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As we move to the end of our look back, it comes that we have to look forward to the year ahead. In this day and age, companies spend millions hyping games so its always interesting to see what has people most interested in it. Some games live up to the billing, others do not, and in that regard 2014 was a rough year on the AAA circuit with the most hyped games having some problems. Still there are a lot of interesting things planned for 2015, and we could barely scratch the surface here in over 4000 words talking about titles planned for this year.  There are plenty more to come, and we’re just as interested about the year ahead as you are… though some of our writers take a certain… macabre interest in some developers. — Don Parsons

Marc Flink
Well, I thought I’d open the ball with The Order: 1886, which is going to be out on February 20th next year (2015). I think it looks absolutely amazing; the way it seamlessly shifts from cut-scenes to gameplay, the facial animations, the overall atmosphere. It’s the best looking console game I’ve ever seen, which probably comes down to the black bars and the 30 fps. The setting is utterly fascinating to me, the alternate history with the lycans sounds really interesting, and I’m just praying it will actually be fun to play, and that it will last more than 5 hours.

Perry Ruhland
I have no idea if Doom 4 will be releasing in 2015 or not, but I can guarantee it’s going to be my most anticipated game until it does. As anyone who reads my First Person Saturday series knows, I simply adore Doom and the genre it has helped create. While I wasn’t at Quakecon for the gameplay demo, the live tweets I read got me more excited than any trailer I’ve seen in years. If the game doesn’t end up gracing us this year, I’d happily settle for the Witcher 3.

Rutledge Daugette
I have to agree with Mark here, I’m SUPER pumped to play The Order: 1886. PS4-Exclusive, so I’ll definitely be able to play it and the trailers and gameplay look fantastic. I also can’t turn down anything that seems a bit steampunky with some supernatural connotations to the story!

Perry, I’ll be intrigued to see Doom 4. I loved the original, and managed to make it through Doom 3 without freaking out, so I’m all for a new one 😛

Marc Flink
I’d personally love to see Id stand up and prove they’re still a force to be reckoned with. Rage was a disappointment for me, so I really want Doom 4 to be fantastic.. But then again, it’s been in development since 2008.. Who says it’s even coming out in 2015 😀 I’m not holding my breath!

Keith Elwood
As far as The Order goes, I’m not especially thrilled at it being a PS4 exclusive, so it’s more than a bit ‘meh’ for me to where I’m just simply indifferent to it. Doom series is near and dear to my heart, so I have to agree with that to an extent. It and Quake were two of the first shooters I ever played. I’ll have to definitely check that out.

My own nomination for most anticipated though would have to be the FPS aspect of Star Citizen. Yeah, it’s still in alpha development, but to see Chris Roberts come back by storm and do something amazing is something that has made this otherwise less than impressive year all that better.

Thomas Nelson
Despite being the person that will more than likely be reviewing The Order: 1886 I will be the pessimist in this dialogue and say that there is a greater chance that this title takes after Watch Dogs than living up to the hype. The biggest developers in the industry pushed out some of the least polished games in 2014 and from that I think expectations need to be lowered for The Order: 1886.

This is far from the only game that I am personally looking forward to in the New Year but I want to introduce the remaining four episodes of Tales From the Borderlands. Episode one of this new Telltale series was one of my personal gaming highlights of 2014. I was in a miserable state being swept up writing page after page of nonsense essays for college when this game released out of the blue. I booted it up with mild expectations and was shocked to find the game an absolute joy to play. A fantastic first episode to what I hope will be one of Telltale’s best series. Tales From the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum is currently my highest score for a reviewed game on TechRaptor.

Marc Flink
I’d hardly call Ready at Dawn one of the biggest developers in the industry. Their previous projects have been ports and PlayStation Portable games. Some really good ones at that like GoW: Chains of Olympus. This is why I a bit of belief that Ready at Dawn will pull through; we’ve seen it before. Developers being “held back” and when given the chance, they create something special. I have some doubts about The Order, like I said, but I do believe that Ready at Dawn will be able to make something special.

Perry Ruhland
What about Metal Gear Solid V? That Nuclear trailer is like a drug for me and every new gameplay bit thrown out there only makes me more and more excited. I remember in Gamescom a bit where the Fulton recovery system launches a C4-laden jeep into the air which Snake then detonates next to a helicopter. This sort of freedom and toybox-esque approach really has me excited.

Marc Flink
I can’t wait for MGS V. Hideo Kojima is a madman and I love him for it. It’s a game that can be so serious at times, but then at other times it’s just absolutely ridiculous. We all know it’s gonna be awesome!

James Galizio
I’ve been meaning to get into the MGS series, so I’m definitely interested in The Phantom Pain… unfortunately, I can’t say much regarding the actual story considering that – again – I’m pretty much a newcomer to the series.

As for titles with the number “5” in the name, however… I’m sure that I’m not the only one really excited for Persona 5. I played through Persona 4: Golden a few years back on my Vita, and if Persona 5 is half as good as that was it’s going to be a pretty strong contender for GOTY – though with how many other hyped jRPG’s coming out next year, that’s still some VERY stiff competition. And I’m not just talking about FFXV either!

Perry Ruhland
I’ve played about ten hours of P4, and I think it’s pretty decent. Also speaking of fives, Halo 5 is next year, and I’m not sure what to think. On one hand, it’s Halo, but on the other, it’s being made by 343.

James Galizio
The only Halo game I’ve played to any decent extent was 3, during that brief stint when I owned an Xbox 360. I’ve heard that they shied away from everyone starting with the same loadouts each match starting with Reach, so I’m not very interested in 5. Beyond that, I JUST bought a PS4 for the titles coming in the spring, so I’m not very keen on picking up an “Xbone” any time soon – especially with all the titles I have coming for my Wii U, PS4, Vita, 3DS… etc next year.

Speaking of which, Bloodborne comes out in March, and is quite possibly the most hyped game by the “hardcore” gaming demographic, for the PS4. Now, I can’t speak for every PS4 owner – especially considering how the system has become the default for multiplats this generation, attracting a good portion of the “dudebro” crowd (as crude as the terminology may be!) – but I would be inclined to agree that Bloodborne is one of my most hyped PS4 exclusives for next year. I absolutely loved the original Dark Souls, as well as Demon Souls – so to see Miyazaki back at the helm for another Souls-esque title is encouraging. Thoughts?

Marc Flink
I haven’t played any of the Souls games. I’m not a fan of being punished for my poor reflexes (they’re quite poor :D) Always been more of a thinker. I can definitely see the appeal of these games though, and Bloodborne looks really good, and since it’s the director of Demon Souls, i imagine fans should be excited! I don’t know. I might end up getting it in a year or two but it isn’t a day one purchase by any stretch of the imagination for me, though I can totally see the appeal. And I’m really glad these games exist!

Don Parsons
I’m going to toss out one here that is probably a bit odd being that its a smaller Indie game. Age of Decadence has been in development by Iron Tower Studios for al ong time now and slowly have been working their way through it. Age of Decadence is a game that is unforgiving in any sense with some of the hardest turnbased combat I’ve played and social skill puzzles to solve through. The game also has all sorts of choices for the character to go through and it matters where you’ve been and what you’ve done. Whether that’s a thief, a loremaster, a mercenary, a praetor (think like a knight), an assassin, a merchant or something else there’s multiple ways paths could have gone within them. It’s a game where you are in a world where things can and will kill you if you aren’t careful. It’s a world where you have to make sure of what you’re choosing because once you do it will be not just commented on but impact things. If you help Lord Antidas in the first city, then the imperial guards will remember you there, be more hostile to you, your activities may be mentioned to others and it goes on from there creating possible new issues or solutions for you to open up.

Age of Decadence is a grim world but it’s one that is fun to explore – to find the mysteries of the past and find out more about the people you didn’t interact with on a different play through. The game, even in its current alpha state and unfinished features, has a lot of replayability but will be going into beta in January and probably getting released in the Spring

Keith Elwood
I’m going to have to go look at that now. Regarding Dark Souls, it’s a fairly legendary title and one that I regret not having made time for as of yet, but I like that it is notorious for being difficult. If Age of Decadence is similar in difficulty level and depth, it could be a good contender. I wish more games focused on depth and difficulty rather than the current culture of pre-ordering and DLC being their entire content more or less.

Marc Flink
Anyone looking forward to Evolve? That’s coming fairly early 2015. Gotta say, not getting to play the PS4 Alpha really put me off and I actually don’t have any real interest in the title now. Would’ve been nice to get to try it but I’m just gonna pass on it now, but it’s supposedly highly anticipated. Any of you gonna pick it up?

James Galizio
Evolve seems like an interesting concept, but I’m really not sure how much unique content that they’re going to be able to squeeze into the game. Right now, I see a totally new franchise with what looks like one game mode for $60 and a season pass already confirmed… I just don’t think I could justify it. If the game was download only and $30, I’d be all over it, but it seems like a game with a similar amount of content as the Payday series, but trying to stretch it out over a full retail title when I’m not so sure if it can.

Needless to say, I’m very skeptical. The game looks interesting, but not $60 and DLC interesting as of yet.

Perry Ruhland
Speaking of indies, Apotheon is a title I’ve been looking forward to forever. A 2D Dark Souls in Greece, styled after classic Greek pottery? Yes please! Hellraid is also looking pretty great, as I love myself some Dark Messiah and Hexen.

Marc Flink
Apotheon looks beautiful. I’m obsessed with Greek mythology, so I’m all over it. Coming to PS4 in January right? I know I’ll be getting it for sure!

James Galizio
Speaking of Greek-inspired games; Brandish: The Dark Revenant is coming out next month, and is looking fantastic. I’ve been in a roguelike kick the last few months, so seeing something similar coming from XSEED really excites me. It also happens to be a PSP game being released in 2015, which is just plain cool.

…Though probably not as cool as The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC will be! I finally played the first game when it hit PC this year, and I simply can’t wait until I can finish Joshua and Estelle’s story. If I had been allowed to, I would’ve nominated the previous game for our overall GOTY this year, and all I’ve heard says that this one is even better. I just can’t wait!

Perry Ruhland
On Apotheon, has anyone checked out Aztez? This one’s a brawler focused on Mesoamerican art and culture rather than greek. I love it when game take on classical artstyles as a backdrop. All we need now is a platformer in the style of hieroglyphs (Or the nightmare sequence in Prince of Egypt) and my life will be complete.

Don Parsons
It looks like a really interesting game. I am interested in how they do the Turn Based Strategy with it – and mixing that with a brawler could be fun. The art style in the trailer really stood out to me – especially as someone who is somewhat colour blind. The black and whites and the angles were done in a very harsh but well done method. Also the variety of moves and weapons shown seems to be pretty high and fits the stylistic method of the art for being over the top. It’s an odd mix to put with Turn Based Strategy but it definitely caught my eye.


Don Parsons

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