2015 is here! Time continues to zoom past us at neck-breaking speeds, but keep up because there’s a lot more gaming to do! Many felt that 2014 was a rather lackluster year for video games. Understandably, it was the start to a new gen for two of the big three, Microsoft and Sony. If this is the first year you dove head first and got a system at launch, do not be disappointed. This has actually been one of the best launch years for gaming systems ever. You may have not found too many games that you wanted to play this past year and that’s expected. It usually takes at least three years for a system to start showing its true potential in software. “THREE YEARS?!” Well, I did say, “usually.” As I noted prior, this has actually been a pretty good year considering it was the first year for these new consoles. Still, don’t worry, there are still some great titles to look forward to coming in 2015. So I decided to put a short list together of some of the games that you should look forward to in 2015! (Please note that release dates are generally for North America)
- Release Date: TBA 2015 PS4 (Out Now PS3)
- Genre: Adventure
- Publisher: SCEA
- Developer: thatgamecompany
Although Journey has already touched the hearts of many on the PlayStation 3 I felt that it was compelling enough to put on this list for the many newcomers to the PlayStation 4 platform. There are millions of new PS4 owners who did not previously own a PS3 and thus did not have an opportunity to play this amazing game. My personal 2012 Game of the Year, Journey is coming to PS4 in 2015.
Enter the world of Journey, the third game from acclaimed indie developers thatgamecompany and presented by SCEA Santa Monica Studio. Featuring stunning visuals, a Grammy-nominated musical score, and innovative online cooperative gameplay, Journey delivers an innovative interactive game experience like no other.
Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with other’s.
You wake alone and surrounded by miles of burning, sprawling desert, and soon discover the looming mountaintop which is your goal.
Faced with rolling sand dunes, age-old ruins, caves and howling winds, your passage will not be an easy one. The goal is to get to the mountaintop, but the experience is discovering who you are, what this place is, and what is your purpose.
Travel and explore this ancient, mysterious world alone, or with a stranger you meet along the way. Soar above ruins and glide across sands as you discover the secrets of a forgotten civilization.
- Release Date: TBA 2015 PS4, PC (iOS and other platforms after)
- Genre: Puzzle Game
- Publisher: Thekla
- Developer: Thekla
The Witness has been one of my most anticipated games ever since the PS4 was fully revealed. Although it has been taking a little bit of time to get out of the gate, I still hold high expectations and am completely excited for this gorgeous open world puzzle game. Like the cult classic MYST, I think The Witness will be one for the ages. Although there’s no official release date or timeframe, after speaking to one of the game’s leads, Jonathan Blow at the PlayStation experience in December, I expect it to be 2015. Mr. Blow did say that they’re taking their time to get the game out so that it can be as complete and as perfect as possible without the problems that we see in so many games rushed out the gate. With this small team continually chipping away and progressing towards completion, I’m just that much more excited to finally get my hands on the final product.
The Witness is an exploration-puzzle game.
It will be released on the PC and the PlayStation4 simultaneously; the game will come to iOS shortly after that, and other platforms a bit later.
- Release Date: TBA 2015 PS4
- Genre: Adventure
- Publisher: SCE
- Developer: Media Molecule
Tearaway debuted on the PlayStation Vita and it was an incredible game. In fact, Tearaway proved to be one of the most imaginative, interactive, colorful, and charming games I have played in a long time. Unfortunately, I was one of the few who actually played it. Maybe you did too or maybe you didn’t. Whether or not you did, the creators of the game, Media Molecule, thought that they’d expand the game and tailor it for the big screen through the PlayStation 4. With new gameplay mechanics and additions to the game exclusively for PS4, Tearaway Unfolded is shaping up to be a must-play for newcomers or even those who played the original on the Vita.
Tearaway Unfolded for PlayStation 4 is an expanded retelling of the BAFTA award-winning Tearaway. The adventure that was once held in your hands has been reimagined as a world inside your TV, with a bigger, more beautiful world to explore, and all new fourth-wall-busting ways to play.
Embark on a unique adventure from the creative minds behind LittleBigPlanet with your new friend, the adventurous IOTA or the intrepid ATOI — a papercraft messenger from another dimension with a unique message to deliver — to you!
- Release Date: February 13, 2015 Wii U
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: HAL Laboratory Inc.
Clay Kirby! Our favorite pink puff-ball (sorry Jigglypuff) is heading out on another adventure, this time in a claymation-type world. Coming to the Wii U in February 2015, Kirby will lead Nintendo’s Wii U releases for the new year. Featuring up to 4 players, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse brings that Nintendo charm and new innovative ways to play the platformer franchise.
You can guide Kirby through a vibrant claymation world by drawing Rainbow Ropes for him to roll along in this all-new adventure! You can even mold your clay self into a Tank, Submarine, or Rocket to wreak havoc. Up to 3 friends can join in to explore levels with you.
Use the stylus creatively and tactically when drawing Rainbow Ropes to help Kirby navigate obstacles and defeat bosses. Make loops, launch Kirby into the air or stop up waterfalls that get in his way.
If a stage gets too challenging for any one Kirby to handle, call in some Waddle Dee allies for backup. Players can easily drop in and out of the main game at any time. So when things get tricky, one of the Waddle Dee players can carry Kirby to the goal while the other players collect items and stars. You’ll need their help because there are TONS of collectibles in each stage, from character figurines to music bites!
- Release Date: TBA 2015 Wii U
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer, Strategy,
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo
Want to make the next Mario game? Well get your creative juices flowing because you can (sort of)! The Wii U is rolling out another great exclusive this year where you are the level designer. As the play and create genre expands, Nintendo is getting in on the fun allowing us to create a number of Mario levels to challenge ourselves with and our friends.
For the first time ever, anyone can create 2D Mario levels using Wii U GamePad controller.
- Making courses is easy. Players use the GamePad touch screen to easily drag and drop elements they want in their levels. Place blocks, pipes, lifts and enemies anywhere and play through the level. Want a Goomba to wear a Piranha Plant on its head, build a tower 10 Goombas tall or make a Piranha Plant fly by giving it wings?
- Players can instantly playtest and edit their creations on the fly. If something isn’t working, go back into edit mode immediately by tapping a button and make tweaks until everything is just right.
- With the tap of an icon, users can even switch the visual style between a classic 8-bit Super Mario Bros. look and the HD world of New Super Mario Bros. U in the E3 version.
- Release Date: TBA 2015 Wii U
- Genre: Platformer
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Good-Feel
Get prepared for a cuteness overload. Yoshi’s Woolly World is Nintendo’s next take on the yarn platformer. Like the Wii’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Woolly World takes place in a world filled with strings that influence gameplay. Everything is made of yarn in Yoshi’s Woolly World and our green egg-laying friend is going to use that to his advantage. Yoshi’s Woolly World again shows Nintendo’s dedication to gameplay design with creativity and a unique touch.
Embark on a new Yoshi adventure in a world made from yarn, cloth and textiles. Explore the world by using yarn to weave wool platforms and warp pipes to reach new areas, and gleefully unravel its secrets and puzzles by pulling yarn walls apart. Add a little color to Yoshi’s life with a spectrum of yarn balls. Then team up with a friend to have a ball together in this wild and woolly world.
- Release Date: TBA 2015 Wii U
- Genre: Party
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
I don’t know about you but I have very fond memories of Mario Party from the days of my youth. Mario Party has no doubt been one of the go-to party games for gamers for more than a decade. With Nintendo’s new system, the Wii U, gaining momentum, it was only a matter of time before we say the newest iteration of Mario Party on the system and 2015 is that year. Mario Party 10 brings a lot of new features to the interactive party game that are sure to shake things up. Mario Party 10 is likely to liven up game nights and offer fun times to gamers young and old. Remember, BRING YOUR OWN BOWSER!
Bowser crashes the latest Mario Party, the first installment of the series on the Wii U console. In the new Bowser Party mini-games, play as Bowser himself and face off against up to four others playing as Mario and friends. Control Bowser using the buttons, motion controls and touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller in different ways, and wreak havoc as Bowser in each mini-game while the other players strive to survive.
- Grab the GamePad and play as Bowser for the first time in the series. In Bowser Party mini-games, one player gets to be the fire-breathing Bowser as he tries to burn, bonk or blast other players away. Up to four players use Wii Remote controllers to cooperate and survive as they confront the Bowser player, who is using the Wii U GamePad. It’s four against one, and being a party pooper has never been so much fun!
- Control Bowser in a variety of ways with the Wii U GamePad. In Bowser’s Bad Breath, for example, the Bowser player moves the GamePad around to aim and shoot fireballs at the other players while they attempt to dodge them.
- Colors and textures pop off the screen as the Mario Party series leaps into high definition for the first time.
- Enjoy new mini-games in classic Mario Party style with up to four players.
- Release Date: March 17, 2015 PS4, Xbox One, Windows. Steam OS, Wii U versions TBA 2015
- Genre: Racing
- Publisher: Namco Bandai
- Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
If you’re a racing fan like I am, then you’re always looking forward to the newest racing games to play out there. The racing sim genre is expanding far beyond the days of Gran Turismo and Project Cars plans on proving that with what developer Slightly Mad hopes to be the best racing sim yet. With beautiful visuals and true-to-life mechanics, Project Cars is speeding towards that goal.
Create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and enter the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events.
Featuring world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.
- Release Date: Spring 2015 Xbox One, Xbox 360
- Genre: Creation
- Publisher: Microsoft
- Developer: Frontier Developments Ltd.
Grab your barf bag because Screamride is about to take thrill rides to the extreme, virtually of course. Screamride is a futuristic take on amusement and theme park rides, kicking them up to an extreme level and you’re the creator! The more you get the riders to scream, the better! Another play and create game coming this year, Screamride looks to be a thrilling take on Rollercoaster Tycoon.
Screamride is a full-featured, physics-based coaster game where creativity and destruction are equally welcomed. This game features stunning high definition graphics, hundreds of customizable building components, physics-based destruction, cinematic collisions, unlockable levels, in-game leaderboards, global rankings and more.
- Release Date: TBA 2015 Steam
- Genre: Creation, Sim
- Publisher: Colossal Order
- Developer: Colossal Order
Move over, SimCity, you’re not the only city on the map anymore! Colossal Order is coming out with a brand new city creation game that’s looking like it might be quite a bit of fun, Cities: Skylines (not to be confused with Monte Cristo’s City Life and CitiesXL franchise).
Inhabit a world where you define the rules. Cities: Skylines invites you to create the city of your dreams in a sprawling landscape dominated by cloud hugging structures and jaw dropping architectural marvels.
Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this including the ability to mod the game to suit your play style makes this the definitive city building simulation.
You’re only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky!
- Release Date: TBA 2015 for PlayStation, Microsoft, PC, Mac, and mobile platforms.
- Genre: Adventure
- Publisher: TBA
- Developer: Telltale Games (in collaboration with Mojang)
I must admit, I was very surprised when Telltale Games announced in conjunction with Mojang that Minecraft was getting a narrative-based game. While I was surprised, I was also excited. Telltale is known for great storytelling across their collaborations with various other franchises. While most of their games prove to be violent or mature in nature, Minecraft: Story Mode will keep that family friendly nature that millions around the world have come to love. The difference this time is there will be an actual narrative. How will this game will turn out? We’ll have to wait and see.
- Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
- Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
- The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
- Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
- We’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
- Release Date: April 2015 PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.
- Genre: Action, Platformer
- Publisher: Comcept
- Developer: Comcept
Needing your Megaman fix? Capcom seemingly hasn’t been able to satiate our hunger for the Blue Bomber but that’s okay because the visionary behind the franchise is setting out to bring us the Megaman game we have been longing for! Only, don’t expect to hear that actual word, “Megaman”. Instead we are getting Mighty No 9! The Kickstarter project launched by Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man, took the net by storm in 2014 and secured Mr. Inafune and his team’s pet project’s future.
Mighty No. 9 is an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing!
You play as Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk. Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages (or more, via stretch goals) you can tackle in any order you choose, using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies to take down your fellow Mighty Number robots and confront the final evil that threatens the planet!
To Sum It All Up…
I hope you enjoyed this list of games and found something you will be looking forward to playing in 2015 too! This is no doubt just a very short list of all of the games that you can look forward to in 2015. So since I couldn’t cover each and every one of them, it’s time for you to chime in! What games are you looking forward to in 2015? Sound off in the comments below!