2015 has been a wonderful year for me in the world of gaming. The PS4 (the current console that I have. Whatever to you PC master race people) has come into its own in a big way. It had some truly amazing exclusives, like Until Dawn, and one of the best games that I have gotten to play in a long time – Bloodborne. There was also an episodic game that has consumed my life in a big way. Another game where, if it weren’t for crashing and burning right at the end, would be high on my list of favorite games. This has been a fantastic year (save Arkham Knight. Fuck that game) for gaming, and next year is looking to be even better. So many great games, this was actually a hard list to pick out. Kills me how little save space the PS4 has. If it didn’t, then this would be a lot easier. I wouldn’t have to wonder which game I’m going to have to uninstall to make room for new ones. Frustrating. But it’s always something, isn’t it? The list was hard to make, but I think that we did it. Here are my picks. For those who have read this site for a long time, my top pick might already be known to you. Let’s do this.
10. Kingdom Hearts 2.8: The Final Chapter Prologue
With Kingdom Hearts III in development and looking better and better with each new trailer, I am so stoked to finally get my hands on this. Part of the problem with what will be the final game has been the fact that the plot of this series has grown so big that trying to summarize it would be a disaster. With roughly six games between II and III, there’s a lot of plot to fill in. The HD collections have been really great for that. I’ve been able to catch up, and get some new stuff. II.5 ReMIX is one of the best games I’ve ever played, packed to the brim with content. Here, I get to finally see what happens in Dream Drop Distance, and there is some new material that shows us what happens after the events of Birth by Sleep, where Aqua is wandering in the realm of darkness. III can’t come soon enough, but this will tide me over until then.
9. The Witness
A game that was nearly declared vaporware by people, the creator of Braid has been teasing this first-person puzzle game for years. Now, we get to see what it was all leading to. I, for one, am stoked. This game looks absolutely fantastic. The puzzle mechanics also look really cool. Reminds me of an app game on my phone – Free Flow. But the environments are the thing that sells me. This is a quiet and contemplative game, that clearly is going to make a lot of use of just the environmental noise and peaceful imagery. It’s not a bombastic game, but that is fine with me. A puzzle game on a vibrant island will do me fine. I don’t know much about the plot of this game yet, but I am itching to find out.
8. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
It is so cool that a cult classic game is going to be getting a new entry into the series. Though, it seems that this isn’t a sequel or a prequel. It’s being marketed as a reboot. This game would be a lot closer to the top, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s being made by EA and DICE. Two companies that are known for their skull-duggary of gamers. Look at what happened with Star Wars: Battlefield. However, this game looks absolutely amazing, and while I will be waiting to see what the reviews say, if it does measure up, I am on it like stink on cheese! The parkour awesomeness of this franchise has needed this for ages. Maybe not a reboot, but at least some more entries into it. Guess we’ll see what happens.
7. What Remains of Edith Finch
Okay, how did I not hear about this game until recently?! Made by the same people who made the fascinating and beautiful The Unfinished Swan, this game no longer has us throwing paint, but instead going through a series of short stories where we learn about the family, life, and emotional undoing of a girl named Edith Finch. The visuals of this game looks AMAZING! What’s more, there are clues that the gameplay will be all over the place. Whether it be the girl, a baby, or even a cat climbing a tree. A lot of this game is hidden, but you know what, I am stoked to see where it goes. This game can only impress, because this studio has shown their chops. Let’s see where things go next. Another of the exclusive games that Sony is coming out with that is a cut above.
You know what I miss – the cartoon-y and brilliant platforming of Banjo Kazooie. Don’t tell me about Nuts and Bolts. That never happened. Fuck that game. Several Rare developers left the studio and came together, wanting to go back to their roots. After going to Kickstarter, showing off a game that was in form of Banjo Kazooie. The visuals are cute and cuddly. The gameplay looks familiar and fun. The world looks like it will be really enjoyable to explore. The gaming crowd spoke, and we are clearly getting what we paid for. With so many ho-hum or outright-terrible Kickstarter games being made, it will be nice to see a success story. Everything shown of this game makes it clear that these devs have put their heart and soul into this. I can’t wait to finally get my hands on it.
5. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
After the ending of Uncharted 3, I was pretty cool with where they left things. It was on a positive note, having gone through a story where we see Drake learn a lot about himself and what kind of man he is. There didn’t seem to be a need for a sequel. But after seeing the gameplay footage for this game, and learning more about the story, it’s clear that this final chapter in Nate’s story is gonna be up to the standards that Naughty Dog is known for. Add to that the fun mechanics, and the branching areas like how you can choose where to go when you’re in the driving sections, and there is so much potential here. This game looks to be nine kinds of fun, and I can’t wait to see how Nate will end his life as an insatiable thief and archaeological grave-robber.
4. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Why is it on this list? Because fuck Microsoft, that’s why. I have heard nothing but good things about this game, and you have no idea how frustrating it is that I have to wait until the holiday season of 2016 to get it. Hopefully Sony will find some way to improve upon the game, just to stick it to Microsoft for their greed. Kills me that the cruel reality is that even though this game has everything going for it, because of what has happened with Microsoft, it is likely never going to get a sequel. That just pisses me off. I want to see this franchise build upon the new life it was given. When I do finally get my hands on this game, and review it, I’ll tell you all about it, and hopefully I can be one of a chorus of voices who tells Square Enix not to abandon this franchise just because of their stupid business decision.
You know what’s awesome? Hitman. The last entry in the franchise was definitely more action over substance. Not to mention a story that is pants-on-the-head retarded. This game is going back to form. The latest trailer shows off the game’s world, where we get to see how awesome it looks. There are beautiful locales, a ton of ways to kill a target, and outfits that you can wear to sneak into a place. Everything about this game looks better. As reboots go, they want to go back to where this game was. Hopefully they capture the difficulty that the old games have. Where one mistake could end up costing you everything. After how ho-hum the previous game was, Square Enix has learned their lesson, and they are showing that they want to make the most of this new game. Can’t wait.
2. Horizon: Zero Dawn
You know what else is awesome? Robo-dinosaurs! Oh, and a post-apocalyptic world where you hunt them, with action-RPG mechanics. This game looks fucking amazing! Since E3, this game has just been looking more and more amazing. The more we see and the more we learn, the more I want this game to be out right now. From the people who made the Killzone franchise, we are in a third-person perspective following a time period from what seems like centuries after humanity is dead. The world is now ruled by robo-dinosaurs, and you have to survive in it. The devs have talked about how there are mechanics of building relationships and interacting with the various societies in the game. Everything about this has me on the edge of my seat. Sony is bringing the house down with their exclusives, and this game would be at the top, were it not for the fact that something I have been longing for for so long will finally be here…
As I said, some of you might have seen this coming. It’s been too fucking long…
1. Final Fantasy XV
Finally! About fucking time! A release date has been set – sometime in 2016. It will have been ten years, since this game was announced. Ten years, and unlike the last game that had that reputation, this one appears to have made the most of its time. It’s traded hands from one big developer at Square Enix, to another, but that appears to have worked in its favor. Telling a bro-tastic story about bros on a road trip, with hints of Hamlet and political power games like in Game of Thrones, this game will set a place as the most ambitious of the games in the Final Fantasy series. This IP has gotten more than a little stale in the last few years. This game is either going to bring it back, or bury it. No pressure or anything. But everything I’ve seen tells me that it will be worth it. The amazing visuals. The awesome combat. The epic boss fights. The fun bro characters and their bromancing. I haven’t seen an RPG like this game, and I cannot WAIT to finally get my hands on it. I may be annoyed at Square for making us wait this long, but it will happen. Most likely around the holidays, because of course. It’s Square Enix, after all. Gotta fuck with us. Hopefully all of you are as excited as me.
So, what games are the ones that you are most looking forward to? Let me know in the Comments. Maybe we can have us some discussion. If it’s something obscure, attach a trailer. Maybe it will get my attention.
Until next time, a quote,
“Who can say? We mustn’t rush to conclusions.” – Ignis Scientia, Final Fantasy XV