Bronze: Mortal Kombat X BY NetherRealm Studios
Anyone who has been following the site for a while should know that I am a massive Mortal Kombat fan and I absolutely adored the last game so much that we included it on our Top 10 Best Games of 2011 list. Mortal Kombat 2011 did a magnificient job of rebooting the series with its excellent story mode and I am very intrigued to find out how they are going to follow that up with Mortal Kombat X, especially upon learning that the bulk of the game will take place several decades later. Another exciting aspect of Mortal Kombat X is the fact they have to finally kome up with new characters and background. We haven't seen new Mortal Kombat kharacters since Mortal Kombat: Deception, which just enjoyed its 10th birthday! Sure, I love the klassic Mortal Kombat kharacters as much as the next guy, but I am looking forward to getting some new blood into the franchise again. The NetherRealm guys have a lot to live up to but I am sure they will pull it all off to make for another fantastic fighting game.
by Ross Hartley
Silver: Bloodborne by From Software
Bloodborne is for me the first system seller title that has been announced for this generation. More than likely I would've gotten a PlayStation 4 sooner or later, but Hidetaka Miyazaki latest project demanded my immediate patronage. A large reason of why Dark Souls 2 was such a disappointment was because it barely felt like a Dark Souls game at all, especially with a new director at the end of the project. And while Bloodborne isn't Dark Souls 3 if the title tells us anything, I have absolute faith in Mr. Miyazaki in creating another masterpiece title powered this time by next-generation technology. Who knows, Bloodborne might even be able to join Dark Souls in the great pantheon of the best games ever made.
by Isaac Wagner
Gold: Batman: Arkham Knight by Rocksteady Studios
It's hard not to get excited for Rocksteady's final entry in the brilliant Batman: Arkham franchise. Arkham Asylum defied all expectations and will go down in history as being one of the most influential games within the past decade. Arkham City was a wonderful followup, successfully moving the franchise to a busier, open-world environment without sacrificing the excellent pacing and quality that made Arkham Asylum so damn good. Arkham Origins wasn't so good, with it's many bugs and overall lack of innovation but that wasn't made by the lovely folks at Rocksteady, so let's just forget about that! Arkham Knight looks to be everything we would want from the sequel to Arkham City. The Scarecrow is back in a bigger role, the graphics look incredible and we can finally drive Batman's trusty Batmobile. Rocksteady have a flawless track record so far (yes, Urban Chaos: Riot Response was truly great) and it is hard to imagine them cocking this one up, especially after the game got delayed from October 2014 to June 2015. Please, take as much time as you want, Rocksteady!
by Ross Hartley