Game of the Year 2015

2015 has been quite a year. It has definitely been an improvement over 2014, and it has actually been tough to only select ten games. Project CARS was a fantastic racing game. Bloodborne satisfied the masochist in all of us. Guitar Hero Live was actually good, and had some interesting ideas for how to do these kind of games in 2015. The Witcher 3 didn't grab me as much as I had hoped, but is without a doubt a great game. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was a lot better than I feared. Yoshi's Woolly World was an enjoyable 2D platformer, and yarn Yoshi is just adorable. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate somehow bounced back from Assassin's Creed: Unity, and it is shockingly well-worth playing. Unfortunately these and other great games didn't make the cut on my personal list.

I can't look back at 2015 without mentioning two games from 2014. I've been playing a lot of Destiny. I almost added The Taken King to my list, but it is an expansion to a 2014 game. Still, throughout the year, both before and after The Taken King, I've enjoyed shooting and grinding in that game. The Taken King finally made it worth recommending to others and deserves a nod here. The Crew was also a bit of a sleeper hit for me. Released in december 2014, it took some time before I really dove into the game. The driving didn't feel great at first, but there was something to the open world and structure of the game. I played through the whole game with a friend during the summer, and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Unfortunately each year also has some disappointments. For me, there's no disappointment bigger than Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. I decided to accept the fact that Robomodo was developing the game, and began hoping that they would deliver a worthy sequel. They managed to not only release a half-finished flaming pile of garbage, but also made a game that seemed like it was made by people who had never played the old THPS-games. Star Wars: Battlefront, Need for Speed and Rock Band 4 are also other games that could have been so much more, but nothing can compare to how soul crushing THPS 5 was for me.

Let's not drag it out any further though. Here are the ten games I've enjoyed the most in 2015.

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  • It was a tough choice but in the end, I went with MGS V as my number one game of 2015. Even though Konami has tried it's best to destroy a great game, MGS V is an open-world game that grabbed me in a scary way.

    I'm a huge fan of the Metal Gear Solid games and it was a bit sad to play an MGS game without a strong focus on story and crazy cut-scenes. Instead it is the best playing MGS-game ever. Yes, the second half of the game is obviously cut short and wasn't finished. The plot twist might be divisive. Maybe Quiet didn't need to show you her bouncing boobs all the time. Nevertheless, when you're just playing the game it's so fantastic that you'll forget all of that.

    If you haven't played MGS V: TPP you owe it to yourself to at least check it out. I can't wait to see what Kojima will create next, now that he's free from Konami's pachinko mines.

  • It was so close. It could just as easily have been Super Mario Maker that ended up being my game of the year. Nintendo has done what so many others have tried and failed to do. Make a level editor that is simple and fun to use. Everyone can make something at least half-decent and that is not a simple feat. It was undoubtedly possible to make amazing stuff in LittleBigPlanet, but it wasn't easy to use LBP's editor.

    Even if you don't like creating levels, you have access to a huge amount of user created levels. Although Super Mario Maker could use a better filtering system, you can still follow popular creators and play some amazing levels.

    Super Mario Maker is any Mario fans' biggest dream realised. It also shows that the Gamepad can be useful which is commendable. If you don't own a Wii U, it's still worth picking one up for this game.

  • I can't say I've spent a lot of time with most of the PS+ games we've been given this year. Rocket League is the exception though, and what an exception. I've bought all the DLC for this game and still play a match or two when I turn on my PS4.

    This is an amazing multiplayer game. Supporting both online and splitscreen, this is the game you need if you want to play with your friends. It's a must have on both the PS4 and PC (and Xbox One soon). It's one of those easy-to-learn-but-difficult-to-master-games.

    I can't recommend Rocket League enough. You have to play it and try it for yourself!

  • I need to confess something here. I didn't enjoy Fallout 3 at all. I had played a lot of Oblivion so I thought I would. Unfortunately I felt the world of Fallout 3 was too boring and lifeless. I know it's the point of a world that has been destroyed by nuclear bomb but still.

    Because of that I'm surprised that Fallout 4 actually made it to my list and even in top 5. I didn't really care when Bethesda finally announced it at E3 but I gave it a chance. I like it so much more than 3. It will never be one of those franchises that makes me jump in my chair when a new one is announced, but it's definitely one of this year's best games. Even if it doesn't bring that much new to the table, plays it a bit safe and still is a buggy mess sometimes.

  • This game does indeed bring something new to the table though. Nintendo and online shooters isn't exactly a mix we've seen often. Nonetheless, this is one of the most fun online games I've played in a long time. Simple yet hard to master. The short but action-filled matches are never boring, and you keep wanting to play just oooooone more match.

    Nintendo's approach to "DLC" with Splatoon has also been interesting. Slowly but steadily they keep adding and unlocking more content. I don't think this would have worked for Call of Duty, but somehow it made sense with Splatoon. It keeps you coming back for another go, and I can only recommend any Wii U-owner to try this game out.

  • This game shouldn't be running on the Wii U. It looks too good and seems too big. Sure, there are limitations but it still feels huge. I haven't been playing it too much yet, but I can safely say it's one of this year's best games.

    Yet another great exclusive game on the Wii U, this JRPG is an amazing end to a slow and troubled year for Nintendo. It's perhaps not super original but it's so well-made, and you can throw a lot of hours into it, that any fan of JRPGs shouldn't miss this gem.

  • Rocket League wasn't the only big surprise this year. Not a lot of people cared about Until Dawn but that would change soon after it's release. Probably Sony's best first party exclusive this year and even they didn't really push it.

    Imagine Heavy Rain but as a teen horror flick. That's pretty much what Until Dawn is, but it's so good and the butterfly effect system is kinda mind-boggling. Sure, we've seen games before (like pretty much all of Telltales' games) that claims that you control the story. Usually though it's pretty easy to see, how the story's stringed together and your choices don't change the biggest plot points. It always ends the same way no matter what choices you've made.

    That's not the case with Until Dawn. No one is safe in this game. All the characters can die but they can also all be saved. That makes this game amazing. Add in the deliberately cheesy but well-written story and characters and you've got one of 2015's best video games. Even if you didn't like games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, you should check this one out.

  • I absolutely loved the Tomb Raider reboot. So much so infact that I even bought Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the PS4. Rise of the Tomb Raider does what every good sequel should do. It takes the groundwork from the original and then improves on it.

    Adding in some open world elements and less Uncharted-style action scenes, this feels a bit more like the original Tomb Raider. It looks great, feels great and the balance between action, exploration and puzzle solving seems very good. If you don't own an Xbox One, this is a game you should keep an eye out for in 2016. If you do own an Xbox One, I would say it's the console's best "exclusive" title this year.

  • Axiom Verge is pretty much a new Metroid game. As someone who fell in love with Super Metroid back in the day, this game really speaks to me.

    It kinda has it's own spin on Metroid, but it's definitely not hiding where it's inspirations came from. If you're craving for a new Metroid game, when Nintendo doesn't deliver it to you, then Axiom Verge should be something you should consider looking into. Now, when is that promised Vita version coming?!

  • Those fatalities. I will never forget the first time I saw most of them in MKX. I don't know what happened between Injustice and MKX, but they decided to make the most gruesome fatalities yet.

    Luckily, the game itself is still really fun to play. Coming off the last Mortal Kombat, a lot of people had high expectations for X. I would say it pretty much delivers, although the story isn't quite as good as MK9's, Netherealm Studios still makes the best story modes in fighting games though. Why nobody has copied their approach yet is kind of wierd to me. The fighing itself feels great, the game looks great and it's pretty much another Mortal Kombat game. Which is enough to make it the 10th best game for me in 2015.