Like I said in my previous list, 2015 is a new year, and that means new downloadable video games! This list will cover my most anticipated downloadable titles. The same rules I used for the previous list will abide with this one, so no games coming out in 2016 and only downloadable games here. I also won’t be adding games that were originally on PC and are now coming to the PlayStation 4 or any of the other consoles. That means I won’t add games like The Banner Saga or Tower of Guns. These are games that are not out yet, and are going to come out or will apparently come out this year. I also won’t be talking about No Man’s Sky since that will be a focus on a future article. Let’s get started with Honorable Mentions! Here are the honorable mentions!
This beautiful PlayStation 4 game is looking impressive, but I still want to wait a little longer for other gameplay details to be fully excited for this gorgeous game.
I need to play the first one, but I am glad that the developers of the first game saw so much success and are making a sequel.
One Way Trip
I honestly can’t describe this game with real words so I will make sure to link the trailer in this sentence. Check it out for yourself!
I am super excited for this game, but I am going to do an article talking about it.
Already working on an entire article for this game, so be ready for that one!
Just like with Drift Stage, I am going to do an article about this game as well.
As much as I want to still be as excited for this game as I was when it was announced back at Gamescom 2014, Atari’s release of the reboot of their Atari 2600 game Haunted House put some concern for how this game will turn out. Hopefully it won’t be a dud.
This charming platformer is still on my radar, but since there isn’t any news about it coming to consoles, my preferred way of platformers, I am still not too excited for it.
Even after this entire Honorable Mentions list, I had to take out games like (get ready to take a deep breath for this one) Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9, Double Fine Productions’ Grim Fandango Remastered, Snowcastle Games’ Earthlock: Festival of Magic, Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon, Telltale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode, Warhorse Studios’ Kingdom Come: Deliverence, Fun Bit Interactive’s Fat Princess Adventures, Creativeforge’s Hard West, Frogdice’s Stash: No Loot Left Behind, Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter, Seith CG’s Ghost of a Tale, Julian Gollop’s Chaos Reborn, Ubisoft’s Toy Soldiers: War Chest, Horse Volume’s The Sun Also Rises, GRIN Game Studio’s Woolfe, Graphite Lab’s Hive Jump, Risin’ Goat’s A Rite from the Stars, Tequila Works’ Rime, Skymap Game’s Bacon Man, Studio MONO’s InSomnia, PlayWay’s The Way, Pieces Interactive’s Magicka 2, Ape Law’s Albino Lullaby, Three One Zero’s ADR1FT, SUPERHOT Team’s SUPERHOT, Inglenook’s Witchmarsh, Kitfox Games’ Moon Hunters, Mografi’s Jenny LeClue, Sand Sailor Studios’ Black: The Fall, and you get the idea. I could list hundreds of downloadable games coming out in 2015 that look good! I did an article on a lot of these games and I will make sure to hyperlink them to each game I wrote about.
Let the official list begin!
If you are familiar with my Kickstarter Shout-outs and my interview with the developer, you should probably know I am excited for this action-adventure game. For those that may not have this game on their radar, Jotun is the game about you playing as a female Viking that must take down giant elementals known as Jotun in a The Legend of Zelda/Shadow of the Colossus-style game. The main goal is to traverse large landscapes and kill the mighty elementals. I also love the game’s art style as it’s 2D and it looks like something from Genndy Tartakovsky. If you are into top-down action games and taking on gigantic monsters, Jotun will be up your alley.
Talk about one very beautiful game, Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the few games worth getting an Xbox One for. I mean, I hope it is. Its lush color pallet is a sight to behold. The developers said that they took inspiration from the two recent Rayman platformers in terms of their art direction, but I bet there is a bit of Vanillaware in it also. The touching story of a white forest spirit and its relationship with the creature that took care of it feels touching, and the forest spirit’s journey to take down an evil spirit definitely will be a journey worth checking out.
Let’s talk about the Kickstarter project that started it all, Popup Dungeon. This was the inspiration for my Kickstarter Shout-out articles, because not only is it a fun-looking RPG, but it also showed me what Kickstarters were able to look like. When I saw the thumbnail on the Kickstarter website, it looked like another Minecraft rip-off that we have seen a lot of. I then decided to check out the Kickstarter, and the rest is history. If you want a dungeon crawler with tactical-turn-based RPG mechanics with those paper craft dolls, then Popup Dungeon will be right up your alley!
I am so happy I get to talk about this creative RPG. You play as the Vice-President, and you go around your hometown recruiting civilians to help you take care of the weird occurrences in your town. I love how quirky and personality-filled this game is. It definitely gives the gamers an Earthbound-like vibe, and it has a lot of charm. So, why am I super excited about this game even though it’s low on the list? It’s because it’s coming out very soon! It’s coming out on Jan 20th for a majority of the consoles out there. If you love turn-based RPGs with loads of personality, you should definitely check this game out!
What do you get when you combine a game with RTS and JRPG elements, along with the talents from games like Final Fantasy IX, Halo 4, Crysis 3, Assassin’s Creed II, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Aldouin, Tenchu, Final Fantasy 3 & 4, L.A. Noir, and Valkyria Chronicles? You get Project Phoenix, Japan’s first Kickstarter game. This fantasy RPG will have you control a group of heroes as you traverse the maps and take down evil forces that are scattered throughout the land. They have just recently released a pretty early alpha look of the game and I think it looks fine for something that is still in development. I love the cartoony art style, and I think they are on the right track to making a unique kind of RTS. Oh, and Nobuo Uematsu will be the composer, so that’s fantastic!
One of the reasons I love talking about games with lists is because I get to talk about multiple games at once. An example of the games I get to talk about is the upcoming indie shoot em’ up called Cuphead by Studio MHDR. From the 1930’s inspired art style from the Fleisher Studio days, to the multiple bosses that you must fight, Cuphead reminds me of one of the hidden gems for the SEGA Genesis, Alien Soldier. If this game isn’t coming to any other console, I would honestly put this as another reason to get an Xbox One, due to how the game would give the Xbox One’s line-up some variety. Anyway, if you love 1930-style cartoons and fun gameplay, Cuphead is definitely your cup of tea. I apologize for the bad pun.
A month or so ago, I wrote about a kickstarter called Americana Dawn. The Kickstarter failed, but it showed me that some developers are willing to take inspiration from other RPGs than just Final Fantasy. For example, we have Y2K, an indie RPG being made with inspirations from Lost Odyssey and the Persona games. I mean, that is what I take away from learning about this RPG. It has a very modern-day look to it in terms of it not being set in a fantasy world. Y2K also has a very hipster vibe to it, with how the characters look. Anyway, Y2k shows that there are other RPGs than Final Fantasy to take inspiration from.
If you have seen my previous lists from the beginning of last year, Armikrog is easily one of my most anticipated games. It isn’t just because it’s the first ever Kickstarter I helped back, but it’s also a spiritual successor to the cult classic The Neverhood. It has a huge array of talent like Michael J. Nelson and Rob Paulsen. The recent trailer of the game in motion is just amazing to look at. Even though we are getting Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U, games that take a more claymation look are few and far between. Personally, if you are into adventure games and don’t want to spend the money on finding a complete copy of The Neverhood, Armikrog should fill those adventure gaming needs.
I fell in love with this downloadable Kickstarter, Aegis Defenders. It has a lot of inspiration from the great works of Hayao Miyazaki, like “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” I also like the idea of having two playable characters that each has their own special abilities. The music is beautiful to listen to, with the audio team behind Towerfall: Ascension, Darkest Dungeon, and Timespinner. Oh, and if you preorder the game, you can get some unlockable characters from other indie games like Shovel Knight. Want to preorder a downloadable game that will deliver an emotional experience, and be a fun game that you can play with a friend? Then look no further than Aegis Defenders.
While I am not the biggest fan of the infamous Dark Souls franchise, I am always willing to try out games that have a similar style of gameplay. For example, in 2013, I reviewed Strength of the Sword 3, which had a similar combat design in terms of having every enemy be a threat and the combat not be all about having the highest combo and be an amazing-looking spectacle. That is why I am looking forward to Apotheon, another game with more strategic, but satisfying-looking combat. Not only does it have a solid combat engine, but the art style is very unique. It looks like that art style you see on Greek pottery. It definitely stands out from the other action games coming to PC and the PlayStation 4, but that’s a good thing. The more developers try out new art styles, the more those individual games can stand out and be unique. You had better get your gladiatorial weapons ready to tackle Apotheon in the near future.
Being made by ex-members of Telltale Games, Klei Entertainment, and Double Fine Productions, Firewatch is setting up to be rather interesting experience. For those that may not know, Firewatch sets you in the shoes of a male fire lookout as you tackle a strange occurrence in the Wyoming wilderness. From the trailer and the screenshots shown, there is a sense of beauty, but danger of the unknown. I mean, to me that is what defines the outdoors and nature itself. At one moment, it can be very beautiful and peaceful with the world around you being quiet and not clogged up with the hustle and bustle of the city life. On the other hand, Nature can be cruel and unforgiving with elements that you, as a person will not always be prepared for. With beautiful graphics and a daunting atmosphere, Firewatch should be on every gamer’s lookout.
I talked about this surprising revival of the famous adventure franchise back on my PlayStation Experience list, but it doesn’t mean I can’t talk about it again. This reboot of the famous Sierra adventure series definitely came out of nowhere for many people. It looks to be taking a more narrative/cinematic look and not rely on the multiple fail states and a harsh difficulty curve. The art-style is once again very impressive with it reminding me more of something like “The Last Unicorn” in terms of its cartoony artstyle. Hopefully, we can hear more about this new quest and enjoy it as soon as possible!
I wrote an article about this great Kickstarter project last year, and let me tell you, I am still very excited for this game. It’s basically the spiritual sequel to the cult classic Original Xbox gem, Stubbs the Zombie. I mean that literally since a lot of the guys who worked on that game, are making this game. You will obviously play as Ray, who was recently turned into a zombie and must slowly stumble through the city. Your job is to recruit more zombies, take down the humans in a very 80s-style world, and find out what exactly happened to you. I will make sure to post a link to my article about this game, but if you love zombie games that do something more than give you a gun to shoot them, Ray’s the Dead will be up your alley.
I will probably say this in the future because I have said it in the past, in terms of sports or racing-style of games, I prefer the faster-paced and not realistic versions of said genres of games. It just ends up being the better experience since you aren’t held back by realistic physics. That is why I am putting Distance on this list. It’s a futuristic racing game that takes its inspiration more from Rush 2049 than games like Gran Turismo. I was so excited when I heard about this game because we don’t see that many big triple-A racers that are about being fun, and instead get racing games that are more concerned with being realistic and showing off graphical capabilities. If you are in the mood for something like F-Zero and Sonic and Sega All Star Racers Transformed, then you should definitely check out Distance.
Now, here is an interesting downloadable game to be on the watch for, Life is Strange. This is an episodic narrative game coming from Square Enix about a photography student that has the ability to rewind time. It’s being made by Dontnod Entertainment, the guys behind Remember Me. I am curious to see how they will handle this game and if they will release a full version like how Capcom is doing for Resident Evil Revelations 2. I can’t wait to see how this interesting game’s story will unfold.
Continuing on with the love of unique or at least more interesting zombie games, here we have Zombie Vikings. This game is being made by the same people who created Stick it to the Man!, a fantastic platformer with a great sense of humor. Sure, it might just be a four-player beat em’up, but it’s a four-player beat em’up with Vikings who are also zombies! The combat from the trailer looks satisfying, the art style is fantastic, and it seems like we are getting another humorous adventure. I am glad that Zoink Games, the developer behind Zombie Vikings and Stick it to the Man! had a hit with their game last year, and I can’t wait for this next game!
I am so excited to finally talk about this awesome action-RPG. Hand of Fate includes elements of card games, rogue dungeon crawlers, and adventure games, where you choose what you want to do by the cards that lay in front of you. Sometimes they might hold riches, item stores, unique events, and combat situations. The combat is very much like the Batman Arkham games where it’s about fluid, satisfying combat. I know a lot of famous gaming personalities have talked about this game, and that it is still in Early Access on Steam, but heck, it is easily one of the most highly praised games from Kickstarter. Be prepared with your deck of cards and battle axe to see what the hands of fate have in store for you!
This is one of the most impressive indie projects that I have ever seen. The grand scale of an RPG, the Naruto-fighting-game-style combat, and the fact they actually got experts to give the game its own language, and the whole look of the game. I am speechless at how incredible this game looks, and it is one of the few games that make me glad that Kickstarter is around.
Do you want to know why this game is number one on my list? This is a Kickstarter game that convinced me on a genre I don’t really play, the real-time-strategy genre. Not only is it a RTS, but it is what the developers call it, a PRTS, which is also known as party-real-time-strategy. This means that up to four friends can jump in with any of the classes that the game will offer, and have your own special abilities. Not only does it have a charming boardgame look, but it will also have an incredible soundtrack by the always amazing, Grant Kirkhope. It shows that sometimes, the more interesting projects come from smaller developers. Want to try something different in the future? Then check out Hex Heroes.