Pack away the tinsel, put the Christmas tree away and ship grandma back off to the retirement village, because 2014 is over! And what better way to ring in the new year, than by taking a gander at all the lovely games headed your way? Let’s get this show on the road!
American Truck Simulator
In the words of the late, great Jerry Reed “We’re gonna do what they said can’t be done, because we got a long way to go and a short time to get there”. Which is about all that I can really say about a game that is all about driving big rigs.
I got that boom boom pow, I got that boom boom pow! Back in the dark ages of 2003, Amplitude was a staple game in the library of every PlayStation 2 owner. More than a decade later, and Harmonix are rebooting their rhythm game for a new set of consoles, thanks to a successful round of crowd-funding. And I’ve still got that boom boom pow.
Bored of games? Well how about changing your flow with a board game instead? Armello has been in development since 2011, with this year looking like a candidate for release. It’s turn-based board game action at the roll of a dice, and hitting both mobile and PC platforms soon.
Assassin’s Creed Victory
Ubisoft has yet to officially announce their next game in the annual Assassin’s Creed franchise, but one thing is most certainly confirmed: This Victorian-era game is looking rather dapper according to early reports.
Batman Arkham Knight
The curtain on the Arkham saga draws to a close as the Batman must face his deadliest enemies once again, and possibly his most lethal nemesis to date. The Arkham Knight, alongside a reborn Scarecrow have taken Gotham hostage, and it’s up to the caped crusader to use every tool in his arsenal to dispense justice and save the day one last time.
Out of the Borderlands and into the Battleborn, comes a new title from developer Gearbox as they take a stab at the emerging free to play market with their very own shooter that is promising signature gameplay ideas and plenty of style.
32 players. Online PC action. It’s a new title from powerhouse developer Bethesda that mixes swords, arrows and gigantic metal fists with action straight out of the development mind of Viktor “Dishonored” Antonov and Rich “Star Wars: The Old Republic” Vogel.
This year, Battlefield swaps the sands of the Middle East for the dangerous streets of Urban America as players take on the criminal underworld with the long arm of the law by their side.
2015 truly is the year of the remake. 2007’s cult classic Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War gets a fresh new lease on life, as the tactical action game heads to new consoles, ready to give history the mother of all rewrites.
If you cut your teeth on Dark Souls, then prepare for the evolution of the fight or flight gameplay mechanic in Bloodborne, an atmospheric jaunt through Victorian England and its various nightmares from the twisted imagination of Dark Souls’ Hidetaka Miyazaki.
BROS! EXPLOSIONS! BROSPLOSIONS! BROFORCE! It’s Contra meets destructible environments and a stack of TNT in this locally-developed gem that has taken names and kicked some major ass worldwide so far. 2015 may just be the year of Broforce.
Looks like all of those various crowdfunded projects are making good on their promises, as Chaos Reborn is just one of many many new games to emerge from the Kickstarter obsession and deliver on some backer promises.
Figure yourself an architect? After the lukewarm reception to EA’s SimCity last year, Cities: Skylines may be able to scratch that metropolitan itch that you’ve been meaning to have looked at for quite some time now, when it arrives later in Q1.
Code Name: STEAM
From the people who brought you the Nintendo gems Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, comes Code Name: STEAM, a turn-based strategy game that sees history come to life with deadly results as various influential figures wage a new kind of war. In 3D!
The original Crackdown was a great game that helped define the Xbox 360, before being followed up by a tepid sequel a few years later. Now, Crackdown returns once again, because the third time may just be the charm. Remember agent, kills for skills, kills for skills.
Dead Island 2
I’m the bomb and I’m about to blow up! With a new direction and a whole new island to explore, Dead Island returns for a brand new chomp on the living room.
Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round
It’s the final countdown! Dead Or Alive 5 has been knocking various iterations out of the park since 2012, but 2015 will see the most polished iteration of that venerable fighting franchise to date. Better graphics, more content and super-realistic jiggle effects are all packed into one ultimate collection.
Devil’s Third may just be the most ludicrously violent game that famed developer Tomonobu Itagaki has ever made, and after playing through several Ninja Gaiden games, that’s saying something. Naturally, I must have this upcoming hack and slasher.
DmC: Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 4
Underrated and treated like a red-headed stepchild, there’s no denying that Ninja Theory’s Devil May Cry game was a blast to play when you got into this over-the-top action adventure. Alongside a remastered Devil May Cry 4, Capcom is giving this magnificent action game the second chance that it rightly deserves with new visuals and content for the latest generation of consoles.
Ubisoft goes big in 2015 with The Division, a game set in a New York City that has been ravaged by a deadly plague. Cut off from the rest of the world, it’s up to you to scavenge, survive and fight your way through in a game that seeks to merge traditional RPGs with an MMO sensibility.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse
Dragon Ball games may require training under ten times the normal gravity of Earth just to understand the control schemes, but sweet Kaio-Ken are the visuals always staggering. A new generation, a new universe and new time-tripping gameplay mechanics will hopefully result in a Dragon Ball Z game that finally goes over 9000 in all the right departments.
Space, the new frontier. 2015 is all about going into infinity and beyond, with Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager taking players into the cold dark vacuum of space as players command massive battleships in even more massive confrontations.
If you’ve played one zombie survival game, then you’ve most likely played them all. But nothing can prepare you for the sheer terror of Dying Light, which flips the tables on your usual scavenging and foraging for supplies, by evolving the undead into merciless flesh-chompers once the sun goes down. You’ll need every skill and weapon at your disposal to survive sunset. Luckily, there are plenty around in this Techland game.
EA Sports PGA Tour
Somehow, EA has managed to make one of the most boring sports on the planet exciting, by tossing the rulebook out for generic golf games and telling the laws of physics to naff off. It’s your tried and trusted gameplay mechanics of a middle-aged man with a considerable paunch whacking a small ball with a weird stick, but with the visuals and environments turned up to 11.
Everybody’s Gone To Rapture
Just what exactly are the makers of of Dear Esther working on in Everybody’s Gone To Rapture? Details have been kept tight so far, but what is known is that players will be exploring rural England as it finds itself caught in the middle of the Apocalypse. Personally, I’m hoping that James Franco and Seth Rogen have a cameo in this PS4 game.
Four hunters. One monster. It’s a simple premise from the outset, and one that could herald in a new dawn of competitive online-only games, as Turtle Rock stole the show last year when they unveiled this game. Grab some mates, reinforce your TV screen in case of in-game losses and get ready to hunt.
Let’s not mince words: Fable games as of late have been rather crap. But Fable Legends on the other hand, is actually really, really damn good. Imagine Dungeons and Dragons, as four players seek to outwit and outfight their way through various obstacles as one of four classes. Sound too pedestrian for you? Then prepare for a taste of sadism, as players can flip the tables and assume the role of a dungeon master and lay traps for the heroes thanks to some nifty strategy elements.
Final Fantasy Type-0
It may be yet another remake, but hot damn is it one that few gamers can complain about. Hopping from PSP to PS4 and Xbox One, the 2011 cult classic combines tried and trusted squad action with a surprisingly deep and mature story, making for one cult favourite Final Fantasy game that deserves more acclaim.
Just what have Epic Games been up to since they waved goodbye to Gears Of War? Well it’s called Fortnite, and it’s the zombie apocalypse meets Minecraft as players have to build up a sizeable defense for the undead menace lurking in the darkness.
Details are scarce on Farm 51’s upcoming FPS game, Get Even. What is known however, is that this might just be one of the prettiest games of the year, thanks to 3D scanning that brings a new benchmark of realism to gaming.
Gran Turismo 7
2015 may just be the finest year for car games. With the ceiling for realistic visuals and handling drawing closer with every new game released in that genre, it’s up to long-gestating Gran Turismo 7 to take the wheel and set a new benchmark in driving excellence.
PC Gamers haven’t exactly been privy to the majority of Rockstar’s recent games, but they’re finally getting their chance to take Grand Theft Auto V for a spin. Bigger, bolder and more detailed than any other game that Rockstar has ever produced, it looks like the master race will finally get to experience how Michael learsn to rock once again.
Halo 5: Guardians
The Reclaimer saga continues on the Xbox One, as Master Chief returns to once again save mankind from a threat that predates the universe and humanity. With 343 Industries promising a brand new direction for Halo, expect Guardians to break from the usual pattern of previous games in order to forge its own identity in 2015.
Hearts Of Iron IV
War, what is it good for? Absolutely tons of real-time strategy games apparently, as a fourth Hearts Of Iron game prepares to unleash an all new blitzkrieg on your PC later this year.
Ninja Theory cut their teeth on action-adventure games with Heavenly Blade, and it looks like they’re coming full circle with a brand new title that also stars a heroine who has to wield a mythical blade in order to save the day.
If 2015 is the year where games take full advantage of new hardware, then Hellraid is the one game out of the bunch that is more than happy to keep things old-school. Dungeons! Skeletons! Grim environments! If you’re not too concerned with all that current-gen razzamatazz, then Hellraid might just be the game for you.
Homefront: The Revolution
It’s the sequel that nobody asked for! Taking plenty of inspiration from Red Dawn, Homefront had players fighting back against an invasion of the US of A in a world crippled by financial and resource crises. Now, the war rages on as Crytek and Deep Silver revive the former THQ property for new consoles.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Simple to play, but frustratingly addictive in clumsy hands and maddeningly addictive at the best of times. Hotline Miami was a breakout success in 2012, thanks to a vibrant selection of 1980s inspired colours and plenty of top-down action. Hotline Miami 2 continues the gory madness, in a sequel that brings a level editor and even more challenge modes to the table.
Hyper Light Drifter
We’ve lost a sense of charm in recent years, what with the rise of more powerful consoles and an emphasis on realistic graphics over gameplay. But Hyper Light Drifter is a love letter the past, as one explorer descends into dungeons pulled straight from games such as Diablo and The Legend Of Zelda, in order to retrieve the lost technology of the past.
Just Cause 3
If you’ve never ever played a Just Cause game, then you’ve missed out on some great fun with a cheesy edge. Rico Rodriguez returns in a new adventure that will most likely have plenty of car chases, explosions and unfortunate soldiers finding themselves grappled to jets that are about to explode.
Kirby And The Rainbow Curse
Another year, another round of old favourites from the Nintendo stable making an appearance. Nintendo’s massive pink blob Kirby returns in a sequel to 2005’s Kirby: Canvas Curse, that see’s the titular puffball racing around on the Wii U in a game that will have your penmanship put to the ultimate test.
The Last Guardian
Never gonna let you down, never gonna turn around and desert you…
The Legend Of Zelda
There may be plenty of open-world games on the way in 2015, but none of them have the magic that the next Legend Of Zelda game has plenty of. Producer Eiji Aonuma and his team are working on a game where the world itself is a beautiful canvas waiting to be explored in what could be the definitive Wii U game of the year.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
PC owners, rejoice: The Final Fantasy Lightning saga continues and who am I kidding I pity you guys, really I do. Lightning strikes thrice then.
2015, is the year of the madman. Or Mad Max to be accurate. The Road Warrior hits cinemas with a brand new film this year, as well as a tie-in game that looks to be bucking the trend of creating a movie game that is neither a cheap freemium title or crap. What a crazy world we live in.
Think you could make a better Mario game than Nintendo? Well now’s your chance to prove your skills, as the Wii U game will include plenty of assets and official gear for budding maniacs to put the famous Italian plumber through level hell.
Mario Party 10
Forget spin the bottle, as 2015 sees the ultimate party game reborn. Mario and pals arrive in a brand new entry in the long-running franchise, that includes all new activities as well as Amiibo support. Grab three other friends and prepare to dish out some fun later this year.
Mario Vs. Donkey Kong
Muhammed Ali vs George Foreman. Ayrton Senna vs Alain Proust. Bovril vs Marmite. History is filled with many great rivalries, and this year sees the most epic of all such contests reignited when Mario takes on Donkey Kong once again.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
You may have shelled out cash for a glorified demo last year in Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, now prepare to shell out even more cash for the full Phantom Pain experience! With Kiefer Sutherland now voicing the lead Snake, players will have to sneak, shoot and hide in cardboard boxes as the Metal Gear Solid vision embraces a wide open world of intrigue, espionage and action.
Might And Magic Heroes VII
Ten years after the assassination of the Holy Empress Maeve Falcon, and set between Heroes VI and Heroes V, comes a brand new interquel in this long-running franchise. Payers will follow the story of Ivan Griffin, Duke of Griffin Duchy, as he seeks to reclaim his throne.
Mighty No. 9
Capcom may treat Mega Man like a red-headed step-child, but his creator Keiji Inafune isn’t ready to say goodbye to fast-paced platform run ‘n gun action yet. And neither is the public. Crowdfunded to a fine tune of many millions of dollars, Mighty No. 9 is a love letter to the Mega Man games of the past, and it looks like an absolute blast to play.
Mortal Kombat X
2011’s Mortal Kombat was a reboot done right, mixing the chronology of the old games with a brand new timeline that is continued some twenty years later in Mortal Kombat X. A faster kombat system, a new selection of styles that will impact the esports scene massively and even gorier fatalaties await you. If you’re brave enough to face them that is.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 4 dominated in the East like an unstoppable Unreal Tournament player, and now it’s headed West with a ton of new content that includes plenty of crossovers, enhancements and even bigger monsters to hunt down and pilfer loot from their corpses.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Despite having a combat system that happens to be about as stubborn as your dad in the face of looming societal changes, the Naruto games have always managed to be a consistent seller for Bandai Namco. And that’s thanks to visuals which reach new benchmarks every year. Hopping on over to new platforms, expect this Naruto game to be the most dazzling yet.
No Man’s Sky
Easily one of the most ambitious games of 2015, No Man’s Sky will see players take to the vast reaches of space and work their way through the cosmos, exploring planets, solar systems and more. It’s got a massive procedurally-generated world, backed up by some fantastic visuals when it arrives on PC and PS4 later this year.
The Order: 1886
Whatever The Order: 1886 is, it could be plenty polarising. On the one hand, it plays like a stock-standard cover shooter at first glance. On the other hand, it’s a game grounded in jaw-dropping graphics and environments, that have to be seen to be believed. Hopefully, the final game has more going for it than what has initially been seen so far.
Ori and the Blind Forest
It may look like a golden age platform adventure game, but Ori And The Blind Forest is also a game about coming to terms with loss and finding the strength to move on. Hauntingly beautiful and challenging, this is one game that will have you working to achieve any sort of closure.
Lately, the Persona series of games have been making a splash in the west, with the latest game in the core series arriving on the not-dead-yet PlayStation 3 and the newer PlayStation 4 this year. Details are scarce, but if this game is anything like previous versions then expect plenty of role-playing combat mechanics in a high school setting dominated by strange characters and plots.
Pillars Of Eternity
Another crowdfunded success story, Pillars of Eternity sees Obsidian Entertainment return to the genre that made them so popular years ago, thanks to games such as Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. Featuring stunning art and animation, Pillars Of Eternity is the thinking mans RPG, a tactical game from yesteryear that is going to be hitting plenty of nostalgia points when it arrives.
I should change this list name to 100 crowdfunded games to expect in 2015. Another winner in the community funding sweepstakes, Project CARS isn’t just a driving game with jaw-dropping visuals. It’s one of the most ambitious racing games to ever go for pole position as it races onto not only PC, but Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U as well. And with an emphasis on choice when it comes to racing careers, this game is looking like it might leave Gran Turismo and Forza choking on its dust.
Remedy Entertainment have been playing around with time ever since the days of the first Max Payne game. Now, they’re going all in with a title that looks like a system seller for the Xbox One as players bend, break and barrel through time itself in order to save the day.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Never say never. The adventures of Rainbow Six were thought to be deader than disco at one point, but Ubisoft clearly had other plans for the fan-favourite law enforcement squad. Emphasising attack over defense as players assume the role of either a SWAT team or terrorists, it’s up to you to either breach for the sky or win a hostage negotiation with extreme prejudice.
The golden age of piracy awaits you as players embark on a quest for vengeance as Christopher Raven. Pick up a sword or unfurl a sail in this massive game that has some strikingly accurate visuals to go with the revenge and pillaging.
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Resident Evil games have slowly been regaining a certain horror groove as of late, thanks to Capcom focusing on frights over explosions. But they’re veering into experimental territory once again for Resident Evil Revelations 2, as Claire Redfield and Moira Burton find themselves trapped in an episodic nightmare that begins in February.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
2013’s Tomb Raider reboot was a work of art that gave Lara Croft the modern makeover that she needed. Rise Of The Tomb Raider, a timed exclusive for Xbox One continues that tale, detailing the further exploits of Miss Croft as she unlocks a passion for exploration, fighting and raiding those titular tombs.
Strategy taking place in the real-time, Satelite Reign has players taking control of one of four agents who each bring their own unique skills and abilties to the table. It’s a cyberpunk world out there, so get ready to boot up and upgrade to survive.
Not since players added ungodly amounts of salt to concession stands and jacked up the prices on soft drinks in Rollercoaster Tycoon has there been a game that really puts effort into building a theme park. Screamride is all about building the ultimate thrill ride however, as players will not only construct the ultimate thrill-ride, but deconstruct it as well with massive crashes and spills. Totally worth waiting three hours in line for we reckon.
What’s that in the mirror? In the corner of your eye? What’s that footstep following? But never passing by? Perhaps they’re all just waiting, Perhaps when we’re all dead. Out they’ll come a slithering, From underneath your bed.
Pop a gun into a game, and the results usually involve a crimson explosion of colour. But the Wii U is a rather more child-friendly console, with Splatoon adding a few more colours to the mix as players race agaisnt the clock and each other to cover the game map in as much ink as they can possibly can. And it’s a helluva lot more fun than you would believe.
Saints Row IV: Gat Out Of Hell
Looks like the Saints have some business left to conduct in the afterlife before they’re ready to depart. And said business most likely involves giving Satan a crotch-kick of note as the series goes above, beyond and way, way over the top once again.
Hey Shigeru Miyamoto promised a 2015 release! Designed to take advantage of the Wii U GamePad, the latest Star Fox adventure will see the iconic heroes return to their ships and tanks, ready to do battle once again. And a barrel roll or two. I hope you’re able to keep your eyes on more than one screen at a time.
Star Wars: Battlefront
The Force Awakens in 2015, as Star Wars returns not only to the big screen, but the small flatscreen as well. Strong vehicular elements, tight multiplayer combat and massive arenas were all hallmarks of previous Star Wars games in the Battlefront series. Hopefully, the latest instalment delivers on all that, and more.
Total War: Attila
The Total War series rallies behind the Scourge Of God himself, Attila the Hun, as players send massive armies and hordes into battle in order to shape history forever.
After finding massive success with Sleeping Dogs, developer United Front Games now shift that tried and tested gameplay onto a larger online world where players must recruit and manage a gang as they rise to power in the criminal underworld.
Viva la revolucion! You either live long enough to die the hero or become the villain. So which will you be in the latest strategy game in the Tropico series that allows you to be a benevolent ruler or an iron-fisted tyrant?
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
It’s been almost half a decade since Nathan Drake was last seen, but it looks like he’s ready to dust off his pistols for a brand new adventure. Lost treasure, deadly traps and new locations to explore all combine for the end of a thief as Naughty Dog work on experiences earned from The Last Of Us for the next Uncharted game.
Damn those sexy teenagers. Always having fun, being attractive and not being aware of the local legend that wants them dead. If you ask me, I’d rather play a game as the horror slasher, instead of working to keep these damn kids alive with smart choices and logical progression in Until Dawn.
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Delayed until May 19 for extra polish from the Polish studio CD Projekt Red, and nobody is unhappy. The tale of Geralt of Rivia draws to a close this year, as the Witcher faces a deadly foe in a world that is dozens of times bigger than previous games and more alive than ever before.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
2010’s Xenoblade Chronicles gets a brand new sequel in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles X, a game which looks too good to be real for any console, let alone the Wii U. Earth is at war with a new cosmic menace, and it’s up to your small band of soldiers to fend them off in this massive open-world game.
Yoshi’s Woolly Story
Wooly bully, oh wooly bully! Mario’s pet dinosaur Yoshi returns in another Wii U game, that has the tongue-twisting reptile spinning a new yarn in a co-op platforming game with puzzle elements. I hope you’re not allergic to wool.
Last Updated: January 5, 2015