Over the past week we have taken a look at games from each of the platforms that are worth keeping an eye out for in 2015. It’s quite an extensive list with some super games heading to each console ensuring that nobody in 2015 is going to be disappointed. To add to all of this there are games coming out on multiple platforms, and while the exclusives are impressive, the multiplatform games are possibly where you are going to find the best of the best this year. Let’s have a look at what they are:
Batman: Arkham Knight
Few things were as definitive in the previous generation as Rocksteady’s take on everyone’s favourite superhero Batman. The Arkham games exceeded expectations and gave gamers a sense of what it might feel like to be The Bat himself. Never mind the graphics and settings, it also redefined combat with one of the most refined systems ever. Now we can look forward to a new-gen taste of Rocksteady’s master piece series with Arkham Knight. You just know it’s going to be glorious and we finally get to use the Batmobile too. What’s not to like?
Assassin’s Creed Victory
Yes yes, AC Unity had lots of issues and it’s very well noted that many people complained about what was actually a great game. Hopefully Ubisoft have learned from the mistakes and return to glory with AC Victory. The London setting already has me hooked, it just seems the perfect place for an AC game. Little is known about the story, but it should be a goodie.
Hotline Miami 2
One of the most enjoyable, and wackiest games I have played was Hotline Miami. It’s almost torturous to move through levels as you die so many times, but when you get it right, oh boy is it addictive. Animal masks return in Hotline Miami 2 where the most gruesome 8-bit killings are only a few months away.
Life is Strange
Probably the most arbitrary out of the multiplatform games is Life is Strange. Square Enix take Telltale’s formula mixed with some Heavy Rain and have come up with their very own episodic adventure which has you making decisions constantly affecting the way forward and the end outcome. It looks very interesting and just might be a sleeper hit.
Dead Island 2
Zombies are back this season and they’re back with a bang. The sequel to Dead Island may be the game that makes or breaks the franchise. Although Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide weren’t major hits, Deep Silver’s latest attempt looks like it could pull a Saints Row 3 and save it. The initial trailer is definitely creative and humorous. This is one First-person zombie slayer game that’s high on our list and a game to keep an eye on.
Techland, the people who developed Dead Island, is back and ready to show off what they wanted to do in Dead Island. One of the reasons for their departure from Deep Silver is that they never really got the chance to make Dead Island shine. Although this game also features Zombies, they’ve promised a more engaging story as well as some innovation. You’ll also get the chance to be the zombie, but only if you pre-order the game. Dying Light will be scaring some pants off later this month, so the wait won’t be long. Jarred’s dreading it, I’m (Kyle) practically dying to play it and Dawid’s still too busy with The Evil Within to even take notice it. We hope you are.
Kingdom Hearts 3
The next chapter in the Kingdom Hearts saga is on the horizon and it’s going go be amazing. Sora, Donald and Goofy are back in another long and probably convoluted adventure that blends the magic of Disney with the flair of Square Enix. After the release of the two Kingdom Hearts HD collections, fans should be ready for this game. Not a lot is known at this point, but if the first few games are anything to go by, then this is a must play action RPG.
Saints Row: Re-Elected
Want everything from Saints Row 4 on your PS4 or XBO? Can we get a ‘Hell Yeah’? The new remastered… Or shall we say ‘Re-elected’ edition is out soon, so we’ll get to kick some virtual Zinyak ass while we wait for non-remastered games to release, like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Re-elected will contain all the DLC for the main game as well as the expansion, Gat out of Hell. Plenty of bang for your buck.
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Claire Redfield is back and ready to take on some zombies, or plague or whatever, in the sequel to Resident Evil Revelations. This time things are a little different as the game will be released in episodes, much like the Telltales games. So far things are looking good and the first episode will be out in a few weeks. Hopefully Claire’s story will reinvigorate the Resident Evil brand and put it back on track. Only time will tell. For now, I think it’s time to practice my headshots.
Rainbow Six: Siege
We haven’t seen a Rainbow Six game in a very long time sadly. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 was a low point for the series, but it seems that Siege is going back to the core gameplay that made the series so popular to begin with. It’s all about planning your attack and executing it flawlessly, the only difference is this time you will have to outsmart other online players. There will apparently be a single player campaign, as well as some of the best environmental destruction our eyes have ever witnessed.
Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars fans thought their world was coming to an end when Battlefront 3 was canned. However all hope was not lost, in fact not only are we getting a new Battlefront game but DICE are heading it up. To sweeten the deal it’s going to be running on Frostbite 3, so not only do we have the guys that create the best virtual battlefields on the project, but it will look absolutely gorgeous to. To have the new Star Wars movie as well as Star Wars: Battlefront coming out in the same year is almost too much to take in *heavy breathing*.
After the backlash from “Betafield 4” EA knew that releasing Battlefield 5 this year might be a mistake. That’s maybe why we have Battlefield: Hard-line coming out, which is a fresh IP for the series involving cops and robbers in urban fire fights instead of all out warfare. The beta was a little unimpressive but a lot of work has been done on the game since then, so hopefully the end result is worthy of the Battlefield name.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
At the E3 2013 The Division was revealed for the first time. Some instantly loved the concept of the open world third-person shooter while others have only now stated warming up to it now. Ubisoft are combining stealth, role-playing and survival elements in The Division along with extensive multiplayer modes. Pretty much something for everyone. While the only release details we have is that it’s coming in 2015, don’t expect it during the first half of the year.
Mortal Kombat X
We have recently seen the reveal of Goro, Kitana and Kung Lao of NetherRealm Studios, Mortal Kombat X. The only thing that these guys seem to do better than marketing their games is actually delivering on all the promotional hype. In MKX we see the return of X-Ray moves and a number of our favourite characters, not to mention various new ones just for good measure. With an enhanced fighting system MKX looks to be THE fighter of 2015.
Mighty No. 9
So you love retro games? You live for 2D platformers? Mighty No.9 could very well be your favourite game of 2015. Essentially a spiritual successor to the Mega Man series, Mighty No.9 is everything you’ve wanted from certain franchise that Capcom have horribly neglected over the years. It’s coming to most platforms, so be sure to keep an eye on it.
It isn’t often that a new IP in the racing genre gets this much traction. Project CARS (Community Assisted Racing Simulator) looks to be a multiplatform racer (Yes even for the Wii U) that will rival the likes of Forza and Gran Turismo. Project CARS is set to release locally on March 21st on XBox One, Playstation 4 and PC, with a Wii U release coming later in 2015.
One of the most unexpected announcements of 2014 had to be that Sierra are back in the gaming industry and will be responsible for a brand now King’s Quest title. While this latest introduction to the series won’t be a point-and-click title as before it sill promises to be a fantastic adventure game hitting us with an abundance of nostalgia.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
One of the biggest games of the year will appear on just about all platforms and if you played the first two games you are not going to want to miss out on Geralt’s third outing. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a fantasy world as luscious and filled with adventure as much as this RPG. Developers have promised that if this is your first time to step into The Witcher world that you won’t get lost in the narrative. Veterans and newbies alike should not miss out on this.
It’s tough to come up with a brand new concept in this day and age, but Turtlerock Studios have done just that. For the first time ever you’ll play in 4 vs. 1 multiplayer games. One powerful, fast and agile monster that’s up against four humans with their own set of abilities. If you enjoyed the Left 4 Dead series this is the evolution of that.
Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain
Hideo Kojima gave us a small taste of what to expect in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes last year and in 2015 we’ll finally set off on a new and engaging adventure in Big Boss’ shoes. He’s promised bigger open-world environments, ‘next generation’ cardboard boxes, a promising multiplayer experience and a captivating story as only he can tell it. Love it or hate it, MGS V: Phantom Pain will stealthily work it’s way into the hearts of new and old fans.
Just Cause 3
Think of this franchise and the first thing that comes to mind is Rico being swooped up by the wind as he floats above a moving vehicle with the aid of a parachute… while shooting everything that moves. It’s another take on the open-world genre where the limits stretch as far as your imagination does. Shooting and blowing things up is the order of the day in this fictional Mediterranean setting.
The King of the Iron Fist Tournament returns once again. Gone is the tag system of Tekken Tag Tournament. What could the Mishima corporation be up to this time? No one will have a clue what the story will entail until the game launches. The big deal in this fighter this time round is the inclusion of some form of online tournament, new characters, Rage Art (unblockable moves) and Power Crush (continue your attacks while being hit). So far it’s looking like a classic Tekken entry.
How big Mad Max will be is yet to be seen, but it’s received the backing of Warner Bros. One look at their stable of games and you should not bet against them. You’ll play as Mad Max in the search of his Pursuit Special (The Interceptor). On your way there you’ll finish foes off with a shotgun as he makes his way through a desert wasteland. It might not end up being all that, or it could very likely become a sleeper hit. Right now no one knows.