Nath tells us about the games that he is most looking forward to this year.
Now with the new year under way and the next gen consoles fully cemented in the gaming market, 2015 is looking like a very exciting year for the industry. I have been looking through the releases this year, even the TBA ones that may be put back even further and compiled a list of what I believe to be the best 5 games to look forward to this year.
5 – Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV is only number 5 for one reason, apprehension. I love the Final Fantasy series however I feel since Final Fantasy XII, Square Enix have lost their touch with them. I’m not sure what’s been going on, but I have found the storylines, characters and gameplay to be quite weak. Final Fantasy XII just didn’t thrill me at all, Final Fantasy XIII had an annoying storyline and some terrible characters and Final Fantasy XIV sounded like a complete disaster. I played it briefly, but I had invested a lot of time in Final Fantasy XI which I thought was amazing, but they just seem to scrap all the good parts of XI to make a disaster of a game.
(Editors note – Nath played XIV before A Realm Reborn, so maybe they fixed the game. But also maybe don’t release a broken game to begin with, and people won’t lose faith).
So what can we expect from XV? Well a new gameplay trailer has been released and it looks like the turn-based action has gone and they have taken on a sort of Devil May Cry option. This is exciting however the whole point of Final Fantasy was turn-based action, but I will go in with an open mind. I am more excited by this game than the other previous releases, so I am hoping the game lives up to the hype. However, I am annoyed that Square Enix are sitting there and not re-making Final Fantasy VII. It is the game everyone wants and surely you can skip the storyboard as the story doesn’t need altering. Release date is still TBA, but no doubt it could be 2016, here’s hoping it’s this year.
4 – Evolve
Evolve is a game I have been following a lot purely because I think the concept is brilliant. The concept is simple, there are 4 classes, Hunter, Support, Medic and Trapper. You must use your unique abilities to hunt, trap and kill a large monster in the game. Sounds pretty boring except the 5th player is the monster and there 4 to choose from Goliath, Kraken, Wraith and Behemoth, and your job is to stop the party from killing you. And that’s just the first game mode. There is also Nest, where you have to kill the monster’s eggs and the monster has to defend them, there’s Rescue where the team have to protect injured survivors, the monster has to kill them, there’s Defend where the team have to defend a power source, the monster has to destroy it and finally Evacuation which is the story mode of the game. All in all it looks likes a very good action-packed co-op game.
The release date is 10th February and you can only get the Behemoth monster if you have pre-ordered the game. Have a look at the trailers and the gameplay of it to see if this game is for you. There will certainly be a review coming for this game at some point.
3 – No Man’s Sky
This is a bit of a weird one, however it is one I am looking forward to. It is an open world adventure where you play a space explorer. You can interact with all the flora and fauna on every planet you encounter. There is also hostility and combat within the game too. You’re thinking this sounds like Destiny, however there is one massive catch. It is an infinite universe. Hello Games have created an algorithm that constantly generate planets. In total they have predicted that there will be 18 quintillion planets to explore. That’s 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in total and it would take you 5 billions years to explore them all. The whole point of the game is to get to the centre of the galaxy in order to become an even better space explorer. It can take between 40-100 hours to reach the centre if that is your main focus, but you should explore everything as you make your way to the centre.
This has a TBA release date too. It looks absolutely beautiful, definitely a game to watch out for this year, however you may not be able to play any other game if you try and complete this game.
2 – Doom
Now this is where I become a bit of a fanboy. I love Doom, I’ve loved every Doom game that has been released, every add-on. I’ve played every game level of every game, even tried nightmare mode very unsuccessfully but still I love this game. You can imagine how I felt when I heard there was a Doom 4, however it has dawned on me that Doom 4 is a reboot called Doom. I’m not sure if this means that it will be a reboot of the original or whether it is new gameplay, all I know is that iD is now owned by Bethesda so hopefully we can expect some big things. Some rumours have said that there will be sprinting, double jumping and mantling involved and just like the classic games, no regenerating health and no reloading. So we are looking at a reboot but with a few modern traits added. Apparently there was a gameplay trailer showed at Quakecon, however a video hasn’t surfaced yet.
Again this has a TBA release date so I can only assume that it could be pushed back, especially as there isn’t much information about it. However it is something I am hugely excited about. Lets hope there is more news to come.
1 – Batman – Arkham Knight
Now this has easily made number 1 on my list. I love the Arkham games. The first game surprised me, I didn’t think it would be any good, however I was wrong, so very wrong. This game was brilliant in so many ways, storyline, graphics and gameplay were fantastic which is rare among games nowadays. Arkham City introduced more villains and bigger area to explore, and was another brilliant game. This is the third instalment of the Arkham series, Origins is from a different developer. Arkham Knight is set in Gotham City, an environment 5 times bigger than Arkham City, the main villains are the Scarecrow, Two-Face, The Penguin, Harley Quinn and the Riddler. Shame there is no Joker, but still, he can’t have all the glory. You also have the Batmobile which is awesome, this allows you to move around the city with ease. There is also a new character created to be an antagonist called the Arkham Knight. I really, truly hope this game will be as good as its predecessors.
This game is scheduled for release on the 6th June this year. This game will certainly be reviewed and probably be the best game I will play this year. We shall see though, there are many other games being released this year that I am sure many other people will be excited about, however this is my top 5 and I will hopefully be able to play all of them thoroughly. I doubt I will have much of a life this year.
What games are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!