Last year there was no clear front-runner in this conversation. The Media 10 Award-winning game last year was “Dragon Age: Inquisition,” but it was not by any means a clear front-runner.
This year there doesn’t seem to be a clear front-runner either. We compiled a most anticipated list at the beginning of the year and already 6 of those titles have been pushed to 2016 including our #1 pick “Tom Clancy’s The Division.”
It’s clear that the transition into the new generation of gaming has proved to be trying on many game developers. However, with a rather successful E3 this year, and the long-awaited announcement of “Fallout 4” for 2016. There are many reasons to be hopeful for the future.
But what about 2015? What will be the game of the year this year?
The highest rated titled on Metacritic is “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” with a 94 for the PC version and a 93 for the PS4 version. It was released back in May. Another strong contender would be the Sony exclusive “Bloodborne” which scored a 92 on Metacritic.
“Batman: Arkham Knight” is off to a strong start though. With 18 critics posting an average 91 for Rocksteady’s game and Video Gamer declares it “A masterpiece.” It has potential to grow its score and make a run at the title.
We also have many franchises re-inventing themselves for the new generation. “Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour” takes the torch on EA’s golf saga while Tony Hawk finds his name back with “Pro Skater” for “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.”
Sports games rarely make off with “Best of the year” though, they are too divisive. Other franchises re-inventing themselves would include 343’s second attempt at making the “Halo” franchise their own with “Halo 5: Guardians” set for a October 27th release.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops III” comes out November 6th, but will likely be a retread of what we already saw. “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” comes out in September, but after the subpar reaction to “Ground Zeroes” it already looks to be in trouble.
How about “Rock Band 4” and “Guitar Hero Live” bringing back the rhythm genre? Could either re-invention be worthy of the title? “Need for Speed” also plans to reboot with a new racing game in November.
“Hitman” is likely to come out along with the film “Hitman: Agent 47” it could be a strong reboot as well. “Rise of the Tomb Raider” returns, it also had a strong showing at e3, and “Just Cause 3” is back, hopefully to build something stronger than its previous two installments.
“Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” has a lot of potential as well, many worry that it could’ve been rushed to help stall “The Division.”
The only thing really disappointing about e3 2015 was probably Nintendo’s panel, where the new Wii U “Legend of Zelda” game wasn’t even mentioned. They still have “Super Mario Maker” which looks to be a fun edition to the designing game genre, they also will add “Yoshi’s Woolly World” to the platforming genre.
There are a couple other titles I’m leaving out, some worth mentioning are “Lego Dimensions,” “Persona 5,” “Adr1ft,” “Below,” oh and probably the game that will ultimately take the title….
…”Star Wars: Battlefront”
Talk about re-inventions. We posted our concerns about the reboot of “Battlefront” not too long ago, but that was before it was being considered “Best in Show” by many e3 attendees.
If we had to rank all of these from most likely to claim the title to least likely.. Our top 10 would look kind of like this:
1. Star Wars: Battlefront
2. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
3. Bloodborne4. Batman: Arkham Knight
5. Halo 5: Guardians
6. Rise of the Tomb Raider
7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
8. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain