Over the course of this week, we're going to roll out a series of articles that covers the most exciting upcoming games of 2015.
Here are the other articles we've done so far.
- The most exciting PlayStation 4 games of 2015
- The most exciting Xbox One games of 2015
- The most exciting Wii U games of 2015
We'll separate each article by platform, because we know a lot of you only read things that pertain to your gaming machine of choice. As such, you're going to see some duplicates if you read the whole series. In fact, thanks to the way the gaming industry has turned, most of these titles will be duplicates.
Except, of course, for the Wii U. No third party love means that a vast majority of the Wii U's games are exclusive.
I digress. These are some of the games of 2015 that we can't wait to play on the PC platform. Remember, this is what we're excited to see, it might not line up with what you can't wait to play. On that note, what are you looking forward to?
Batman: Arkham Knight – (PC, PS4, XBO)
Batman: Arkham Knight has a lot of really great things going for it as we slowly inch towards its release. This game marks the return of Rocksteady to the series after breaking away following Arkham City. Sure, they were only gone for one game, but Origins felt drastically lesser than its predecessors.
Arkham Knight is Batman's leap into the new generation. It offers a bigger Gotham, a brand new villain, a driveable Batmobile and seemingly gorgeous graphics.
If the storyline even approaches what we saw in City, I'll be in nerd heaven. If Rocksteady can nail the visuals and gameplay to boot? This is an early contender for Game of the Year. There's no doubt in my mind about that.
The Banner Saga 2 – (PC, PS4, XBO)
If you never played The Banner Saga, I totally understand. I'm not happy about that news, but I get it. You should play it, by the way. It's out already on the PC and iOS platforms, and it's a wonderfully depressing and harrowing tale of struggle in survival. It's also a heck of a tactical strategy game, which is right up my alley.
The Banner Saga, first of all, is making its jump to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this year. Cool. Even better, The Banner Saga 2 is hitting all of those platforms as well. We're getting a sequel to what was easily one of my favorite games of 2014.
Just, get ready to make some tough decisions. As you march on towards destiny in the original game, you face a lot of consequences. I expect that will continue in this sequel.
Note: The images above come from The Banner Saga as Stoic hasn't released screens of the sequel yet.
Below – (PC, XBO)
Everything about Below stands out to me as ingredients for a wonderful game. This title is a top-down affair with classic, brutal difficulty and permadeath. It features tunes from Jim Guthrie of Super Brothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and it's being developed by Capybara Games. It looks like classic fun with a mysterious and difficult twist.
Broken Age – Act 2 – (PC, PS4, PS Vita)
The original Broken Age – Act 1 was absolutely lovely, but it caught a lot of well deserved flack for not being, well, the entire game. Double Fine was a bit too ambitious with this adventure game that was exceptionally well funded on Kickstarter, and that means it had to increase development time and release it in two parts.
Part two is coming, and if it even approaches the charm, humor and love of the first, it'll be good.
Note: The images above come from Broken Age – Act 1 because Double Fine hasn't released screens of its sequel.
Cities: Skylines – (PC)
City building and simulation games stand among my favorite genre in the world. Sinking hours, days and weeks into perfecting a city's design and economy is fun for me. Cities: Skylines promises to deliver on all the things the most recent SimCity missed, including much bigger maps. If its engine and design is up to the task, this could be the best city builder we've had in a very long time.
Darkest Dungeon – (PC, PS4, PS Vita)
Traditional dungeon crawling with a psychological twist. Darkest Dungeon will have you tour dark pits as a band of backstabbers and thieves, and physical scars aren't the only ones your members will have to endure.
Developer Red Hook Studios has created a new RPG system in which your characters will suffer psychological scars from their encounters. Don't be shocked when your healer freezes up because of a phobia of spiders or your rogue backstabs his team in a fit of paranoia.
Throw in permadeath, random dungeon layout, a horrific art style unlike any other, and whole host of goodies designed to complicate your life, and Darkest Dungeon looks to be one of the most unforgettable games of 2015, despite how much you might want to when the game's credit roll.
The Division – (PC, PS4, XBO)
The Division is one of several games that we thought we'd see before the close of 2014. Here we are in 2015, though, and we still don't have a release date. That's okay, I get that making great games takes time, and I certainly don't want Ubisoft to put out an effort that's as buggy as, say, Assassin's Creed Unity.
This time last year, the hype for The Division was off the charts. It was a game that many were dubbing the early best of the new generation, and it wowed gamers at E3. The release of Watch_Dogs and Unity coupled with the delay of The Division have dulled that hype.
I'm still hopeful. This game has tons of potential to be a knockout title, and I think Ubisoft could deliver on a gorgeous affair with innovative gameplay mechanics if it hunkers down. I'm just not sure I can buy into the hype again. Maybe I'm alone there.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse – (PC, PS4, PS3, XBO, 360)
Of all the games on this list, none quite really shows the nerd level of our gaming staff like Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Certainly Ron loves this series more than I do, but we both spent a lot of time watching the Dragon Ball slots on Toonami growing up.
Here's a fighting game that lets us create our own character, battle a totally new villain and alter the series' timeline in crazy ways. Yep, sign us up.
Dreadnought – (PC)
Honestly, we don't know too terribly much about Dreadnought. This is the next game from the same studio that made Spec Ops: The Line, though Yager are clearly up to something completely different here.
You command a massive ship in a battle against other massive ships. Your part selection dictates your agility, speed, armor and offensive capabilities. You'll go against other commanders and battles between hulking beasts of war in what could be a devastatingly huge and brutal game.
Is it multiplayer only? Free-to-play? Story-driven? That I don't know. Honestly, I was kind of sold as soon as I saw the huge ships. I'm a simple man.
Firewatch – (PC)
Firewatch is a mystery game set in the Wyoming wilderness. You play a fire lookout in the first person perspective, but then some crazy things happen that put you on the path towards solving a mystery. You speak with a woman named Delilah over your handheld radio, but that's the only human contact you're promised to have.
The art style and storyline ideas have us watching this closely.
Fortnite – (PC)
Fortnite is the next major PC exclusive from Epic Games. This title uses the Unreal Engine 4 in order to deliver a scavenging, building and survival experience for either single player or cooperative enjoyment.
The idea is that you'll spend the day hunting for scrap and building a massive fort. When night falls, you'll be attacked by all sorts of zombies. Make use of your loot, your defensive structure and your friends to survive.
All the building and the art style are what have won me over to checking out Fortnite when it drops. It looks fun, and I hope it plays that way too.
Grand Theft Auto V – (PC)
The PC port of Rockstar's latest in the Grand Theft Auto franchise is nearly here. This one will offer the best looks, for sure, but also an opportunity for the modding community to dive into another exceptional open world.
PC gamers have every right to be scorned by how long it's taken Rockstar to bring this game over, but now that it's finally coming, they need to enjoy. It's a blast.
Heat Signature – (PC)
I mean this in the best way possible, but I probably wouldn't be watching Heat Signature too closely if it wasn't for Tom Francis' work on Gunpoint. That title was one of my favorites the year it released, and that has me hoping this game from Francis will be just as solid.
You play a spaceship pilot moving about the galaxy going on quests. The quests will take you to other ships where you'll want to keep your heat signature light, your movements silent and your decisions quick. It looks like a lot of fun.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – (PC, PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
If you're a regular here at TechnoBuffalo, then you know that we adore Hotline Miami. The game is brutal, sure, but it's addictive play and insane music make it one of our favorite virtual getaways.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been on our radar and in our dreams for a long time now. It's set to release soon, and it brings new masks, new characters, new abilities, a new story and, yes, new tunes.
We can't wait.
Hyper Light Drifter – (PC, Wii U, PS4, PS Vita, XBO)
Hyper Light Drifter has to be coming soon, right? We covered the game during its Kickstarter run, saw it in person at events, interviewed its creator and hoped to see it in 2014. It didn't come, but that doesn't mean we're not still waiting for it.
You'll play a drifter with a penchant for loot, wandering and discover as you blast and slice your way through an interesting and beautiful world. Heart Machine has showed a lot of love in its art style and music so far, and we're hoping that translates to the player's experience as well.
We're not sure what to expect when we play this game in its full and final form, and that's sort of why we want to see it so badly.
Just Cause 3 – (PC, PS4, XBO)
I don't mean to get too hipster on you here, but I sort of dug Just Cause before the sequel that introduced the insane parachute and grappling hook system. The original game was bonkers, though not nearly as crazy as 2.
Now, Just Cause 3 is coming, and it looks like we're getting a wingsuit instead of parachutes. Don't worry, the grappling system is still there. They'd be crazy to remove that.
If you like open world games with an emphasis on high-flying, speedy destruction, you need to have this game on your radar. Pick its predecessor up for cheap during a sale, and get ready to go crazy.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – (PC, PS4, PS3, XBO, 360)
The Metal Gear franchise is one of the best and most beloved in gaming for a reason: it's really good. You can knock on Kojima for all sorts of things, but the dude knows how to make a great Metal Gear game.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain wowed me at E3 last year. Yes, I knew of the game's lineage and I expected it to be good, but I wasn't counting on that patented Kojima silliness alongside some interesting realistic dynamics.
That's what I get, I guess. This game looks gorgeous, and I can't wait to come at missions in a completely open-ended way. Plus, who doesn't want to air-evac livestock? I mean, seriously…
Mighty No. 9 – (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC)
If you needed any indication that the gaming world wants more from Keiji Inafune in a vein similar to Mega Man, all you need to do is look at the amount of money the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter raised during September of 2013. It earned $3.8 million. That's a lot of scratch.
Yes, you'll battle robot bosses, steal their powers and progress through stages in whatever order you like. Anyone denying the Mega Man formula is either lying or blind.
Mighty No. 9 should bring some new mechanics, too. There's a dash and odd collection attack, and our hero Beck can turn into a unique shapes in order to dispatch enemies.
If it lives up to Inafune's legacy, it should be good.
No Man's Sky – (PC, PS4)
I like Hello Games, and I really like what I've seen of No Man's Sky so far. But, if there's any game on this list that has the potential to disappoint those who are unbelievably hyped to play it, it's this game.
I don't put that blame on Hello Games as much as I put it on us, the gaming community. We've clearly wanted a game like this for a long time, so when a developer starts talking about exploring an endless universe in a multiplayer space where seeing everything would take billions of years, we get excited.
I almost can't imagine this game living up to the hype. If it does, we have one of the best science fiction games ever made on our hands. It could be that good.
Overwatch – (PC)
Overwatch was only announced by Blizzard at BlizzCon this past November, but it immediately became one of the most exciting multiplayer shooters of 2015 for the PC. This game is supposedly set to hit a closed beta early this year, so hopefully we'll see it before 2015 runs out.
This is a class-based shooter where each hero brings their own unique roles and abilities. There is currently no plan for a deathmatch mode in this game, but Blizzard feels it can do more than that with it. We'll see how that goes.
Ori and the Blind Forest – (PC, XBO, 360)
Ori and the Blind Forest is sort of a mystery to me. I say this not to admit fault, but to suggest how much I'm looking forward to moon Studios' effort.
I saw some trailers, looked at a few screenshots and decided I didn't want to know any more. I went silent on Ori and the Blind Forest in the same way I did so many years ago with BioShock. I don't want the game's magic to be spoiled in the drum up.
I know Ori and the Blind Forest looks wonderful, and I know that there's a story here about Ori and his future friend Sein. The two will navigate through a tough forest filled with enemies as a story unfolds. I don't know anymore because I don't want to… yet.
Project CARS – (PC, PS4, XBO, Wii U)
For me? I wasn't really excited about Project CARS until I heard about PlayStation's deal with Spotify. I know this is the PC list, but I'd personally play this racing game on the PS4 specifically to race with certain friends. News that I'd be able to drive to my own soundtrack, something I can already do on my PC, was going to happen on the PS4? That set me over the edge.
CARS stands for Community Assisted Racing Simulator. That means this game features funding by means of community purchased development tools. The community has aided with the QA and content creation, and that means we're going to see a racing title built, in part, by it's own feverish community.
Should Slightly Mad Studios nail that idea, Project CARS could be racer of the year.
Quadrilateral Cowboy – (PC)
It's been way too long since we heard anything rock solid from Brendon Chung and Quadrilateral Cowboy. This first person affair with a unique style requires players to actually drop a computer into the virtual world and hack their way through puzzles in order to solve problems.
It's an exercise in logic, problem solving and super light programming, and I loved it when I played it at PAX East a year or so back. It should be out this year, and I'm excited to see it in full.
SOMA – (PC, PS4)
I will openly admit that I will probably never play SOMA. I couldn't make it through Amnesia (either game), and I'm a total baby when it comes to these crazy claustrophobic horror titles.
But, man, does this look good. It's a science fiction horror game with a heavy emphasis, we assume, on psychological terror. It looks brilliant in motion, but the setting is really what's driving home the potential of this tale from Frictional Games. I wish I wasn't such a baby, folks.
Star Wars Battlefront – (PC, PS4, XBO)
If EA and DICE can get a fully working and finalized version of Star Wars Battlefront out this year in the hands of gamers, it's going to be huge. This game stands to be the return of one of the most beloved, grand scale battle franchises of all time.
There's a lot that can go right here, but DICE and EA's recent track record of releases and stability suggests that there's a lot that can go wrong, too. This is one game that I think could slip away from 2015 on this list. If it does, I hope it's for the better.
Street Fighter V – (PC, PS4)
Not many fighting games carry a history or fanbase that even approaches the level Street Fighter has. It's a game that's celebrated and competed in on a global level, and I would imagine there aren't many people left in the world who haven't at least heard of Street Fighter.
This year, we'll see another pure sequel in the line. Street Fighter V is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PC, and with it comes characters both new and old, and I imagine a whole lot of drama from a loving fanbase that wants the absolute most from one of its favorite games.
I don't know which of those two things I'm more excited for, honestly.
Titan Souls – (PC, PS4, PS Vita)
Titan Souls started out as the product of a game jam. The title tasks players with killing off massive bosses in a top-down-esque world. The catch? The bosses only need one hit to die, and players only have on arrow.
Would that be "the catches?" I don't know anymore.
My point is, Titan Souls looks like one of those games that will challenge mechanics conventions for the better. The idea of each boss fight being a really tough puzzle where I can't make a single mistake? I like that, and I hope it pans out.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – (PC, PS4, XBO)
For a lot of gamers, I assume The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the most exciting game on this list. It comes from fan beloved CD Projekt RED, and it follows the adored The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
Geralt is back, and this time we have an even more massive and unpredictable world for him to get down to all that witchering. Or, as I like to think of it, monster detective work.
Every time I see this game at preview events, CD Projekt RED always unveils some crazy small slice of the title. The small slice is so involved and detailed that it feels like it's a big part of the game, but I know better. This is how detailed the devs are, and fans know that they'll get out of The Witcher what they put in.
I can't wait to put in a ton.
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