15 most anticipated video games of 2015

3 years ago by in Tech, Video Games

As developers and publishers start to phase out last-gen platforms, 2015 looks like it could be the year in which PS4 and Xbox One finally show us what they’re made of.Not only are Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft planning to unleash some of their biggest franchises exclusively on new-gen consoles, but 2015 also sees the return of gaming heavyweights such as Batman, Solid Snake, Lara Croft and Geralt of Rivia, some of whom will be making their next-gen debuts. Here are the releases we’re most eagerly anticipating in the 12 months ahead:

1. Dying Light

Release date: January 30 (Europe), January 27 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Even though Dead Island is getting a sequel of its own in 2015, Dying Light feels very much like a spiritual successor. Developed by original Dead Island studio Techland, it features the same melee-focused combat, only with a few new twists.

Taking place in the open world city of Harran, it introduces a new free running mechanic, as well as an intriguing day/night cycle in which characters must scavenge during the day in order to survive when the lights go out.

2. Evolve

Release date: February 10 (WW)
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

From packs of ravenous zombies to colossal beasts with anger issues, Turtle Rock will be hoping that Evolve can channel the same multiplayer magic that served them so well on the Left 4 Dead series.

Evolve‘s asymmetrical gameplay sees a team of four pit their wits and weapons against a human-controlled beast. With different classes, monsters and modes, this could be the year’s must-have multiplayer shooter, although as an added bonus, it’s also playable in solo.

 

3. Battlefield Hardline

Release date: March 19 (Europe), March 17 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC

Moving away from Battlefield‘s military roots, Hardline drops players into the war between cops and criminals in Miami, giving them the option to play good cop or bad cop in a campaign inspired by shows such as Miami Vice.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Battlefield without multiplayer, and Hardline looks like it will introduce some intriguing new additions, as players rescue hostages, perform heists and chase down criminals over the game’s expansive maps.

4. Bloodborne

Release date: March 27 (Europe), March 24 (North America)
Platforms: PS4

To say that we’re excited about From Software’s upcoming action game would be an understatement; after all, it’s being developed by the team behind Dark Souls,

Bloodborne features the same moody art style, imposing bosses and punishing gameplay, but adds a much more dynamic, action-oriented combat system, as players explore a mysterious gothic city.

5. Mortal Kombat X

Release date: April 14 (WW)
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC

After 2011’s excellent reboot, the Mortal Kombat series returns with a game that introduces the next generation of exciting new characters, new stage-based interactions and specials, not to mention the return of multiple fighting styles for each brawler.

We’ll also get to see the next stage in the Scorpion and Sub-Zero rivalry, and be reacquainted with original members of the roster such as Raiden, Goro and Kano. NetherRealm is also planning to bring back a forgotten finishing move. Animalities? Friendships? Babalities? We can’t find to find out.

6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Release date: May 19 (WW)
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Assuming it doesn’t get delayed again, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could be the game that sees us through the summer months, as it’s said to take place in a world that’s even bigger than the one found in Skyrim.

Revolving around Geralt’s hunt for the powerful living weapon known as Ciri, The Witcher 3 is an ambitious release, containing a complex story, branching missions and a gorgeous open world. The delays are worrying, but hopefully it’s just a precautionary measure to ensure the best possible experience.

7. Batman: Arkham Knight

Release date: June 2 (WW)
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

If looks could kill, then crime-fighting vigilante Batman would be in serious trouble, because Arkham Knight looks absolutely stunning. Utilising the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, it gives Gotham City a dazzling next-gen makeover that’s brimming with detail.

And what better way to explore this dazzling new representation of Gotham than from behind the wheel of the trusty Batmobile, which is able to fire rockets, demolish obstacles and no doubt perform some pretty hardcore donuts.

Our Batman: Arkham Knight preview: Hands-on with the indispensable Batmobile

8. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Release date: TBA
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

Like the 2011 Ocarina of Time remake, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask will bring one of the most beloved Zelda releases to a new generation of gamers with superior three-dimensional visuals.

In addition to enhanced graphics, the Majora’s Mask remake introduces new streamlining features that aim to provide a more comfortable experience for first time players. It looks 2015 could be a great year for fans of Link.

9. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Release date: TBA
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC

Clocking in at less than an hour, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes may have come in a small package, but it left a huge impression. We’re thinking that if Ground Zeroes can do so much with so little, imagine what Phantom Pain can do with a whole lot more.

The game is said to be 200 times bigger than its predecessor with a day/night cycle, a ton of new gadgets and even horseback riding. Proving that it’s got the substance to match the style, it will also house a fully-fledged online mode, as well as a motherbase invasion system.

10. Halo 5: Guardians

Release date: Late 2015
Platforms: Xbox One

We may not know a great deal about Halo 5‘s single-player campaign, but we do know that its all-important multiplayer will bring the franchise up to speed with contemporary shooters, introducing new dash and hovering abilities, aiming down sights and ground pounds.

Fortunately, Halo fans don’t have long to wait to get a slice of the action, as the Halo 5: Guardians beta is running until January 18 for owners of the Master Chief Collection. We’ll see you there.

11. The Legend of Zelda for Wii U

Release date: Late 2015
Platforms: Wii U

Nintendo knocked it out of the park with Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros, so we have every faith that it will do the same with The Legend of Zelda: Wii U.

Nintendo recently made up for an underwhelming E3 reveal with a gameplay demonstration that showed off the huge open-world, horseback riding and more. Early evidence suggests that despite a lack of horsepower, Nintendo knows exactly how to squeeze the most out of the Wii U.

12. Assassin’s Creed Victory

Release date: Late 2015
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

After an Assassin’s Creed Unity launch that was plagued with bugs, glitches and frame rate issues, the pressure is on Ubisoft to deliver a truly stellar Assassin’s Creed experience in 2015.

Taking place in London during the Victorian era, Assassin’s Creed Victory will take players from dirty back alleys to the top of famous landmarks such as Big Ben in an adventure that’s creeping ever so closer to the modern age.

13. Uncharted 4

Release date: Late 2015
Platforms: PS4

To say that Naughty Dog has got a stellar track record would be an understatement. The studio has delivered hit after hit for the PlayStation, culminating with The Last of Us in 2013 and again with the PS4 re-release earlier this year.

Our faith in the studio was well and truly cemented with the release of the recent walkthrough video, which not only showcased Uncharted 4‘s beautiful visual effects and environments, but also gave us a good look at the silky smooth combat and stealth mechanics.

14. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Release date: Late 2015
Platforms: Xbox One

Controversially announced as an Xbox exclusive – although for how long we don’t know – Rise of the Tomb Raider will give Microsoft’s console a real shot in the arm at a time when Uncharted 4 is likely to be thrilling PS4 users the world over.

All we know so far is that the Tomb Raider sequel will take players to multiple locations around the world, filled with exploration spaces that are described as some of the most beautifully hostile places on Earth.

15. Star Wars: Battlefront

Release date: Late 2015
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Available during the same time period as December 2015’s Episode VII, Star Wars Battlefront will serve the role of EA’s “major first-person shooter” of the year in the absence of a core Battlefield release.

While this isn’t exactly how remember the original Battlefront games, it’s been so long since we’ve had a meaty Star Wars release to get stuck into that we’re happy to be getting anything at all.

Honourable mentions

Resident Evil HD Remaster (January 20), Grim Fandango: Remastered (January 27), Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (February 17), The Order: 1886 (February 20), Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (March 20), Project CARS (March 20), Crackdown 3 (TBA), Dead Island 2 (TBA), Fable Legends (TBA), Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (TBA), Just Cause 3 (TBA), Mario Maker (TBA), Minecraft: Story Mode (TBA), OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (TBA), Splatoon (TBA), Star Fox (TBA), Tom Clancy’s The Division, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (TBA), Until Dawn (TBA), Yoshi’s Woolly World (TBA)

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