Said so a few times already this year but 2015 really has been one of the best years of gaming in recent memory for me. Several games which over-delivered on their expectations, games which I wasn't expecting much from but blew me away and whilst there have been some disappointments here and there, they have been few and far between. A really fantastic year imo!
Here's my run-down.
MS' 2015 GAMES OF THE YEAR:
- 1: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- 2: Bloodborne (PS4)
- 3: Tales from the Borderlands
- 4: Until Dawn (PS4)
- 5: Life is Strange
- 6: Cities: Skylines
- 7: Ori and the Blind Forest
- 8: Assassin's Creed Syndicate
- 9: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4)
- 10: SOMA
- 11: Star Wars Battlefront
- 12: Dying Light
- 13: Anno 2205
- 14: Her Story
- 15: Satellite Reign
I'd have limited this to a top 5 or a top 10 but just didn't think it was fair (or doable) given the amount of quality releases we've had this year. And no, I did not make a typo. Whilst I did get enjoyment out of both of them (despite being disappointed with them for different reasons), Fallout 4 and MGSV did not make my top 15. I've still to finish Telltale's Game of Thrones too so I'm not sure how that will end up ranking (and can't see myself going back to finish it before the end of the year), but atm? Tales from the Borderlands is their best game yet. Oh and I don't plan to buy Just Cause 3. Gameplay may look fun and it does look like a beautiful game but like with Just Cause 2, lack of story always leads me to getting bored of those games.
- 1: Grand Theft Auto V (PC)
- 2: Journey (PS4)
- 3: Grim Fandango: Remastered
- 4: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
- 5: Resident Evil HD Remaster
I decided to keep these out of the main list since even though I was playing some of them for the first time (Journey & Grim Fandango) and they were new to me and were new remasters for 2015, they're technically not new games. Considering there have been sooo many amazing new games this year I thought it would be fairer to list these off separately rather than give up slots in my main list for them. These (1-4 especially) were still fantastic though and well worth picking up. GTAV on PC made an already incredible game even better with all the improvements it brought, Journey was absolutely beautiful and something everyone should experience at least once, Grim was one of the best and most unique adventure games I've played and the Uncharted remasters are some of the best I've seen.
Biggest disappointment of the year?
Hmm. MGSV would definitely be one but at the same time I did love some of it, especially the gameplay which was easily the best in the series. Also loved some of the story, what was there of it... Fallout 4 would be another disappointment, as was The Order: 1886. The biggest though? Probably Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. Might be unfair of me to list it as such considering I haven't completed it but that's kinda the point. The state in which that launched was shocking (to say it was completely unplayable on PC is not an exaggeration) and the fact that they pulled it from sale only to re-release it 4 months later and yet STILL see it not completely fixed (and that they have officially given up on trying to get SLI working with it too), has been an absolute <censored> disgrace. A real shame as there could be a good game in there (the forced introduction of the Batmobile sections aside, which I hated as I expected I would). After all the problems with it though? Has left a very sour taste in my mouth and I'm not sure if I even want to play it now. All things said though, I think this and the introduction of Steam refunds will be a good thing for us as a dev/pub would have to be stupid to try and release something in that state again and think they can get away with it.
How about you guys?
Feel free to use these as recommendations for buying shit when the Christmas sales start in a few weeks. I know not all of you own a PS4 so will sadly miss out on titles like Bloodborne for the time being but do give some of the others a look if you haven't already. Hopefully you guys will have some games in your lists which I haven't played this year too and I can maybe pick those up in the sales myself as well!