The Hot 10 most anticipated games of 2015

What are you looking forward to?
There you have it. Those are all of the games we know will be releasing in 2015. Now, all we have to do is wait. What games are you looking forward to playing? Which ones are going to make the next few months the most painful as we draw, ever so slowly, to the release date? Let us know in the comments below.
For more on the games coming in the near future, be sure to check out our Upcoming PS4 games list and Upcoming Xbox One games

 

1. Batman: Arkham Knight (June 2)

Releasing on: PS4, Xbox One, PC [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight

Much like Halo 5 telling a new chapter in Master Chief’s life, Batman: Arkham Knight is a new chapter in Bruce Wayne’s life–the final one from developer Rocksteady, in fact. This entry takes place much later in Batman’s life, and that means a lot of changes.

First up, the goddamn Batmobile–it’s sleek, it’s speedy, and it can transform into a tank. Hell yeah. Second, Rocksteady has created an original villain for this trilogy-ender, the Arkham Knight. His identity is unknown, his motivations are unknown. And he’s joined by the expected rogues gallery: Scarecrow, Riddler, Penguin, and Two-Face will all be making their villainous return–and that’s only the lineup we know. There will be a lot more villainy and Bat-punchy action to see before the game’s full release.

 

2. Zelda Wii U (TBA)

Releasing on: Wii U [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Zelda
Zelda

Ever since Nintendo showed that Zelda tech demo on the Wii U and gave us a taste of the HD Zelda visuals, we’ve been waiting to see the next Zelda on the new hardware. Lo and behold, Eiji Aonuma took the spotlight during Nintendo’s Digital Event during E3 2014 and revealed a brand new open-world Zelda with the beautiful cel-shaded visual style of Skyward Sword.

There still isn’t much that is known about the next entry in the classic series. We know Link is back, but for some reason, the developers decided against showing the hero in his traditional green garb. Horseback riding has returned and Link will get access to his trusty bow–only this time the arrows seem to take on some never-before-seen magical quality. It seems the developers are leaning towards the open feel of A Link Between Worlds and turning the next entry into the Skyrim of Zelda titles, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

 

3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (TBA)
Releasing on: PS4 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Naughty Dog sure knows how to get our attention. Even when they have very little to show off, they still somehow get us ridiculously excited for a game just by presenting the right combination of gorgeous CGI, promising new locales and just the right amount of intrigue to get us wondering what comes next. That is the story behind Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and while it has only been teased in a couple of trailers, that doesn’t stop us from being so, so ready to get our hands on it.

While much of this game is still cloaked in mystery, the teasers we’ve seen have given us a couple of juicy hints. It will probably take place in the jungles of Madagascar. There will probably be pirates. Nathan Drake has been out of the game for too long but has to get back in for mysterious reasons that could get him killed. And we mean it this time, since the game is called “A Thief’s End”, and we have reason to believe this is our intrepid hero’s last hurrah. Whether that plays out is a question for next year, and in the meantime we’ll be chomping at the bit until we find out for ourselves.

 

4. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (TBA)
Releasing on: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

In the continuing saga of Big Boss and Hideo Kojima saying he’s done with him, here comes another Metal Gear game. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the first open-world game to sport the stealthiness of Kojima’s epic tale, but it’s more than just a new setting. It’s a modified Snake in a totally different world.

The Phantom Pain’s open-world setting means Snake will spend time riding on horseback (which he can totally do stealthily!) and driving vehicles. He’s also just woken up from a nine-year coma – with a cybernetic arm! New mechanics and new abilities for Snake mean The Phantom Pain will really spice up the MGS world. And did we mention you can airlift goats? Yeah, that’s a thing. It’s pretty awesome.

 

5. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Late 2015)
Releasing on: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider

The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot makes us all think about Uncharted–and how Tomb Raider is on par with Drake when it comes to epic adventuring and ruin-crawling. Lara’s first journey across a pirate island to save her crew from madmen worshiping an ancient Japanese goddess is all kinds of exciting, but it totally ruins her mental state. It’s a story that demands more attention, and now it’s getting it.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will deal with Lara’s strange state of mind after her time on the island, and we’re excited to see what that means. Will she have nightmares about the horrific things she had to do to survive–and more importantly, will we get to play through those surreal moments!? Just how mental health and raiding tombs go together we don’t know, but we’re excited to find out.

 

6. Halo 5: Guardians (TBA)
Releasing on: Xbox One [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians

Master Chief’s saga isn’t quite over, but how his story continues is still a bit up in the air. In fact, the main piece of artwork released by developer 343 Industries proudly shows a Spartan who is NOT the Chief. What does this mean for Halo 5: Guardians? Well, we don’t really know.

What we do know is that he’s a completely new character, and that Halo 5 will run on an entirely new engine. We know that it’s a new chapter in Master Chief’s life, and that this will start a new status quo for the series. Hey, that’s a lot of “news.” Expect more of it as we get closer to the game’s fall 2015 release.
7. Tom Clancy’s The Division (TBA)
Releasing on: PS4, Xbox One, PC [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy’s The Division

Even though we still don’t know that much about The Division, what we have seen of the game makes it look super cool. The game looks absolutely beautiful, making use of Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine to create the massive city that players will be able to explore as they hunt for new gear and take down enemy groups.

The shooter MMO’s demos at the last two E3s seem to emphasize communication between three-man squads, suggesting that teams will have to work together tactically to survive–and coming from games like Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon, we wouldn’t expect much less. Not only will players have to be aware of the NPC presence in the game world, other players can also show up at any moment to ruin your day. How is still unclear, but a little bit of PvP is always welcome.

 

8. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (May 19)
Releasing on: PC, Xbox One, PS4 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The choice heavy storytelling of the Witcher series finally moves into a completely open world in which, it seems, anything can happen. The amnesiac Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, is on a mission to recover his lost memories leading him to seek out the Wild Hunt, a spectral cavalcade of wandering ghosts. Sounds mysterious and cool already, right? Well, we haven’t even touched on how the gameplay works yet.

As a witcher, you have skills not unlike a medieval jedi knight. You can force push enemies to the ground, mind trick villagers to gain information about a quest, and swing a sword like nobody’s business. On top of all of the action of cutting the heads off dangerous monsters for money, you’ll also choose the fate of the local populace. Villages will rise and fall according to your actions, so choose your path wisely.

 

9. Bloodborne (March 24)
Releasing on: PS4 [Pre-Order it on Amazon]

Bloodborne
Bloodborne

If you were hoping for another Dark Souls sequel for 2015, well, you’re pretty much getting that with Bloodborne. The developers at From Software are taking the you’re-gonna-die-a-whole-lot gameplay and transplanting the dark fantasy setting into the future–around the early 19th century we’re guessing.

But the thing about the new setting is that the shield up and circle strafe gameplay has been done to death. So, the developers have given the player the tools to be much more aggressive–and by tools we’re talking a shotgun and a massive cleaver. Despite the inclusion of guns, you can bet the developers will find new ways of making the enemies even more punishing SOBs.

 

10. No Man’s Sky (TBA)
Releasing on: PC, PS4

No Man's Sky
No Man’s Sky

The No Man’s Sky reveal blew us away at E3 2014. It’s a procedurally generated universe that continuously builds on itself, offering massive planets to explore, each one with its own wildlife, terrain, and environmental conditions. All of these variables are interconnected. The environment will change what the animals look like, what materials you can gather, and what vegetation grows on the planet – making that world completely unique. Sounds like a lot to explore right? Well, then comes the mind-blowing part.

But exploring one planet isn’t even scratching the surface. You can hop into a spaceship, take off into the stratosphere and fly through an entire universe full of new worlds, asteroids, and creatures. There also appear to be hostile enemy fleets cruising around the void, begging to engage in a Star Wars-style space battle. There’s much more to see of No Man’s Sky, and we can’t wait to find out more when the game deploys later this year.

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