The best video games of 2015
1 | Batman: Arkham Knight
The fourth game in the Batman: Arkham series see the caped crusader take on a tougher, rogue version of himself, dubbed The Arkham Knight.
Also featuring fan-favourite villains Two-Face and Harley Quinn, as well as a Batmobile with the ability to turn into a tank, Arkham Knight looks set to be the most visually spectacular Arkham game so far.
Fingers crossed Batman’s first next-gen outing will be a fitting end to one of the best comic book series in gaming history.
Released 2 June on PS4, Xbox one and PC.
The world’s gone a bit ‘Victorian-gothic’ mad at the moment, thanks in part to the success of Showtime’sPenny Dreadful.
With Bloodborne, the team behind Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls return to make you afraid to turn out the bedroom light once again.
The new game focuses on a Victorian city that looks suspiciously like London becoming overrun with the undead. Unfortunately for them, a mysterious figure with a massive scythe is intent on clearing up the city in as bloody a manner as possible.
Out now on PS4.
3 | The Order 1886
Another jaunt to Victorian London, The Order 1886 is a steampunk shooter following a group of Arthurian knights trying to protect the city against half animal / half man creatures.
It turns out the battle between man and half-breed has been raging since the 7th century, and Arthur’s lot have been keeping up with every scrap, thanks to some mysterious healing water they’ve come across, plus a load of high-tech gadgets, from electricity guns to and weapons able to ignite molten metal on top of enemies.
Initial reviews pick up on the game’s relatively short running time, but when it looks this good, it’s likely you won’t even notice.
Out now on PlayStation 4
4 | Dead Island 2
After decimating the island of Benoi, the zombie virus has found its way to California. Cue chaos in the Hollywood Hills and re-animated cannibals on the Golden Gate bridge.
As with most zombie games, the emphasis here is on how you take down your enemy (whether dead or alive). Ideally, the gorier the better.
Deserving of a place on this list for the first trailer alone, Dead Island 2 promises to be a lot of fun.
Dead Island 2 will be released in spring 2015.
5 | Mortal Kombat X
Biff. Smack. Kapow. You know the drill.
The tenth installment in the Mortal Kombat series again invites you to button bash your way to victory against faces old and new.
Released 14 April on PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One & 360 and PC
6 | Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episodes 1-4
The latest game in one of the goriest franchise of all time is being released in four two-hour episodes released throughout March (priced £4.99 each), with an option to buy it all in one come the end of the month.
Marketing strategy aside, the game looks set to deliver everything you want from a Resident Evil game, as fan favourite Barry Burton scours an abandoned island for his daughter, Moira. There’s no way anything can go wrong.
Episode 1 is out now on PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One & 360 and PC.
7 | The Witcher III
If you’re not familiar with the title, open-map adventurer Witcher III has already been called ‘the Grand Theft Auto of fantasy games’ thanks in part to the game’s abundance of sex scenes (who said fantasy fans didn’t get any?).
However, it’s not all about romance –you play a monster hunter chasing down your kidnaped lover across a bleak landscape filled with unsavoury locals, mythical creatures and a right bunch of wrong ‘uns known as the ‘Wild Hunt’.
Released 19 May, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
8 | State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
More of a Walking Dead ‘human cost of the apocalypse’ take on the undead, the definitive edition of State of Decay promises all new missions and polished graphics to make the most out of your Xbox One.
Unlike other monster blasting shooters, the emphasis here is on a realistic approach to survival. How much time do you spend gathering food versus shoring up your defences? How much effort do you put into making new friends versus killing possible enemies?
A welcome change from brainless mayhem, although there’s plenty of that, too.
Released 28 April on Xbox One & 360 and PC.
9 | Fable Legends
It turns out that huge guns aren’t the only way to kill things on your consoles.
The latest entry in the critically acclaimed Fable series lets you bring the fight in any way you want, choosing from a variety of characters handy with swords, magic and bows.
Play as part of a team, or set your companions as A.I. only as you explore the series’ first non-linear storyline.
Tired of being the good guy? The game also lets you play as the bad guy, with a legion of minions at your disposal.
Fable Legends will be released this year on Xbox One
10 | Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Essentially an expansion pack in the Wolfenstein series and a prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. Set in 1946 you break into Castle Wolfenstein to battle Nazis and steal the coordinates to the compound of General Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse who is voiced here by Dwight Schultz – aka Howling Mad Murdoch from the A-Team.
Frankly, shooting Nazis never gets boring to us and the Where Eagles Dare style cable car just seals it for us.
Out in May on Playstation and Xbox One