A short while ago, we covered the top 10 upcoming PC games, Xbox One games and PlayStation 4 games of 2015. It’s been almost half a year since, and we’ve seen a lot of the games we mentioned on all three platform lists release. A few games were pushed and one was even canceled. So we think it’s time for a mid-year refresh. This time around, we’re going to include just the very best 10 games slated to come out this year, not platform specific. Without further ado, here’s the 10 PC, Xbox One and PS4 games you must play this year!
The Best Upcoming PC, Xbox One and PS4 Games of 2015
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
There can’t be a list of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2015 without the much hyped third installment in the Witcher series. CD Projekt RED’s highly anticipated open world fantasy RPG is finally releasing this summer, after a lot of delays. It was supposed to hit stores in late 2014, then was pushed back to early 2015, and now will finally see the light of day in May (see what we did there?). The Witcher 3 continues Geralt of Rivia’s story from the first two games, and is one of those games aimed squarely at a mature audience. Complex mythos, gorgeous graphics, an open world and over a 100 hours of gameplay, the Witcher 3 seems to have it all! If you’re a fan of RPGs, this is THE game to get in 2015.
Release Date: May 19, 2015 Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Developed by Slightly Mad Studios, a relatively new British studio specializing in racing games, Project CARS is a staggering simulation racer that’s been in development for the better part of 3 years. Adopting a community driven approach, this racer has been all over the internet for being amazingly realistic (no really, check out some real life and game comparison videos) and detailed. There was a time when racing games were a dime a dozen, and with the current drought of racing games, Project CARS will surely be lapped up by all motorsports fans.
Release Date: May, 2015 Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U
Batman: Arkham Knight
The Arkham series was one of the few that broke the curse of licensed games. Before it, pretty much all officially licensed games either turned out to be mediocre, or just complete duds (we’re looking at you, Superman 64). The series got everything from the tone, to the story, to the actors, perfectly right, down to the smallest details, and that’s what made it one of the best series ever made, comic-book licensed or otherwise. Arkham Knight is the followup to the highly acclaimed Arkham Origins, and will see Kevin Conroy reprise his role as Batman, much to fan’s delight. This time around, he has to deal with the threat of the Scarecrow and a mysterious new villain, known only as the Arkham Knight. The game is set to be much larger and more epic than previous entries in the series, and will finally let you drive the Batmobile, if that doesn’t get you preordering, we don’t know what will!
Release Date: June 23, 2015 Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Continuing the critically acclaimed and long running series, The Phantom Pain is the latest installment in the Metal Gear series. Even by itself, the release of The Phantom Pain would be significant, but its importance is perhaps increased by rumors of the departure of visionary director and creator, Hideo Kojima. Despite saying the same thing for the past few games, Kojima seems to be actually departing the franchise this time round, so The Phantom Pain could very well be the last Kojima directed Metal Gear. Set before the original Metal Gear, The Phantom Pain follows the story of Venom Snake, or Big Boss, and continues from the Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes prologue. If there’s one thing that defines this series, it’s the sometimes convoluted plot, so it’s difficult to summarize it here. Fans will immediately pick this up, but if you’ve not played any of the games in the Metal Gear series, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning, you have time until September to catch up!
Release Date: September 1, 2015 Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Halo 5: Guardians
After a highly successful open multiplayer beta, Halo 5: Guardians seems to be on the right track. The second independent effort from the recently opened 343 Studios, Halo 5 is the Xbox One’s killer app. Very little has been revealed about the plot, but the trailers and marketing point to a new character called Agent Locke tracking down the Master Chief, who’s presumed to be missing and hostile. Recently revealed trailers show a lot about two sides to the story, and seem very interesting. Since it picks up right after Halo 4, fans will know how much is at stake for the Master Chief, so without us veering us into spoiler territory, we’ll just say that the Master Chief is probably out to reclaim a piece of himself. This will be the second game in the Halo series that lets players don the armor of two characters during the campaign, this time around it will be the Master Chief and Agent Locke.
Release Date: October 27, 2015 Platform: Xbox One
Star Wars: Battlefront
Between the new Star Wars movie coming out and this game, Star Wars fans are going to have a good year. Star Wars: Battlefront, not to be confused with the first game in the series, is sort of a pseudosequel and reboot of the much loved franchise. It’s touted as ‘DICE’s interpretation of what Battlefront should be’, and will reportedly use elements from both the previous games, which is something fans would definitely love. While plot details are not revealed yet, we do know that we will be playing characters from all major factions in the Star Wars Universe, and will visit iconic places like Hoth and Endor. Set to be released with The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Battlefront is the reboot we’ve always wanted!
Release Date: November 17, 2015 Platform: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The 2013 Tomb Raider was nothing short of phenomenal. We loved it, critics loved it, and players around the world loved it. And not just for nostalgic reasons, Tomb Raider was an actually amazing game which attempted to tell us the origin story of the beloved heroine. Praised for its storytelling and gameplay, it was only natural that we’d see a sequel. What no one saw coming, however, was Xbox timed exclusivity. A game that had its console debut on a PlayStation seemed like a long shot for a rival console exclusive, but it happened nonetheless. Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners will be able to continue Lara Croft’s story sometime in late 2015. Rise of the Tomb Raider tells us more about how Lara Croft became the character we know since decades, and follows her quest to find the mythical city of Kitezh in Siberia, where she believes lies the secret to immortality. Expect action, adventure, platforming and of course, tombs!
Release Date: TBA 2015 Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Division might not have a concrete release date yet and may have been in development for more than 2 years, but we just can’t help look forward to it. A team based third person shooter set in a future where a virus has ravaged the United States, The Division is a game where players not only have to battle an international conspiracy, but also the harsh environment. It sounds like a typical Tom Clancy plot, and we can’t wait to play it! Initial gameplay is both beatiful and exciting, so we’re quite eager to see what it brings to the table, specially since team based shooters, like racing games, aren’t as popular as they once were.
Release Date: TBA 2015 Platform: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Just Cause 3
When you think of open world sandbox type action games, Grand Theft Auto is probably what comes to mind first. While we can’t argue that Rockstar’s series is amazing, we also think that there’s another series that just hasn’t been given its due, the Just Cause series. It’s wacky, chaotic, gorgeous, and above all, massive fun! Following in the footsteps of the criminally overlooked Just Cause 2, the third installment in the franchise is all set to be bigger and better than its predecessor. You once again get to step into the shoes of badass Rico Rodriguez, who’s out to fight against a dictator called General De Ravello on his home island of Medici, in the Mediterranean. Not convinced yet? Check out the screenshots and you will be!
Release Date: TBA 2015 Platform: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Rock Band 4
The Rock Band series, along with the Guitar Hero series, was pretty much responsible for starting the new wave of rhythm and custom controller based games. There was nothing quite like belting out sweet riffs to your favorite songs right in your living room, and getting points for it! Harmonix, the developer responsible for both of these games went on a bit of a hiatus from the series for the past 3 years, but just recently announced they’ll be returning to create Rock Band 4. Focusing this time on core gameplay and less of the instruction introduced in Rock Band 3. There will also reportedly be a lot more social interaction, as is the norm with gaming nowadays. Harmonix will release new controllers for the game, but will also support peripherals from the last games, so if own them, don’t throw them away yet!
Release Date: TBA 2015 Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
So what do you think of our picks for the 10 best upcoming PC, Xbox One and PS4 games of 2015? Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below!
Rahul Gondane is a technophile and gamer, who has been obsessed with everything tech ever since he started dabbling in it in early 2000. He also enjoys reading books, listening to music and watching movies. Rahul is the Chief Operating Officer of Pyrite Technologies Pvt. Ltd.