Now that all of the big three next-gen systems have been out for at least a year, we can start to get a feel for what these new machines can really do when they’re pushed to the limit. The launch jitters are out of the way, and the early mistakes have been made. The Xbox One has gotten over Ryse: Son of Rome, while the PS4 and the Wii U deftly avoided early flops by not having very many games to begin with.
We’ve learned to expect disappointment when it comes to console launches. In that first year, game developers are still getting used to the new tools at their disposal, and some of those early games probably got rushed out so the big three could have something to sell with their consoles. The good news is that here in 2014, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Wii U are starting to find their footing. That should continue into this holiday season, when we’ll see tons pretty sweet-looking games drop. Here are ten you might want to consider adding to your wish list.
1. Just Dance 2015
The Madden of dance video games is getting its yearly release, right on schedule. Besides throwing in all the eminently dance-able tracks from the year past, the game will have a few new features, like competing head-to-head against your own previous performances, or those of others. Or, you can just show the game developers what’s up by recording your own dances and submitting them—the community will vote on the best new dances, and the winners will be put into the game. Just Dance 2015 will be out on October 21 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, and Wii U.
2. Rabbids Invasion
In the beginning, there was Rayman. Rayman was with the Rabbids, and we all had good party times together. Then the Rabbids got too big for Rayman, struck out on their own, made it big, and now they have their own game coming out. Rabbids Invasion, starring the titular somewhat unbalanced rabbits, is a Nickelodeon cartoon that is becoming a video game that will be a television show. Confusing as the inner workings of the minds of the Rabbids themselves. Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show will take all the craziness from the show and slap on a bunch of motion controls, so you can act as gleefully demented at the Rabbids right at home. If you have kids, this is perfect, because kids love to act demented. This one should be out on November 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 (with Kinect).
3. Tetris Ultimate
Not much to say, right? It’s Tetris, it’ll have six modes of play, each with up to four players involved. I’m hesitant to say more, because it’s Tetris, and it seems unbecoming to make it look like Tetris needs further justification. It’s kind of like how the Academy gives Meryl Streep obligatory Oscar nominations almost every year. Tetris Ultimate is coming for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, and Nintendo 3DS (which will have a couple of extra modes). All versions will come out sometime this summer or fall.
4. Shape Up
Shape Up is one of the legion of fitness games that have come out since Wii Fit and the Kinect got things started. So, what’s different about this one? It turns workout routines into something less routine—squats, lunges, and all that good stuff turn into arcade-style mini-games. You can play solo or compete against others online. You might even forget you’re working out! Maybe. Might be a stretch. Anyway, Shape Up is coming to the Xbox One in November.