5) Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remastered
The one thing that often stops me from going back to revisit some of my favorite games from years past is the simple fact that I can't play them in HD. It's not so much that I can't stand the dated graphics, but as I get older, I often find myself annoyed when I have to play a game in 4:3 aspect ratio. So when HD remakes of some of my favorites come out, I can't help but buy them again and enjoy some nostalgia with a face lift. It's also nice when both games offer a few differences from their original releases with the expert sphere grid, dark aeons, and dual soundtracks in X, and the monster capturing system from X-2. The sound and RNG bugs have also all been patched out, leaving you with definitive versions of these classic RPGs.
I am not a huge Souls fan, but Bloodborne pretty much sold me on buying a PlayStation 4. Everything from the combat to the the Victorian Era Gothic horror style atmosphere really set a great tone for the game. I may not have found it as hard as the previous entries in the series, but the difficulty is still pretty brutal, which is something I really appreciate. In short, Bloodborne really stands out from the other Souls games while still feeling very familiar, which leads to a great experience.
3) Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
I love MMOs, and I love Guild Wars 2. Heart of Thorns added everything I wanted to be added to the game since its release. End game raids? Check. New areas to explore? Check. New World vs. World maps? Check. New PvP game modes? Check. New Abilities for classes? Check! The first expansion for the game really hit the nail on the head, and has got me really excited for the future of the game. If you still haven't given Guild Wars 2 a try, then stop wasting time and download the game client, because the base game is 100% free!
2) Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
Did I mention I love MMOs? Anyway, I can't really say much about Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward that many already haven't said about the game. It is literally the best Final Fantasy game you are not playing. Put away any MMO misconceptions you may have and just play the game already. You will be blown away by the story, the soundtrack, the combat, and all the amazing old school Final Fantasy throwbacks. Heavensward has added so much to an already fantastic game, and although in the past few months the content drought has been harsh, there is still so much to do.
I still can't believe I am saying this, but my favorite game this year was Undertale. What really sets this amazing RPG away from the rest of the pack is the fantastic cast of characters that you can't help but fall in love with. In a few short hours, you quickly find yourself wrapped up in their plights and doing what you can to help them. The humor is spot on, the dialogue is clever and witty, combat is engaging, and most importantly the soundtrack is downright amazing. A true gem for only 10 bucks.
The Dead Island games may have left a bad taste in your mouth for anything from developer Techland, but Dying Light is a good game. Combat is quick and fun, and the awesome parkour you can accomplish in the game really keeps the action moving. Just imagine if a zombie apocalypse happened in the Mirror's Edge universe, and you get Dying Light. Definitely looking forward to the sequel.
I both love and hate when games get delayed. I hate it because I have to wait, but love it because it often leads to a better game. Persona games are always so much fun to play, with such fantastic casts of characters, that it's hard to not be excited for a new one. Persona 5 can't come quick enough in my book!