1. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
We’ve always had aspirations of donning a famous luchador’s mask and ridding the world of evil. Thankfully, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition lets us do just that without having to creep out anyone in the real world. The added content makes this expansive platformer a welcome return for those who’ve already beaten it. Newcomers will instantly fall in love with the game’s bright locales, hilarious Easter Eggs and bone-crunching action.
2. Sniper Elite 3
Setting up the perfect shot and watching your well-placed bullet put down your adversaries gives you that amazing feeling of euphoria. The Sniper Elite series comes packed with a new setting, new rifles, new modes and more of the incredible action that pushed the last two games. This sequel retains the intense, stealthy and action-packed battles that take place in WWII’s African conflict.
1. Madden NFL 15
Lord knows this is the one game series that’s responsible for so many males not showing up for college classes in August. Hardcore football fans have received another solid release in the form of Madden NFL 15. The expected addition of better looking visuals and a few balance and checks within the overall gameplay improve the game’s overall experience. On top of that comes a host of mode enhancements, tempo changing gameplay mechanics and a host of other upgrades that hardcore fans will enjoy.
Destiny is a 1st-person shooter/MMO hybrid that Bungie fans must experience. The presence of powerful Guardians, eccentric weaponry and gear and the chance to explore the vast corners of the universe make up this huge game’s experience. It feels awesome to embark upon a decayed Earth or a darkly-lit moon and shoot down the alien menace that threatens you. Destiny may have been a tad bit over-hyped, but it’s still a quality title nonetheless.
2. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
This year brings gamers another entry in the beautifully animated line of Ultimate Ninja Storm Naruto games. Three new fighting systems change up your mode of play, plus the addition of extra cool looking double/triple team Ultimate Jutsu’s finishers is awesome. Sure, the game doesn’t do anything wildly different, but its 4-player Ninja Tournament should keep you enthralled.
3. FIFA 15
You probably already knew just how much better FIFA 15 was going to turn out to be. The game’s overall mechanics get smoothed out even more and the already great TV presentation improves by leaps and bounds. While it may lack a huge amount of meaningful features, FIFA 15 plays just as excellent and even better than it’s previous iterations.
4. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Welcome to the new and improved Persona 4 Arena! We have now entered the “Ultimax” rendition of the battle between Persona 3 & 4’s cast of Persona-users. The newly added characters bring new gameplay styles to the ring. The extensive Story Mode, survival-based Golden Arena mode and huge amount of Online customization options will pull you back into the arena.
5. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0)
The world of Disney Infinity just got a bit more heroic. This 2.0 edition of the game introduces a huge line of new heroes and villains from the Marvel Comics universe, such as Iron Man, Thor, Iron Fist, Spider-Man etc. New figurines, power discs, action-packed campaigns and a whole new world to save from Loki and his nefarious crew. This upgrade is perfect for the young ones and older comic book fans.
6. Forza Horizon 2
Don’t fret if you couldn’t get the current-gen version of this beautiful, open-road racer. Thankfully, this past-gen edition of Forza Motorsport 2 gives Xbox 360 owners a nice coat of paint and the same fun factor as its Xbox One version. Drivatars and a few other features may be missing, but the same fun festival race structure and host of sexy automobiles are still present.
1. Skylanders: Trap Team
Spyro’s 2014 adventures have arrived in a new video game/figurine collection combo with Trap Team. This game’s new mechanic gives players the ability to vanquish their more powerful foes, trap them in physical crystal shards and send them back into the game for the forces of good. There’s a bunch of new creatures to save the world with, plus you finally get the chance to wield Kaos’ self-proclaimed unlimited power.
2. The Evil Within
The season for survival horror has arrived! With such a scary month to get caught up, an excellent game such as The Evil Within is a treat to enjoy. Taking control of Sebastian during his descent into madness leads to some harrowing moments with twin monsters, a female creature straight out of your worst nightmares and plenty of mental tricks. The Evil Within is a powerful title that will haunt you long after you complete it.
3. NBA 2K15
Visual Concepts and 2K Sports’ continued basketball game excellence returns with NBA 2K15. The always incredible gameplay is as strong as its ever been and the street ball inspired modes are a nice return to form. The cleans visuals, easy to grasp controls and tightly woven MyCareer mode is as addictive as ever. We’re sure the face scan and online gameplay kinks will get worked out further down the line.
4. Alien: Isolation
This 1st-person, survival-horror adventure places you on an abandoned space base. Your mission – locate your missing mother while also attempting to dodge displaced humans, pissed off androids and a massively terrifying Xenomorph. Alien: Isolation sets the mood just right for the Halloween season. You’ll have to distract, haul ass and hopefully not get killed while you’re in the presence of that huge alien.
5. Fantasia: Music Evolved
Musical rhythm games have reached a new plateau with the all-engrossing Fantasia: Music Evolved. Players interact with the Kinect by using their hands to perform the types of magical motions used to create musical excellence. Several genres and artists cover the gamut of the beautiful levels seen in this title. Fans of artists such as Cee Lo Green, Queen, The Police and Iron Zur will definitely enjoy this motion/rhythm hybrid game.