5. Horizon: Zero Dawnhorizon

With Killzone: Shadow Fall being Guerilla Games last release in 2013, it was inevitable they would make an appearance at E3 2015. What players did not expect was the bold launch of an exciting new IP titled Horizon: Zero Dawn. While Killzone sold moderately well, it never became a flagship franchise as PlayStation hoped it would be since 2004. President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida explained in an interview that part of the Killzone team branched off during Shadow Fall to begin working on the new title. Fans were treated to gameplay featuring the female hunter Aloy hunting mechanized creatures in the wild. The game will take place 1000 years into the future as humanity restarts itself anew while biomechanical creatures roam throughout nature. We couldn’t be more pleased with what we’ve seen from the new title and hope to learn more soon.

~ Zach


4. Cupheadcup

Have you seen footage of this game in action? The insanely well drawn and animated action on screen will have you second guessing whether you’re actually seeing real time gameplay and not clips from a 1930’s cartoon. If you’re an animation nerd like myself, then you should know the jaw-dropping visuals is the main reason this indie game is so high on our list. Inspired by the hand drawn animation style you’d see in an old Fleischer Studios or Disney cartoon, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer took their love for oldies and combined that with the fast paced action of numerous indie plaformers. Cuphead is one of those sleeper hits that quickly became one of the Xbox One’s most anticipated exclusives, and one of the most anticipated games of 2016. If you don’t own an Xbox One and the big budget AAA titles aren’t peeking your intereste, this little indie might just do the trick.

~ Paul


3. Final Fantasy XV15

After the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy of games, Square Enix has a lot to make up for to its fans. Previously, players were treated to a range of linear gameplay and a convoluted storyline. Now, it seems like Square Enix got the memo and is doing everything in their power to get the series back on track. Previously dubbed Final Fantasy XIII: Versus, it has been in development for a whopping nine years, dating all the way back to 2006. Since then, snippets of story details and trailers have come out, most of which culminated in the demo, which was packaged with Final Fantasy Type-0. The game has been tweaked since then, thanks to player feedback, which Square Enix ACTUALLY took into account. Final Fantasy XV is shaping up to be one of the better titles Square Enix has put out in quite some time. I am looking forward to seeing it in 2016 (hopefully).

~ Eric


2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s Enduncharted

Three years have passed since Drake’s Deception. Nathan Drake walked away from his life of adventure in favor of a quiet relationship with series regular Elena. However, danger is a jealous mistress as his believed-to-be-dead brother Sam appears looking for Nathan’s help one last time. Nathan (Nolan North) and Sam (Troy Baker) are setting off for Libertalia, a pirate cove buried in the forests of Madagascar. Though Nathan is the younger sibling, he must play the big brother role for the misguided Sam. With stakes so personal, he may even be required to lay down his life. Creators Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley called Uncharted 4 “his (Nathan’s) greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves”. Needless to say, Drake’s final adventure was a shoe-in for our list.

~ Zach


 

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