As always game of the years are hard each and every year with new games and new IP's suprising us with their brillance year after year. I found myself overwhelmed with the number of games that i managed to play and also with the amount of time it took to play some of these games as well. These top 10 would have to be the highlights of the year for me that i had a chance to play and also the honorable mentions as well too. These games showed a unique twist and playthrough that would allow each of us to get a difference experience whenever we play these.
Enjoy the list now as we hit off the 2015 GAME OF THE YEAR!
Top 10 game of the year
10. Batman Arkham Knight
Being the last game in the 4 part series ( 3 if you do not count the Orgin game ). It sure had alot of hype to the game that would have to go out with a bang. Saying that the game itself was amazing with its rain simulation and also the city scape taken from the Arkham city game. With added areas the game itself was a standout from the previous games as it involved alot more dialogue and story. As well as some brief history in the batman DC Universe with some historic and iconic scenes from various comic and pop culture refferences involved within the game. The one thing that stood out in this game that the other games did not have was the emotional rollarcoaster that this game provided which is similar to that of some of the DC Batman Animated movie titles. Those that know the lore of batman will find that the ending was lack luster but i assume that if this is your first rodeo into the batman saga then you will get alot of thrills unsolving the mystery behind who is the "Arkham knight"
9. The legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes
The legend of zelda saga grows more with this new edition to the franchise, Tri Foce Heroes takes multiplayer to the next level with customization and also the ability to play online with friends or whoever is online at the time. The game involves alot of puzzles that can be solved individually if you are playing solo or as a team if your playing with others. Sometimes the lack of communication to let the other players know where to go is something that should have been implemented into the game itself somehow. Overall it was one of the highlights from portable nintendo world, that i have to say stood out of the games that came out for Nintendo. Its a fun quirky little game and with 32 levels available for a whole lot of fun, it shows that there is alot more to come out for the Zelda Universe.
8. Life is Strange
"Life is Strange" is a game that goes beyond the normal playing of any games that i have played in years. I feel that the game itself is how episodic kind of games should be done. The story was enriching and gets you involved with the story as if you are the character itself going through this world and solving the mystery behind it. To me the game itself feels like a Quantum Dream game of either Heavy Rain or Beyond Two souls but as an episodic game that you have to wait some time for each episode to come out throughout the year. This takes DLC out of the question and provides a nice story and compelling gameplay that can be played many times to unlock different viewpoints to the ending itself.
7. Rocket League
A sports game that is addictive, Rocket league is a take on micromachine cars in a football cage like style. The game is addictive and is fun to play as well. Leagues have grown and its now become a competitive game in the esports league. The game feels as though it was a robotic take on the game of football, such as the real life game but with less players and also less time on the clock as well. Teams are formed randomly from pros to newer players to get a chance to showcase your skills in the matches. Being a Sony game that came out free for Playstation + it shows that they were the first testers of the game which ended up as a success that got them both best indie game and also best sports/ racing game. Love it or hate it, its going to be something your going to see more of in the esports arena with players ranging from around the world competing for the rocket league cup. Lack of communication was the only thing that was its downfall but with simple dialogues used to annoy other players made it back to the top.
6. Assassins Creed Syndicate
Assassins Creed Syndicate is the latest installement in the AC universe and having had a chance to finish this before Christasmas i felt that the game was a huge improvement over the bug filled and broken game that Assassins Creed Unity was. The game itself provides an amazing story into the Victorian Era of the industrial revolution where Rich rule the country in both Crime and revoltion. You play as twin Assassins who have different takes on what they see as the right path for a clean system. The game goes back to its roots of having the chance recruit players on the run and have them fight enemies to distract them from spotting you while you complete missions and capture points of interest. There was more DLC as per AC games and they this time brought more myteries to the lives of Charles dickens and Darwin. Both provided great gameplay into the history that was England at the time. Visually the game brought a new take for the current Gen system and i can see that improvements were made so that the game was not like Unity. Story though did lack continuation into the series and i felt that was the only thing that dragged on a bit as the story focused more on the past than on the present itself.
5. Game of thrones Telltales
Telltales Game of thrones brought us a glimpse into the what happened behind the scenes at some pinnacle moments in the game of thrones tv series. This helps us understand some detailed information that was not shown in the show and also other families that have ties with both the Lannistor familiy and the Stark Family. Though i do feel that the game came out a little too late in terms of its time line with the game of thrones tv series. This was due to that the events that had occured here was at the same time that season 2-3 and even glimpses of 4 i believe. Starting from the red wedding all the way to the conclusion of the purple wedding. The story itself is great with giving us some incite into the other clans that make up the 7 kingdoms and also places that we have not yet ventured into during the show and the books. I liked it and i felt that it does open more doors to other games to be made under the game of thrones line. Hope we get a season 2 next year of later on as Telltales now has alot of projects under their belt.
4. Tales from Borderlands
Tales from borderlands gives us a new take to the series and how it came to light and provides us more information on new journeys that will happen in the near future for the borderlands games. The game dwells on the story behind the people who work at Hyperion. A certain few months or a year after the story of Borderlands 2 takes place. The game is an episodic type of game, like the other games that Tell Tales bring each and every year. I felt the game had a deep and rich storyline that takes you on a ride on which ever character your playing as. I found myself learning alot about the borderlands universe than i ever did from playing the original games. This made me want to play the game more and understand the story about how Hyperion got into power and what is their sole goal on the world of Pandora. The visuals are cel shaded lifestyle and provide a amazing point of view of the landscape and the locations that you have to visit in the game. The choices that you had to make also was crucial to the ending of the game where all the decisions you had to choose made a difference to who was going to be with you till the end and who was not going to be with you. This impacted very little for me though as i know most of the characters and their personas before getting into this game, but still its a game that alot of people should get their hands on if it comes out as a physical copy or maybe get the downloaded version if its easier for you. The atmosphere and colouring really made it feel like a gerbox borderlands game and i felt like it was not actually a telltales game in the first place when i first played it. So that is a good thing, different from the game of thrones game though and the walking dead where you feel mostly that your apart of the show now.
3. Rise of the Tomb Raider
A suprise play for me when i got into this one, as i didn't see myself getting a past gen game this year. However not owning a Xbone i would have to say i did miss out on a few exclusives that did not make the list ( Halo 5. Halo Masterchief collection). However i was happy that i was able to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox 360 as its been a year or 2 that i had to take out the controller and start the game up. The game started off pushing you to the limits and giving you a chance to understand the control scheme. I found it a lil hard to get use to since it was a 360 controller but over time though i got use to it and found myself how i did back in the days. The game played out well with a great story that links the other tomb raider with this one and showcases her fathers involvement in the story. The games weather simulation is out right amazing and seeing how it was done on the xbone showed that the use of these new engines really does pay off to make a game more realistic than ever. I mean the snow looked so cold that it chilled me at times while playing it.
Story and gameplay was impressive and i still thankful that they brought it out on the 360, i do not know whos idea was to bring it out on the past gen, but thank you to whoever did bring it out cause if not, then ill be having to wait to play this game till the following year when it does get released on ps4. I hear some people felt it was like the last tomb raider that got released but i felt it was different in a way that it dwelled more into her personal life than it did with the story at hand. However it depends on the user in the end who is playing the game.
2. Witcher 3
Seriously one of the harder decisions for me to get through was to place this game as 2nd. The first in the series for me to play and i found it amazing through and through, the boss battles, the normal battles and even speaking to people in the villages. i found myself in the world that skyrim wished it was. The developers also did give out a huge load of content to show that they did not want DLC to paid for the little things in the game. It was an amazing experience to hear about the tales of the witcher and get a chance to experience all of the missions and side missions that are involved in the game. When you think your at an end, something just comes up and your back into the action trying to save everyone from the evil at hand. Winning game of the year at the keighleys ( Video game awards) i found that yes it did deserve it on a wide scale as an over all game of the year but for me personally i found myself torn between this and my chosen game of the year. The only difference for me was that one provided all the aspect that was to be game of the year and the other produced a rich gameplay unlike anything we have experienced with game mechanics that so far cannot be matched at all.
1. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
My game of the year, Metal Gear Sold 5 The Phantom Pain. My choices on this game being number 1 was cause it provided an experience unlike any game i have played in years. Sure it did suffer a terrible story line and also the repetitive missions over and over again but we cannot blame Kojima for this. He gave us a game that was given restrictions in the development that caused the relationship between himself and Konami to have a falling out, which had caused the game itself to suffer alot. The gameplay as i said was great and the story was average but overall if you have played something like Mass Effect 3, you would know that a suffering story can never take away the aspect of a good game. As long as you are enjoying the game and learning from it throughout the course of your gameplay. Then your going to have fun. MGS5 may not be the best in the series but it did create a bridge for more MGS titles to be produced that would be as amazing as this, but hopefully with the help of Sony behind them, they could produce another possible game of the year.
Mortal Kombat proved to be the fighting game of the year that was as intense as ever, but with lag in the online multiplayer i found myself not liking the game as much as i wished i had. Also story wise was complicated if you did not read the comics leading up to the game itself as well.
Titan souls was a fast paced game that could be literally completed in an hour or 2. Great for something to pass time by and also something to get your mind off the technical games out there. This mixture of both pixel and 2d landscape proves that the developers are ready to take it to the next level when they release their next game.
Lara Croft Go
A fun mobile game that got me hooked on it from day 1. I found the puzzles technically and required you to think alot through each and every step and planning your journey when your trying to not only get to the end of the stage but to also find a way to get all the treasure along the way to get you special items to help you along your quest.
Hotline Miami 2
Banned in Australia, but through other means.. i managed to play this fun loving game. The feeling of the first game was in there but with added weaponery and some added music helped this game become a fun intereactive piece to play. Though violent i have to say "why did it get banned?"
What can i say ? football and RPG mixed together and you get Inazuma Eleven. I loved the game, however though the lack of tutorials in the game to help those that do not know the concept of football is something that lacked alot. I mean they didn't provide any help what so ever if you were not able to get through a level that was at a basic level and if you had lost, then it would be game over. I felt it was a little too harsh to throw people right in the deep end without giving them a chance to understand the game more.
Destiny Taken King
Well It should have been part of the original game, the game itself felt it should have been less than the digital 60 AUD that you needed to play it. Not only that i still persist that there should be servers not just for North America has the game is played around the world and this caused alot of lag which would annoy alot of the players who playing with international players around the world. The story still left many with questions ?? and also the gameplay even though was a step up for first installment, i still feel that it was a waste to spend that much for added story and a small portion of a raide to be honest. The only thing i can take away from this expansion though is the added bonus of a Titan getting to the OP of the game and adding to itself the Hammer throw :)
Pillars of Eternity
Nice RPG but sadly it did crash on me near the end of the game and i was not able to pick up from there as every time i was just about to finish it, it just kept crashing. Though a good gameplay and story i felt that the character models lacked alot of depth and did not have their own personality that you could be able to converse with them in the later parts of the game like how it was for Dragon Age, however this time i felt it was like every person you meet had the same feelings and dialog in the game.
Nice indie game that is based off a board game like structure, kind of long to play just one session but for those with the time to kill will find it really appealing and something they may want to play it with friends to make the experience that much exciting. Though i played it against the 3 other AI, i still found it fun to play and see how the story revolves through till the end. It took 2hrs but yes i managed to finish one session till the end with one character.
Star Craft 2 Legacy of the void
I really really hoped this would be the game that would make my top 10 but sadly it lacked alot of content and felt really repetitive compared to the last two games. I believe that it was overwhelmed with alot of pressure from the games that it was releasing against that its sunlight was not shown out to the public as well. I still see limited edition box sets of this out in the stores and i feel kind of bad for it since it used to sell it out on release. The muliplayer aspect though is the improvement to the game, i still felt that there could have been more to this game that would have helped it conclude on a nice note instead it left us answering questions on why this and why that... ?
2016 game line up
2016 line up is both bigger and much meatier than what this year had provided for the gamers out there.
We have games such as:
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Fire Emblem collection
Legend of Zelda
No Mans Sky
Street Fighter 5
Mass Effect Andromeda
As always thank you for taking the time to read this and hope everyone has a great new years there. If you like this please share this with your friends and comment if you think there should be any improvements for next years game of the year. Have a great one there and see you in 2016!!