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One of the biggest concerns for gamers at E3 was the lack of games being shown that will be released in 2014. At least, that was the concern going into the convention, but it turned out there will be a good amount of stuff to play this year. However, 2015 clearly stole the show, as some of the most amazing experiences have already been announced for next year. Couple these specific games that we are going to look at today with the fact that the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U will truly start getting into their groove, and it’s easy to see that 2015 just might be the best year for video games that we’ve ever had, even rivaling 1998, the year generally regarded as the greatest.
Just when you think the zombie trend is going to go away, a new zombie game is shown off that surprises you. Dying Light is shaping up to be the culmination of all of the zombie games we’ve seen released over the years.
Dying Light blends some fantastic open world movement during the day with a sense of pure dread and fear at night. The day is spent finding survivors, getting supplies, and roaming around the world. Once night time comes, it’s all about trying to survive. The infected zombies, who are slow and easy to avoid during the day, becomes sprinting death machines at night time. Proper set up during the day is what will allow you to survive at night. It sounds scary, intense, and downright fantastic.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
If you’ve never played a game in The Witcher series, you are missing out on an incredible RPG experience filled with beautiful environments, intense combat, and a really entertaining story. The Witcher 3 promises all of that, and a ton of improvements designed to make the game even better.
Remember Skyrim, a game you can easily spend hundreds of hours lost in? Well The Witcher 3 promises to be an even bigger open world than that. In fact, CD Projekt RED has said that the game world is 20% bigger than Skyrim. Of course, that world needs to be filled with compelling content in order for that size to really be relevant. If the amount of content in the previous Witcher games was any indication, that won’t be an issue, and because of that, The Witcher 3 will be a game that defines 2015 as a year for the history books.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The prequel to The Phantom Pain has already been released, and while most people were rather upset with it from a value proposition, almost everyone agreed that the gameplay was actually quite good. With the full game in 2015, that value issue won’t be there, and instead we will be left with the fantastic gameplay from the prequel, with the size and scope that we’ve all come to expect from the beloved Metal Gear franchise.
Of course, this isn’t just a rehash of the same old stuff from Metal Gear. Oh no, this promises to bring the stealthy action we all love to an open world setting, something that will completely change the way we play. If you’ve always found the linear nature of the Metal Gear games to be a turn off, Metal Gear Solid V will be the game for you come 2015.
I really wish I knew more about Mario Maker, but even just the small section of gameplay from E3 was enough to make me excited. If you’re an old-school Nintendo fan, it’s quite likely that you’ve dreamed of being able to create your own Mario levels, and this game promises to deliver just that.
I am excited for this game for many reasons. Of course, the aforementioned longing to create Mario levels is one of them, but it also gives the Wii U gamepad a compelling reason to exist. Sure, looking at inventories is cool in some games, but drawing your own Mario levels is truly compelling. Mario Maker would be fun with a traditional controller, but the extra accuracy from a touchscreen is something to truly be excited for. If you haven’t bought a Wii U yet, the time to head to the store and get one is coming very soon.
If you like incredibly challenging games, Bloodborne is one for you. It’s in development by From Software, the same people responsible for Demon Souls and Dark Souls. Unfortunately, we don’t know too much about the game, as we just saw a trailer at E3 2014, but let’s be honest, for fans of the Souls games, just knowing that the next project from the team is right around the corner is enough to keep them excited.
Here’s what we do know about the game: it will feature a horror theme, set in a Gothic city filled with the abominations we’ve all come to expect from these games. Outside of that, we know the gameplay is similar to the other games created by From, and that’s enough to make gamers the world over excited to get their hands on it.
But Wait, There’s More
This is only some of the best games announced for 2015. There’s others from Nintendo coming to the Wii U (I didn’t include the new Zelda because I doubt it will actually hit in 2015, but if it does, it will be amazing), plus all kinds of shooters, action games, and others coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC. On top of that, there’s the AAA games that haven’t been announced yet, plus the indie experiences that seem to sneak up on us from out of nowhere. If you love video games, 2015 is going to be a year filled with experiences that you will never forget.
What game are you looking the most forward to in 2015? Hit the comments section below and let us know!