2014 has been a strong year for gaming in terms of quality, quantity and variety but it will become an after thought in comparison to what is coming in 2015. Here are the reasons I believe that 2015 will be the greatest year in gaming history:
It will no longer be about which console to purchase.
The lead discussions in gaming in 2013 and 2014 has been dominated by which console is the “superior” one to own. After a full year since Xbox One and PS4’s release and over two years since the Wii U’s, most gamers will have either purchased the console of their choosing or at the very least decided. This will shift the focus to the incredible game library that all three of the consoles will have releasing in 2015.
“Next Gen” will become Current Gen.
One of the major weaknesses of 2014 is that most next gen major releases are also available on previous gen as well. This lists includes games such as Titanfall, Destiny and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Most of the major 2015 releases are all Xbox One/PS4/Wii U only and the trend will only continue as time goes along. This will label Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U as the current gen consoles and cause the Xbox 360 and PS3 to fade away.
The announced games are simply incredible.
Easily the most important part of 2015 is the unbelievable list of games that are scheduled for release. A steady schedule of sequels to well established and beloved series will fill the year and make every console owner happy. There are far to many to spotlight but here is a general run down of what is to come for each console:
Batman Arkham Knight, Rocksteady’s conclusion to the critically acclaimed Arkham trilogy will be released on both Xbox One and PS4 in 2015. The 4 Vs. 1 multiplayer shooter Evolve (February 10th) and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (February 24th) will be launching to start off the year. Ubisoft will be bringing the stunningly beautiful Tom Clancy’s The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege in 2015 as well. Other notable titles include Mortal Kombat X, Dying Light, and Battlefield Hardline. Needless to say, owners of Xbox One and PS4 will have plenty of variety next year.
The Console Exclusives might be even better.
The exclusive title releases for 2015 will arguably be the best games to release in 2015. They are also so strong as to give a strong argument to purchase any of the three systems. Here is what each console can offer exclusively:
Wii U owners will finally have reasons to have their systems on for hours upon hours in 2015. While they miss out on the list of third party titles, the console carries a very strong first party lineup. Quite possibly the most anticipated game of the year will be the Legend of Zelda Wii U which was first shown at E3 of this year. Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario party 10, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and the delightful looking Mario Maker will also be making their way to the Wii U in 2015.
Halo 5: Guardians tops the list and is easily Xbox’s most notable franchise. A beta of it’s multiplayer will be available to those who purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection this November. While it had been originally announced as an Xbox exclusive, we have now learned that Rise of the Tomb Raider is only a timed exclusive. While this still gives Xbox owners early access to the game, its eventual console-wide release should make PS4 owners happy. Regardless, both of these games will be coming only to Xbox owners in 2015.
PlayStation 4 owners will start the year off for exclusives, with incredible looking The Order: 1886 launching on February 20th. This however just scratches the surface for what is to come. The indie title No Man’s Sky stole the show during Sony’s e3 press conference this year will be also coming to PS4. Speaking of E3, lets not forget PlayStation 4’s most anticipated exclusive of 2015. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. PlayStation’s full 2015 lineup may be the best of all three consoles.
We still do not know everything that is coming.
Quite possibly the most exciting thing about 2015 is that we do not know the full lineup of games that are coming. What about Kingdom Hearts 3? What if Nintendo releases another classic in HD like they did the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in 2013? Or maybe Star Fox Wii U? There is always the possibility of a Last Of Us sequel being announced. Or maybe Rareware’s new project for Xbox. Be sure to check out Gamerheadlines.com for the latest gaming news.
What are you looking forward to the most in 2015? Which console(s) do you own? Do you have any games you cant wait to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments or by following me @Sunamo1