As we approach the busiest time of the year, we’ve already been bestowed upon us multiple Game of The Year quality titles. Batman Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bloodborne, and a few other potentials. But there is still plenty of time for new additions! Here are five Game of The Year contenders still to come in 2015.
5. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Sure, it may be a long shot for actually winning GOTY, but Square Enix has done a remarkable job rebooting the Tomb Raider franchise. As a sequel to the 2013 reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider continues to breath new life into the long-standing franchise. And with Uncharted 4 out of the picture for 2015, it may very well go uncontested in the “climb-and-shoot” genre.4. Halo 5: Guardians
Not too many first-person shooters can pull off winning Game of The Year. Yet Halo has always been one to break that mold thanks to its storytelling, memorable scores, and core gameplay. However, the franchise has taken a hit since the 2010 Halo: Reach. Most notably the Master Chief Collection being a huge disappointment to fans new and old. I expect Halo 5: Guardians will do its best to turn things around. Especially with Call of Duty rarely receiving a GOTY nod and Battlefield taking a step back for Battlefront, Halo it is.3. Until Dawn
Until Dawn is just oozing with GOTY potential. The team at Supermassive Games have crafted a classic-style horror game in which you’ll be required to make snap judgments that could determine who lives and who dies. The unique Butterfly Effect system allows for thousands of different outcomes depending on your choices, allowing for tons of replayability. Until Dawn strikes me as a huge hit or huge bust type of game. Only time will tell, but it I believe it will be the former.
It has been one hell of a ride for MGS fans. First The Phantom Pain was delayed, then there was the whole Ground Zeroes issue (I actually enjoyed Ground Zeroes), and finally here we are amidst the Kojima/Konami drama. But The Phantom Pain will be worth it all. Not only does it look to be shaping up as one of the best stealth games created, it’s also rivaling the open-world freedom of games such as GTA and Assassin’s Creed. Combine that with the always over-the-top story Metal Gear games have, and your left with none other than a top GOTY contender.
1. Fallout 4
Well this was a surprise huh? To many, Fallout 4 was the winner of E3 2015. To be honest, they might not be wrong. If The Phantom Pain is pushing the limits of stealth, Fallout 4 is looking to break down the old RPG standards. I don’t know what it is, but large, open-world, usually RPG games always get put on a higher pedestal than any other type of game. Maybe it’s the size. Maybe it’s the amount of content. Or maybe these games simply embody all the aspects that makeup a great video game. Regardless of the reason, Fallout 4 will be on everyone’s radar for GOTY, and rightfully so.
Those are the five games I think will be GOTY contenders for 2015. Did I miss any? Comment below on which games you think can win GOTY!