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Xavier Woods' Top 10 Games of 2015

GIANT BOMB! Don't you dare be sour! Clap for Xavier Woods' top 10 games of the year, and feeeeel the power!

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Xavier Woods is exactly one third of the tremendously positive, wonderfully ridiculous WWE stable known as The New Day. He also has his very own gaming channel, UpUpDownDown, which the Giant Beast squad had a brief cameo on this year. Head on over to Twitter and chant "NEW DAY ROCKS" in his direction at your earliest convenience.

I, Xavier Woods, otherwise known as “Handsome Austin Creed”, have come back for a third year to spread my immense love (and hatred) for the key video games that struck a note with me in the year of our Lord Raiden, 2015. For those of you who are unfamiliar with my work, let me list off just a few of my glorious accolades: In 6th grade I won the “Tuesday Tigers” bowling tournament; in high school I was a member of the Spanish Honors Society; I am currently working on my PhD; I play a level 50 bard in Final Fantasy XIV; I am a two-time and current WWE World Tag Team Champion; Yu Yu Hakusho is my favorite anime of all time; I’ll fight a man if he doesn’t agree that Topanga is the sexiest woman on this earth; I have a YouTube gaming channel called “UpUpDownDown” (which you should go subscribe to cause it’s hilarious); and finally (and most importantly), I am literally unbeatable in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. As far as Double Dash goes, I'll play money matches with whoever and you can help me pay off my student loans. COME AT ME!

Worst Game of the Year: Bloodborne

First off we have the award for absolute worst game of the year. Technically, this is the worst game of all time. This game brings nothing but shame to those who play it and those who enjoy it should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this type of evil into their hearts. I have never played a more aggravating and pointless game in my life. I downloaded it in order to do the multiplayer with a friend, but this multiplayer mode isn’t available from the start (first problem of many). So after seven hours of sitting and chatting with my friend in a party while we both tried to beat the first stage, I finally gave up and sat defeated. I wanted my $60 back and I’ve never legit wanted my money back for a video game. Well at least not since that horrendous Superman game on N64.

10. Batman: Arkham Knight

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I love these Batman games. The fighting system is fantastic, and that’s always tremendously important in any game that has tons of fights within it. It plays pretty much like the previous Arkham games, which is nice considering I can’t stand when people try to fix something that isn’t broken. The new features like the Batmobile and all the sweet side missions made it pretty hard for me to actually stay on track with the main story. I’m totally a side mission kind of guy…

9. Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

Run-through beat -'em-ups are possibly my favorite types of games, so that puts DMC 4 on my list this year. Normally I would sate my bloodlust with Dynasty Warriors, but this year it had to be done with DMC 4. Chaining attacks together and taking out huge numbers of enemies with badass combos makes me a happy man. Also, Dante is one of those characters who is way cooler than anyone else in his universe. He’s like the Fonz from Happy Days, but he kills demons and stuff.

8. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

This game changed my entire perspective of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Long story short: When I played the first Assassin's Creed back in the day, I didn’t enjoy it for whatever reason, and I just didn’t play the other ones. I tried the one on Vita and wasn’t into it. But this one, my god, when I played this one it was like I had been blessed with new life. I loved it. It even inspired me to go back and play the other ones, and I ended up loving them. On this one in particular, I really dug switching back and forth between Jacob and Evie. Also, the interaction between them as the game progresses feels like a real brother and sister dynamic. If my sister and I were assassins (just to be clear, we are not…), then I feel like this is exactly how we would be.

7. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Duh, of course Metal Gear made the list. But it's not because of how amazing the game is. Obviously it's good! It made my list because of the sick '80s music that you can unlock. I cannot explain the bliss that I experienced sneaking up on soldiers, forcing information out of them and then murdering them all while “She Blinded Me with Science” is blasting in my headphones.

6. Her Story

Let's be real, if you have been keeping up the past few years of top 10 lists then you know your boy doesn’t only mess with console games. Her Story is one of the coolest concepts for a "game" that I've ever experienced. That said, if the content was no good then the game would have been the hottest of garbage. “Duh, Austin/Xavier/Whatever name you're choosing to go by today! If any game has bad content then it's gonna be trash!" I disagree with you, my friend who is reading this. Many a bad game has kept me interested due to having a bomb (good) soundtrack. But in Her Story, as you get deeper and deeper into this weird ridiculous story, you find these awesome twists and turns that make you wanna keep searching for more. Solid game that isn’t really a game, in the traditional sense of the word.

5. Fallout 4

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Another "of course this is on the list!" choice. Don’t need to say too much about it. The game is really good and everyone is well aware. Moving on. OH! Wait, the Silver Shroud missions give me life. They are absolutely hysterical. Also, the fact that Diamond City Radio plays “60 Minute Man” is fantastic. It’s a song about “Lovin’ Dan” a man who will gladly love up on you if your man isn’t doing it right. And he will love up on you for exactly 60 minutes, no more no less, hence his moniker.

4. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

Ya boy loves some mobile games! My phone is more or less surgically implanted into my hand, so I've always got access to something. And the current something is Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. One straight-up payment and no microtransactions for a straight up PC port to my phone? Yes please! This game fueled many long nights in my history, so to be able to play it and build ridiculous theme parks while I'm on an airplane makes my day. Hours have gone into making sure my parks are clean and that everyone loves them. If you don’t love my park then I take it personally and I use my claw to drop you into the wastelands.

3. Splatoon

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Squid… Yeah, I’m definitely a squid.

For being a super cute thing, Splatoon has no right to be as life-consuming as it is. Normally games that are in this type of cartoony world are fun for a bit but then get old after a run through. Splatoon can't stop and won't stop. The multiplayer has created some of my saltiest moments in 2015. That moment when you look at the map and you think that you won but then you realize that you lost by .2 percent because your roller didn’t get the back left wall… just the purest Salt. Regardless, changing from kid to squid to sneak up and blast your opponents with paint is a ridiculous concept that I have come to love. Add in the constant updates--stage changes, new weapons and items--and I'm hooked.

2. Mortal Kombat X

I love Mortal Kombat II. I love it. Mortal Kombat 3 was alright, and everything after was fine, but I just didn’t play them. But X… X is a different beast. These fatalities are some of the most disgusting displays of tearing bodies to pieces that I've ever seen, and I love it. The X-ray deal is fantastic and makes me wanna play Blitz: The League II. This game has ranked so high with me because it's beyond fun to play with friends. I travel with my PS4, and 9 times out of 10 we are playing this game. Getting a room full of people and yelling, screaming, getting hype is a favorite pastime of mine and this game lets me do that so I love it. Jax and Sub-Zero are my dudes, so try me if you see me!

1. Until Dawn

As you're reading this I am somewhere in the world slow clapping for everyone who had anything to do with creating this game. This is one of the greatest games that I have ever played in my life. It's akin to Heavy Rain (which was amazing), but the upgrade that I noticed is that people will sit and happily watch someone else play Until Dawn. I've now played through it six times, and I've watched people play through it three times. That’s nine times I've now seen it from start to finish. Its about 8-10 hour game depending on how fast you play it. That means that I've given anywhere from 72 to 90 hours to a game that is not an RPG and isn’t Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. This is unheard of. The last game I gave that much time to was Persona 4 Golden (96 hours).

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It’s a teen horror movie, and full of all the great clichés of the genre, which is a big part of why it's so entertaining to watch. Also, I don’t think I have ever had so much hatred for a fictional character in my life. Emily is the absolute worst. She is pretty much what would occur if a piece of human excrement was given eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Just a walking talking piece of crap. She sucks. There is no punchline and this is not meant to be funny. She is the worst ever. EVER.

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Well that’s my top 10 for 2015!

Oh, also! Final Fantasy VII came out on PS4 and iOS…. Yes I got both of them. And yes, I'm playing through it again on both. Don’t judge me. You know that’s like the best game ever, right? So, why deny oneself the satisfaction of using materia as much a humanly possible?

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Man, if people weren't so busy being upset about the Witcher 3, that Bloodborne section might be a real pot-stirrer.

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Edited By Monkeyman04 • 

Looks like Woods fears more than Ryckert and that's Souls like games.

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Edited By Barrabas • 

I could not disagree more about Bloodborne, but Xavier Woods is still the best.

Actually, I agree that trying to play co-op in that game with someone you know is kind of a pain in the ass.

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Team #fuckemily! Represent!

Solid list Xavier!

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Smack talking Bloodborne to catch that heel heat. Bold move.

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Ouch, that Bloodborne stuff is going to open a real can of worms.

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LOL, dat Bloodborne salt

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That Bloodborne heat is coming.

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Topanga over Kelly Kapowski?

We can't be boys now.

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This "wrestling" thing has clearly warped your mind, Xavier. Why you're no better than DAN RYCKERT!

#TeamEmily

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God damnit Emily.

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sounds like Xavier is BOOTY at Bloodborne

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Emily is the fucking best and I will fight anyone except Xavier Woods who says otherwise.

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This was great all around.

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Jesus Christ, Woods! I didn't even play Bloodborne and feel burned by that entry!

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I'M CHALLENGING XAVIER WOODS TO A 2 OF 3 FALLS HELL IN A CELL MATCH RIGHT NOW OVER THIS BLOODBORNE THING YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST COME IN TALKING SMACK ON ONE OF THE BEST VIDEO GAMES THIS YEAR AND GET AWAY WITH IT

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Me reading Xavier's wrong opinions about Emily.

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YOUR TASTE IN ANIME IS SO BAD XAVIER WING IS THE WORST GUNDAM IN ALMOST EVERYWAY

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He's obviously jealous of Dan's rivalry with Patrick and is trying to pull him back in with some cheap heat.

Also, I've seen Girl Meets World. Topanga still got it goin' on!

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I'm going to assume that him shitting on Bloodborne is him trying to get heel heat. So I'm not going to take the bait and just say well that's just like your opinion man.

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Finally someone with some correct Bloodborne opinions around here.

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Fuck the Bloody Baron, Emily is the true best new character. #TeamEmily

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Now I'm curious what Xavier Woods thinks of Marie from Persona 4 Golden.

You think Emily is human garbage? Well...

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  • Yu Yu Hakusho IS great!
  • Emily IS the worst!
  • Topanga WAS hot!

This guy really is onto something here!

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Hahah, that Bloodborne hate! The sad part is your 8 sentence write-up was a more compelling case than the hour-and-a-half of deliberations it took for GB to cull Bloodborne out of various categories this year.

Rest of the list was really good too. Thanks mister Woods!

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Xavier is the best and Dan fears him.

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Bloodborne is a good game. You're a crazy person, mister Woods.

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His opinion on Bloodborne makes me like him more. Mainly, because I agree. He's a brave man for saying it though.

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Bloodborne worst of the year? Fuck your couch!

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Bloodborne...hmmm

What a heel

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I also greatly dislike Souls games and Bloodborne and love this list. Xavier Woods is my favorite part of New Day, and that's a HIGH bar to clear if you've seen Big E dance.

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+1 for Yu Yu Hakusho

-1 for the Bloodborne hate

We'll call it even Mr. Creed.

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All these Emily haters. You been on that Spice Xavier? You been smoking that dust? Emily is the best.

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Xavier Woods is the choice of a generation, he gets to the bottom of things and his vision is not obfuscated by lies!

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Hell yeah MKX. CAAAALLLLAAAP-YOUR HANDS for brutal dismemberment.

Kind of amazing to see this dude's place in WWE compared to last year, let alone the year before.

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Was Emily the one that got scratched and people flipped? If so Emily was the one teen that wasn't shitty.

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Dat Bloodborne salt is strong lol. Still love Creed/Woods and The New Day though! #PoP

Also, Emily is the worst. It's crazy that people are even trying to make Team Emily a thing.

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madman356647 • 

Love the list, but bard? That's a new one (I play Black Mage, so maybe I'm just being ranged dps snob haha)

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Going in hard on Bloodborne. Going to pull that hometown heat for that one, but I don't personally disagree with any of the issues stated.

Really solid list!

#Booty

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Demoskinos • 

Love the list, but bard? That's a new one (I play Black Mage, so maybe I'm just being ranged dps snob haha)

Bruh, the utility of a bard and their burst dps potential is invaluable as the game currently stands. There aren't many current end game raid groups for Alexander Savage right now that don't feature a bard.