2015 was a fantastic year for video games. We got a number of triple A titles along with some surprises hits as well. With that being said, It was definitely a challenge to narrow it down to just 10 games, but I managed to do it. Now here are my top 10 most favorite games of 2015:
10. Heroes of the Storm
This could easily be my most played game of the year. Since its official launch back in June, I have played well over 800 matches.
Heroes is definitely the most accessible game of the MOBA genre. It managed to satisfy my competitive edge without having such a steep learning curve compared to some of it’s counterparts.
2015 is only the beginning of Heroes of the Storm, but with Blizzard’s continued support and interesting characters, it shows no signs of slowing down.
9. Super Mario Maker
Making Mario an open platform of sorts is one of the smartest, and coolest things Nintendo has ever done. Since Super Mario Maker was released, there are almost a countless number new levels created everyday. No matter who you are, a hardcore gamer, a casual fan, or just a fan of Mario in general, Super Mario Maker has something for everyone.
Splatoon is one of the most original games I have played this year. The unorthodox paint shooter definitely took me by surprise. The fact that the game is built on pure competition and fun over your typical gun violence really drew me in.
Although the game comes off as a kid friendly game, don’t let it fool you. The game has just enough dept to keep the hardcore gamers interested.
7. Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind is definitely one of the prettiest games I’ve played this year. The visuals are absolutely breathtaking. The controls are smooth, the platforming is up to par, and it also features some intriguing puzzles as well. If you missed out on playing this title this year, you should definitely take some time out to play this wonderful gem.
6. Fallout 4
When Fallout 4 came out earlier this year it set the world on fire. The game takes place in Boston this time around and features a pretty engaging story. To add on to that, you can capture different settlements across the wasteland and spend a countless number of hours building just about anything you want. Minecraft and or Sims fans would feel right at home. If you need an example, you can just hop on over to YouTube and check out a number of settlement creations.
Even if you haven’t played any of the other games in the Fallout series, this game is still worth your time.
Bloodborne is hands down, the most challenging game of the year. I never really got that deep into the Souls games, but I have definitely experienced how tough they can be.
From Software basically takes the same tough as nails concept of the Souls games and loosens the screws just a little bit for Bloodborne. Interestingly enough it works out just fine. The game is still tough but it still just offers that much of a challenge without feeling cheap. The moral reward after you beat a boss is enough to keep you going to the end. As always, if you truly need some help just call on a friend as the game also features an online multiplayer mode. If you love hack and slash games of just a Souls fan in general, you should not miss out on this one.
4. Rocket League
One of the biggest surprise hits of 2015 is Psyonix’s insanely fun car soccer game, Rocket League. You play as an RC car battling to knock a gigantic, futuristic looking soccer ball into the opposing net. Just like the real sport of soccer, it definitely requires some skill as you can control your car in the air to get the perfect angle on the ball.
The game can definitely be played as a casual game, but if you peek into the depths of ranked play you will definitely be entering into a whole new level of skill. Rocket League can possibly go down in history as one of the most unique video game experiences of all time.
3. Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles X is the modern JRPG I have always wanted. The game, quite possibly, has one of the most expansive worlds in video game history and also has giant mechs. MECHS! Everything from the gorgeous visuals to the gigantic wildlife you may encounter while traveling can really draw you in. Throughout the story of XCX you are encouraged to explore the world of planet Mira as some story missions may require you to so. You will do a lot of walking in the first 30 hours of the game, but after you get a mech, known as a Skell, the sky is the limit.
You can also customize just about anything to your liking as well. Your character, barracks, Skell, and party members are just a few of the things that can be customized.
There are also multiplayer features as well. The system works similar to Dragon’s Dogma as you can pay a certain amount of money to borrow someone eases character for a limited amount of time.
If you are a WiiU owner and love JRPGs there is no excuse as to why you don’t own this game. Despite some of its flaws, its still a fantastic game.
2. Game of the year runner-up: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Hideo Kojima’s final Metal Gear Solid game is nothing short of amazing. Kojima does a great job of evolving the stealth genre by placing Snake into an open world. With the game being in this type of format, players can take on each mission whichever way they please.
The game also features an engaging story, memorable characters such as Quiet, and a solid online game mode. With tight controls, the best they have ever been in the series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the pinnacle of the stealth genre and should not be overlooked.
1. The Geek Dojo’s game of the year 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the most immersive game I have played in all of 2015. Every quest in The Witcher 3 has a great amount of quality to it and keep you fully engaged.There is no filler content here. Whether its a giant Griffin terrorizing people, a wretched soul haunting people, or a game changing political decision, every challenge or problem thrown your way feels like a real problem that needs to be solved. CD Projekt Red does a really good job of making minor characters just as important as the major characters. With that being said, the world of The Witcher 3 feels like an actual living breathing world. With so much emotion involved in the story telling, every decision can heavily weigh on your own emotions. It’s definitely a game you would have to play for yourself to completely understand just how immersive it is.
2015 was filled with quite a few open world games, but The Witcher 3 truly felt alive. It is a true RPG experience with lasting impact, wonderful developer support, and quite possibly one of the best story driven games in RPG history, there was no way I could not make this my game of the year.