After the stinker that was 2014, 2015 is looking to be a huge year in gaming! The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are beginning to hit their stride, and Nintendo’s Wii U (the one with the iPad-like controller) is primed for some massive releases. Oh, and let’s not forget about the always mighty #PCMasterRace.
With so many games coming out between now and the end of the year, what are we most looking forward to at Catch HQ? Glad you asked! Let’s take a look at some of our most anticipated games of 2015!
Due out March 2015, exclusive for PlayStation 4
From the mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of Demon’s Souls and the hard-as-nails Dark Souls, comes Bloodborne, an action-role playing game that’s dark, gothic and very, very gory.
Much like From Software’s other games, Bloodborne tasks players with cutting their way through hordes of enemies, often in the most brutal way possible. This incredibly dark game tickles us where we like it, and looks to offer up satisfying hack and slash gameplay with solid production values; and looks like it’ll give us a challenge to boot, something seriously lacking in most modern games.
Check out this incredible trailer below!
Mortal Kombat X
Due out April 2015, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC
FINISH HIM! This infamously gory side-scrolling fighting series is set for a comeback this year with the release of Mortal Kombat X! We’re already cracking our fingers in anticipation of re-learning those fatalities!
I managed to play a bit of Mortal Kombat X last year, and it looked incredible, even in a pre-release demo. Chances are the final build (that’s, the version that goes out to consumers) will look even better, especially for those playing on current-gen consoles (Xbox One, PS4) and PC.
Watch the Reptile reveal trailer below!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Due out May 2015, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC
When it comes to engrossing role-playing games (RPGs) in 2015, there’s no game we’re more exciting for than The Witcher 3.
The third game in The Witcher series, which is based on a series of Polish fantasy books, once again puts players in the role of Geralt of Rivia, who’s story will conclude in Wild Hunt. The game boasts an expansive open-world which players can explore, and has been described as being 20% bigger than the popular 2011 RPG, Skyrim.
There’s so many reasons why The Witcher 3 is a must-play for lovers of not just RPGs, but fantasy-related movies and TV shows like Lord of the Rings and Games of Thrones as well, we simply can’t list ‘em all here. So watch this impressive trailer and prepare to drool.
Due out May 2015, exclusive for Wii U
One criticism that’s always laid at Nintendo is that the company rarely invests in new things, and instead relies on the likes of Mario, Zelda and Pokémon to sell games. Well! Splatoon is Nintendo’s giant middle finger to anyone who’s said these past few years; a fresh and innovative spin on the arena-based shooter, exclusive for Wii U!
Designed to be a team-based shooter, players take on the role of Inklings, squids who can transform into humans, and participate in four-on-four online matches with the aim of spreading the most amount of ink as possible. The game’s being developed by the younger members of Nintendo’s development teams, who have been encouraged to explore new gameplay ideas. Suffice to say, I think they have a potential winner on their hands with Splatoon.
Watch the game in-action below!
Want a blast from the past? Check out our flashback to Nintendo 64 recapping the best games of the classic console!
Batman: Arkham Knight
Due out June 2015, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC
Originally scheduled for release last October, the release of the latest Batman game from illustrious developer Rocksteady, Arkham Knight, is fast approaching!
Batman will face his greatest challenge yet, with Gotham City in lockdown as Scarecrow threatens the city with his infamous fear toxin, while Bats’ rogues gallery band together to take the Dark Knight down once and for all. Making matters worse, newcomer Arkham Knight, who runs around in a militarised version of Batman’s costume, is gunning for Batsy as well. Oh no!
Oh, and you get to drive the batmobile (finally!). Watch the game in action below!
Halo 5: Guardians
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for Xbox One
The Halo franchise essentially put Microsoft’s Xbox brand on the gaming map, so it’s no surprise the company is gearing up to release an all-new entry for its current-gen console, the Xbox One.
Announced last year, there’s very little we know about Halo 5 at the moment, save for some plot details. We know a new character, Agent Locke, will be pivotal in the search for Master Chief, who is considered “missing” amidst a hostile alien attack on human colonies. No doubt we’ll see more of the game shown off at this year’s E3 (Entertainment Electronic Expo) this June in Los Angeles.
For now you can check out this teaser trailer.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
Due out sometime in 2015 (we hope), exclusive for Wii U
When Nintendo makes a new Zelda title, the entire gaming world takes notice. And The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (final name is yet to be announced) is no different, with the game taking in the number one spot on GameTrailer’s most anticipated games of 2015 list.
Since the game’s initial announcement early 2013, series director and producer, Eiji Aonuma, has gone on record to say he and his team are looking at challenging what Zelda fans have come to expect from the long-running series. This includes approaching dungeons and puzzle-solving, two major staples of the series, in an entirely new way, as well as crafted a seamless overworld to explore, similar to what was seen in the 1986 NES original.
Be sure to watch the amazing gameplay demo video below, featuring Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Due out sometime in 2015, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC
Snake? Snaaaaaaaaaaakeee?! 2015 sees the release of the next major entry in Hideo Kojima’s legendary Metal Gear Solid series, The Phantom Pain.
From the multitudes of pre-release videos already put out, including last year’s glorified tech demo, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, we’re under the impression The Phantom Pain looks to continue the series’ penchant for overly complicated, difficult-to-follow plots; and that’s entirely okay. Because quite frankly, the game looks stunning, and the gameplay appears to be solid, so even though we might have a hard time following along, we’ll still have a great time.
Watch the game in action in the below trailer!
No Man’s Sky
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for PS4 (and PC)
All you need to know about No Man’s Sky is this; open universe. If the ambitions of the game’s developer, Hello Games, come to a head, No Man’s Sky will successfully offer its player an entire universe to explore, from complete galaxies, to a limitless number of alien worlds.
But what makes No Man’s Sky really special is that each player will experience a different universe, with no single one being exactly identical. This is made possible by the game’s underlying procedurally generated architecture, meaning it will create stuff as random from a huge pool of existing code.
Okay that’s getting a bit technical, so let’s just sit back and watch this mind-blowing trailer below instead.
Due out sometimes in 2015, exclusive for PS4 and PS3
Most of you probably haven’t heard of the Persona series, a popular Japanese role-playing series that stars a group of high school students who are usually tasked with defeating an evil force. While still considered niche, the Person games still enjoy a passionate fanbase outside of Japan, and the next game in the series, Persona 5, is scheduled for release sometime this year.
Not a lot is known about Persona 5, thanks mostly to the lack of English-speaking promotion, but what we do know is (maybe) players will assume the role of a high school student who lives a double life as a thief. Together with a group of fellow thieves, the player will carry out heists, while battling supernatural forces with Personas, beings that are the physical representations of a persona’s personality.
Yeah, it all sounds very ‘what the?’, but take a few minutes to watch this incredible trailer (it’s in Japanese, BTW) and let us know what you think in the comments!
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for Xbox One (and Xbox 360)
Video game icon Lara Croft returns in this direct sequel to the ridiculously amazing 2013 reboot, Tomb Raider, which is aptly titled Rise of the Tomb Raider. And exclusive for Xbox One (with a lesser port coming out for Xbox 360), no less! Oh the fanboy butt hurt!
This time around Lara’s traded-in the remote setting of a random island off the coast of Japan for the icy mountains of Siberia, where Miss Croft will be challenged by humans and animals, while having to contend with the harsh weather. Look forward to more details on this game being shared throughout the year, especially at E3 in June.
For now, be sure to check out the game’s awesome reveal trailer!
Star Wars: Battlefront
Due out sometimes in 2015, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC
What do you get when you mesh the creative minds behind the award-winning Battlefield series of games and the Star Wars universe; something truly epic.
The Star Wars: Battlefront franchise was immensely popular back in the early 2000s. They allowed gamers to participate in sprawling battles that took place during George Lucas’ original trilogy (as well as those pesky prequels). And while rumours of a third game have come and gone in the last decade, but it wasn’t until last year during E3 where games publisher EA announced an all-new game for current-gen consoles (and PC). It’s expected this new Battlefront game will take place either before, or during, the events of the upcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Check out the goosebump-inducing teaser below!
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for PS4
Typically referred to as gaming’s (male) answer to Indiana Jones, the Uncharted series of games stars the hunky Nathan Drake, an intrepid treasure hunter who has a knack for one-liners and danger.
Uncharted made huge waves on the PlayStation 3, and excitement is stirring for the series’ debut on PlayStation 4 this year with A Thief’s End. Developer Naughty Dog are tirelessly working on producing the very best game they possibly can, and it’s expected we’ll see gameplay footage of this highly anticipated exclusive shown at E3 in July.
Until then, we’ll just need to drool over Drake’s hunkiness in the below trailer!
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Due out sometimes in 2015, exclusive for Wii U
Huge game world to explore? Check. Giant robots? Check. Typical Japanese role-playing? Check, check. Xenoblade Chronicles X has been teased for two years, in which time some WIi U owners have questioned whether the game was ever going to come out. Turns out, the team at Monolith Soft were just busy making this mammoth of a game!
Due out in Japan late April, we expect the game to jump across the ocean to us later on in 2015. Which is good, because we totally want to explore an alien world while riding around inside giant Japanese-style mechs!
Prepare to be shocked and awed with the below trailer!