The Wishlist is home to our tech desires. It may be improvements to existing things, or something that doesn’t exist yet, but we really, really want.
Every year after the E3 Expo, I go through the list of new releases for the rest of the year and make a shopping list. This year it’s all on Xbox One, since I’ve already purchased the one PC game that I’m interested in (Elite: Dangerous) via Kickstarter. Some of these are purely because I want them; some are to play with my son…
The Golf Club Game – When I was in junior school a number of the boys in my class were discussing their best scores on the local 9 hole par-3 course. When challenged to submit my best round into this contest, I had no idea what my best round had been – it certainly hadn’t been stellar – so not wanting to be the worst, I plucked a number off the top of my head without any real thought. It was an improbably good score, and would’ve made me the best golfer in the school if not the city, so when my grandfather met me at the school gates to pick me up, my class mates were quick to ask him if I’d been telling the truth. He was just as quick to back me up, and then we said nothing more about it. Since then, I’ve played far more rounds of virtual golf than real golf. I actually preferred Links to Tiger, but I’ve enjoyed them all. This year there’s a new kid on the block and I’m really looking forward to giving it a go. You can get the PC version from Steam Early Access, and the Xbox One and PS4 versions are going through the submission process now, so it’s likely to be out in a few short weeks – it’s been really interesting following the progress of the game’s development at thegolfclubgame.com.
FIFA15 – I played every FIFA game until a few years ago, when I basically ran out of hours in the week for playing pretty much anything. Since I started to claw that gaming time back, I’ve focused my sports gaming on basketball, especially the last two excellent releases of NBA 2K. Recently though, my son has been playing FIFA on the Xbox 360 and the demo of FIFA14 on the Xbox One. He’s a fan, and looking at this new version, I quite fancy a bit of two player footie.
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Superheroes – We love practically anything Disney in our house, so the only thing that stopped us getting the original Disney Infinity was the lack of an Xbox One version. Now that it’s coming to Xbox One, and with Marvel content in tow, it’s a no-brainer. Pre-ordered! This is likely to be my first disk-based game purchase on Xbox One (if I could digitally download the accessories, I would!).
Halo: The Masterchief Collection – I know that I’ve already played 2.5 of these games, but in advance of the release of Halo5: Guardians next year, it seems like a good idea to go through again and play them with better visuals. I’ve never been a big online Halo player, but it’s fun to jump into from time to time.
NBA 2K15 – As I said above, the last two versions of this have been excellent. Plus I love NBA basketball. Plus the coming season looks to be very interesting with the return of LeBron to the Cavs. There’s no way anyone could talk me out of this one.
Some might say that my list is missing a “Triple-A” shooter or two, but the fact of the matter is that I’m still enjoying Titanfall (and have some DLC yet to come from the Season Pass to keep that fresh for a while longer), and I’ve barely played any Battlefield 4 yet, even though I got it at launch (when it was losing the fight for playing time to NBA 2K14 and Zoo Tycoon*), so I won’t be getting a new Battlefield or Call of Duty game this year. I’m not interested in Forza Horizon 2 because I only recently picked up Forza 5.
Some games that deserve a mention as possible purchases at Metro Redux (which looks excellent and has a low pricetag), Project Spark (although I’m not entirely clear on the pricing structure) and some of the games that are further out and may feature in a similar post a year from now: Rainbow Six Seige, The Division, Quantum Break, Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Crackdown.
* Yes, Zoo Tycoon – it’s excellent!