With every Holiday Season that approaches, it is the time of year that companies release their big games. Yearly releases and the larger titles see more success closer to the Christmas Season. New games help push system sales at the biggest time of year. Sure, there have been excellent games released in 2015 such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Bloodborne, and The Witcher 3, but there are still plenty to come in these closing months. Today, we are ranking the top 15 games that are left to release prior to the end of the year. It’s time to open your wallets.
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed franchise is getting another reboot. EA is going back to the Need for Speed Underground days with its newest game. New developer Ghost Games is in charge of the franchise going forward. Customization is the focal point with the new game, as the visuals will look spectacular. Need for Speed will require an online connection, to the chagrin of a few. The purpose for this, per Marcus Nilsson, will be to reward players for their snapshots via likes. So if you lack an internet connection, you might want to stop at the door.
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
Pokemon fans will get a new rogue-like dungeon-crawler with Super Mystery Dungeon on 3DS. The game will feature 3D characters and environments. You will choose one of twenty Pokemon including all 18 starters from all six main series generations. This will include Pikachu and Riolu. The dungeons are procedurally generated and filled with traps and enemies. Lastly, the game will feature all 720 currently released Pokemon. The game just released in Japan, but will be out in North America on November 20th.
Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
The 3DS will be getting a cooperative Zelda game this fall. Using the visual style of Wind Waker and A Link Between World, Tri Force Heroes will allow three players to choose different colored versions of Link. Players will whare a heart meter as they solve puzzles and gather items that grant different abilities. The game can be played offline with A.I. companions, online, and local multiplayer. It will also feature a competitive Colosseum mode.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
Speaking of reboots, developer Robomodo and Disruptive Games are returning Tony Hawk to its core. This will be the first main entry in the series since 2007. Players will choose from a list of professional skateboarders and take two a selection of real-world locations. The option to customize personal skaters exists as players can seamlessly take them online and offline. Lastly, creating skate parks returns for the first time since 2005’s American Wasteland, and these can be shared online. Fans of the series in the early 2000s should enjoy this kickback for the series.
Ever wanted to explore the Milky Way and shoot down space ships at the same time? Elite: Dangerous will be the console, space simulation you have always waited for. Trading, bounty-hunting, piracy, and assassination will help players make their way in this open galaxy. It will feature online multiplayer, as well as an online-only single player experience. It will feature 400 billion star systems for exploration. Planets and moons will rotate in real-time, so dynamic day/night cycles exist. The game will feature three major factions with challenges attached for each.
Guitar Hero Live
The music gaming renaissance has begun, as Activision revitalizes Guitar Hero. Simply called Guitar Hero Live, the game will be nothing like its original. The focus is on playing guitar, and the layout and gameplay will be different. The idea from developer FreeStyleGames, is to correctly represent the feelings of playing festivals. The game is very dynamic with real players and band members. It will also feature GHTV, which will have music videos and exclusive music releases in the future. The guitar, itself, is designed to replicate playing real, actual chords. This is different than the five-button setup from the past.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
A game that seemed to go forgotten during E3 2015, Yoshi’s Woolly World is the new Yoshi’s Island. It features the same look and physics that Little Big Planet made famous. Yoshi will return much of the same moveset from the original game. It will also allow two players cooperatively to play. It will also incorporate Amiibo figure compatibility. Playing this game first hand at E3, this game is extremely fun and looks great with the yarn and cloth environments. This will be a game that no Wii U owner should pass up on, as it seems to be a sleeper.
Rock Band 4
Unlike it’s competition, Harmonix is sticking to what succeeded a few years ago. It will feature high definition graphics, full instrument set (minus keytar), and all previously purchased songs, including new ones. The career mode will be a bit different as the players will have the choice to what type of gigs they want to play. The most important addition to the game will be freestyle solos. Players can now create their own take on a song during a solo section. The option can be disabled, but you might find out you got some creative tools in your mind.
Just Cause 3
If you are a fan of explosions, chances are you played Just Cause 2. An open world game that features heavy actions and the physics to blow anything up can be pretty entertaining. Just Cause 3 was announced late last year, and it will take place on a fictional Mediterranean island known as Medici. Playing again as Rico Rodriguez, the map will be 400 square miles and includes a more volumetric terrain. This will allow exploration of subterranean caverns and buildings. Creativity and destruction are the main emphasis, as there are multiple ways to destroy structures in the game.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Replacing the announced Rainbow Six: Patriots, Siege will put heavy emphasis on environmental destruction and cooperative play. Teamwork will be encouraged and communication will be important while working with different classes of players that have different perks. Attacks can be planned before matches, and drones can be used to detect environments. Players will now be able to build fortified barriers if they are pinned down. The game will also feature a mode called Terrohunt, which involves fighting off waves of enemies much like Terrorist Mode did in Vegas 2. If you want to run-and-gun alone, you will not succeed in this game.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
The Uncharted series was arguably the best looking and best overall games on the PlayStation 3. Now, owners of the PlayStation 4 will get to see these games upgraded in The Nathan Drake Collection. Much like The Last of Us: Remastered, fans who owned the original will get better visuals, and most of all, people who did not own a PS3 that now have a PS4 will get to play these great games. The bundle will also include a voucher for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’s multiplayer beta.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise saw a lot of success. Excellent visuals and gameplay gave fans of the series something completely new, while attracting new fans to the franchise. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the reboot, and will be the first official new generation version. The game is a timed exclusive and will also be available on the Xbox 360 when it launches on Xbox One. The game will feature a crafting system and in-game environmental change including day-night cycles.
Halo 5: Guardians
Fans have anticipated this release since the announcement of the Xbox One. The game will be strictly online as no offline capabilities will exist. This allows for a cooperative campaign and multiplayer modes, including the new mode Warzone. Warzone pits 12 players against each other as it mixes player-versus-player elements with player-versus-environment. This will include Covenant and Promethean A.I. along with bosses.
What is there really to say about Fallout 4 that is not already known? A massive, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world that will look beautiful on the new generation of consoles. Most likely if you enjoyed Fallout 3, or are a fan of The Elder Scrolls series, you already have this on your Christmas list. The game does introduce full voice acting and dynamic conversations. The V.A.T.S. combat system returns, along with everything that made the previous games great.
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront gets the nod on our list as the top game to look forward to this Christmas. Over ten years in the making, Battlefront is not Battlefield 4 with Star Wars characters. It sticks to the original game’s formulas with the camera angles and the combat feel. It features major bosses and legendary vehicles with recreated battles at specific locations. It also has a survival mode where you fight off hordes of Storm Troopers. Lastly, it looks absolutely beautiful.