Central’s Top 5 Hyped Videogames — 2014

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Nobody knows video games like the swaggering glory of the bro-with-the-fro. The exact names of all seven Koopalings? The true timeline of the Legend of Zelda series? He’s got your back on that, no doubt. But sometimes, even the prince of pixilated parties doesn’t know what’s hot or not. It’s hard to tell, to be honest; the post-school quarter is the toughest for gamers no matter where they come from, since the new video games have already been announced and all we can do is wait for them to be finished.

So what do we do? We get hyped for them, of course! Getting ‘hyped’ for a game means getting excited for it and discussing or debating the game’s features until it comes out. That is exactly what the Chronicle did with the students of Central, and here are the five video games we heard about the most.

  1. Hotline Miami 2

Remember movies like Cocaine Cowboys and Drive? You know, 1980’s-like stuff. Now add an answering machine that gives you cryptic messages to kill everyone in your hotel. Finally, give each character animal masks, throw in some sexual tension, and toss a whole lotta blood. Now, it’s just insane.

Hotline Miami 2 is a 2D top-down action game that’s being developed by Dennaton Games and will be the final of the Hotline Miami series. You play as ‘Jacket’ (this is just a placeholder name, as the character hasn’t actually been given a name and wears a biker jacket at all times), tasked with killing hordes of unpredictable enemies using either intricate stealth or brute force. But what is the story, you may ask? No clue, it’s pretty enigmatic at this point. There is no release date as of yet, so get hyped.

  1. Destiny

The only game on this list that isn’t a sequel! Destiny is unlike any other first-person shooter on the market; it incorporates elements of massively-multiplayer-online games (like World of Warcraft or League of Legends, but gun-oriented), real-time global illumination and dynamic lighting (fancy lights and stuff), followed by a matchmaking system not unlike Halo’s. Don’t be fooled by the troped ‘gritty post-apocalyptic’ genre, either. There’s a deep, complex story to who you are and why you’re shooting at those familiar-looking aliens. The game came out a couple days ago, go check it out.

“Say, there isn’t a single alien in Call of Duty, it’s already better!” Right you are, random gamer dude.

  1. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

If colorful cartoon characters beating each other to a pulp doesn’t tickle your fancy, I don’t know what will. This fighting series is one of the most popular of its genre across the globe, and if you don’t know how it plays, where have you been? The task is to knock your opponent off the stage; whoever does so the most frequently wins. The catch? Every character is a popular video game mascot, like Mario, Pac-Man or Sonic, while the stages vary depending on the franchises and possess their own individual hazards and obstacles. Masahiro Sakurai, the lead developer of the game, adores the concept and caters to the fans as much as possible, while dropping all other projects he’s working on just to help balance the game. So far, the total amount of characters is 38, with two more rumored to be included, making a total of 40 available right from the start! It’s a fun multiplayer experience that you can’t miss; the 3DS version comes out on October 3rd, and the Wii U version comes out in the fourth quarter of 2014.

  1. NBA 2K15

NBA 2K15 is a basketball simulation game that plays … just like basketball. Your goal is put the ball in the basket the most times. And it’s the sixteenth game in the series! Of course, you can play as real motion-captured players from real basketball teams. Or, you could assemble your own team and battle your friends for the fictional dream-team championship. The game comes out October 7th for all platforms. Get hype.

  1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is, of course, a first-person shooter where the objective is to shoot people. The setting is a post-terrorist attack where many countries’ government groundwork, including electricity and technology, were shattered and incapable of fighting the bad guys, to which are affiliated with some unknown country. Apparently, though, they’re bad, and you have to shoot them to win the game. It comes out worldwide on November 4th. This video game is what students at Central are most excited for. Are you hyped for it?