PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

Platformers

The videogame players’ favourite mode of traversal: jumping. Jumping to move between surfaces, jumping to leap over enemies, jumping as a metaphor for the unbearable melancholy of being alive. Platformers are an old form, but even in fallow times there’s a million of them to play.

Blackhole

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Puzzle platformer about the coffee boy of a space mission being the only one who can save the crew and ship when it crash lands on “Entity,” a planet-like object on the other side of a black hole.

All Blackhole posts.

DieselStörmers

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Pure co-op blasting in a part-medieval, part-steampunk world with a fantastic aesthetic. On Early Access now, you can bounce around various randomly generated worlds fighting off goblins in your powered knight armour.

All DieselStörmers posts.

Hot Tin Roof

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Originally kickstarted and scheduled for mid-2014, this metroidvania with fantastic voice acting is beautifully stylised in both its friendly, blocky graphics and the 50s detective characters and plot.

All Hot Tin Roof posts.

Infinitesimals

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A stunningly hi-def “cinematic” sidescrolling platformer in which you control a tiny spiderbot, sneaking underground and upon blades of grass in order to get the pounce on larger, insectoid robots that mean to destroy you.

All Infinitesimals posts.

La-Mulana 2

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
If half of Spelunky was inspired by Rogue, La-Mulana might be the inspiration for the other half. You only need to look at the character to see the start of that. La-Mulana 2 aims to carry forward the original’s treasure-seeking, dungeon platforming – giant boulders and all.

All La-Mulana 2 posts.

Legend of Iya

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Who is it who still looks at pixel art and thinks, “Cor, that reminds me of the games I played when I was young”? We all played lots of games in the past too, but when we see pixel art now all we see are the umpteen other in-development or recently released games that use the art style for little more than nostalgia. Are there people somewhere clamouring for this? Are they the same people who ask for the music to be turned up in pubs and restaurants? It’s not easier to draw like this than in any other style! It’s harder, even! Anyway the game is a metroidvania and it was Kickstarted and there’s a demo.

All Legend of Iya posts.

Mighty No. 9

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
September 15th 2015
What is it?
Mega Man in all but name and actually being available on PC, Mighty No. 9 made just over $4,000,000 in crowdfunding. The backer beta recently reached its final version and an animated series has started development.

All Mighty No. 9 posts.

Ori And The Blind Forest

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Ori’s almost an essay on how to make a quaint puzzle platformer. It features a sentient giant hug, soft-lit hand-drawn environments and will almost certainly destroy your heart if you get invested.

Ori and the Blind Forest review.
All Ori And The Blind Forest posts.

Owlboy

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Does this game actually exist? Owlboy has been in development for what feels like forever, which is both because it’s been a long, long time since it was announced, and because we so badly want to get our hands on its flighty, pixel art world. Fingers crossed it’s more than just a traditional platformer after all this time, of course.

All Owlboy posts.

Rain World

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The most adorable puzzle platformer in development. Animation is a large part of that, the player character “slugcat” and its adversaries moving fluidly around the future where rain pours hard enough to be deadly.

All Rain World posts.

Slain

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
Extremely bloody and old-school to the bone platforming here from a 25 year veteran artist and animator. That shows nowhere better than in the gory deaths of foes, falling differently based on what brand of magic or angle of giant sword swing they were killed by.

All Slain posts.

SUPER III

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An action platformer where a second press of the jump button teleports you to the next surface in your path, with wraparound levels for some extra fancy manoeuvres. One trick games like this live or die on how immediately satisfying that trick is, this looks like a keeper.

All SUPER III posts.

Super Meat Boy Forever

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The sort-of sequel to one of the best platformers ever made, Forever is being built from the ground up to be used on touch devices. Why do we care over in keyboard, mouse and (let’s be honest) gamepad land? Because it’s a completely new set of levels, bosses and indie game cameos from one of the best studios around.

All Super Meat Boy Forever posts.

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
“Red Riding Hood, only she’s had enough of your shit” is a fantasy sub-genre all of its own, but we haven’t had a massive number of them over here in games-land. A platforming, monster-axing affair, it’s certainly grim.

All Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries posts.

Extreme Exorcism

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A simple 2D platformer about performing exorcisms – with high powered weaponry. Ghosts that are taken care of will come back and copy the moves you used to execute them, building complexity across a level as you clear it.

Moonman

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Q4
What is it?
A Terraria-like with a darker tone. The biggest change is the addition of fire, letting you destroy whole forests to clear out enemies or just create a spectacular light-show. A Kickstarter is on the way.

All Moonman posts.

Guns, Gore & Cannoli

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Adding to the ever-increasing “zombies in weird scenarios” genre, GGC sets you up as an italian mobster during the twenties. Accents and tommy guns galore while you try to save ‘Thugtown’ from the outbreak in a 2D platformer/blaster set up.

Cloudface

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Playing as a very happy, besuited cloud whose had his documents stolen, this is a light-hearted platformer with a piece of bubblegum as the villain. While tonally playful, the developers still want to create something challenging and fun through tight mechanics. It’s also hand drawn and animated.

Blazefall Binalblades

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
On Hold
What is it?
Possibly the best name on this list, Blazefall Binalblades is a two character brawler where a day/night cycle influences which of the two ninjas has more power. It’s beautifully hand-drawn though very early in development. An unsuccessful Kickstarter has put it on hold for the time being.

Exception

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Two cool things here: it’s set inside a computer gone wrong, battling against malware and viruses that infect its systems. Because of this, levels will radically change as you progress, making fights unpredictable and platforming challenging.

Broforce

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Already making a storm on Early Access for the past year, Broforce is an 80s action movie love letter and one of the most insanely destructive games out there. The main additions in each new version are an increased character count, all referencing classic movie heroes.

Broforce review (early acces).
All Broforce posts.

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A 2D shmup in which you and a partner must work in tandem to control a large, pink spaceship. The challenge is that the enemies will come from all sides, but firing any gun means running your character over to it inside the ship. It’s got lovely art design from the start, and quickly becomes frantic and funny.

All Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime posts.

Warlocks vs Shadows

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A side-scrolling magical brawling game, about destroying waves of enemy monsters with increasingly over-the-top magic spells. A fast-and-frenetic fantasy Risk Of Rain-alike. Previously simply “Warlocks” a large Early Access update brought with it a new name.

All Warlocks posts.

Apotheon

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Action RPGing in an open world set entirely in the aesthetic of ancient greek pottery, Apotheon is just a joy to look at. It’s been making the rounds since early 2012 and all that work has gone into crafting a truly legendary journey through the land of the dead to fight the gods on Mount Olympus.

Apotheon review.
All Apotheon posts.

Night In The Woods

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Adventure
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
An adventure game about a college drop-out cat returning home to find things aren’t as she left it. Friends have grown up and the town is changed. She’s also developing “mysterious abilities” which let her discover that all is not as it seems and something lurks in the nearby woods. It tops it off with wondrous dialogue and a really beal outlook, at least in the trailers.

All Night In The Woods posts.

The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Early Access, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Retro-styled, fast-paced, action-packed platforming with a focus on technical skill to master its massive combat system. It went into Early Access planning to be out by March, but so far hasn’t made it.

All The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight posts.

A Hat In Time

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Early Access, Third Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A 3D platformer inspired by the likes of Mario 64, which means double-jumps, tummy-slides, sunny seas and a lot collectable coins and other doodads. Whether it can match its inspirations for shear polish remains to be seen, but these kinds of games are rare on PC – and just sort of rare across the board, these days.

All A Hat In Time posts.

Ghost Song

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Metroidvania
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A metroidvania that’s particularly strong on the Metroid, in so much as you’re exploring an alien environment wearing a scifi supersuit that lets you dash and turn into a ball. It was crowdfunded and is currently in beta for those who backed.

All Ghost Song posts.

Axiom Verge

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Metroidvania
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A metroidvania with shooting and exploration, but also control over ‘glitches’ which let you scramble enemies. Aims to tickle the nostalgia glands with its art and music, and is coming to PS4 and Vita first with a PC release shortly afterwards.

All Axiom Verge posts.

Move Or Die

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Online, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Single-screen competitive multiplayer with a generic platformer base built upon with dozens of game modes, all with their own special rules and win conditions. It’s entering Early Access soon, using community input to design even more ways to play and fix inevitable bugs.

Adventures Of Pip

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Yes, a puzzle platformer with a light tone and pixel-art, but Adventures of Pip plays more effectively with the formula. You evolve and devolve through stages of “detail” giving Pip certain abilities within the world based on how sophisticated his graphics are. It’s a clever hook and one with a lot of potential if exploited right.

All Adventures Of Pip posts.

How To Be A Tree

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The biggest lie in games in 2015? This won’t teach you too much about the proper tree-like qualities of staying still and being made of wood, but DOES look like quite a fun 2D platformers about throwing yourself around via expanding branches. Also featuring a floating eye that’s very angry about your new-found mobility.

All How To Be A Tree posts.

Paradise Lost: First Contact

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Playing as an alien that’s found itself on Earth and captured by a research organisation, this 2D platformer draws on mechanics most commonly used by stealth survival games – but with humans as the antagonists. Your alien body is also capable of moving along ceilings, reconfiguring the materials it’s made of and releasing noxious gasses to put pursuers to sleep.

All Paradise Lost: First Contact posts.

Tim Cosmonaut

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Charmingly colourful and quaintly blocky, this puzzle platformer is cute and floaty with an aesthetic that fits the voxel-built world well. It splits time effectively between puzzle solving and alien blasting while keeping its controls liquid-smooth.

All Tim Cosmonaut posts.

Chasm


Official site

Genre
Platformer, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Procedurally generating a metroidvania sounds like a recipe for frustration and failure but that’s what Chasm is proposing. Beyond that it’s a fantasy hack’n’slash with all the levelling up, platforming and boss fights you could fairy-wish for.

All Chasm posts.

Project Maiden

Official site

Genre
Platformer, RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Reversing the metroidvania genre, Project Maiden starts you with all the most powerful abilities. As you progress you’ll start to lose them, forcing you to adapt continually. Kickstarted in mid-2013, weekly updates have gone on since then, detailing every part of the development process by one-man team Kevin Cole.

All Project Maiden posts.

Radio The Universe


Official site

Genre
Platformer, RPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Mixing a downbeat open world to explore with hectic dungeons in a far-future world, Radio The Universe is equal parts fast paced platformer, bullet hell robot dodger and forlorn adventure game. Hauntingly beautiful and delayed from its initial launch estimate of Early 2014 when Kickstarted in 2013, updates are few and far between – hopefully due to a commitment to work, rather than a lack of it.

Master Spy

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Stealth
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The 2D, side-scrolling art is reminiscent of Impossible Mission, and the mechanics blend that game’s platformer-sneaking with the dexterity required to complete something akin to N or Punishment 2. As the titular Master Spy, you can run and jump, but also don disguises to fool guards.

All Master Spy posts.

Aegis Defenders

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Tower Defense
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
Platforming tower-defense about a grandfather-and-daughter team resurrecting ancient technology during a new dark age. Switching between the turret-building Bart and rifle-toting Clu you’ll fend off waves of enemies while searching tombs for powerful artifacts. A demo was released with the Kickstarter which should still be floating about. Bonus: the art is all inspired by Studio Ghibli.

All Aegis Defenders posts.

The Swindle

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Heist
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Steampunk aesthetic and stealth platforming mix to make a game about stealing loot and robbing banks. Previously cancelled, Size Five Games have brought it back by keeping it simple and boiling it down to the basic fun of risk/reward, though final design is still in flux.

All The Swindle posts.

Trash TV

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Surprisingly violent puzzle platformer that’s been in development for ages. There’s a very short, three year old demo that you can still catch on Steam. The aim is to create a short, polished experience with replayability through co-op and a level editor, at least last time we heard from solo developer Laurence Russell irregularly updated devblog.

Trash TV review.
All Trash TV posts.

Even The Ocean

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A parkour-tacular fast paced platformer revolving around a central energy bar that must be balanced to maintain speed and maneuverability. There’s a demo from early last year that shows off the movement mechanics and a more recent video showing the current development status.

All Even The Ocean posts.

Cuphead

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Now that’s an art style the endlessly aged RPS hivemind can get behind. Cuphead is a Unity-made platformer but looks like anything but, taking inspiration from the first American cartoons of the early 1900s. That charm extends to the music and animations, making it a joy just to watch the trailers for – which is sadly all we’ve managed so far. Come on 2015, get it sorted.

All Cuphead posts.

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A remake of classic puzzle platformer Abe’s Oddysee, now ported to PC after being released last year on Playstation 4. Not the rush job cashin of other HD remakes, this was carefully reconstructed from the “ground up” by the development team, with new everything.

All Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty posts.

Replay: VHS is not dead

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Trapped inside a TV playing a selection of parodies of classic movies, the hero has the ability to switch who is being controlled and rewind time to attempt escape. Most levels consist of getting all the characters present to the exit, unharmed by the various tricks and traps in the way.

Chester United

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Puzzle-platforming with the twist of not only characters that can be changed on the fly, but control over the artstyle of the level itself. Different styles will have different effects – cause enemies to become weaker, power up attacks, change the movement patterns of platforms and so on.

Hollow Knight

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Puzzle
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Bug-based superheroics in a washed out blue and white world. Fast-paced combat, beautiful art and smooth animation got this game across the Kickstarter line in late 2014. They’re a bit behind schedule but still expect to get the game out this year.

All Hollow Knight posts.

Tembo the Badass Elephant

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Strategy
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The guys behind Pokémon are making a side-scrolling destructo-matic about a special forces elephant which runs through men, tanks, walls and most other things. We don’t know why, nobody knows why, but it’s a beautiful, mad thing. Well done video games.

All Tembo the Badass Elephant posts.

SteamWorld Heist

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Shooter
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Sequel to robot mineshaft explore’n’shoot Steamworld Dig, only in space! The ultimate modifier for quality. You lead a band of robot space pirates onto enemy ships to take their loot and their lives. It plays out sort’ve like a 2D platforming XCOM (with robots, in space).

SteamWorld Heist preview.
All SteamWorld Heist posts.

Fossil Echo

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
One of those games that just drops you in the middle of a quest and tells you to sort it out. A boy must climb a tower in the middle of the sea. That’s what you know going in, everything else – how’d he get there, why, what’s there – is explained on the way.

Ronin

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Early Access
Release date
June 2015
What is it?
Inspired by Tom Francis’ Gunpoint with a bit more violence, bullet dodging and motorcycle helmets. Ronin slows to a stop whenever you’re targeted, letting you pick which of several very awesome things you want to do to prevent your untimely demise.

Ronin review (early access).
All Ronin posts.

SuperGlad

Official site

Genre
Platforming, Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Puzzle-solving exploration forms the core of this tale about a young girl and her bear exploring a dream world. As they progress the characters will unlock various special abilities. It’s beautiful, slightly sinister and just the right blend of cute.

Planet of the Eyes

Official site

Genre
Platforming
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A cutesy, retro robot fella wanders a mysterious landscape after a crash landing from space. You’re chasing another survivor who seems to have just as much of an idea, or lack thereof, as to what’s going on.

Zombie VIkings

Official site

Genre
GENRES
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Co-op undead norse brawler with a dose of humour. There’s a singleplayer option but, y’know, probably don’t. Most interesting is talk of the locales you’ll visit, including the innards of the Midgaard Serpent.

Downwell

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Man falling down an almost infinite well, battling enemies on the way. Obviously he has guns for shoes. A striking super low-fi art style is an interesting choice. Originally designed for phones, publisher interest is bringing it to PC too.

All Downwell posts.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The most successful Kickstarter project in years, with over a week still to go at time of writing and looking like an easy break of the four million dollar mark. Inspired by (and made by members of the development team of) Castlevania, it’s nostalgia-fueled, gorgeous looking and focused on exploration and combat. Inevitably one you’ll hear a lot more about before release.

All Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night posts.

Rise & Shine

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Shooter
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Because, you see, the character is called Rise and his gun is called Shine. Clever, right? Large bosses, powerful weaponry and puzzles all feature in this ludicrously colourful title, helped to life by Adult Swim.

Feist

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
July 23rd 2015
What is it?
Dark and moody trap-dodging in a silhouetted world. Enemies and obstructions are designed to interact dynamically, forcing players to use infighting to progress, luring monsters into each other’s line of fire or on to traps.

Prompt

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Retro
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Not a tonne of info on this one, as the link above going to a Steam page might suggest. Solo dev Peter Gutenko claims it’s hardcore and very difficult with few gimmicks but new challenges to every level.

Rive

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Vehicle-based blasting of the constant retro sort. Enemies, explosions and old-school platforming abound from the folks at Two Tribes. Pulls off the required spectacle for this sort of thing with ease.

All Rive 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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.

  19. 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.