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My top 5 games to be released 2014-2015
Halo Halo Halo
Number 5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
We all knew some sort of Halo game would be released after the sneak preview trailer at the E3 convention in 2013 before both next-gen consoles were released to the public. At this years convention people were expecting to hear a release date and maybe some gameplay of the Halo title during Microsoft Xbox One media conference. Halo 5: Guardians was shown briefly, but more surprisingly they focused on something else. Halo: The Master Chief Collection was brought to the stage and stole the show as lifelong fans of the series were going to be able get their gamer paws on a 1080p rebuild of Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Halo ODST and Halo Reach were left out so 343 Industries could carry the direct link from the previous Halo games to Halo 5.
The most mouth watering addition to this is the fact that all the multiplayer maps and modes from the previous Halo games are completely the same, with an extra bonus that anybody who is smart enough to buy the remade masterpieces, also gets the big attraction for most, the Halo 5 Beta.
The question on my mind is the fact that Halo has always dominated the Xbox market. Always. Personally I think that they're seriously going to up their game as Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians are going to face some serious competition from the 'ex-wife' as Bungie Studios are currently working on their latest project, Destiny.
Show us more, Sony!
4, is a magic number! Uncharted 4 (PlayStation 4)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Wow. I mean, this is the game that makes Xbox owners think 'hmmmmmm'. For those who haven't played Uncharted before, it's basically tomb raider, with more shooting, graphics and story. Sony haven't shown enough of this game to get really truly excited and talk about it, but there's enough. The trailer shown during the Sony press conference at E3 was really Cinematic, which although it states that it was all captured on the glorious PlayStation 4, it could have been shown on PlayStation 2, or 3 or basically whatever as it there was no gameplay during the whole 2 minute trailer.
Sony and Naughty Dog never seem to have let us down with the Uncharted games in the past so we're going to give them the the benefit of the doubt that this is going to be fantastic too. Drake returns and so does his friend and partner in crime Sulley, let's just hope it delivers and doesn't leave us feeling deflated like it's similar Sony exclusive franchise, Killzone. I think this could be the real game-changer for Sony if its anything like its previous titles and its marketed well. Uncharted: A Thief's End has no release date other that the year 2015.
What lovely grass!
Number 3. FIFA 15 (Xbox 360, One, PlayStation 3, 4, PC)
I love football, soccer whatever you want to call it. I've been playing the FIFA franchise since FIFA 97 on the Playstation 1 and loved it since then. A lot has changed as you can imagine but there's somethings that just can't be forgotten. For example, on FIFA 97 you had the option to whether you wanted to play outdoors like normal, or indoors!
The big aspect that keeps FIFA outselling any other sports franchise is the fact of the beautifully made Ultimate Team. Almost like the Pokémon cards in the 90's and early 00's, gamers don't actually sign the players, you own them when you find or buy the players card in packs or on the marketplace. To buy these you need coins, earned through either playing a bucket load of games, or spending your hard earned wages week after week like I did.
FIFA is probably the most annoying and frustrating game ever when losing, as there has been at least a thousand times where I have been so stressed because i've lost, it makes me want to kick the barking dog next door that gets blamed for 'putting me off'.
All in all, when it comes to the FIFA football franchise, even if makers EA came out and said, 'we haven't really bothered to do anything because we know you're all going to buy it' Damn right, I'd still be queuing at midnight to get my copy! FIFA 15 launches on September 2015.
EA TAKE MY MONEY!
Everybody loves a clean car!
It's all about 2. Forza Horizon 2! (Xbox One)
Forza is the Xbox answer to the Sony racing simulation game, Gran Turismo. Forza Horizon takes a step back from the race tracks of Laguna Seca, the infamous Nürburgring and gives you an entirely fictional, open world racetrack.
Forza Horizon 1 was a huge hit on the current gen Xbox 360, and really did deliver its promise when it came to gameplay. Forza physics, graphics and content were all in an open world environment everybody loved. Forza Horizon 2 didn't really exist until E3 when Microsoft surprised pretty much everybody. The head developer of Forza, from Turn 10 studios even arrived at E3 in the supercar Lamborghini Aventador! Forza Horizon 2 has no one way to win a race. Stay on the road and reach the checkpoints, or try to cut corners across muddy terrain and grass to try to shave a couple of seconds off of your opponent.
A great idea from Forza 5 is the carrying over of 'Drivatars' This is your gamertag representing you in a friends game. The Drivatars learn from how you drive on the game, aggressive and fast or steady and clean. Best news about this is your friends can interact with your drivatar when spotted in there free roam open world and race them if they really wanted to.
The area and map are said to be huge. Ranging from beautiful coastal roads, European Mediterranean looking villages and towns to just straight up fields and mud. Best off all, you can race through all of them! Forza Horizon 2 is scheduled for release in September 30th 2014 for Microsoft Xbox One.
Spare pair of underwear at the ready!
Number 1. Be brave! The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
You were probably expecting Destiny, or Far Cry 4 but no, this game really stands out from the crowd and here's maybe something you didn't know.
The Evil Within brings back the good old survival horror days of the original Resident Evil games. How? You may ask, well, have you ever heard of a man named Shinji Mikami? He was the director and producer for what were some of the best horror games ever made. Resident Evil 1, 2 and 3: Nemesis and 4 were all produced/directed by him. Even games such as Dino Crisis and Devil May Cry were Shinji's work. Now he's back to bring back the feeling of walking through Raccoon city or that creepy mansion.
Bethesda studios released a cinematic trailer (see below) that was enough to get the attention of millions. You play as a detective, investigating a mass murder when you and your partners witness something out of the ordinary. You awaken from being unconscious, in a place full of gruesome monsters and the dead, you must find out what is behind all this supernatural activity and stop it. Just like the old Resident Evil games, the true horror is knowing when to run, hide or kill. You make the wrong decision, you die. It's that simple!
The Evil Within makes my number 1 simply because of the fact that it's different. It's not brum brum racing or bang bang shooting, it's scream scream shouting! It's got something about it that makes me desperate to play it. Although every time I watch the trailer it makes me feel slightly uncomfortable and scared, i'm sure i'll put a brave face on when its released on October 24 2015 in the EU or October 21st in the US.