So far, 2015 has been a good year to be a gamer. The polished indie hits (Prison Architect, Crypt of the Necrodancer), massive AAA productions (Grand Theft Auto for PC, Metal Gear Solid V) and niche titles for the dork in all of us have almost wiped away the memory of all those failed Kickstarters. Thankfully, the remaining months of 2015 will keep gamers very, very busy until the new year. Microsoft is even calling it “The Best Christmas Ever.” They may not be far off given what gamers have to look forward to before 2016 rings in.
Halo 5 | Xbox One | October 27th
The title synonymous with Xbox is coming back this year for its fifth installment. With the original creators of Halo, Bungie, focusing on Destiny, 343 Industries is at the helm this time around, sending Master Chief out on his first adventure since 2012. In this story-heavy sequel, Master Chief’s loyalty is in question. Players will take control of series newcomer Jameson Locke to hunt Master Chief down and, of course, save the solar system from a new threat. Oh, and the multiplayer is back too. This is Halo after all.
Fallout 4 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 10th
Post apocalyptic wasteland? Check. Mutants? Check. Base building, character customization, an in-depth story? Check, check, check. The longstanding Fallout series is coming back with all of its time-eating, all-consuming role playing experience in tact in its fourth iteration. The first numbered Fallout since 2008, Fallout 4 was a surprise announcement over the summer – and, given the massive size of the game, it’s going to keep gamers busy for years.
Rise of the Tomb Raider | Xbox One, Xbox 360 | November 10th
After last year’s Tomb Raider reboot, Microsoft decided that a sequel should be one of this holiday’s biggest titles for the Xbox One. Exclusively available on the Xbox One, you can bet that Microsoft has made sure this sequel will be one of 2015’s highest rated games (you heard it here first). Rise of the Tomb Raider will bring gamers what they wanted from 2013’s reboot (more tombs) and will show gamers a more grizzly side of Lara Croft’s adventures.
Star Wars BattleFront | PS4, Xbox One | November 17th
Typically, games based on movies suck. Thankfully, this one doesn’t. After a positively addictive beta earlier this year, the multiplayer-only Star Wars Battlefront will quench the thirst of anyone craving Star Wars action before The Force Awakens dominates multiplexes. Playing as either the light or dark side, players will fight against each other in massive armies, earning the ability to pilot X-Wings or take control of Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. This game is a multiplayer-lover’s nirvana.
Roller Coaster Tycoon World | PC | December 10th
Remember sending people to their doom in Roller Coaster Tycoon in your teenage years? Good news, you can do it all again this year. Roller Coaster Tycoon is coming back this year with a new track editor, a better economy simulation and graphics of this generation. One of the few casual games coming out this holiday, Roller Coaster Tycoon World is a welcome addition to this year’s lineup.