Happy New Year!
After discussing my top 5 games I played last year, it’s traditional for me to follow that up with a look at the five games set for the new year that I’m looking forward to the most. Only games confirmed for 2024 qualify.
Of course, who knows what exciting games have yet to be announced… but as it stands right now, here are my top 5 most-anticipated games of 2024!
5. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy
I was torn for quite a while on whether or not I should put the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy on this list. After all, it’s a collection of games I’ve already played, and I might not even play it at launch. Surely a new game I’m excited to play is more deserving of this spot?
But I can’t help it.
It might not be a new Ace Attorney game, but a collection of games 4-6 is something we thought might never happen – and an obstacle between new players and a potential Ace Attorney 7.
Seeing the series get so much attention has me so excited and optimistic for the series that I’m hyped for the Apollo Justice Trilogy anyway (and tempted to replay it just in case the unlockable art is a tease of something new). It’s less than a month away now, and I couldn’t be happier.
Now… is there a chance that at this time next year, we might finally have a new Ace Attorney game to look forward to? All we can do is hope!
4. Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time
Early last year, Level-5 made a dramatic comeback after years of silence by announcing several upcoming games! This included Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time, a sequel to the 3DS RPG Fantasy Life, which I loved.
Fantasy Life is an action RPG that features a robust class system. Each class, or Life, has its own quests and challenges. Some lives are combat focused, while others are focused on crafting or gathering, and the game is designed so that you can finish the game’s main story as any Life you want. From what they’ve shown so far, Fantasy Life i appears to be building on the original’s systems while also adding a new feature where you can landscape and customize your island.
If this sequel is anywhere near as charming and addictive as the first game as, it will be well worth the wait to summer 2024.
If only Professor Layton and the New World of Steam was still set for 2024, it would have earned a high spot on this list for sure. As it is, we’ll have to talk about that one next year.
3. Metaphor: ReFantazio
The long-awaited Project Re Fantasy from Atlus was finally unveiled last year under the title Metaphor: ReFantazio, and it looks amazing. The announcement trailer left me with the impression that it was basically Persona in another form, but subsequent trailers and details emphasized the fantasy world and what sets it apart.
It looks stylish and exciting, and I can’t wait.
Metaphor: ReFantazio is scheduled for fall 2024, which is good – it’ll give me some time to finish the great games coming out ahead of it, such as the next two we’re about to discuss…
2. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
When the Final Fantasy VII remake was originally announced as a multi-game release, I was skeptical. However, the first part won me over by being an epic experience… if one that sparked a lot of controversy.
Now the second game, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, is almost here.
Due out on February 29, it looks like exactly what I’ve been hoping for. Gameplay demonstrations showed vast areas to explore, a beautiful world, and a bunch of mini-games. I’m as nervous as anyone to find out exactly what they’re doing with the story of this remake, but everything they’ve shown has left me confident that I’ll at least enjoy the ride to get there.
Yet for as excited as I am about Rebirth, for as much as I gushed about it when it was shown off this summer, there is still one more game I’m even more excited for.
You can probably guess what it is.
1. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
After all, I rarely play games from the same series too close together, especially when they’re as long as these games are.
However, last year I finished Yakuza 5, played Yakuza 6, and played Yakuza: Like a Dragon in time to name it my #1 game I played all year. For that matter, I even found time in the middle to play the spin-off Like a Dragon Ishin, because I just couldn’t get enough of the series.
Three of them made my top 5 list, with another as an honorable mention, and Infinite Wealth looks like it might top them all. With an improved combat system, a ton of fun side content (including an Animal Crossing-esque side mode where you manage a resort island for guests), and a story that already has me on the edge of my seat worrying about what’s going to happen, it sounds like it will be absolutely amazing.
I still need to play Like a Dragon Gaiden before I’ll be ready for Infinite Wealth, but since that’s a shorter game for the series, I should be able to finish it with time to spare before Infinite Wealth comes out on January 26.
Yes, that’s right, January 26. My #1 most-anticipated game of the year is due out in less than a month, one day after the Apollo Justice Trilogy. My only question is how in the world I’m going to balance Infinite Wealth with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth when it comes out!
2024 is stacked with exciting games already. To narrow this list down to my top five, I had to pass over games like the Trace Memory remake, Death Mark II, Granblue Fantasy Relink, Persona 3 Reload, Eiyuden Chronicle (which was on last year’s list, but got delayed), Stellar Blade, a new Shantae game, the Cupid Parasite fandisc… games that could have easily made the list any other year. It’s going to be incredible.
My poor backlog…
So, out of all the amazing games set for this year, the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy, Fantasy Life i, Metaphor: ReFantazio, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth are the ones I’m anticipating the most. What 2024 games are you most looking forward to?---
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