As the end of the year rolls around, so do the lists. This is by no means a complete list since trying to name all of the games that came out in 2015 that are amazing is a daunting task. Here are (subjectively and in no particular order) the top ten.
On a scale from Dark Souls to Bloodborne, how hard do you like your games? Bloodborne is gorgeous and while (for some) it might not be as difficult as DS2 was, it’s a dark and gritty pleasure to play. Definitely worth the frustrations that may come from hard battles.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – (PC/Mac, PS4, XBOne)
Witcher 3 is another beautiful open world action-RPG that gained a lot of attention and for good reason. It’s well worth the play and while the learning curve may be a bit difficult for those who don’t play many RPG’s of this type, it isn’t notoriously difficult and anyone can enjoy a good play through.
The hyper around the crowd-funded Undertale game is absolutely well-deserved and personally speaking from this authors point of view, it is one of the absolute best games ever made. The dialogue is witty and every single character feels deep and fleshed out, even random NPCs. The storyline is great, the battle system is a mix of old turn-based RPGs and bullet hell strategy, with the absolutely cool option of being able to be-friend monsters and Spare them instead of fighting at all. The game has a heavy Earthbound (Mother) feel and hits you with Hideo Kojima/Metal Gear levels of, “So that just happened.” moments. It is 110% worth playing. (It will fill you with determination.) ♥
At this point in the year, I don’t think that Fallout needs any sort of introduction. Easily one of the most hyped games of the year after Bethesda sprang an out of nowhere announcement that it was coming, and then released it within a few months of their E3 presentation. Open world and with the ability to do pretty much anything you want, it’s one that you will spend countless hours on, wandering around the Wasteland. (Most likely looking for Adhesive and customizing your Power Armour.)
5. MGSV: The Phantom Pain (PC/PS3 + PS4/X360 + XBOne)
The final installment in the long running Metal Gear Solid series. An open world tactical mission game that (like the previous entries in the series) will more than likely hit you right in the feelings. The MGS series has always been good at working with emotions and this is no different. Worth the hype and well worth the play. (Also you get D-Dog, which, let’s be honest: Is entirely the best.)
6. Rise of the Tomb Raider – (PC, PS3, X360 + XBOne)
Tomb Raider is another series that has been around for a very long time and these new updated versions of Lara Croft and gameplay is wonderful. This game proves once again that Lara isn’t just a female character, she’s bad ass too. Definitely grab this one if you have not done so already.
7. Life is Strange – (PC/ PS3 + PS4, X360 + XBOne)
Life is Strange is a neat episodic graphic-novel type game that is published by Square Enix. You can rewind time, change up events, and watch how it all unfolds as the story progresses. It’s different in a third person, but very well done. Worth checking out on Steam if you’re on PC, or for most other platforms.
8. Just Cause 3 – (PC, PS4, XBOne)
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to play a game that is basically a Michael Bay movie, go get Just Cause 3. The environment is massive and nearly everything in it can be altered and destroyed. It’s a ton of fun!
Until Dawn is a mix of Heavy Rain-esque story telling and butterfly effect consequences. Some decisions that may seem right in the beginning could bring bad omens later as your progress. There are a ton of characters you get to play as and as it goes on, your actions and decisions really play a massive impact in the way the game ends. It’s gorgeous and the story telling is wonderful.
10. Super Mario Maker – (Wii U)
Super Mario Maker is one of the best games of the year, not just because you can build your own levels but because watching friends play brutally hard levels is sadistically fun times for the whole family! Instead of making it so that it’s just the ‘new’ style of Mario games, you can create levels that are based on the different styles all the way from the first 1985 Super Mario Bros. game, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, etc. It’s fantastic fun and incredibly addictive.