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 Xbox One in the first two quarters of next year. Read on to see which Xbox One games are worth paying attention to in the first half of 2015.
1. Dying Light
Release Date: January 27 | Platforms: PS4, PC
Dying Light is the next zombie-infested game from Techland, the developer that brought the Dead Island franchise to the world. Dying Light is different from Dead Island in several respects. Sure, they’re both first-person, open-world zombie games with a heavy focus on melee combat, but Dying Light features freerunning. If it ends up anything like Mirror’s Edge with hordes of the undead peppered throughout, count me in.
Release Date: February 10 | Other Platforms: PS4, 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.
3. Battlefield Hardline
Release Date: March 17 | Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
The Battlefield series is doing something new to get the upper hand in its eternal battle for dominance over Call of Duty. Battlefield Hardline takes the fight from ravaged and desolated war zones to the streets of Los Angeles and Miami in cops-versus-robbers shootouts. In Hardline, you play as either a criminal or a law enforcement officer as chases and firefights take you across entire cities. It’s definitely a new direction for the series, but one that might pay off big.
4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Release Date: May 19 | Other Platforms: PS4, 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: PS4, 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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