OPINION – EVERY DAY we will update this article, which is about the countdown of the TOP 10 games of 2015! Was 2015 a great year? Which were the best games in this year? Which deserves to be in the TOP 10? Here’s OUR opinion! Your’s differs? Tell us about in the comments!
10. Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment; Square Enix)
Dontnod managed to get a much more widespread attention this year, which – to be honest – was needed for them after Remember me. Seeing several hipster teenagers in a modern setting packed into an episodic game doesn’t say a lot. But, if we add that one of them suddenly gets the power to rewind time and change the fate of some, it might turn into something interesting. Two good old friends meet up with a serial killer nearby – who will get the key to surviving in the end?
Life is Strange is good because it can catch you off guard – in this year, it became the king (or queen?) of episodic games.
You can read our review of Life is Strange – Episode V: Polarized here!
9. Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady, Warner Bros.)
Batman: Arkham Knight is the darkest episode of the series of the adventures of the Dark Knight. Yes, driving the Batmobile was a bit cumbersome, yes, both principal missions and side quests were extremely repetitive, yet, Bruce Wayne’s alter ego is on the top, like never before. Thanks to the story, which is long and extremely well written, the characters and the depiction of Gotham City, Batman is way beyond the other superheroes this year – as far as video games go. I heartily recommend the game to trophy collectors, as there is a fantastic amount of content in Rocksteady’s title. Batman: Arkham Knight might not be a game of the year, but it certainly deserves to be in Top 10 of 2015.
You can read our review of Batman: Arkham Knight here!
8. Divinity: Original Sin (Larian Studios, Larian Studios)
Larian Studios is not an amateur team, as they did develop Original Sin’s previous entries the Divinity series. Now a new game marks their success. We only have to lay back and give ourselves to the game entirely. Even if you do not like this type of genre, it will suck you in.
I am not a fan of isometric camera type of RPG games, but this one was able to grab me and has not let go of me ever since then. It is a phenomenal what these guys have produced. Every frame of it is like a painting. Of course, they had the money to do so, as the original founding amount was overachieved. The people loved it, and the new Enchanted Edition is something that us PlayStation owners love.
You can read the review of Divinity: Original Son Enhanced Edition here!
7. Mortal Kombat X (Nether Realms, Warner Bros.)
If there is a game that we don’t need to introduce to parents, it is Mortal Kombat X. Deadly combat, vicious moves, death screams, flying limbs, and blood and gore everywhere.
How was the new Mortal Kombat? Multiply the previous game with three and you’ll get the result. Everything that we experienced int he series was just pink clouds compared to what the new game provides. When a fatality or an X-Ray is on the screen, you can feel the punches. Same goes for brutalities that with its full bloody gore, we can say that it’s a dark, evil and great product.
It’s a pity that the online section is pretty much dead now: finding another player is almost impossible. Still, as far as the Mortal Kombat goes, this one is the best episode of them all.
You can read our review of Mortal Kombat X here.
6. Until Dawn (Supermassive Games, Sony Computer Entertainment)
Migrated from PS3 to PS4, this long-awaited survivor horror action-adventure game was one of the surprise hit of the summer. Extraordinary graphics, multiple choices, an original horror story using several teen characters: that was the premise of Until Dawn.
Also, the top notch visuals are exceptionally realistic – the game looks almost like a real movie, without the uncanny valley of that kind of games. Every character looks like a 100% real person, and the effects and the different kind of monsters and animals are especially well done as well.
There aren’t many areas in the game, but the lodge the Canadian night forest, and the old sanitarium is truly well designed same goes for the other environments as well.
Fortunately, the game has kept its promises. If you like the idea of a Telltale adventure title on steroids, with a better story, much better graphics, and a creepy horror ambiance.
You can read our review of Until Dawn here!
5. Fallout 4 (Bethesda, Bethesda)
I think I can safely say that the gamer community was anticipated Fallout 4 as some messiah. It is just enough to think about how for the past half year, every gamer sites’ news article had some comment related to Fallout 4. We can also look at the sales, and we can see that the game is one of Bethesda’s biggest success.
If you played any of the previous Bethesda titles for the past nine years, you’d know what you are getting into. Fallout 4, in the end, is a great game that is worth every penny, but at the same time, it is limited by technical issues, an old engine, and a weak storyline.
You can read our review of Fallout 4 here!
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 presented us a bleak future with super-soldiers from the CIA, devastating private armies, cyber-warfare, killer robots with advanced AI and all the show you can expect from military sci-fi shooter. Black Ops 3’s setting ditched the past and sent us to this frightening near-future. What remained is the outstanding quality of the franchises with a well-done single player campaign and robust multiplayer which will provide months of fun for the Call of Duty fans.
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 should please not only the fans of the franchise but also conquer the hearts of other FPS game players. The single player campaign is pretty good, and while the multiplayer segment isn’t that ground-breaking, it can provide months of fun for those, who prefer to play in a community.
Treyarch certainly gone a long way from the underdog COD developer and their latest opus shows that they are at the top of their craft.
You can read our review of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 here.
3. (Bronze award) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
In his last game at Kojima, Hideo Kojima presented us his final chapter of his Metal Gear series, which started almost thirty years ago. In the much-anticipated finale episode – which was unfortunately ridden with the scandalous departure of Hideo Kojima himself – we lead Big Boss, who awakes nine years later from a coma. Escaping from the hospital, he must take his revenge against the mysterious Skullface and his organization while taking part in secret and black ops military operations and building a very own base with the help of his friends.
I enjoyed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but contrary to some of the global press, I don’t think that it’s a masterpiece. There are too many flaws for that, and while the second part of the game is considerably more exciting and better made, still there are too many generic and boring missions in the lifeless Afghanistan world.
Still, with all its faults, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was a wonderful goodbye from one of the world’s most creative game designer. Missing him from Konami will cause us a… phantom pain indeed…
You can read our review of Metal Gearl Solid V: The Phantom Pain here.
2. (Silver award) Bloodborne (Sony Computer Entertainment, From Software)
You are a lone Hunter in Yarnham: a cursed 19th-century city which is suffering in the grip of a terrifying infection. The majority of the desperate citizens are all became infected from an unknown virus, and those which seems to still cling to their humanity barricade their homes against the “hunt” where horrifying beasts and mutated humans stalk the darkened streets and only the Hunters – like yourself – stand a chance against them. Welcome to Dark Souls famed Hidetaka Miyazaki’s latest sadistic and beautiful nightmare, where of course you will die a lot – and you will love it!
Bloodborne is undeniably the best PlayStation 4 exclusive this year and I was generally satisfied with the others as well. It’s also the best among the Miyazaki’s games so we can all but wait for his next accomplishment!
You can read our review of Bloodborne here
1. (GAME OF THE YEAR!) The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED, CD Projekt RED)
The legendary monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia is back again in the third installment of the highly successful Polish RPG series. The Witcher 3 is not only an improvement of everything that was already excellent in the previous games, but this Eastern European game is also the quintessence what western RPG should deliver in this generation.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sets the bar very high for open world RPGs. Sapkowski’s original world in its video game representation is as stunning as it is challenging and thought-provoking at the same time. It’s overflowing with mature content that provokes from you a plethora of emotional responses.
The storytelling is brilliant, and the combat is smooth and refined while on the hardest difficulty its unforgiving nature can provide a rewarding experience when you vanquish your enemies. In a gaming industry full of so many uninspired open world titles, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt stands out as a gem of an RPG overflowing with creativity. Geralt’s latest adventure is a real masterpiece.
You can read our review of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt here.