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25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015

2014 will long be remembered as the year of the remasters, with The Last of Us, Halo and Grand Theft Auto V receiving next-gen upgrades. Not to mention that the majority of this year’s AAA titles have failed to live up to their high expectations (see Titanfall and Destiny).

As the winter months approach and the countdown to Christmas begins, it’s time to look ahead to the New Year and the new offerings it will bring, as Wriggy runs down 25 video games to look out for in 2015:

Batman: Arkham Knight

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Batman Arkham Knight

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: June 2nd

Set one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Knight follows Batman, at the peak of his ability, as he confronts the Scarecrow, who has returned to Gotham City to unite Batman’s enemies in a plot to finally kill the Dark Knight.

Battlefield Hardline

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Battlefield Hardline

Platforms: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO
Release Date: March 31st

Originally due for a release in November 2014, Battlefield Hardline will focus on Nick Mendoza, a SWAT officer who is involved in criminal activity. A second beta for the title is penned in for early 2015.

Crackdown

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Crackdown

Platforms: XBO
Release Date: TBA

Crackdown was revealed during Microsoft’s E3 press conference in June 2014. Not much is known about the reboot, though an early demo for the title showed players will be able to destroy any part of the city – a feature which is expected to be carried over to the final game.

DayZ

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: DayZ

Platforms: PS4, XBO(?)
Release Date: TBA

DayZ isn’t even out of alpha testing on the PC and it has already been highly successful, winning IGN’s People’s Choice Award at gamescom 2013. Can the multiplayer open world survival horror video game’s success transfer over to the console? It looks extremely likely.

Dead Island 2

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Dead Island 2

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: Spring

Set several months after the events of Dead Island (which scored 88% in the Console Monster review), the United States military has put California under a full quarantine restricted zone due to a new zombie outbreak.

Dying Light

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Dying Light

Platforms: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO
Release Date: January 30th

Combine Mirror’s Edge with zombies and you’re left with Dying Light. Set in an open world similar to South American slums and cities, players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population with a heavy focus on freerunning mechanics.

Evolve

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Evolve

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: February 10th

Evolve is a co-operative/competitive shooter for next-generation consoles. The plot follows a group of humans as they attempt to colonise the distant planet Shear. However, the planet’s inhabitants, otherwise known as monsters, attempt to drive the invaders away.

Fable Legends

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Fable Legends

Platforms: XBO
Release Date: TBA

Set 400 years before the events of the first game, Fable Legends is an Xbox One exclusive that follows the quests of a number of Heroes. A multiplayer beta for the title will begin on Thursday, October 16th, 2014.

Halo 5: Guardians

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Halo 5 Guardians

Platforms: XBO
Release Date: Q4 2015

Not much is known about the follow-up to Halo 4, although it is expected to run at 60 frames per second. A public beta for the title is set to launch on Monday, December 29th, 2014, coming to an end on Sunday, January 18th, 2015.

Homefront: The Revolution

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Homefront The Revolution

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: TBA

Serving as a sequel to Homefront, Homefront: The Revolution is an open world first-person shooter that takes place two years after the events of the original. The plot follows protagonist Ethan Brady as he stages a resistance movement against the army of a reunified Korea in the city of Philadelphia.

Mad Max

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Mad Max

Platforms: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO
Release Date: TBA

Based on the film series of the same name, players take on the role of titular character Mad Max, who must traverse a barren desert wasteland in search for his lost treasured vehicle, the Pursuit Special (also referred to as The Interceptor).

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Platforms: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO
Release Date: TBA

Following on from the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Phantom Pain sees players taking on the role of Snake (also known by his alias Big Boss) in a massive collection of open-world environments.

Quantum Break

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Quantum Break

Platforms: XBO
Release Date: Q2

Quantum Break is a cover-based third-person perspective title, which will feature live-action videos blended with regular gameplay. According to the game’s developer, “how you play the game impacts the show and the show informs how you play the game”.

Ratchet & Clank

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Ratchet & Clank

Platforms: PS4
Release Date: Q1/Q2

During Sony’s E3 2014 conference, it was revealed that the original Ratchet & Clank game from the PlayStation 2 will be “re-imagined” for the PlayStation 4. The title is set to launch alongside the film of the same name early next year.

Resident Evil HD Remastered

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Resident Evil HD Remastered

Platforms: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO
Release Date: Q1

The original Resident Evil is being remastered for current consoles. The new version, which was originally released in 1996, will include 1080p visuals (720p for last-gen consoles) and 5.1 surround support.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The Rise of the Tomb Raider

Platforms: 360, XBO
Release Date: Q4

On Monday, June 9th, 2014, Rise of the Tomb Raider was announced as an Xbox exclusive. Whether it will remain that way is currently unclear. Nevertheless, Camilla Luddington will reprise her role of Lara Croft, with writer Rhianna Pratchett also returning.

Screamride

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Screamride

Platforms: 360, XBO
Release Date: Q2

Best known for developing the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, Frontier are doing what they do best and are releasing a new rollercoaster title. ScreamRide takes the build-your-own-coaster action to the near future and includes physics simulation gameplay that allows you to fling cars – and their occupants – off the tracks, destroy huge structures, and even alter the laws of gravity.

Silent Hills

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Silent Hills

Platforms: PS4
Release Date: TBA

Directed by Hideo Kojima, with assistance by famous film director Guillermo del Toro, Silent Hills is the ninth instalment of the Silent Hill series. Starring Norman Reedus (best known for his role in “The Walking Dead”, the PlayStation 4 exclusive looks set to give us the creeps in 2015.

Star Wars: Battlefront

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Star Wars Battlefront

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: Summer

Ten years on from the release of Star Wars: Battlefront II, the series is receiving a reboot, especially for next-generation consoles. Not much is known about the game, except that it’s being developed by DICE (best known for developing the Battlefield series).

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: State of Decay

Platforms: XBO
Release Date: Spring

State of Decay has proved to be one of the most popular downloadable titles of the past few years. The special edition will include the original State of Decay (running in glorious 1080p), along with previously released Add-on packs Breakdown and Lifeline, as well as some entirely new content.

The Order: 1886

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: The Order 1886

Platforms: PS4
Release Date: February 20th

The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate history London, where an old order of knights keep all of the world safe from half breed monsters, who are a combination of animal and man. The PlayStation 4 exclusive was originally announced at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: February 24th

Wild Hunt is the third title in The Witcher series, which is based on the series of fantasy novels of the same title. According to the game’s developer, The Witcher 3 will introduce “a living open world larger than any other in modern RPG history.”

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: TBA

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is the first Rainbow Six title on a console since Vegas 2 in 2008. According to Ubisoft Montreal, the latest release will feature a heavy multiplayer focus and destructible environments.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Tom Clancy's The Division

Platforms: PS4, XBO
Release Date: TBA

Tom Clancy’s The Division is a massively multiplayer online third-person shooter inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51. The plot focuses on a disease that spreads on Black Friday, causing the United States to collapse in five days.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Top 25 Video Games To Look Out For In 2015: Uncharted 4

Platforms: PS4
Release Date: TBA

Set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake, who retired as a fortune hunter, will embark on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure in his fourth outing.

In addition to the titles above, there will also be the annual instalments of FIFA, Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed (most likely). Now would be a good time to start saving, as 2015 is going to be a bad time for your bank balance, but an excellent time for gamers.

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