What a remarkable 2015 it has been for gamers. We have had a host of wonderful games whether you’ve been playing on a next-gen PS4 or the Xbox One, all the way to PC and the Wii U. Furthermore, if you own a PS Vita or 3DS, you’re probably like me and just trying to find the time to chip away it the backlog.
This Fall and upcoming holiday season look to be a packed with almost too many titles. There’s no way I will play all of them in the near future. Alas, the backlog groweth.
Barring any unfortunate accidents in which my hands are left disfigured and unusable, there are still games that I do plan on picking up. I give you my most anticipated games for fall and holiday 2015. I invite you to share yours as well!
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii U, 12/4/2015)
I’m not sure if Monolith Soft can give us a game better than Xenoblade Chronicles, but its follow up Xenoblade Chronicles X seems up to the task. Although I can’t wait to design my own character, I’m a little peeved that she (that’s right, she) won’t be a voiced character.
However, according to Famitsu this title is incredible. I look forward to going on a new journey with new characters, while enjoying the phenomenal combat system and vibrant world that Monolith Soft has created.
Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One, 10/27/2015)
This one looks to be a real doozy. Master Chief is on the run, and Spartan Locke is hot on his trail. I am already applauding 343 Studios because this is the first Halo title I can think of where the premise and story of the game have me more excited than the online multiplayer and new mechanics.
With that being said, I’m curious to see how being able to sprint affects multiplayer battles and normal campaign missions. With the emergence of shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield, Halo has seemed like a more sluggish game, but I think this will be a nice change. Heck, even Master Chief needs to get a good cardio-sprint in, every now and then.
Honorable mention: Rise of the Tomb Raider (11/10/2015) – It’s truly an embarrassment of riches when the sequel to the phenomenal Tomb Raider reboot of 2013 is being overshadowed, but that truly is the case, right now. I adored that title, and the sequel looks like more of the same goodness we got from Square Enix before. Await my arrival, Lara, dear girl. I’m trapped in video game quicksand.
Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, 11/17/2015)
I’m a simple guy. I like romantic rides on Tauntans, swooping through the trees of Endor, and summoning Darth Vader to visit my battlefield and demolish my enemies. Battlefront is a love letter to Star Wars and it allows us to revisit the grand battles of Star Wars past. One word: Hoth.
For some reason, Star Wars is an experience best had with friends, and I have the feeling that Battlefront will provide me with many late nights and fun times with my fellow pals and Star Wars fanboys. I’m also looking forward to the Battle of Jakku, which takes place shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. Don’t let me down EA Dice!
Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PS Vita, 9/29/2015)
If you feel like devoting a year of your life to a single game, Persona 4: Golden is a game that’s worth it. Its followup, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, looks to have all of the same brilliance and endearing qualities of its predecessor. Except this time it’s a rhythm game. While I am not traditionally into this genre, I am easily snared by these characters and this world that I’ve already invested in. And sometimes you need to play a game that’s kind of odd. This is it.
Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 11/6/2015)
Remember back in the day (if you grew up in the NES era) when you would hear of legendary Japanese games and wonder if you would ever have the opportunity to play them? For me, the modern day equivalent has been Yo-Kai Watch. I’ve often read about the Japanese phenomenon and how it rivals the popularity of Pokemon, as both an anime and a game, but I had given up hope that it would ever make its way across the ocean.
I can’t wait to step into the shoes of main character Keita Amano and explore the world that is brought to light by wearing the Yo-Kai Watch. Thank you, Nintendo. Now take my money.
Well that does it for my list of most anticipated console/handheld titles coming later on in 2015. I’d really, really, really like to know yours! Please let us know in the comments below!