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PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

PC Games In 2015 And Beyond

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Action games

Aren’t all games, fundamentally, about action? Yes, but there is a difference between the action of ordering a regiment to attack and the action of planting a Batfist against the face of some Batcriminal. This section is for the latter – those games defined by the embodied movements of players.

A Fistful Of Gun

Official site

Genre
Action
Release date
Q2
What is it?
A Fistful Of Gun is the combination of wild west and bullet hell. Fending off dozens of bandits at any moment, you and a selection of co-op buddies control a set of characters each designed with a specific control scheme (keyboard, mouse or gamepad) in mind.

All A Fistful Of Gun posts.

Hyper Light Drifter

Official site

Genre
Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Inspired by the exploration of the original Zelda, Hyper Light Drifter has you slashing and shooting your way through strange, sci-fi dungeons. Feels great, looks great, and has surprisingly nuanced combat. Graham loves it.

Hyper Light Drifter preview.
Hyper Light Drifter interview.
Hyper Light Drifter feature.
All Hyper Light Drifter posts.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
The PC version of the other AssCreed game released in 2014 and, by all accounts, the better one. Continuing the plot thread and ship-based setup of Black Flag, the lower budget than Unity shows but the ideas are superior.

All Assassin’s Creed Rogue posts.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
June 23rd 2015
What is it?
Who is the Arkham Knight? Does the Batmobile really need that much weaponry? Will you be bothered to do even more Riddler challenges? How will they jerry-rig Mark Hamill’s fantastic Joker in this time? All these questions answered, next year.

All Batman: Arkham Knight posts.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Look, we can hope, right? While game director and creator Michel Ancel was busy resurrecting Rayman as a surprisingly beautiful 2D co-op platformer, that project is now over, making a return to Jade a possibility. … please?

All Beyond Good & Evil 2 posts.

Just Cause 3

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Vehicles, explosions, guns, explosions, grappling hooks, explosions, car surfing and explosions all feature heavily in Avalanche’s latest in their open-world explosion’em’up series. Beyond bad boy Rico making his return, there hasn’t been a hint of the plot, but we’re not too bothered if we can still attach to planes together into a whirly death bird.

All Just Cause 3 posts.

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Well, they’ve done outer space, inside computers, gangland warfare, superpowers and the complete destruction of the planet Earth, might as well round it off with a quick trip to Hell. The standalone expansion to SR4 brings the open-world chaos of that game below ground.

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell review.
All Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell posts.

Cross of the Dutchman

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Slaying saxon hordes in his way on a murderous revenge tour, Pier Gerlofs Donia leads the people of his village in battle after it’s attacked and nearly razed, losing his wife in the process.

Tetrapulse


Official site

Genre
Co-op, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A co-op only single screen game about fending off waves of terrifying robo-bugs. To vary it up, the only way to kill your opponents is to burn your health bar in a variety of light-show attacks. A central object can recharge this and must be moved around to more defensible positions. Changes the formula just enough to be worth a look.

All Tetrapulse posts.

Hellraid

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Action
Release date
On hold.
What is it?
Fantasy swords, sorcery and skeletons with a focus on providing co-op opportunities in an Elder Scrolls style world-exploring, dungeon-crawling environment. Also some more arcadey modes for the action fan.

Hellraid interview.
All Hellraid posts.

Bombernauts

Official site

Genre
Online, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Bomberman on some kind of acid, Bombernauts is a multiplayer battle arena where each player has the ability to rapidly dispense explosive justice across the entire map, destroying parts of it in the process.

All Bombernauts posts.

Kingdoms Rise

Official site

Genre
Online, Third Person, Action, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A fantasy combat simulator using physics based controls to make every swing of a sword and shield block a skilled manoeuvre. It also adds bows and spells into the mix, raising the level of complexity massively. More than a year into an Early Access run.

Heat Signature

Official site

Genre
Roguelike, Space, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Tom Francis continues to make games he and, it turns out, lots of others like playing. Heat Signature is about sneaking aboard procedural spaceships by piloting close enough to dock, and then sneaking through corridors to steal, assassinate, or commandeer the ship you’re aboard.

Heat Signature preview.
All Heat Signature posts.

Deuce

Official site

Genre
Sports
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Pitched as Street Fight x Tennis, Deuce is one of the Facepunch prototypes that individuals or small teams within the studio are developing independent of the big projects. Elemental attacks, special moves and extreme disregard for the laws of physics abound.

All Deuce posts.

Stikbold!

Official site

Genre
Sports
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Dodgeball in arenas filled with fire, skeletons and a giant, ever-inhaling fish. There’s a competitive multiplayer mode along with a story campaign, where antagonists further include a bus and the devil himself. Originally a jam game.

All Stikbold! posts.

Tangiers

Official site

Genre
Stealth
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Tense, slow stealth in a terrifying, dark world of static TVs and endless rot. Tangiers is a gorgeously bleak, black and white sandbox where you must stick to the shadows and corrupt parts of the world using language to meet your ends. An immediate “must try” on first sight.

Tangiers interview.
Tangiers feature.
All Tangiers posts.

Hidden Asset

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Isometric stealth assassination in a world where corporations aren’t limited by laws or boundaries. Stealing secrets, killing CEOs and disposing of lower-level employees will be your job using systems inspired by XCOM and Syndicate.

All Hidden Asset posts.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
September 15th 2015
What is it?
Those with previous MGS experience likely have elsewhere to buy and play this. For the rest of us, look forward to an extreme level of confusion attempting to decrypt the labyrinthine mess that is the series’ expanded plotline. The port should be good at least, if Ground Zeroes (the paid-for prequel/demo) is any indication.

All Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain posts.

Volume

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Mike “Thomas Was Alone” Bithell tries his hand at cyber Robin Hood. An all star cast banters back and forth as you fool malevolent robots, sneak past security measures and generally make a nuisance of yourself.

Volume preview.
Volume interview.
All Volume posts.

No Man’s Sky

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The impossible game. A shared dream. Almost certainly not actually real, No Man’s Sky is about exploring the universe and the planets within it, letting you name and claim those you find first. The greatest challenge it faces is educating people about what it actually is, rather than the game we’ve built in our heads from trailers.

No Man’s Sky interview.
No Man’s Sky feature.
All No Man’s Sky posts.

Ghost Of A Tale

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A third-person stealth action game about a mouse venturing through caves, hiding in chests, dressing up as armour and alternately dodging or tricking enemy rats, crabs and other similarly anthropomorphised animals. It looks a bit like Styx: Master of Shadows, except with a mouse instead of a goblin.

Ghost Of A Tale interview.
All Ghost Of A Tale posts.

CrossCode

Official site

Genre
Action, 2D, RPG, Early Access
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A top-down ARPG played as a mute woman exploring an MMO of the future. A demo was released towards the end of 2014 and it already plays wonderfully, combat being a fine mix of ranged precision attacks and AoE sword slashes. There’s a whole heap of customisation promised in the final game and the SNES-style art is wonderfully colourful. Made its target on IndieGogo and has now released onto Early Access.

All CrossCode posts.

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action
Release date
June 23rd 2015
What is it?
Up rezzed and HD-ified version of the final adventure of “Classic Dante” before the great/awful (delete as appropriate) change to DmC. It’s set between the first and second games of that series and the SE tag brings with it three new playable characters and Japanese VO.

All Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition posts.

Tanzia

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Old-school third-person romp through a colourful world as you follow the paths of your ancestors to become a great shaman. Boasts an open world and varied combat system based around MMORPGs.

ORBIT

Official site

Genre
Arcade
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Twin-stick friend-blasting in ships flying around a sun, dodging between planets and, more likely, smashing into them at high speeds. All the couch deathmatch modes you’d expect are in there, along with a few specific to the unique battlegrounds available. And, yeah, black holes.

One Piece Pirate Warriors 3

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action, Anime
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Based on the tremendously popular and patently ridiculous anime series, it plays similarly to the Dynasty Warriors series, dropping familiar characters into massive battles and saying “have at it”. Already released in Japan, it was rather well received by the press over there. We’re authoritatively informed that the best thing about One Piece is a tiny reindeer that eats candy floss.

Legend of Kay – Anniversary

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action, Platformer
Release date
Q3
What is it?
An audio-visual overhaul of a Playstation 2 game in the Spyro Bandicoot mold. The first time the game has arrived on PC, 2015 tech also allows for online leaderboards for level scores. The publisher behind the port, Nordic Games, seem to be speciailising in HD remakes, but are also financing Spellforce 3.

All Legend of Kay – Anniversary posts.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
London-based conspiracies, stabbing, woeful accents, stabbing, horse riding and, likely, stabbing. You know what you’re getting: it looks pretty, there’ll be far too many trailers and the meta-plot will spiral ever further out of control. Doesn’t look like Black Flag’s ships are making the jump, unfortunately.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate feature.
All Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate posts.

Age of Blood: The Scourge

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Dungeon-crawling fantasy skeleton-crushing as either a close-combat specialist or a Gears of War style magic-spewing shooter. There’s also aliens, laser beams and a post-cataclysm plotline.

Don’t be Patchman

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action, Strategy
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
A game about waking “sheeple” from mind control by a large force of robots, having them join you and keeping them happy by supplying apples and oranges. Like parenting with more laser beams. Successfully Kickstarted with just 200 backers earlier this year.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Official site

Genre
Creative, Action-Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Follow-up to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes based around the plot of the two Avengers movies, rather than an original story. Otherwise familiar to lego game fans – cutesy antics in a brick-built world, just fun enough for co-op with the kids that won’t bore you to tears. Plus, they managed to have a toy version of Black Widow. Imagine that.

All LEGO Marvel’s Avengers posts.

LEGO Jurassic World

Official site

Genre
Creative, Action-Adventure
Release date
June 2015
What is it?
It’s got LEGO dinosaurs in it, for god’s sake people, get with the program. Everything else there is to say will give you déjà vu to the previous entry – whimsy, jokes, references. It’ll have the lot from every film in the franchise. Ben has never seen an entire Jurassic Park film, but Chris Pratt’s lovely arms may tempt him this year.

All LEGO Jurassic World posts.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Official site

Genre
Free to Play, Multiplayer, MOBA
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Free to play and PvP focused spin-off from the action tower defense series, taking odd strides into MOBA territory. Certainly a turn for the series and one that’s been in a length Closed Beta phase for some time. You use a deck of traps and weapons, along with four team-mates, to push your minions into the enemy base and destroy it.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained preview.
All Orcs Must Die! Unchained posts.

Overdosed: A Trip to Hell

Official site

Genre
Action, Shooter
Release date
September 2015
What is it?
Bug splatting, nightmare horror fleeing, drug induced ultra-violence in top-down form. Fully focused on building high scores and shooting enemies in their thousands. There’s randomly generated levels coupled with more arena-like killing fields. Fun for the whole redshifted family.

Tachyon Project

Official site

Genre
Twin-stick Shooter
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Ship-based shooty-bangs about a concious AI accidentally (or is it?!) let out onto the internet. The aim is to adapt the varied weaponry and always changing nature of standard shoot’em’ups to a twin-stick shooter, multiplying the hectic nature of both genres. Randomly, there’s also stealth levels, where timing and aim will be key to prevent discovery.

Samurai Warriors 4-II

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Hack ‘n’ Slash
Release date
10/02/2015
What is it?
Another Dynasty Warriors spin-off, focused on Japanese pseudo-history. Part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for the series, it was released in February in Japan to positive reception. Building on the series’ groundwork it adds new characters, tweaks AI and camera and presents a whole new campaign.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Action, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Ah yes, the Alone In The Dark game featuring light and co-op. Well, you tried video games, and for that you should be commended. But also mocked. Relentlessly. From its routs as the spookiest spook that ever did spook the early 90s, Alone in the Dark is now a 4 player monster blaster in a Resi 4 suit.

All Alone in the Dark: Illumination posts.

Disney Infinity 3.0

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Toys To Life, Money
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The latest interaction of Disney’s entry into the funds-producing ‘childrens toys that are also collectibles that are also a video game, oh boy’ craze. This one will feature Star Wars, to tie in with the new movie, along with the expected cast of Mickies, Minnies and, er, Spider-Men.

All Disney Infinity 3.0 posts.

Hellblade

Official site

Genre
Hack ‘n’ Slash, Third Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword (it’s okay, nobody saw the similarity in the names the first time, you can “oooooh”) follow up. Despite some fan backlash, yon Adam and others of the hivemind rather enjoyed DmC’s nonsense and it had some utterly astonishing pure style. Expect more of the same here.

All Hellblade posts.

Rise of Incarnates

Official site

Genre
Fighting, Action, Online
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Currently free to play in Early Access, this arena battler is focused on 2v2 fights and comes from a team formed by ex-Tekken and Soul Calibur developers. It’s a spectacle of flashy moves, unrealistic hair shapes and motorcycles.

All Rise of Incarnates posts.

Velocity 2X

Official site

Genre
Action, Shooter
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Fast-paced half-shoot’em’up half-side-scroller that took the various Sony Playmobiles by storm in previous years. Gorgeous art and a unique blend of genres pick it out from the crowd and a focus on speed give it replayability for would-be leaderboard-toppers.

Way of the Samurai 4

Official site

Genre
Third Person, Hack’n’Slash
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Another of the massive-battle action games making the jump to PC via the magic of ports this year. Its claim to fame is a highly mutable storyline based on your actions and more humourous tone than its peers.

All Way of the Samurai 4 posts.

Friendship Club

Official site

Genre
Local Multiplayer, Action, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Same screen competition over a huge number of maps and modes, all set inside the mind of a tiny, foolish child. Most take the form of bullet-hell versus with different variations. In Early Access for an indeterminate amount of time as developers Force of Habit work out the best way to expand the game.

All Friendship Club posts.

Dad By The Sword

Official site

Genre
Action, Swordfighting, Dad
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Physics based sword-swinging action under the narrative of YOUR DAD, YES, YOURS fighting back waves of enemies (hot dogs and ‘Anti-Dads’ mostly). Funny and smart, it’s about hitting chinks in armour and exploiting weak points through procedurally generated dungeons.

All Dad By The Sword posts.

Besiege

Official site

Genre
Destruction, Creative, Early Access
Release date
2017
What is it?
Immediately popular for obvious reasons, the world’s first medieval explosion simulator has been storming all over Early Access since the start of the year. Early front-runner for gif-generator of the year, the horrendous weapons of mass destruction the internet managed to craft from simple tools makes it ever more impressive we managed to reach the 21st century as a species.

Besiege feature.
All Besiege posts.

Nevermind

Official site

Genre
Horror, First Person
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Taking you inside the minds of traumatised individuals, Nevermind is terrifying on its own. The kicker is developers Flying Mollusc have made it bio-feedback compatible meaning with the correct equipment it will react to your fear and anxiety. Essentially, it plays you, comrade.

All Nevermind posts.

Death’s Gambit

Official site

Genre
Action, RPG, Platformer, Dark Souls
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Yeah, Dark Souls is a genre now, let’s all just deal with it. Pixel-art and colossi bosses round off one of the better hardcore gothic combat’em’ups out there. We’d heartily recommend a look over the litany of regularly posted gifs on the dev blog. Some of the prettiest 2D work out there.

All Death’s Gambit posts.

A Quiver of Crows

Official site

Genre
Twin-Stick Shooter
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Well, we’ve ran down the list of all mechanical and biological constructs that could possibly be used as the focal point of a twin-stick, so we’re on to “a crow.” Joking aside, that odd theme is perhaps Quiver’s greatest strength, black-on-orange colour pallette standing out. The world matches, one of rotting flesh and dying trees rather than the normal chrome spaceships.

Brigador

Official site

Genre
Vehicular Combat, Isometric
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A very odd set of themes all crammed into one. You’re a mech pilot, selecting from a collection of vehicles and weapons to fight against the occupying forces of a dictator-led city called Solo Nobre. You have a single night to liberate the city and each run at it is different. A bit Mech Commander, a bit Binding of Isaac, a bit Syndicate – odd and interesting.

All Brigador posts.

Mayan Death Robots

Official site

Genre
Artillery, Action
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Towering alien death robots do battle in Worms-style arenas with massive heavy weaponry … in the Mayan era, meaning worship and the machinations of the gods you’re slowly replacing also play a role. Allows players to create tracts of terrain to fight on in between blowing it all up.

DiscStorm

Official site

Genre
Local Multiplayer, Arena
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Combines small top-down maps with bouncing discs to make each one a near undodgeable death zone of quick reactions and quicker thinking. Designed for multiplayer, the devs are also promising a series of singleplayer challenges to build skill.

Demons with Shotguns

Official site

Genre
Local Multiplayer, Early Access, Action
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Arena battles featuring, you guessed it, minions of hell packing sawn-offs in a competition to collect souls. Closer to Soldat than Towerfall, there’s a big variety of maps and modes on offer to keep the action fresh.

Penarium

Official site

Genre
Arcade, Local Multiplayer
Release date
June 2015
What is it?
Dodge giant explosive drills, lightning strikes and beams of fire in this deadly circus sim. Muiltiplayer modes become more of a ‘who can survive’ competition rather than any direct conflict between players. Solo play is a run, jump, puzzle and die affair.

Penarium feature.
All Penarium posts.

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