2014 was the first full year for the new consoles and while I wouldn’t consider it disappointing, it was far from the best. We are now in 2015 and if you are a gamer, you are in for a riveting year with a lineup of games that is nothing short of amazing. With that said, here are my top ten most anticipated games of 2015.
10. Quantum Break – Up to this point, Quantum Break remains somewhat of a mystery. We have seen the gameplay and know the premise behind the latest title from the studio that brought us Alan Wake, but a lot remains unknown, and I like that. Set around a fictional university, a time travel experiment has gone wrong. Featuring three main characters Quantum Break has built some curiosity and anticipation for me and will certainly be a game I pick up day one.
9. Dead Island 2 – Announced at E3 2014 during Sony’s press conference, Dead Island 2 takes place months after the events of Dead Island and the disappointment that was Escape Dead Island. Taking place in various locations in California, the United States has placed California under quarantine due to a zombie outbreak and it will be our jobs to handle the havoc. I got some personal time with the game at E3 and must say; enough was shown to earn a spot on my top anticipated games.
8. Halo 5: Guardians – Scheduled to release this fall, Halo 5: Guardians is set as the successor to Halo 4. Colony worlds find themselves being attacked and a destructive war develops. Master Chief turns up missing and Spartan Locke is assigned with retrieving his location. While I would not consider myself a huge Halo fan, Halo 5 has me interested in Halo more than 4 ever did and being able to experience Halo on the new Xbox One just screams amazing.
7. Tom Clancy’s The Division – Originally expected by many to release during 2014. Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently set to drop during the 2015 year. Shown off as one of the first next generation titles, The Division is based off of actual events, Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51. The United States has become vulnerable as society begins to crumble. A disease breaks out on Black Friday, which leads to the government collapsing in just five days. Using Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, The Division is visually engrossing and features a style of gameplay that has me eager to get my hands on the final version.
6. Star Wars: Battlefront – I will be the first one to tell you that I am not a fan of Star Wars whatsoever. The movies never seemed to grab my attention, but Battlefront succeeded in devouring hours of my life. Promising to deliver the “ultimate Star Wars experience” when DICE and EA announced that they were bringing Battlefront to the new consoles, I lost it. Just the thought of going back to the madness known as Battlefront after years of no activity has me patiently waiting for it’s release later this year.
5. The Order: 1886 – Known by many for having CG-like graphics and being one of the very few games to play in 21:9 aspect ratio with black bars on the bottom and top of the screen like many movies, The Order: 1886 will grab anyone who simply watches gameplay. Visually, The Order: 1886 is like nothing other with seamless transition between cut scenes and gameplay with gorgeous graphics. I got hands-on at E3 and fell in love with the style of gameplay. What the story will have in store has yet to be seen, but the good news is we don’t have much longer with its release right around the corner.
4. Rise of the Tomb Raider – Shocking the industry announced as an Xbox One exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider is said to feature “epic, high-octane action moments” with a diverse arrangement of locations. I will admit, I wasn’t much of a Tomb Raider fan until the 2013 release, but that title sucked me in and had me crawling for the next Tomb Raider experience. Said to be Microsoft’s “Uncharted” for the year, I am glad I own both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as I will definitely be enjoying both titles when they release.
3. Batman: Arkham Knight – What else can I say? The trailer and gameplay shown for Batman: Arkham Knight during the Sony press conference at E3 was jaw dropping. Featuring stunning visuals and action-packed gameplay, Batman: Arkham Knight instantly became one of my top three anticipated games of 2015. Taking place just one year after the events of Arkham City, the main villain this release will be no other than Scarecrow, a supervillian who I feel is highly underrated in the realm of DC. With a plethora of new gadgets to use, I couldn’t possibly be more excited for Arkham Knight and will likely shut myself off to the world for a couple days to take advantage of the badass Batmobile.
2. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain – While incredibly short, I thoroughly enjoyed Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Between its outstanding visuals and its delivery on everything there is to love about Metal Gear Solid, The Phantom Pain has been one of the largest teases in my video game career. Every time new gameplay is released, I wait panting like a dog about to be fed. I simply cannot wait to experience what could be Kojima’s last Metal Gear Solid and know that gamers are in for a wild ride when it releases later this year.
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Anyone who knows much about me personally knows that the Uncharted franchise is my favorite video game franchise of all time. Developed by arguably the most talented studio, Naughty Dog, A Thief’s End blew people away when gameplay was shown, as have the previous Uncharted titles. Taking place three years after Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake has settled into a more normal life as a retired fortune hunter. That’s until he discovers that his older brother, Sam, who he believed to be dead, approaches Nathan for help. They end up journeying into a long lost pirate colony seeking its attractive pirate treasure. It is imposbbile to put into words how excited I am for A Thief’s End. As one who has loved every Uncharted release and absolutely fell in love with The Last of Us, seeing what Naughty Dog can accomplish on the latest and greatest video game console, just has my mind running. Uncharted, I await you.