The biggest video game launches of the year are behind us. We saw everything from fantastic RPGs like Dragon Age: Inquisition to open-world first-person shooters like Far Cry 4 and everything in between. Soon, publishers and journalistic outlets will be talking nonstop about which title deserves a game of the year award, and before you know it, the year 2015 will arrive.
There is a plethora of excellent games coming in the next year, and this time, all the best titles aren’t being pushed to the holiday season. In fact, 10 much-anticipated video games are launching in the first six months of 2015 alone, making it a great time to upgrade to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One if you haven’t already.
We’ve gathered five of the best games coming to the PS4 in the first two quarters of next year. Read on to see which PlayStation 4 games are worth paying attention to in the first half of 2015.
Release Date: February 10 | Other Platforms: Xbox One, PC
From the people who made the amazing co-op game Left 4 Dead comes Evolve, a five-player, four-versus-one shooting game. Basically, a team of four hunters comprised of different classes like trappers and medics take on a fifth player who controls a giant monster. The beast can eat wildlife spread across the diverse maps to grow bigger and stronger, while the hunters must use their abilities cooperatively to take the creature down. Sounds like a fun time to me, no matter what side I’m on.
2. The Order: 1886
Release Date: February 20 | Other Platforms: None
What’s most alluring about The Order: 1886 is its unusual premise: It’s 1886 (obviously) in London, and you play as a knight in an order of protectors sworn to keep the world safe from monsters half man and half animal. The knights aren’t necessarily completely human themselves, featuring rapid-healing abilities derived from drinking a substance called Black Water and special powers due to the steampunk-like setting the game takes place in. With an intriguing plot, setting, cast of characters and gameplay, The Order is shaping up to be one interesting game.
Release Date: March 24 | Other Platforms: None
From Software, the developers of the infamous Dark Souls series, is bringing PlayStation 4 owners Bloodborne in 2015. Like the franchise it mimics, Bloodborne is a third-person fantasy RPG full of dark and gritty undertones. Players will have to be more offensive this time around to survive the dense and consistent waves of enemies they’ll face. But will the game end up being as punishing and ruthlessly difficult as Dark Souls? Only time will tell.
4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Release Date: May 19 | Other Platforms: Xbox One, PC
The Witcher games take high fantasy and brutal combat and mix them into a fun and addicting open-world RPG. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes those elements and expands on them. The third game in the series will feature huge beasts Garalt of Rivia, the protagonist, can hunt across a world 30 times larger than previous entries in the series. For those who haven’t played the first two games, that’s a huge amount of land. In fact, it might be one of the biggest open worlds ever created for an RPG.
5. Batman: Arkham Knight
Release Date: June 2 | Other Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Rocksteady shook the world when they released Batman: Arkham Asylum to critical and commercial acclaim. Gamers loved the satisfying combat and bosses, story and setting and the detective minigames. Arkham Asylum made you actually feel like Batman for the first time ever. Now, after two games, the same studio is ready to close out the series with Arkham Knight, in which Batman will face off against Scarecrow and other adversaries that want to kill him off for good. If it’s anything like the other two games Rocksteady developed, Arkham Knight is going to be a huge and bittersweet success.
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