Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Jan 032015

This list was a lot more difficult to put together than the Top 5 Games I Played in 2014. When it came to that, it was just a matter of looking back and seeing which games gave me the most enjoyment over the year.

For this, I’m looking ahead to confirmed 2015 releases (Dai Gyakuten Saiban, though it looks awesome, doesn’t count, since it’s only been confirmed for Japan) and trying to decide which interest me the most. You know what? There are a lot of great games coming out next year!

Let’s take a look.

My Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2015

5. Cosmic Star Heroine

Alyssa, the main protagonist of Zeboyd Games' Cosmic Star HeroineProbably the most obscure title on my list, Cosmic Star Heroine is an RPG by Zeboyd Games, who previously made games like Breath of Death VII: The Beginning and Cthulhu Saves the World. Unlike those, though, Cosmic Star Heroine isn’t a parody. It’s a science fiction game in the style of classics like Chrono Trigger.

I backed Cosmic Star Heroine on Kickstarter, and then it dropped off by radar for a while. I read each new update and looked forward to eventually playing it, but it wasn’t at the top of my list.

Then, last month, Zeboyd showed of Cosmic Star Heroine gameplay footage.

It thrilled me. All my nostalgia and love of classic JRPGs overwhelmed me, and I couldn’t wait for my own chance to play this game! It’s planned for 2015, although no exact release date has been given yet.

While I wait, maybe I’ll finally play Cthulhu Saves the World…

4. Xenoblade Chronicles X

The original Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii was great. (And just about impossible to find now, thanks to its original GameStop exclusivity, so good luck if you follow my link…) I complain about it from time to time, because it was pretty open, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It had an interesting story, memorable characters, fun combat, more than enough sidequests, and a beautiful world.So a spiritual successor from the same developers definitely has my attention.

I do wish they’d picked a different name, though. Xenoblade Chronicles X sounds like it should be a sequel to Xenoblade, or maybe a remake. If it’s just a spiritual successor…

Whatever it is, the Xenoblade Chronicles X trailers have kept me interested, and the excellent music also helps.

Like Cosmic Star Heroine, Xenoblade Chronicles X doesn’t have an exact release date yet. What will I do as I wait for this one? I could always delve deeper into the “Xeno” games by starting Xenogears for the first time…

3. Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight is going to be amazing. How do I know that? Because Arkham Asylum was one of the best games I played in 2013, and Arkham City was a lot of fun despite being open world. Arkham Knight is going to be even more open, which disappoints me, since Asylum’s structure was one of my favorite parts. On the other hand, Arkham Knight is bringing back one of my other favorite parts of Asylum…


That scene was one of my favorite parts of E3 2014!

From Arkham Knight, I expect solid Arkham-style gameplay, an open world I’ll grumble about, and delightfully freaky Scarecrow sequences. I can’t wait.

Well, I can. I probably should play Batman: Arkham Origins before adding another Arkham game to my backlog…

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I was never interested in the Witcher games. People recommended them to me, and I figured I’d try them someday, but they were waaaaaay low on my gaming priorities list.And then this happened.

Something about that trailer just caught my attention. I watched it again and again. I started following Witcher 3 news. I played The Witcher Adventure Game. Before long, I’d decided to get into the series… and to try to read all the books and play both games before The Witcher 3 came out.

I’m one of the people who was pleased about it being delayed to May 19.

Before I went completely crazy, I tried The Witcher, just to make sure I actually liked the game. I’d only play a few minutes, to check out the gameplay. An hour later, I was more interested than ever.

I’ve now read and enjoyed The Last Wish, which I’ll discuss in more detail later. Even so, I’ve got my work cut out for me if I’m to be prepared for Wild Hunt by May! The game looks fantastic, and I’m excited!…even if it is open world.

1. Tales of Zestiria

Well, after how much I enjoyed Tales of Xillia, the entire Tales series shot up in my estimation. I bought several of them during a sale, I plan to start Tales of Symphonia any day now, and I’ve been closely following news about the upcoming Tales of Zestiria.

It has a fantasy setting, the developers focused on the story before anything else, and I already have a potential favorite character.

Tales of Zestiria - Sergei, leader of the Hakuo Knights

I like knights.

Zestiria will be released in Japan in just a few weeks, on January 22. The Western release doesn’t have a date yet, but was confirmed for 6 months later at most–so we’re probably looking at summer! Plenty of time for me to play some of the other games in the Tales series, like Symphonia. Or Xillia 2.

…Abyss… Graces f… Destiny……..

2015 is going to be a great year, and as you can tell, it’s high time I delved into some of the games in my backlog! And most of them–and my anticipated games–are lengthy RPGs. I think I need more hours in the day…

So there you have it, my Top 5 Anticipated Games of 2015.

But what about The Order: 1886? What about Bloodborne? What about Majora’s Mask 3D? What about–

Yes, they’re all great, but I had to pick five. There are many games I’m interested in that I couldn’t find room for here. 2015 looks like a great year for gaming!

What games are you looking forward to the most from the coming year?

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  4 Responses to “Top 5 Anticipated Games of 2015”

  1. Splatoon and Yoshi’s Woolly World.

    …So nothing changed since E3.

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