next-gen return to form

Far Cry 4

Release date: 18 November

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "Despite there being a constant stream of first person shooters hitting the market, there's something about Far Cry 4 that, just like its predecessor, makes us excited. Not one to dismiss in the face of Destiny, Halo, Advanced Warfare or Battlefield - Far Cry has its own theme and feeling that sets it apart from the familiar crowd."

READ: Far Cry 4 gameplay preview: Elephants, guns and microlites equals awesomeness

The Evil Within

Release date: 24 October

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "It will make you jump, it will make your heart thump as the adrenaline trickles into your bloodstream. At first at least. There’s a thrill in that, but once you’ve died a few times over you’ll learn what to not do the next time and then the novelty of the grimness wears off."

READ: The Evil Within gameplay preview: It's 'the Saw of video games'

Battlefield Hardline

Release date: 24 October

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "It is testament to the game design – and the general Battlefield-ness of it all – that we constantly felt the need to once again get on that horse (or police issue motorcycle) and get right back into the thick of the action."

READ: Battlefield Hardline preview: Mapcap cops and robbers multiplayer fun

FIFA 15

Release date: 26 September

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "From our brief play, the game will actually bamboozle some dedicated fans initially. It plays a little different. Players don't react quite the same way and new ball physics might make you change your tactics and strategies. However, it is well worth the effort we think."

READ: FIFA 15 preview: Playtime with the most realistic football game of all time

Star Wars Battlefront

Release date: TBC (revealed 2015)

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "As the opener to its E3 2014 Media Briefing, Electronic Arts showed a video of Dice Studio's early work on the forthcoming return of Star Wars Battlefront. And let's just say that from the initial in-game clips, this could be the best-looking Star Wars game of all time."

READ: Early Star Wars Battlefront in-game footage shown at E3 and it looks simply stunning

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Release date: Holiday 2015

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "Details are sketchy at this moment in time, with a short trailer suggesting this time around the tale is all about Lara before she got into raiding those tombs. Arrows, hanging from cliffs - it's all in a day's work for our heroine."

READ: Tomb Raider returns in 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider introed at E3 2014

Mortal Kombat X

Release date: 2015

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "The latest blood-soaked edition of Mortal Kombat is nearly here. And judging from the trailer it's going to be the most gory version so far."

READ: PS4 trailers of E3. Hold onto your wallets

Destiny

Release date: 9 September

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360

What we said: "From Bungie, the guys that brought us Halo, hopes are high for this game."

READ: Xbox One E3 game trailers. Don't look if you're trying to avoid a console upgrade

Mirror's Edge 2

Release date: TBC

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "At this year's E3 event in Los Angeles, EA used some of their press conference to detail a little more of the game and how they will be using a variety of different Parkour moves to enhance everything further. Accordingly to game developer DICE, 'Mirror's Edge is all about fluidity, physicality and movement.'"

READ: Mirror's Edge E3 2014 trailer shows lots of promise, but still no release date

Grand Theft Auto 5

Release date: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Formats: "This fall"

What we said: "A long-standing rumour can finally be laid to rest: Grand Theft Auto 5 will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this autumn. Next-gen is go, as announced at the Sony media briefing at this year's E3 expo."

READ: GTA 5: Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this autumn

Assassin's Creed 5: Unity

Release date: 28 October

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "It will be possible to join up to three friends and take on the world together in real time, adding a new dynamic to the game when it comes to tactically taking down your foes. A live demo with all four players was shown off to the large crowd at the media briefing."

READ: Assassin’s Creed 5: Unity gameplay trailer introduces collaborative multiplayer

Alien: Isolation

Release date: 7 October

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

What we said: "Alien: Isolation is bed wettingly scary at times. It is survival horror with the emphasis on survival as you are being hunted throughout the game and your only option is to survive as long as possible. That's it! You can't kill the alien, you can't outrun the alien, you can't tempt the alien with a nice slice of Battenburg cake."

READ: Alien: Isolation preview: One-hour play-through of one scary game

Doom

Release date: TBA (to be fully revealed during QuakeCon 2014)

Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

What we said: "We first heard about Bethesda's rework of the classic first person shooter when it was announced that its Wolfenstein title would carry the Doom beta. No gameplay footage just yet, with the full reveal set for Quakecon in July. But the fusion of metal and flesh beasty that turns up on screen is enough to make babies and grown men cry."

READ: Doom teaser trailer surfaces, Bethesda's 2014 rework looks like it'll be terrifying

So that's it for now. You might have noticed some games that have been announced recently that are missing from our list. If so, let us know in the comments below and we'll endeavour to update as we go. We're already aware of Dragon Age: Inquisition's exclusion and will add it when we've featured the game in more depth on Pocket-lint.



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