So things didn’t turn out great last year for gamers. A lot of games were pushed pack to 2015 while others had buggy releases or just didn’t deliver. 2015 is looking good, despite a couple of promising releases falling short (The Order 1886 I’m looking at you, and to a lesser extent Evolve and Dying Light).
Once again my pick of this year’s most awesome looking games reflects my taste for the dark and violent (I’m a nice guy though, really!). I like immersive and innovative games too. Here’s what to look out for in 2015:
Star Wars: Battlefront
In 2015, I’m mostly excited about Star Wars: Battlefront. Despite being a massive Star Wars nerd I missed the previous two Battlefront instalments, so I’m not too sure what to expect from Star Wars: Battlefront. Being developed by Battlefield’s DICE is very encouraging. Despite the appalling Battlefield 4 launch, BF4 is pretty tidy now and if Battlefront is anything like Battlefield I’ll be first in line thanks. So far there’s only a teaser trailer but it’s pretty rad.
The Division was on last year’s list, it was disappointing to see it delayed but it’s good to see developers not rushing through unfinished games. Since last year’s post there’s been new footage released including the 2014 E3 demo below. It’s rumoured to be released in October 2015, let’s hope it doesn’t get pushed back again!
Here’s my description of Tom Clancy’s The Division from last year:
Tom Clancy’s The Division is a third person tactical shooter MMO, with reports of a possible single player/offline mode too. It’s set in a devastated New York City after a massive pandemic creates chaos and brings society to its knees (OMG). You play as a Division agent, your goal is to restore order with other agents while looting and shooting. It all sounds very cliche but the game really does look rad. The graphical detail is pretty mind-blowing and when combined with the sounds of an empty city the atmosphere is edgy and leaves me wanting MORE.
I’m really excited about Bloodborne, it's looking dark, gory and ultra violent! It’s an upcoming action RPG developed by From Software, the legends that gave us Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2. It is said to contain similarities with Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls but will essentially be a new IP. The game takes place in a dark, gothic Victorian world where you survive by defeating lots of nasties that have fallen victim to a horrific plague. Delicious!
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is an epic space exploration game. The object is to reach the centre of the galaxy. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Read on. Players use spacecraft to explore a procedurally generated open universe (randomly generates as you explore it, a bit like Minecraft), full of planets with unique creatures and terrain. Apparently the game has the potential to generate over 18 quintillion planets – providing enormous depth for exploration and making the centre of the galaxy far, far away. The game will be available both online and offline and will feature epic space battles, crazy space dinosaurs and who knows what else.
The Witness is a beautiful first person puzzle adventure and exploration game set on an uninhabited island. Sounds like Myst! I’m intrigued by the simplicity of this game and drawn to its art direction. It looks a little more laid back compared to the frantic games I’m used to, but I’m due for some mellow gaming.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is another game I had on last year’s list that’s been delayed but is due out on May 19 2015. It’s an open world action RPG set in an epic fantasy world. Here’s my description from last year:
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an RPG video game that follows on from its predecessors, The Witcher and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The game boasts having an open world larger than any other recent RPG game – 20% bigger than Skyrim.
Below is a recent 7 minute clip of a Witcher 3 side quest.
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding this game – which I think is intensifying the hype, but it does look intriguing. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a first person open world adventure game set in a stunning English village after the apocalypse. The story is based around six characters who have somehow been left behind despite the majority, if not all the global population disappearing.
Rime is an open world adventure puzzle game set on a somewhat mysterious island. It’s been compared to games like Ico and reminded me a little of the World in Shadow of the Colossus (sans monsters). The game is based around a boy who needs escape the island and a curse. The game looks gorgeous and lots of fun!
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege is a first person tactical shooter with a strong focus on multiplayer. The preview below shows a hostage rescue multiplayer game. It looks intense and a fresh approach to the online shooter world. I’m not a huge social gamer so I’m not sure if a game that relies so heavily on social interaction would be for me – but it looks cool.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
I spent a chunk of time playing Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to The Phantom Pain – and I loved it.The Phantom Pain is a tactical stealth action game set in an open world in Africa and Afghanistan in 1984.It’s currently due to be release on September 1 2015 on consoles. See below for quite a long demo.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a first person shooter set in Germany, 1946. It’s a prequel to 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, which overall was very well received. I finished the The New Order and I think it was a very tidy game but I didn’t think it lived up to the hype. I think being set in 1960 didn’t feel right, I’m more familiar with Wolfenstein being based during WW2, or close to it. Being set in 1946, I’m super excited about The Old Blood though, and I’m hoping it will feel a lot more like Wolfenstein.
Game play, art direction and everything else look very much the same as The New Order but there’ll be new weapons and Enemies. There’s a very slick announcement trailer (below) which I’m very excited about.
Doom 4 is the wild card addition to the list. There are rumours it will be released in 2015 but that’s all. Apparently it will be less like Doom 3 (intense horror) and more like the originals (more shooty). This doesn’t surprise me considering the success and shootyness of Wolfenstein, which was developed by Bethesda the developer bringing us Doom 4.
There’s only teaser previews online at the moment so enjoy a cyber demon peak below.
And finally there are a few games I’d like to see released or announced in 2015. Some of these are rumoured to be in development but there’s no solid reports just yet:
Red Dead Redemption 2
The first was amazing, then undead DLC was released. I can't wait to see what Rock Star do with a sequel. PLEASE.
Tom Clancy's Future Soldier 2
Tom Clancy's Future Solider was a really fun game, it was one of those games that didn't much attention that I'd thought I'd try and it was awesome! I'd love to see a follow up on current gen consoles.
One of my all time favourite games, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Oh how good it was, then it was slowly hacked to death and replaced by clone after clone. Please Activision!
The Last Guardian
Only in the last week has Sony renewed their copyright of this IP. I missed Ico, but Shadow of the Colossus was one of my favourite games of all time, I hope the third instalment in the trilogy becomes a reality despite being stuck in development hell for 8 years.
Fallout 3 was great and I speak for everyone when I say the world is ready for another post apocalyptic open world RPG. Right?
Dead Space 4
Ah Dead Space, you started out so strong yet each instalment has diluted you a little – but somehow leaves me wanting more. Does this make me a Dead Space junkie? I guess so. Space horror at its best, bring on 4!