Five Video Games You Can’t Afford to Miss in 2015
Let’s be fair; 2014 hasn’t quite proved fruitful for gamers. It’s a year largely marked by game delays and dished out remastered versions. A number of games were pushed into the 2015 slot for the sake of more ‘polish’. If there’s one thing gamers truly dislike, it’s waiting until their favourite games become available to them. It feels so relieving that we are past the long, boring chapter of 2014. Good news is that there’s so much in store for this year. Here’s five video games that you just can’t afford to miss in 2015.
1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
MGS: Ground Zeroes was arguably too short and left players wanting more but it fairly demonstrates what awaits in The Phantom Pain. Hideo Kojima is well renowned for his excellence in regards to direction, story writing and production. The MGS series is a prime example of this. The Phantom Pain allows you to knuckle up as you take on the role of ‘Big Boss’ who sets off on yet another infiltration mission.
Photorealistic visuals in the game make this tactical espionage action an absolute treat to enjoy, thanks to the next-gen FOX Engine. The game hands over the control of the game to players as they themselves determine how they approach a mission. You could play it smart and stealthy the Snake style or you could just go balls-to-the-wall crazy. I’d personally suggest the former in its true spirit.
Release date: 2015
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
The Witcher series is a name well respected among PC and Xbox 360 gaming communities. Developer CD Projekt appreciate the increasing popularity of the franchise across all platforms and decided to bring the third installment in the series to next-gen platforms. Interestingly, this one has been delayed thrice for developers to put in more content. From the looks of it, it’s a decision that’s well justified.
The world in the Witcher 3 is absolutely stunning and it’s as much as 30 times larger than ever before. Players will take charge of protagonists Geralt and Ciri as they explore Novigrad at times on horseback and sail through the water on other occasions. Players will engage in satisfying combat using an intuitive set of controls which makes for some intriguing combat sequences.
Release date: May 19, 2015
3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PlayStation 4)
SONY has this particular series to thank for a lot of its sales. The sad truth is that all good series eventually deserve a send off. It looks like developer Naughty Dog realizes that the time has come to say goodbye. This means that there is just one final adventure left for the all-popular treasure hunter ‘Nathan Drake’. This time around he’s set to pursue a historical conspiracy behind some fabled treasure.
Naughty Dog has had a great track record when it comes to telling an immersive tale. Expect nothing short with the fourth installment of this famous game series. Fans of the UC series will feel right at home with the same fairly simple control scheme. Trailers and playthroughs so far clearly demonstrate how gorgeous it looks. The improved lighting and physical based shaders play a key part in this. It’s fascinating to note how they’ve focused on the tiniest elements like water making Drake’s hair shine and lean over.
Release date: 2015
4. Batman: Arkham Knight (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Rocksteady Studios have made quite a name for themselves with the ever-so-famous Batman series. Be it the gameplay, graphics or narrative, Batman games manage to impress in each department. There’s hardly any reason for them to change the formula they have stuck with since their first assignment.
Arkham Knight is more of the same kind of deal with the added element of the well-renowned Batmobile. Mind you, it’s a fully interactive vehicle that doesn’t just appear in cutscenes but actually driven in the game. The Knight now has to contend with Scarecrow who’s back in Gotham city. He’s not alone; Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Penguin have joined forces this time to take down the only protector the city can rely on.
Release date: June 2, 2015
5. Bloodborne (PS4)
At first sight of Bloodborne, you would notice how ridiculously similar it looks to Dark Souls. In all fairness, it is. It’s actually a product of ‘FromSoftware’ who brought us Dark Souls in the past. As you’d expect, Bloodborne is bleak, brutal and bloody in every sense. That’s been the hallmark of the Souls games, hasn’t it?
However, where Bloodborne is different is the pace of its combat and the significantly improved visuals ofcourse. The game plays much faster than any Souls game you’ve played. Don’t fool yourself thinking you can carelessly engage in combat, though. Oh no Sir/Ma’am (gender equality), you don’t. The creatures you’re up against are just as quick on their feet so it’s best to approach combat, strategically. Get your footing wrong and… you’d most probably find yourself missing a foot or your head for that matter.
Release date: March 24, 2015
The Order: 1886
Halo 5: Guardians
The Legend of Zelda
Mortal Kombat X
Tom Clancy’s The Division
No Man’s Sky
Star Wars Battlefront
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Xenoblade Chronicles X