PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

Action games

Aren’t all games, fundamentally, about action? Yes, but there is a difference between the action of ordering a regiment to attack and the action of planting a Batfist against the face of some Batcriminal. This section is for the latter – those games defined by the embodied movements of players.

A Fistful Of Gun

Official site

Genre
Action
Release date
Q2
What is it?
A Fistful Of Gun is the combination of wild west and bullet hell. Fending off dozens of bandits at any moment, you and a selection of co-op buddies control a set of characters each designed with a specific control scheme (keyboard, mouse or gamepad) in mind.

All A Fistful Of Gun posts.

Hyper Light Drifter

Official site

Genre
Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Inspired by the exploration of the original Zelda, Hyper Light Drifter has you slashing and shooting your way through strange, sci-fi dungeons. Feels great, looks great, and has surprisingly nuanced combat. Graham loves it.

Hyper Light Drifter preview.
Hyper Light Drifter interview.
Hyper Light Drifter feature.
All Hyper Light Drifter posts.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
The PC version of the other AssCreed game released in 2014 and, by all accounts, the better one. Continuing the plot thread and ship-based setup of Black Flag, the lower budget than Unity shows but the ideas are superior.

All Assassin’s Creed Rogue posts.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
June 23rd 2015
What is it?
Who is the Arkham Knight? Does the Batmobile really need that much weaponry? Will you be bothered to do even more Riddler challenges? How will they jerry-rig Mark Hamill’s fantastic Joker in this time? All these questions answered, next year.

All Batman: Arkham Knight posts.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Look, we can hope, right? While game director and creator Michel Ancel was busy resurrecting Rayman as a surprisingly beautiful 2D co-op platformer, that project is now over, making a return to Jade a possibility. … please?

All Beyond Good & Evil 2 posts.

Just Cause 3

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Vehicles, explosions, guns, explosions, grappling hooks, explosions, car surfing and explosions all feature heavily in Avalanche’s latest in their open-world explosion’em’up series. Beyond bad boy Rico making his return, there hasn’t been a hint of the plot, but we’re not too bothered if we can still attach to planes together into a whirly death bird.

All Just Cause 3 posts.

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Well, they’ve done outer space, inside computers, gangland warfare, superpowers and the complete destruction of the planet Earth, might as well round it off with a quick trip to Hell. The standalone expansion to SR4 brings the open-world chaos of that game below ground.

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell review.
All Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell posts.

Cross of the Dutchman

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Slaying saxon hordes in his way on a murderous revenge tour, Pier Gerlofs Donia leads the people of his village in battle after it’s attacked and nearly razed, losing his wife in the process.

Tetrapulse


Official site

Genre
Co-op, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A co-op only single screen game about fending off waves of terrifying robo-bugs. To vary it up, the only way to kill your opponents is to burn your health bar in a variety of light-show attacks. A central object can recharge this and must be moved around to more defensible positions. Changes the formula just enough to be worth a look.

All Tetrapulse posts.

Hellraid

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Action
Release date
On hold.
What is it?
Fantasy swords, sorcery and skeletons with a focus on providing co-op opportunities in an Elder Scrolls style world-exploring, dungeon-crawling environment. Also some more arcadey modes for the action fan.

Hellraid interview.
All Hellraid posts.

Bombernauts

Official site

Genre
Online, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Bomberman on some kind of acid, Bombernauts is a multiplayer battle arena where each player has the ability to rapidly dispense explosive justice across the entire map, destroying parts of it in the process.

All Bombernauts posts.

Kingdoms Rise

Official site

Genre
Online, Third Person, Action, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A fantasy combat simulator using physics based controls to make every swing of a sword and shield block a skilled manoeuvre. It also adds bows and spells into the mix, raising the level of complexity massively. More than a year into an Early Access run.

Heat Signature

Official site

Genre
Roguelike, Space, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Tom Francis continues to make games he and, it turns out, lots of others like playing. Heat Signature is about sneaking aboard procedural spaceships by piloting close enough to dock, and then sneaking through corridors to steal, assassinate, or commandeer the ship you’re aboard.

Heat Signature preview.
All Heat Signature posts.

Deuce

Official site

Genre
Sports
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Pitched as Street Fight x Tennis, Deuce is one of the Facepunch prototypes that individuals or small teams within the studio are developing independent of the big projects. Elemental attacks, special moves and extreme disregard for the laws of physics abound.

All Deuce posts.

Stikbold!

Official site

Genre
Sports
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Dodgeball in arenas filled with fire, skeletons and a giant, ever-inhaling fish. There’s a competitive multiplayer mode along with a story campaign, where antagonists further include a bus and the devil himself. Originally a jam game.

All Stikbold! posts.

Tangiers

Official site

Genre
Stealth
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Tense, slow stealth in a terrifying, dark world of static TVs and endless rot. Tangiers is a gorgeously bleak, black and white sandbox where you must stick to the shadows and corrupt parts of the world using language to meet your ends. An immediate “must try” on first sight.

Tangiers interview.
Tangiers feature.
All Tangiers posts.

Hidden Asset

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Isometric stealth assassination in a world where corporations aren’t limited by laws or boundaries. Stealing secrets, killing CEOs and disposing of lower-level employees will be your job using systems inspired by XCOM and Syndicate.

All Hidden Asset posts.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
September 15th 2015
What is it?
Those with previous MGS experience likely have elsewhere to buy and play this. For the rest of us, look forward to an extreme level of confusion attempting to decrypt the labyrinthine mess that is the series’ expanded plotline. The port should be good at least, if Ground Zeroes (the paid-for prequel/demo) is any indication.

All Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain posts.

Volume

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Mike “Thomas Was Alone” Bithell tries his hand at cyber Robin Hood. An all star cast banters back and forth as you fool malevolent robots, sneak past security measures and generally make a nuisance of yourself.

Volume preview.
Volume interview.
All Volume posts.

No Man’s Sky

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The impossible game. A shared dream. Almost certainly not actually real, No Man’s Sky is about exploring the universe and the planets within it, letting you name and claim those you find first. The greatest challenge it faces is educating people about what it actually is, rather than the game we’ve built in our heads from trailers.

No Man’s Sky interview.
No Man’s Sky feature.
All No Man’s Sky posts.

Ghost Of A Tale

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A third-person stealth action game about a mouse venturing through caves, hiding in chests, dressing up as armour and alternately dodging or tricking enemy rats, crabs and other similarly anthropomorphised animals. It looks a bit like Styx: Master of Shadows, except with a mouse instead of a goblin.

Ghost Of A Tale interview.
All Ghost Of A Tale posts.

CrossCode

Official site

Genre
Action, 2D, RPG, Early Access
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A top-down ARPG played as a mute woman exploring an MMO of the future. A demo was released towards the end of 2014 and it already plays wonderfully, combat being a fine mix of ranged precision attacks and AoE sword slashes. There’s a whole heap of customisation promised in the final game and the SNES-style art is wonderfully colourful. Made its target on IndieGogo and has now released onto Early Access.

All CrossCode posts.

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action
Release date
June 23rd 2015
What is it?
Up rezzed and HD-ified version of the final adventure of “Classic Dante” before the great/awful (delete as appropriate) change to DmC. It’s set between the first and second games of that series and the SE tag brings with it three new playable characters and Japanese VO.

All Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition posts.

Tanzia

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Old-school third-person romp through a colourful world as you follow the paths of your ancestors to become a great shaman. Boasts an open world and varied combat system based around MMORPGs.

ORBIT

Official site

Genre
Arcade
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Twin-stick friend-blasting in ships flying around a sun, dodging between planets and, more likely, smashing into them at high speeds. All the couch deathmatch modes you’d expect are in there, along with a few specific to the unique battlegrounds available. And, yeah, black holes.

One Piece Pirate Warriors 3

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action, Anime
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Based on the tremendously popular and patently ridiculous anime series, it plays similarly to the Dynasty Warriors series, dropping familiar characters into massive battles and saying “have at it”. Already released in Japan, it was rather well received by the press over there. We’re authoritatively informed that the best thing about One Piece is a tiny reindeer that eats candy floss.

Legend of Kay – Anniversary

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action, Platformer
Release date
Q3
What is it?
An audio-visual overhaul of a Playstation 2 game in the Spyro Bandicoot mold. The first time the game has arrived on PC, 2015 tech also allows for online leaderboards for level scores. The publisher behind the port, Nordic Games, seem to be speciailising in HD remakes, but are also financing Spellforce 3.

All Legend of Kay – Anniversary posts.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
London-based conspiracies, stabbing, woeful accents, stabbing, horse riding and, likely, stabbing. You know what you’re getting: it looks pretty, there’ll be far too many trailers and the meta-plot will spiral ever further out of control. Doesn’t look like Black Flag’s ships are making the jump, unfortunately.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate feature.
All Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate posts.

Age of Blood: The Scourge

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Dungeon-crawling fantasy skeleton-crushing as either a close-combat specialist or a Gears of War style magic-spewing shooter. There’s also aliens, laser beams and a post-cataclysm plotline.

Don’t be Patchman

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action, Strategy
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
A game about waking “sheeple” from mind control by a large force of robots, having them join you and keeping them happy by supplying apples and oranges. Like parenting with more laser beams. Successfully Kickstarted with just 200 backers earlier this year.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Official site

Genre
Creative, Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Follow-up to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes based around the plot of the two Avengers movies, rather than an original story. Otherwise familiar to lego game fans – cutesy antics in a brick-built world, just fun enough for co-op with the kids that won’t bore you to tears. Plus, they managed to have a toy version of Black Widow. Imagine that.

All LEGO Marvel’s Avengers posts.

LEGO Jurassic World

Official site

Genre
Creative, Action-Adventure
Release date
June 2015
What is it?
It’s got LEGO dinosaurs in it, for god’s sake people, get with the program. Everything else there is to say will give you déjà vu to the previous entry – whimsy, jokes, references. It’ll have the lot from every film in the franchise. Ben has never seen an entire Jurassic Park film, but Chris Pratt’s lovely arms may tempt him this year.

All LEGO Jurassic World posts.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Official site

Genre
Free to Play, Multiplayer, MOBA
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Free to play and PvP focused spin-off from the action tower defense series, taking odd strides into MOBA territory. Certainly a turn for the series and one that’s been in a length Closed Beta phase for some time. You use a deck of traps and weapons, along with four team-mates, to push your minions into the enemy base and destroy it.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained preview.
All Orcs Must Die! Unchained posts.

Overdosed: A Trip to Hell

Official site

Genre
Action, Shooter
Release date
September 2015
What is it?
Bug splatting, nightmare horror fleeing, drug induced ultra-violence in top-down form. Fully focused on building high scores and shooting enemies in their thousands. There’s randomly generated levels coupled with more arena-like killing fields. Fun for the whole redshifted family.

Tachyon Project

Official site

Genre
Twin-stick Shooter
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Ship-based shooty-bangs about a concious AI accidentally (or is it?!) let out onto the internet. The aim is to adapt the varied weaponry and always changing nature of standard shoot’em’ups to a twin-stick shooter, multiplying the hectic nature of both genres. Randomly, there’s also stealth levels, where timing and aim will be key to prevent discovery.

Samurai Warriors 4-II

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Hack ‘n’ Slash
Release date
10/02/2015
What is it?
Another Dynasty Warriors spin-off, focused on Japanese pseudo-history. Part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for the series, it was released in February in Japan to positive reception. Building on the series’ groundwork it adds new characters, tweaks AI and camera and presents a whole new campaign.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Ah yes, the Alone In The Dark game featuring light and co-op. Well, you tried video games, and for that you should be commended. But also mocked. Relentlessly. From its routs as the spookiest spook that ever did spook the early 90s, Alone in the Dark is now a 4 player monster blaster in a Resi 4 suit.

All Alone in the Dark: Illumination posts.

Disney Infinity 3.0

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Toys To Life, Money
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The latest interaction of Disney’s entry into the funds-producing ‘childrens toys that are also collectibles that are also a video game, oh boy’ craze. This one will feature Star Wars, to tie in with the new movie, along with the expected cast of Mickies, Minnies and, er, Spider-Men.

All Disney Infinity 3.0 posts.

Hellblade

Official site

Genre
Hack ‘n’ Slash, Third Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword (it’s okay, nobody saw the similarity in the names the first time, you can “oooooh”) follow up. Despite some fan backlash, yon Adam and others of the hivemind rather enjoyed DmC’s nonsense and it had some utterly astonishing pure style. Expect more of the same here.

All Hellblade posts.

Rise of Incarnates

Official site

Genre
Fighting, Action, Online
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Currently free to play in Early Access, this arena battler is focused on 2v2 fights and comes from a team formed by ex-Tekken and Soul Calibur developers. It’s a spectacle of flashy moves, unrealistic hair shapes and motorcycles.

All Rise of Incarnates posts.

Velocity 2X

Official site

Genre
Action, Shooter
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Fast-paced half-shoot’em’up half-side-scroller that took the various Sony Playmobiles by storm in previous years. Gorgeous art and a unique blend of genres pick it out from the crowd and a focus on speed give it replayability for would-be leaderboard-toppers.

Way of the Samurai 4

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Hack’n’Slash
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Another of the massive-battle action games making the jump to PC via the magic of ports this year. Its claim to fame is a highly mutable storyline based on your actions and more humourous tone than its peers.

All Way of the Samurai 4 posts.

Friendship Club

Official site

Genre
Local Multiplayer, Action, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Same screen competition over a huge number of maps and modes, all set inside the mind of a tiny, foolish child. Most take the form of bullet-hell versus with different variations. In Early Access for an indeterminate amount of time as developers Force of Habit work out the best way to expand the game.

All Friendship Club posts.

Dad By The Sword

Official site

Genre
Action, Swordfighting, Dad
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Physics based sword-swinging action under the narrative of YOUR DAD, YES, YOURS fighting back waves of enemies (hot dogs and ‘Anti-Dads’ mostly). Funny and smart, it’s about hitting chinks in armour and exploiting weak points through procedurally generated dungeons.

All Dad By The Sword posts.

Besiege

Official site

Genre
Destruction, Creative, Early Access
Release date
2017
What is it?
Immediately popular for obvious reasons, the world’s first medieval explosion simulator has been storming all over Early Access since the start of the year. Early front-runner for gif-generator of the year, the horrendous weapons of mass destruction the internet managed to craft from simple tools makes it ever more impressive we managed to reach the 21st century as a species.

Besiege feature.
All Besiege posts.

Nevermind

Official site

Genre
Horror, First Person
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Taking you inside the minds of traumatised individuals, Nevermind is terrifying on its own. The kicker is developers Flying Mollusc have made it bio-feedback compatible meaning with the correct equipment it will react to your fear and anxiety. Essentially, it plays you, comrade.

All Nevermind posts.

Death’s Gambit

Official site

Genre
Action, RPG, Platformer, Dark Souls
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Yeah, Dark Souls is a genre now, let’s all just deal with it. Pixel-art and colossi bosses round off one of the better hardcore gothic combat’em’ups out there. We’d heartily recommend a look over the litany of regularly posted gifs on the dev blog. Some of the prettiest 2D work out there.

All Death’s Gambit posts.

A Quiver of Crows

Official site

Genre
Twin-Stick Shooter
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Well, we’ve ran down the list of all mechanical and biological constructs that could possibly be used as the focal point of a twin-stick, so we’re on to “a crow.” Joking aside, that odd theme is perhaps Quiver’s greatest strength, black-on-orange colour pallette standing out. The world matches, one of rotting flesh and dying trees rather than the normal chrome spaceships.

Brigador

Official site

Genre
Vehicular Combat, Isometric
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A very odd set of themes all crammed into one. You’re a mech pilot, selecting from a collection of vehicles and weapons to fight against the occupying forces of a dictator-led city called Solo Nobre. You have a single night to liberate the city and each run at it is different. A bit Mech Commander, a bit Binding of Isaac, a bit Syndicate – odd and interesting.

All Brigador posts.

Mayan Death Robots

Official site

Genre
Artillery, Action
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Towering alien death robots do battle in Worms-style arenas with massive heavy weaponry … in the Mayan era, meaning worship and the machinations of the gods you’re slowly replacing also play a role. Allows players to create tracts of terrain to fight on in between blowing it all up.

DiscStorm

Official site

Genre
Local Multiplayer, Arena
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Combines small top-down maps with bouncing discs to make each one a near undodgeable death zone of quick reactions and quicker thinking. Designed for multiplayer, the devs are also promising a series of singleplayer challenges to build skill.

Demons with Shotguns

Official site

Genre
Local Multiplayer, Early Access, Action
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Arena battles featuring, you guessed it, minions of hell packing sawn-offs in a competition to collect souls. Closer to Soldat than Towerfall, there’s a big variety of maps and modes on offer to keep the action fresh.

Penarium

Official site

Genre
Arcade, Local Multiplayer
Release date
June 2015
What is it?
Dodge giant explosive drills, lightning strikes and beams of fire in this deadly circus sim. Muiltiplayer modes become more of a ‘who can survive’ competition rather than any direct conflict between players. Solo play is a run, jump, puzzle and die affair.

Penarium feature.
All Penarium posts.

153 Comments

  1. PikaBot says:

    Whether it actually gets released next year depends a lot more on the vagaries of VR headset releases than on the dev team’s work, but I think Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game to look forward to. I’ve played it multiple times and it’s always a ton of fun.

    Disclaimer: I’m good friends with a member of the dev team, which is why I’ve gotten to play it multiple times. I really do think it’s a damn good game, though.

    • thristhart says:

      I am very excited for that game, but I do hope they add a mode for online multiplayer via voice chat or what have you. My gaming chums aren’t near by enough for the local mode!

      • PikaBot says:

        Well, you could just use Skype or any other voice chat software for that! It’s a very small team with no money, so I doubt they’ll want to have to implement and maintain a VOIP system within the game itself.

  2. Retro says:

    Massive list!

    1) there’s a ‘platformers’ category hidden in the ‘MMO’ category…
    2) it’s a bit of a shame that there’s no ‘classical’ sim (that is, flight-sim where you can shoot/bomb stuff, naval sim, tank sim.) in the ‘simulation’ category..it’s interesting that the business model there seems to go towards the same ‘base game’ being updated periodically/incrementially, which obviously does not give much change for big PR.. or the community taking up the task altogether..

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      Graham Smith says:

      1) Fixed!

      2) Good point. We probably missed a bunch of these. We’ll remedy that in the coming weeks/months.

      • Stevostin says:

        Hi Graham,

        While you’re at it you may want to add

        – Survarium (either Shooter or Exploration if you think about the upcoming freeplay mode)

        – Cradle (exploration, I guess ?)

      • Bishop says:

        If we’re making game requests my puzzle platformer, Trash TV, is coming out very early 2015 on Steam and a handful of other places. It’s like the love child of Super Crate Box and Limbo.

      • Dominic White says:

        Here’s one I just found out about a couple days ago:

        link to cross-code.com

        CrossCode. Action RPG in the vein of Secret of Mana, although maybe a bit more actiony. There’s a pretty beefy playable demo out now. Very slick and polished. My only gripe so far is that there’s a few grammatical/spelling flubs in the script right now.

    • Cuttlefish says:

      “it’s a bit of a shame that there’s no ‘classical’ sim … in the ‘simulation’ category”

      Though the article only labels it as “Survival” genre and only mentions the survival mode, DinoSystem is also an ecosystem simulation game. . There’s a god mode, that took inspiration from classical sim games like SimLife and SimEarth, that allows the player to mess around and experiment with the game’s ecosystem,

    • Gap Gen says:

      Yes, massive props to whoever compiled this!

    • padger says:

      Amazing list. What a resource! If you keep this updated across the year it becomes a sort of mega release-tracker.

  3. Banks says:

    Lots of interesting games, 2015 will be great.

    Personally, I can’t wait to play The Witness (finally). I’m really looking forward to the finished builds of Invisible Inc and The Masterplan too, they are shaping up to be fantastic.

    • kwyjibo says:

      Also looking forward to The Witness.

      At first, I thought it wasn’t included after looking in the puzzle section. Then it turns out it’s in the Exploration section. But The Witness is explicitly a puzzle game, your progress is gated by clearly signposted puzzles.

      While Scale, which is touted by its creator as more of an exploration game is placed into the puzzle section…

    • padger says:

      Yep, another one for The Witness. Just so intriguing!

  4. Grayman says:

    The platformer section includes nine instances of “metroid”

    • kwyjibo says:

      What’s worse is the presence of the non-word “metroidvania”.

      If you copy Metroid well enough, you can append your name onto the genre. In 2016, they’ll be called Metroidvaniaroofiyasongvergechasmmaiden. Or we can just call them all Metroid like forever.

      • aethyrium says:

        Nevermind the fact that the term has been in use for nearly a decade without all of the games coming out under its moniker being appended.

      • iainl says:

        Except that Durell’s Saboteur did all that stuff before Metroid anyway and I thought it was a better game (plus it’s just a platform adaptation of Knight Lore / Atic Atac). First doesn’t win prizes, sadly, and they’re known as Metroidvanias whether we like it or not.

        FPS games were “Doom Games” for years, despite that being a clear evolution of what id did with Wolfenstein 3D, so this isn’t exactly an odd development.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Well as i’m currently replaying a game from 2009, which is massive (yay Dragon Age) and my Steam library consists of many, many unplayed games from 2008-2014 i’ve lost all hope.

  6. Anthile says:

    Oh, you forgot Serpent In The Staglands again – and Frog Fractions 2.

    • pepperfez says:

      OR HAVE THEY?

    • InternetBatman says:

      And Underrail. And Avernum 2.

      RPS has baffling RPG decisions sometimes.

    • suibhne says:

      And Age of Decadence, which they’ve actually covered several times. (The content-complete beta will be released in Q1, so the final version is pretty certain for 2015.)

  7. Melody says:

    How do I put it…

    I understand that the world of text-based/text-heavy games (Twine, Visual Novels, Interactive fiction) and highly experimental games is fractured enough, that there often are no announcements before a game comes out etc. so I really can’t blame you too much for not including almost any of those. (No Choice of games though? They do have a more structured release schedule)
    Still it’s sad to see the only 2 visual novels relegated to “Strategy”. And, maybe I missed it, but it seems you forgot Christine Love’s Ladykiller in a Bind?

    On the good side, I’ve found lots of interesting-looking games, especially under the adventure header. So thank you ^_^

    (I only need 3 more of these posts to start becoming a parody of myself! :D)

    • HopeHubris says:

      Was going to say something similar myself, Choice Of seems to make up half of the games I’ve played in the last couple of months

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      Graham Smith says:

      You’re right on all counts. Will resolve that in an update.

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      SuddenSight says:

      This is certainly true, but recently I have found many text-based games are using episodic content to release in chunks. Some games (like Hero’s Rise) I don’t mind because each iteration is meant to feel like a complete game.

      However, I have “Dysfunctional Systems: Not the Complete Game” and “fault milestone more to come” sitting on my wishlist because they are incomplete.

      Also, there are a couple VNs at the bottom of the Strategy category. I don’t envy whoever had to assign categories (1 category per game really doesn’t work well in general) but these would probably make more sense grouped with the adventure games?

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      syllopsium says:

      You have a point, but is this in part because making money from IF is all but impossible these days?

      There’s Age of Decadence, perhaps, which was covered this year (and is currently early access on Steam). It may actually be properly released in 2015..maybe.

    • jbd says:

      Not 100% complete, and not PC-only, but I did make a post about upcoming text games for 2015.

  8. kud13 says:

    Holy Crap, SpellForce 3 is happening? that’s awesome news.

    Aside from Heroes of anhihilated empires, and to a lesser extent Warlords Battlecry III, no game really got that WarCraf III-esque balance of RTS and RPG as right as the SpellForce series.

    re-playing Dragonstrom and continuing on with the expansions was already on my gaming shortlist. Now they’ve just moved up a notch

    • mattevansc3 says:

      I’d skip the add-ones for SpellForce2, especially Faith in Destiny. They fail to recapture the spirit of the original SpellForce and Faith in Destiny brings nothing to the table. The plot is nonsense, the pacing is rushed, the dialogue is atrocious and it doesn’t even end on a cliff hanger, it ends half way through the mid chapter with nothing resolved. It’s really just bad fanfic. Demons of the Past, the last add-on is done by a different dev with a new engine and its meant to be better though I haven’t tried it yet.

  9. edwardh says:

    Funny… in the article for “Bombshell” you talk about an “impractically dressed” lady. Yet, I bet nobody ever mentioned the long dress the female character in “Eitr” is wearing. Because THAT is obviously highly practical in combat situations.

    • Antimagic says:

      Man, if you don’t see the difference between those two costume designs, either in practicality or why one’s been criticised and the other hasn’t, there’s no helping you.

    • Toasty_Tam_Lin says:

      It’s hard to exaggerate how daft this comment is. First off, the dress on the character in Eitr isn’t exactly long. It’s just over knee length, which is about the length of the tunic worn by men in the early medieval period. Secondly, even if it was a full length dress it would be perfectly possible to fight in. A well fitting dress doesn’t get in the way nearly as much as people might think. It’s not ideal, but the combat will still mostly come down to the relative skill of the two parties.

      And then there’s the whole ludicrousness of thinking that the two forms of impracticality would be equivalent. The scantily clad women trope is used because women get objectified by gamers/developers. Unsurprisingly, people take issue with this.

  10. Zallgrin says:

    Elegy of a Dead World is already out in 2014, by the way, so you can cross it from the list. They made a sneak-release which seems to have passed over the head of many people.

    • funkstar says:

      same minute! :P

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      Graham Smith says:

      Fixed! I think it was probably still in Early Access when we started this.

      • dahools says:

        You mean you didn’t knock this up in hour his morning? I’m less than impressed now. . .

      • funkstar says:

        was a little… slow… this morning, should’ve realised by the size of the article it was prepared in advance!

  11. funkstar says:

    Why is Elegy for a Dead World down as March 2015 release date? It’s out now on steam (came out in December), and not early access or anything… You even posted about the release here

  12. Crafter says:

    wow, 2015 looks like a very strong year for gaming.
    My Steam library is already overflowing with games I will never be able to play to and it looks like this backlist is only going to grow.
    I have not seen RimWorld in that list (I might have missed it though). It is a great colony sim / DF-like with scifi/western undertones. It is currently in early access of sort on its website and while the game systems look pretty much broken to me in their current state (alpha 9), it is still very fun to play to.

  13. Spacewalk says:

    Not. Enough. Games.

  14. dawnmane says:

    Have I gone blind, or did you forget Capybara’s Below?

  15. GameCat says:

    That’s like an incoming backlog for next 10 years or more.

  16. snowgim says:

    It always confounds me that Paradise Lost: First Contact isn’t titled Parasite Lost: First Contact… I always read it that way, but maybe that’s just me.

  17. Cockie says:

    I think the Dwarf Fortress release date is a tad optimistic.

    • Immobile Piper says:

      I’m used to thinking Early Access as something you have to pay money for. I was a bit confused at seeing Dwarf Fortress listed as one, but I guess EA term can be used for games that don’t require you to pay up front.

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    tigerfort says:

    I think the “!–nextpage” just above platformers may be an html error :)

    Also, I’m pretty sure “infintesimals” really is a platformer, not an “Isometric stealth assassination” game.

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      Graham Smith says:

      Fixed and fixed. Seems the description for Hidden Asset had somehow been copy and pasted into the space for Infinitesimals.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    I’d like to add Obsidian’s other two titles Armored Warfare (as MMO) and the small cardgame Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords, which has formally only been announced for mobiles, but devs have said other versions are in the works.

    I’d also say highly likely: Left 4 Dead 3 using Source 2 engine.
    Possible: Fallout 4, at least announced.
    Highly unlikely unless Valve plans to blow people’s minds with a “Black Box” followup to The Orange Box (bundled with L4D3, Dota 2 hats plus some more stuff): Half-Life 3

    • Devenger says:

      Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords: so that would be a PC version of a mobile game that’s a digital incarnation of a card game based on a tabletop roleplaying game? Cool! But I hope they do enough that’s new to make up for all the nice things you lose at each step of that transformation.

  20. FabriciusRex says:

    Where’s Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? No Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? How could you miss Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? Your list SUXXXXSSSSSS!

    Looking forward to Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord.

  21. RARARA says:

    Beyond Good & Evil 2? Might as well as stick in Half Life 3 in there…

    Great list! Red: Out and Thumper looks rather nice. Seeing Negspace reminds me – I miss your DevLog Watch posts.

  22. mzz says:

    World of warship grinder, Rogue and some indie 2d sea going game and no Naval Action?
    Where is Naval Action. Tim stone was hyping it up a lot ..please add.

    link to m.youtube.com

  23. NathaI3 says:

    Holy… Holy cow. Let me just book a few more days off to read all this…

  24. Tarfman says:

    What about Strategic Command 3 from fury software. If its released in 2015 I think it will be strategy game of the year.

  25. dahools says:

    Raises glass to ethan hunt the undercover RPS spy who smuggled themselves in to such a heavily guarded sports interactive fortress to get the early access screen shot of the new football manager game! ;)

  26. ExitDose says:

    The roguelike section could use some Vagante love.

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    No mention of “underworld ascension” ? Hopefully they’ll be releasing lots of info over the next few months.

  28. LeanRight says:

    Woah, so many interesting games. Great list! :)

  29. Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

    Dynasty Warriors is about China, not Japan!

    • Thurgret says:

      I logged in just to say this. Unless they tucked a Japanese story in somewhere, Dynasty Warriors is all a somewhat bonkers adaptation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

      • iainl says:

        Possibly, someone’s got themselves confused with the near-identical Samurai Warriors series; I’ve done that enough times as someone who doesn’t pay attention to plot in action games.

    • Soulstrider says:

      Yep, was about to say that. Can’t get this slander against Cao Cao pass unnoticed.

    • Wolfcoyote_J says:

      I was about to say that, too – especially since I’ve played the heck out of III, IV and V. As of the 6th it still isn’t fixed.

  30. captain nemo says:

    no sign of SYBAH multi-player – sigh

  31. Oozo says:

    That’s a very impressive list. I’m actually not sure if I should be excited about the sheer choice or a bit overwhelmed. Probably both, especially since a have made an effort this year not to play early access-games before they’re finished. (Which means that I still have a lot of games on Steam that I’ll try out in 2015 — looking at you, The Long Dark, Sunless Sea and various others.)

    It’s clear that such a list can never be comprehensive anyway, so I’ll just add a few more:
    – When it comes to adventures, Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet! is worth mentioning. Developed by Alasdair Becket, an award-winning comedian, it’s shaping up to be quite pleasant, and some of the Kickstarter updates alone had me smile more than a lot of finished games
    – In the RPG/adventure vein, there will also be UnderTale, a game that does not look like much at first glance, but that shapes up to have some clever ideas, and a very unique tone — there is a demo around that has not only won over a fair bunch of Kickstarter backers, but also RPS some time ago. If the whole game manages to be as charming as the demo, UnderTale will be not quite like anything else in 2015.
    Treachery In Beatdown City was also talked about quite a bit on RPS during its Kickstarter campaign — it’s a retro brawler with the added twist of being turnbased, and quite savvy in the ways of urban art and development, if the interviews with the creator are anything to go by.

    • Anthile says:

      There’s also Underrail, which should also come out some time this year.

  32. Psychomorph says:

    2015 must also be a year for “Ground Branch” by Blackfoot Studios (founded by an ex Red Storm lead). They will do an early access the coming months. I hope after all the waiting it’s finally the time.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    No Man’s Sky, Hyper Light Drifter and The Phantom Pain are my most anticipated this year.

    I also didn’t see Nom Nom Galaxy in your list. I’ve toyed with the early access and it seems well on its way to completion although still with a release date of TBA.

  34. welverin says:

    I’ll say it again, even people who have played every Metal Gear will be confused by the Phantom Pain. Hell, they be more confused.

  35. Turkey says:

    I hope this will be a Fallout or ES year.

    As much as I complain about those games, I always enjoy the spectacle surrounding their releases. It feels like a huge event every time.

  36. DirtyDivinity says:

    Hmm, tasty list with plenty of worlds and potential poetry!

    …Aaaaand : link to steamcommunity.com
    (or : link to dangerousrays.com )
    What makes you feel the meeting of these two words : ‘procedural S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’ ?

  37. heyheynaar says:

    I was wondering what games to look forward to in 2015, I did not expect there to be quite this many.

    Certainly I was not expecting the sheer amount of space games being released. Certainly a throw back to the 90’s especially Wings of Saint Nazaire. Looks like I will buy that X52 after all

    Anyway thanks for the fantastic list.

  38. DanMan says:

    And what date format did they choose? That’s right, the most unintuitive – the American “month / day / year” format… *nnnnngh*

    ISO format, people: “year – month – day” !

    • welverin says:

      I find it quite intuitive, of course I’m American and been dealing with it my whole life.

      • funkstar says:

        yyyy/mm/dd or dd/mm/yyyy makes the most sense to me, seeing as the units descend/ascend in size, depending. Probably leaning towards D/M/Y as that sounds better out loud – 1st January 2015, as opposed to 2015, January, the first. I’m guessing Y/M/D is the ISO standard because it makes sorting things based on dates easy (ie 20150101 vs 01012015) but to me, US date formats don’t make any logical sense at all :D

        • El Mariachi says:

          Many of us Americans agree, but there’s not much that can be done at this point. We had a push towards the metric system in the 70s but then Ronald fucking Reagan put a stop to it because… communism? (That was apparently also the problem with having solar panels on the White House.)

      • pepperfez says:

        It makes perfect sense if you say, e.g., “January 1st, 2015,” which is the standard American expression in my experience.

    • LionsPhil says:

      It’s a bizzare choice for a UK website.

  39. bad guy says:

    Racing Games 2015
    Beam NG

    • LionsPhil says:

      Jelly cars!

      They really need to model that vehicles have stuff inside them, and are not just a gelatinous shell with wheels stuck on.

  40. Zerpherion says:

    Lots of Indie/Small company games i have high interest in, Grand Theft Auto V probably the only triple AAA game I will pay for this year.

    Homeworld Collection not listed however?

  41. welverin says:

    Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for fighting games?

    • pepperfez says:

      Maybe the thought of DoA in a format that supports modding was just too horrible to face?

      My “Good Games of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be PC” list has plenty of fighting games on it: Guilty Gear Xrd, BBCPEx, and Undernight In-Birth have all been teased, so I’m hoping Japan’s apparent hatred of PCs doesn’t get in the way.

  42. P.Funk says:

    Looking at this list I can state that the Space genre is happier than its been in a decade and that the RTS genre is still trying to find itself. No FPS games grabbed me either, barring Verdun which I’m thrilled about if only because it should be the Paths to Glory of shooters, ie. they never make them about WW1.

    Two games actually about WW1 that I saw. I hope to see more of that since the dubya dubya deuce is pretty over represented as ever.

    • Zenicetus says:

      The cockpit-level Space genre is certainly looking good, although I’m not sure what else we’ll actually see in 2015 besides incremental development of Elite, and maybe No Mans Sky (whatever that turns out to be).

      The disappointments for me are mostly on the RTS and TBS side of space games, where I’m not seeing many new ideas to get excited about. Everyone seems to be making basically the same 2D strategy game over and over again. The budgets are lower for that type of game, so it should be easier to do something fresh.

  43. Christian Knudsen says:

    Thanks for including Hidden Asset! I guess I’d better ignore this hangover and get to work on the game…

  44. welverin says:

    re; Battlefield: Hardline

    Volition is behind Freespace and Saint’s Row, Visceral is responsible for Dead Space and BF:H.

  45. Samuel Bass says:

    At this risk of coming across as a grotesque self-promoter – and feel free to delete this if that’s not kosher – but figure it’s worth mentioning that ADR1FT is coming out this year. First-person space survival / exploration game with full VR support, got a bit of hype over the last few months.

    We have a trailer and everything:) – link to youtu.be

    With that out of the way, thank so much for putting together this list – have a feeling I’ll be referring to it a lot throughout the year. Also feels like I’ll need to clone myself in order to have the time necessary to play everything, but so much interesting stuff out there. The adventure game revival alone really makes my heart sing.

    • dahauns says:

      Your self plugging is really fine with me – as long it doesn’t delay your game!
      I need it NOW – My Oculus hungers for this experience!

  46. raiders5000 says:

    What’s with all the crappy graphics in the Roguelike genre? It’s 2015 for crying aloud. If I want to play a 1980’s game…I’ll play a 1980’s game.

    • Wulfram says:

      Real roguelikes don’t have these “graphics” you speak of. Ascii was good enough for our grandparents, it should be good enough for us

      • raiders5000 says:

        Really? Make sure a “grandparent” price comes with that Ascii code.

        • pepperfez says:

          Roguelikes also demand highly readable graphics, something that’s often best accomplished with extreme simplicity.

  47. fish99 says:

    GTAV fits better in ‘action games’ TBH. It’s still mostly played 3rd person and has more driving than it has shooting.

  48. MaXimillion says:

    What’s up with the US-style date formating (MDY) instead of either of the logical and more widespread choices (DMY/YMD)?

    Also, I wish you’d either use “Roguelite” or “Roguelike/-lite” to avoid diluting the genre definition.

    • pepperfez says:

      I’m quite partial to “roguelikelike” because it conjures the image of a wobbly backstabbing intestine-beast.

  49. Muzman says:

    Good lordy that was epic.

    And yes where is Cradle? I don’t blame the site for missing it. It seemed to have ducked off the radar for a while.
    But looking now they are still talking, still localising. So it’s not one of those faded games, thankfully..

  50. DanMan says:

    Having the name of the developers in there would have been nice. I might be interested in experimental / crappy-looking games by a dev I know and like. Also to promote them and get their name out in case of indies.