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Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 shaping up to be a big year in gaming

2014 saw many big-name titles get delayed into 2015, disappointing many but probably a great thing to avoid any buggy launches that we saw aplenty last year. Now that we're midway through January, here's a look at some of the scheduled releases so far this year.

Dying Light (Jan. 27, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
This survival horror title from Dead Island developer Techland features a day-night cycle where simply the daytime is good for scavenging items and completing tasks while the nighttime is when zombies go nuts and offer no mercy.

Evolve (Feb. 10, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Turtle Rock Studios, the creators of Left 4 Dead, offers up more multiplayer mayhem in Evolve, where squads of four players battle one player controlling a various monster with the ability to, of course, evolve.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (Feb. 13, 3DS)
After years of hoping and praying, Nintendo is finally giving Zelda fans a remake of this classic Nintendo 64 game where Link becomes trapped in the parallel world of Termina, where the moon is to crash in 3 days' time. Also on Feb. 13 is the release of the New 3DS XL, which features higher CPU performance, microSD support, and 3D viewing improvements.

The Order: 1886 (Feb. 20, PS4)
This Sony exclusive takes place in an alternate history London where knights do battle with half-breed monsters. It's expected to heavily take advantage of the PS4's graphical capabilities.

Battlefield Hardline (March 17, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
Instead of the military setting from past games, Hardline focuses on police and crime. Modes include rescuing hostages, heists, and chasing down criminals.

Bloodborne (March 24, PS4)
Another Sony exclusive, this game its directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, well-known for the punishing Demon's Souls and Dark Souls games. Bloodborne is faster paced than its predecessors but promises to keep the intensity.

Splatoon (May, Wii U)
Nintendo's quirky team-based, third-person shooter has players controlling characters called Inklings, who can switch between human and squid forms. The idea is to splatter the most colored ink in the game's environment to win the match.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (May 19, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The third game in the series, Wild Hunt features many side quests and promises dozens of hours to complete the main storyline. Protagonist Geralt of Rivia will be able to use a crossbow, and jump and vault over obstacles.

Batman: Arkham Knight (June 2, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Taking place one year after the events of Arkham City, Arkham Knight finally lets you grab the keys to the Batmobile to drive around and blast away enemies. Classic villains include Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Riddler.

Other scheduled releases but no specific date in 2015 include:
The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U
Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One in the fall
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for last-gen and current-gen consoles and PC
No Man's Sky for PS4 and PC
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for PS4


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