While 2014 had some great games, there's no denying that 2015 is poised (at least for now) to be one of the biggest years in gaming history. We'll be seeing sequels to a ton of huge franchises including The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, Mortal Kombat, Uncharted, Halo and the Batman: Arkham series. That's not even counting the potentially huge newcomers like Evolve, Quantum Break or Splatoon. This year is primed to be an all-out assault on our wallets, delivering a ton of hits that will make piecing together a year-end top 5 list about as easy as getting the platinum in Dark Souls! So, what is this guy looking forward to? Well, let's talk about that!
I've yet to personally touch either Demon's Souls or Dark Souls. I do plan on changing that in the not-too-distant future, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't itching to play Bloodborne first. Everything From Software has shown of this game looks absolutely fantastic! Having isolated, procedurally generated co-op dungeons sounds like a great touch that will leave players thrilled to hunt their nightmares for many months to come.
The developers at Remedy are masters of their craft. From Max Payne to Alan Wake, they've created titles that gamers have loved not only for their groundbreaking gameplay (well, at least in Max Payne's case), but for their well told tales. With Quantum Break, Remedy is looking to show gamers just what is under the hood of the Xbox One, while also producing a TV show to coincide with the game (don't even lie to yourself and say you didn't love the “Night Springs” shorts throughout Alan Wake!). With Remedy at the helm, this TV show has a chance to be extremely entertaining. This is one of the games that sold me on needing an Xbox One this generation, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
Batman: Arkham Knight
While I've yet to play Arkham City for reasons I don't even know, Arkham Asylum ranked in my top 10 games of the last gen. Rocksteady has proven their knack for making compelling and fun Batman games. There's a reason other games have their own knock-off version of the Arkham series’ Freeflow combat system! While doing the thing we all wish we could in ignoring Arkham Origins’ existence, Arkham Knight promises to be the epic conclusion to Rocksteady's incredible Arkham trilogy. Who is the Arkham Knight? Will this be the end of the Batman? Stay tuned to the same Bat-channel this Bat-summer!
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Very few games come close to Uncharted 2 for me. Developer Naughty Dog couldn't even top it with their excellent effort in Uncharted 3. With Uncharted 4, though, Naughty Dog could be poised to deliver the ultimate Uncharted experience. If that tiny bite of tantalizing gameplay from the PlayStation Experience is any indication, I think we're being setup for one hell of a ride. Is this the end for Sully, one of our most beloved characters in the series? While I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping not, we all know Naughty Dog's pedigree for delivering memorable experiences, and Uncharted 4 looks like it will be another notch in the belt for that extremely talented team.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Now, I've never played a Witcher game. I've been told that the last entry, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, is on the scale of something like Dark Souls, so naturally I've hidden in fear from it. Having recently reacquired an Xbox 360, I feel I owe it to myself to finally experience The Witcher 2 (which will be free thanks to Games with Gold later this month). That being said, I've been drooling over this game since they debuted gameplay for it way back at E3 2013. It appears that it will be a huge game, just dripping with dozens of hours of content to explore. I typically don't sit down and put hours into games like this, but I am absolutely blown away by what CD Projekt Red has shown. I don't know why they have to be jerks and release their game only 2 weeks before Arkham Knight, but I know that I'm likely to sit on Batman (unless my girlfriend says otherwise) until I'm either done with hero Geralt’s latest adventure , or needing a break from the world of The Witcher 3.
Honorable mention: Mortal Kombat X
Those who know me know that Mortal Kombat was my first gaming experience. It's a series I've held close to my heart for all of my gaming years. Through the ups and downs of the series, I've enjoyed every blood-soaked moment I've had with the franchise, and I can't wait to get my face sliced off in this impressive looking new entry. I'd like to point out that, while I've played tons of Mortal Kombat, I'm still quite awful at the game. So if you face me online after Mortal Kombat X releases later this spring, don't be surprised when you kick my ass.
Honestly, it's hard to say there are only 5 titles that I'm extremely excited about. This list doesn’t even touch on Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Just Cause 3, The Order:1886, Halo 5 or Dead Island 2 amongst a plethora of many others. 2015 is going to be one for the record books, and I'm excited to share that ride with my friends here at the Short Pause. I think my brain will explode with awesome if we also see The Last Guardian or Half Life 3 this year...
Frankie loves pizza, video games, and controversial opinions. Follow his gaming exploits on Twitter @Vyprstryke.