It’s that time of year again where we pick our best games of 2015. In my opinion it was a banner year of gaming for both Sony and Microsoft. The PS4 is still the juggernaut that it has been over the last few years but Xbox One has really picked up steam in the final quarter of 2015. Nintendo Wii U, err..well I could care less. They need to re-evaluate their entire strategy and grow the fuck up but that’s another story that I’ll save for the future.
Best of 2015
Game of the Year: Bloodborne
Without a doubt Bloodborne is my game of the year for 2015. It might be one of my favourite games of all time. I put in over 50 hours into this game and believe me, that is something that I never, ever do. This game literally consumed me until I finished. The lore, graphics, controls, battles and overall theme were right up my ally. As I said in my review, Bloodborne is the only game where I’ve yelled and swore at my TV in both rage after dying or joy after beating a boss. Bloodborne is not for everyone but I encourage anyone to at least give it a try.
Lots of great games to choose from in 2015. You really can’t go wrong with any of these below.
Call of Duty Black Ops 3
The single player campaign kind of sucked but adding the 4 player co-op helped to make it fun to play with friends. The guts are the multiplayer and TreyArch hit it out of the park.
Star Wars Battlefront
It’s get a lot of flack for not having a whole lot of depth but the multiplayer is fun as hell. It’s a bit of a throwback to old school FPS where there’s not a whole lot of customization and things are a bit simplified but believe me, there’s lots of tactical and strategies once you get into the game. Also, the game looks fucking gorgeous.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One Timed Exclusive)
I just finished this game a few days before 2016. It looks and plays great on the Xbox Once. Sure it’s more of less a better version of Tomb Raider reboot that came out in 2013 but that’s not a bad thing. Some great set pieces and fun story. Worth buying for Tomb Raider and Uncharted fans.
Halo 5: Guardians
Another great addition to the Halo franchise. The single player was decent and being able to play and finish it co-op added to the enjoyment of it. The multiplayer is the core and it’s pretty fun. I still kind of suck at it but thankfully, the new Warezone game type allows for more objective based and large scale battles. I wished there were more maps for Warzone. Unfortunately, the Arena mode maps look like ass.
Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One Exlusive)
I finally finished this game by the end of the year thanks to some peer pressure from fellow GVet M1GO. For a side scroller, it’s beautifully to look at and and listen to. It’s also pretty damn challenging as well.
Rocket League (PS4 Exclusive)
This free game came out of nowhere to win the hearts and minds of all PS4 owners. It’s hard to imagine this little game and concept could be this much fun to play. Party up with a few friends and time will fly where you’ll suddenly notice that it’s 2 am and you have to go to work in a few hours. Check out M1GO’s thoughts on Rocket League
Games I Couldn’t Play/Finish but I bet are pretty good
You may ask why you didn’t see The Witcher 3 or Fallout 4 in the above best of list like you see in pretty much any other gaming site? I simply didn’t have enough time to put any serious gaming sessions on them yet to even judge them. In fact, I am writing this as Fallout 4 is installing on my PS4. Add them to my 2016 backlog.
Worst of 2015
Worst Game of Year: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Yes you heard me.
After all the hype surrounding the open world Metal Gear and the great Kojima, I was excited to play it. What a fucking disappointment.
Terrible story. Boring missions. Cheesy dialogue, music and overall tone of the game. How many fucking outposts do I need to go through.
Not to mention a main female character who is basically nude throughout the game and has it’s share of awkward camera angles… basically whatever prepubescent 12 year boy can think of, she did. It’s pathetic. Even more patheic is Kojima’s explanation of her character. Just come out and say it. Don’t hide behind some convoluted “art” or deeper meaning. You want to make money and know it’ll appeal in the cosplay world for horny male teenagers.
I put in around 12-15 hours into the game before I quit. I just didn’t want to bother any more with it. Don’t tell me that I need to play more of the game before it “get’s good”. A good game doesn’t force you to play 10+ hours before things get better. I got tired of those countless outposts and same old missions. Also, why waste money on getting Kifer Sutherland to voice Solid Snake. He speaks maybe 10 words total. He probably phoned it in on his way to the bank machine to cash his pay cheque. What a waste of time.
Maybe I’m not heavily invested into the Metal Gear lore to truly appreciate it. Or maybe I don’t consider Hidea Kojima as some kind of gaming god. Or maybe I’m just getting old and cranky. Either way, the game sucked and is easily my worst game of 2015.
The Shenmue Kickstarter Annoucment
Sorry Shenmue fans, this “announcement” at E3 was pathetic to say the least. Needless to say I did not donate a damn thing.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The game looks and plays great but to be honest, I think I’m just tired of this Batman formula that Rocksteady blew our minds with in Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009. It’s kind of like the Assassin’s Creed series. There’s been too many and it just felt like I was going through the same old motions with Batman: Arkham Knight.
The Order: 1886
It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. As I said in my review, there’s potential here but they really need to step it up in gameplay and not make it feel like watching a movie if/when there is a sequel.
Felt more a Battlefield DLC rather than a whole new game. Had some fun in the multiplayer but never got around to finishing the single player campaign…and I never will.