Our Most Anticipated Games: Fall 2015 Edition

It has been three months since the last time we here at GameCrate sat down and listed out the games we personally are looking forward to the most. This is where we take off our critical hats and just allow ourselves to become excited about games again. Now that the games of summer are behind us and the busy holiday season is on the horizon, it's time to take a look at what exciting titles are coming up in the remainder of 2015 and on into 2016.

Here are the games we are currently anticipating the most, as of Fall 2015.  

Nick's most anticipated games

#5 VR Sports Challenge

Everything I wrote about this game after E3 still stands, though I'd really like to see more details about this title before too much longer, the hype is still running strong through my veins. I'm a hockey fan and I'm on-board with VR 100%, and the five minutes I spent as a goalie in VR Sports Challenge was the most fun I've had with digital hockey in years. I'm still holding out hope that there's enough challenge and hidden depth in this title to make it more than just a collection of mini-games, but at the very least this is likely to be the Wii Sports of the virtual reality era. 

#4 Minecraft: Story Mode

I've been a Minecraft fan and player since the moment I first heard about the game (via this wonderful article in 2010), and while I don't play it as much as I once did, the game still holds a great deal of appeal for me. Combine that nostalgia (if that can possibly be the right word for something that's only five years old) with awesome voice talent (Billy West! Paul Reubens! John Hodgman!) and the basically-never-made-a-bad-game folks at Telltale, and Story Mode seems like a game targeted to appeal to me specifically (as well as the legions of other fans of those same exact things). 

#3 Dishonored 2

Dishonored was one of the most surprising games to come out in the past five years, offering a refreshing original world to explore along with supremely satisfying gameplay and a flexible objective completion system that more games should copy. I wrote out what I wanted to see in the sequel before it was officially announced, but now that Dishonored 2 is a real, confirmed thing , the anticipation can begin in earnest. 

We've heard basically nothing about the game so far since the big reveal, but we can expect that to change after some of the big releases get cleared out of the pipeline this November. 

#2 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

This is another game I checked out at this year's E3, and while the demo ended abruptly thanks to technical issues, the actual gameplay looked like tons of fun. A vibrant sci-fi world has always been a strong point of the Deus Ex franchise, but the strong focus on making combat more exciting and interesting in Mankind Divided could make the game into the complete success that Human Revolution never quite was. 

For more on Mankind Divided, make sure to check out our interview with the voice actor behind Adam Jensen, Elias Toufexis.

#1 Fallout 4

I really don't feel like I have to explain this one. Fallout 4 was announced at E3 and will be released in November (a shockingly swift hype-building period for a modern AAA title) and every bit of news they release about the game promises more of what we loved about Fallout 3 and New Vegas combined with refined character progression and intricate crafting and town-building systems. Along with mod support that looks to be even more robust than what Bethesda has done in the past, Fallout 4 is very likely to be the game that consumes the most hours of my life in the coming months. 

Hooray!  

I was tempted to include...

Roller Coaster Tycoon World

I loved the classic games in this franchise, and the videos we've seen of the new game so far look great. Hopefully this title helps get the franchise back on its feet after the missteps of 3D and Mobile

I'm not so sure about...

The Tomorrow Children

While this game certainly seems interesting and compelling on paper, my hands-on experience with an early build at E3 left me underwhelmed. I'm still not sure exactly what this game is, and I'll need to see some concrete details soon explaining how the play experience will live up to the interesting theme.

Quibian's Most Anticipated Games

#5 Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

I’m still high off the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst excitement from E3. Recent updates to the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst website from narrative director Christofer Emgård about writing the story and comic book for the game along with EA’s announcement of bringing back composer Solar Fields to work on the game’s soundtrack revved up my excitement even more. February 2016 can’t get here fast enough.

#4 Halo 5: Guardians

Earlier this year I wasn’t very excited for Halo 5: Guardians. The Halo Nightfall mini-series/TV movie really didn’t move me and the multiplayer gameplay that 343 Industries was showing off was okay, but I really wasn’t big on multiplayer. I was more interested in the campaign. So what changed things for me was the Hunt the Truth fictional podcast. Starring Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), the podcast follows a journalist as he uncovers a conspiracy surrounding Master Chief and Office of Naval Intelligence. Sure, it has its cheesy moments, but I was hooked and I’m looking forward to how the story and characters in the podcast play out in the game.

#3 Rise of the Tomb Raider

Along with more solid gameplay footage recently released, Crystal Dynamics also announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will have at least 30-40 hours of gameplay. Rise of the Tomb Raider is probably the game I’m looking forward to the most next month.

#2 Edge of Nowhere

I played Edge of Nowhere during E3 2015 and came away impressed. Thinking about it lately, surrounding the recent Oculus Rift news regarding the price (it’ll cost more than $350), it’s the best VR demo I’ve played across all virtual reality peripherals. Now is the game worth buying a new gaming system? Not quite, but it’s a start.

#1 Quantum Break

After being pretty quiet for almost a year, Remedy Entertainment came through Gamescom and busted down the doors with new gameplay footage for Quantum Break and announcing Shawn Ashmore (The Following), Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones), Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings), and Lance Reddick (The Wire, The Fringe) joining the cast and an April 5, 2016 release date. I’m so ready.

I was tempted to include…

Rainbow Six Siege but since they announced that the game won’t have a solo campaign, my anticipation has waned.

I’m not so sure about…

The Last Guardian. There was some initial excitement for the official announcement of The Last Guardian finally coming for PlayStation 4 next year, but I think a lot of people are over it. Especially after Team Ico didn’t offer a playable demo at the Tokyo Game Show last month. Ho-hum.

David's Most Anticipated Games

#5 Enter the Gungeon

My time over the past month or so has been dominated by retro-styled shoot 'em ups. From Galak-Z to Shutshimi to Super Time Force Ultra, the genre's hit a new peak. That's why I'm really excited to play Enter the Gungeon from developer Dodge Roll Games. Though its look is a nod to games like the original Legend of Zelda, the gameplay is all about fast, heavy, action-packed shooting mayhem within the confines of perilous dungeons.

Like a bullet-hell shooter, the game screen is constantly being filled with pixelated explosions and bullets galore, making for a wild, hectic, and challenging ride. To enhance all of the chaos even more, Enter the Gungeon boasts co-op play, something that for decades has made shmups all the more enjoyable. It really couldn't come at a better time, either, as this brand of shooter is pretty hot these days.

#4 Abzu

There's never been more variety in games than there is now, and it's the diversity in the types of games we play that's made the medium all the more incredible. Journey from thatgamecompany was the perfect example of a game that was more of an experience than an actual game, and, in a way, it set in motion a movement for art games, non-games, notgames, or whatever you want to call these wondrous works. Abzu from Giant Squid, which happens to include Journey Art Director Matt Nava, is another title that looks to create a different type of experience.

Set underwater, Abzu invites you into its world with open arms and lets you swim and interact with schools of fish. The fluid animations and serene backdrops give a sense of wonder and adventure much like Journey did, and exploring that underwater world could make for something truly special.

#3 Alone With You

I was bummed out when Corpse of Discovery failed to give me the moody space crawl I was hoping for due to poor performance issues. Thankfully, Alone With You from Home developer Benjamin Rivers may do exactly that. You play as the sole survivor of a terraforming space crew. Your only companion is a computer AI that communicates with you and gives you a sense that you're not alone, even though you technically are. There are also talking holograms of your deceased crew mates, which act about as normal as regular people and share the memories of their real-life counterparts.

Alone With You is sure to be filled with plenty of sci-fi strangeness. This is especially true since Rivers stated that the player character will inevitably begin to feel a romantic connection with the AI companion. Weird? Absolutely! Potentially awesome and thought-provoking sci-fi adventure? Definitely!

#2 Wattam

I wish I could hug Wattam — I really do. And it seems that, if it could, Wattam would totally let me give it a great, big hug. Like a couple of others on my list, this isn't your typical video game. Instead, it's all about walking around small maps littered with wacky characters — flowers, teacups, pillows, squares — and bringing them all together in beautiful harmony.

Funomena is also throwing in a local co-op mode, because this is the kind of experience that's fun to share with someone else. I'm not saying every game needs to be like Wattam, but I'm sure glad that it exists and is in the works, because sometimes it's nice to get away from all of the action and shooting and sexiness and just make a mushroom hold hands with a golden poop.

#1 Yoshi's Woolly World

It's hard to talk about Yoshi's Woolly World without mentioning Kirby's Epic Yarn. That game was arguably the most adorable and heart-warming game of all time. Maybe. (Most likely.) I'm super excited to see Mario's dino pal getting the yarn treatment, and I really can't wait to play as a charming yarn Yoshi and take on cutesy yarn baddies while walking around a colorful yarn world.

Yoshi's Woolly World combines multiple elements from a few games on this list: it's cute beyond belief; it's a lighthearted, easygoing romp; and it makes me want to meticulously explore and observe its world to see what kinds of ridiculous things I'll discover.

I was tempted to include...

Below

Capy Games' Below boasts a massive, evolving world that makes you feel like a mere pixel. The game's exploratory nature and constantly changing world — when you die, you play as a new character and find that the world's been altered — could make for a dynamic experience that's fun and rewarding and always keeps you guessing.

I'm not so sure about...

WWE 2K16

I like wrestling, and I enjoy wrestling video games, but the fact remains that we haven't had a truly great grappler since the days of the SmackDown series on the PlayStation 2. WWE 2K14 was decent, but I skipped WWE 2K15 on account of its poor reception. I'll be checking out WWE 2K16, but I'm not going to get my hopes up too high.

Also, Stone Cold Steve Austin is awesome, but I don't know how I feel about a guy who hasn't wrestled in over a decade being on the cover. I get it, I get it: It's a legacy thing. But still.