The1stMJC’s Most Wanted: Video Games


When looking at 2015 and beyond I cannot think about it without saying to myself, “holy sh*t, these next few years might be the best, most nerdiest years ever.” When I look at the release schedule for video games and movies I find myself filled with excitement and anxiety. Excitement for all the cool stuff that’s coming and the anxiety for how I’ll find the time and money to experience it all.

This will be a two part series in which I detail what I am looking forward to the most in 2015 and beyond. And since this is a video game website I shall start with my most anticipated video games that are either scheduled for 2015 or hopefully soon thereafter.

Batman: Arkham Knight (June 2, 2015)
The Arkham series was a revelation, the first video game to truly nail their starring superhero. Arkham Asylum set the standard with a strong grasp of the lore and a combat system that has been aped many times over that made an almost unbeatable standard for any superhero game to follow. This was even more evident when the follow-up Arkham City was released. Arkham City was a good game in the series with the same combat and love of Batman history, but the structure of the game left something to be desired. The game’s use of a enclosed Gotham was disappointing, but the game’s respect to the characters kept me interested. It ended with a major death of a villain so it was no surprise that the next game in the franchise was a prequel made by another studio.

The non-Rocksteady game, Batman: Arkham Origins felt unnecessary and was apparently riddled with bugs which has kept me away from it to this day. So when Rocksteady announced they were returning to the series with a proper sequel and that it was their finale I felt happiness rush through my brain. When the first trailer was revealed I felt ready for more Arkham. The ability to drive around Gotham in the Batmobile looks amazing and the fact that the game will only come to current generation consoles made me sigh in relief knowing that they will not have to worry about scaling down to the older consoles. The game was probably announced too early since it has been hit by a few delays, but a June date has been set and I am ready to become the Batman once again.



Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Release TBA)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is in my top ten favorite games of all time, which is a list for another time. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was great too, but Uncharted 2 is a milestone in gaming for me. I love everything Naughty Dog has done, but with that said they have had a lot of key members of their team leave in 2014. First Amy Hennig left and soon others followed and there were reports of a shift in power as the group behind The Last of Us became the A-team at the studio. This all sounded pretty scary, but regardless the staff at Naughty Dog is jam packed with talent and I have faith in their ability in making a bombastic blockbuster of a game.

At the PlayStation Experience we got a fifteen minute playthrough that showed how gorgeous this game will look and it appears there will be actual stealth involved and possibly multiple ways to get through areas. For years we had to deal with Nathan Drake being a mass murderer who downs hundreds of people in pursuit of treasure, but in this fourth game we might be able to avoid some of the gunplay and have a choice in how to get through scenarios. I have complete faith in Naughty Dog’s talent to deliver yet another memorable game.



No Man’s Sky (Release TBA)
Oh, No Man’s Sky what the hell are you? You look absolutely gorgeous with your promises of infinite worlds and creatures. The idea of a procedurally generated everything certainly has my attention and the glimpses of flying through space and exploring strange and colorful worlds definitely has piqued my interest, but again what the hell are you? What will I be doing once I am on these worlds? Will I shoot, dig or build stuff? I want to know more, but at the same time I want silence from Hello Games so I can just find out for myself at launch. I am a conflicted gamer and I want the game now.



Firefly Online (Release TBA)
I am a Browncoat, I love Firefly and I absorb anything and everything that the universe has to offer. With that said when I see this game I am disappointed because I think the best crew in the ‘Verse deserves a grander adventure. Firefly Online is a role-playing game for PC and Mobile devices where players will build a crew and complete tasks made by other players. The game surprisingly will feature voice work from the original cast which is what has me excited the most. I’ve waited years for the crew to get back together and cameos in each other’s television shows just isn’t enough gorram it! So despite my skepticism for how this game will play being on PC/Mobile, they have the cast that I love so much and I’ll give the game a shot because I love them so much.

The trailers the game has shown do not inspire much confidence since the game looks kind of rough visually, but it is still early and can improve. The ship building looks like it could be neat and I loved the universe of Firefly so if the developers can nail the atmosphere and story I can bypass the visuals. Building my own crew, battling Reavers and running into River, Mal, Kaylee, Zoey, Inara, and Jayne would make me melt. I really wish someone would just combine Starhawk and Red Dead Redemption and throw a Firefly skin on it instead, but I will take whatever I can get when it comes to Firefly.



Quick Hits:
Battlefield Hardline – A lot has changed in 2014 when it comes to the perception of the police. The militarization of police has made headlines and it will be fascinating to see the marketing for this game. I personally loved what I played in the Alpha and the changes detailed looked nice. Lets hope Visceral Games, DICE and EA can launch a stable game though.

Bloodborne – I bought Demon’s Souls and could not beat the second boss. I looked at a video of Dark Souls and ran from my laptop in fear, but I need games for my PS4 so I will give this one a shot. I played some of it at PAX Prime and yup, it’s that game still, but nicer looking.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – This game won me over during E3, it looks so gorgeous and I want to touch and stab everything in its world.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – Give me that soundtrack!

Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

Just a nerd from the Windy City. I’m actually really bad at describing myself because I get all self-critical and self-conscious. Follow me on Twitter, @The1stMJC, to see my borderline insane rants on tv shows and other non important subjects. If I’m not tweeting I’m probably just watching Buffy or Firefly for the millionth time.

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