Top 15 games to look forward to for the rest of 2015

We are halfway through 2015 and so far, this year has already treated gamers with great game releases such as Bloodborne, Witcher 3, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Batman: Arkham Knight, and so much more, but the year is not yet over as we are looking for the great game releases for the rest of the year.

Here are the top 15 games that are going to release for the second half of 2015.

Until Dawn (Aug. 25, 2015 – PS4)

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PS4 fans have already been treated with awesome PS4 exclusive this year – Bloodborne (forget about the other exclusive game – The Order: 1886), but Sony is not yet done with the exclusive title for this year as a survival horror game is set to release on PS4 this August.

Formerly announced as PS3 exclusive, Until Dawn will define the term replay value of the game as it is rumored that you will understand the story of the game after multiple playthrough. The game also features a “butterfly effect” wherein every player’s decision will result to the outcome of the story. Until Dawn also stars Hollywood celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, Rami Malek and Meaghan Martin.

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain (Sept. 1, 2015 – PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

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This massive open world game takes place nine years after Ground Zeroes and players will take control of Venom Snake, also known as The Big Boss.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain maybe the most talked about game of the year, not just because of many years of production, but for the departure of Hideo Kojiman, the man behind Metal Gear franchise, from its mother company Konami but despite of all this controversies, this much-awaited installment of Metal Gear is set to release on the first day of September 2015.

Mighty No. 9 ( Sept. 15, 2015 – PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC)

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If you love Mega Man or grew up playing Mega Man games, there’s no doubt about it that you’ll love Mighty No. 9, and why not, they creator of this game Keiji Inafune is the same person behind the Mega Man franchise.

Started as Kickstarter campaign, this 2D platform game has the look and feel of Mega Man game and is dubbed as the “spiritual successor” of Mega Man game. Mighty No. 9 will release on Sept. 15 in almost all gaming platforms so is it going to be good bye Mega Man and hello Beck? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection (Oct. 9, 2015 – PS4)

Uncharted fans may have to wait until first quarter of 2016 before Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will release but Sony is giving something to gamers to keep them busy while waiting for Uncharted 4, the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection. This remaster version includes all three games from PS3 in one disc – Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drabke’s Deception.

Bluepoint Games, whose remaster credits include Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is behind this another remaster masterpiece and is rumored to run in 1080p and 60FPS with better lighting, textures, and models.. While the graphical power of this game may not be enticing to Uncharted fans as they already played the exact same game before, Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection includes Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta, a sort of a preview of the multiplayer feature of the upcoming Uncharted 4 game.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Oct. 23, 2015 – PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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We may have been overdosed with Assassin’s Creed game every year and with the dismal release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, why should gamers spend their hard earned money for another Assassin’s Creed game and Ubisoft has simple answer to that – two protagonists. For the first time in AC franchise, players can control two characters, almost similar to Grand Theft Auto V, and another first, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will feature a female protagonist under the name of Evie.

Set in 1868 London, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also added a new feature to its game like rope launcher and transport system like carriages and trains which also can be used for assassinating Templars.

Fallout 4 (Nov. 10, 2015 – PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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Bethesda opened the recently concluded E3 with a loud bang as they announced that Fallout 4 is for real and is set to release later this year.

After the announcement, fans went crazy over this as the last last Fallout game was released last 2008 (I skipped New Vegas, BTW) so gamers have waited for 7 years for another Fallout game and one fan went to the extreme as he shipped 2,000 bottle caps in exchange for free Fallout 4 copy. That’s a big Pip-Boy thumbs up for you.

Speaking of Pip Boy, a Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Collector’s Edition pre-order was announced recently that includes wearable Pip-boy wrist gadget, Pip-Boy pocket guide, Vault Tec Perk poster, Robco Industries stand, capsule case, and Fallout 4 game in collectible metal case.

Star Wars Battlefront (Nov. 17, 2015 – PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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This maybe the year of Star Wars as a new movie will come out this December, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and what a way to celebrate the release of the new movie by releasing a new Star Wars game, Star Wars Battlefront.

This game is the third release of the Star Wars Battlefront series and players will have an option to have a first person or third person view. Just like Skyrim, isn’t it? Also, you get to explore planets from Star Wars universe such as Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and Sullust and you get to choose to control a Rebel Alliance soldier or join the Dark Force by controlling an Imperial Stormtrooper. Sure, the real fanboys will be alive once again starting Nov. 17.

God of War III Remastered (July 14, 2015 – PS4)

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The Ghost of Sparta is back and this time, in different console. Kratos will climb Mount Olympus once again to have a bloody revenge, armed not just with his double-chained blade, but also with godly graphics of 1080p and 60fps.

Initially released as a PS3 title and dubbed as the “Most Anticipated Game” during it’s time and garnering an almost perfect scores from game reviewers, critiques and gamers, God of War III Remastered will surely maximize the power of PS4 come its release date. Aside from the enhanced graphics, God of War III Remastered will also feature a photo mode allowing players to edit their photos and share their favorite moments and I don’t know how it is different from Share Button feature from PS4. I guess we’ll have to wait until July 14 to find out.

Final Fantasy VII PC Port (Holiday 2015 – PS4)

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Final Fantasy Remake is one of the biggest announcement in the last E3 and fans have been clamoring for the remake of this game for years however, when Square Enix announced that they are releasing the PC port of Final Fantasy VII to PS4, gamers didn’t react that much, saying that this is the biggest video game troll done by Square Enix but despite all of these, Final Fantasy VII is still a great addition to PS4 gaming library. It may be the exact game from PS1, ported to PC then ported to PS4, but who cares? FF7 is one of the most epic and memorable JRPG’s ever created and I know many gamers will not mind playing this again before the much awaited release of the remake of Final Fantasy VII.

NBA 2K16 (Sept. 29, 2015 – PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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It is no surprise that NBA 2K game is the most sought after game in Philippines every year as this country filled with Basketball crazy people and this year’s installment of NBA 2K game – NBA 2K16 is another reason to be excited for this one.

NBA 2K16 will have three covers featuring Anthony Davis, James Harden and the recently crowned NBA champion and reigning NBA season MVP Stephen Curry. The game cover will release on random and if you happen to purchase the cover of your hated athlete out of these three, you will get a chance to change the cover because every physical game box will come with a foldable insert featuring all three cover athletes. And if that’s not enough, NBA 2K16 is written and directed by renowned director and NBA fan Spike Lee.

Another reason to be excited for this game is the NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition (the cover is seen above) that comes with NBA 2K16 Poster, Jordan Fathead Wall Cling, Digital Jordan shoes for your MyPLAYER, Digital Jordan T-shirt for your MyPLAYER, Digital Jordan jersey for your MyPLAYER, 30,000 Virtual Currency and MyTEAM VIP+ (3 Emerald Packs AND a new Special Edition Exclusive Moments Card) so make sure to pre-order this one as this copy will release 4 days early compared to regular NBA 2K16 edition.

Persona 5 (2015 – PS3, PS4)

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It’s been a while since we had a Persona game is home console and thanks to Atlus, Persona 5 is going to be released on PS3 and PS4 anytime this year, no exact release date yet.

Another JRPG to look forward to and if you don’t know anything about this game, go play either Persona 3 or Persona 4 so you’ll understand why Persona 5 is included in this list and it you’re already a fan of Persona game franchise, go check the leaked Persona 5 trailer before they take it down.

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Dec. 4, 2015 – Nintendo Wii U)

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Think of giving up your Nintendo Wii U system because Nintendo already forgot about this platform and is more focused with Nintendo 3DS? Think again as they are awesome games that are set to release this year and early 2016 like Super Mario Maker, Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei and this one, Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is part of the Xeno series and is spiritual successor of Xenoblade Chronicles released in Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS so if you plan to buy this one, make sure that you played Xenoblade Chronicles for you to understand the story.

Yakuza 5 (Q3 2015 – PS3)

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Don’t let your PS3 collect dusts yet as there is still an exclusive game coming it way this year as SEGA already announced that Yakuza 5 is making a North America digital release this Q3 2015.

Yakuza 5 released in Japan in 2012 and since the success of Yakuza franchise, fans are clamoring for the North America release of this game, unless you already played this game and understand Japanese language, this is a not so exciting news for you but for us who loves sandbox games and enjoyed early Yakuza games, this is really a great news for us and for our PS3.

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Nov. 10, 2015 – Xbox One, Xbox 360 Timed Exclusive)

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Lara Croft and Tomb Raider is one of the most iconic game character and gaming franchise and having a huge fanbase, Rise of the Tomb Raider should really be in the list of the most awaited game of 2015.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel of 2013 Tomb Raider reboot that follows Lara Croft’s adventure to Siberia and her search for the ancient city Kitezh built by the Grand Prince of Vladimir in the 13th century and is believed to hold the secret to immortality.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox One and Xbox 360 timed exclusive and no words yet on when it is going to release in other consoles.

Just Cause 3 (Q4 2015 – PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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Just Cause 1 and 2 maybe your your average open world game but when the gameplay trailer of Just Cause 3 was released during E3, it changes the perception on this gaming franchise. Rumored to have bigger maps and new moves, Just Cause 3 will surely be a game to watch for this year.

Halo 5 Guardians (Oct. 27, 2015 – Xbox One)

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Halo series put Xbox and Xbox 360 as the top selling consoles of its generation and with the release of Halo 5 Guardians, Microsoft is looking to chase after the lead of PS4 in terms of sales.

This first person shooting game is the sequel of Halo 4 and is set to release on Oct. 27, 2015, exclusively for Xbox One.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Nov. 6, 2015 – PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

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Call of Duty franchise may arguably the most successful and very well known first person shooting out there but just like Assassin’s Creed series, we are getting CoD games every year however, Black Ops III will be different from any other Call of Duty games released expecially to PS4 because Activision will release a maps exclusively for PS4 and just like Sony representative said during E3, “PS4 is the new home of Call of Duty”.

Fable Legends (Q4 2015 – Xbox One, PC)

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Fable Legends is different from other Fable games released as this latest installment from Fable franchise features a free to play cooperative action role playing game meaning that you can play it single player or multiplayer, MMO style wherein you go to missions and quests with other online players. This Fable Legends is also unique as you can make your character as a Hero or Villain.

Starfox Zero (Q4 2015 – Nintendo Wii U)

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Starfox maybe the oldest gaming franchise in the list but the gameplay can still live up with today’s generation of gamers. With its 3D scrolling shooting style and maximizing the use of the screen in Wii U controller, Starfox Zero will surely be a game for old school and new gamers.

So that’s it, there’s your top 15 games you should be excited about. I’m sure that there are still more games out there that is not included in the list and games that is set to be announced this year but nonetheless, this year will surely be a game packed year so make sure to budget your spending and do some time management to maximize all the games you want to play.

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