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There are hundreds of video games released every year; some good, some great, some not worth playing even for a minute. At MakeUseOf we tend to focus on the greatest video games The 8 Best Rockstar Games Of All Time The 8 Best Rockstar Games Of All Time Rockstar Games is more than just Grand Theft Auto, and its back catalog of titles deserves a closer look. What follows is a list of the best titles Rockstar Games has released so far. Read More , those ones that the majority of people would get some enjoyment from. And this article follows that trend.

Our readers have hand-picked a selection of titles they’re eager to play at some point over the next few months. All of these games are (fingers crossed) due to be released in 2015, meaning this is a list of games you should definitely be keeping an eye out for between now and the beginning of next year.

The Must-Play Games of 2015

Our list of the must-play games of 2015 cover a range of genres and platforms, with PC Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained PCs and consoles may be closer than ever -- after all, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are basically just gaming PCs -- but there are still huge differences. Read More , Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More , and PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More all enjoying a pretty equal share of the spoils. Most (but not all) of these games are big-budget blockbusters, with a healthy dose of hyperbole being aimed their way prior to release.

Let’s just hope they all live up to our considerable expectations.

GTA V on PC

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Halo 5: Guardians

Due to be released on the Xbox One in the fall, Halo 5: Guardians is the latest game in the long-running series, and a direct sequel to the brilliant Halo 4.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Set to be released on a range of platforms sometime during 2015, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will continue the story on from Ground Zeroes.

Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline will arrive in March, bringing the beloved Battlefield gameplay to urban environments as the war on terror switches to the war on crime. Yep, this is the police vs. criminals, which isn’t at all likely to cause controversy. /sarcasm

Dying Light

Dying Light may already be out by the time you read this, so if the idea of fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Whether you personally believe that the zombie apocalypse is long overdue or that it's never going to happen, doesn't it pay to be prepared? Read More appeals to you then stop reading this and play the game instead.

Evolve

Evolve is a rather unique concept which sees four players hunting down a fifth player controlling a monster able to evolve as time passes. Assuming the online multiplayer isn’t broken at launch SimCity 2013 - The Tale Of a Terrible Launch & a Terrific Game [MUO Gaming] SimCity 2013 - The Tale Of a Terrible Launch & a Terrific Game [MUO Gaming] SimCity was one of the first PC games I ever played when it was first released in 1989 - I was just 7 at the time. You'll understand then why this game holds a particularly... Read More this should be a fantastic experience.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky, an open adventure game featuring a procedurally generated universe, won’t be for everyone, but anyone who likes originality and exploration should fall for its considerable charms.

Bloodborne

Coming from the same director as Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, Bloodborne won’t be for the faint of heart. This combat RPG is guaranteed to be dark, tough, and violent. Oh, and amazing.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This open-world action RPG is set to arrive in May, and is already receiving a considerable amount of hype. Which is no surprise really, as it looks and feels like Skyrim on crack.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Possibly the most-hyped game on this list, Tom Clancy’s The Division is a third-person surival shooter which will either outperform all of our expectations or completely crash and burn. Let’s hope it’s the former.

Obduction

You may not have heard of Obduction, but this is the spiritual successor to Myst and Riven, the puzzle adventures that mesmerized PC gamers through the 1990s. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Obduction is due to be released in the fall.

Persona 5

This is the latest game in the long-running Persona series of RPGs, with a storyline thought to revolve around the idea of freedom and how to attain it. This is another title that won’t be for everybody, but those who love Japanese RPGs Japanese RPGs Aren't Dead: 3 Solid Games Released In The Last Year Japanese RPGs Aren't Dead: 3 Solid Games Released In The Last Year If you are a fan of the genre and you feel like it's getting lost in a sea of first-person shooters and MOBAs, you really should check these games out. Read More will lap it up.

Medieval Engineers

Medieval Engineers is the third title from Keen Software House, following up on the success of Space Engineers. As you may have guessed from the title, this is a sandbox engineering game set in medieval times. The idea of which will either excite you no end or bore you to tears.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Arkham Knight, the fourth game in the Batman: Arkham series of games, sees Batman going up against the Scarecrow with a storyline following on from the events of Arkham City.

Fallout 4

We know, Fallout 4 isn’t going to be coming out in 2015. Hell, it hasn’t even been announced yet. However, there have been numerous rumors suggesting this game is in development, so we choose to believe it’ll arrive sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed.

Continue the Conversation

We think this list represents a good selection of the must-play video games due out before the end of 2015. Some will inevitably slip over into 2016, while others may fail to live up to the hype, but we are choosing to be optimistic here. Even if only a handful of these titles turn out to be unmissable gems we’ll be pleased to have directed your attention to them.

Please continue the conversation in the comments section below, as, although a good number of our readers took part in the original discussion, there is always room for more opinions. Do you agree with the titles selected for the list? If not, then please add your own suggestions to the conversation happening below. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here, just opinions.

A Debt of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of the best video games to look forward to in 2015, we received help from the MakeUseOf community. As always, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.

The readers we need to thank took the time to answer the question, What Video Games Are You Keen To Play In 2015?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from Ali Arshad, Liam M, Tom K., and nameless980.

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  1. Mike
    February 8, 2015 at 12:31 am

    All the trailers on this page are, for me, just the Batman: Arkham Knight one. Is anyone else having this issue?

  2. SniffyTobias
    February 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Dying Light is awesome whether you're playing alone or Co-op, Co-op is my favorite though.

    I was disappointed by the Evolve Beta. Not buying.

    Halo 5 Guardians Beta worked better than Halo:Master Chief Collection IMO, loved the new fast paced gameplay.

    Just downloaded the Battlefield:Hardline Beta on xbox one, pretty fun thus far. Like the new concepts but it just seems like the same old battlefield with a different outfit on. Not sure I'll buy but the beta has been enjoyable thus far.

    Can't wait for Tom Clancy's The Division. I'm also pumped for these games that weren't mentioned - Rise of the Tomb Raider and Rainbox Six Siege.

  3. vferg
    February 4, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    If your going to mention Fallout 4 then you should also be mentioning Half Life 3. IT HAS TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS YEAR RIGHT!!! RIGHT!!!

  4. Leopardmask
    February 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Lots of 5s on the list :P

    A couple sound interesting to me but unless they're free or really cheap I don't think I'll be getting them anytime soon.

  5. Andreas
    February 4, 2015 at 8:33 am

    The Witness seems potentially to become the hottest game since GTA V. Many hot games are incremental progressions on some past design formula. But The Witness seems to explore questions that few, if any, developers explore. For the same reason, I look forward to Miegakure, a '4d puzzle game' which will possibly be released later than this year, but what the heck, I don't know when it'll be. Still, between The Witness, a new MGS, and Bloodborne, It'll be an interesting year for games. Oh, and Increpare is working on his new game as well, Stephen's Sausage Roll... and there's an Iranian dev called Mahdi Bahrami who made a trailer for a mosaic-inspired puzzle game that might or might not be released this year. But I'm moving into 'personal excitement territory' here.

  6. Alan
    February 4, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Pre ordered Dying Light because it was on offer (yes an old man like me still plays games). :)

    • Anton
      February 4, 2015 at 9:54 am

      That makes you a young man. :)

    • Alan
      February 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Ahh your too kind Anton. When I finally retire in a couple of years I have enough unplayed games to keep me going for a long long time.

    • Alan
      March 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Great choice of life. I'm serious, I would like my dad play games with me, unfortunately he doesn't. Hahaha.

    • Alan
      March 14, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Oh and yes, my name is Alan too, but I'm not registered =P

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