20 games to look forward to this year

So many games, so little time. Here are some of the video games worth keeping an eye on this year

With so many video games on the horizon, it’s sometimes difficult to know which to pay attention to when it comes time to buy. Let’s take a look at some of the most intriguing video games scheduled to release this year.

“Evolve”

“Evolve” is an asymmetric first-person shooter game — that is, it pits four players against one. While the four teammates take on the roles of a medic, an assault character, a trapper and a support character, the lone player takes on the role of one of a variety of monsters. The four characters must work together to hunt the monster before it feeds on enough wildlife to gain power and become the hunter. Players will be able pick “Evolve” up Feb. 10.

Photo courtesy of Turtle Rock Studios

Photo courtesy of Turtle Rock Studios

“The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D”

Similar to “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” released in 2011, “Majora’s Mask 3D” takes the original Nintendo 64 game and updates the gameplay and graphics to look and feel more modern. If you haven’t played this game before, it’s a must. If you’ve played the original, then your feelings of nostalgia should already have you running off to preorder it for its Feb. 13 release on the Nintendo 3DS.

“The Order: 1866”

The Order takes place in an alternate history version of Victorian-era London where monsters are kept at bay by an order of knights. You’ll be able to take the role of one of these knights in this steampunk-esque single player game Feb. 20 on PlayStation 4.

“Ori and the Blind Forest”

This stunningly beautiful platform adventure game follows Ori, a guardian spirit, as he traverses a dying forest, unlocking abilities and trying to avoid what dark beings lurk about. “Ori and the Blind Forest” will release March 11 for Xbox One and PC.

Photo courtesy of Moon Studios

Photo courtesy of Moon Studios

“Battlefield Hardline”

This iteration of the “Battlefield” series switches things up a bit —turning away from the foreign war zones to take the battle to the city. This cops vs. robbers style game pits militarized police  against criminals with equally as deadly weapons. Players can take part in a variety of game modes — either as a criminal robbing an armored truck, or as a cop trying to steal the money back. Gamers can choose their side on both of Microsoft’s and Sony’s consoles as well as PC March 17.

“Mario Party 10”

Prepare to hate your best friends more than ever — especially one of them. The first “Mario Party” game for Wii U takes advantage of the system’s GamePad controller to create a gamemode allowing one player to controller Bowser, trying to catch up to the other players and defeat them before they reach the end. It also appears the four other characters will travel across the board together, a mechanic which was introduced in “Mario Party 9.” Get ready to yell at your friends March 20.

“Grand Theft Auto V”

Why yes, this game has come out before. Twice, in fact. But it’s finally getting a release on PC with a few new features, including support for 4K TVs and the ability to create videos with a new replay feature. What I’m most excited about, however, is the potential for game-changing player-made mods.

“Mortal Kombat X”

The brutal fighting game is back for its first iteration on the new generation of consoles. This release offers three variations of each playable character for you to fight with, but will of course also feature the classic combat it’s known for, as well as the return of interactive environments. Tear your friend’s head off April 14 on both of Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles as well as PC.

“The Witcher 3: Wild hunt”

From what I’ve seen so far this game looks amazing. It’s an open-world role-playing game and the developers promise the world will be even larger than “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” a massive game itself. Clear off your calendar for May 19, because you’ll probably be sitting at your PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC for a while to complete this likely game of the year contender.

Photo courtesy of CD Projekt RED

Photo courtesy of CD Projekt RED

“Splatoon”

This adorable shooting game from Nintendo takes shooters in a wacky new direction. Players shoot colored ink at each other and around the map, trying to cover the arena in their team’s ink. Here’s the catch, though, the players can turn into squids to quickly swim through their team color’s ink. Using this, players can pop up behind enemy lines and turn the battle around. “Splatoon” is scheduled to release on the Wii U in May. 

“Just Cause 3”

I still never have figured out whether this games title comes from having just cause to do something (like kill a person with a grappling hook), or doing something just ‘cause you feel like it (like grappling onto a car then deploying a parachute to travel faster). It’s probably both, really. Whatever it is, this game promises the same craziness as its great predecessor, but with more verticality within the environment. Prepare to cause mayhem this June on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

“Assassin’s Creed Victory”

Not much is known about the next entry into the “Assassin’s Creed” universe, not even the name. “Victory” may be the game’s title, or it may just be the codename the developers have given the game. What we do know is that the game will be set in Victorian London and it is planned to release in fall 2015.

“Halo 5: Guardians”

We’re really getting into the realm of the unknown as we take a look at games likely to release later in the year. “Halo 5: Guardians” will be Halo’s first new game on the Xbox One, and while we know a good amount about the multiplayer portion of the game due to a beta which ended last month, questions still remain regarding the direction the campaign will take. The game looks good so far and I suspect it will be a success as long as it can avoid the launch pitfalls of 2014’s “Halo: The Master Chief Colection.”

Photo courtesy of 343 Industries

Photo courtesy of 343 Industries

“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”

Set during the Vietnam War, the player takes control of Venom Snake as he tries to get revenge for events in “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.” The game is set in a variety of open-world environments, allowing the player to roam about, free to  complete objectives in a variety of ways. Players can play this 2015 release on both of Microsoft’s and Sony’s consoles as well as PC.

“No Man’s Sky”

Explore a procedurally generated universe as you attempt to find the center of the galaxy by visiting different planets. Players can walk the surface of these planets and share what they’ve discovered with other players. “No Man’s Sky” will first release on PlayStation 4 sometime in 2015 then later come to PC. 

“Homefront: The Revolution”

Set four years after the original “Homefront,” the player leads a revolution to fight back against a reunified Korea which has attacked America. “The Revolution” takes place in Philadelphia, where Korea has placed their base of operations. Players have the freedom to choose how they take back America this year, as the game is planned to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Photo courtesy of Deep Silver

Photo courtesy of Deep Silver

“Star Wars: Battlefront”

Not much is known about this game, only that it will be a reboot of the “Battlefront” series, and will release this fall for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. If it’s anything like the original “Battlefront,” though, expect something great.

“The Legend of Zelda”

Explore Hyrule in newfound beauty with The Legend of Zelda’s first HD game (not including remakes). This also returns Link to an open-world environment, allowing him to traverse the world freely as opposed to being on a set path. Look forward to saving Princess Zelda on the Wii U sometime in 2015.

“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”

A sequel to the hit “Uncharted” series, not much is known about the gameplay changes this game will bring to the table, but this being the first Uncharted on PlayStation 4 it’s bound to be great. Get prepared to go fortune-hunting one more time as Nathan Drake sometime this year.

“Tom Clancy’s The Division”

You’re America’s last line of defense against a deadly disease which has all but wiped out the US government. Explore and save New York City with your friends in this co-operative centric game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this year.

Photo courtesy of Ubisoft

Photo courtesy of Ubisoft

Obviously there are many other games coming out this year, and it would be impossible to list all of the ones worthy of mention, so sound off below and tell me what games you’re looking forward to this year!