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After telling us your games of 2014, we asked for your thoughts on the games you’re most excited about this year. What we got was a list with a few surprises and proof that 2015 is going to be a strong year for video games. The trickle of new releases starts in a few weeks and by Easter it should turn into a real stream. So let’s get on with it: here are the 10 most anticipated games of 2015.
10 – Halo 5: Guardians
Format: Xbox One
The only Xbox One exclusive on the list, Halo 5: Guardians is already putting in hard work with a beta running ahead of its release in the autumn. Halo: The Master Chief Collection was a disappointment last year – not for the size of the package but the disastrous online launch – so we have to ask if lessons will have been learnt by the time Guardians comes around.
Much has changed for Halo 5. The multiplayer has smart scoping, ground pound and thrusters, but the single player campaign is also getting a significant makeover. This time it’s not all about Master Chief, as developer 343 Industries introduces Spartan Locke and his quest to hunt down the green-armoured hero. It could be a brave move to mess with series lore like that. Is Locke going to be as significant to Guardians as the Arbiter was to Halo 2?
09 – Grand Theft Auto V
Release: January 27
Could Grand Theft Auto V spend the third year in a row at the top of the charts? Already released on old-gen and new-gen consoles, the PC release will likely be the first big hit of the year. It features all the changes we saw for the Xbox One and PS4 release, including the first-person perspective, but one of the biggest reasons to get it on PC is to see what the modding community will do to Rockstar’s classic.
08 – The Legend of Zelda Wii U
Format: Wii U
It’s been almost two years since Nintendo first began talking about a Zelda game for the Wii U, and we finally got to see some of it at E3 last year. We’d expect to see the game in detail this June for a release at the end of the year, but nothing can be taken for granted and Nintendo isn’t likely to rush this one.
There’s not a lot known about The Legend of Zelda Wii U other than its open world should allow the player more freedom than previous games with producer/director Eiji Aonuma promising to reinvent other series elements too; dungeons and puzzle-solving in particular. We’ll have to wait to see that that means for the final game, but whatever form the game takes it should also give the Wii U a much needed boost in popularity.
07 – Bloodborne
Release: March 24
Bloodborne is seen by many as a true Dark Souls successor, and early buzz around the game is extremely positive. Miyazaki’s touch is all over this game, from its twisted gothic horror to its hardened combat. Bloodborne is expected to be a supremely polished experience when it releases in February, and it could be one of the big new franchises for the PlayStation 4.
06 – No Man’s Sky
So that’s two PS4 exclusives in the top 10 and both of them are brand new IP. Encouraging for Sony and PlayStation fans.
But where Bloodborne has Miyazaki’s legacy to back it up, No Man’s Sky is riding much more on promises and potential. There’s no doubt the maker of Joe Danger has talent, but can it deliver an ambitious space exploration experience without the traditional video game goals?