Hype builds for upcoming gaming lineup

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2014 was a big year for the video game industry, no question there. However, the ever-expanding world of gaming is getting just a little bit more awesome in 2015. Here is a preview of the biggest titles being released in the coming year.

No Man’s Sky

An indie darling to-be, this ambitious game derives most of its gameplay through the exploration of its aesthetically pleasing and bright, procedurally generated world. Whether it be space, planet, land, ocean or any other type of object found within the game world, all of it is randomly generated by the game itself and unique to every playthrough.

Halo 5: Guardians

Sixty frames per second and more Prometheans than before, this second story within the Reclaimer Saga focuses on the Master Chief and his struggles with Agent Locke, who is also featured on the cover.

Also, (*SPOILER ALERT*) should we expect crazy attempts to resurrect Cortana? We will have to see, but either way, this one looks like a promising addition to the classic franchise.

Persona 5

A continuation of the much-adored Persona series, this title continues the Shin Megami Tensei style of a high school student drama filled with RPG and social elements, along with dungeons to beat. Although not much has been revealed about the title, the central theme has been expressed as the students’ desire for freedom and abandonment of rules of the modern world, with hopes audiences can find strong correlation to the topic.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady’s next installment in the Batman series follows 2011’s Batman: Arkham City as Bruce Wayne battles throughout Gotham City against Scarecrow and other enemies (Penguin, Two Face, Riddler and Harley Quinn to name a few) who are conspiring to kill the Caped Crusader. With an amazingly powerful Batmobile at the Dark Knight’s disposal, this looks to be the best Batman yet.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

This title aims to continue what 2013s Tomb Raider started. Shedding Lara Croft’s previous one-dimensional role, Crystal Dynamic’s re-imaging of our explorer showcased a more emotional journey that highlighted her slow descent into her persona as the Tomb Raider. This game continues this trend by showing Lara overcoming her mental trauma from actions in the previous title and her evolution into the personality and profession that becomes who she is.

Star Wars: Battlefront

The long-awaited third entry in the Battlefront series, this single player/online-multiplayer first-person shooter has not been branded a sequel, but rather a reboot. The games are releasing in correlation with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, although DICE has not detailed how much of the new movie will be within the game.

The Legend of Zelda

A beloved Nintendo franchise continues on its home console with this HD, open-world game. The game has been explained by developer Eiji Aonuma as an expression of their desire for players to be given more freedom to traverse and explore the over-world, as in the original Legend of Zelda (1986), as they please, especially in regards to dungeons.