Yesterday I threw down half of what I feel are the top 30 ports coming out this year (read it here!). Today, I count all the way down to number one, to what I presume will be unanimous agreement and hearty celebration. The bottom line: whichever platforms you own, there are plenty of awesome, tried-and-tested games already locked in for release.

#15 Crypt of the Necrodancer

Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award winning hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Move to the music and deliver beatdowns to the beat! Groove to the epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!

This truly unique genre mash-up was a hit when it launched on Steam last April, and it should have PlayStation 4 players wearing out their d-pads when it launches on that platform in a few short weeks.


#14 Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable horrors, stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Can you keep your heroes together when all hope is lost?

Another smash hit on Steam’s Early Access (we’ll be saying that a lot this feature), and another game that combined existing ideas to create something new, Darkest Dungeon launches proper on PC on January 19, with PlayStation versions to follow. If the port is done well, this will be a great game on the Vita in particular.


#13 Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

Vermintide is an epic co-operative action combat adventure set in the End Times of the iconic Warhammer Fantasy world. It deftly translates the four-player Left 4 Dead formula into the Warhammer fantasy universe, bringing with it first-person melee that actually feels some beefy, tons of loot, and a great dark aesthetic. It’s a perfect candidate for the console treatment, and fortunately it isn’t far away at all.


#12 Volume

Pure stealth action and infinite level creation from the award-winning studio behind Thomas Was Alone. Enter the Volume to halt Gisborne Industries' corruption and train the masses to rob from the rich.

Although it wasn’t quite as acclaimed as the likes of Vermintide and some others on this list, I had to pop Volume down because I’m just so stoked that games like this one are still coming to the Vita, and I imagine a few others are as well. (It launched on January 6 – grab it now!)


#11 Terraria

Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. Four Pack also available! It’s out on damn near everything else including fridges, probably, so it’s nice to see the universally hailed Terraria come to Wii U – especially given how neglected that platform is when it comes to third-party titles.


#10 République

Developed over five years by industry veterans (Metal Gear Solid, Halo, F.E.A.R.) and fully realised in Unity 5, Republique is a thrilling and topical stealth-action game that explores the perils of government surveillance in the Internet Age.

“With Republique, developer Comauflag has created a compelling narrative with a solid game backing it,” wrote Gameplanet’s Chris Brown in his review of the PC version. “The game’s mobile heritage does not detract from the experience, and even though its lack of complexity and challenge – particularly in the later stages – can make it feel a little pedestrian, it’s an interesting game that’s well worth exploring. The biggest frustration here is that it is still incomplete, with two chapters yet to be released.”


#9 Killing Floor 2

Sporting six-player co-op Zed-slaughtering mayhem, Killing Floor 2 is currently in Early Access so Tripwire “can get the gameplay balance perfected, to ensure the maximum amount of fun. And blood and guts”. That’s as good a reason as any! Fans of intense, splattery shooters on PC and PS4 take note.


#8 Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program left Early Access in September after years of development heavily influenced by a massive community that just loves firing cute gnome-like people into space (or in most instances, failing to do so). One of the most beloved games on all of Steam (and on our forums), it will no doubt make a splash when it hits Xbox One this year. What a coup for Microsoft.


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