Looking back on 2014, it’s quite funny how the year has been. Many of the most anticipated titles like Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed: Unity and to some extent, Destiny failed to meet expectations. Several hyped titles like The Evil Within, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel managed to be good but nothing truly exceptional. It’s amazing how one can count the true stand-out titles on one hand.
However, rather than being discouraged, we’re looking forward to 2015 even more. The year will mark the PS4’s campaign of exclusives and see the debut of arguably one of the biggest sequels ever. We’ll see more efforts from Microsoft as well as it attempts to solidify the Xbox One’s place in the industry besides bringing out the products of ID@Xbox. Also, as difficult as it is to believe, the year will see several PC exclusives that will easily eat up your time as well.
We take a look at 15 action adventure games to look forward to in 2015 and why they’re worth keeping an eye on.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Crystal Dynamics’ turned quite a few heads when it announced that not only would Rise of the Tomb Raider be releasing in Holidays 2015 but that it would be exclusive to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for an unspecified period. In an age where third party exclusives, even timed exclusive titles, have become scarce this was fairly intriguing.
But in between all the talk of console wars, platform discrepancies and whatnot, it’s important to note that despite the first Tomb Raider not meeting Square Enix’s financial projections, the publisher has recognized the game’s quality and viability as a franchise.
When was the last time that happened with Tomb Raider, much less a Tomb Raider game that was good? Even if Lara Croft is Microsoft’s attempt to compete with Nathan Drake in next year’s Holiday season, her rise should be as compelling as her origins story.