Most Anticipated Video Games of 2015


Evan McClure, Staff Writer

by Evan McClure

2014 was a good year for video games. Now as 2015 starts to open a new chapter, gamers both new and old are hoping to get their hands on this years’ hottest releases. In no particular order, and in no kind of ranking system whatsoever, here are just a few of the most anticipated video games of 2015.

Grand Theft Auto V (PC): One of the best-selling, and most controversial, video games in history will soon come to PC gamers, after being played since late 2013 on consoles only. The open world action-adventure game is set in a satirical version of Los Angeles, and comes with hundreds of hours of gameplay content, including both single player and GTA Online for multiplayer. The player is able to play from either a first-person or a third-person perspective. Grand Theft Auto V for the PC will be released on Steam in March.

Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC): The final entry in Rocksteady Studio’s highly successful Batman: Arkham series has fans of The Caped Crusader very excited to play over the summer. The series is known for setting the bar for what a good stealth and fighting game is supposed to feel like. Arkham Knight also introduces new gameplay elements, such as the Batmobile, and new improved ways to keep up a combo streak. The game is also revolutionary in introducing the first new character to the Batman franchise in over 20 years. Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 2nd.

The Order: 1886 (PS4): Unveiled to the public during E3 2013, this Sony exclusive is a third person shooter, set in a steam punk-themed, alternate history version of Victorian era London. The player takes control of a Knight of The Order, whose duty it is to destroy half-breed man-beasts, but now they must also put down a human rebellion. Fighting on all fronts, The Order struggles to survive. The Order: 1886 releases for the PlayStation 4 on February 20th.

Evolve (PS4, Xbox One, PC): From Turtle Rock Studios, the developers of 2008’s Left 4 Dead, comes a 4 vs. 1 multiplayer game, where four players, or “Hunters” work together to take down another player, who plays as an enormous monster. The game includes four different hunter classes, four different monsters (although you have to purchase one of the monsters through paid DLC), a leveling system, perks, upgrades, and more. The objective of the hunters is to track, trap, and eliminate the monster, while the objective of the monster is to run, hide, eat wildlife, and evolve multiple times in a match to grow bigger, stronger, faster, and gain new abilities along the way, such as breathing fire, or shooting lightning. The monster has to achieve this, and defeat the hunters, to win the match. Evolve releases for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 10th.

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U): Nintendo’s first HD Zelda game will be a return to the franchises’ roots. It will be an open-world action adventure game, with the series’ famous protagonist Link being the main playable character. Gameplay footage was shown during The Game Awards 2014, and Nintendo is confident that the game will be released for the Wii U sometime during the summer of 2015. Nintendo will most likely announce a specific release date during E3, which takes place every year in early June.

Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC): A reboot of the LucasArts series of the same name, the rights to the third game were acquired by Electronic Arts, and is being developed by DICE, the developers of the similarly named Battlefield series. The game, like it’s predecessors, will feature large-scale infantry and vehicular warfare, featuring many of the movies’ most famous locations, ships, and characters. No gameplay footage has been released as of yet, but two teaser trailers were shown at E3 2014. The release of Star Wars: Battlefront will coincide with the holiday theatrical release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The game will be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC sometime in December.