Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
This sequel to the 2010 Wii open world JRPG has a lot to live up to. The original reimagined what a JRPG could be all the while keeping what we fans love about the genre. The original featured an immense open world with free flowing engaging combat. Add it that amazing story and the beautiful music and you have a game for the ages. Looking at what was achieved on the last gen it is only logical to expect that the sequel will be every much as good as the original only on a larger scale and visual fidelity.
The Legend of Zelda (WII U)
This games title is still not officially set, but that we have seen so far of this new Zelda game has most of us ridiculously excited. This new Zelda title takes all the things about the Zelda franchise that works and puts it all together is a new sleek package for the Wii U. The new game is beautiful as Wind Waker, with the style of Skyward Sword and the potential of Ocarina of time. This is the Zelda game of the new generation and we doubt Nintendo will let us down.
Assassin’s Creed Victory (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Finally an AC game set in London. There is so much that Ubisoft can do with this new setting in Victorian London that will appease the fans. There will be potential for even larger buildings, different vehicle types, new enemies and weapons to use and defend against. This also adds the potential to add new more inventive ways to pull off assassinations. Maybe they’ll take a page out of Hitman’s book and slow down the pace of assassinations so that the gamer needs to think a bit more about how they wish to attack a target with the new toys they have been given.
Uncharted 4: A thief’s End (PS4)
The Uncharted series has always been a solid series. It has come up from nothing to be one of the franchises most associated with the PlayStation brand. This has all been achieved by the genius way in which Naughty Dog mixes gameplay with storytelling. The seamless way in which the two co-exist in these games is uncanny to the point that many have mistaken them for movies. This 4th game in the series may not be the most innovative due to the high bar that has already been left by its predecessors, but it will most likely be on par with them and or The last of Us.
J-Star Victory VS+ (PSVta, PS4, PS3)
It is an understood unspoken rule that any list must have that obscure title in it that no one really expects but is kind of glad that it is there. J-Star is that game. It’s a mash up fighting game featuring numerous characters from Shonen Jump’s bountifully large selections of manga series. The characters range from super popular series to the more cult following ones that only that Otaku that sits playing is Vita in the back of math class knows about. This game was already released in japan in 2014, and will now make its debut in the west this year. It’s one of those titles that will have the couch warm for months to come.
- Naruto storm 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC, Linux, Xbox one, PS4)
- Mighty No. 9 (everything)
- MLB 15: The Show (PSVta, PS4, PS3)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PC)
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