Danny Stueber, Staff Writter
2015 was a great year for games. It was so great, in fact that I have had to think about this list for quite some time. Now, this list is just, in my opinion, the best games of 2015 and includes only games I have played.
Therefore, Halo 5, Madden 2016, etc. have had much critical praise but since I never touched them they will not find themselves on this list along with many others. So with no more explanations needed, here are my top 5 games of 2015.
- Rocket League
As a child I loved soccer, I played all the way through middle school. Then I got tired of it and soon dropped it. It wasn’t until 2015 when soccer was reinvented through the game Rocket League, that my interest came back.
Rocket League hit the gaming world hard with it’s easy to learn controls, fun overall progression and matches, and its imaginative take on the sport. Months and months later this game is still popular and it’s the first sport game to get my attention in a very long time.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
In my opinion, The Witcher 2 was not a good game. I did not find all the systems and the gameplay fun at all and was done with it day. However, years later I did enjoy Witcher 3. I picked it up based on the overall love for it in the game community, hoping that I would like it more than its predecessor.
Now being over 50 hours in and still nowhere near done, it is one of the best open world games I have ever played. The side stories are engaging and I care for the characters. It’s as if I didn’t even need to know what occurred in past games to understand the plot. I love this game and will probably be playing it as you read this.
When Nintendo, the family friendly game company every child grew up with, announced a shooter everybody was skeptical. Not only is it the best shooter of the entire year, it is also my favorite shooter of all time.
The point is not to kill others but to cover the battlefield with as much ink as possible with weapons ranging from guns to paintbrushes and that is enough of a change to reinvigorate the shooter genre. Also the music is like nothing you have heard before, the gameplay is addictive. Yet, I am still playing it over six months later, whereas I dropped Star Wars Battlefront and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 within a month. Splatoon ruined them for me.
- Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
I have always loved the Metal Gear series and knowing that this is supposed to be the last game in the main series, I couldn’t have asked for more. There are game changing open world setups where you can accomplish your missions in any way you can think of.
This game was everything I wanted and probably made me the saddest of any piece of media this year when those credits rolled and I knew it was something I could never experience for the first time again. It’s probably the best controlling game I have ever handled.
156 hours. 4 different plays. Hundreds of enemies slain and thousands of gallons of blood spilled. I have not been able to put the game down yet. The gothic London setting, the intense combat, the cool weapons and enemy design.
I have never seen a game like this before and it surprises me how much I love this game, because I usually don’t like Dark Souls games from the same developers. I have spent many late nights enveloped in this game world and this might be the first game in my life where I forgot to breathe at times from how intense the battles would become. Not only is this my top game for all of 2015, it is in my top list of games for all time.
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
- Guitar Hero Live (loved the reinvention of the franchise compared to Rock Band 4 taking the safe route)
- Tales From the Borderlands (best Telltale game since The Walking Dead)
- Fallout 4 (very fun but was just to similar to Fallout 3 to me to make the list)
- Mortal Combat X (my favorite fighting game besides Super Smash Brothers)
- Until Dawn (best choose your own adventure/horror game in years)
- Undertale (an amazing game)
StUeBs13 = Xbox Live ID
StUeBs_13 = PlayStation ID
Edited by Brea Childs and Shea Murray