The final games of 2014 are officially in the books. Was a pretty solid line up for year two of the new console generation with Far Cry 4, Dragon Age : Inquisition, and Titanfall (just to cherry pick a few) keeping gamers busy through out the year. The third year in the new console generation has potential to blow the door wide open with the new hardware.
To say that the 2015 line up has potential to be the greatest games of this young generation would be an understatement. Several of the biggest and most legendary franchises in gaming have a new sequel in the works. Batman: Arkham Knight, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Zelda Wii U,MSG 5: The Phantom Pain, and The Witcher 3 are just the tip of the iceberg of 2015’s must play Triple A titles coming our way.
However, as anticipated as the blockbusters of 2015 games are, what about the sleepers? The games that are probably off the radar of most casual gamers out there? The titles you mention at the local game shop or online while playing games that gets the sound of crickets in the background as a response. Check out my SS210’s Top 10 Sleepers of 2015 below and be sure to let us know which sleeper games you are most excited about coming this year!
Note: Some games on list may not truly be considered a “sleeper”. The following franchises made my list due to the fact that they are not being advertised or previewed with the same anticipation/popularity and have yet to join the ranks of all the Links, Nathan Drakes, and Master Chiefs out there.
#10 Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
Another post-apocalyptic adventure awaits you on the Playstation 4. What makes this one any different? Two words. Population and place. Usually when playing a post-apocalyptic game, the level design consist of end of the world style cities with half falling sky scrapers and collapsed concrete bridges. Not to say you won’t find any of that with Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, but from what we have learned so far, the game appears to focus on the outskirts of the Armageddon. Almost taking a page out of The Last Of Us, where the Earth is still beautiful and the vast countryside await.
This Indie open world adventure looks very promising for gamers who loved The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Walker and are fans of true cartoon animation with the power of the new hardware behind it. Studio Tequila Works could have a hit on their horizon.
#8 Yakuza 5
Seems the Playstation 3 still has a few rounds left in the chamber.The Yakuza franchise has always had a bit of a cult following that could never truly compete with the Sleeping Dogs, Saints Row, and the Grand Theft Auto’s of the open world crime saga’s. Many are keeping fingers crossed for Yakuza 5 to break through the barrier this year. So far, the latest entry has raised a lot of eye brows. Definitely worth keeping an eye out on.
#7 Yoshi’s Woolly World
Not that the Wii U has a large library, but a lot of the consoles titles can be lost in the haze of the Mario games, Zelda, Kirby, and Donkey Kongs. Yoshi’s Wooly World looks to be a very charming platformer that reminds me of Sony’s Little Big Planet franchise. Should be a great game to play with the kids. Look for Yoshi’s latest adventure early 2015.
The team over at Ninja Theory has a new IP coming in 2015. Very little is known as of now, however what we do know is the game will fall into the stylish sword combat genre that has worked for so many other franchises such as Bayonetta, Heavenly Sword , and of course the Devil May Cry series.
#5 The Division
Ubisoft had a busy year in 2014. Several Assassins Creed releases in addition to Far Cry 4 were all successful hits. Moving ahead to 2015, the company has a new IP to showcase, Tom Clancy’s The Division. Originally slated for last year, the studio felt the game needed some more time in the oven. If they can put a “Metal Gear Solid “worthy layer of polish on it, this could be one of the best new franchises of 2015. As of now, the graphics already look outstanding. Being a fan of spy flicks, I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like.
#4 Let It Die
Not much at is known about developer Suda51’s latest project, Let It Die. I don’t see this game winning any game of the year honors, but could be a fun game fly weekend rental. I think this will either be really fun and unique or a another title that falls into the infamous great idea but failed execution category. Time will tell.
#3 Until Dawn
Probably my early prediction for sleeper of the year. Until Dawn was originally a last generation Sony exclusive that got pushed back for the Playstation 4. Usually a good sign that the game is something special. A horror game that borrows gameplay from Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls, this looks to be quite the horror experience. Taking place on a snowy mountain top where eight friends are in for the night of their lives…literally. Will be keeping a close eye on this one.
Bloodborne has a lot going for it. Great setting with dark and gothic visuals. Very cool and bad ass main character with fluid controls and gameplay. Also, it will probably be one of those games where you will die…a lot. Not quite sold on this as a sleeper either, the game’s popularity has picked up quite a bit. Still not in the same league of new IP’s like The Order 1866 for example, but well on its way. Look for Bloodborne early February.
#1 The Forest
If M. Night Shyamalan and the creators of ABC’s Lost ever hooked up in the parking lot of a IHOP, this is what they would be staring at nine months later on the Maury Povich show. Like most M. Night Shyamalan flicks, we know nothing about the plot of this game. The trailer shows us a plane crash and a creepy forest where I wouldn’t expect to find any boy scouts on a summer camping trip. Set through a first person camera, The Forest looks to be a Far Cry meets Bio Shock with a haunted forest backdrop. No specific release date as of yet, but my money says this has October written all over it.
So what do you think? Anything you are excited about? What are some that I didn’t list you think might go unnoticed this year, but deserve more attention?