Between E3, the upcoming PAX Prime and all the gaming announcements around/in between those dates (and at other cons!), there are definitely a lot of games we’re excited to play in the future! Here are our top 5 lists, as well as the release date — or supposed release date/year if it hasn’t been announced yet.
HEATHER’S TOP 5
5.) HOTLINE MIAMI 2: WRONG NUMBER – Q3 2014 – Now, I am totally admitting up front: technically I won’t be playing this. I was horrible at the first Hotline Miami but enjoyed the hell out of it while watching Nate play. I’ll definitely give HL2:WN a shot but when I die 289374892378947 times, give up and run screeching into the night, I will be come back right away to watch Nate play. I was so enthralled with the first one – the atmosphere, the colors, the music. Since I wasn’t playing it was like I was watching this action movie full of neon perfection. I am now having withdrawals of that.
4.) SUNSET OVERDRIVE – October 28, 2014 – We don’t have an Xbox One in our household yet but this game and an honorable mention of mine are both Xbox One games so I figure we might get one one day. Jet Grind Radio & Jet Set Radio Future have always held a special place in the video game pantheon of my heart and that was one of the first things I thought of when I first saw this game. Except you get to shoot humans-turned-mutants (because of an energy drink!), not spraypaint anything. And I’m all about creating a ridiculous character and shooting some mutants. ALL about it. There is also the adorable energy drink mascot, Fizzie.
3.) TALES FROM THE BORDERLANDS – mid-2014 – Telltale Games knows exactly how to tell wonderful stories. They may not all be happy rainbows and sunshine stories, but they know what they’re doing. The fact that they’re going to be working their brand of magic in the world of Borderlands is something I never would’ve thought of myself and if I did, I never would’ve dreamed of it actually happening. Dreams you don’t even know you have DO come true, kids.
2.) OBDUCTION – mid to late 2015 – It’s too bad I can’t just have a paragraph of gibberish and keyboard-smashing because that is how pumped I am for this game. When Cyan announced a Kickstarter for a new game, I basically did a SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY. You see, Cyan is the company behind the Myst series – which holds two of my very favorite games in the universe, Myst & Riven. And if they want to make a new game, I’m all for it. What’s been revealed so far has left me wanting more and I know that once it’s released, I will hate finishing it because I’ll never get to experience that game For The First Time again.
1.) PERSONA 5 – 2015 – We literally know next to nothing about Persona 5 and maybe that’s why I’m so excited about it. There are so many possibilities to what it could be about, what the characters could be like — everything. I loved Revelations: Persona (sorry, the first one I played was the horrible/amazing NA translated one and I still fell in love w/ it somehow) and both Persona 2 games. Persona 3 was alright, but Persona 4 took everything I didn’t really get into in 3 and fixed it. That makes me very positive about Persona 5. GRAB YOUR ASSES AND RUN!
Honorable mentions: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (C-L-A-P-T-R-A-P!), Dance Central Spotlight (I will miss The Glitterati and Murder of Crows but at least Miss Aubrey is in), Persona 4: Dancing All Night (because I am gross AND I’M SO EXCITED), Armikrog (The Neverhood was a big part of my childhood so this makes me giddy), Fantasia: Music Evolved (Disney + Harmonix = <3), Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright (This reminds me of an OBJECTION)…
I know I’m missing some that I’m sure I’ll think of later and facepalm when I realize I forgot them. But these are the ones off the top of my head. With that said, here’s Nate with his five!
NATE’S TOP 5
5.) GAUNTLET – Summer 2014 – I’m a huge fan of co-op games, especially local co-op. There’s nothing quite like 4 people gathered around a TV screaming at each other. Recently I’ve gotten caught up in Dungeon Defenders (which I highly recommend with a group of friends). In my recent Steam search for more co-op gems I discovered Gauntlet, the reboot of a series I enjoyed back in my Nintendo 64 days, will be coming out shortly. Because I need another excuse to continue TV screamathon 2014.
4.) BLOODBORNE – 2015 – I haven’t been a huge RPG person as of late, and even less of a JRPG person. I’ve kind of gotten the feeling of “played one, played them all”. That all changed when I learned of Dark Souls. 60+ hours later and I’m still as addicted as the day I started playing. So even though I have DS1, DS2, and perhaps Demons Souls to get through, I’m still excited about the next in the franchise: Bloodborne. I’m less excited that I need to buy an entire new console just to play it though.
3.) BELOW – ??? – Developer Capybara first landed into my sights at PAX East 2013. I’ll be honest, there’s nothing I recall that piqued my interest at the time. However after watching the trailer and developer commentary for Below, I’ll just say this: A Link to the Past and Dark Souls had a baby.
2.) ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST – Fall 2014 – I had to pick my jaw up from the floor after the E3 trailer. Absolutely stunning visuals, sound, and what will hopefully be a very compelling story. Plus you know CUTE THINGS! Anyone who enjoys deep platformers (Braid, Limbo, etc) should be on the lookout for this one.
1.) THE WITNESS – ??? – Game mechanics are tricky to get right. Too simple and you will leave players bored without a lot of extra to make up for it. To complex, and you will make players frustrated. Braid is very close to my idea of perfect game mechanics. Complex enough that they aren’t immediately obvious, but simple enough that you can learn the pattern(s) and apply it to the puzzles at hand. So naturally I was excited when Braid creator Jonathan Blow announced his next project: The Witness. There doesn’t seem to be a release target, but hopefully it won’t reach Duke Nukem Forever levels of insanity.
Honorable mentions: Project Spark, Evolve, Half Life 3 (I believe)