Exciting Games to Play on PC or Console in 2015
Starting with the 24th Title – On the list………..
24) One Piece Unlimited World RED (July 8)
Releasing on: 3DS, Vita, PS3, Wii U
I’ve seen plenty of cases in which a console game gets ported to a handheld device, but rarely is the reverse true. One Piece Unlimited World RED is one such case, as a game originally released for Nintendo 3DS is also getting an enhanced port for the Wii U, PS3 and PS Vita when it makes the trip over to the States. With the game being localized, more players will be able to give it a shot. That’s pretty smart strategy but no PC release is sad for PC gamers.
The game mixes fighting with adventure elements as previous games in the series have, allowing players to hunt for butterflies and fish between battles. However, this marks the first time that two players can fight enemies and do side-quests in co-op. The new console versions will support two players together while the 3DS version will allow for four-player co-op. One Piece fans should see plenty of reasons to explore the Unlimited World when it launches in July.
23)Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (November)
Releasing on: Wii U
We want this to be good. Truly, we do. We don’t enjoy trampling on Sonic every time we get a new game of his. Sonic Lost World was NOT the Sonic game we longed for, and our hopes seemed dashed forever. Suddenly Sonic Boom is announced and we think “finally Sonic’s time is here!”… only to see long legs, knuckle bandages, and other re-design choices that made us scratch our heads.
After seeing the game in action, however, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric might not be all bad. It almost has a Ratchet and Clank feel to it with destructible environments and a slower, more deliberate pace. There’s still some speedy moments, but only Sonic gets to move with any real velocity. Knuckles has become more of a fighter, for example. It’s still early, but maybe Sonic Boom will be a return to form for Sonic the Hedgehog, weird long-legged design and all.
22)The Elder Scrolls Online (December on consoles)
Releasing on: Xbox One, PS4
Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls franchise is one that has always featured ridiculously huge worlds and rather deep RPG mechanics. These games are practically single-player MMOs already, so it makes sense that there will finally be an actual MMO set in the Elder Scrolls universe. Best of all, it plays mostly like the games you’re used to playing. You can choose to fight from a first-person point of view, using any weapons you want to put down your enemies. The more you use certain types of weapons or armor, the more proficient you become in using them.
Exploration plays a huge role, too. The more you check out the world of Tamriel, the more experience you’ll receive. Finding special warp stones allows you to fast travel to any place you’ve already been, or, if you’d prefer to take in the sights, you can just call upon your mount. Elder Scrolls Online looks to be a pretty traditional MMO on the surface, but I am sure there are plenty of surprises in store once everybody start digging into it. (Admittedly I didn’t love the PC version, but a lot could change by the time it comes to PS4/XO.)
21)Madden NFL 15 (August 26)
Releasing on: PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One
Last year was the 25th anniversary of the Madden football series, and fittingly it was the first Madden game to appear on new gen consoles. However, the game still felt like it was rooted in the past, playing a lot like the 360 and PS3 versions we’ve become familiar with. Now that the consoles have been out for a while and development time has been more focused on the new generation, we expect Madden to wow us from kickoff to touchdown.
From what we’ve seen, the character models in Madden 15 are some of the most realistic the series has ever produced. They look incredible, detailed down to the stitching on their jersey numbers. They move with the fluidity and realism, looking like they popped right out of a real game. Best of all, offense, defense, AND special teams are all getting overhauls, giving the game a whole new feel. This will be the first true new-generation Madden, and the football fans in us couldn’t be more excited.
20)Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty (July 22)
Releasing on: PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC
We spent a lot of time playing Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. We quickly grew fond of Abe and really wanted to help him save his Mudokon brethren from being turned into snack foods. His voice made us smile, his potent flatulence make us laugh, and his adventure holds a special place in our hearts…which makes the impending remake, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, that much cooler.
We can’t wait to head back to RuptureFarms and take it to those dirty Glukkons once again. We want this to be a big success so Oddworld Inhabitants and Just Add Water give the New ‘n’ Tasty treatment to the second game, Abe’s Exoddus, as well. Maybe, should they both be successful, we’ll even get a brand new adventure starring our favorite Mudokon! Make sure to give this classic a try when it launches this year.
19)Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (September 28)
Releasing on: Xbox 360, PS3
We’ve played every Naruto game that’s come out over the years, and they’ve progressively gotten better and better. More characters, more fighting styles, more stories to live and re-live…Naruto, like DBZ before it, has built quite the library of impressive anime fighting games, and the next one is coming in fast. Are you ready to join this Revolution?
Naruto Shippude:Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution boasts a roster of over 100 characters, each sporting his or her own fighting style for you to master. Learning these characters will take time, as previous Naruto games have proven, but it’s always been worth it in the end. We’ve loved the Naruto franchise so far, it stands to reason we’ll like this one too.
18)Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (August 19)
Releasing on: PS3, PS4
Xbox owners have been fighting the Plant and Zombie War since February, and while Sony fans knew that they’d get the chance to take on wave after wave of zombies in a third-person setting, their day of reckoning was still unknown…until now. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will be making its PS3 and PS4 debut later this year, which means Sony-centric PvZ fans will soon get the chance to grind the dead into fertilizer.
Garden Warfare strays from the tower defense format of its mobile brethren, instead going for full-on third-person shooter madness. There are currently four different game modes: one co-op called Garden Ops and three competitive modes that parody Battlefield’s Rush, Conquest, and Obliteration modes. It’s a lot of wacky fun, and PlayStation owners should jump at the chance to lay a botanical beatdown on some undead jerks this August.
17)Sniper Elite 3 (July 1)
Releasing on: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3
There’s no greater tension than looking down the sights of your high-powered sniper rifle, lining up your shot, and pulling the trigger while saying a silent prayer that the bullet will find its mark. Sniper Elite has made an entire franchise built around this tension, and for the first time Rebellion will bring that feeling to Xbox One with Sniper Elite 3
The new generation of consoles could push the already fun and tense experience over the top, but what we’re most interested in is how the new generation visuals will enhance the scenes where we see how our bullets damage their targets. We thought they were realistic before, but we can only imagine how much detail Rebellion is going to include this time. Consider us intrigued.
16)WWE 2K15 (October 28)
Releasing on: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Start exercising your shoulders for those YES! chants because WWE 2K15 is storming its way into the new generation of consoles. This will be a monumental year for the franchise, as the first full development cycle under new publisher 2K Sports. We can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the squared circle.
While we haven’t seen anything for the game outside of a logo, we can’t help but think of what we’d love to see in it. We really want NXT to feature in some way, as it’s the perfect way to complement the push the upstarts have been getting on the WWE Network. Also, if the game will let us turn back time and reverse the way Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30 ended, we’d love that too. We can dream, right?
15)The Crew (Fall)
Releasing on: Xbox One, PS4, PC
The Crew is a game that offers action-packed open-world driving in a persistent online representation of the United States of America. Wowser. Apparently, it takes 90 minutes to drive from coast to coast, so even though this isn’t a 1-1 recreation of real-life, it’s going to feel pretty similar.
Reflections (of Driver fame) have been involved in the game’s development, so we should imagine there will be more than one picket fence to destroy. In all seriousness, this looks like making use of every drop of next-gen console power (and it’s on PC too), so keep it in your diary for later in the year. It’s due out in Q3.
14)FIFA 15 (September 23)
Releasing on: (probably) Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC
FIFA 14 made massive changes to the series’ gameplay, creating a soccer game that felt more like the real thing. The physics of passing, shooting, and player collision added new depth to the game, but the next-gen versions weren’t all they could have been. But if FIFA 15 and the developers at EA Canada were able to improve on all of FIFA 14’s shortcomings.They’d find a way to make up for their lackluster next-gen debut last November.
FIFA’s physics can always be a little tighter, more realism can be added to the player AI, and we’d love to see more options added to the career mode. Plus, if FIFA 15 just adds more of the addictive skill games that 13 introduced, we’re totally in. C’mon, it’s long past time we got a real next-gen soccer game
13)Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition (August 19)
Releasing on: PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One
Sometimes patience is greatly rewarded in the video game industry. First Diablo 3 tormented the masses in May 2012 with “Error 37” and a detrimental Auction House. Then the game launched on 360 and PS3 with all of those mishaps wiped away. Now the game is coming to Xbox One and PS4 with none of the bad stuff and all of the good–now packaged with the Reaper of Souls expansion. That’s double the Diablo just for holding off.
The expansion has you squaring off against the fallen angel Malthael and adds the Crusader class, along with scores of new loot to discover during the journey. We never really need an excuse to play more Diablo, but the ability to see how it runs on a new generation of consoles is too tempting to pass up. Perhaps this could be the catalyst for more PC-centric games to make the jump (WildStar on PS4 please and thank you).
12)World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (Fall)
Releasing on: PC
Seasoned Warcraft fans haven’t heard the name Draenor since the original Warcraft way back in 1994. The original homeworld of the Orcs will play a huge role in this fifth WOW expansion though in a completely different time. Time travel somehow makes its way into Warcraft thanks to the criminal Garrosh Hellscream, causing a war in two timelines that only WoW could handle.
This expansion brings the level cap to the nice round level 100, but it also comes with an interesting wrinkle: those who buy the expansion will be able to advance one character per account immediately to level 90, no questions asked. Thousands of hours of playing the game can be skipped with the snap of the fingers. We’re not sure how that’s going to change the WoW landscape, but we’ll find out sometime this year.
11) Driveclub (October 7)
Releasing on: PS4
Driveclub should have been nestled inside your PS4’s disc slot already, but it isn’t because it was delayed. But that’s actually a good thing. Instead of being rushed to completion like Evolution’s PS3 racer Motorstorm, the game should actually be everything it was intended to be when it finally arrives in ‘early 2014’. Which is… any time now, really. But probably March.
Comparisons with Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One are inevitable, but that’s unfair, really, as Driveclub is a different beast, looking to blend simulation traits with accessible gameplay as opposed to being a straight sim. There will be a free, cut-down version for PS Plus subscribers, which sounds awesome too.
10)Ultra Street Fighter IV (August 5 disc release)
Releasing on: 360, PS3, PC
Forget any cynical thoughts of Capcom going for another ‘90s-style cash grab with Street Fighter IV. By this point, SFIV is an ongoing, currently five-year project; more a platform than a game, and ever developing, expanding, rebalancing and improving with each update. And this Street Fighter edition looks like the best, most exciting, most completely game-changing update since 2010’s Super.
Bringing five new characters, new, across-the-board gameplay mechanics, and a host of rebalances and tweaks for the existing cast, it’s one meaty step in the continuing evolution and expansion of what was already the best fighting game in the world. All four of the currently revealed new characters play utterly unlike anyone else in the cast, each highlighting entirely new interpretations of Street Fighter IV’s flawless combat. The new, invincible Red Focus attack will completely change the tactical toybox, and the facility to take two Ultra Combos into a fight rather than just one will explode every character’s options with a total freedom hitherto unexplored. It’s going to be good. It’s going to be really good. (And you’d already know this if you got the DLC update in June.)
9)Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (October 14)
Releasing on: 360, PS3, PC
Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Entertainment recently revealed to the world that his studio was NOT working on Borderlands 3. He wasn’t lying about that; however, never did he say that his studio wasn’t working on a new Borderlands game. His team is helping 2K Australia with Borderlands which will take us back to the beautiful and dangerous world of Pandora…or to its moon, at least.
The game takes place between the first two Borderlands games (hence Pre-Sequel) and follows Handsome Jack’s rise to power. Playable characters include Wilhelm, whom we fought as a boss in Borderlands 2; Athena, the Lance Assassin from the original game’s General Knoxx DLC; Nisha, Borderlands 2’s Sheriff of Lynchwood; and Claptrap, the dubstep-loving, smart-alecky robot with one wheel. Are you ready to head back into the world of Borderlands?
8)Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (November 22)
Releasing on: 3DS
All Nintendo had to do was announce that 3DS remakes of Ruby and Sapphire were on the way, and we were in a tizzy. Ruby and Sapphire are way underrated in e eyes of the Pokeuniverse, and to see the Hoenn region get the renewed attention it deserves warms our hearts.
What’s that you say? How can we be excited for a game that we haven’t seen a single screenshot of yet? Well first, you must not have played Ruby and Sapphire to understand why we’re so excited, and second, because that initial trailer shows much much more than meets the eye.
7)Evolve (October 21)
Releasing on: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Evolve is being pitched as Left 4 Dead meets Aliens–so we’re already sold on the concept. It’s a multiplayer game that pits up to four human players (space marine types with different skills) against a single, player-controlled monster. The aim of the game is to see who can survive. While the soldiers, who can choose between four different classes and a whole load of weapons, are allowed multiple (but finite) revives per session, the monster only gets one life. The trade-off, being: it’s a terrifying, ferocious beast.
The monster can feed on the local wildlife to make itself stronger (and presumably heal itself) in between encounters with the human players. However, hunters will be able to track the beast by following clues and trails across large, open environments. We’re also assuming that the AI-controlled wildlife will need to be fragged by players as they hunt for the main alien. There will be a solo mode too, although it isn’t being discussed at the moment. Expect more details on this promising online shooter very soon.
6)Metro Redux (Summer)
Releasing on: Xbox One, PS4, PC
As we scan the list of first-person shooters on the last console generation, we can’t think of any that are as underrated as the two Metro games, 2033 and Last Light. They both tell an incredible story of a post-apocalyptic world where society survives underground, weaving major moral choices into the intense shooting action. Metro Redux is bringing them back to the forefront on Xbox One and PS4, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Both games offers 10-12 hours of wonderful atmosphere, creepy supernatural undertones, and even multiple endings, making this a must-own for those who missed them the first time around. Trust us, the Metro games are worth your time. Play them when Redux comes out.
5)Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (November 4)
Releasing on: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PC
There’s no “biggest games of the year” list out there that won’t list Call of Duty among the heavyweight titles. Advanced Warfare, 2014’s Call of Duty extravaganza, will take us into the not-so-distant future for a look at how warfare may evolve as the years go by. Oh, and Kevin Spacey is a totally not-so-nice head of a major private military corporation. That makes things even better.
This year’s Call of Duty has some lofty aspirations surrounding it, as it’s the first run for new CoD developer Sledgehammer Games. It’s no tall task to follow in the footsteps of studios like Infinity Ward and Treyarch, but based on what we’ve seen so far we have full faith that Sledgehammer will do the series proud. Come on, they got Kevin Spacey to sign on, they obviously are on the right track!
4) Battlefield: Hardline (October 21)
Releasing on: Xbox One, 360, PS3, PS4, PC
Even after all of the leaks, all of the pre-E3 information, and all of the surprises being exposed, we were still blown away by Battlefield: Hardline. The idea of taking the Battlefield formula out of the deserts and jungles and dropping it in the middle of a major metropolitan area is a risk, but based on what we’ve seen so far that risk has paid off.
The two new modes EA has shown, Heist and Blood Money, are really fun to play, and having a new urban playground to destroy with Battlefield’s trademark destruction physics is too enticing to ignore. Anyone who has played the beta now can attest to the game’s addictive quality, but if you haven’t tried it yet you’ll just have to trust us when we say Battlefield: Hardline will be a welcome addition to the franchise in October.
3)Destiny (September 9)
Releasing on: Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3
)Bungie has moved on to other things–a new IP set in our galaxy far in the future. In Destiny you get all of the same first-person shooter action that you would expect from the developer. Now, you get to explore the wide-open worlds set in earth’s solar system as a super powered, Master Chief-esque character of your own creation. Oh, and by the way, you’ll also be playing with thousands of other players online.
Not only will you be able to dungeon dive, gather loot, and battle alien factions bent on the complete destruction of the human race, you can encounter friends and other random strangers in the MMO style, open-world. You won’t even have to navigate menus or startup matchmaking either. Players just show up (thanks to Bungie’s automatic matchmaking system). You could be battling a massive spider tank with your buddies and another squad of player-controlled soldiers might just cruise inon speeder bikes and blast your enemies with a bunch of rocket launchers. Itsounds exciting, right? We can’t wait to get our hands on Destiny later this year.
2)Far Cry 4 (November 18)
Releasing on: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PC
It seems Ubisoft wants to send us back to the brink of insanity, annoucing Far Cry 4 for this November. With the new game comes a brand new Himalayan setting and a new sharply dressed enemy. We don’t know a damn thing about this guy or why he’s the bad guy, but we do know that we don’t think we want to mess with him.
Ubisoft hasn’t revealed much about the next Far Cry, other than the player will be thrust into a war trying to unseat an self-appointed tyrant king…which makes our cover boy even scarier. Oh, and we’ll be able to ride elephants this time around. Far Cry 3 was a big hit, and we’re anticipating Far Cry 4 to be the same way.
1)Assassin’s Creed: Unity (October 28)
Releasing on: Xbox One, PS4
Like a faucet plagued by bad plumbing, Ubisoft could not keep the drips of information about its next Assassin’s Creed game from seeing the light of day, but we’re not complaining. The franchise’s first foray into current-generation exclusivity looks like it’s going to knock our socks off, and all we’ve seen is a minute of alpha gameplay.
This Assassins Creed will be taking us to France in the midst of the French Revolution, a time that frankly we’re surprised that the predominantly French developer hasn’t tackled sooner. We see the giant Notre Dame Cathedral, our new assassin cloaked in a dark blue, and a guillotine dropping onto some poor sap’s head. Yup, that’s exactly what we’d want from an Assassin’s Creed game in revolutionary France. We can’t wait to see more.
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