Available on: October 27 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
If you were complaining that WWE 2K15 didn't have enough wrestlers on its roster, then you're in luck. 2K has heard your cries, and this year's premier video game adaptation of the squared circle is going to get over 120 playable wrestlers for you to choose from. That's twice as many as last year's outing, and that number doesn't even include inevitable DLC combatants
Not much else is known about WWE 2K16, but we're hoping for a graphical update as well as new modes and improved controls. As the only wrestling game in town, WWE 2K16 needs to live up to fan expectations, so hopefully the care that Yuke's and 2K is giving to roster will extend to the rest of the game. Screenshot of WWE 2015
Everybodys Gone to the Rapture
Available on: August 11 (PC, PS4)
The Chinese Room is the development team behind the haunting Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. For their newest title Everybodys Gone to the Rapture, theyre taking on the end of the world. This isnt about earth-cracking earthquakes or acid rain from deadly skies--this apocalyptic title is about the depression that happens after all that has passed. Its about searching for any sign of humanity, of hope.
It sounds like a bummer, but Rapture promises to intrigue with its beautiful graphics and hint of mystery. The cottages, woods, and rivers of 1984 England look gorgeous, and as you move through them, youll get the sense of more than meets the eye. There are weird electromagnetic noises coming from certain devices, and a strange orb of light floats alongside you as you explore. Shadows of the past can also be seen with a keen eye, as strange static ghosts appear from time to time. Its the end of the world, but that doesn't mean there aren't tons of loose ends.
Rock Band 4
Available on: October 6 (PS4, Xbox One)
Time to dig up all those plastic instruments that have been gathering dust in your attic for the last few years; Rock Band is making a comeback. Developer Harmonix is bringing Rock Band 4 to the new generation of consoles, and by the looks of things so far, the game is going to be massive. Not only will it give players access to the song lists that have been released in previous entries, Harmonix plans to build upon the game with expansions and DLC.
Best of all, the developer is working on making your old plastic instruments compatible with the new gen hardware - which sounds great. I mean, who wants to repurchase the drum set and all those extra peripherals again? It's been a few years since the rhythm game craze has simmered down, but now it seems that it's time for another encore.
Just Cause 3
Available on: December 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Just Cause titles are the type of concentrated insanity that only games can offer. Where else can you tie a car to a helicopter, ride an exploding gas canister like a rocket, and instantly transition between skydiving and a high speed boat chase. Hero Rico Rodriguez better be up for the challenge because Just Cause 3 looks to be bigger and crazier than ever.
The game promises the return of the unbeatable combination of grappling hooks and parachutes, but with improved abilities and physics. Just Cause 3 will also add wingsuits to Ricos tool set, and the island setting will be bigger than ever, including underground caves as a series first. However, developer Avalanche is also launching its Mad Max game this year. Can the studio can actually ship two massive, open-world adventures in 2015.
Star Wars Battlefront
Available on: November 17 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Having DICE (creators of the Battlefield series) be the developer behind the new Star Wars Battlefront, seems to be a match made in heaven. Who better to make the iconic Star Wars battles come to life than the guys who inspired the design of the original games? DICE's Star Wars Battlefront is looking most impressive. Not only did the developers replicate the models of the vehicles and weapons from the movies, the music and sound effects create battlegrounds that feel like you've stepped right into the silver screen.
Warzones like the Battle of Hoth let you fly snow speeders around AT-AT legs and man the icy trenches of Echo Base. On Endor, you can hop on speeder bikes or drive AT-ST walkers as you fight for control over the lush forests. If you ever wanted to play out scenes from the original trilogy, this is your chance. Everything about Battlefront seems to fit with the Star Wars feel, but we'll see how strong the force is with this one when it hits this November.
No Man's Sky
Available on: TBA 2015 (PC, PS4)
The No Man's Sky reveal blew us away at E3 2014. It's a procedurally generated universe that continuously builds on itself, offering massive planets to explore, each one with its own wildlife, terrain, and environmental conditions. All of these variables are interconnected. The environment will change what the animals look like, what materials you can gather, and what vegetation grows on the planet - making that world completely unique. Sounds like a lot to explore right? Well, then comes the mind-blowing part.
But exploring one planet isn't even scratching the surface. You can hop into a spaceship, take off into the stratosphere and fly through an entire universe full of new worlds, asteroids, and creatures. There also appear to be hostile enemy fleets cruising around the void, begging to engage in a Star Wars-style space battle. There's much more to see of No Man's Sky, and we can't wait to find out more when the game deploys later this year.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Available on: September 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
In the continuing saga of Big Boss and Hideo Kojima saying hes done with him, here comes another Metal Gear game. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the first open-world game to sport the stealthiness of Kojimas epic tale, but its more than just a new setting. Its a modified Snake in a totally different world.
The Phantom Pains open-world setting means Snake will spend time riding on horseback (which he can totally do stealthily!) and driving vehicles. Hes also just woken up from a nine-year coma - with a cybernetic arm! New mechanics and new abilities for Snake mean The Phantom Pain will really spice up the MGS world. And did we mention you can airlift goats? Yeah, thats a thing. Its pretty awesome.
What are you looking forward to?
There you have it. Those are all of the games we know will be releasing in 2015. Now, all we have to do is wait. What games are you looking forward to playing? Which ones are going to make the next few months the most painful as we draw, ever so slowly, to the release date? Let us know in the comments below.