I'll be the first to admit it, 2014 was a pretty lackluster time for video games. With our favorites getting delayed and some disappointing titles so far there haven't been any standouts yet. However, in the following year there are many big titles set to be released. Here are just some of the many amazing games that will be released in 2015.
1. Dying Light
This open-world survival horror title developed by Techland, the same company who developed Dead Island. Got delayed a while back to a January 25th release date. Imagine Mirrors Edge and Dead Island had a baby and this is what it grew up to be. The developers have emphasized the movement in this game. The type of parkour allows you to seamlessly flow through the massive open world that is crawling with the undead. Not only will you have to shoot, slash and dropkick your way through the ravenous hordes but you will also have to avoid human enemies as well. But the real trouble happens when the sun goes down. You'll see the tagline for Dying Light is, "Good night, good luck", after dark the zombies become a lot more aggressive. They can move faster and they are stronger too. It is not advised to go fighting hordes after dark since you will most likely die quickly. The game also features a four player co-op mode.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
After the success of the second Witcher game, developer CD Projekt RED went to work creating Witcher 3. This time around it features Geralt embarking on a personal quest to stop a mysterious force known as "The Wild Hunt" from destroying the Northern Kingdoms. The high bars that were set in Witcher 2 seem to have been completely obliterated by this new entry. The map size alone, according to developers, is 20% bigger than Skyrim. Every action you take will affect the game world in some way. With an estimated completion time of over 100 hours there is plenty to do. There are also 36 different endings! Further adding to the completion time. Combat revolves around an action based RPG system and magic. There are over 80 monsters in the game, each with their own dynamic AI and characteristics. The game is scheduled to be released on February 25th.
3. Star Wars Battlefront
I was beginning to think that we would never see a proper sequel to the critically acclaimed Star Wars Battlefront II. Lo' and behold during E3, Battlefield developer DICE announces that they are working on rebooting the franchise and they release an awesome trailer. Although not much is known about this game we can assume that it will be very similar to the old games. You will be able to play as your favorite Star Wars characters and cause chaos on land or in space. Hopefully with the new systems like PS4 and Xbox One DICE can fully utilize their technology to make for the ultimate Star Wars video game.
A PS4 exclusive, this game is the spiritual successor to the Dark Souls franchise. With lumbering monsters in a dark setting along with a punishing difficulty the game sounds like the game that Dark Souls fans have been waiting for. Players can pummel their enemies with large hammers and slice them up with scythes and swords along with using firearms. The combat looks similar to Dark Souls, dodging and parrying attacks while dishing out damage of your own in a brutal fashion. The game is developed by From Software and director Hidetaka Miyazaki. The same team who made Demon Souls and Dark Souls. The team is aiming for a March 24th release date.
5. The Division
The Division is a multiplayer third-person action game set in an open world where players fight baddies and collect loot. The game features many RPG elements and it allows you to build your character according to your play-style. One of the main features of this game lies in the multiplayer. When you find a nice piece of gear and you want to get out of the area you will need to call on a helicopter to evacuate you. This means you need to pop a flare, this alerts other players to your position and they can battle you and take your gear if you fall. Teammates of yours can also join in using the game's app on their tablet. The Division is going to hit the shelves sometime in 2015.
6. Battlefield Hardline
Another title from DICE, this time they're switching things up. Replacing the classic military themed Battlefield for a new cops and robbers approach. With many new interesting game modes such as Hotwire, which has cops chasing robbers at high speeds across large environments, and Rescue, which has cops trying to rescue a group of hostages from the opposing team. The new Battlefield looks to deliver a new experience to current players as well as new players. Hardline is being released on March 17th, 2015.
7. Quantum Break
Quantum Break is a third-person shooter developed by Remedy Entertainment. The game centers around 3 people who develop the ability to control time after an experiment goes wrong. With these new powers they must avoid a shady organization called Monarch Solutions while learning how to control their abilities. The game uses run and gun combat with special time-bending abilities to spice up combat. Remedy seeks to blur the line between entertainment and reality by developing a Quantum Break TV show centering around the antagonist of the series. How you play the game affects the show and it is this mechanic that makes Quantum Break a title to watch next year. It is expected to be released in the later time of 2015.
8. Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain
The newest entry in the Metal Gear series features the protagonist, Snake, going behind enemy lines to take down the villains from the previous game. The game is set in a hugely detailed open world unlike the previous games. Snake can travel unseen around the world using his wide variety of skills and gadgets. You can choose to take any path you want while in a mission. Whether it be stealthy or loud. Snake can call in any of his companions if the going gets tough as well. Environmental events such as sandstorms will also affect gameplay as each enemy has it's own AI that adapts to whatever tactics that you use throughout the game. Although there is no set release date, the game is expected to arrive early 2015.
9. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Sometime in 2015 developer Naughty Dog is set to take us on one last ride with Nathan Drake. Uncharted is a third-person action game that involves the Nate getting into trouble going after lost treasures, usually finding a lost city and such. Gameplay is a mix between action filled gunfights and cinematic cutscenes that feature death-defying acts like jumping out of a plane and running from the crumbling ruins of an ancient tomb. Aside from that, not a lot of information has been revealed about it so keep your eyes peeled for anything related to Uncharted.
10. Batman: Arkham Knight
The final entry in the Arkham trilogy, Batman must drive various villains out of Gotham while dealing with a mysterious new villain, the Arkham Knight. Gameplay has been largely unchanged from previous titles, combat remaining roughly the same save for a few new additions. One of the biggest additions to the game is Batman's famous ride, the Batmobile. Batman can traverse the world (The world is five times bigger than Arkham City) and he can chase down thugs and collect Riddler Trophies among other things. Arkham Knight is set to release on June 2nd, 2015.