Biggest game releases of 2015

2015 has been a fantastic year for gaming, with many blockbuster releases including the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the epic Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Here, we showcase some of the biggest game releases of the year.

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  • The Witcher 3
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V
  • Dying Light
  • Black Ops 3
  • Assassins Creed: Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
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Biggest games of 2015: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

2015 has been a fantastic year for gaming, with many blockbuster releases including the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the epic Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Here, we showcase some of the biggest game releases of the year. We’ve also compiled a list of the most anticipated games of 2016, for those of you interested in what’s coming up in the future.

Biggest games of 2015: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 is an RPG set in a huge open world that the developer claims is 30x bigger than previous Witcher games. The third in the Witcher series, players find Geralt of Rivia battling against the many enemies throughout the Northern Kingdoms accompanied by his horse, Roach. The reason? To protect the Kingdoms from the Wild Hunt, a mysterious and powerful army threatening to destroy the world as he knows it. Combat is a blend of traditional sword fighting and magic, with tactics playing a huge part in any successful encounter. It’s an incredibly detailed, gorgeous and well thought out game that’ll take over 200 hours of gameplay to complete – and that’s without the additional DLC.

Interested? You can take a look at our full review of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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2015 has been a fantastic year for gaming, with many blockbuster releases including the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the epic Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Here, we showcase some of the biggest game releases of the year. We’ve also compiled a list of the most anticipated games of 2016, for those of you interested in what’s coming up in the future.

Biggest games of 2015: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 is an RPG set in a huge open world that the developer claims is 30x bigger than previous Witcher games. The third in the Witcher series, players find Geralt of Rivia battling against the many enemies throughout the Northern Kingdoms accompanied by his horse, Roach. The reason? To protect the Kingdoms from the Wild Hunt, a mysterious and powerful army threatening to destroy the world as he knows it. Combat is a blend of traditional sword fighting and magic, with tactics playing a huge part in any successful encounter. It’s an incredibly detailed, gorgeous and well thought out game that’ll take over 200 hours of gameplay to complete – and that’s without the additional DLC.

Interested? You can take a look at our full review of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Biggest games of 2015: Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians is the latest first person shooter in the hugely popular Xbox-only Halo series, following in the footsteps of Halo 4, which was released back in 2012. The plot essentially follows two fireteams of supersoldiers – Blue Team, lead by popular lead character Master Chief, disappears with the purpose of tracking down AI Cortana, while Fireteam Osiris are sent to retrieve them.

The game includes many of the core features of the Halo franchise, which is good news for fans of the series, while introducing new content that should help attract new fans. One of the new additions to the Halo series is ‘Spartan abilities’ which looks to replace the ‘armour abilities’ used in previous Halo games and provide increased movement and can contextually be used for attack, defence or evasion. You can also aim down the sights of your gun too – a feature limited to certain weapons in previous Halo games.

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Biggest games of 2015: Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront is the latest and probably best Star Wars game available. Rebels and the Empire are pitted against each other in constant online action, with some matches featuring up to fourty players. There are exciting new game modes available including dog fighting in X Wings and TIE Fighters, as well as standard game types like team deathmatches. With constant upgrades and powerups becoming available throughout the game, gameplay is ever-evolving.

The best part about the game? Players will find powerups dotted throughout each match, with one particular powerup allowing players to play as 'Heroes' like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia just to name a few. These characters are stronger than the average player, and offer a number of special abilities which could help turn the tide of any match.

The only downside to the game is that there is no offline story mode - the game revolves around online gameplay, which means it may not be ideal for those that aren't good at online gaming. 

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Biggest games of 2015: Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is one of the best games out at the moment, and transports players to a post-apocalyptic open world called 'the commonwealth'. You'll encounter other survivors as well as hugely mutated beasts like the Deathclaw (you'll understand when you play) and with limited ammo in a post-apocalyptic world, it's not just a case of shooting your enemies down - although that's pretty fun too.

It's not just about killing enemies either - pretty much anything in Fallout 4 can be salvaged for scrap, which is then used to upgrade your guns and armour. It can also be used to build settlements and fortresses to protect communities of survivors that look to you for protection.

Fallout 4 is a game where you'll head to a location for a specific quest, but more often than not you'll find yourself becoming distracted by various side quests and randomly generated events throughout the game, all of which create a game that will take 100s of hours to fully complete.

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Biggest games of 2015: Metal Gear Solid V

One of the most critically acclaimed releases of 2015, Metal Gear Solid V is the final game in the Metal Gear Solid series – especially considering the brain behind MGS Hideo Kojima is no longer working with Konami. Players take the role of Big Boss in an open world environment based in 1984 Afghanistan, and along with companions ranging from dogs to horses, Snake can traverse the huge map and undergo a plethora of side- and main missions. There’s a huge emphasis on choosing your own style of gameplay with MGS V, with multiple ways to complete every mission – you can choose to be airdropped by a chopper straight into the action, or use stealth to silently make your way through the enemy compound.

It also features a day-and-night cycle that runs in real time, and the time taken to travel between locations is reflected with the time of day. The cycle can also be used to the player’s advantage, especially when using a stealthy approach – it’ll be harder for enemies to spot you in the dark, but it’ll also be harder for you to spot them. Filled with hours of gameplay and with online gameplay coming soon, Metal Gear Solid V delivers on a promise that’s been years in the making.

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Biggest games of 2015: Dying Light

Dying Light is an open world first-person survival horror game that appeared on our consoles back in January 2015. The game heavily utilises parkour (free running), providing an interesting take on a traditional zombie game where it’s usually hard to escape any given situation – what makes it even more interesting (and frightening) is that the Zombies run pretty fast, and some can even chase you over walls. Yikes. It boasts a complete day and night cycle, with Zombies becoming more powerful at night, evident by their ghoulish glowing red eyes and terrifying half dead screams.

The world is huge, with ample space to explore and free run to your hearts content, and thanks to co-operative gameplay you can explore and play with friends. There’s also a wide variety of weapons to choose from, with hundreds of ways to customise them – want a samurai sword with fire coming out of it? Sure. Want a sledgehammer with a live electrical current? That’s possible too. The game provides hours of extremely satisfying zombie dismemberment, and the upcoming DLC promises an additional map the same size as the original, complete with an off-road doom buddy for all your off-road zombie slaughtering needs.

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Biggest games of 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

The latest Call of Duty promised to be the best one to date, featuring a great combination of existing features as well as new ones. The campaign takes place 40 years after the events of Black Ops 2, in 2065, where robotics plays a huge role in warfare – in fact, many enemies in Black Ops 3 that you’ll come across are either humanoid drones or cyborg super soldiers. The campaign is interesting as ever, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested along the journey.

Unlike with other Black Ops games, Black Ops 3 also includes “Nightmares” campaign mode, which is essentially a retelling of the main campaign with a slightly tweaked plot that includes Zombies and other mythical beings. An exciting plus for those that enjoy the campaign!

Of course, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 also has an online multiplayer mode (which is the reason to buy for many) where players go head-to-head in a variety of game modes, utilising the arsenal of weapons and special abilities available to them. The multiplayer mode features a new momentum-based movement system, which uses thrusters for a small boost in the air, as well as adding the ability to run along walls while shooting at enemies.

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Biggest games of 2015: Assassins Creed: Syndicate

Assassins Creed: Syndicate is the ninth instalment in the Assassins Creed series, following on from Assassins Creed Unity. This time round, players find themselves in Victorian London playing as not one, but two characters – Evie and Jacob Frye. The two characters bring with them unique skillsets, with Evie’s skillset revolving around stealth, and Jacob’s around brute force and fighting, and offers an interesting way to play the game, although you can’t switch between the two when in a fight.

Players can explore the vast open world of Victorian London, consisting of several boroughs that you have to ‘take over’. As well as the main quest, there are a number of side quests involving the likes of Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale and Arthur Conan Doyle, which should provide gamers with plenty to do.

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Biggest games of 2015: Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is the third installation of the series, and looks to be the best of the bunch so far. Set in an open world, protagonist Rico has quite the skillset when it comes to blowing stuff up in dramatic fashion. Utilising a grapple hook which can be used to pull things together, along with unlimited explosives and realistic physics create some pretty impressive situations.

Rico isn't just good with explosives either - Just Cause 3 has a parachuting system that can be used to traverse great distances with ease, especially when used in conjunction with the grapple hook. For those that want a bit more drama, Rico also has a built-in wingsuit that can be activated at any time for high-speed flight, and using the grapple to pull yourself along, you can cover huge distances quickly - which is fantastic, because the open world in Just Cause 3 is absolutely humongous.

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