From Zelda to Uncharted: 20 best video games in 2015

The Batmobile will be driveable in the new Batman, and you can explore deserts, dinosaurs and deep oceans in No Man's Sky

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Last year Nintendo celebrated 125 years (they were a card company in the beginning), PlayStation turned 20, and Xbox ended the year on a high with sales.

Though hackers have left some players very unhappy over the Christmas period, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2015.

With a trickle of impressive releases in 2014, this year will see even more big titles set to bring in new players.

There’s talk of a follow up console to the Wii U, and Virtual Reality is also set to take off, with the anticipated release of Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.

From the new Zelda, Batman or Uncharted, to anticipated indie released No Man's Sky, or a new outing for Star Fox, here’s our pick of the best releases in 2015.

The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo haven’t given too much away so far, but judging by the open world, vast maps and ability to attack while Link’s horse Epona rides ahead avoiding obstacles, it’s unlikely to let fans down. The stunning views and intricate detailing are likely to bring in some new fans to the Wii U, too. Release date: 2015

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Set to follow years after the stunning Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Naughty Dog’s dramatic adventure will come exclusively to the PlayStation 4, and will promise the mystery of protagonist Nathan’s “greatest adventure yet”. Release date: 2015

Evolve

Five players: one monster, four hunters, two conflicting aims. The monster can evolve by killing creatures, while the hunters must work together to take them down. This multiplayer looks set to offer something a little more unique, and a real need to cultivate your characters’ skills in order to succeed. Release date: February 10, 2015

No Man's Sky

When revealed at E3 last June, the sheer scope covered in their three minute video ensured this upcoming title from British video game developer Hello Games made it into several ‘best of E3 lists’. The exploration potential via a spacecraft across the universe is huge, from deserts to dinosaurs to deep oceans.  Release date: 2015

Splatoon

Another entry from Nintendo will see  a move in a different direction for the gaming giant. This colourful family-friendly shooter seems two teams of four battle it out to cover the ground in ink. Play once, and you won’t want to stop splattering. Release date: Early 2015

The Order 1886

The PlayStation 4 exclusive is set in a dark and mysterious London, where monsters (half animal, half man) roam the streets. The third-person shooter from Ready At Dawn shared a new trailer on Christmas day, with a glimpse of the terrifying werewolf-esque creatures to put everyone in the festive mood. Release date: 20 February 2015

Bloodborne

Set in the gothic city of Y'harnam where a strange endemic illness spreads through the streets in the form of mobs and monsters, the new action RPG release from the makers of Dark Souls was one of the hit trailers from E3 2014. Release date: 27 March, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight

The fourth in the Batman: Arkham series will see our mysterious superhero confront The Scarecrow, and it’ll be the first time fans get to drive the Batmobile – which can be summoned to the player’s location. Release date: June 2015

Mortal Kombat X

22 years since its first ever release, the tenth title in the fighting series is set to be gorier than ever, with brutally detailed X-Ray moves. The story is set to begin at the end of the last game released in 2011. Release date: April 2015

Yoshi’s Woolly World

The latest outing from Mario’s dinosaur sidekick takes the lead from Kirby's Epic Yarn, where everything is made of wool. For the Wii U, the game will promise some utterly adorable ready-to-unravel side-scrolling from Nintendo. Release date: Early 2015

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

The sequel to the surprise hit from Devolver Digital will see an unlockable ‘hard mode’ for those who find attacking those enemies too darn easy, and also a ‘level editor’, where players can create their own tricky challenges. Release date: early 2015

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The third in the action role-playing series based on the fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski is set to be '30 times larger' than the previous games, for monster hunter Geralt to explore. Release date: 19 May, 2015

Star Fox

The first in the series to be released in nine years will use the Wii U’s GamePad to allow the player to view the cockpit in the Arwing fighter. Release date: 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Following on from last year’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the new game from Konami follows the mercenary leader Venom Snake as he ventures into Africa, 17 years after the series began. Release date: 2015

Battlefield Hardline

With the ‘war against crime’ a focus for the new game in the series, EA’s first person shooter will feature a ‘cops and robbers’ gameplay style. Release date: March 2015

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Inspired by real-world events which "revealed how vulnerable we've become", Ubisoft’s open world third-person shooter will see players act to control disease spread - due to germs on banknotes. Release date: 2015

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft’s first-person shooter will feature counter terrorist scenarios - it’s all about tactic, team play and explosions. Release date: 2015

 

Halo 5 Guardians

The sequel to 2012’s Halo 4 by 343 Industries will require players to 'solve a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy'. Its release will coincide with the Halo television series produced by Steven Spielberg. Release date: late 2015

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Our greedy pink friend will need rainbow lines to be drawn on the GamePad in order to go forward, and the Wii U game will support Nintendo’s Amiibo figures. Release date: late 2015

Dead Island 2

The survival horror from Deep Silver is the fifth instalment in the series, and will be set in a quarantined California, where the zombies roam free amongst the tanned bodies and sunny beaches. Release date: Mid-2015

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