By: Nick Catto
Games wise, 2015 has been one of the best years in recent memory. Games that I never expected to like hit me out of nowhere, and games I thought I’d love disappointed me. Remakes of games that I experienced for the first time will be in this list. Just to address the elephant in the room, I didn’t like The Witcher 3. I know, it’s insane that I didn’t like it. Its combat was repetitive, the movement was horrid (like Assassin’s Creed), and the game was just too dense for a completionist like me to enjoy. All of this is my opinion by the way. I fully acknowledge that The Witcher 3 is an extraordinary game. Now, we can finally move on to the games that made 2015 so special to me.
10. Super Meat Boy (PS4)
I’m so glad that Super Meat Boy was free on PS+. This crazy fast and insanely hard platformer had its hooks in me for about a week. Mastering the games platforming and wall jumping mechanics was fun, plus dying was kinda funny in a sick way. Super Meat Boy also has a level called, “The Salt Factory”. Come on people, that’s way too good.
9. Emily Is Away (PC)
Emily Is Away is a text adventure game that takes about 15 minutes to finish. I actually played this for the first time two days ago. It brought me back to the days of AOL instant messenger and the feelings I got when talking to a girl I liked. Emily Is Away gets very emotional, really fast. It’s free on Steam and can run on basically any computer. Play this game.
8. Journey (PS4)
I still can’t describe Journey. I played the game once, and never want to play it again. That one playthrough was my journey in a way, my personal experience. The game was such an emotional one, despite not having no clear story. During my playthrough, I ran into another player, and we helped each other throughout the whole game. I felt connected to the other player despite never communicating with him verbally. Journey was beautiful as well. The art design was one I’ll never forget. Sand surfing down the massive cliff was one of the most memorable moments in my gaming career.
7. Mega Man Legacy Collection (PS4)
If you listen to any of our podcast’s or videos, you already know I love Mega Man. Being able to play through Mega Man 1-6 again was awesome, it made me remember why these games are so special. Adding the challenge mode was amazing as well. Seeing where I stack up against the rest of the world was nice, even though I didn’t rank well… All of the game art and lore added in the game was an amazing addition. If you’re playing the games for the first time, it’s a great way to understand the history of Mega Man.
6. Fallout 4 (PS4)
Fallout 4 is my most disappointing game of 2015. I thought it would be at least top 3 for me. While it didn’t live quite up to my expectations, Fallout 4 was still an extraordinary game. Great shooting mechanics, fun quests, and an expansive open world to explore. Fallout 4 is a must play for almost all gamers.
5. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbone)
I just started playing Rise of the Tomb Raider the other day. Just like it’s predecessor, it’s amazing. The combat is refined and makes you use your surrounding elements to gain an advantage. The map is filled with side quests, treasures and tombs to raid. Epic, intense moments are happening at every turn. Uncharted 4 has its work cut out for.
4. Bloodborne (PS4)
Bloodborne is Dark Souls with faster pace combat. If you like the epic boss battles of Dark Souls then Bloodborne is right up your alley. My favorite thing about Bloodborne was the world. The gothic architecture was a sight to behold while trudging through the world. Bloodborne is a must play for all PlayStation 4 owners.
3. Rocket League (PS4)
I’m not fond of soccer or race cars. In the case of Rocket League, two wrongs make a right for me. A fast pace car soccer game may sound dumb, but for some reason, it just works. Playing 2v2 with Walt, stealing each others goals and either getting destroyed by or dominating the competition, Rocket League was just pure fun. The fact that it was free made it even better. I’ll never uninstall this game.
2. Halo 5: Guardians (Xbone)
While Halo 5’s campaign was a letdown, the multiplayer certainly wasn’t. Halo 5 has the best Halo multiplayer since Halo 2. Every new gameplay innovation 343 Industries added works to perfection. The thruster packs make Halo 5 feel more fast-paced and modern. The maps are on point, and the addition of forge mode brings unlimited possibilities.
1. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
No game has taken over my life quite like Super Mario Maker. I’ve put days of game time into Mario Maker, more than every other game this year. If I’m not playing Mario Maker, I’m watching people like Snarfybobo or Patrick Klepek stream it. I’ve been more invested in the Dan Ryckert/Patrick Klepek rivalry than almost every sports rivalry this year (I’m a Philly sports fan so…). Super Mario Maker is like no other game I’ve played. It’s by far the best game of this year. If it could take up every slot of my top ten, it would.
So, that’s my top ten games of 2015. In the comments below, let me know what your favorite games were this year!