Plenty of triple A titles have already been announced and release dates set for this year in gaming. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but these are the most important sequels IMGO.
- Halo 5 Guardians (Fall 2015) – No official date set, and with the Master Chief Collection still not at its peak performance, Halo 5 may not come until the tail end of the year (hopefully it will still reach a 2015 release) but that doesn’t stop my excitement. Halo 4 left Master Chief a hero that lost the only “person” that mattered anymore. Cortana, sacrificing herself for the good of the universe (you know, until another big bad bent on galactic scale domination/destruction rears it’s head) and leaving nothing but a “dead” memory unit. We will still get to fight the good fight alongside Chief, but this time around we will also be following a new character, Agent Locke. Very little is known about Locke at this point, but what we do know is that he/she is looking for Master Chief and will stop at nothing to find him. On top of the continuing story, we get a new revamped Multiplayer game. With a handful of new weapons and game types, Halo 5 Multiplayer looks to continue in Halo’s long line of fantastic competitive play. Since I was unable to capture any of my gameplay from the recent beta, here is The Know‘s gameplay video starring Dick Simmons himself, Gus Sorola:
- Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (June 9th) – After months of waiting, and a drop from a subscription based service to free-to-play* (*You still have to pay for the game itself) ESO is finally coming to console, and after what I had experienced with the beta I can’t wait. If anything this is the perfect way to tide me over until Bethesda decides to release a new Fallout title (even if it takes place in Boston…). Most importantly I finally get to experience a Elder Scrolls game with friends, instead of telling stories of how I fought some troll once.
- Mario Party 10 (March 20) – What is there to say really about a new Mario Party title. I really just want another game that my friends and I can start off happy and end with hands around each other’s necks because someone stole my GOD DAMN STAR!!!!
- Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain (2015) – Metal Gear Solid has always been one of not only my favorite franchises, but my brother’s as well. We both have played through almost every iteration of the series, and I know for a fact that he and I will play this latest addition with nothing but joy and the usual slight confusion that accompanies any MGS title. As happy as I am to see a new set of gamers get to enjoy the game on Xbone, I refuse to play the game on anything but Playstation (Same goes for Kingdom Hearts), there is just something about keeping a series on one console that feels right to me…plus instinctively I will hit the wrong button whenever I need to press X on an Xbox. I have kept away from any story reveals for The Phantom Pain, but I know that Kojima doesn’t disappoint.
- Legend of Zelda Wii U (TBD) – Currently set with just a 2015 release, the newest addition to the Zelda franchise looks to reach new levels of amazing adventure with insanely beautiful landscapes. Not much is known about the game so far, it still doesn’t even have a true title, but from the footage shown I can’t wait. With a large open land to traverse, and a Skyward Sword/Windwaker brightness to the world, Legend of Zelda Wii U will be a welcome addition to the universe and my game collection.
What sequels are you looking forward to this year? Or are you more enticed by new series? Keep the conversation going in the comments!