PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

Adventure games

Adventuring means more than just point-and-clicking, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s also about incredible journeys, story and mystery over violence, and whatever your preference, Kickstarted games should bring plenty in 2015.

1979 Revolution

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
1979 Revolution is set during Iran’s revolution, and aims to be faithful to the actual events. You play as a photojournalist in Tehran, and though it’s unclear what form the game will take, it’s described as an action adventure and it’s meant to emphasise player choice.

All 1979 Revolution posts.

A Rite From The Stars

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A Kickstarter success story, squeaking just past a $40,000 goal in autumn, A Rite From The Stars is an adventure/puzzle game with all the right classic influences while upgrading its controls and mechanics to be more modern. Kirm, a young member of the Makoa Tribe, is your hero going through his rite of passage.

All A Rite From The Stars posts.

Anna’s Quest

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Adventuring across a fantasy world, you are the titular character running away from a witch who’s imbued her with telekinetic powers. Naturally you have a teddy bear sidekick who was once a human boy and a quest to cure your grandfather.

All Anna’s Quest posts.

Armikrog

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Being an adventure game done in claymation, Armikrog may be 2015’s most 1900s game. It climbed an impressive $900,000 Kickstarter mountain back in mid-2013, but everything’s been quiet on the kilned front since the end of a secondary funding campaign except for some backers-only updates.

All Armikrog posts.

Broken Age Act II

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A successful and well received opening chapter didn’t stop the communal raised eyebrow at Broken Age, the original Kickstarter success story, needing to be split into two parts. Vella and Shay’s story needed to end strong.

Broken Age Act II review.
All Broken Age Act II posts.

Dead Synchronicity

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Dark, dystopian point and clicking with a ludicrously beautiful art style, Dead Synchronicity is also about, seemingly, the end of time. It’s a mishmash of interesting ideas that hopefully avoids the pitfalls common to time-manipulation storytelling.

Dead Synchronicity review.
All Dead Synchronicity posts.

Desolate

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
Considerate puzzling with a character unable to communicate trying to mend the mistakes he made when dark forces attacked his village. The people no longer trust him and are actively aggressive. Beautifully hand-painted to boot.

All Desolate posts.

Dreamfall Chapters

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The continuation of the Longest Journey series – or specifically, a sequel to the sequel, Dreamfall. Dreamfall Chapters was crowdfunded and the first part came out near the end of 2014, and the rest should continue the story of Zoe and Arcadia.

Dreamfall Chapters Book 2 review.
All Dreamfall Chapters posts.

Dropsy

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
An adventure game starring a cheerful, misunderstood clown, Dropsy is aiming for surreal and grotesque and, based on GIFs of its warping, handless star, seems likely to succeed at least at that. It comfortably cleared its Kickstarter target last year and the developer recently announced that all the game’s scenes were in-game, meaning that they’ve moved on to implementing puzzles.

All Dropsy posts.

else Heart.Break()

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The wonderfully named story of a programmer moving to a new city, meeting people and falling in love. Plus their attempts to stop the evil of the ruling classes. There’s a lot of simulation going into building the city so it feels real, trying to emulate a fully connected network of computers than can be modified.

All else Heart.Break() posts.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
We’ve three more episodes of Telltale’s spinoff to the ridiculously popular series to come and our Alec thinks it will be something quite unlike their previous efforts if it continues as it started. Waiting for further episode reviews to confirm its “stayed good” is usually a sound tactic with Telltale, mind.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones Episode 1 review.
Telltale’s Game of Thrones Episode 2 review.
All Telltale’s Game of Thrones posts.

Kentucky Route Zero

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Of course RPS’ game of the year 2013 is on our games to watch 2015 list, why wouldn’t it be? The slow-burn release of episodes and intervals in our favourite on-going story of the secret subterranean highway will come to a close soon.

Kentucky Route Zero Act I review.
Kentucky Route Zero Act II review.
Kentucky Route Zero Act III review.
Kentucky Route interview.
All Kentucky Route Zero posts.

King’s Quest

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Rebooting one of the most fondly remembered series of adventure games from the 90s with an all new dev team. An episodic series with the now-old hero of the original games telling new stories set around the same time.

All King’s Quest posts.

Life Is Strange

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An episodic tale about Max, a woman who realises she can rewind time. Always a shock. It’s downbeat, focused on the relationships between its characters. There’ll be five episodes in all and so far it has been brilliant.

Life is Strange Episode 1 review.
Life is Strange Episode 2 review.
Life is Strange Episode 3 review.
Life is Strange video.
All Life Is Strange posts.

Minecraft: Story Mode

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Telltale’s latest project is even further out of left-field than the surprisingly good Tales From The Borderlands. So newly announced there’s not a lot of info beyond it being set in the Minecraft world and inspired by its community.

All Minecraft: Story Mode posts.

Murder

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Details are very light about the retro point and click adventure set in cyberpunk Tokyo. You play as a police officer investigating a series of murders all in the same style, while suffering from nightmares about a murderous android with a god complex. The two are likely related.

All Murder posts.

Obduction

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Suddenly whisked away from Earth by a mysterious object, Obduction quickly becomes about exploring the new reality you find yourself in. Made by the folks behind and deliberately evoking Myst.

Obduction interview.
All Obduction posts.

Octopus City Blues

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Live life as a lowly ‘tentacle-cutter’ in a city built around a giant octopus. Yep. OCB begins with the main character experiencing dreams of twisted creatures and setting off on an adventure to help the inhabitants of Octopus City, becoming embroiled in a conspiracy as he goes. Sounds bizarre, looks sorta lovely.

All Octopus City Blues posts.

Paradigm

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Feels like a classic LucasArts adventure in the modern era. Every element of the weird, mutated universe is designed for humour and the art is gorgeous. Successfully Kickstarted thanks to a demo that should still be available.

All Paradigm posts.

Shelter 2

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Trading in adorable badgers for adorable lynxes, the sequel to the “How Bad A Mother Are You?” test of 2013 promises to be just as heart-crushingly cute as before. This time you aren’t just at the bottom of the food chain, with hunting other animals taking a role.

Shelter 2 review.
All Shelter 2 posts.

Silence: The Whispered World II

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The original Whispered World starred a clown named Sadwick with an infuriatingly annoying voice. This sequel takes place in the same world but changes the protagonists. It looks beautiful but, sadly, Sadwick is due to return as a non-playable character.

All Silence: The Whispered World II posts.

Tales From The Borderlands

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Telltale’s other midway project, this was supposed to be the dud. Witty, clever and managing to stand on its own for those unfamiliar with the series, Adam was impressed with the first episode.

Tales From The Borderlands Episode 1 review.
All Tales From The Borderlands posts.

The Devil’s Men

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
From the writer of Memoria, this adventure game tells the story of two women attempting to solve a series of murders and find a lost father in a dark, steampunk world. It’s promised that solving puzzles in different ways will significantly alter the flow of the plot.

All The Devil’s Men posts.

The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Warning: not an actual dog, do not be fooled. Based on an independent comic book of the same name, this point and click explores a supernatural underworld while cracking a few jokes. It’s very prettily drawn too.

All The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy posts.

Thimbleweed Park

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
June 2016
What is it?
A spiritual successor to Maniac Mansion, Kickstarted by Maniac and Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert. 2014 was the year of point-and-click revival, but Thimbleweed Park is aiming to steer much closer to the source material in both art style and interface.

All Thimbleweed Park posts.

To Azimuth

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
September 2015
What is it?
An adventure game about alien abduction with some very creepy undertones, To Azimuth follows a brother and sister as they search for their lost family. It didn’t do so well on Kickstarter but does an incredible job of building an atmosphere.

All To Azimuth posts.

Twelve Minutes

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Q3 2016
What is it?
Groundhog Day: The Point’n’Click, only over a smaller period. The central puzzle is breaking the time loop, but with only twelve minutes each time to try to find a solution. The first loop sets it up, with your newly pregnant wife accused of murder and a police officer beating her confession out of you. Nasty, but intriguing, giving you new facts to explore in future loops each time.

Twelve Minutes preview.
Twelve Minutes interview.
All Twelve Minutes posts.

Please Knock On My Door

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Dealing with the heavy topics of depression, phobia and loneliness, Please Knock is the solo effort of swedish developer Michael Levall. Living alone in a small apartment, it’s an adventure game about dealing with the repetitive nature of a life mostly indoors and computer-bound.

Burly Men At Sea

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Likely to be the beardiest game of the year, it’s an adventure game about exactly what it says – large gentlemen exploring the ocean. Discovery plays a massive part in the game, allowing the player to govern what direction the “folktale” goes.

Hiveswap Act 1

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Set within the Homestuck comic universe, Hiveswap is an episodic adventure game about a girl transported to a troll universe and trying to find her way home. It’s being developed with a second game already in mind, which will tell the story of a troll-boy transported to the human universe and similarly trying to find his way home. So far there’s nothing to see but concept art, but Homestuck fans rejoice.

All Hiveswap Act 1 posts.

Syberia III

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Starring Kate Walker, a lawyer who managed to turn a simple toy factory acquisition into two adventure games worth of transdimensional, er, misadventure 10 years ago. The resurrected developer is now back, with the rights to continue her story.

Catequesis

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
It looks like Pokémon, right up until the moment when the serene pixel art environments become caked in blood, the young boy pulls a pistol, and the dripping, oozing nightmare monsters begin to attack. Catequesis is yet another survival horror game and yet another pixel art RPG, but does accomplish something different by merging the two.

Karmaflow

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Music
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
On the surface a puzzle platformer, Karmaflow uses music to tell its story in an “interactive rock opera” with various famous vocalists playing parts. It’s even being performed on stage as a separate musical act, with a larger concert to coincide with the release of the game in mid-January.

All Karmaflow posts.

Future Perfect

Official site

Genre
Creative
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Future Perfect gets meta, the challenge and purpose of its sandbox is to create games. They can be designed and played in groups, like all the best bits of Garry’s Mod but dedicated to that cause.

All Future Perfect posts.

The Book Of Unwritten Tales 2

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Most of this comedy adventure game sequel is already available through Early Access, but the final chapter and full version are a 2015 release. The first was an amusing and well written fantasy take and this seems to be following in those footsteps.

All The Book Of Unwritten Tales 2 posts.

Stasis

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Horror, Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A horror point and click from an isometric viewpoint about a father awakening from cryosleep in deep space on a failing ship. He has to deal with the insidious experimentation that occurred on the ship while attempting to save his family.

All Stasis posts.

I Can’t Escape: Darkness

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Horror, Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Exploratory dungeon crawling in first-person, this is an updated and refined version of a webgame that made a bit of a splash last year. The purpose is, you’ll be shocked to learn, to escape a definitely-evil, probably-haunted dungeon you’ve foolishly become trapped inside. There’s also a spooky eyeball.

Pathologic

Pathologic interview.
Official site

Genre
First-Person, Adventure
Release date
November 2016
What is it?
A remake of one of gaming’s true cult hits, Adam sacrificed more than one baby goat to his heathen gods to ensure this got its money on Kickstarter earlier this year. Sadly, it will be some time before the first-person adventure-cum-surreal-’em-up arrives.

All Pathlogic posts.

Return Of The Obra Dinn

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
First notable for being Lucas “Papers, Please” Pope’s new game, the mysterious Obra Dinn’s art style and time manipulation mechanics let it stand on its own. Investigating the trade ship pulling into port absent its crew, you’ll find their bodies and use a watch to relive their last moments to deduce what has happened.

All Return Of The Obra Dinn posts.

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet!

All Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet! posts.

Sealark

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Seriously cute and light-hearted adventure game about the last woman on a flooded Earth, passing her time by fishing and diving. After a long development cycle it still seems be a ways off, but the sprites and animation put together by solo developer Clairvoire are fantastic.

Technobabylon

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
An adventure game in 90s Lucas style that’s acquired a publisher to make the jump from free episodes to fully fledged retail release. Set in a dystopian future of secret police and all-powerful AIso, there’s a lovely aesthetic and some heavy Beneath A Steel Sky undertones.

Technobabylon review.
All Technobabylon posts.

Shardlight

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The latest from the two man team of Ben Chandler and Francisco Gonzalez, who previously made The Rebirth and The Reaper. They were very short, free adventure games set in the same post-apocalyptic world as this full release. It’s one of plague and war, run autocratically by a few powerful CEOs.

The Ballads Of Reemus 2

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Bright and colourful sequel to a series of popular (and Walker-approved) free web-based adventure games from the late 00s. Features that most relatable of game characters, Liam the purple bear with a guitar, as he attempts to write songs about the adventures of his friend Reemus through puzzle solving and bug exterminating.

All The Ballads Of Reemus 2 posts.

SpaceVenture

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Comedy adventure game from the creators of Space Quest. They’re keeping the sci-fi, the main character of this tale a plumber who fixes space stations for a living. When he isn’t the focal point it will pass to his robot dog or imaginary friend, a chicken.

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations

Official site

Genre
ADVENTURE, Point ‘n’ Click
Release date
November 2015
What is it?
The latest game to feature the cartoon land of Ooo and its part of unlikely heroes, Finn the Human Boy and Jake the stretch dog. It’s the fourth to be released on PC but they’ve all been nowhere near the quality of the excellent (and terrifying) TV show. The focus is on puzzle solving, but there’s talk of baddie-slaying and loot-collecting as well.

All Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations posts.

Blues & Bullets

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Noir
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Full on noir thriller puzzle-solving and shootout-surviving. A vigilante doing what the police won’t; black, white and red colour pallette; a quest for justice in a corruption filled city – it’s got it all, with a backdrop of disappearing kids. To be released as five episodes starting later this year.

Goetia

Official site

Genre
Point ‘n’ Click, Horror
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Taking the role of a mysteriously resurrected ghost in an old manor during World War 2. This lets you move through walls and ceilings and possess items to move them around. There’s a demo of the first hour or so of the game available, which came with the successful Kickstarter in February.

Through the Woods

Official site

Genre
Horror, Adventure
Release date
February 2016
What is it?
Norwegian folk-tales spooked up in dark forests. A mother searches for her lost son while being pursued by some giant, dark shape. The framing is a meta-narrative of the woman telling the story to someone else, meaning your decisions will alter a conversation.

All Through the Woods posts.

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die

Official site

Genre
Adventure, QTE-fest
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Very strange adventuring from that SWERY guy, of Deadly Premonition-and-others in/fame. A former cap with time travel, mostly random catgirls, these two, it’s got it all. There’s a demo released just prior to the launch date, check it before purchasing if you’re worried about the state of the port.

All D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die posts.

Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Post apocalyptic visual novel following the lives of – unsurprisingly – a group of teenagers. It’s taking inspiration from the Phoenix Wright games to combine the heavy narrative of VNs with poiont ‘n’ click puzzle solving and clue finding. Kickstarted in 2014, a few delays have pushed release into some time this year.

Samarost 3

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Point ‘n’ Click
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
From the makers of the lovely, chill Machinarium, Samorost is the story of a man travelling space, visiting small worlds and meeting the local wildlife. It’s chock full of charm and gorgeous, slightly disturbing, very alien art. A decade long project, the ancient RPS titan has been waiting for this since its birth.

Samorost 3 interview.
Samorost 3 feature.
All Samorost 3 posts.

Void & Meddler

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Cyberpunk
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Free browser game turned full three-episode release. It’s a very cyberpunk story of drugs, murder, dream exploration and, naturally, conspiracy. Alice is a big fan. There’s promise of multiple endings and a world that changes around you between chapters.

All Void & Meddler posts.

City Quest

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Retro
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Originally kickstarted in the misty past of 2013, this point ‘n’ click wears classic Lucas on its sleeve and every other part. There’s a demo from back then and the Kickstarter is still regularly updated each month with how the big city adventure project is progressing.

All City Quest posts.

Outpost 13

Official site

Genre
Point ‘n’ Click, Sci-fi
Release date
Q3
What is it?
The world’s first The Thing simulator, you play an alien disguising itself as a research base dog. Rather than the arctic it’s on an ice planet, presumably so nobody from Universal Pictures gets on the phone. You have to maintain your cover for as long as possible while brutally murdering all the filthy, horrid humans.

Albino Lullaby

Official site

Genre
Horror, Adventure, First Person, VR
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Long-necked horrors populate this horr-venture that’s averse to using jump scares or gore, instead relying on a twisted narrative and unnatural movement of the environment to keep players on edge. There’s a touch of dark humour in there too.

Albino Lullaby feature.
All Albino Lullaby posts.

Dollhouse

Official site

Genre
Horror, Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A therapist, housewife and child, are the characters in a non-linear horror story of mental illness. Each playthrough is made different by randomly generated and placed audio recordings that will change the story. Oddly, there’s competitive multiplayer elements and Dark Souls-style invasion mechanics in there too.

Qasir al-Wasat: International Edition

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action, Adventure
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Exploring a Syrian palace with three targets for assassination inside, your trump card is total invisibility to the human eye. You must control the amount of sound and mess you make as both will be spotted by guards, who can take you down in a single sword swing. There’s also a healthy dose of traps, treasure and mysterious goings on.

All Qasir al-Wasat: International Edition posts.

WAS ~The Hourglass of Lepidoptera~

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
Q3
What is it?
One of the swathe of visual novels being released to western audiences thanks to Kickstarter and some dedicated translators. This is set in a dystopian and ‘unfamiliar’ post-war Japan and is designed to show off real world locations, encouraging tourism.

Knee Deep

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Noir, Theatre
Release date
July 6th 2015
What is it?
After the suicide of a washed up actor in the themepark owned by the local mayor of a swampland town in southern United States. The whole thing plays out as a stage play, with props being wheeled into position, an orchestra pit and fourth wall viewpoint.

All Knee Deep posts.

Death God University

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Humour, Puzzle
Release date
July 1st 2015
What is it?
Inspired by the wacky worlds of Lucas Arts classics, DGU is about attending the titular institution to become a Death God Assistant. You must gather the souls of your targets using a collection of traps – but it must look like an accident.

Reflections

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Adventure
Release date
June 26th 2015
What is it?
Set in the real world, this adventure plays out in black and white that will be ‘flushed with colour’ when certain actions are performed, important moments in the story are met or puzzles are finished. The Storyteller engine will track everything you do and modify the story and world to suit.

Traverser

Official site

Genre
Puzzle, Adventure
Release date
Q3
What is it?
After mankind moves wholesale underground after the, uh, death of the sun (fair excuse, if we’re honest), an evil mega-corp now make money from selling air. One guard-in-training, Valerie Bennett, is out to stop them with the help of her gravity manipulation glove and, of course, you.

Her Story

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Crime
Release date
June 24th 2015
What is it?
Using recorded footage to tell a non-linear story about a woman talking to the police after her husband goes missing. It’s up to you to review footage and discover the truth. While not a true story, all the footage has been filmed with a real-world actress.

Her Story interview.
All Her Story posts.

CLANNAD

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
One of the most well-known visual novels ever made, the English version is being ported to Steam via a still-ongoing and vastly successful Kickstarter that’s well over doubled its target goal. You take the role of a schoolboy as he attempts to navigate daily life.

All CLANNAD posts.

Sword Of Asumi

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
TBA
What is it?
While visual novels have long been a japanese mainstay, their popularity is still growing in the west as more players and developers discover it as a genre. Set in an alternate universe Japan where feudal tradition never ceased, you play a deadly samurai on a mission to find a rebel in her academy before he can ignite a civil war.

Ladykiller In A Bind

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The next visual novel project from Christine Love of Analogue and Digital fame, the fully titled My Twin Brother Made Me Crossdress As Him And Now I Have To Deal With A Geeky Stalker And A Domme Beauty Who Want Me In A Bind!! is nothing if not self-descriptive. Christine wants to use it not only to tell an erotic story but to show how most romance games boil down to not particularly nice social manipulation.

Ladykiller In A Bind review.
All Ladykiller In A Bind posts.

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  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?

    • 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.

  33. 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.