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2014 was disappointing, 2015 will be great though!
It’s almost New Years and that means it is time to reflect on all that has happened this year, as well as taking a peak into the near future. What was the most noteworthy in the games industry in 2014, and what can we expect in 2015?
A year of delays
2014 was a year of delays. Driveclub, The Crew, The Order 1886, Battlefield Hardline, The Witcher 3, The Division, and Batman Arkham Knight. All of these games got delayed. Some so much so, that it is easy to write the 2015 paragraph of this article, as most of these games are still not released yet.
Some games were not delayed, but we sure wish they had been (I’m talking to you, Ubisoft). How can you release a game, ask full price, and then deliver a product that is absolutely crap? Assassin’s Creed Unity is the epitome of consumer extortion. Did anyone working for Ubisoft ever tried playing the game themselves before deciding to ship it?
Okay, maybe FIFA is the actual epitome, since it’s pretty much the same each year (despite EA ranting on how bad last year’s version was, so you should really buy the new one), but the quality of Assassin’s Creed Unity was just appalling!
It was a tough year for Ubisoft anyways. Watch_Dogs, for example, looked great at presentations, but the actual game was…well, disappointing to say the least. But you won’t hear Ubisoft complain. It was their best selling launch day title ever, and that’s what matters, right?
But if you leave Ubisoft out of the equation?
It wasn’t all bad though. 2014 has been the birth year of some good games. Two games that did really well are GTA 5 next gen, and Last of Us Remastered. Oh wait, they were originally from 2013. Still, there were some positives. Mario Kart 8 for example, for many people the only reason to buy a Wii U. And after that, they had the chance to play Bayonetta 2 as well.
Some games worth mentioning are: South Park: The Stick of Truth (one of the funniest games in years), Far Cry 4 (Despite being more of a Far Cry 3.1 and well, Ubisoft), Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Broken Age, and of course Destiny (although it had its fair share of issues too).
All in all, that makes 2014 a very poor year. Especially if you consider the new generation just came out. The first year of a new console should be filled with exciting new titles, or great versions of existing series. Instead, we got Rambo: The Video Game.
Things can only get better
So with all the delays, there’s a lot of games lined up for release in 2015. And some of them look really promising. There is one problem though. With everything that happened with Ubisoft games, it’s not weird to be afraid that The Division will become one big deception too. That would be a shame, because in the trailers it looked very promising.
Mortal Kombat X
If you like 1v1 fighting then 2015 might just be the right year for you. Mortal Kombat X looks fantastic graphically, and the gameplay looks addictive. All your old heroes, plus some new ones, will be back in a thrilling fight. Interactive settings, painful looking x-ray visions, and very very bloody finishes, all the ingredients Mortal Kombat X will throw at you.
Race fans will be thrilled to see Project CARS come out. It is a serious attempt to take over the throne of best racing simulator from either Gran Turismo, or Forza Motorsport. From the start, all tracks will be available, here it already differentiate from its competitors. The game will have dynamic weather, events that last more than 1 day, and it will support the Oculus Rift virtual reality device.
Evolve is a game where you play 4 against 1. Unfair, you’d say? Not if that 1 player is a gigantic monster that keeps evolving (hence the name) into something straight out of your worst nightmare. If you decide to play as the monster, you will have all kind of powers to kill of those 4 human hunters. They can cooperate tough, so you should still be aware of danger. Read more here.
Nathan Drake will be back in 2014 in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Our beloved adventurer finds himself in a beautiful setting once again, fighting for his life to find that precious treasure. The Uncharted series are known for the amazing graphics and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is no exception. Have a look at this video presented during the PlayStation Experience and see for yourself.
No Man’s Sky
One of the most interesting games of 2015 is No Man’s Sky. This massively online multiplayer space exploration game takes you into one of the biggest game worlds in history. You are ‘dropped’ on a planet somewhere in the galaxy. You go out and discover other planets, fight off enemies, and what not. The project looks very ambitious, but if the developers can pull it off, this might just be the next best thing! Check out this article about the multiplayer aspect of No Man’s Sky.
Obviously, there are a lot more games to look forward to so, what games do you have on your list for 2015?