5. Evolve (Multiplatform)
Evolve once again wowed gamers and media members alike at E3 2014 thanks to its 4V1 gameplay model and the introduction of a new monster and new humans. The gameplay is what keeps Evolve in the spotlight though, and its use of four human controlled characters taking on a much stronger monster, which is also controlled by another human. The dynamic of playing as a human player is fast and strategic thanks to the class based hunters you can choose from. Controlling the monster is a power trip, so you do really feel like you’re playing the boss in each level. Evolve looks better and better with each new demo, so there’s no denying that gamers will flock to it this fall thanks to its successful video game expo appearences.
Evovle is set to release on October 21, 2014. Check out our hands-on preview from PAX East.
4. Mortal Kombat X (Multiplatform)
One look at this game’s absurd gore is all you need to know that it’s going to be another kick ass fighting game from Ed Boon and the combat masters over at NetherRealm Studios. The violence redefines the phrase “over-the-top”, and may even make some gamers weak in the knees thanks to the graphic brutality. The inclusion of three unique fighting stances for each character greatly opens up the strategies gamers can employ during matches, and the new roster is packed full of fighters you’ve never heard before. MK X will surely pack-in another fantastic single-player campaign experience in addition to the traditional fighting modes, so if you enjoyed what NeatherRealm did in MK 9, you should definitely plan on grabbing X when it drops.
Mortal Kombat X is set to release sometime during 2015. Check out our hands-off preview.
3. The Witcher 3 (Multiplatform)
CD Projekt Red’s ambitious open world RPG is easily the most massive game world I got to see at E3. The sheer size of this game is enough to make your head hurt, but that’s a great thing considering that the campaign can offer upwards of 100 hours of content. Visually Geralt has never looked better, and the environment is fully fleshed out and can be interacted with. Any location you see on the horizon can be visited, so the world truly is your oyster in The Witcher 3. Fans of the series have nothing to fear, because this game is shaping up to be something very special, and could easily be counted among the best games of 2015.
The Witcher 3 is set to release sometime during February of 2015. Check out our hands-off preview.
2. Destiny (Multiplatform)
Bungie’s Destiny is the studio’s first new IP post Halo, and while it may feature a few resemblances to MS’s flagship franchise, this game is definitely a new type of gameplay experience for a console first person shooter. The use of MMO-lite aspects makes Destiny feel fresh and new, and Bungie’s design pedigree is immediately evident upon first playing the game. The world is massive and promotes random exploration with friends, and its Strike Missions offer formidable boss challenges that can take even the most well oiled fire teams hours to complete. The level of customization allows each gamer to put their own stamp on their characters, and the Tower hub world is never lacking in Guardian dance parties. Destiny could easily be the best console MMO to date when it releases this fall, and it definitely has shown enough potential to one day turn into a juggernaut franchise like Halo. If you played the PS4 Alpha then you’re already aware of Destiny’s upside, so make sure to check out the beta once it goes live July 17th.