Forget Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and even the hotly anticipated Fallout 4.
We’re not saying forget that they exist, and we’re certainly not saying you shouldn’t be excited, but let’s look past the horizon for a moment.
These are the games that have been overshadowed by the 2015 releases and that still deserve your attention.
These games have been on our radar for some time now, and we thought we’d share just how excited we are for them, even if we aren’t all that patient and the wait is killing us.
The Witness – PS4, PC
Originally announced all the way back in 2009, this 3D puzzle game created by the acclaimed Jonathan Blow (of Braid fame) has been in development for some time now.
Its initial release was planned for PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2011, but due to the success of his other title, Braid, he was able to hire a larger team for it, and as a result, weirdly, the game was delayed indefinitely.
This was until it was re-revealed at the PlayStation 4 reveal event back in March of 2013.
Come January, 2016, and we’ll will finally get a crack at the puzzles of The Witness, after years of careful and devoted development.
The game is said to have over 650 painstakingly crafted and intricate puzzles in total; that’s if you don’t include the many secrets and mysteries the island, itself, holds.
We can’t wait.
Doom – PS4, Xbox One, PC
Doom is an id game, and id has only really had one philosophy when it comes to releases — it’s ready when it’s ready.
That said, it’s had a rather dubious past thus far. Particularly for those who purchased Wolfenstein: The New Order and were supposed to get “instant access” to the beta, which turned out to be restricted to the US only, and there is no sign of any release in sight.
That said, from what we have seen thus far, Doom looks great. It looks like an id game, and that’s a good thing.
It’s a hardcore run and gun and really rather gory bloodbath. It doesn’t apologise for what it is, an excuse to tear demons a new one, and that’s why we can’t wait!
We hope we can get our hands on the game soon as it’s been a long time coming. We just want to shoot demons where it hurts, and by the looks of things, that’s everywhere.
Cyberpunk 2077 – PS4, Xbox One, PC
We love the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and understand that CD Projekt RED has had their hands full with the game for years now.
But as the game’s release becomes a distant but fond memory, we cannot help but wonder what we’re in for when it comes to their latest RPG set in a dystopian futuristic world.
Having recently learnt that the game will be “far bigger” than the The Witcher 3 and knowing that it’ll incorporate and grow from everything learnt from The Witcher’s development, we know it’s going to be one hell of a game.
And being massive fans of cyberpunkian, sci-fi settings, this is perhaps our most anticipated title of the lot.
Dark Souls III – PS4, Xbox One, PC
From Software knows how to make a game; their past accomplishments have proven that time and time again.
Bloodborne, Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls are what has us so excited for Dark Souls III. The promise of growth an improvement to the franchise as From Software demonstrates all that they’ve learnt.
By the looks of things, Dark Souls III is going to be the biggest in the series thanks to its jump from the older platforms to the new.
Of course we will die a few thousand times, and it will cause us to hate life in general, but what is a Dark Souls title if not a little digital masochism.
Right now, we have no set release date for the game, but what we do know is that it is releasing in March, 2016 in Japan, so expect the localized version to hit shelves around the same time.
Ratchet and Clank – PS4
To celebrate the release of the upcoming CG movie, Insomniac Games are building a game to go hand in hand with it.
The new game marks the duo’s debut on the PlayStation 4 and boy do they look fantastic. We can barely tell the difference between the movie and the game, but we’re not complaining whatsoever.
Expect everything you love from the series, like the mad humour, insane weaponry and all of the iconic cast to return.
Did I mention there will be a full-length CG movie?
So there you have 5 games that we really cannot wait to play, 5 from a list of dozens we should mention.
What games are you looking forward to the most in the upcoming year? Let us know in the comments and forum.