Over the course of this week, we’re going to roll out a series of articles that covers the most exciting upcoming games of 2015. Our coverage of the PlayStation 4 and its games went up yesterday, and we hit the PC and its lineup on Tuesday.
We’ll separate each article by platform, because we know a lot of you only read things that pertain to your gaming machine of choice. As such, you’re going to see some duplicates if you read the whole series. In fact, thanks to the way the gaming industry has turned, most of these titles will be duplicates.
Except, of course, for the Wii U. No third party love means that a vast majority of the Wii U’s games are exclusive.
I digress. These are some of the games of 2015 that we can’t wait to play on the Xbox One. Remember, this is what we’re excited to see, it might not line up with what you can’t wait to play. On that note, what are you looking forward to?
Batman: Arkham Knight has a lot of really great things going for it as we slowly inch towards its release. This game marks the return of Rocksteady to the series after breaking away following Arkham City. Sure, they were only gone for one game, but Origins felt drastically lesser than its predecessors.
Arkham Knight is Batman’s leap into the new generation. It offers a bigger Gotham, a brand new villain, a driveable Batmobile and seemingly gorgeous graphics.
If the storyline even approaches what we saw in City, I’ll be in nerd heaven. If Rocksteady can nail the visuals and gameplay to boot? This is an early contender for Game of the Year. There’s no doubt in my mind about that.
Everything about Below stands out to me as ingredients for a wonderful game. This title is a top-down affair with classic, brutal difficulty and permadeath. It features tunes from Jim Guthrie of Super Brothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and it’s being developed by Capybara Games. It looks like classic fun with a mysterious and difficult twist.
The Division is one of several games that we thought we’d see before the close of 2014. Here we are in 2015, though, and we still don’t have a release date. That’s okay, I get that making great games takes time, and I certainly don’t want Ubisoft to put out an effort that’s as buggy as, say, Assassin’s Creed Unity.
This time last year, the hype for The Division was off the charts. It was a game that many were dubbing the early best of the new generation, and it wowed gamers at E3. The release of Watch_Dogs and Unity coupled with the delay of The Division have dulled that hype.
I’m still hopeful. This game has tons of potential to be a knockout title, and I think Ubisoft could deliver on a gorgeous affair with innovative gameplay mechanics if it hunkers down. I’m just not sure I can buy into the hype again. Maybe I’m alone there.
Of all the games on this list, none quite really shows the nerd level of our gaming staff like Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Certainly Ron loves this series more than I do, but we both spent a lot of time watching the Dragon Ball slots on Toonami growing up.
Here’s a fighting game that lets us create our own character, battle a totally new villain and alter the series’ timeline in crazy ways. Yep, sign us up.
As far as launch titles for the Xbox One go, Forza Motorsport 5 was a good game. It was covered in DLC pricing problems and a lot of fan-driven frustration (deservedly so), but it was a fun starting point for a new gen racer. Then Forza Horizon 2 dropped and sort of righted the ship a bit.
Forza Motorsport 6 is Turn 10′s chance to resolidify the mainline entries in the series. Don’t include crazy DLC, come up with a dynamic weather system that approaches what we have now in Driveclub and make this an epic racer. It’ll be tough, but this game could be wonderful.
It’s hard not to be cautiously optimistic about Halo 5: Guardians. I like 343 Industries, and it has done good work with this series in the wake of Bungie’s departure. However, I thought Halo 4 was a bit weaker than its predecessors, and 343 completely bungled the multiplayer in The Master Chief Collection. Halo 5: Guardiansneeds to be better.
The puzzle pieces are there. The beta was solid, albeit different from what we’ve come to expect from Halo in some key ways. Hopefully 343 can nail Chief’s next beat in the wonderful story, because I need a great Halo campaign in my life.
Hyper Light Drifter has to be coming soon, right? We covered the game during its Kickstarter run, saw it in person at events, interviewed its creator and hoped to see it in 2014. It didn’t come, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still waiting for it.
You’ll play a drifter with a penchant for loot, wandering and discover as you blast and slice your way through an interesting and beautiful world. Heart Machine has showed a lot of love in its art style and music so far, and we’re hoping that translates to the player’s experience as well.
We’re not sure what to expect when we play this game in its full and final form, and that’s sort of why we want to see it so badly.
I don’t mean to get too hipster on you here, but I sort of dug Just Cause before the sequel that introduced the insane parachute and grappling hook system. The original game was bonkers, though not nearly as crazy as 2.
Now, Just Cause 3 is coming, and it looks like we’re getting a wingsuit instead of parachutes. Don’t worry, the grappling system is still there. They’d be crazy to remove that.
If you like open world games with an emphasis on high-flying, speedy destruction, you need to have this game on your radar. Pick its predecessor up for cheap during a sale, and get ready to go crazy.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – (PC, PS4, PS3, XBO, 360)
The Metal Gear franchise is one of the best and most beloved in gaming for a reason: it’s really good. You can knock on Kojima for all sorts of things, but the dude knows how to make a great Metal Gear game.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain wowed me at E3 last year. Yes, I knew of the game’s lineage and I expected it to be good, but I wasn’t counting on that patented Kojima silliness alongside some interesting realistic dynamics.
That’s what I get, I guess. This game looks gorgeous, and I can’t wait to come at missions in a completely open-ended way. Plus, who doesn’t want to air-evac livestock? I mean, seriously…
If you needed any indication that the gaming world wants more from Keiji Inafune in a vein similar to Mega Man, all you need to do is look at the amount of money the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter raised during September of 2013. It earned $3.8 million. That’s a lot of scratch.
Yes, you’ll battle robot bosses, steal their powers and progress through stages in whatever order you like. Anyone denying the Mega Man formula is either lying or blind.
Mighty No. 9 should bring some new mechanics, too. There’s a dash and odd collection attack, and our hero Beck can turn into a unique shapes in order to dispatch enemies.
If it lives up to Inafune’s legacy, it should be good.
Ori and the Blind Forest is sort of a mystery to me. I say this not to admit fault, but to suggest how much I’m looking forward to moon Studios’ effort.
I saw some trailers, looked at a few screenshots and decided I didn’t want to know any more. I went silent on Ori and the Blind Forest in the same way I did so many years ago with BioShock. I don’t want the game’s magic to be spoiled in the drum up.
I know Ori and the Blind Forest looks wonderful, and I know that there’s a story here about Ori and his future friend Sein. The two will navigate through a tough forest filled with enemies as a story unfolds. I don’t know anymore because I don’t want to… yet.
For me? I wasn’t really excited about Project CARS until I heard about PlayStation’s deal with Spotify. I know this is the PC list, but I’d personally play this racing game on the PS4 specifically to race with certain friends. News that I’d be able to drive to my own soundtrack, something I can already do on my PC, was going to happen on the PS4? That set me over the edge.
CARS stands for Community Assisted Racing Simulator. That means this game features funding by means of community purchased development tools. The community has aided with the QA and content creation, and that means we’re going to see a racing title built, in part, by it’s own feverish community.
Should Slightly Mad Studios nail that idea, Project CARS could be racer of the year.
There are those among us who really like Remedy games, and there are those who don’t The staff here at TechnoBuffalo falls into the former of those two categories. I personally loved Alan Wake, and I’m really excited to see Quantum Break.
Remedy can tell wonderful stories, and seeing what it can do with a crazy time control element is exciting.
Rise of the Tomb Raider - (XBO, 360)
Not everyone is a fan of the way Microsoft snapped up timed exclusivity of the next Tomb Raider game. After Crystal Dynamics rebooted Lara Croft in 2013, gamers fell in love with Tomb Raider all over again. Now, the sequel to that reboot is hitting the Xbox family first. Xbox One owners? Happy. Everyone else? Ehhhhh.
Still, this should be a solid game if it matches the effort we had in the reboot. Crystal Dynamics seems to have a great handle on Croft, and that should make this entry another winner.
Look, if Platinum Games is involved in making an action title for any platform, I’m there. With Bayonetta and Vanquish, this Japanese studio made up partially of former Capcom vets convinced me that they know how to make fun, fast and exceptional games. That track record has continued well enough, and Scalebound is the next from them.
It’s an Xbox One exclusive, too. This game promises fast flying action and battling with dragons. What more do you want, friends?!
Stick with me now, because everything I’ve heard about Screamride makes me really want to play this game.
It’s basically a three part formula. It’s a roller coaster builder, which I dig. You’ll also be required to solve engineering puzzles, so it’s sort of a puzzle builder. Finally, you’ll have to cause destruction and terror with your coaster in order to pass challenges. Yes, all three of those things sound awesome. It’s like Roller Coaster Tycoon meets Burnout, and I want that.
Superhot is an upcoming Xbox One and PC first person shooter with uniquely stylized graphics. It almost looks like a brighter Killer7 to me, but that’s besides the point.
The interesting thing about this game is that time only proceeds when the player moves. and that means it freezes when the player stands still. How about a shooter that lets you control the movement of bullets by walking and standing still? That’s Superhot, and it looks nuts.
Star Wars Battlefront – (PC, PS4, XBO)
If EA and DICE can get a fully working and finalized version of Star Wars Battlefront out this year in the hands of gamers, it’s going to be huge. This game stands to be the return of one of the most beloved, grand scale battle franchises of all time.
There’s a lot that can go right here, but DICE and EA’s recent track record of releases and stability suggests that there’s a lot that can go wrong, too. This is one game that I think could slip away from 2015 on this list. If it does, I hope it’s for the better.
For a lot of gamers, I assume The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the most exciting game on this list. It comes from fan beloved CD Projekt RED, and it follows the adored The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
Geralt is back, and this time we have an even more massive and unpredictable world for him to get down to all that witchering. Or, as I like to think of it, monster detective work.
Every time I see this game at preview events, CD Projekt RED always unveils some crazy small slice of the title. The small slice is so involved and detailed that it feels like it’s a big part of the game, but I know better. This is how detailed the devs are, and fans know that they’ll get out of The Witcher what they put in.