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There are some great games set to release in 2015, and most gamers are excited to play them. With a new year, however, comes speculation about what new titles will be announced, perhaps at E3. Here’s our far-fetched list of titles we’d kill to see, but aren’t likely to become reality.
Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas (both of which have excellent Game Of The Year editions) are the most recent entries into Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic role-playing shooter series. The game’s real-life locations are amazingly detailed; the new consoles are a perfect place for a Fallout world to be crafted. In late 2014, some clues started surfacing online hinting at Fallout 4‘s announcement; unfortunately, it was all a hoax.
We don’t have any concrete details on Fallout 4, so it’s possible that 2015 will pass without a word on it. On the other hand, Bethesda is known for keeping things ultra-quiet, so it could be announced tomorrow. Enough time has passed since New Vegas, so let’s hope 2015 is the year for the next-gen Fallout adventure we crave.
A New Metroid
Metroid is renowned for its open-world adventure gameplay, where you’re left to fend for yourself and gain abilities that allow you to get to previously inaccessible areas. The formula has worked extremely well in both 2D and 3D variants, the Metroid Prime trilogy being the lauded example of the latter.
Unfortunately, 2010’s Metroid: Other M greatly strayed from what makes the series great and disappointed many longtime fans. While it attempted to dive into protagonist Samus Aran‘s backstory, the controls required you to awkwardly switch from 2D to 3D, and the emphasis on cutscenes rather than exploration threw the pacing off significantly.
A new Metroid game wouldn’t have to be in the Prime series (the trilogy is probably better left alone) but seeing as it’s been nearly five years since Other M, it’s time for Samus to get back into the action. We don’t care if it’s 2D or 3D. Please, just skip the narrative and let us explore a distant planet in full HD on the Wii U. Alternatively, a 2D title on 3DS could be awesome.
Rayman has experienced a recent revival with the beautiful Origins and Legends featuring some of the best 2D platforming in years, but with Rayman 4, we’re hoping for a 3D title.
After 1999’s Rayman 2: The Great Escape was applauded by critics and gamers alike for being a fantastic example of 3D platforming, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc came up short and we haven’t seen Rayman in three dimensions since.
Gamers clearly still have a soft spot for the limbless hero, so it’s exciting to think of what a fresh Rayman could do on current systems, especially since Hoodlum Havoc was two generations ago. But please, Ray, leave the Rabbids at home this time.
Banjo-Kazooie, Rare’s N64 masterpiece, had an excellent sequel, Banjo Tooie. Once the world was saved and Gruntilda defeated in the second game, Grunty boasted that she’d have her revenge in Banjo-Threeie.
Due to Microsoft acquiring Rare, Banjo-Threeie never happened. A third game, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, was released for the Xbox 360, but fans regard it as a travesty, as it barely resembles the original titles. Nuts & Bolts features gameplay revolving around creating vehicles and completing challenges instead of exploring worlds collecting objects and interacting with quirky characters.
Banjo needs to be brought back in a big way; unfortunately, if it happens, the game will likely be an Xbox exclusive instead of home on Nintendo’s console. Rare has recently claimed that they have plans for Banjo, Perfect Dark, and other classic franchises, but time will tell whether they make good on that promise.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
The original Beyond Good & Evil is the poster child for underrated cult hits. It’s notable for its varied gameplay, forcing you to adjust to combat, puzzle solving, and even stealth sections. It’s not the greatest game ever, as the controls were a common complaint with the original, but this is one game that deserves a second chance, since it was a commercial failure.
Beyond was meant to be the first of a trilogy, but after poor sales the next games were scrapped. Apparently a second game is “in the works,” but who knows what that actually means. If you never played the original, it’s available on Steam, and there’s an HD remake on PSN and Xbox Live.
A Proper WarioWare Sequel
WarioWare, one of the best retro games to emulate on Android, hasn’t had a proper sequel since its inception, and 2015 could be the year to fix that.
Gaming critic IndieGamerChick explained her thoughts on the series (strong language) since the original; essentially, she feels that every game has been a tech demo for its system. While I don’t feel as strongly about this claim as her, it’s easy to see how the series has fallen into that trap.
WarioWare: Touched! was an early DS game and while it was fun, the touch controls don’t translate well to the breakneck speeds WarioWare reaches (not to mention all the scribbling can decimate your touch screen).
Snapped was a pathetic excuse for a game that showcased the DSi’s camera, and Smooth Moves on Wii made decent use of the Wii’s motion controls, but none have matched Mega Microgame$‘ quality.
WarioWare could be at home on 3DS or Wii U. While there are some passable clones on mobile platforms, we’re still waiting for another magical title. Nintendo has a lot on its hands this year; let’s hope the garlic-munching brute is included.
These six titles are unlikely to happen this year, but one can hope. It’s a shame, but in the case of many of these games, the team behind the original may have disbanded. Because of this, even if we got an all-new game, it might not match up to what the developers first created.
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What games are you holding out for in 2015? Do you think any of my picks might happen? Leave a comment and let’s make some predictions!