List of the Most Anticipated Video Games of 2015/2016by kbuttowski210601 | created - 25 Jul 2015 | updated - 25 Jul 2015 | Public
So many reasons to love 2015. It's already been quite a year. We've seen the release of the final entry in the Batman: Arkham series, wandered the seemingly endless wilderness as a cat-eyed monster hunter in The Witcher 3, and died more times than we could count in Bloodborne... but 2015 isn't over yet. There's so much more to look forward to and the best games of 2015/2016 may yet be on the way. Just take a look at the second half of this year's lineup. It's almost too good Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4, and other revered series are on their way. Then there are games like Star Wars Battlefront and Guitar Hero Live, giving their respective franchises a fresh start on new-gen hardware. With games like these, the year is looking like it's going to finish strong. And just so you don't miss out on anything, here is our list of our most anticipated games for the rest of 2015/2016.
1. Fallout 4 (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Drama
In the post-apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts area, you play as the "Sole Survior" of Vault 111, recently revived from centuries of forced cryostasis, determined to find your kidnapped son.
It's finally happening, and it's happening this year. The next game from the creators of Skyrim and Fallout 3 (is that a killer portfolio, or what?) will head to Boston hundreds of years after the nuclear apocalypse, giving players an all-new irradiated wasteland to explore. Even more exciting than where you'll be, though, is who you'll be: Fallout 4 begins before the bombs drop, following your character as he or she takes shelter in Vault 111 and mysteriously resurfaces 200 years later. That means your character has a bit more personality than usual, with fully-voiced dialogue, and a lot more knowledge, increasing your options for survival and crafting. You even can build your own settlement, a bastion of civilization out in the wastes, but be prepared to defend it from mutants and raiders. In other words, it sounds a lot like Fallout 3 meets Metal Gear Solid 5, with loads more stuff than both of them. Better clear your calendar for November (and the rest of winter).
2. Dead Island 2 (2020 Video Game)
M | Action, Comedy, Horror | Post-production
Several months after the events on Banoi, California is put under full quarantine, becoming a bloody paradise and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure and glory.
3. Doom (2016 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Horror
On Mars, a massive research facility tapping energy from hell has been overwhelmed by demonic forces. As the last DOOM Slayer , you have been resurrected to do one thing; to cleanse this world and send them back to where they came from.
4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Drama
Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter for hire, embarks on an epic journey to find his former apprentice, Ciri, before The Wild Hunt can capture her and bring about the destruction of the world.
5. Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series (2015 Video Game)
E10+ | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Jesse and his/her friends must seek out a group of warriors called, The Order of the Stone, in order to save their world from total destruction.
Have you ever looked out over the blocky hills of a brand new Minecraft world and thought, ‘Well, this is fine, but I could really use some dialog options’. No? Well sorry, bub, because Minecraft is getting a Story Mode either way. Or more accurately, Mojang is working with Telltale on a new and entirely separate episodic series called Minecraft: Story Mode. Which sounds like the best possible way something called ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ could turn out, to be honest. Telltale says it will follow a new narrative that's driven by player choice - much like its other licensed adventure series. Mojang assures Minecraft fans that Story Mode isn't going to squash anybody's creativity by introducing official canon events, it's just a 'cool game'. And even though Microsoft owns Mojang now, you can expect Story Mode to appear on PlayStation consoles, along with the other usual suspects.
6. The Order: 1886 (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate history of London, where an old order of knights keep all of the world safe from half breed monsters, who are a combination of animal and man.
7. Dying Light (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Horror, Thriller
Kyle Crane, a GRE agent, gets mixed out between the conflicts of the bandits and the runners in the city of Harran overrun by a vicious outbreak.
8. Outlast 2 (2017 Video Game)
M | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Investigative Journalists Blake and his wife Lynn, travel to the Arizona Desert to pursue a lead on a popular suicide, but are soon ambushed by a mysterious and terrifying cult.
9. Project Cars (2015 Video Game)
As you race through tracks in real cars, your driving experience is unlimited to play with almost anything you can dream of! Any race track paired up with any car. This game makes racing beautifully designed for you race fans!
10. Persona 5 (2016 Video Game)
M | Adventure, Mystery
A group of students who secretly call themselves the Phantom Thieves are here to stop an evil conspiracy that is not only corrupting the city of Tokyo, but the entire world too.
The Shin Megami Tensei series may have been around longer, but its spinoff Persona has gone on to find massive success here in the West since its genre-blending third entry on the PS2. Mashing-up dungeon crawling, strategic JRPG combat, Pokemon-style monster collection, and the power of friendship, the Persona series puts you in the role of an ordinary Japanese high school student with extraordinary powers. It's rare that a game can make answering questions on a pop-quiz and hanging out with friends as interesting as battling demons, but Persona 5 aims to do all of that again by the end of the year. Despite its expected release by Q4 2015, we actually don't know that much about Persona 5 other than what we've gleaned from a handful of trailers, but that's only got us even more intrigued. It looks like you'll be playing as a student (surprise!) who moonlights as a cat burglar when he's not busy studying for finals. Random JRPG battles and social links return, but everything looks more animated, more action-packed, and even more slick and stylish than ever before. Persona 5 looks so effortlessly cool, even its menus have us excited.
11. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The third installment of the Call of Duty: Black Ops franchise brings the player to a dark twisted future with a built-up war storyline.
12. The Flame in the Flood (2016 Video Game)
Action, Adventure, Thriller
Scout and her faithful dog, Aesop, set sail on a rickety raft to try and survive the wilderness while being hunted by packs of wolves.
The main goal of many video games is to get you to feel powerful, putting a deadly weapon in your hands and letting you go to town on dozens of faceless goons. But then there are games like Flame in the Flood, which take that sentiment and inverts it so we can see the nasty results, like the scene in Galaxy Quest where the pig monster turns inside-out. In practical terms, that means putting you on the absolute bottom of the food chain with only a stick to defend yourself, where drinking water without boiling it first or getting caught in the rain will kill you. In fact, most things will kill you, and you can expect to die over and over and over again. While that sounds way more unpleasant than fun, the joy of Flame in the Flood comes in slowly learning what it takes to survive, and managing to do it for longer and longer each time. It's by no means a forgiving game, and the smallest mistake will send you back to the mouth of the long river you're trying to follow, but there's something rewarding in learning from those mistakes and doing better next time. Plus, there's apparently something special waiting at the end of the river, and we're more than a little curious to find out what it is.
13. Until Dawn (2015 Video Game)
M | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A group of teenagers spend the weekend in a ski lodge on the anniversary of their friends' disappearance, unaware that they are not alone.
Not every film needs to be Citizen Kane, nor does every game need to aspire to high art. Until Dawn is purposefully styled on trashy horror films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, throwing a handful of scared teens into deadly situations to the delight of a squirming audience. Hell, Until Dawn even stars Hayden Panettiere, just the type of damsel in distress you’d expect to see wearing a towel while being chased by a masked killer. This unique adventure game starts as a small group of friends meet in a remote cabin on the one-year anniversary of their friend’s death. Soon enough the group is running for their lives from a mysterious maniac, getting picked off one by one. Players are tasked with making snap, life-or-death choices for the characters in gruesome situations, likely leading to some unique outcomes to this mystery. Until Dawn seems to embrace its campier elements, which will hopefully make for scary good time when played in the dark.
14. Mad Max (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Drama
Max Rockatansky, a former highway patrol officer known across the post apocalyptic wasteland of Australia as Mad Max, has his V8 Interceptor stolen by Immortan Joe's warlord son, Scrotus. Max goes on a bloody crusade to take it back.
They say people don't believe in heroes anymore. That might be a good call if you live in Mad Max's gritty desert hellscape, where the corpses are fresh, the cars are tricked out, the battering rams have battering rams, and everything's on fire. In the upcoming vehicle-heavy apocalypse simulator, Mad Max may have lost his Mel Gibson mug in favor of a timely Tom Hardy look, but make no mistake: he's still the off-his-axels crazy killer you remember, complete with Australian accent. In the Road Warrior's interactive debut, there's two things you can definitely expect: ill wills, and ill wheels. When he's not snapping the necks of ne'er-do-wells or looting corpses, Max's main objective is souping up his hellish hotrod, the Magnum Opus. It'll be interesting to see how the developers (the same folks behind Just Cause) will implement a high-stakes vehicle builder, but color us intrigued for this sun-scorched display of vehicular manslaughter.
15. Madden NFL 16 (2015 Video Game)
E | Sport
Madden 16 is the continuation of the Madden franchise. In this game, you can play as your favorite team, build a team in ultimate team mode, and even play as your very own player!
Like Prince or David Bowie, the Madden series is always finding new ways to reinvent itself. Ok, fine, ‘reinvent’ might be a little strong - but it's hard to deny that each iteration offers something new to go along with the pretty new graphics. This year, Madden NFL 16 brings the Draft Champions mode, which is the logical conclusion of all those fantasy draft leagues (short of actually hiring star players to assemble your own football team). There's also been some fine-tuning to the on-field play, primarily in the realm of passing. Everything from throwing to catching and movement of quarters or receivers has been upgraded, meaning that you'll be able to make successful completions with more style and grace. Once you've adapted your playstyle, you might be on your way to becoming the next Hingle McCringleberry.
16. NBA 2K16 (2015 Video Game)
E10+ | Sport
In MyCareer, you must fight your way through high school, college, and eventually the NBA in order to be named the greatest player of all time.
Some things in life are certain. The sun will rise, the tide will roll in, the radio will play at least one Taylor Swift song per hour… and there will be a new NBA 2K game each year. If you’ve glazed over at the prospect of this being ‘another dull update’ then you’re an idiot. Not only are the 2K games the best sports titles money can buy, 2K16 has hired Spike Lee to handle its My Career story mode. And that’s a big deal. Sure, it won’t make you buy the game if you’re uninterested in hoops, but it’s an exciting moment for video games generally to have a director of Lee’s calibre involved with the project. And if you are partial to basketball? Gameplay details are scant right now, but Visual Concepts usually listens to the issues raised by the community. Expect minor tweaks on court, rather than major overhauls, because 2K15 really hit a sweet spot.
17. No Man's Sky (2016 Video Game)
T | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Explore and survive in a procedurally generated universe with 18.4 quintillion planets.
The No Man's Sky reveal blew us away at E3 2014. It's a procedurally generated universe that continuously builds on itself, offering massive planets to explore, each one with its own wildlife, terrain, and environmental conditions. All of these variables are interconnected. The environment will change what the animals look like, what materials you can gather, and what vegetation grows on the planet - making that world completely unique. Sounds like a lot to explore right? Well, then comes the mind-blowing part. But exploring one planet isn't even scratching the surface. You can hop into a spaceship, take off into the stratosphere and fly through an entire universe full of new worlds, asteroids, and creatures. There also appear to be hostile enemy fleets cruising around the void, begging to engage in a Star Wars-style space battle. There's much more to see of No Man's Sky, and we can't wait to find out more when the game deploys later this year.
18. The Division (2016 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure
The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which society has become "fragile" and "complex". In the game, a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States to collapse in five days.
19. Rainbow Six: Siege (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Crime, Thriller
A team of soldiers and militarists are recruited into an elite counter terrorism unit. Their objective is to fight terrorism across the globe. A threat has emerged that targets the Western world and its interests around the world.
Rainbow Six went a bit flashy with the Vegas games. Since then, the series has been stuck in development hell, as Ubi searched for the right way to resurrect it. Rainbow Six: Siege seems like a nice balance between the ‘old’ Rainbow Six, and the ‘new’. Its focus on tense multiplayer scraps, where team Rainbow assaults a series of terrorist hide-outs, offers something a little different from most other shooters. And it’s damn good fun. However, to mangle a phrase: (military) man cannot survive on adversarial multiplayer alone. That’s where the dreadfully-named Terrohunt comes in, offering a cooperative ‘hoard mode’ for those who prefer to shoot virtual bad guys instead of buddies. And, a few AI tweaks aside, this game type is damned entertaining. Is that enough to justify your $50/£40? Probably not, so expect more reveals as we approach the game’s October launch.
21. Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Drama
Lara Croft continues her late father's research, trekking across Siberia in search of the answers her father couldn't find, facing off against an ancient and ruthless shadow organisation.
Now that she's recovered from the exceptional amount of injuries she sustained during her time in Yamatai (the physical ones anyway), Lara Croft is back for a brand new, likely painful adventure. Where last time her only goal was to survive, this time she's hell-bent on finding a personal purpose and proof that she isn't as mad as everyone thinks. Proving the existence of an immortal prophet seems like it hits the sweet spot in this regard. But a well-funded shadow organization is trying to get their first, so Lara will have to use every trick in her book to reach that goal, up to and including bear-battling. While it's exciting that Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature a more in-depth crafting system, hunting challenges, and incredibly diverse locations, the return of deep and detailed tombs is what's really got us gutting our wallets. Granted there will be some the one-off challenge room from the Tomb Raider reboot sprinkled here and there, but show-stopping, multi-step tombs will be the star of the show, and we can't wait to weep with frustration trying to solve them.
22. Halo 5: Guardians (2015 Video Game)
T | Action, Adventure, Family
Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity's greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Jameson Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.
Cortana is (possibly) dead, Master Chief has gone AWOL, a new generation of Spartans have arrived in full force, the Forerunner have returned. Oh, and there's aim-down sights now; everything about Halo 5: Guardians seems to be deconstructing the sci-fi shooter series, giving us new twists and taking unexpected turns. These changes make us nervous, but also terribly excited. After all, Halo - much-loved as it is - is a bit long in the cybernetically-enhanced tooth at this point. Developer 343 Industries has taken the reigns from former developer Bungie and made the games unmistakably their own, but this is the team’s first full effort on Xbox One. However, with gorgeous presentation, an intriguing storyline, new characters, new squad-based gameplay mechanics and a refined multiplayer experience, Halo 5 is shaping up very nice indeed.
23. Tearaway Unfolded (2015 Video Game)
A PS4 remake of the original, you control the messengers Iota or Atoi who are tasked with delivering a message to a portal that has mysteriously opened in the sky, displaying you (referred to as "The You" in game).
Tearaway exploits all of PS Vita's veritable Swiss Army knife of sensors and buttons to create an experience that truly puts You at the center (literally - it uses the front camera to put you in the sun). Brilliant as Tearaway is, it's still exclusive to Sony's quiet little handheld, and that means comparatively few people have been able to enjoy it. That's where Tearaway Unfolded comes in. Tearaway Unfolded doesn't just translate the experience onto PS4 - and, more importantly, DualShock 4 - it adds to it. Sure, you can use the touchpad to make your in-game creations, but you can also load up the companion app for a bigger, more precise canvas. You can hold up your controller to catch items, then flick up on the touchpad to send them sailing back out, or even use motion controls to shine the light bar around the world. If you didn't catch the adventures of Iota and Atoi the first time around, don't miss your second chance.
24. The Tomorrow Children (2016 Video Game)
As the game tells it, after the Soviet Union's unsuccessful bid to coerce the human race into a single, global consciousness failed, things got a little bit weird. They're still weird, to tell the truth. But as a projection clone summoned into the brave new world, it's your duty to restore the Republic's glorious infrastructure by claiming resources, building facilities, and collaborating with your fellow projections to defend your little corner of the world from the beasts that lurk beyond. Developer Q-Games is best known for the Pixeljunk series, which put interesting twists on familiar genres like shoot-’em-up and tower defense. The Tomorrow Children kinda looks like - a cross between Minecraft's creativity, Monster Hunter's resource-harvesting battles, and Dark Souls' unpredictable multiplayer. It's hard to guess how it will turn out, but it's even harder to dislike that Soviet-propaganda-poster-baked-onto-a-circuit-board aesthetic.
25. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016 Video Game)
T | Action, Adventure, Drama
Thrown back into the dangerous underworld he'd tried to leave behind, Nathan Drake must decide what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.
26. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (2015 Video Game)
T | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An RPG crossover between Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei. Set in Modern Day Tokyo Japan. The pop star heroes fight an enemy called Mirages from another world threatens Tokyo. Friendly Mirages from Fire Emblem helps out the heroes.
Virtually nothing has been said about this game in the many months since it was first revealed. We don’t know what Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem looks like or how it plays, but we do know that Nintendo’s team at Intelligent Systems is hard at work on it. We just wish we knew more about one of the very few Wii U games planned for this year. Based on the teaser trailer, we know this crossover brings together characters from both decades-old series, covering multiple titles from both SMT and Fire Emblem. Nintendo will be handling the development, and it’s occasionally been referred to as an RPG by the publisher, though how the disparate fantasy characters of FE will meet the post-apocalyptic demon killers of SMT is anyone’s guess. Our instincts tell us we won’t see anything new of this until E3.
27. Lego Marvel's Avengers (2016 Video Game)
E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Follows the storyline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Avengers fighting to protect Earth from their enemies, who are bent on world domination. This is the second LEGO video game in the Marvel Superheroes franchise.
No, this isn’t the Lego Marvel Super Heroes game again, and yes, developer Traveller’s Tales has really set these Lego game releases on rapid fire. Lego Marvel’s Avengers is a new game based on the Avengers movies. You’ll be able to relive the times the Avengers assembled on the big screen and play as all of the super powered heroes like Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man. Whether the scenes and events from character-specific movies like Captain America: Super Soldier and Iron Man will appear is yet to be seen - which seems like a good idea with all the origin stories that need to be told. Either way, the Lego-ized versions of Marvel’s Avengers and Age of Ultron are coming in all of their blocky, adorable glory.
28. Mighty No. 9 (2016 Video Game)
E10+ | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
From famed Mega Man creator creator Keiji Inafune comes Mighty No. 9, a side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and ... See full summary »
Mega Man purists might have a tough time making the transition from the classic Blue Bomber to the new android Beck, but the spirit of the fighting robot is definitely in Mighty No. 9. The classic side-scrolling shooting and platforming gameplay may have new home, but the new game is still under the watchful eye of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. Though the protagonist Beck takes inspiration from the original NES hero, his powers aren't just an exact copy of Mega Man's. After beating each boss, Beck earns Mighty Skills that allow him to take additional forms (including a tank), or morph his arms to gain magnetic powers. Each new ability gives him access to previously closed off areas and exposes enemy weak points. On second thought, it seems Mega Man and Beck aren't that different after all.
29. Star Fox Zero (2016 Video Game)
E10+ | Action, Adventure, Family
You play as Fox McCloud as you fly through the skies and shoot down enemies in the arwing alongside Falco, Peppy, and Slippy to stop Andross from taking over of the Lylat System in the first installment of the Star Fox series since 2006.
It's been too long since Fox McCloud and the Star Fox team banded together for a space-faring shoot-em-up. The last console game was Star Fox: Assault, released on GameCube in 2005, and everything since then has been a portable title or remake. Not that we mind portable games and remakes mind you, but the truth is that we crave something new. Thankfully, there's plenty to look forward to for Star Fox Zero. For one, it's got a new developer: Platinum Games, the same studio behind action titles like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Bayonetta 2. Then there's the new vehicles, including a gyrocopter and a bipedal dinosaur/bird-like form that the Arwing can transform into.
30. Let It Die (2016 Video Game)
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Let It Die follows your character through a 100-floor tower as you must fight enemies alongside death himself as you try to reach the top.
There is a lot going on with the Let It Die trailer. First off, the game is being made by Suda 51's team Grasshopper Manufacture (the guys behind Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead) so you know it's going to be a little weird. When the trailer started to play at the E3 reveal, it was just that, weird. A naked dude walks down a hallway, kills another naked dude wearing goggles, then takes his goggles.
This continues with many more foes, each adding to the formerly naked dude's equipment. Basically, the trailer didn't give us very much information on the actual gameplay. In an interview with Suda at E3, we did get a few details on the game, like how it's a multiplayer free-to-play title, players will be able to create and build up their own character, and characters will be able to perform classic wrestling moves on their opponents (not just hit them with spiked baseball bats).
31. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Mystery
The protagonist travels through a world full of mystery, learning about characters and the lives they lived before the world ended.
The Chinese Room is the development team behind the haunting Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. For their newest title Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, they’re taking on the end of the world. This isn’t about earth-cracking earthquakes or acid rain from deadly skies--this apocalyptic title is about the depression that happens after all that has passed. It’s about searching for any sign of humanity, of hope. It sounds like a bummer, but Rapture promises to intrigue with its beautiful graphics and hint of mystery. The cottages, woods, and rivers of 1984 England look gorgeous, and as you move through them, you’ll get the sense of “more than meets the eye.” There are weird electromagnetic noises coming from certain devices, and a strange orb of light floats alongside you as you explore. Shadows of the past can also be seen with a keen eye, as strange static ghosts appear from time to time. It’s the end of the world, but that doesn't mean there aren't tons of loose ends.
32. Star Wars: Battlefront (2015 Video Game)
T | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Join the battle and play an important part in the Star Wars Galaxy. Lead the battle as you fight against the powerful empire in hope to regain freedom for the Galaxy.
Having DICE (creators of the Battlefield series) be the developer behind the new Star Wars Battlefront, seems to be a match made in heaven. Who better to make the iconic Star Wars battles come to life than the guys who inspired the design of the original games? DICE's Star Wars Battlefront is looking most impressive. Not only did the developers replicate the models of the vehicles and weapons from the movies, the music and sound effects create battlegrounds that feel like you've stepped right into the silver screen. Warzones like the Battle of Hoth let you fly snow speeders around AT-AT legs and man the icy trenches of Echo Base. On Endor, you can hop on speeder bikes or drive AT-ST walkers as you fight for control over the lush forests. If you ever wanted to play out scenes from the original trilogy, this is your chance. Everything about Battlefront seems to fit with the Star Wars feel, but we'll see how strong the force is with this one when it hits this November.
33. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Crime
After awakening from a nine year coma, Big Boss forms a new mercenary group called, Diamond Dogs, and teams up with his former rival, Ocelot, to track down the men responsible for the destruction of MSF.
In the continuing saga of Big Boss and Hideo Kojima saying he’s done with him, here comes another Metal Gear game. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the first open-world game to sport the stealthiness of Kojima’s epic tale, but it’s more than just a new setting. It’s a modified Snake in a totally different world. The Phantom Pain’s open-world setting means Snake will spend time riding on horseback (which he can totally do stealthily!) and driving vehicles. He’s also just woken up from a nine-year coma - with a cybernetic arm! New mechanics and new abilities for Snake mean The Phantom Pain will really spice up the MGS world. And did we mention you can airlift goats? Yeah, that’s a thing. It’s pretty awesome.