After several months of very little news, the big games of 2015 are finally starting to come into focus. Recently, it seems like every big video game company decided to release trailers for some of the year’s most anticipated titles nearly all at once.
From Halo 5 to Batman: Arkham Knight, these trailers give players big hints about what to expect from major franchises, long-dormant series, and even totally new games. Here are all the recent trailers for this year’s biggest games, with breakdowns that cover all the new information each video reveals.
1. Batman: Arkham Knight
- Release date: June 23
The latest trailer for the upcoming Batman game shows us quite a bit, from the heroes and the villains to the cops and the thugs. It has all the great hard-hitting action we’ve come to expect from the series, with a brand-new feature called “dual play” that lets you switch between Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman on a whim during battle.
Cameos in the trailer include Scarecrow (sporting a terrifying new skull-like mask), Commissioner Gordon, Lucius Fox, Robin, Catwoman, Nightwing, and Azrael. There’s also a quick background reference to someone called Johnny Charisma, who some fans have hypothesized might be the Joker, somehow back alive after his demise in Batman: Arkham City.
2. Mad Max
- Release date: September 1
Talk about a much-needed info dump. This lengthy gameplay trailer gives us a fantastically thorough tour of this upcoming driving/action game. Like the movies before it, Mad Max takes place in an unpleasant (to say the least) dystopia, where gangs rule the land and brute strength is the best power you can wield. In the game, you’ll engage in plenty of bone-breaking combat and high-caliber shootouts as you progress. You’ll also craft and upgrade your car and fighting abilities to get an upper hand on the enemy gangs.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
- Release date: November 6
Sure, a new Call of Duty game comes out each year, but that doesn’t make the reveal any less exciting. This trailer represents the first time we’ve seen or heard anything concrete about this year’s installment. The game takes place in 2060, when soldiers have been enhanced with cybernetic parts that let them do all kinds of crazy feats of agility. For a full rundown of all the new features that have been announced for Black Ops 3, click here.
4. Halo 5: Guardians
- Release date: October 27
Microsoft has been giving us peeks at this upcoming shooter for a while now (in live-action trailers like this and this), but the latest video unveils an entirely new kind of Spartan. This teaser was released alongside the box art reveal, which you can check out here. And if you were hoping for more details about Halo 5, you’re probably going to have to wait until E3 in June, when Microsoft plans to show fans what they’re really in for come October. In the meantime, teasers like this will have to do.
5. Just Cause 3
- Release date: Holiday 2015
To understand the appeal of the Just Cause series, just take a look at that trailer and you’ll probably get it. The games basically drop you in an open world and encourage you to participate in the craziest action set pieces you can imagine, many of which involve skydiving, car crashes, and enormous explosions. The previous two games are beloved cult classics. This one may prove to be the most popular yet.
6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- Release date: Fall 2015
The latest Rainbow Six Siege trailer centers on the British special forces, one of several counter-terrorism teams that will make appearances in the game. The trailer takes a close look at an airplane rescue mission and shows off many of the tools you’ll use to root out the enemies and protect yourself during the raid, including toxic gas, C4, razor wire, and portable barriers. Team members have a special skill they use to help bring down the enemy. Trailers featuring the special forces of other countries are expected to release in the future.
7. Destiny “House of Wolves” expansion
- Release date: May 19
Fans of Destiny are looking forward to the game’s second expansion, entitled “House of Wolves,” coming in May. Developer Bungie has released a couple of teasers, including the one above that gives a glimpse at the brand-new crucible mode “Trials of Osiris.” If you’re not familiar with this ever-expanding online shooter, it’s well worth a look. In the meantime, you can read why the game keeps getting better every week.
8. Guitar Hero Live
- Release date: Fall 2015
The next Guitar Hero game is a big departure from the most recent titles, the last of which came out in 2010. It’s a guitar-only game, with a live-action campaign and a brand new plastic guitar controller. The other half of the game is Guitar Hero TV, which is essentially a music video network with songs you can play along with thanks to a “note highway” overlay. For more information about Guitar Hero Live and how it differs from the upcoming game Rock Band 4, check out our full article here.
9. Brutal Doom
- Release date: June 5
Did you find the pioneering 1993 shooter Doom a little too tame? First, you might want to see someone about that. And second, you’re in luck, because modder SGtMarkIV has created an add-on called Brutal Doom that ups the blood and gore to insane levels.
Every bullet you pump into an enemy sends fountains of blood in all directions, painting the walls, floors, and camera red. Watch the NSFW video above, and you’ll probably agree that this is the way Doom was meant to be played.