2015 Most Wanted (Post-E3 Edition)

(5) Super Mario Maker (WiiU): the first “endless” Mario platform game, and thankfully it’s not an “endless runner” game – although you probably will be able to create your own “endless runner game” in this game. Indeed, Super Mario Maker, is the big N’s answer to the success of Microsoft’s Minecraft and Sony’s Little Big Planet series. You’ll be able to create your own Mario themed levels and share them with the entire world – or at least share them with those 10 million people in the world that own a WiiU. Not much of a creator yourself, and not in the mood to play random people’s crappy levels? There are also about 100 official levels created by Nintendo, making it one of the most content rich 2D Mario games to date, included in the package. Best thing about Super Mario Maker? It’s releasing the day after tomorrow!

European release date: September 11th

Super Mario Maker

(4) Persona 5 (PS3/PS4): what was one of the most niche Japanese RPG series has now become… Well, the Persona series, is still quite niche to be honest, but it has been attracting a wider audience these last few years with the releases of Persona 3 Portable on PlayStation Portable and Persona 4 Golden on PlayStation Go.. I mean.. VITA. Like its predecessors, Persona 5  will be part dating sim (okay, it’s not exactlya dating sim, but “social link game” doesn’t sound right either), part turn-based RPG. More precisely, you’ll once again play as a Japanese high school student that goes to school, makes friends, lives a normal life on regular days, but whom is also able to link with weird looking creatures (called persona) for battles in some sort of altered dimension. Still wondering why the series is somewhat niche? If you do, Persona 5, will be right up your alley!

European release date: 2015

Persona 5

(3) Rise of the Tomb Raider (X360/XONE): 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot was a big success, both critically (what cannot be said about the novelized sequel) and financially (although publisher Square-Enix wasn’t that happy with the initial sales). It was an epic action adventure game staring Lara Croft (whom, of course, needs no introduction) with high production values and a more than decent story – from the hand of Rhianna Pratchett. Rise of the Tomb Raider promises to be more of the same… More of the same, but covered in snow, that is. And, honestly, who wouldn’t want to see that? Winter is coming… a bit early this year, since the game is said to release in November already.

European release date: November 13th
Rise of the Tomb Raider

(2) Fallout 4 (PC/PS4/XONE): Fallout 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. It’s an isometric action RPG. Fallout 3 was quite a different game (a first person shooter/RPG), but was still one of the best games on the previous generation of consoles. Fallout 4 look a lot like Fallout 3 (it’s also a first person shooter/RPG), which is not a bad thing necessarily – otherwise it wouldn’t be ranked number 2 on this list. You’ll once again play as a person (you’ll get to choose between a man and a woman, like you could in Fallout 2!) that spent the most of their life sheltered in a vault because of the fallout (hence the title, duh) created by the nuclear war that destroyed the world, but whom now needs to leave said vault for some or other reason. After having explored the wastelands of Washington and New Vegas, this time we’ll get to explore the wastes of Boston. I’ll send you a postcard to tell you about my trip!

European release date: November 10th

Fallout 4

(1) Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU): Xenoblade Chronicles X is the only game to survive the previous Most Wanted list (two games on the previous list were moved to 2016, two others have already been released) and, yes, it’s still the game releasing this year which I’m looking forward to the most. Here’s what I wrote previously:

First there was Final Fantasy VII for the original Playstation. Then there was Fallout 3 for the Playstation 3. On the third day God gave us Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii, and he saw that it was good. More than good actually. It was amazing. The first Xenoblade Chronicles is not only regarded to be one of the best Japanese roleplaying games of the previous generation of consoles. It is also my favorite game of all time. Expectations for its HD follow-up are… high, to say the least. The new game will boast an even larger over world with even bigger monsters to fight, will give us the chance to cross said world in mech-suits, and generally promises to be the biggest sci-fi opera/fantasy RPG to date. Plus, the trailer that revealed that Monolith Soft’s mysterious game (X) was actually Xenoblade Chronicles X, alsorevealed the Nopon race to be in this game as well. Meaning we’ll probably get to be called the ‘heropon’ once more. Cannot wait to spend a 100+ hours on this game!

What I wrote then (mostly) still holds up today. Expectations may be a bit less high, because of some mixed reactions about the online features in the game coming from Japan (where the game has already been released), but they’re still high. Still cannot wait to spend 100+ hours on this game!

European release date: December 4th

Xenoblade Chronicles X

2015 Most Wanted (Pre-E3 Edition)

(5) Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PSV/PS3): Tokyo Twilight What Now? I understand your confusion. This certainly isn’t the next Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, or Final Fantasy. Heck, I’m not even sure it can actually be called a videogame. It’s a visual novel by the guys who gave us Deadly Premonition, which… did not have great gameplay, but did have a more than decent story, great characters and took place in an amazing setting (interactive Twin Peaks anyone?). So it is completely understandable that these guys decided to make their next game gameplay-light. The title? It might be difficult to take any product that has Twilight even near its title serious in this day and age, but I can assure you: there are no glittery vampires involved in this one. Or… are there? *Evil laughter*

European release date: March 13th

(4) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4): Will this game convince me to buy a Playstation 4? It just might. Some years ago I bought a Playstation 3 to be able to play Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (my bundle of choice), Final Fantasy XIII, and… Brütal Legend (don’t judge me!) Since we will probably have to wait for Final Fantasy XV until next year, and because chances for a new Brütal Legend are rather slim, Uncharted 4 will have to be stellar to convince me though. Presentation wise, it will be stellar. Gameplay wise, it will be s… similar to the previous ones. Story-wise… meh. Not quite convinced yet. In his newest adventure, Indiana Jo… I mean… Nathan Drake will team up with his long lost brother, whom he thought to be dead… They look for… Let’s just stop there for now. Anybody else think the brother might turn out to be the bad guy, only to turn good just before he dies?

European release date: late 2015

(3) Danganronpa: Another Episode (PSV): Whomever says the Playstation Vita is dead… does not like to play niche Japanese games. Danganronpa: Another Episode is the third game in the series, but while the previous two games were visual novels, this one is a third person shooter. Meaning that this time around your only means of escaping will not be killing one of your classmates and surviving the class trial. This time you get to shoot stuff. Not just any stuff. Playing as Komaru Naegi (sister of Makoto, the main character in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair) you will have to shoot down a whole lot of psychotic robot teddy bears who are black on one side and white on the other (i.e. Monokuma’s). Sounds whack? It is. And for those who are less shooter apt (like I am), you will also be able to play as the powerful Genocide Jack. Yes, the creepy serial killer girl with the snake tongue from the first game is back as well.

European release date: fall

(2) The Legend of Zelda (WiiU): Do I really have to explain why this game is so high up on the list? It’s the first Legend of Zelda-game in HD for Pete’s sake! Link: check! Bow and arrow: check! Open world: check! Horseback-riding: check! Zelda: Eeerrr… she’ll probably be in this one as well. Truth is, we haven’t seen that much of the game yet. I still believe it will release this year (unlike Final Fantasy XV), but chances are it might slide to next year. This year’s E3 will show us whether we’ll be in Hyrule by Christmas or not, though whether I’ll be ready for it or not will mostly depend on how much time I’m going to sink into the number 1 on my 2015 most wanted (pre-E3 edition) list.

European release date: late 2015

(1) Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU): First there was Final Fantasy VII for the original Playstation. Then there was Fallout 3 for the Playstation 3. On the third day God gave us Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii, and he saw that it was good. More than good actually. It was amazing. The first Xenoblade Chronicles is not only regarded to be one of the best Japanese roleplaying games of the previous generation of consoles. It is also my favorite game of all time. Expectations for its HD follow-up are… high, to say the least. The new game will boast an even larger over world with even bigger monsters to fight, will give us the chance to cross said world in mech-suits, and generally promises to be the biggest sci-fi opera/fantasy RPG to date. Plus, the trailer that revealed Monolith Soft’s mysterious game (X) was actually Xenoblade Chronicles X, also revealed the Nopon race to be in this game as well. Meaning we’ll probably get to be called the ‘heropon’ once more. Cannot wait to spend a 100+ hours on this game!

European release date: June 26th, hopefully (if the Italian Amazon leak was correct); late 2015, probably