Being Off the Hype Train in 2015

By: Chris Giordano (@chrisgiordano_)

We've got about a month left in the year. It's safe to say that being a nerd in 2015 has been, and still will be, an amazing year for us. Huge announcements have been made this year that gamers and movie-goers alike all had something to be extremely happy about. Me, on the other hand? I've been riding the year out, waiting for a few things that aren't as big and popular compared to the gems of this year. For me, most of 2015 was just getting more and more excited about what's coming in 2016. For the majority of the year, I've been an outsider to the biggest franchises in both video games and movies: Star Wars Episode VII, Battlefront, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Batman: Arkham Knight. It's clear that 2015 has been the year of sequels. But not in a bad way, because these are franchises that people love and often deliver stellar game play and action sequences. More importantly, they are marveled (a somewhat intended pun) because of how they resonate with the individuals who experience them.

Source:  C  D Projekt Red
In terms of big releases, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the only game of the year that I was truly excited for.

In my case, it really comes down to the fact that there are sequels of huge games and movies of which I've never seen or played. I've sunken many hours into the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I'm starting to get quite deep in Tales of Zestiria, and I'm completely content with it. I'm 20 years old and I've never seen a Star Wars movie. To be honest, though, I don't care much for Star Wars, but I completely understand why it's a huge deal. I couldn't get into Metal Gear because I'm not a huge fan of stealth-action game play -- I tried Ground Zeroes with high hopes but it's just not for me. I love Batman and the DC world but have never played an Arkham game. I played a few hours of Fallout 3 and got scared by the size (I'm planning on picking up Fallout 4 sometime next year, based on what people say about it).

But at the same time, that's alright. Not everything is designed for everyone. I believe sequels will be running the game and movie industry for a while, considering new IP is often a failure - but that's another discussion all on its' own.

Source:  Dice

Source: Dice

Mirrors Edge: Catalyst is just one of the games that I'm looking forward to next year.

If you're in the same boat as I am, where almost nothing to spoke you this year, fear not! Because I have a feeling (as a Kinda Funny fan, I must say, I feel it in my balls) that 2016 is going to be a great year. I wrote a post regarding Q4 2015 and how games have been generally well received, and I believe that this is going to continue to be the trend into 2016. Based on what we've seen from E3, Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show, and Paris Game Week, I'm overly excited about what's coming next year -- Persona 5, Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, just to name a few.

What's your most anticipated game of 2016?