The following are in no particular order, and I’ve narrowed it down to ten, because we don’t normally make these recommendations huge in size. There are, in theory, a buttload of games slated to come out in 2015. And if you’re wondering why there are no Xbox One exclusives mentioned: none of us on the site owns the console, yet. The following are games that I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this year, but if you’ve got another ten that are your priority: let me know in the comments.

Batter up.

Splatoon (Wii U)

Something that none of us could have imagined being announced during last year’s E3, Splatoon for the Wii U features both multiplayer and singlepayer modes that see you play as anthropomorphic squids, fighting for control of territory using glutinous ink. It’s a third person shooter that acknowledges that there’s more colours in the spectrum than Call of Duty or Battlefield ever will and that fun is a thing that you’re allowed to have.

Release date: TBD, but sometime in 2015

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)

I’m not the biggest Naughty Dog advocate out there, but even I’m a bit intrigued as to what they’re cooking up in Drake’s fourth main series outing. From the first teaser for the game, it was apparent that Drake is reaching a pretty big point in his life and so there’s a big hope from people like me that the storytelling in this has at least learned a bit from The Last of Us (despite how much I don’t like that game). If you want a more in-depth discussion about the above video, check out David Osbon’s look at it.

Release date: TBD, but sometime in 2015

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

Appearing to be more open world than any other previous game in the series, The Legend of Zelda (this is a working title) is heading to Wii U and is probably the kind of game that Nintendo really could have done with launching the Wii U with, but oh well. Watching trailers for it, I feel like it’s a cross between recent Zeldas and Skyrim – an interesting hybrid between action and RPG genres. I’m not the most excited about this game in our household, but I think I’ll be happily watching Paul B play this once it’s out.

Release date: TBD, but sometime in 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight (Ps4, Xbox One, PC)

Rocksteady are back at the helms of the Arkham game franchise in this instalment, thankfully. Scarecrow has declared open season on Batman and so Gotham has pretty much become a no-go zone for anyone who hasn’t had a stint in Arkham Asylum or Blackgate Prison, or is Batman. Set a year after Arkham City, the game will be the first in the series that features you driving the Batmobile alongside all the other bits of ass kicking that we’ve come to expect from the series. They’ve kept pushing the release date back on this one, so I’m hoping for awesome.

Release date: 2 June 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

Xenoblade Chronicles X looks like the kind of game that knows what to do with big monsters and a big explorable world, more so than Final Fantasy XIII ever did. Building upon the systems found in the Wii based Xenoblade Chronicles, Cross (the X isn’t a ten) is seen as a successor to the Wii game. It’s going to involve action based battles, driving around in or on various forms of transport and lots and lots of exploration.

Release date: TBD, but sometime in 2015

The Order: 1886 (PS4)

Giving off a faint air of Columbia and the slight stench of Dishonored, the very steampunk, very British looking and sounding The Order: 1886 has this whole alternate history with added elements of the supernatural and otherworldly about it. You play as a knight, called Sir Galahad (no points for originality), who’s a member of an ancient order that tries to keep the bogeyman from fudging things up to much. There’s been a lot of bigging up about its story, and the developers seem really optimistic about how it plays. While I am looking forward to this a bit, I’m a little worried about how stereotypical it’ll play the Brit angle.

Release date: 20 February 2015

Evolve (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Turtle Rock Studios gave the world Left 4 Dead, and so I have high hopes for this game, if I can ignore its DLC controversy for long enough. The game pits a team of four human players (the hunters) against one human player playing as a big-ass monster in a huge bout of cat and mouse. There is more than one type of huge ass monster and human characters and all will have various levelling up perks, skins, weapons and so on. Personally, I’m looking forward to playing as the monster.

Release date: 10 February 2015

Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One, Ps3, Xbox 360, PC)

Mortal Kombat is the kind of series where I get to get away with copious amounts of button bashing during a fight and fail to ever deliver fatalities. Mortal Kombat X will be set after the events of the previous game and will include the usual amounts of blood, gore and slightly unhinged storylines. Fans of the series will hopefully find a plentiful roster of old characters, and the rest of us will hopefully find newcomers that we can get on board with.

Release date: 14 April 2015

No Man’s Sky (PS4, PC)

Perhaps the game that took the most breath away when it was announced at last year’s E3, No Man’s Sky is being developed by Hello Games (Joe Danger developers) and has too huge defining characteristics: it looks very pretty and has a “procedurally generated open universe”. And you get to fly spaceships around. While everyone has been quite fixated on space sim Elite: Dangerous for the past few months, people are probably going to start remembering that something just as unique, but even prettier, should be heading our way later this year.

Release date: TBD, but sometime in 2015

Life Is Strange (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Comprised of five episodes, the pedigree of Life Is Strange appears to be a healthy mixture of Heavy Rain, The Walking Dead and Gone Home. Dontnod have pulled the game around being able to rewind time and try different things which will adjust the story (up to a point) with consequences being immediate or potentially long term. Just because this game is at the bottom of my list doesn’t mean it’s the title I’m most looking forward to, but it is combining a lot of things have worked really well elsewhere.

Release date: Episode one is available from 30 January 2015

So: which videogames are you looking forward to this year?