The survival-horror genre had a great 2014 thanks to videogames like Alien Isolation, The Evil Within and PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills. This year is looking pretty good as well with a mix of releases that will appeal to all sort of gamers. So what are the top five of the best survival-horror games releasing in 2015 that you should be looking forward to buying? Find out in our list.
First, let’s take a look at several games that are still worth checking out even if they did not break into our top five. In terms of ports to current-gen consoles, two open-world massively-multiplayer survival-horror zombie games, Day Z and H1Z1, should be coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2015. The excellent State of Decay is also being ported to the Xbox One with the Year One Survival Edition.
For new games, you can expect Soma, a PC exclusive game from the developer behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Visual novel fans can also look forward to Corpse Party: Blood Drive, the third and final game from the creepy trilogy, for the Vita. With that said, you can find our top five survival-horror games coming out in 2015 below.
5. Dead Island 2
The first Dead Island game ended up being one of the most popular horror titles last gen. While Techland decided to create a new I.P. instead (more on that later), Yager (the studio behind the solid Spec Ops: The Line) is a great replacement. The sequel is much bigger than the original in terms of play area, which is now set in California, in addition to increasing the amount of co-op players to eight. With the engrossing combat being streamlined as well, Dead Island 2 looks like an excellent follow-up.
The second game from the Dead Island series should be releasing in the second quarter of 2015. Preorder Dead Island 2 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Amazon via this page.
In most survival-horror games, you get a game over screen when you character dies. This won’t be the case with Until Dawn as the story will branch off based on what action you decide to take. As a result, the adventure game should not only be fun to play by yourself but at parties with your loved ones screaming at you during every crucial decision. Supermassive Games, the developer even went as far as to cast some Hollywood actors like Hayden Panettiere to add to the B-movie slasher film authenticity.
Until Dawn, which is expected to launch in the summer for the PlayStation 4, can be preordered with this link.
The original Resident Evil pioneer the survival-horror genre. In 2002, Capcom decided to give the revolutionary game a full remake on the Gamecube, adding stunning visuals that still holds up well by today’s standards along with other new elements like the terrifying crimson heads. In the HD remaster, the company is adding 5.1 surround sound, widescreen ratio along with a refined (but optional) control scheme. Needless to say, Resident Evil HD is shaping up to be the definitive edition of the classic game.
Resident Evil HD will be made available on the 20th of January as a digital release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
While Resident Evil HD is going to please old school fans of the series, Resident Evil Revelations 2 should provide a happy medium between new and old school fanatics. While the over-the-shoulder camera made famous by Resident Evil 4 is back, the second Revelations title also retains the creepy horror atmosphere found in the earlier games. Not to mention that you will be able to play as Claire Redfield and Barry Burton for the first time in years. Resident Evil fans should have plenty to be happy about in 2015 with these new releases.
The first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 launches on the 17th of February for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Vita and PC. You can preorder the disc version, which includes all the episodes along with other extras, with this page on Amazon.
After the success of Dead Island, Techland decided to create a new survival-horror intellectual property with Dying Light. While the game still takes place from the first-person perspective, you will have more mobility thanks to the newly added free running elements. There is also a day-night cycle where enemies become more deadly and active when the sun goes down, which should add a whole other level of intensity. Add is the ability to team up with three other players and you should have an excellent game.
Dying Light is due to launch on the 27th of January on the two current-gen consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) along with the PC. Reserve what may be the best survival-horror game of 2015 with this link.