My 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2015

 photo anticipated1.jpg 2015 is a new year, and that means new video games! Let’s hope these picks for my most anticipated games of 2015 don’t end up as huge disappointments. You know, like Titanfall, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Destiny, Sims 4, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, Watch_Dogs, The Walking Dead: Season Two, and most third-party products that the developers and publishers should feel ashamed of for releasing in such a terrible state. I will be adding only physical release games that are supposedly coming out in 2015. By the way, there are so many games that are coming out in 2015 that I can’t add them all. I wish I could, but if I am not highly anticipating them, then why should I put them on the list? Let’s count down what I consider to be my most anticipated games of 2015! First off, let’s get some honorable mentions out of the way!

Battleborn

I love that Gearbox is making a new IP and not milking the ever-loving daylights out of Borderlands, but this looks like Borderlands, but with new classes and a new paint job. I want to see some more footage and gameplay to really feel excited for it. But hey, the art looks great, and at least the game looks like it has personality.

Battlefield: Hardline

At first, I was excited to see this different take on the military shooter franchise, with there actually being a story and the overall game feeling like cops and robbers, and not the generic “we need to beat the Russian terrorist” storyline. However, the beta from E3 2014 did not impress me, and I want to try and somehow get my hands on a new beta or something that shows off the single-player mode, and see if it feels like it’s going to be a throwaway story or not.

Whore of the Orient

This game is supposedly coming from the team that made L.A. Noir, but all we have to go off of is some leaked footage, but I liked L.A. Noir and well, I hope this game does come out. Wish the title of the game was different.

Fable Legends

This honestly looks like a fun dungeon crawler game, and is one of the more gorgeous looking games on the Xbox One. The big selling point is, of course, how a fifth player can be the villain. I am just concerned with how in-depth this game will actually be, but I’ve got some high hopes for it.

Godzilla

It’s Godzilla. It will be at least a fun game, but who knows.

Hellblade

I still want to see more of this game, but I like Ninja Theory’s games, so I bet I will like this one as well.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

How can I not put one of my favorite games of 2013’s sequel on this list? Easily, because Crystal Dynamics has not earned my respect back after the stunt they pulled with Rise of the Tomb Raider’s timed exclusivity.

Yakuza 5

I just beat Yakuza 3, and will do a review of that game in the future, but I want to beat Yakuza 4 so I can feel complete, and ready to play the fifth game in this great franchise. Mario Maker I have already talked about this game in another list, and it is basically a “ Make your own Mario game” game, but they did say that they are thinking about doing this with other franchises if this game sells well, so that is cool!

Let it Die

I love Suda 51 and how he designs his games, but I want to see more of this game before I put my hype and anticipation of it permanently down.

Mortal Kombat X

Even though I have now grown to enjoy the 2011 Mortal Kombat game, I am still not the biggest fan of the franchise, but from what I have seen from the trailer and gameplay, Mortal Kombat X is shaping up to probably be 2015’s strongest fighter.

Scalebound

You would know that I would be glad to put down any Platinum Games’ title on any list of anticipated games of that year. Sadly, this one doesn’t have a release date yet. Now then, let’s get started with the actual list!

20. The Division

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I put this game first on the list because, while I love the dystopian look of the game and there is a lot of amazing attention to detail, I hope this doesn’t become 2015’s version of Destiny and Watch_Dogs. This is where we were supposed to get the game that was advertised, but end up purchasing a game that has much less content and features than promised. However, we have seen gameplay, and even though a majority of gameplay seen was probably staged and what not, I still have hope that this third-person shooter won’t become a disappointment.

19. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

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Ever since I found my favorite tactical-RPG of all time, Valkyria Chronicles, I was always looking forward to finding another game of that kind of caliber, instead of the traditional tile-based gameplay. Luckily, Nintendo pretty much has what I am looking for with Codename: S.T.E.A.M. Basically, Able Lincoln is recruiting a ragtag group of characters to take down evil aliens. It’s a third-person perspective, and man, I love everything about this game, from the colorful cast of characters to the comic book art style. Want the next big tactical RPG for your 3DS? Well, you had better get this game!

18. Mario Party 10

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Like I said in my favorite games of E3 list of last year, I still find the Mario Party franchise to be a lot of fun. Sure, some elements are not as welcome as others, but I still love the games. Mario Party 10 looks to be interesting, where on top of the four-player mode, you can have a fifth player as Bowser, and wreck their plans! There is also a newly announced Amiibo Mode, which will take advantage of nine different Amiibos. Sure, the vehicle everyone travels in is a little weird to have, but if the overall game is fun, then that is all that really matters to me.

17. Starfox Wii U

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I don’t think I have to fully explain why this is one of my most anticipated. I loved the Nintendo 64 game, and even the GameCube outings, while flawed, are fun. I mean, that is just what I think. The idea that you can be in a cockpit mode on the Wii U GamePad, and play in third-person onscreen, while being able to switch between the franchise’s iconic Landmaster and the Arwing with the press of a button is a delight. There has also been talk of a new helicopter vehicle, and well, we will just have to wait and see more of this new game in this beloved franchise.

16. Witcher III: Wild Hunt

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The final game in the acclaimed Witcher trilogy will come to a close after many delays. The developer has been good and respectful to the consumers, making sure they don’t release this ambitious and grand-in-scale RPG to the public in a disastrous state. You know, like a majority of games released last year. With a new playable character, epic monster hunting, and a mature story to end this trilogy, we will have to see what happens to Geralt, and what fate unfolds for him.

15. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Have I said how much I love this franchise? Sure, the games can have clunky controls, slightly silly plotlines, but the games have amazing stories, and I personally enjoy playing through them. With a new console comes with the final game in the Uncharted franchise. At least, I hope it’s the last game. Granted, it’s up this low on the list because I feel like I know what I am going to be getting. I mean, that isn’t a bad thing. If I know what I am going to be getting is a fantastic game, that isn’t a bad thing, right? I just hope that the story that surrounds the relationship between Drake and his brother doesn’t go down a predictable route. With amazing graphics, some new gameplay elements, and yet another character played by Troy Baker, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will surely be an adventure worth going on.

14. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

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At first, I was excited for this game, but it wasn’t going to be my number one most anticipated game. While it still isn’t my number one, I am really looking forward to the release of this game. The Claymation art style is very beautiful, and has all that Kirby charm and personality. The inclusion of a co-op multiplayer component is also a welcome addition, since it seems to be more about fun and cooperation than being a jerk to one another. I honestly can’t wait for this game comes out in February.

13. Bloodborne

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Once again, I have talked about this game on two different lists with the Gamescom 2014 list and the Video game Awards 2014 list. This gothic horror action game with its inclusion of multiple blade and gun weapons, disgusting, but engulfing atmosphere, and its faster-paced combat is definitely making me think how this might be even better than the Demon and Dark Souls games. I mean, I personally think Bloodborne will beat out all three of those titles, because of how combat requires you to be offensive than defensive. I do have concerns that in the end, the game is just another Dark Souls, but a different paintjob, but if it can branch away from those games as much as possible, then I don’t think we have to worry about anything!

12. Batman: Arkham Knight

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The epic conclusion to this rather amazing series of video games will come to a close with Batman: Arkham Knight. The finale will include everything that we like in a good game based off this famous DC super hero. The ability to use the batmobile, the fact that Scarecrow has a serious villain role; Kevin Conroy is back in the seat as Batman’s voice actor, the mysterious Arkham Knight, beautiful graphics, and no soulless multiplayer! I can’t wait to see how this epic storyline will end!

11. The Order: 1886

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Foggy England, a steam punk setting, werewolves, engrossing-looking atmosphere, a huge variety of weapons, and a focus on a high quality single-player experience. I think those qualities are good enough for this game to be put on this list. We could even get what could be 2015’s Wolfenstein: The New Order where we might think the game is just going to be alright, but turns out to be awesome. I also might be a bit biased in how excited I am for this game because I just started watching the Netflix series “Peaky Blinders.” Who knows, I am just looking forward to this game!

10. Devil’s Third

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With the recent focus on making games more diverse and somewhat politically correct, I have said that I am up for changes, in terms of how we make games. However, sometimes I just want something to be dumb, fast, and very action-oriented. I don’t care if it’s politically correct as long as the action is good, and let me tell you, Devil’s Third’s action looks pretty over-the-top and insane. I am also still amazed that Nintendo is publishing this new IP. I mean, I am happy they are, but I respect Nintendo in terms of them wanting to get other IPs.

9. Wii U Legend of Zelda

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I honestly don’t know what else I could say about this game that I haven’t said before on my E3 2014 list or my Video Game Awards 2014 list. The game has amazing-looking graphics, a huge open world, the return of Link’s horse Epona, the ability to jump off your horse and shoot arrows like an action movie hero, and you get the idea. This is easily one of the most hyped games of this year for a reason, and if you have a Wii U, it will easily be a must-have game for the system.

8. Tearaway Unfolded

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Once again, I have said on past lists from Gamescom to the PlayStation Experience why I am excited about this game. Easily one of the more unique games to come out from this generation of gaming with its gorgeous papercraft world, fantastic folk-style soundtrack, and of course, the added creative touch from the creators of Little Big Planet will surely get any PlayStation 4 owner’s attention.

7. Yoshi’s Wooly World

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I have a couple of reasons why I am very excited for this game. The first reason is that it’s Yoshi’s return to home console platforming, and not in the form of a spin-off title. We haven’t seen him go on a lone platforming trip since the Nintendo 64 with Yoshi’s Story. Two, it’s basically a spiritual sequel to what I think is a great game, Kirby’s Epic Yarn. The entire charm of any Yoshi platformer is here on top of a beautiful graphical presentation that makes everything look like it was literally woven and knitted by hand. I love that we are getting a new platformer with Yoshi, and I bet it will be super fun!

6. Screamride

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Until we get some release dates for the Xbox One’s other big releases, Screamride is basically the big game to look out for. Heck, it is the one game I am looking forward to owning and playing once I get an Xbox One. A more fast-paced spiritual sequel to the Roller Coaster Tycoon series, you will be on the quest to fix puzzles to make insane and crazy rides! You will also have three modes and 50 levels of crazy coaster fun! Oh! And this game is being made by the guys who recently released Elite: Dangerous on PCs.

5. Until Dawn

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Even though I am working on an article about this game, I am once again glad Sony said yes to this ambitious project. The whole idea of it playing like a horror film from the good days of the 80s and early 90s is interesting, since I don’t know that many games that take advantage of such a setting. Sure, we do have the successful Kickstarter Last Year and the upcoming Friday the 13th The Video Game, but the setting isn’t used that often. If games like Heavy Rain or anything from Telltale Games is right up your alley, then Until Dawn should be another anticipated game for your collection.

4. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

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Even though plenty of gamers probably imported this game and downloaded the English patch to this popular PlayStation Portable exclusive, it is nice that the gamers here in the states finally get a copy of the game in English. I always knew very little of this title, and was happy that it wasn’t going to be a part of the Final Fantasy XIII universe like it was originally meant to be. Square dodged a bullet with that business decision. Even if this game was originally on Sony’s first handheld, the game looks great with its high definition facelift. The combat looks fast-paced and very satisfying, and having so many characters with their own play-styles is always a good bit of variety. I also like how the game known for its brutal difficulty, will be more forgiving in this new release. I don’t mind challenging games, but if I am not having fun, then it won’t give me the drive to finish the game. Whether you played this game on the original PlayStation portal or some other less-than-legal ways, I am going to be playing my copy of this game on my PlayStation 4 in March.

3. Splatoon

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Woohoo! I get to talk about this awesome new Nintendo IP! If 2014 wasn’t a sign of how much more value the Wii U has than the other two consoles, then Splatoon should be another reason to get a Wii U. This game deserves the word “unique”, because instead of being just another forgettable shooter like Titanfall, the game is bright, colorful, uses a fun and diverse array of paint/ink-like weapons, and it has a single-player mode that actually matters! It looks to take advantage of its ink mechanics for some really creative platforming. Oh, and you can customize your squid character with different weapons and items. I can’t wait for this game. This is easily a ‘day one’ game for me.

2. Final Fantasy XV

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This was a hard choice. On one hand, I am looking forward to Final Fantasy XV, and my number one most anticipated game of this year. I mean, Final Fantasy XV looks great. It has a more Kingdom Hearts-oriented combat system, you will be able to summon massive creatures, you will be driving around in a drop-dead gorgeous looking world, the chemistry of the characters work much better here than in the last main game, Final Fantasy XIII, and the music that I have heard so far sounds very much like an actual Final Fantasy game. I just hope we aren’t going to get another dud in terms of main entries in this long-running RPG franchise. So, what is my number one most anticipated game of 2015?

1. Xenoblade Chronicles X

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I am at a loss for words to describe the excitement I have for this game. It’s a sequel to one of the best RPGs released during the last generation, it has customizable characters, a larger world, gigantic creatures, robots that can transform into vehicles, beautiful music, online co-op, a hopefully well-told dramatic story, and gameplay that lets you carry different weapons at once. There is so much that this game has going for it that it is insane. There is a reason why I love Nintendo. and why getting their products always ends up bringing a fun time. Sure, Nintendo needs to improve on a few elements, but there is a reason my most anticipated game is from Nintendo.