Games to look forward to in 2015

Games to look forward to in 2015
Batman: Arkham Knight.

Here are the button-mashing titles you can get your hands on this year.

Batman: Arkham Knight
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Launching June 2

Projected to be the final instalment of Rocksteady Studios' Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight is one game to look out for this year.

It is set a year after events in Batman: Arkham City, the second game in the franchise, and follows the titular character as he confronts the antagonist, Scarecrow, as well as new villian Arkham Knight.

Many game elements return in Arkham Knight, from the famous batarangs the caped crusader hurls at enemies, to the ability to fly around Gotham City. The Batmobile is not ignored either and players are able to manoeuvre it in two modes - Battle and Pursuit.

Production quality and storytelling are the game's strong suits, as in the earlier two entries.

Players can look forward to a map that is five times bigger than the one in Arkham City and split into three distinct islands with unique districts, such as a neon-lit Chinatown and an industrial shipping zone.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Launching May 19

In May, fans will finally be able to play the last chapter of the Witcher fantasy series. The highly anticipated third part of the action role-playing game series has been delayed twice. Developer CD Projekt Red cited its scale and complexity as the key reasons.

Touted to have more than 100 hours of gameplay, the Witcher 3 has an open-world concept (up to 30 times bigger than the previous game) that lets players explore the world at their own pace. There are reportedly 36 possible endings that depend on your character's decisions.

Halo 5: Guardians
Xbox One
First-person shooter
Launching in Q3

It seems that gamers simply cannot get enough of this futuristic gunslinger. This is the ninth instalment in the Halo franchise.

The game appears to be a blend of earlier spin-off, Halo: ODST and the main Halo game. Instead of the famed Master Chief, you play a character, named Spartan Locke. Your job is to hunt down Master Chief and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the universe.

The multiplayer beta phase was completed recently and teasers were doled out in the form of new maps, new game modes and even new Spartan Abilities.

One can argue that the multiplayer mode is the true meat of the game rather than its main story.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
PlayStation 4
Action-adventure, third-person shooter
Launch date to be announced

Set several years after Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, the latest title in the series looks to delve deeper into the backstory of the protagonist, Nathan Drake.

Naughty Dog, developer of the franchise, promises that Uncharted 4 will be "his greatest adventure yet". Several improvements have been shown already. They include a larger game world and a new rope and grappling-hook mechanic, making it easier for players to go from place to place.

Fans can look forward to the game's narrative keeping its trademark humour while adding layers of depth to the story.

PlayStation 4 exclusive
Launching March 24

From Software - the folks behind Demon's Souls and two Dark Souls, action role-playing games notorious for their difficulty and their deep and obscure plots - has delivered its latest game, Bloodborne.

Unlike the mediaeval fantasy setting of earlier games, Bloodborne is set in a brooding, Victorian gothic world filled with twisted and nightmarish creatures. Early gameplay footage reveals that your character has access to weapons ranging from pistols to cleavers.

One thing is for sure: There will be tears. Bloodborne will likely be as unforgiving as From Software's other games. But that just means victory will be much sweeter when you finally overcome its challenges.

Galactic Civilizations III
Turn-based strategy
Launching in April

Last year's Civilization: Beyond Earth sent you into outer space to colonise a new world. But take away those sci-fi trappings and it deviates little from the original Civilization game.

For those who wish to rule the universe, Galactic Civilizations III is the answer. This latest instalment of the turn-based strategy game adds features such as online multiplayer support, a first for the series.

But the core game remains the same.

You start with a single planet and build a galaxy-spanning empire. You will encounter other races (eight to choose from, so far) which will take all your diplomatic or warring skills to conquer.

Players can research new technologies and even design their own spaceships.

Star Wars Battlefront
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Launching in Q4

Disney is doubling down on the Star Wars franchise this year.

A new sequel, The Force Awakens, will be out in December, accompanied perhaps by Star Wars Battlefront.

Developed by Dice, the Swedish company behind the Battlefield franchise, The Force Awakens will be a first-person shooter game, a genre that Dice specialises in.

Not much is known about the game beyond a short teaser trailer released last year.

The developers travelled to the locations where the original Star Wars was filmed to get a feel of the environment.

The trailer also shows the ice planet of Hoth and the forests of Endor, including vehicles such as the giant AT-AT walkers and speeder bikes.

It seems likely that players will be able to pilot these vehicles and blast some storm troopers along the way.

Based on the in-engine game footage revealed, Star Wars Battlefront looks beautiful. It is only available for the latest consoles, a signal that the graphics will be modern and up to date.

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