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. Today marks the second in the line, and we're focusing on the PlayStation 4.
Here are the other articles we've done so far.
- The most exciting Wii U games of 2015
- The most exciting Xbox One games of 2015
- The most exciting PC 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. So it goes.
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 PS4 platform. I do want to make a note about two games in particular, just because I figure someone will ask. Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV have not been announced for 2015. In fact, neither game has a release date or window attached. I'm pumped for them, believe me, but I don't think we'll see them this year. I'd love to be wrong, of course.
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.
Bloodborne – (PS4)
The first PlayStation 4 exclusive goes to one of the most hyped games of the year for brutal action fans. Bloodborne is the next game from From Software, the same studio behind the tough but fair Souls series that's earned so much love.
While it looks like it will share a lot of similarities with the Souls games, Bloodborne marks the first new-gen specific title from the developers. It also sports a terrifying, gothic look that has me really excited to give it a go when it launches. Hopefully it exhibits that same honest brutality that made From Software so famous.
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.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – (PS4, XBO)
Final Fantasy fans are reaping all of the benefits with this release. A new rising star director within the company struts his skills in a big console release. Final Fantasy re-emerges as a powerhouse on the current-gen consoles. A PSP game we thought would never be translated into English finally comes to the West with the added bonus of an HD make-over.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD tells an unusually dark tale for the popular series, touching on serious themes like the ambiguities of war and the militarization of teenagers. Other overhauls include a more action oriented battle system and a huge cast of 13 characters, one of the biggest in the series to date.
Even better, buying Final Fantasy Type-0 HD out of the gate will land players a playable demo of Final Fantasy XV. "Episode Duscae" as it is called will deliver several hours worth of content depending on how much you'll want to explore the small fragment of Final Fantasy XV's world. It's almost like getting two games for the price of one.
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.
The Order: 1886 – (PS4)
The first massive title for the PlayStation 4 in 2015 is arguably The Order: 1886. This game comes from Ready at Dawn and Santa Monica Studio, and it clearly stands as one of the most gorgeous looking games on the platform so far. It does offer a lot of brown and gray, though, so varied color palette lovers may be a little disheartened.
Set in London during… well… 1886, this game features an alternate sci-fi/horror history that includes what we assume are werewolves. The Order: 1886 has never out and out called the beasts werewolves, but that's what they look like. They also look ferocious.
Persona 5 – (PS4, PS3)
Here we are at what's easily one of my most anticipated games of the year. Heck, I'm even willing to put Persona 5 on even footing with The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U with my level of hype. I got into the series with Persona 3, enjoyed Persona 4 and played the crap out of Persona 4 Golden on the PS Vita. It was with Golden, which was basically just a portable remake, that I really fell in love. That second visit and the hundred some odd hours I spent in it was huge.
Persona 5 offers a new cast of characters, a new locale and a theme about breaking the bonds of normal life. Yes. As long as the wacky humor and dark turns this series is known for remains intact, I'm excited.
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.
Rime – (PS4)
Everytime I see an article about Rime from Tequila Works, I see a comment about how it looks like a blend of ICO and Wind Waker. I don't really disagree, I just love that an upcoming game is calling back to two of my favorites of all time. I imagine a lot of gamers feel the same way.
We don't know too much about this game, other than it features a boy trying to escape an island and its curse. There's some puzzle solving and climbing here, but we don't know how it unfolds mechanically. Hopefully it plays as beautifully as it looks.
Few game announcements have been as strange and unnerving as the one that lead up to Silent Hills. P.T. was announced by Hideo Kojima, launched for free immediately after and lead to the reveal of Silent Hills. P.T. was insanely terrifying, and now Hideo Kojima (yes, of Metal Gear fame) and Guillermo del Toro (yes, of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth fame) are together at the helm of a new Silent Hill game.
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 Tomorrow Children – (PS4)
For me, all I needed to hear was that Q-Games was trying something different and developing The Tomorrow Children. This studio has always been unique with its games, and I typically like what they put out to at least some degree.
This is a sandbox game with online multiplayer set in sort of a weird, dystopian, post-apocalyptic world. You'll collaborate with others to build and battle, and it features a really unique art style. All aboard.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End – (PS4)
Yes. More Uncharted is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Maybe I'm weird, but it's not the graphics, gunplay or storylines that I look forward to most in this series from Naughty Dog. It's the banter between Nate and Sully. Now, Nate's brother is in the mix. Good. More banter.
I love it. While battling all sorts of evil-doers and fake monsters, there's nothing quite like funny quips fired back and forth between good buddies. Good thing the games always look amazing, too. That's just a bonus.
Volume – (PS4, PS Vita)
Volume's coming from Mike Bithell, the developer behind the exceedingly charming Thomas Was Alone. This is a stealth game, and it looks completely unlike the aforementioned narrative puzzle platformer.
You're a thief with a penchant for silence and quick knockouts. The game will offer community driven changes, tons of environments and, as is promised constant evolution. We're hoping it packs as much charm as its predecessor, but it looks pretty darn cool regardless.
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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