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We are already a week into 2015 and excited for what is releasing in the coming months in the world of gaming assuming all of the games mentioned here do indeed release this year. The first quarter is packed with highly anticipated games and it never stops for pretty much the rest of the year. Franchises having their “conclusions,” other series making their next-gen debuts and big exclusives highlight Entertainment Fuse’s most anticipated games of 2015. With that out of the way, here’s our picks and reasons why this year is shaping up to be another amazing year for gaming.
Euan Dewar: Bloodborne
Dark Souls 2 was a great game, in my opinion, but it was just too familiar to really beguile on the same level as it’s predecessors. Sure, the core of the Souls series is interesting enough that just more of the same isn’t such a bad thing. But the franchise has always thrived on the thrill of the unexpected, and it looks like we’ll be getting that sensation back with Bloodborne. Director Hidetaka Miyazaki is back after being absent for Dark Souls 2 and it shows from what we’ve seen of the game so far.
Bloodborne is unmistakably a Souls game, but it’s one made with a different focus on offensive combat rather than defensive, as well as a curiously enigmatic and bleak atmosphere. We’re journeying into an unfamiliar and terrifying new world, just as we’ve done before with Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls, and I couldn’t be more excited for it.
Jeffrey Dy: Mortal Kombat X
While we had other fighting games out on this current generation such as Killer Instinct & Guilty Gear Xrd, Mortal Kombat X is personally the first big fighting game for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One because of the franchise’s mainstream success. Netherrealm Studios did an amazing job with the last game back in 2011 bringing back the classic gameplay while being modernized at the same time. They definitively made it with the competitive scene in mind and the same can be said for Injustice: Gods Among Us. It also provided arguably the best story mode to date in a fighting game with an actual effort thrown into it than just your normal arcade mode & beating the last boss for an ending.
The current word with Mortal Kombat X is that there will be twelve new characters and twelve returning ones. Out of the returning cast, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kano, Quan Chi have been confrimed as well as Kung Lao recently. The new characters shown so far look fun as well even though story details have been minimal other than the comic that is out now that sets up this game from the last. What I’m looking forward to the most with MKX is the deep variation system. Each character has three variations of fighting styles to choose from. For example, you can choose a zoner style that likes to keep away opponents or a grappler style that likes to throw a lot and be in your face at all times. I’m more curious how it influences character matchups because the depth on paper alone makes the game really interesting from a competitive view. I can talk more about Mortal Kombat X, but I guess this shows why it’s my most anticipated game of 2015.
Edward Oliveira: The Legend of Zelda Wii U
If I were to pick something, I guess it’d be the new Legend of Zelda. The vast open world that they’re employing is the right move and the ideas that dungeons will be non linear with multiple entrances or the idea that bosses can travel throughout the map has be pretty stoked. A Link Between Worlds got a lot right breaking many gameplay mechanics of Zelda while making it similar at the same time, so I have a good feeling this will too.The gameplay they showed last month confirms that traveling looks like it’ll be fun, I just hope the world within it isn’t as empty.
Zack Zwiezen: Just Cause 3
2015 might end up being an amazing year for games. Developers have had more time to make games for these new machines, indies are stronger than ever and it seems more people are playing games than ever before. So before we get to the game I’m most excited to play this year, let it be known that overall I’m super excited for the upcoming year.
But the game I’m most excited about would have to be Just Cause 3. I loved the hell out of the first Just Cause and somehow, someway, loved Just Cause 2 EVEN more. Which is crazy. Speaking of crazy, Just Cause 3 looks crazy and insane. A huge map, new tools, gorgeous visuals and even more destruction and mayhem. I’m not sure they can go any more crazy than Just Cause 2 did, but they seem to be heading in the right direction and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Between Uncharted 4, No Man’s Sky, Star Wars Battlefront, Batman: Arkham Knight and Hotline Miami 2, 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for video games.
Evvy Kube: Rise of the Tomb Raider
Last year I ended up playing few new releases and I vowed not to repeat that tragedy this year. To that end, I have such a long list of games to play this year that I will have to quit my job to have time while somehow still affording a Wii U and PS4. The good news for me, the game at the top of my list will be an Xbox One release. The bad news is it doesn’t come until the end of the year and that’s if there is no delay.
The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot became one of my favorite games of all time and would have been my 2014 GOTY if I had managed to play the Definitive Edition. The first part of the game, I wanted to protect Lara. The second half of the game though, I simply set her loose and she caused havoc and explosions wherever she went. It’s more of that Lara Croft that Rise of the Tomb Raider promises to deliver.
Matt Rowles: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
While Batman: Arkham Knight and Zelda Wii U were both strong contenders; my most anticipated game of 2015 is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Uncharted 2 is one of my favorite games of all time and the last entry was also fantastic, even if it was very similar. Now working on their next project since the impeccable The Last of Us, I believe Naughty Dog to be the best working game studio in the world today and that is what gets me excited the most as they seem to be getting better.
There is some cause for concern however given this game’s already troubled development. Losing both the creative director, Amy Hennig, and game director Justin Richmond is definitely slightly worrying to say the least as well as other numerous departures at the company. I would have been more worried were it not for the fact that Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley are now leading the project. These are the guys behind The Last of Us and Uncharted 2; Naughty Dog’s best two games. It also wouldn’t surprise if the game is delayed and pushed to 2016 but whenever the game is ready I’m sure it will be the AAA big blockbuster game my PS4 is currently screaming out for.