1. Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline is a first-person shooter from Visceral Games and EA Games, available for Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.Hardline, unlike the rest of the Battlefieldseries, focuses more on policing, crime, and heist-based elements instead of the military aspect seen in the rest of the series. Critics rave about the voice acting and multiplayer modes as well as accessibility, while being less than pleased about the plot and narrative.
Bloodborne is a role-playing game by FromSoftware available only for the PS4. You play a character known as the Hunter, who must survive in a post-apocalyptic, plague-ridden world for reasons initially unknown. Eventually, you discover that you must kill the source of the disease in order to return to the “real world”, or as the game refers to it, the “Waking World”. Players and critics alike loved the visuals and design, the fast-paced gameplay and the soundtrack. Slow frame rates and long load times, however, drew some criticism. So far, the game has sold over one million copies.
3. Dying Light
Dying Light is the game for those who love an open universe. Developed by Techland and produced by Warner Bros Entertainment for the PS4, Xbox One, Windows, and Linux, the game takes place in a zombie-infested wasteland where you, an undercover agent, must find and break into a quarantine zone in order to survive. Players love the open-world style of the game with its unique day/night cycle and the parkour-based constant combat, but found the technical difficulties hard to swallow. Dying Light was the top selling title in January 2015.
4. Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X is the tenth installment in the Mortal Kombat series from NetherRealm Studios. It is currently available for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows, and will be available for PS3 and Xbox 360 soon. Like the rest of the MK series, MKX is a fighting game consisting of two players, or one player versus the computer, using a variety of attacks in order to win a fight. Critics rave about this installment of the MK series, some even calling it the best in the series. However, the PC version in particular seemed to suffer from technical issues.
Splatoon is a third-person shooter from Nintendo exclusively for the Wii U. The game revolves around human/squid creatures known as “Inklings” that use a variety of guns and brushes in their warfare. Players can choose from multiple game modes, including 4 x 4 multiplayer and single player campaign. The game was praised for overall gameplay and aesthetics, and was only criticized for what it lacked, such as the voice chats and private chatrooms found in similar games.