Editorials January 26, 2015

Jaime's Most Anticipated Games of 2015!

Written By: Jaime Mejias Jr.
Date: 01/26/15

2014 was an odd year to say the least when it comes to gaming. The quality of the titles released was just all over the place. For example Divinity: Original Sin performed way past my expectations as it became the PC game of the year (for some media outlets).  The titles that were expected to dominate the market in sales were actually pretty lackluster. Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s multiplayer options were a bust and Assassin’s Creed: Unity was so broken that Ubisoft canceled its season pass, offering a free game to those who bought it. It’s pretty depressing when you realize that there were a lot of highly anticipated disappointments released last year.

This year though, I have high hopes for the games being released. I can see 2015 becoming a year of redemption for developers making big budget titles. Not only that, in the months to come we’ll be getting some of the most hyped games coming to the market; a lot of big titles had their release dates pushed to this year. In an effort to get our readers ready for what’s to come, I’ve listed my most anticipated games of 2015 (in no particular order). Check them out below:

Editor’s Note: If these games were to um…well, suck, you can blame Jaime for telling you to buy them. His address is 12121 MadeupAddress Lane, Toronto Canada, 00001. Send your complaints there!

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

There are two gaming franchises that I love enough to push everything else aside for and that’s the Devil May Cry and Metal Gear Solid series. Adding to this the fact that I am a huge fan of Kojima’s work – including the short prologue, Ground Zeroes - it’s safe to say that I have really high hopes for The Phantom Pain!

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Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

NetherRealm Studios has to be one of the best developers of fighting games. Not only did they create “fatalities”, they’re also batting a thousand with arguably the best story modes this genre has to offer. I expect MKX to follow Injustice and MK9 in terms of quality. With its awesome visuals, returning/brand new characters, new mechanics and fighter variations, its one fighter I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Xbox One, PS4)

I’ve made it a personal goal to go back and play every Final Fantasy game I missed. This is no different; with the game finally coming to the US, I’ll be able to add it to my conquered RPG list. With that being said, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to play the FFXV demo. I mean, I’m sure Type-0 will be great but we’ve been waiting for FFXV for how long…

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Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)

I was severely disappointed with Halo: MCC as many fans were. Even though I love me some Halo, I almost traded MCC in (gasp). Thankfully, we were given early access to the Halo 5 multiplayer beta which helped me get over FPS blues. Before long I had logged over 100 hours of game time - it was the Halo experience I was looking for. Filled with brand new gameplay mechanics while still being very much the series I’ve grown to love, Halo 5 seems to be on the right track. Here’s hoping that 343 will give us a great campaign to go along with the multiplayer components!

The Order: 1886 (PS4)

I don’t know why but, I always gave new IPs a hard time. They needed to “prove” themselves via their reviews before I’d be willing to throw down the money (no pre-ordering over here). Sunset Overdrive did a good job of changing my mind on new franchises though. Because it currently resides in my favorite games of 2014 catalogue, I wanted to check out another new IP. Sony’s The Order: 1886 comes to mind. It offers up an interesting premise, great graphics, and comes out next month. Why not…

Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox One, 360 One, PS4, PS3, PC)

I’m kind of a Capcom fan boy – remember, I love Devil May Cry. Resident Evil is franchise that is certainly worth our time. And while I wasn’t the biggest fan Of RE 6, Revelations caught my attention. It felt good to move away from the fast paced shooter action of RE 5/6 to the slower pace survival horror the series became famous for. I can see Resident Evil Revelations 2 being great, even with the episodic release schedule.

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Mario Party 10 (Wii U)

Mario games are pretty much a must buy for anyone with any type of Nintendo console. That’s a fact, don’t argue! So it makes sense that a Mario game would make this list. Now, I know Mario Party hasn’t been in high demand with the hardcore crowd, but as a party game it’s rather entertaining. Offering the party game trifecta of Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 10 is one of the requirements of being a good host…who happens to own a Wii U.

There are a ton of other games that could have made this list but, I wanted to keep things short; for all we know games like The Division might slip into 2016. Overall though, I think 2015 will definitely surpass 2014 in terms of quality. Tweet me what you are anticipating for 2015 @UFGBlaze and we’ll talk!