Another great year in gaming is behind us (shameless plug to my game of the year awards), so it’s time to look ahead. What does 2015 have in store for us?
10) Street Fighter V
It’s a shame that I’m so bad a fighting games because I love them so much. Street Fighter V promises to be as hard-hitting and pretty as ever. It’s actually platform exclusive for the PS4 and will have cross-platform play with PC. I’ll definitely be taking a look at this when it comes out.
9) Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy. A game bearing that title used to really mean something but lately, it’s lost some of it’s luster. Final Fantasy XV, after being rumored for so long, is indeed happening. It looks like a typical Final Fantasy game with RPG classes and a futuristic/fantasy world that needs saving. There’s even a female Cid!
8) The Order: 1886
One of a few games on this list that were on my list from last year, The Order: 1886 is still on my radar. An ancient order of knights is tasked with keeping the centuries-old threat of half-breeds at bay in Victorian London. Weapons such as electricity guns and molten metal cannons should make this a fun action-adventure game, but I’m always wary when a game has a huge release delay.
7) Rise of the Tomb Raider
The recent Tomb Raider reboot was a hell of a game, so it’s a no-brainer that I’m looking forward to the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. There was a quite an uproar when Microsoft announced it would be exclusive to the Xbox One, but that was quickly clarified to be just a timed exclusive. If I don’t have an Xbox One by the time this comes out, Rise of the Tomb Raider might force my hand.
6) Halo 5: Guardians
Alright, I lied in the Tomb Raider section. Halo 5: Guardians will definitely force me into buying an Xbox One. I was late to the Halo party when I started off with Halo 3, but I absolutely loved Halo 3, Reach, and 4. I was going to pick up and Xbox One with Halo: MCC, but the array of launch bugs kept me away. I’ll be joining the fight when Halo 5: Guardians comes out.
I’ve become bored of the standard FPS multiplayer scene. Halo and Destiny are more for me, not the Call of Dutys and Battlefields of the world. One of the best multiplayer experiences I’ve ever had was with Left 4 Dead where you can actually play as the zombies. Turtle Rock Studios is aiming for a similar feel with Evolve, pitting four human hunters against one giant, evolving monster. I’m all sorts of excited for this one.
4) Mighty No. 9
Remember the Kickstarter craze? I dove in and backed Mighty No. 9, a spiritual successor to the original Mega Man games after the creator left Capcom. I played the recently released Azure Striker Gunvolt and if that’s just a taste of what Mighty No. 9 can be, then sign me up for sure.
3) Dying Light
Another game from the 2014 list, Dying Light takes place in a zombie-infested village where the day is “safe” but the night is not. Freerunning, weapon crafting, and survival are the names of the game. Asymmetrical multiplayer (is this going to be the new gaming buzzword?) is also a factor, allowing you to play as a zombie and join other players’ worlds. Dying Light should be out in January, so check back soon after that for a full review.
2) Batman: Arkham Knight
I uh… I like Batman. A lot. I also like the Batman: Arkham games quite a bit. Arkham Knight sees the return of series creators’ Rocksteady to develop what they say will be the “concluding chapter” of the Arkham series. Old standbys like batarangs and detective vision make a comeback while new features include the Batmobile itself. Set one year after Arkham City, Arkham Knight should be a fantastic game.
1) No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is shaping up to be one of the best games of 2015. Or at least one that will take up a huge chunk of my time. The procedural generation of planets allows for up to 18 quintillion different worlds. WHAT?! Open-world exploration and a driving force to get to the center of the universe have had me chomping at the bit for No Man’s Sky since it was announced in late 2013. The unknown release date cannot get here soon enough.