As the year 2015 is rapidly coming to a close we reflect on what some of our favorite games have been. Now without further ado, here are the top 6 games of 2015.
6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
I will admit that I am a complete Hideo Kojima fanboy, but that still doesn’t mean that the conclusion to the Metal Gear Solid series wasn’t completely awesome. Although the constant “intro” to each mission felt rather stale by the end of the game, overall this last installment of the series was exactly what I had hoped for. It had the classic Hideo Kojima storytelling, and goddamn did I enjoy every over-the-top moment of it. From camera flares to dramatic pauses, this game was the epitome of Metal Gear chalked up with each classic element from the prior titles in the series.
The classic music selection in the game is great, the story may have not been amazing but it is exactly what everyone expected out of the final title. And who knew having quiet around would be so much fun? Besides her being a rather intriguing and well developed character, being able to utilize her in a pinch was an excellent touch to the game. It added a different perspective to how I would have normally approached a Metal Gear Solid puzzle or battleground.
5. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Cliche titles aside, Rise of the Tomb Raider is anything but boring. If Laura Croft and Nathan Drake were to ever have children, they would be the most accident prone person on the planet. Now Laura takes many beatings (again) in this Xbox One timed exclusive sequel of the original reboot. And to be honest, it holds up quite nicely. The environments are breathtaking, the game play is fun and intuitive, and Laura is as kick-ass as ever. It builds off of what was fun in the last game and places it in another fun setting with a great story line. If you own an Xbox One, and haven’t already picked up a copy, you certainly need to reconsider and do so.
4. Dying Light
As people may (or may not) be aware of, I do not particularly like games that contain elements of horror in them. And typically, when being forced to play such games (like Until Dawn) I have to force myself to enjoy them for all the heart-racing moments. So when I received Dying Light as a birthday present I was a little skeptical on whether or not I was going to enjoy it. I am very very very glad to admit that I was horribly wrong. Being able to parkour over zombies in the fictional African city was entertaining as hell. As a spiritual successor to Dead Island it improved on a lot of the RPG elements within the game and made the act of leveling much more fun. Although the story was rather general, the music within the game (think futuristic and similar to the new TRON movie) was excellent. For some reason or another, it blended perfectly with this creepy, fast paced, and fun title.
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is not only the best title in the series itself, it also was one of the best titles this year. Comparatively to its predecessors, The Witcher 3 made the combat more accessible to new players. In prior titles, combat was very difficult, clunky, and the timing had to be absolutely perfect, this aspect was fortunately fixed. Coming from an independent developer (CD Projekt Red) it is outstanding proof that indie studios can create AAA titles (and do it incredibly well). This game is one of the most encompassing RPGs of this year. It has so many different things to explore, so many opportunities in terms of missions and side-quests, stunning graphics (both on computer and on consoles), high customization, and an engrossing story line. It is hard not to fall in love with this game and all it has to offer. Just be sure to remember to turn it off occasionally and go outside.
2. Fallout 4
As a huge fan of the Fallout franchise (I know I am a fanboy of a lot of titles they all just happened to get released within this year), Fallout 4 was an excellent addition to the collection. It had a lot of fantastic elements from the prior games and brought in a few new concepts to keep the series fresh. I will have to admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the settlement building aspect of the game but by the end I found myself setting up trade routes, scoring the wasteland for parts, and creating massive fortresses. The new gun modding and perk system certainly were something else to get used to, but once I got the hang of it became fun and more intuitive than the prior titles.
The only reason it isn’t the highest rated title of this year is due to the fact that the ending (and I will not spoil anything) seemed rather Dues Ex: Human Revolution-esc. By that I mean, similar to Fallout: New Vegas where there is not enough mobility in the choices. It becomes a pick A, B, C, or D ending which is similar to prior titles, but I was hoping for more. That aside it still was one of the best games this year.
Bloodborne is fantastic. It lived up to each and every expectation we as consumers had for it. A dynamic, difficult, and gory Victorian era/gothic themed addition to the Souls games. Outside of Fallout 4, Bloodborne was a title that I didn’t expect to play as much as I did. I had played (and beaten) Dark Souls before but I didn’t fall in love with that game as hard as my co-founder Matt. So when approaching this title, I was a bit cautious. However, once I donned the saw cleaver (I had a lot of frustrating moments starting with the threaded cane) I clocked more hours in this game than I care to admit. The game does a great job forcing Souls players to be dynamic and constantly taking risks (which is usually unwise in the other titles). Everything from the setting (god I love gothic and dark settings), the dark choral music, to the replay-ability was excellent. Other than dying constantly, I cannot come up with a viable complaint that wasn’t self-inflicted, which is why I consider Bloodborne to be the best title of 2015.
What did you all think of the top 6 games of 2015? What were some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!Tweet