2015 was a year filled with ups and downs for the gaming industry. While we got loads of quality releases, there were also plenty of delays and incomplete or buggy releases. However, I believe it is important to judge the year that passed by its good games, and not by its bad ones. With that said, here are the top 7 games of 2015:
7. Splatoon (Wii U)
This quirky third-person shooter has players take control of an “Inkling”, which is a being that can transform between a humanoid and a squid form. Shapeshifting, players can hide or swim through ink sprayed on surfaces. While the game also features a fun campaign mode, it really shines in its multiplayer mode, which is mostly based around the Inklings’ ability to spray ink on the maps’ surfaces using gun or brush-based weaponry.
With a kid-friendly presentation and a simple and fun multiplayer mode, Splatoon is a fresh entry in the shooter genre.
6. Ori and the Blind Forest (PC/Xbox One/Xbox 360)
A fantastic platformer game with stunning graphics, Ori and the Blind Forest presents the adventure of a small creature, named Ori, which pairs up with a fairy called Sein in order to restore the elements of its natural habitat.
With RPG elements that blend in quite nicely, a cleverly-designed environment and a fabulous soundtrack, Ori and the Blind Forest might just be the best metroidvania-style platformer in recent years.
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PC/PS4/Xbox One/PS3/Xbox 360)
After fans were not that happy with how the last two Call of Duty titles turned out, it was now Treyarch’s time to release their game and hopefully capture back the franchise’s disappointed fans, and with the amount of content Black Ops III contains on-disc, I believe they managed to do just that.
Black Ops III features not one, but two campaigns: the usual action-packed but forgettable one, and a zombie one. These campaigns can be played both solo and co-op (split-screen or online). The multiplayer mode, which is the reason a majority of the playerbase will buy this, is not a disappointment. While reinventing the movement system Sledgehammer Studios implemented in the previous title, Advanced Warfare, Treyarch has also added clever new mechanics, such as players now taking control of specialists which feature special weapons and abilities.
The on-disc zombie content might be disappointing for most fans, as Black Ops III only comes with one zombie map, Shadows of Evil. While this map has a plethora of content and is quite huge, many fans seem to dislike it for the “rituals” you have to perform in order to unlock the Pack-a-Punch machine. This new zombie map introduces Gobblegums, which are unlockable perks bought at random from dispensers, and a Beast Mode, in which one player transforms into a Cthulhu-like creature in order to unlock certain areas of the map.
4. Fallout 4 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
Given the Internet’s excitement for this release, it is no surprise that the newest entry in Bethesda Software’s popular franchise, Fallout, is considered one of the best games of the year. With a huge map depicting Boston, a Mass Effect-like, fully voiced conversation system, and fantastic graphics, Fallout 4 is a truly huge game, much like its predecessors. The companions in this game are lively and well-written, while the locations are also exciting and fun to discover.
However, fans have complained about the lack of a new engine and fully destructible environment. Still, Fallout 4 was a huge financial success for Bethesda, and it satisfied most of its fanatic fanbase.
3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC/PS4/Xbox One/PS3/Xbox 360)
The final chapter of the popular Metal Gear Solid series presents a story of revenge through fun and complex stealth-based gameplay, while giving players the ability to go online in order to invade others’ bases.
The game features two main operating areas: parts of Afghanistan and Africa, full of side-missions and outposts to capture. The absurdly high amount of weapons and gadgets at your disposal means you have many ways to go about completing missions and capturing outposts.
Metal Gear Solid V’s only flaw is that it is incomplete. Following Hideo Kojima’s dispute with Konami, it seems that a whole chapter was cut from the game. While the finished game does end up nicely, with a gigantic plot twist, there are still plot holes left open.
2. Rocket League (PC/PS4, also coming to Xbox One)
Without a doubt, Rocket League is the freshest game released this year. For those who haven’t heard about it yet, it is basically car football. Players take control of a boost-enabled car and has to push the large ball into the opponent’s goal. While this game is amazing because of many things, such as a great art style, a fantastic soundtrack and an addictive gameplay, it truly shines because of its developer’s decisions. Psyonix, the team that created this game, keep releasing new and fun game modes and maps, such as a hockey mode, or a game mode with a gigantic ball which barely fits into the goal.
With a low skill floor and a high skill ceiling, this game is sure to prosper over time as an esport.
GOTY: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
The game of the year award has to go to one of the biggest and most impressive releases this year: The Witcher 3. This award-winning RPG features an outstandingly huge map, being over 30 times bigger than previous Witcher titles.
This entry in the brilliant Witcher saga lets players control two characters alternatively: Geralt of Rivia, the protagonist featured in the previous games, and Ciri, a young female protagonist with a well-written personality.
The story and combat in this game makes it shine, while the sheer amount of content in it makes the game truly stand out from all the other releases this year.
What was your game of the year? What do you expect from 2016 in gaming?
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