All told 2014 was a pretty good year for action games, with the likes of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Bayonetta 2 and Dark Souls II proving there's still plenty to be done in advancing this genre. Ultimately though, it's a year that could pale in comparison to the heavyweights arriving in the coming 12 months.
We've gathered up five of the best for your perusal, but there are literally dozens missing from this list that could end up as gaming greats. 2015 is a year that's going to be packed to the rafters if, fingers crossed, none of these titles get delayed, then we're in for a treat. Whether you're wanting to scratch that Dark Souls itch, or you can't wait to see what The Caped Crusader is up to next, these games are sure to have your wallet begging for mercy...
The feather in Sony’s rather illustrious PlayStation 4-shaped cap, Bloodborne looks to be the action game to end all action games. From the creative minds behind Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls, Bloodborne has achingly good pedigree. We don’t want to speak too soon but it looks From Software can do no wrong with Bloodborne, a gothic action-adventure that plays out like a hyper-kinetic Dark Souls, where attack is the best form of defense.
Once you lay eyes on this it’s liable to cause uncontrollable levels of dribbling. A first-person hack ‘n’ slash adventure from the minds behind Dying Light, Hellraid is a dark and twisted take on medieval European folklore. Looking every bit like a first-person Dark Souls, Hellraid has you and up to four other players battling to close up the gates to Hell, as you do, through some absolutely gorgeous and grimly demonic environments.
When it comes to developing Batman titles Rocksteady has, for want of a better word, been shit-hot. Its pair of titles are two of most acclaimed games to come out of the last generation, and if we were betting men we wouldn’t be surprised if the same tag applied to Batman: Arkham Knight. They say bigger isn’t always better, to which Bruce Wayne says sod that for a game of soldiers, as the Arkham trilogy is set to ramp up to an explosive Batmobile-fuelled finale.
The world’s worst kept secret for quite some time, the wraps have at last been taken off Avalanche Studios’ open-world sequel. We still don’t know much about this one yet, but seeing as how Just Cause 2 is still causing us to cackle over four years later, it’s safe to say we’re excited.
The fifth main outing for one of the greatest stealth-action series of all time, it’s safe to say that anticipation is bubbling away for this one. Set to be a prequel, MGS: The Phantom Pain is expected to tell the events leading up Metal Gear Solid 1 and the creation of Shadow Moses. For the first time in the series MGS V will have an open-world, allowing players to approach situations differently every time. The Phantom Pain will also have a stealth focused PvP mode in the form of Metal Gear Online, while players will also be able to invade each others bases that have been built in asynchronous multiplayer action.
That's some of our most anticipated action games of 2015, what's yours?