So many reasons to love 2015
It's already been quite a year. We've seen the release of the final entry in the Batman: Arkham series, wandered the seemingly endless wilderness as a cat-eyed monster hunter in The Witcher 3, and died more times than we could count in Bloodborne... but 2015 isn't over yet. There's so much more to look forward to and the best games of 2015 may yet be on the way. Just take a look at the second half of this year's lineup. It's almost too good
Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4, and other revered series are on their way. Then there are games like Star Wars Battlefront and Guitar Hero Live, giving their respective franchises a fresh start on new-gen hardware. With games like these, the year is looking like it's going to finish strong. And just so you don't miss out on anything, here is our list of our most anticipated games for the rest of 2015.
Available on: November 10 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
It's finally happening, and it's happening this year. The next game from the creators of Skyrim and Fallout 3 (is that a killer portfolio, or what?) will head to Boston hundreds of years after the nuclear apocalypse, giving players an all-new irradiated wasteland to explore. Even more exciting than where you'll be, though, is who you'll be: Fallout 4 begins before the bombs drop, following your character as he or she takes shelter in Vault 111 and mysteriously resurfaces 200 years later.
That means your character has a bit more personality than usual, with fully-voiced dialogue, and a lot more knowledge, increasing your options for survival and crafting. You even can build your own settlement, a bastion of civilization out in the wastes, but be prepared to defend it from mutants and raiders. In other words, it sounds a lot like Fallout 3 meets Metal Gear Solid 5, with loads more stuff than both of them. Better clear your calendar for November (and the rest of winter).
Guitar Hero Live
Available on: October 20 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
Better start getting your fingers warmed up because the new Guitar Hero Live has a redesigned controller that's going to put your riffing skills to the test. There are six buttons on two rows allowing you to string together notes and pull off chord patterns that weren't possible on the old controllers. That isn't everything that's changed to get you back to rocking out to pop classics in your living room. Guitar Hero Live is letting you live out your rock star dreams on stage, in first-person, and in front of a live-action audience.
The game's campaign brings you backstage with a live-action band and walks you out to booming crowds of thousands of screaming fans. If you perform well, the fans will continue to love you, but start flubbing those notes and you will face the wrath of the booing crowd and your disappointed band mates. Guitar Hero Live will also feature an online Guitar Hero TV service, which will present new songs and challenges to players looking for more music to master.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Available on: November 10 (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Now that she's recovered from the exceptional amount of injuries she sustained during her time in Yamatai (the physical ones anyway), Lara Croft is back for a brand new, likely painful adventure. Where last time her only goal was to survive, this time she's hell-bent on finding a personal purpose and proof that she isn't as mad as everyone thinks. Proving the existence of an immortal prophet seems like it hits the sweet spot in this regard. But a well-funded shadow organization is trying to get their first, so Lara will have to use every trick in her book to reach that goal, up to and including bear-battling.
While it's exciting that Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature a more in-depth crafting system, hunting challenges, and incredibly diverse locations, the return of deep and detailed tombs is what's really got us gutting our wallets. Granted there will be some the one-off challenge room from the Tomb Raider reboot sprinkled here and there, but show-stopping, multi-step tombs will be the star of the show, and we can't wait to weep with frustration trying to solve them.
Halo 5: Guardians
Available on: October 27 (Xbox One)
Cortana is (possibly) dead, Master Chief has gone AWOL, a new generation of Spartans have arrived in full force, the Forerunner have returned. Oh, and there's aim-down sights now; everything about Halo 5: Guardians seems to be deconstructing the sci-fi shooter series, giving us new twists and taking unexpected turns. These changes make us nervous, but also terribly excited.
After all, Halo - much-loved as it is - is a bit long in the cybernetically-enhanced tooth at this point. Developer 343 Industries has taken the reigns from former developer Bungie and made the games unmistakably their own, but this is the teams first full effort on Xbox One. However, with gorgeous presentation, an intriguing storyline, new characters, new squad-based gameplay mechanics and a refined multiplayer experience, Halo 5 is shaping up very nice indeed.
Available on: September 8 (PS4)
Tearaway exploits all of PS Vita's veritable Swiss Army knife of sensors and buttons to create an experience that truly puts You at the center (literally - it uses the front camera to put you in the sun). Brilliant as Tearaway is, it's still exclusive to Sony's quiet little handheld, and that means comparatively few people have been able to enjoy it. That's where Tearaway Unfolded comes in.
Tearaway Unfolded doesn't just translate the experience onto PS4 - and, more importantly, DualShock 4 - it adds to it. Sure, you can use the touchpad to make your in-game creations, but you can also load up the companion app for a bigger, more precise canvas. You can hold up your controller to catch items, then flick up on the touchpad to send them sailing back out, or even use motion controls to shine the light bar around the world. If you didn't catch the adventures of Iota and Atoi the first time around, don't miss your second chance.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
Available on: October 23 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Set in 1868 London, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate follows twins Evie and Jacob Frye as they attempt to win the city back from their Templar nemeses, who have eliminated all political opposition in the lead-up to the industrial revolution and now rule Britain as a fully-fledged shadow government. It's a bit like Oliver Twist, except with more stabbing and vicious street brawls, and less gruel.
While the familiar Assassin's Creed formula seems alive and well here - run along rooftops, kill targets on the sly, use magic x-ray vision to keep tabs on your targets - Syndicate also brings along some brand new mechanics, and adds a bit more polish to established ones. Now you'll be able to steal, drive, and fight on top of carriages (and the roofs of moving trains). You'll also have a rope launcher (read: grappling hook) that will let you climb buildings or set-up air assassinations, making your parkouring killers twice as efficient. Combat is now more up close and personal, and stealth more diverse, making Syndicate look like a complete and attractive package.
Available on: September (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
ADR1FT (or Adrift, if you like being able to pronounce things) is the sort of thing you'd get if you took Gravity and Gone Home and smooshed them together really hard, then had the result hang out at Alien: Isolation's house for a while. You play as an amnesiac astronaut and the apparent sole survivor of an event that left your space station in tatters. Oh, and you're running out of oxygen. Fun!
Your goal in ADR1FT is twofold: don't die, and get back home. The actual gameplay behind that looks to be fairly simple, as it primarily involves you floating around the remains of the station, solving puzzles and gathering clues and precious oxygen tanks alike. It'll also feature Oculus support, which sounds both awesome and unbelievably terrifying - seriously, the announcement trailer alone makes us nervous. That's all we really know about ADR1FT, so make sure to keep an ear out. In space, no one can hear you scream, so you'll have to listen close.
Available on: September 15 (Xbox One)
Forza 5 wasn't as good as Forza 4. Fact. Sure, it looked all shiny and had drivatars and Top Gear and everything, but it was comparatively disappointing. So the prospect of Forza 6 righting all the wrongs of its predecessor is tantalising indeed. We're getting night races, wet weather, an improved risk/reward system for earning credits, more tracks, 450 cars, full 1080p/60fps display this is looking like real deal.
But perhaps the reason to be most excited about the game is the introduction of multiplayer leagues. This will pit you against people of a like-minded approach to racing. Idiots will have to race idiots, gentlemen will have to race gentlemen. It sounds too good to be true. Hopefully it won't be.
Available on: TBA 2015 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
We've technically already had Borderlands in space, but why stop at visiting a moon? There are all sorts of worlds out there filled with fascinating creatures for you to beat the tar out of and call mean names. If that's what you're looking for, Gearbox's upcoming co-op FPS Battleborne has you covered.
An epic space adventure where a group of misfits from across the universe battle for the fate of the last living star, Battleborn shoots for epic scale without forgetting the cheeky banter and silliness that has endeared players to Gearbox games before. There's plenty of that to be found, like an overzealous military bro-bot and a swordsman who knows that anything you want is yours as long as you lick it first. Playing to Gearbox's strengths in a whole new galaxy, this looks like one hell of a fun intergalactic beat-down.