We here at The Edge take a look at some of our favourite games coming up in 2015. Whether you’re looking for the latest super hero game, a continuation of a franchise to a portable console of you just really need to see a reboot of something familiar we’ve got something for everyone.
Evolve: Being developed by the team behind Left 4 Dead, the upcoming asymmetrical shooter Evolve is one to look forward to in 2015 that isn’t just another sequel, prequel or spin-off. True, traces of its spiritual predecessor can be felt; four player co-op, no strict story mode to speak of, but Evolve does its part to innovate and mix things up a little. The game pits four player controlled hunters against an Alien monster controlled by a fifth player. With an emphasis on every member of the team pulling their individual weight in their respective roles (Assault, Traper, Medic and Support) this is more than just another COD clone. Evolve will be available to buy in the UK on 10th February and available on PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: Brace yourself for a glorious reboot of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on 3DS! Known for the original’s creepiness, you must race against time in order to rescue Termina from “a terrible fate”. Laden with wacky characters and quirky design, this reboot is expected to be much smoother to play than the original. Graphics are a clear improvement from the original game, whilst 3DS perks such as a touch screen personal assistant allows you to keep track of time. Majora’s Mask will be an essential adventure for new gamers, whilst a classic for Zelda fans to revisit. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be available to buy in the UK on 13th February.
The Witcher3: Wild Hunt: As a medieval fantasy game full of sex, violence and a whole bunch of monsters to be killed – why wouldn’t you be looking forward to The Witcher’s latest release this year? As the grande finale to Geralt’s story, the third Witcher game promises to be the best yet. With a sprawling open world environment (at least 30 times bigger than the second installment) that can be manipulated in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways, CD Projekt Red’s known and acclaimed development of characters, and a story-line that is accessible to new and old players alike; The Wild Hunt will definitely be one to watch in 2015. The Witcher3: Wild Hunt will be released on May 19, 2015 for PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
Batman: Arkham Knight: Batman: Arkham Knight is the third and final part of Rocksteady’s ‘Arkham Trilogy’. Following the excellent Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, the new game will introduce a brand new villain, the Arkham Knight, who is to be voiced by Troy Baker. There are more reasons than ever to be excited about an ‘Arkham’ game now that the series has moved to next generation consoles. The open world map will be five times the size of the one in Arkham City, the Batmobile can be driven at all times and the new villain will give Batman fans something they have never seen before. All this, in addition to the excellent fighting mechanics, the deep story, and detailed world we have come to expect from Rocksteady games, makes Arkham Knight one of the most anticipated blockbuster releases of 2015. It will be available on 2nd June 2015 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Metal Gear Solid V: Metal Gear Solid V is Hideo Kojima’s latest project in the Metal Gear Solid universe. It is a direct follow up to 2014’s Ground Zeroes and 2010’S Peace Walker. Set in 1984 this sequel will follow the fall of Big Boss, Naked Snake, from glorified hero to the antagonist of the series. Following the tone of Ground Zeroes it is set to be the darkest entry in the series and will also bridge the gap between the Big Boss saga and the original Metal Gear Solid. The gameplay has significantly changed from traditional Metal Gear action to huge open world arenas with varying guard routes based on the new day and night cycle. Combined with a fully customisable home base this is shaping up to be the biggest and best Metal Gear Solid game to date. Metal Gear Sold V will be available to buy on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows but a release date has yet to be announced.
No Man’s Sky: No Man’s Sky could not be much different to the games Guildford based developer Hello Games have become known for. Their previous game was the excellent Joe Danger, a side-scrolling stunt bike game that was small yet critically acclaimed. No Man’s Sky is certainly a more ambitious game. Taking place in a procedurally generated open universe, players will explore solar systems, planets and vast areas of space from inside their own little spaceship. Although it is yet to be announced what players will actually do in the game, aside from exploration, the colourful world full of dinosaurs, an infinite number of unique planets, and enemy spaceships to fight certainly seems promising. A member of the Hello Games team suggested it would take at least five billion years to explore every planet so there will clearly be plenty to spend your time on this year. No Man’s Sky will release first on PS4 hopefully sometime in 2015.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 2013’s reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise was a surprise hit commercially and critically. The game’s darker approach to Lara Croft first foray into Tomb Raiding was refreshingly different to the countless games that have come before. The second game in Crystal Dymanics’ series will follow the events of the first game but no details have been announced about new features or the storyline. However, if it is anything like the first game it will surely be another hit, especially if more tombs and a more varied location are included. Also, Microsoft have done excellently to ensure Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive for the Xbox One. So, for the foreseeable future at least, anyone who wants to experience another of Lara’s adventures will have to purchase Microsoft’s new console. The game is set to go head to head with Sony’s Uncharted 4 in the battle of the action-adventure games in late 2015 and will be available on PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: As someone who has never played any of the games in the Uncharted series, this PS4 exclusive is sure to justify my purchase of Sony’s console, and I will enjoy seeing what all the hype is about. Whilst little about the title is known at present, save for a couple of demos which have been shown off, Uncharted 4 will be top of my ‘to-play’ list when it is released later in 2015. The game is apparently set 3 years after the events of Uncharted 3 and will again feature the popular protagonist Nathan Drake in all his next-gen glory. A popular action-adventure game, this is certainly a game to look forward to this year. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to release in late 2015 as a PS4 exclusive.