2014 was a good year for video games. Next week Adam and I will reveal our personal picks for Game of the Year and looking back I can tell you we got some truly classic titles. Mario Kart 8 may be the best in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an epic adventure, and PT is perhaps the scariest game I’ve ever played (yes I consider it a game). It was hard to pick the best of the bunch this year. But when I look at the 2015 lineup of games I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it will be, not to mention the damage it’s going to do to my bank account.
This year we’ll be getting sequels to some of the biggest franchises in all of gaming. Uncharted 4, Halo 5, Metal Gear Solid V, Final Fantasy XV and a new Legend of Zelda are all scheduled to arrive this year. Any one of these arriving would make it an epic year and we’re supposed to get all four? It’s exciting to see what these franchises will do with their first appearances on new hardware. Both Zelda and Final Fantasy look to be evolutions in the series with interesting new styles and mechanics while Uncharted and Halo will most likely offer something more familiar but with the polish we expect from Naughty Dog and 343 Studios.
2015 is also bringing us some amazing looking blockbuster new IP from established developers. The Division brings online open world gameplay to the Tom Clancy universe, Splatoon is Nintendo’s take on an arena based multiplayer shooter, Quantum Break is a time twisting adventure from the creators of Alan Wake and Evolve looks to capture that Left 4 Dead magic with 4 versus 1 monster battles. And they all look fantastic. This year looks to be introducing some exciting new series that will hopefully bring something new and fresh to consoles.
And speaking of new and fresh, last year was the year that showed that indie games could be a big time draw on new consoles alongside their big budget siblings and 2015 looks to be even better. Below, Mighty No. 9 and Ori and the Blind Forest will all arrive this year and are looking fantastic. And possibly the most anticipated game of all 2015, No Man’s Sky promises to drop gamers into a universe that is truly unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before.
All of that and I haven’t even mentioned Rise of the Tomb Raider, Batman: Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, Just Cause 3, Star Fox, Mario Maker and whatever other surprises are in store that haven’t even been announced yet! Many consider 1998 to be the greatest year ever in gaming (Metal Gear Solid, Ocarina of Time, Resident Evil 2) and it’s tough to argue against that. But if even 3/4 of the games of 2015 make their release dates I think this year will stake its claim as possibly the best of all time. The only problem now is going to be upgrading our hard drives to hold them all!