1. Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt is an action role-playing video game set in an open world environment, developed by Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED. Announced in February 2013, it was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 19 May 2015. The game is the third in the series, preceded by The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which are based on the series of fantasy novels of the same title by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, but all take place after them. Played in a third-person perspective, players control protagonist Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who sets out on a long journey through the large land of Northern Kingdoms. Players do battle against the world’s many dangers using swords and magic, while interacting with non-player characters and completing side quests and main missions all to progress through the story. Players mostly travel by foot, and also on horseback on Geralt’s horse ‘Roach’.
2. Batman : Arkham Knight
Batman : Arkham Knight is a 2015 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles, and Microsoft Windows. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it is the successor to Warner Bros. Games Montréal’s 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins, and the fourth main installment in the Batman: Arkhamseries. Arkham Knight was released worldwide on June 23, 2015.
Written by Sefton Hill, Martin Lancaster, and Paul Crocker, Arkham Knight is based on the franchise’s long-running comic book mythos. Set one year after the events of 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, the game’s main storyline follows Batman as he confronts the Scarecrow, who has launched an attack on Gotham City, causing a city-wide evacuation. Aided by the mysterious Arkham Knight, the Scarecrow unites Batman’s greatest foes in a plot to finally destroy Batman.
The game is presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on Batman’s combat and stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets that can be used in both combat and exploration. Arkham Knight also introduces the Batmobile as a playable vehicle, which can be used for transportation or combat. The game expands Batman’s arsenal of gadgets and combat attacks and offers a more open world structure, allowing the player to complete side missions away from the primary storyline.
3. Metal Gear Solid V : The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V : The Phantom Pain is an upcoming open world action-adventure stealth video gamedeveloped by Kojima Productions and directed, designed, co-produced and co-written by Hideo Kojima, currently in development for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game will serve as a sequel to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and a continuation of the narrative established there, and will carry over the same tagline of Tactical Espionage Operations first used in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Set in 1984, the game follows the mercenary leader Punished “Venom” Snake as he ventures into Africa and Afghanistan during the Soviet war to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces and nearly himself during the post-events of Ground Zeroes.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a separated composite of two previously announced Kojima Productions projects, both of which formed a cunning ruse. The first was Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, originally revealed in a Fox Engine tech demo shown at the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Party on August 30, 2012.The second was The Phantom Pain, a trailer at the Spike TV Video Game Awards on December 7, 2012, presented as an original title by fictional developer Moby Dick Studios, with the Metal Gear Solid V logo virtually obscured. On March 27, 2013, the true nature of these two projects was revealed at the Game Developers Conference, where Kojima announced that Ground Zeroes serves as a prologue to The Phantom Pain. These two, separately released titles combined are Metal Gear Solid V, with The Phantom Painconstituting the bulk of the game.
4. Halo 5 : Guardians
Halo 5 : Guardians is an upcoming first-person shooter video game. Part of the Halo franchise, the game is being developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios. Serving as the sequel to Halo 4, the game is scheduled to be released on October 27, 2015, for the Xbox One video game console.
Bloodborne is an action role-playing video game directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, developed by FromSoftware, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Officially announced at Sony’s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 conference, the game was released worldwide for the PlayStation 4 in March 2015.
Bloodborne follows the player character, the Hunter, through the fictional decrepit Gothic city of Yharnam, whose inhabitants have been afflicted with an abnormal blood-borne disease. Upon mysteriously awakening in Yharnam during the night of “The Hunt”, the Hunter seeks out something known only as “Paleblood” for reasons unknown. The Hunter begins to unravel Yharnam’s intriguing mysteries while hunting down its many terrifying beasts. Eventually, the Hunter’s objective is to locate and terminate the source of the plague, and escape the nightmare to return to the ‘real world’, known as the “Waking World”.
The game is played from a third-person perspective, player’s control a fully customizable protagonist, and gameplay is focused on weapons-based combat and exploration. Players battle beastly and varied enemies, including bosses, using items such as swords and firearms, and journey through the story, exploring the game’s different locations, interacting with non-player characters, collecting key items involved in the story, and discovering and unraveling the world’s many mysteries. Another well-known trait of the game is its notorious difficulty; one of its defining features, some gaming publications called the game’s difficulty “brutal”, while others said it was “difficult, but fair”.
6. Just Cause 3
Just Cause 3 is an upcoming open world action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. It was announced on November 11, 2014. It is the third game in the Just Cause series and is the sequel to the 2010 video game Just Cause 2. It is set to be released on December 1, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
7. Mad Max
Mad Max is an upcoming vehicular combat and third-person action video game set in an open world environment and based on the Mad Max film series. It is being developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is scheduled to be released on Linux, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 1 September 2015 in North America, 2 September 2015 in Australia and 4 September in Europe.
Announced at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game was “retooled” during development, and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were cancelled due to their hardware graphical limitations. Originally set to be released in 2014, the game was later delayed to 2015, making it one of the four titles to be released during Avalanche Studios’ “biggest year since its inception” in 2003. The development of the game is being handled by Avalanche Studios in Sweden, while another project, Just Cause 3, is being handled by Avalanche’s division in New York.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, which features terrains like canyons, caves, and deserts. Players control Max Rockatansky as he progresses through the wasteland to seek for his lost car, the Interceptor, and to build his ultimate car called the Magnum Opus. The game’s story is standalone, and was never planned as a tie-in of Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that was released in May 2015. Inspirations for the game were taken from the Mad Max universe instead of the films. The game’s narrative and story will also be more “mature” than other titles developed by Avalanche like Just Cause.
The game puts heavy emphasis on vehicular combat, in which around 60% of the game requires the player to drive their car to fight against enemies. Vehicular customization is also featured in the game. Avalanche Studios found developing a vehicular combat video game “a challenge” due to their inexperience in creating a game of similar style.
8. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider is an upcoming action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics, and published by Microsoft Studios. It is the sequel to the 2013 video game Tomb Raider.
9. Assassin’s Creed : Syndicate
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is an upcoming historical action-adventure open world stealth video game being developed by Ubisoft Quebec and to be published by Ubisoft. It is set to be released on October 23, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and Q4 2015 for Microsoft Windows. It is the ninth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, and the successor to 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Set within London in 1868 during the Industrial Revolution, the story follows twins Jacob and Evie Frye as they navigate the corridors of organized crime during the Victorian era and fight against the established order, controlled by the Templars. The game retains the series’ third-person open world exploration as well as introducing new traveling systems and refined combat and stealth mechanics. It does not feature any form of multiplayer gameplay.
10. Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Resident Evil: Revelations 2, known as Biohazard Revelations 2 in Japan, is an episodic survival horror video game and the tenth installment of the Resident Evil franchise, developed and published by Capcom. The game is a follow up to Resident Evil: Revelations.