10 Games to Look Forward to in 2015
10 Games to Look Forward to in 2015
2014, despite giving us a pile of new games, proved a disappointing year for some gamers. Fantastic games were overshadowed by other problems that trouble the industry from hacking to online issues to unfinished or unpolished games. Nevertheless, there is plenty to look forward to in the year ahead with developers seemingly getting a handle for the next-gen consoles, there are lots of games to look forward to. In chronological order, here are 10 games in 2015 to look forward to…
From Turtle Rock Studios, the studio that brought us the Left 4 Dead series, comes Evolve, a cooperative first person shooter with a 4 vs 1 mechanic. For those who don’t know, four players take on the role of Hunters, each with unique talents and abilities, to hunt a fifth player who takes on the role of the monster. From early demos and the recent beta, Evolve looks like its fun to play, especially with friends, who you can team up with to track and hunt the monster who must devour local wildlife to level up and become more powerful. The 4 classes include Assault, Trapper, Medic and Support while the revealed monsters include the Kraken, the Goliath and the Wraith. Evolve certainly looks like a blast to play and will be released next month.
Release Date: February 10th
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC
The Order: 1886
Exclusive to PS4, The Order: 1886 is a single-player action adventure game set in an alternate historical version of Victorian London. The action is based around a third person cover shooter with stunning graphics as players fight half-breed monsters. The Order: 1886 looks designed to show off just what the PS4 is capable of graphically but it remains to be seen if the mechanics and gameplay are just as worthwhile. One thing is for certain, there is a lot of excitement for this game when it releases next month.
Release Date: February 20th
Also coming exclusively to PS4 is Bloodborne, developed by From Software and director Hidetaka Miyazaki who also directed the popular Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, Bloodborne features fast-paced combat against vast numbers of enemies. The game takes place in a fictional Gothic-style city, Y’harnam which has been devastated by a plague and overrun with horrifying monsters. As you probably guessed from the title, the game is brutal and bloody with a distinct style and setting. There is a lot of hype surrounding the game with many looking forward to its release.
Release Date: March 17th
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The third main instalment in The Witcher franchise promises to be the best yet. With a breathtaking immersive open world, this fantasy RPG is truly massive. Reportedly 30 times larger than previous The Witcher games and 20% larger than Skyrim. With tons of quests, content and a spectacular world, The Witcher 3 will conclude the tale of Geralt of Rivia for fans of the franchise while those jumping in for the first time will find lots of entertainment in this massive RPG.
Release Date: May 19th
Platforms: Windows, Linux, PS4 and Xbox One
Batman: Arkham Knight
Taking back the reins from Warner Bros. Studios, acclaimed developer Rocksteady once more return to Gotham. The open world, timing based combat and iconic villains return as players are transported back into the world of the Dark Knight once more. With a new villain, the Arkham Knight and the return of Scarecrow, there is plenty for Batman fans to dig their teeth into. New features include the Batmobile which is not only is used for transport but also combat and puzzle sequences, and a Gotham that is much bigger than Arkham City. Gameplay looks fantastic and the graphics are stunning as Rocksteady concludes their Arkham trilogy.
Release Date: June 2nd
Platforms: PS4,Xbox One and Windows
No Man’s Sky
There’s a lot of expectation riding on this indie title from Hello Games, makers of Joe Danger, featuring a unique procedurally generated universe. Players are given a ship and are then free to explore the universe, with each planet and its ecosystem unique. Gameplay revolves around exploration as players travel across the expansive map to discover and name new wildlife, minerals and planets. If one is so inclined, the player can even engage in combat with space pirates and other enemies, while loot and discovery is rewarded with the chance to upgrade your ship. No Man’s Sky looks like a breath of fresh air for the games industry.
Release Date: Unknown, 2015
Platforms: PS4, Windows
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Much controversy and speculation has surrounded this title since its announcement with Microsoft making the surprising move to buy exclusivity. Although not all the details are known, the game is rumoured and expected to come to other platforms at a later date but for now the game is an Xbox One exclusive. Very little is known about the game itself, a sequel to the popular reboot in 2013, other than hints the series may tackle more actual tomb raiding, a feature that was noticeably lacking in the original. Regardless, fans of Tomb Raider on Xbox will surely want to see where the series is headed next.
Release Date: Unknown, Q4 2015
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One
Tom Clancy’s The Division
This game has been in development for quite a while and has gamers clamouring for more information since its announcement. From trailers and limited gameplay, we can see that this third person shooter has a little more to it than first meets the eye. Publisher and developer Ubisoft has said that the game will have RPG like elements in a world based around survival. There is also an element of cooperative play, as players can team up and explore New York City with friends. The game looks interesting, but there’s much more news to come on this one.
Release Date: 2015
Platforms: Windows, PS4 and Xbox One
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The long-awaited return to the Uncharted franchise is here for Playstation fans as Nathan Drake returns with the game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3. Respected developer Naughty Dog showed off a highly impressive demo recently which contained many of the elements of the previous games but in an area with more freedom and new tools at Drake’s disposal. Fans of the story will no doubt be purchasing this game, and the title looks fantastic on next-gen consoles.
Release Date: Unknown
The Legend of Zelda
Finally, Nintendo fans also have much to look forward to with the prospects of the struggling Wii U finally on the upswing. Led by its flagship, The Legend of Zelda (working title) makes its way onto consoles in HD for the first time. The game reportedly will feature an open world, with multiple ways of proceeding. Fans of the Zelda games will recognise this as a must buy for the Wii U. Little is known about the game but it is expected to release Autumn/Fall this year.
Release Date: Autumn 2015
Platforms: Wii U
So there you have it, those are just 10 of the games to look forward to in 2015. However, these are just a handful of the many games coming out this year.
Which games are you most excited for playing in 2015?
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