From the start, 2015 was hyped up to be a huge year. 2013 had a long list of AAA and acclaimed games, as well as some excellent indies. We got The Last of Us, Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Gone Home, Rayman Legends and lots of others. It was probably the best year for games of the decade thus far. 2014 was a good year but so many games were pushed back to 2015. We’ve seen some excellent ones so far; but most are still on the horizon. Here’s a list of my personal top 5 that I can’t wait to play.
1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
It’s been a long time coming. A damn long time, MGS4 came out when I was 18, I’ll be 25 when MGSV finally arrives in September. The original MGS is my favorite game of all time. While 4 had it’s flaws, it was still a brilliant game. Konami and Kojima seem to have learned from their missteps and adapted to the times. We’re going to be playing more than watching, and my god does the gameplay look incredible. I was worried that the series would veer away from pure stealth like Splinter Cell did, but they’ve just upped the ante, given us more tools to succeed while giving enemies damn near 20/20 vision. This gameplay video from TGS is incredible.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I’m new to this series, but apparently that doesn’t particularly matter. As is the case with most primarily console gamers, I didn’t start from the beginning with Fallout or Elder Scrolls either. I recently learned there are also a series of The Witcher books, who knew? The Witcher 3 had a Game Informer cover over 2 years ago, and every morsel of new information has increased my anticipation. 200+ hours of content? Jaw dropping graphics, and realistic beard growth?!?! Counting the days… 33 to go!
3. Star Wars: Battlefront
I wish there I could say more and show more about this, but it’s still slated for a Q4 release. The Battlefront franchise skipped a generation, but is thankfully being revived and given to the ideal developer, Dice (let’s just cross our fingers for stable online play). I’m guessing there will be a blowout of content shown at E3 this June, but for now, re watch this from last years E3 and get your daily dose of goosebumps.
4. Batman: Arkham Knight
A game that was announced for 2014 that almost no one believed would come out in 2014, is finally almost year. June 23rd is the final release date. Rocksteady took the super hero genre to new heights with the release of Arkham Asylum back in 2009, as it was one of the best games of the year. They improved the game in nearly every way (save for a weaker story) in 2011 with Arkham City. Batman’s transition to current gen consoles looks to be a stunning one, my expectations are sky high, and from the looks of things, they will be met. The only thing that worries me is the Batmobile integration, but I’m more than willing to be pleasantly surprised.Check out this jaw dropping gameplay trailer while you wait. (Unless you want it to all be new to you.)
5. TIE between Halo 5: Guardians, Cuphead and No Man’s Sky.
I haven’t purchased an Xbox One yet, but if Halo 5 lives up to the hype, there is a Banjo Kazooie announcement at E3 and Cuphead’s gameplay is half as good as it’s incredible art style, I’ll have to jump on the bandwagon. Halo:CE and Halo 2 are 2 of my favorites of all time, and the others were fantastic in their own right (besides perhaps ODST). No Man’s Sky looks to be potentially mind blowing, although there is still much to learn about the ambitious project. Check out Cuphead if you haven’t already, it looks BADASS.
Thanks for reading! What can’t you wait to play?