It’s time to round up the best games of this year. Here are our top five:
If you’ve spent any time playing the final installation of Geralt’s adventure, you know how stunning and impressive The Witcher 3: Wild hunt is. CD Projekt spent almost 5 years developing this game, and build a world so big you can lose yourself in it for days, a gruff-voiced lead character who somehow retains humour and humanity, and a variety of horribly memorable monsters and antagonists – Witcher 3 is everything you could want from an open world role-playing adventure.
This game was the most awaited title of 2015, and players have already spent countless hours exploring the huge open wasteland, uncovering its numerous secrets and mysteries. Fallout 4 was what we expected. The Commonwealth, founded on what used to be Boston, is an exceptionally beautiful vision of the post-apocalypse. Filled with shattered remnants of a world gone past, crammed with dangers and the promise of treasure, simply walking is an adventure for the eyes.
From Software has found what it does best, and is not letting us anytime soon. Bloodborne was its step away from the traditional defensive gameplay fans were used to from the Souls series. Faster combat, bigger, tougher and even more gruesome enemies, and a dreadful setting, drew fans and newcomers into the game, giving them a taste of the pleasures of punishment. Lovecraft and intense precision combat are not for everyone, and Bloodborne is a tough challenge to boot. But it’s 2015’s most important AAA release for showing how to better-integrate the many, many elements of a videogame into a coherent package.
Metal Gear Solid 5:
While many complained about MGS V’s incomplete ending, no one can deny that Kojima has perfected the gameplay down to the last detail. Be it a stealthy infiltration, or a guns blazing rescue operation, you could play in a way that suited your style, and were sure to be rewarded. That’s not to say that the story was bad, it just did not have that over-the-top silliness that we have come expect from the series. Still, a Solid game nonetheless. Hideo Kojima’s swansong MGSV: The Phantom Pain brought a spectacular close to a unique, inventive series that leaves no obvious successor.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider:
While the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013 was impressive, there were flaws that kept if from being a true masterpiece. Rise of the Tomb Raider fixes many of those issues, and immerses in a rich, and exciting tale. It nails the gameplay with it’s fun platforming, and combat missions, and keeps us pushing onwards with a rich narrative. And at the end of Lara’s journey, after we’ve seen her through this adventure, and experienced everything the world has to offer, it’s clear that Crystal Dynamics cares as much about the Tomb Raider as its fans do.
Those were our top five games of this year, but we’d be amiss to ignore these two games that we have played and enjoyed a lot this year.
Rocket League: Psyonix outdid themselves with their take on bringing together football and fast cars. We got Rocket League as part of the games free with PS+, and not a day goes by that we don’t take a break from work by playing a few rounds of Rocket League.
Mortal Kombat X: It’s hard to reinvent when you’re into the tenth installment in a franchise, but Mortal Kombat X came in with it’s gloves off, and has been dealing out sweet blows ever since. Precisely delivered hits and brutal finishers make this game a must play with friends. And the addition of fan favorite characters keep the replayability up for a good long time.
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