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The best games of 2015 are still coming

We are halfway through 2015.

With the exception of games such as “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” and “Batman: Arkham Knight,” the majority of this year’s highest profile and best video games are expected to be released during the remainder of the year, as the highest grossing income period for the industry tends to be from August to the holiday season.

Below are the five most anticipated games confirmed to be released in the second half of this year.

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“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate”

The stealth-action series Assassin’s Creed released a game each year, and some gamers view this franchise as becoming very stale since the series original debut in 2007.

“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” plans to change that.

Set in Victorian era London during the Industrial Revolution, the player takes the role of twins Jacob and Evie Frye as they navigate the London criminal underworld.

The standard aspects of stealth-action gameplay are present but improved, as shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

New equipment is also added to the game such as brass knuckles, cane swords and compact revolvers. The most interesting new toy is a rope launcher that can be used to create zip lines as well as scale buildings more quickly than ever before.

Another exciting aspect of this game is that it has the second playable female protagonist in an Assassin’s Creed game, the first being Aveline de Granpré of “Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation,” which was released in 2012.

“Fallout 4”

“Fallout 4” is the assumed front-runner for best game of the year.

The developer, Bethesda Game Studios, has a legendary reputation. Their three previous, non-mobile platform games, “Elders Scrolls IV: Oblivion,” “Fallout 3” and “Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim,” were all “Game of the Year” winners in their respective years from multiple gaming publications and websites.

Bethesda is the king of open-world video games, and “Fallout 4” seems to be no exception. Containing a map three times the size of Skyrim, the game is expected to feel massive and immersive with plenty of places to explore.

The classic Fallout staples such as the pip-boy and the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System, or V.A.T.S., are also included in the game. The pip-boy is a computer attached to your forearm, and V.A.T.S. is a gameplay mechanic letting the player slow down time and target enemies on specific body parts such as the head, arms or legs. The ability to play the game in first-person or third-person returns as well.

There are plenty of new things to look forward to such as building and customizing a personalized set of power armor and tweaking and upgrading weapons. The biggest addition will be building a town the player has to defend against enemies.

Needless to say, “Fallout 4” is going to be something special.

“Halo 5: Guardians”

The Halo franchise is one of the best first-person shooter series.

It is Microsoft’s flagship first-party video game property. The original developer, Bungie, created the games until 2010 when the franchise was handed off to 343 Industries, a company created by Microsoft for the sole purpose of developing Halo games.

In November 2012, 343 Industries released “Halo 4,” which was received well, but they made some changes to the Halo formula that did not sit well with fans. “Halo 5: Guardians” seems to be the company’s way of making up for the mistakes of “Halo 4.”

They seem to be pulling out all the stops for this game.

It contains a revamped multiplayer returning to the classic roots of what made Halo great with some necessary modern game design additions. A new multiplayer mode called Warzone is added combining the two most popular genres in the industry, first-person shooters and multiplayer battle online arenas. A new story mode is added that can be played in four player co-op with eight unique characters to play as. And many classic characters return from previous Halo games and Halo’s excellent expanded lore.

Based on what little we know about “Halo 5: Guardians,” it is safe to say it is a good time to be a Halo fan.

“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”

The Metal Gear series is one of the oldest in gaming, with its original released in 1987.

Unfortunately, this seems to be creator Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear game. He is leaving the company he works for, Konami, in December, but not before releasing his swan song in the form of “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.”

Bigg Boss returns as the protagonist. Waking up from a coma after the events of the prequel, “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes,” he travels to Afghanistan to search for the man responsible for destroying his organization’s home base.

The company has already showed a ton of footage in action and it is shaping up to be an epic experience. The game takes the stealth-action the series is known for and throws it into an open world, in which a player can explore anywhere they want. We have yet to see a game with stealth gameplay this robust combined into an open environment.

This game is sure to be up there with Kojima’s finest work.

“Star Wars: Battlefront”

One of the most talked about games of the past few years, “Star Wars: Battlefront,” is the reimagining of the classic game of the same name.

This game is being developed by the famous Battlefield series creators EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, more commonly known as DICE.

Playable in either first-person or third-person, the game takes the fun of a great shooting game and adds the look of Star Wars.

This is a massive, multiplayer shooter that puts the player in famous Star Wars battles. If you ever wanted to be a stormtrooper of the Galactic Empire or a soldier of the Rebel Alliance this is your opportunity.

DICE is also known for their top of the line graphic capabilities and this game represents that ability.

Ultimately, if you are a Star Wars or shooter fan, keep a look out for this game.

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