[tps_title]Evan Griffin’s Top 10 Most Anticipated of 2015[/tps_title]
- The New Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
Honestly, how can you not love The Legend of Zelda? If you’re a child of the ’80s who loves the 8-bit original, or from the ’90s when Ocarina of Time seemed god-tier untouchable, The Legend of Zelda provides a vast world of imagination to explore, and the newest title for the Wii U will be the first true 3D Zelda with an open world since 2006’s Twilight Princess, and the first since then to also reunite players with companion steed Epona. Needless to say, I’m ecstatically waiting to explore Hyrule and collect Triforce pieces all over again. What can I say? Zelda is my religion.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (Film)
Oh, Marvel fans are in for a treat. This fall, we witnessed the glorious trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the conclusion of Marvel’s Phase 2 couldn’t look more amazingly brutal. We’ll get Hydra, we’ll get the Maximoff twins, some more Avengers internal conflict, the setting up of Civil War and even better will be James Spader as Ultron 5, the living automaton. Cue Evan squeaking like a small child from excitement. This is going to be epic.
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, PS3, X360, XOne, PC)
Hideo Kojima is a madman. A sequel to Peace Walker, and the first console released Metal Gear Solid game since 2008, will conclude the saga of Big Boss and his turn to villainy, and the Phantom Pain features the darkest tone yet, and the heaviest commentary on Private Military Contractors in the series, as well as returning characters like Revolver Ocelot and McDonald Miller, and actor Kiefer Sutherland to perform a new voice for Snake. Plus, if the preview release last spring, “Ground Zeroes,” was any indication, the game’s new Fox Engine will be groundbreaking. This game has had me screaming “Metal Gear?!” since its announcement, and my voice is getting tired by now. I absolutely cannot wait.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Film)
Fans waited years for more Star Wars, and settled for a decade of disappointment, but now J.J. Abrams is taking us back to the far far away galaxy we all remember so fondly… the teaser has been released, and confirms the original trilogy’s used and gritty space-junk look, the return of X-wings, the Millennium Falcon, and original cast stars Luke, Han, Leia, 3PO, Chewie and R2, along with some fresh and talented faces including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o.
- Spectre / Bond 24 (Film)
Bond 24’s title was confirmed this December, and the hype meter for SPECTRE is probably the most exponentially raised in all of 2014. Daniel Craig returns for his fourth Bond film, and second time in the series for director Sam Mendes, complete with the crew from Skyfall and a new Aston-Martin, plus new villains played by Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz.
- Jurassic World (Film)
We were recently given a trailer inviting us back to Isla Nublar and between being Spielberg fans and ’90s kids, and we couldn’t be more pumped. Jurassic World is open for business, and features new attractions the series has never seen before, like aquatic dwelling beasts, and a plot-twisting hybrid dinosaur, courtesy of InGen. The film stars Chris Pratt, New Girl’s Jake Johnson, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
- Tech Innovation
There weren’t a lot of massive releases in 2014 other than a slightly bigger iPhone and hints at a watch. Perhaps the innovations presented in TED Talks have spoiled me, but I noticed that 2014 saw little drastic steps in innovation, save for NASA landing on a moving comet, but that was undermined by a guy’s shirt. I hope that tech is different in 2015. I hope to see progress made on making internet widely available, the spread of Google Fiber, and Apple giving us something fresh besides a silly watch peripheral.
- Marvel’s Netflix Series (TV)
It’s time for a new representation of Daredevil. It’s time for a solo black hero to shine in Luke Cage, and a female with Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones. It’s time for Marvel to take their Cinematic Universe to the gritty lower streets of New York City as their Defenders Netflix series is being filmed for 2015 release.
- No Man’s Sky (Game)
This is the game that has taken everyone by surprise upon its announcement, and every subsequent trailer. Next year, Hello Games will offer the prospect of a populated galaxy of explorable planets, completely available to roam free within and between in what is being called a “procedurally generated open universe.” For gamers, the idea almost seems too good to be true, especially combined with a stunning, minimalist modern art look and a beautiful color pallet shared between its planets. We’ll have to wait until next summer to see if No Man’s Sky lives up to the hype, but oh, what hype it is.
- Mighty Number 9 (Game)
One of the creators of the classic Capcom Megaman series, Keiji Inafune, made a Kickstarter last year to develop his new game, Mighty Number 9, which is essentially a spiritual successor to the classic Megaman games. Fans banded together to fund the game in a sum worth 4 million dollars, and now Mighty Number 9 will see a wide multiplatform release next spring, and I couldn’t be more excited to play it.
- Daft Punk’s New Album? (Music)
We got lucky, and now it’s time to give life back to the music, and for Daft Punk to deliver more fragments of time with their consistently incredible digital love. Whatever they have in mind for a new album next year, I’m sure they’re doin’ it right.