Our Most Anticipated Games: Summer 2015 Edition
It has been three months since the last time we here at GameCrate sat down and listed out the games we personally are looking forward to the most, when we take off our critical hats and just allow ourselves to become excited about games again. Since our last installment of this feature we've experienced an E3 for the ages, and with it a deluge of new titles, both big and small, to look forward to both in the near and far future.
Here are the games we are currently anticipating the most, as of Summer 2015.
Nick’s Most Anticipated Games
Look, you're not the boss of this list. I am. And I think this game might rule.
I tried out the hockey portion of VR Sports Challenge at E3 this year for about 15 minutes, and it's been the game I've thought about the most in the following weeks. Sure it was simplistic and shallow, but it was so much fun. It offered a sports experience that felt wonderfully natural but that just couldn't exist outside of virtual reality.
I can't wait to see what the full version of VR Sports Challenge has to offer when the Oculus launches next year. If the developers take the time to add enough depth and replay value to make it more than an amusing diversion, this could be a sleeper hit and a title that drives virtual reality sales in much the way Wii Sports helped make the Wii a success.
#4 Blood Bowl 2
If there are two things I enjoy, they are turn-based strategy games and the Mutant League series of sports games. Blood Bowl II looks to combine both those things into a beautifully brutal package when it releases this September. I put this game on my most anticipated list three months ago, and I was fortunate enough to check out a half-hour demo of the title and speak to the developers at E3 2015. What I saw and heard has kept my excitement for the title going even as more AAA games fill out the release calendar.
Does the idea of a intricately tactical football game appeal to you? Or how about a turn-based clash of fantasy races, each with their own special strengths, weaknesses, and abilities? Well Blood Bowl II is all that and more, so I invite you to join me about the hype train.
This is another one I tried out at E3, and seeing the gameplay and Dungeon Master quest and campaign creation options in action made me a believer. Dungeons and Dragons games in the past have contented themselves with party-based multiplayer at best, but Sword Coast Legends could finally be the title that makes running the game and controlling the bad guys as fun as it actually is on the tabletop.
I look forward to creating my own quests and storylines when this game releases on September 8.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the hotly anticipated follow-up to Human Revolution due out in Spring of 2016. At E3 we got our first glimpse of the game in action, and the combination of a rich sci-fi story, eye-popping visuals, and combat gameplay that seems to be a serious step up over the previous title put this game squarely on my radar.
The original Deus Ex is a classic, and while Human Revolution was great in many ways, it also had some serious flaws. If Mankind Divided can keep what was good about the previous title and smooth out the rough edges, it could be a great experience.
For more on Deus Ex, make sure to read our interview with Elias Toufexis, the voice actor behind protagonist Adam Jensen.
#1 Fallout 4
What needs to be said about Fallout 4? I've been playing the series religiously since Fallout 2 was released almost twenty years ago. I've followed it across hardware generations and from one setting to the next, playing each game over and over again to experience as much of it as I could handle. I killed slavers in Washington D.C. with Lincoln's rifle. I tried to make a go of it in New Vegas as a punching-focused fighter. I've installed too many mods to count, turning the post-apocalytpic world into an even grimmer place than usual, where death from thirst lurks around every corner and a bottle of scotch might save your life while it turns you into a hopeless drunk.
So yeah, I'll be playing a lot of Fallout 4. I can't wait.
I was tempted to include...
I listed out what I wanted to see from this franchise back when a sequel was just a rumor, and while it remains to be seen how many of my wishes are granted, the brief glimpse we got at Bethesda's E3 2015 press conference looked great, and delivered something I hadn't even realized I wanted -- multiple protagonists with different abilities!
I'm not so sure about...
Things are moving in multiple directions at once on this title as far as my excitement goes. While recent looks at the game seem to reveal a step back from the eye-popping graphics of earlier trailers (which, by now, we should all really expect), the more details come out about the actual gameplay, the more interested I am. This seems as though it might be shaping up as a slow-paced and tactical experience rather than a wild open-world FPS, and that focus on tactics would make the game much more interesting to me if it turns out to be the case. For now though, we just don't know enough about what The Division will be.
Afroxander's Most Anticipated Games
I have one word for all of you: DAMN!
I wasn't expecting much from id software's latest sequel of its popular franchise, mostly thanks to my own jaded self, but they blew me away like one of the in-game demons after a shotgun blast to the chest. The gore is ridiculous, the old-school elements are back, and there are new and quite gruesome melee attacks. And how about those graphics? Has gore ever been prettier to look at? I doubt it!
Best of all is Doom Snapmap, which brings player mods to a whole new level.
#4 Until Dawn
My love for Heavy Rain piqued my interest for Until Dawn, a new entry in "interactive adventure" game genre. I'm not too wild about the B-movie, teen-horror flick tropes but the survival-horror aspects of the game and its old-school Resident Evil-style camera have me hooked.
Important to note is the game's multiple storylines. As the E3 demo showed, the game forces players to make some tough choices, including sacrificing one character to spare another. However, it's possible to save all characters…as well as kill them all off! The game features forced saves, which means players will have to accept their choices as they happen. The only other option is to start over from the beginning, although I have a feeling I'll be doing that anyway to discover each and every possible storyline.
How much do we know about this game? Very little. Do I care? Absolutely not! The game's reveal trailer at this year's E3 was my favorite of the expo despite not revealing much. My eyes widened and my skin grew cold with goosebumps as the N7 logo on the character's breastplate came into view and Johnny Cash sang about "Ghost Riders in the Sky."
The game will take players to a new galaxy with new planets, new characters, and a new story wrapped up in the familiar N7 Bioware package. Yes, please!
Naughty Dog will bring fortune hunter Nathan Drake's final adventure early next year. Drake, our modern day Indiana Jones, reunites with his long-thought-dead older brother for one final adventure: the location of the pirate colony of Libertatia. Fan favorites Victor "Sully" Sullivan and Elena Fisher also return to the fold.
Demos haven't revealed much other than a few new tricks and moves such as the grappling hook, which leaves people like me salivating at the idea of the game's action sequences. Nothing has truly rivaled the train sequence in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves yet, though not for lack of trying. If this truly is Drake's final adventure, then we can expect Naughty Dog to go all out.
After many years in charge, Hideo Kojima appears to be finally closing the book on Metal Gear, Konami's military-espionage saga, at least as far as he and his studios', Kojima Productions, involvement are concerned. His swan song with the series, The Phantom Pain, arrives September 1 after years of hype, teases, and a couple of amazing gameplay and cinematic trailers.
The irony of this end is that it arrives at the point where Kojima has always wanted Metal Gear to be: an open-world balanced with equal amounts of stealth and espionage with action and adventure. The gameplay looks to be a much needed revamp from the linear nature of previous titles. Meanwhile, the story of Big Boss' fall from grace before the events of the original Metal Gear on the NES promises to be brutal and engrossing.
I was tempted to include...
Don't get me wrong…the Battle of Hoth demo is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, it's also Battlefield redone as Star Wars which means I'll be hooked on this for two months non-stop before I quit cold turkey. Then maybe I'll pick it up again when a DLC pack is released and repeat the process. Why must my relationship with DICE games be so fickle!? It also appears that there won't be any space battles in the game despite Rebel and Imperial fighters raining death from overhead.
I'm not so sure about...
The full band karaoke video game is back. Yawwwwwwn! This was a fun idea a decade ago. There are new modes, including one that lets players create their own guitar solos…yet I still find that unconvincing. I'll be at the real karaoke bar if anyone needs me.
Quibian's Most Anticipated Games
#5 Mad Max
I played a bit of Mad Max at E3 this year and came away impressed. Although it plays very similar to the Batman Arkham games and Shadow of Mordor, the game has its own feel, its own essence and a world unlike any other. I didn’t get much of the story but both the driving and fighting mechanics seemed great so far. I’m looking forward to it.
Despite its delay to 2016, what was shown at E3 -- and then the full length demo showcase on Twitch a couple of weeks later -- reignited my excitement for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. I’ve been a huge fan of the series, and Naughty Dog games as whole, and I can’t wait to dive back into the Uncharted waters.
I loved 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot. Even with the game’s constant “hand-holding”-type gameplay, it was a fun, fast-paced, action-packed adventure and I had a blast. Now getting a glimpse of Rise of the Tomb Raider during E3, my enthusiasm for the game remained high, especially since it looks like the game will be sticking with the same style of gameplay in terms of the pace and action.
During Ubisoft’s press conference at E3, they surprised everyone with an announcement trailer for Ghost Recon Wildlands. Wildlands looks to focus on an Elite Squad whose purpose is to take down drug cartels in Bolivia, which I’m all for. Plus the co-op allows four players to either do a mission together or do their own thing in an open world. I’m very interested in seeing how this works.
I was a big fan of Mirror’s Edge when it came out in 2008. I liked the world, the seamless gameplay, and even though there could have been more done with the story and the game’s length, it was a solid experience. I was able play Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at E3 and it felt just as good as the original, lookied a bit better, and had a story that I want to dive into.
I was tempted to include...
I feel like I have to see more. I was able to play some of the multiplayer on Hoth during E3, and although the scenery was exciting, and it felt good, it didn’t feel special, if that makes any sense. It didn’t grab me the way I expected it to grab me. Hopefully that’ll change as we move closer to the game’s release.
I’m not so sure about...
After watching a portion of the single player campaign and playing some of the multiplayer, Call of Duty seems to going towards sci-fi shooter and away from military shooter. Some people may dig it, but the franchise may be jumping the shark here. We’ll see in November.
Those are the games we're most excited about -- how about you? Let us know in the comments below!