The Tomorrow Children
Available on: TBA 2015 (PS4)
As the game tells it, after the Soviet Union's unsuccessful bid to coerce the human race into a single, global consciousness failed, things got a little bit weird. They're still weird, to tell the truth. But as a projection clone summoned into the brave new world, it's your duty to restore the Republic's glorious infrastructure by claiming resources, building facilities, and collaborating with your fellow projections to defend your little corner of the world from the beasts that lurk beyond.
Developer Q-Games is best known for the Pixeljunk series, which put interesting twists on familiar genres like shoot-em-up and tower defense. The Tomorrow Children kinda looks like - a cross between Minecraft's creativity, Monster Hunter's resource-harvesting battles, and Dark Souls' unpredictable multiplayer. It's hard to guess how it will turn out, but it's even harder to dislike that Soviet-propaganda-poster-baked-onto-a-circuit-board aesthetic.
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
Available on: December (Wii U)
Virtually nothing has been said about this game in the many months since it was first revealed. We dont know what Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem looks like or how it plays, but we do know that Nintendos team at Intelligent Systems is hard at work on it. We just wish we knew more about one of the very few Wii U games planned for this year.
Based on the teaser trailer, we know this crossover brings together characters from both decades-old series, covering multiple titles from both SMT and Fire Emblem. Nintendo will be handling the development, and its occasionally been referred to as an RPG by the publisher, though how the disparate fantasy characters of FE will meet the post-apocalyptic demon killers of SMT is anyones guess. Our instincts tell us we wont see anything new of this until E3.
Destiny: The Taken King
Available on: September 15 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
With two expansions already in the bag, Bungie is looking to extend the weekly Destiny to-do list with an even larger expansion. The Taken King comes complete with a Raid, new areas to explore, additional Strikes, more multiplayer maps, and all kinds of exotic and legendary gear to collect. And all of these new activities, enemies, and competitive components are coming to invade the Destiny universe, thanks to one really pissed off father: Oryx, the Taken King.
In the first expansion, The Dark Below, the guardians went up to the moon and killed Oryx's son Crota. Now, the winged Hive monstrosity is coming to earth in a Death Star-sized tomb ship, ripping the souls from Fallen, Vex, and Cabal, and using those taken (get it?) life forms to create a massive army. Pricing issues aside, this looks like the proper, huge update Destiny has been waiting for.
Lego Marvels Avengers
Available on: Holiday (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
No, this isnt the Lego Marvel Super Heroes game again, and yes, developer Travellers Tales has really set these Lego game releases on rapid fire. Lego Marvels Avengers is a new game based on the Avengers movies. Youll be able to relive the times the Avengers assembled on the big screen and play as all of the super powered heroes like Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man.
Whether the scenes and events from character-specific movies like Captain America: Super Soldier and Iron Man will appear is yet to be seen - which seems like a good idea with all the origin stories that need to be told. Either way, the Lego-ized versions of Marvels Avengers and Age of Ultron are coming in all of their blocky, adorable glory.
Available on: TBA 2015 (Xbox One)
Asymmetrical multiplayer seems to be creeping into games more and more - not that were complaining. Well take just about any chance to show our cocky friends whos really in charge, so Fable Legends 4 vs 1 gameplay sound like the perfect opportunity to end a few friendships.
Up and coming villains take on the task of populating a dungeon much like in RTS games. Carefully planned traps and overwhelming ambushes are the name of the game as you make use of dwindling resources as efficiently as possible. Heroes, on the other hand, have it easy. Hacking, slashing, shooting arrows and launching fireballs. Just another day in the park for them.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
Available on: October 13, 2015 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Rainbow Six went a bit flashy with the Vegas games. Since then, the series has been stuck in development hell, as Ubi searched for the right way to resurrect it. Rainbow Six: Siege seems like a nice balance between the old Rainbow Six, and the new. Its focus on tense multiplayer scraps, where team Rainbow assaults a series of terrorist hide-outs, offers something a little different from most other shooters. And its damn good fun.
However, to mangle a phrase: (military) man cannot survive on adversarial multiplayer alone. Thats where the dreadfully-named Terrohunt comes in, offering a cooperative hoard mode for those who prefer to shoot virtual bad guys instead of buddies. And, a few AI tweaks aside, this game type is damned entertaining. Is that enough to justify your $50/40? Probably not, so expect more reveals as we approach the games October launch.
Available on: August 4 (Wii U)
The creator of the Ninja Gaiden series, Tomonobu Itagaki, is steering his creative mind away from Ryu Hayabusa to make a game with a different kind of ninja cast. Like tattooed Russian, prisoner ninjas that not only carry swords, but also dispatch their enemies with machine guns and rocket launchers. And, as you can expect, all of the gore and blood sprays show up in full force for the Wii U exclusive.
At E3 we also learned that the game will feature a wacky 8v8 competitive multiplayer component that will include multiple game modes. One of the modes involved players gathering fruit and taking it to a giant blender, and another had players collecting different, brightly colored chickens. It looks like developer Valhalla is having some fun with this new IP, and we can't wait to see what else they have in store.
Available on: September 22 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
OK, so maybe bringing Pele out on stage at E3 to (refuse to) talk about the beautiful game wasn't the best idea in hindsight. EA has a right to be excited for the future of FIFA. It's getting the general raft of improvements, of course, and defense is a big focus this year. But the biggest addition is perhaps the series' most important: women's soccer teams will be included for the first time.
It's not just a simple swapping of character models, either. EA recorded motion capture of some of the sport's biggest players, like American forwards Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux to represent how the women's soccer (I'm sorry, football) teams will move and play on the field. FIFA 16 will also include 12 women's teams from around the world.
Available on: September 29 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Some things in life are certain. The sun will rise, the tide will roll in, the radio will play at least one Taylor Swift song per hour and there will be a new NBA 2K game each year. If youve glazed over at the prospect of this being another dull update then youre an idiot. Not only are the 2K games the best sports titles money can buy, 2K16 has hired Spike Lee to handle its My Career story mode. And thats a big deal.
Sure, it wont make you buy the game if youre uninterested in hoops, but its an exciting moment for video games generally to have a director of Lees calibre involved with the project. And if you are partial to basketball? Gameplay details are scant right now, but Visual Concepts usually listens to the issues raised by the community. Expect minor tweaks on court, rather than major overhauls, because 2K15 really hit a sweet spot.
Madden NFL 16
Available on: August 15 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
Like Prince or David Bowie, the Madden series is always finding new ways to reinvent itself. Ok, fine, reinvent might be a little strong - but it's hard to deny that each iteration offers something new to go along with the pretty new graphics. This year, Madden NFL 16 brings the Draft Champions mode, which is the logical conclusion of all those fantasy draft leagues (short of actually hiring star players to assemble your own football team).
There's also been some fine-tuning to the on-field play, primarily in the realm of passing. Everything from throwing to catching and movement of quarters or receivers has been upgraded, meaning that you'll be able to make successful completions with more style and grace. Once you've adapted your playstyle, you might be on your way to becoming the next Hingle McCringleberry.