15 Games to Watch for in 2015

It’s time to look forward to the exciting slew of games on scheduled for release in the coming months. After a bit of research, Aspen It together a quick list of 15 games we’re looking forward to on PC, Wii U, and the 3DS in 2015 Click the link to see our full watch list.

PC
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Release Date:2015

Few games have grabbed hold of my attention with such a death grip as Kingdom Come: Deliverance. I’ve been following the dev team video diaries on Youtube for months and it’s clear Warhorse is pouring an awful lot of thought and care into their game. The attention to detail is incredible, and if the devs manage to pull off the level of immersion they hoping for, Kingdom Come will be an experience all its own.

Tom Clancy’s The Division
Release Date: 2015

I’m trying to remain cautiously optimistic about The Division. The concept of a post-apocalyptic, open-world multiplayer game is incredibly enticing, but 2014 was in many ways a mishmash of half met expectations for Ubisoft. I’m not running out to preorder The Division just yet, but I am going to give the dev team the benefit of the doubt and hope for the best. Mostly because their concept is so grand that meeting expectations would create an incredible game.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Release Date: 2015

It’s been far too long since the last addition to the Rainbow Six franchise. Siege looks to be a minor reboot of the series, with a new emphasis on scenario based multiplayer gameplay between SWAT units and criminal antagonists. The gameplay shown so far looks to accommodate to a variety of play styles, leaving each match feeling unique. This is easily the top shooter on my list for 2015.

Batman: Arkham Knight
Release Date: June 2nd

The finale to Rocksteady’s stellar Batman trilogy, Arkham Knight seems be expanding on everything that has made its predecessors so good. I am a bit worried about the sheer scale of the game, I like the addition of the Batmobile but the videos I’ve seen of it in action look far less engaging than the stealth gameplay that makes up the roots of the franchise.

Evolve
Release Date: February 10th

Evolve looks to make a name for itself in the FPS market with “group versus one” gameplay. I love the concept, a good co-op shooter is a game to behold and I’m interested in trying out the variety of creatures and weapons. If the devs manage to keep the balance in check Evolve could be a standout game of 2015.

Star Wars Battlefront
Release Date: Holiday 2015

I have to admit, I have low hopes for Battlefront 3 releasing in 2015. Part of me even hopes it gets delayed to next year. Battlefront 3 is one of those unicorn games that haunt your dreams with little to no hope of you ever actually playing it. After years in development hell, Battlefront 3 has recently announced its revival. Very little is known at this point, but the teasers thus far are promising. Expectations are monumental, but the payoff of pulling this game off would be massive. Let’s all hope it gets the time it deserves.

No Man’s Sky
Release Date: 2015

This game is as intriguing as any details about it are vague, which is very much so. Trailers have pulled me in, but every time I try to find concrete information about No Man’s Sky I seems to run into a wall of developer babble and phrases of hype. Luckily, the concepts behind the game itself are audacious enough that I can’t help but be excited for its release.

Roller Coaster Tycoon World
Release Date: Early 2015

If you haven’t played a Roller Coaster Tycoon game you have not yet lived. Little info has been released, especially for a game rumored to release in early 2015, but that doesn’t kill my interest in this game. I only have 2 wishes for this game: that Area 52 games expands on the original gamplay of the classic franchise and avoids any of the microtransaction shenanigans that have plagued the countless Tycoon clones that have plagued gaming in recent years.

Wii U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Release Date: February 13th

A new take on the gameplay of Kirby’s Canvas Curse for the DS, Rainbow Curse marks Kirby’s first standalone appearance on the Wii U. The textures look fantastic, and the gamplay compliments the Wii U’s strong suits. If Aspen and I get as much time out of Rainbow Curse as we did Epic Yarn it’ll be a great game.

Zelda Wii U
Release Date: 2015

Zelda Wii U is the game I am most hyped for in 2015. Easily. Little has been shown, but the videos released so far show a scale unlike any seen in previous 3D entries in the Zelda franchise. Nintendo has hinted at wanting to recapture the interest of the veteran gamer crowd, and I think Zelda Wii U will be the game to back those hopes up. Don’t be surprised if this one ends up delayed. This is the type of game that Nintendo will only release when it meets their highest standards.

Yoshi’s Wooly World
Release Date: Early 2015

A new platformer from Nitnendo should be on anyone’s watch list. While the visuals are reminiscent of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, the gameplay appears to be pure Yoshi. The visuals make me wish I could wrap this game around my face like a warm towel, thanks largely in part to the Wii U’s ability to create wonderful textures. It may not be the biggest game of 2015, but a tight platformer from one of Nintendo’s most beloved characters deserves some attention.

Splatoon
Release Date: Q2 2015

My early expectations for Splatoon seem to split into two extremes. The game will either be a bold new IP for Nintendo and the future of shooters on the Wii U, or a total commercial flop. The big picture is there, Splatoon offers up gameplay unlike any other shooter on the market, now Nintendo needs to nail the details. Gameplay only goes so far if the parent game doesn’t have the feature set to back it up. Like it or not,a game like Splatoon needs some combination of stat tracking, clan support, a map creator, character customization, and online play among other things to compete with the modern shooter market and keep a respectable player base. I hope this is the case with Splatoon because the game looks like a blast to actually play.

Star Fox Wii U
Release Date: 2015
Another game that I doubt will actually be released in 2015. I’m not quite sure what think of Star Fox Wii U. In fact, no one does. The little news released since the game’s official announcement at last year’s E3 have been incredibly sparse. We know it will be at least a partial return to the series sci-fi dog fighter roots, and it’s one of Miyamoto’s pet projects, enough to get pique my interest. Star Fox 64 is one of the most memorable games from my childhood, if Nintendo can manage to bring back some of the old Star Fox spark and build on it they could really have a hit waiting in the wings. Go ahead and mark this as my dark horse game of 2015, if

Mario Party 10
Release Date: 2015

I know Mario Party has lost a bit of flair over the years, but it’s been so long since I’ve played a Mario party game that I’m curious just how far the franchise has come. The Wii U should provide some interesting mechanics to play with, particularly in the new Bowser mode that pits the Wii U game pad user as Bowser versus 4 other players. It’s a shame that an online mode looks unlikely. This would be a great game to play with our friends and family back on the mainland.

3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Release Date: 2015

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask could be one of my favorite games of all time. Yes, I’m that much of a gaming hipster. I loved the depth of the characters and their side missions, the variety of combat and gameplay that came with each mask, even the soundtrack offered plenty of different styles of music. The remake of Majora’s Mask promises promises to improve on an already robust game, so long as it meets the level of the original I’ll be plenty pleased.

Of course this list isn’t exhaustive. 2015 has plenty more in store with games such as Witcher 3, Project Cars, Mario Maker, Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord, and plenty of others. Stick around Games & Grinds while we explore the best game the year has to offer.

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