2014 has been a cracker of year for gaming, but 2015 is already gearing up to be one of the biggest ever, with some massive new franchises, sequels and long-awaited reboots returning to our consoles and PCs.
Here are the 13 biggest games of 2015 that we can’t wait to get our hands on:
Batman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – June 2015
Rocksteady is donning cape and cowl for one last go at the Arkham series. This final title in the series will be on PC and new-gen hardware only, so if you want to see who is under the Arkham Knight’s mask (no, the title doesn’t refer to Batman), you’ll have to upgrade.
Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – 14 April 2015
Warner Bros. and NetherRealm have pulled the curtain back on the duo’s first fighting game built for Xbox One and PS4 (though it will be last-gen systems and PC, too)., and MK X will see a return to the brutality that made fans fall in love with the franchise in the first place.
Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – 30 January 2015
Techland is continuing its zombie hack-and-slash fighting from Dead Island with publisher WB. The title introduces parkour-style traversal and traps to the mix. It’s Mirror’s Edge meets Dead Rising.
Battlefield Hardline – Early 2015
Visceral is taking the Battlefield franchise in a new direction. Next year’s entry features cops and robbers instead of the military. A fresh take that we’re happy to see.
Dead Island 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – 19 March 2015
Deep Silver and Yager are teaming up for a brand new take on the Dead Island series. Eight-player cooperative zombie killing is coming next year.
Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – 10 February 2015
Turtle Rock’s experience with Left 4 Dead has evolved. Instead of four players against an AI director, a fifth person takes control of a giant monster in a battle to the death.
The Division (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – April or later 2015
Ubisoft Massive’s ambitious, persistent online shooter is an enormous undertaking. We’ve seen developer walkthroughs, but now we want to get our hands on the game or its visually impressive Snowdrop Engine.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – 19 May 2015
CD Projekt bumped the conclusion to Geralt’s story from 2014 into early next year. The studio believes that the few extra months are necessary to deliver the experience fans expect. We suspect The Witcher fans are willing to wait.
Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) – Q3/Q4 2015
Master Chief is bringing a new friend to the party when Halo’s next installment arrives next year. We’re eager to see more of 343 Industries’ next project.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – 2015
Hideo Kojima has reconfirmed the open world espionage title for release in 2015. Expect more crazy espionage action, long but brilliant cutscenes and some weird characters from the series’ past to return.
The Order: 1886 (PS4) – 20 February 2015
Ready at Dawn’s first PlayStation 4 game twists the Arthurian legend and melds it with Victorian London. Originally one of 2014’s brightest PS4 stars, The Order: 1886 will now shine in 2015.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) – 2015
Nathan Drake might be about to go on his last adventure, but it’ll be sure to be packed full of twists, exciting mysteries, lovable characters, and brilliant action.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – 2015
We knew this was coming, but we were glad to see the first bit of Lara Croft’s new adventure at E3.
What game are you most excited for next year?