My Top 5 Games of 2015
My Top 5 Games of 2015
I played quite a few games in 2015 although I didn’t get round to playing some big titles such as Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Until Dawn and Mad Max to name but a few. I will probably play these at some point but last year I played what I felt like at the time. That meant that I went and played some older games I missed before such as The Last of Us Remastered, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Limbo. All that said, here are my Top 5 Games of 2015:
5: Rocket League
Rocket League came as a complete surprise and I would probably have never thought to play it if it wasn’t free via Playstation Plus. That fact combined with the overwhelmingly positive reception to the game made it something I had to try out. Its been a while since I played a smaller title like Rocket League and it didn’t disappoint. A combination of football and driving, the game is lots of fun to play. Simple to grasp and difficult to master, the game can be played by anyone. Performing an incredible save or goal was extremely gratifying and it was really cool when you managed to pull these off. Although at times I had my fill of the game and wished there was more depth to it, I found myself coming back to it time and again for some fast-paced fun. I am still meaning to go back and Platinum this title at some point.
4: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
As you may or may not know, I played through the majority of the Metal Gear Solid franchise for the first time last year. I did all this because the franchise has a strong legacy but largely because when I saw gameplay of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain it looked very impressive. Now I’ve finally played the game, I’ve been pretty entertained by it. The fun gameplay loop of tackling missions, gathering resources and upgrading Mother Base is great and its nice to see such a polished open-world game. However, like many gamers I have found the story so far a little underwhelming and playing the previous titles in the series didn’t help in this regard. I find the decision to replace David Hayter with Keifer Sutherland a strange one because so far Big Boss has only said a handful of lines. I’m only part way through the game so it’s too early to give my final judgement, however its clear from the opening moments of the game that Metal Gear Solid V, largely thanks to its incredible gameplay, is one of the best titles of 2015.
3: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
I bought Assassin’s Creed Syndicate with trepidation despite my knowledge that a lot of people really enjoyed it. I played Unity long after its release dodging the majority of bugs for the most part and was disappointed by the story of Arno, the slow pace of the gameplay and the overall quality that Unity was sorely lacking. Thankfully, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a throwback to the golden era of Ezio Auditore with likeable protagonists, some new innovative gameplay and a fun story. The combat was reworked, navigation was streamlined and the series took a step in the right direction. You can read my full review of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate here and with the game being such a hit, it will be interesting to see where the franchise is headed next.
2: Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight is Rocksteady’s conclusion to their Batman story and it certainly went out with a bang. It was perhaps, Rocksteady’s most cinematic game yet with next-gen hardware providing a full, living, breathing Gotham City. I’m a huge Batman fan and Rocksteady never disappoints me with the surprises and easter eggs in-game. I wasn’t as put off by the Batmobile as some people were and I really enjoyed the story. Once more, the cast of villains to take down were all wonderfully realised and well acted. Overall, I thought it was a fitting end to an amazing series by Rocksteady and can’t wait to see what’s to come from them next. You can read my full thoughts on Batman: Arkham Knight in my review.
1: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Finally, we come to my favourite game of the year: The Witcher 3. There’s a lot of open-world games nowadays so it takes something impressive to really blow people away. The Witcher 3 certainly achieved that aim and more in my opinion. It told an amazing story and concluded Geralt’s journey, had a deep and rewarding combat system, fun RPG elements and a dark tone. Its one of the prettiest games on Playstation 4 and for a game of its scale had relatively few bugs. All that said, what really impressed me was how it handled your actions in the world. Every person you talk to has their own lives and routine and Geralt is just passing through. Side quests are incredibly well thought out and branch off into lots of different directions. If you’re looking for a game that gives you value for money then The Witcher 3 is it; the world is massive and the list to things to do is astounding whether its hunting monsters, tracking down Ciri, solving murders or simply playing Gwent. It truly is a fantasy world worth getting lost in. I can’t wait for my second playthrough once all the DLC is released.
Those are my Top 5 Games of 2015 but what are yours? Let me know by commenting below.