Ajay’s Top 5 Video Games For 2015
2015 has arrived and with it we’ve got plenty of great new video games to look forward to! Last year, I was surprised by a few titles that weren’t even on my radar (like Hearthstone!), so it’s always a tricky thing predicting the best games of any given year. That being said, here are the five games I’m most excited for in 2015.
5. Mortal Kombat X – April 14th, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 & PC
As a kid, I was obsessed with Mortal Kombat. I had all the games, all the magazines, all the comic books, all the action figures, and all the movies. Over the years, I had a bit of a falling out with the franchise as they transitioned to 3D and the creators moved away from the project. But with MK9 they brought me back in as a fan and I’m super excited for MKX. The graphics are amazing and there are some fantastic and exciting new characters to choose from. Word has it that if you pre-order the game you’ll get to play as the four-armed Shokan Goro! On top of that, each fighter has three different fighting styles to choose from, so you’ll have endless combos and styles of play to master. If that’s not enough, the environment is now a factor in battles for more than just “Fatalities”— you’ll be able to swing from branches and interact with various objects between you and your opponent.
4. Tom Clancy’s The Division – TBD, Xbox One, PS4 & PC
There’s no clear release date for this one yet, and while I’ve had some experience with Tom Clancy titles in the past (Rainbow Six… yes… I’m that old), I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the franchise. But that may change with this title. Set in a dystopian Chicago after a deadly pandemic brings the US to its knees, you and your friends fight alongside in this online battle against both computer-controlled bots and other players. When DayZ spawned the online zombie survival game, I wondered to myself what a big game studio might be able to do with the genre, and it looks like The Division is set to answer that question. We’ll just have to wait and see if the game world is really as open as they’re suggesting, or if this is another case of over-promising and under-delivering. But if they can live up to the hype this game is going to be AWESOME!
3. The Legend of Zelda – TBD, Wii U
There really isn’t much to say about this game at the moment because Nintendo has been pretty tight-lipped about what we’re going to get with this first original HD Zelda game for the Wii U. No release date yet, but we can all guess it’ll be out in time for Christmas. Truth be told, I’m excited about this game because I know my partner will love it. She’s been a huge fan of Zelda since she was little and in the two years I’ve known her she’s played through Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds, and is playing one of the classic titles on her 3DS. But enough about us, hopefully we’ll all get more details on what this new Legend of Zelda game will be all about sometime sooner than E3 in June. Rest assured that as soon as I know more, I’ll share it on InnerSpace and Twitter.
2. EVOLvE – TBD, PS4 & PC
It was tough putting this game at number two because I’ve actually played it already and know just how great it is. (Unlike my choice for number one, which almost no one has played.) EVOLvE is from the creators of Left 4 Dead (one of my favourite games of all time) and it continues the idea of four-player co-op. But this time, instead of four human players taking on a team of four zombies with various special abilities, this game pits the four human hunters against one human-controlled giant monster. The monster must evade the hunters while feasting on smaller monsters to “evolve” and grow more powerful in hopes of being able to take down the four hunters. Of course, the hunters want to trap and take down the monster before it has a chance to reach its full potential. When I played back at E3, I took on the role of the trapper. We tried to communicate as best as we could, but in the mayhem of E3 I couldn’t hear my teammates so well and the monster prevailed. It was hilariously fun, and never before in a video game have I enjoyed a “boss battle” as much as I did here. I can’t wait to try it again and to get to play as the monster. I’m a bit frustrated, though, because I have friends on PC I game with and friends on PS4 I game with, so I think I’ll be stuck picking up two copies of the game and paying a bit more each time to unlock additional content.
1. No Man’s Sky – TBD, PS4 & PC
No Man’s Sky is on top of everyone’s list for most anticipated games of 2015, and rightly so. This upcoming indie game uses procedural generation to create a vast, infinite galaxy that you can fully explore. Begin on a planet, explore its flora and fauna before blasting off the surface to explore nearby planets – or travel to another solar system entirely. Meet up with your friends to engage in space battles or land on the surface and hunt giant alien rhinoceros-type creatures. In an age where so many of our epic titles seem like different skins on otherwise similar game engines, No Man’s Sky could be the breath of fresh air we’ve all been waiting for in the world of video games and I can’t wait to get my hands on it and inhale deeply.