Hey everyone, and welcome to another Controller Crusade Roundtable discussion. Every Friday our team of writers tackle a different gaming topic or question, and the topic this week is “Most anticipated games of 2015”. 2015 is slated to be a massive year for gaming, with plenty of amazing titles scheduled to be released this year. Let’s have a look at which titles the Controller Crusade staff are most excited about.
Batman: Arkham Knight
In my humble opinion, Batman: Arkham Knight is going to be amazing. Take two of the best games of the last generation (Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City) and add a Batmobile. I am so excited about this game that I would put hard cash down for Batman: Arkham Knight to win the Game of the Year in 2015. Rocksteady’s tried and tested combat system, the colourful cast of DC characters, and the remote possibility of a setup for the Justice League sequel (fingers crossed) are all very good reasons to wait for this game. Oh and did I mention the Batmobile?!
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Despite the tumultuous news about the development of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End last year including the departure of some very influential people involved with the making of the game (such as Amy Hennig), everyone’s doubts were cast aside when Sony revealed a 15 minute gameplay demo of Uncharted 4 during last year’s PlayStation Experience event. Graphical improvements aside, the gameplay looks truly next generation. The flow from traversing the terrain to action and stealth is unbelievably smooth. Not to mention Troy Baker’s proven voice acting alongside Nolan North. Naughty Dog is arguably the best game development studio on the planet and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is definitely going to be a must play in 2015.
My choice is an indie game that has been in the works since 2010, a game being built from the ground up by one man, Tom Happ. Influenced by old school classics like Contra, Metroid, Blaster Master and Castlevania with a dark aesthetic style inspired by the works of H.R. Giger. A game called Axiom Verge.
Axiom Verge has been generating a lot of buzz in the indie circle, and for good reason. So far it looks spectacular, with it’s dark brooding atmosphere, open world exploration, an assortment of power-ups to discover in classic side-scrolling gameplay. You will traverse creepy bio-mechanical landscapes, fight an assortment of unnatural looking creatures including epic bosses, rounded out by a powerful pulse-pounding soundtrack. So far it’s set to be released on the PS4, Vita and on the PC. After watching this in the shadows for so long, the anticipation is nearly killing me.
I’ve gotta agree with Behrang on this one and go with Batman: Arkham Knight. Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were easily two of the best games of last generation (and Arkham Origins was pretty good, too!) so I’m incredibly excited to see what they can do with more powerful hardware. I’d be looking forward to it even if Arkham Knight was a straight continuation of City with no improvements, so with how many additions Rocksteady has added you can bet that my excitement is through the roof.
I’ll follow that up with the one game I want to play more than Arkham Knight: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Each Witcher game has improved over the previous one, and Wild Hunt looks like it’s not only going to be the biggest and best in the series, but one of the biggest and best RPGs period. I’m excited to step back into the role of Geralt of Rivia as I hunt down monsters and get lost in the massive, immersive world that CD Projekt Red has built for us. Every preview and video looks better than the last and I absolutely cannot wait to play The Witcher 3.
Well since I don’t want to be a broken record and talk about how incredibly pumped I am for Uncharted 4, I’ll choose another title that I cannot wait to play: From Software’s Bloodborne. A mix between the Souls series and Van Helsing, what’s not to like? I’ll admit the challenging and relentless gameplay is not for everyone, but I certainly cannot wait to get my hands on Bloodborne. What can I say? I’m a sucker for punishment.
Another game that I am extremely excited for is The Legend of Zelda Wii U. Ever since the Wii U console was released, I’ve always been excited at the amount of potential a Legend of Zelda game would have on the system. Hopefully I will not have to wait much longer to see the final result. While the release date is still TBA 2015 and could be pushed back at any time, my fingers are crossed that the next installment of The Legend of Zelda franchise makes it’s way into my Wii U by the end of the year.
That’s a wrap on this edition of Controller Crusade Roundtable. As always we love when our readers join in on the discussion, so let us know what games you are excited to play later this year! Also if you have any questions that you would like our team to answer for next week, let us know! Check back next week, and each and every Friday for more Controller Crusade Roundtable Discussions.