I tell myself at the beginning of every year to be frugal with my gaming budget and…well…it never works out. Take 2014 for example. I wanted to hold off on new console purchases, and I ended up with a brand new PlayStation 4 Destiny bundle. And for all I know, I might dump $250 this year on a brand new graphics card because I want Heavensward to look pretty. Even all hardware desires thrown away, there are still games that I want to buy, brand new and at full price! So what are the games I am most excited about? Here are just ten of them.
10. Star Wars: Battlefront – There are two shooters I ever truly loved: Halo: Reach and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. I know this new Battlefront is not made by the same people, which is why I am not really as stoked as I wish I could be. But one can hope, right? There is just something about Sci-Fi shooters that I just am drawn too. And it is Star Wars.
9. Xenoblade Chronicles X – I just can’t wait to see how amazing the environments will look in this game. Xenoblade on Wii was a very pretty game that had some seriously good art and a heck of a soundtrack. For X, it will be pretty amazing what the team does, because this game is likely going to be very hardcore likes it predecessor.
8. Forza Motorsport 6 – I could buy an Xbox One just for this game. As much as I think Gran Turismo makes driving better, I still plug in my Xbox 360 occassionally just to experiment with the curiosity of adding a supercharger to a Mustang, or see how 700hp in a tiny car is like. It is still a fun racing series with a lot of room for personal customization.
7. Gran Turismo 7 – But, I care more about Gran Turismo 7 because I am amazed how good the driving physics were in GT6. Whether they 100% represent the real car is a different question, but Gran Turismo is a driver’s racing game. And I can’t wait to see how good it will look, because with how good the cars looked in GT6, I can only imagine.
6. American Truck Simulator – And yet, a truck simulator beats both Forza and GT on my list. I clocked in more hours in Euro Truck Simulator 2 than I anticipated. The quality was there, I like the driving, I like logging in those highway miles, and I feel the same frustration trying to get up to motorway speeds as the motorists getting stuck behind me. Yep, it is one unique experience, and now it will take place on the Interstate freeways.
5. Star Fox for Wii U – Not much is known about this game, but it is happening, and that alone gets it pretty high up this list. It is just not higher because so little is known. It will be the first time in many, many years that an original Star Fox game comes out, so there are hopes here.
4. The Legend of Zelda Wii U – Same reason as Star Fox, there is not enough info on this game for it to be higher on this list. However, Twilight Princess is my favorite game ever, and Skyward Sword is one of those games I found nearly perfect. And now Zelda is going to feel more open world, which is pretty exciting. No doubt, this game is going to be great.
3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – How crazy is this game going to be on a technical level? MGS4 was quite an achievement. How is the AI going to behave? What is the story with this Snake? How cheesily long are those cutscenes going to be? What amazing game console features are they going to use with the game? What gadgets are there going to be? How depressingly scary is this story going to be? There are so many questions that I need answered with this game.
2. Yakuza 5 – Yakuza 4 has to be one of the greatest gaming surprises in my entire life, and I am very excited that the fifth major game in the franchise is coming. Lots of expectation here, it is not just the combat and story I like, but all the extra fun stuff you can do. I think I spent way more time just walking around the city exploring food and drinks more than I am willing to admit. So what is Yakuza 5 going to bring? The anticipation is building…
1. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Mountainous, freezing snow land with dragons? Yes, it sounds like a major cliché but I am a big fan of Final Fantasy XIV, and this will be the first major expansion for it. I love the style of the game, and the music, and the art, and the gameplay. They say Heavensward is where the real FF14 game will begin, so that is very exciting. Also, there are Dark Knights! Heck yes!