2015 is over. It’s gone, and it’s never coming back. As we move forward in the loving embrace of 2016, let’s take a less depressing look at our favorite games of 2015.
Actually, before I dig into this, let me just say one thing. That one game you really like may not be one of my favorites. You know the one, it’s that game that you were really excited for but for some reason you haven’t thought about it since a week after it’s release. It’s not that I didn’t like that game at all, because I liked it, hell I played a lot of it too, it’s just not the game that stands out to me right now. It’s not one of the games that comes to mind when I’m asked “hey asshole, besides that game we just had a 45 minute long conversation about, what was another good game you played this year?”. For those games, let’s continue.
Besides the obvious point of being Halo, Halo 5 is outstanding. A crazy sci-fi story, unique and interesting environments, solid controls, and seamless hop in hop out co-op are just the best parts of the games campaign. The multiplayer throws out the useless garbage that Halo 4 lugged around, and introduces new movement mechanics that somehow only improve on Halo’s rock solid control scheme. This is the definitive halo experience; and one that is still expanding. Every month after the games release in October has brought new DLC at the amazing price of FREE. New maps, new guns, and new skins are just the tip of the Halo DLC iceberg.
If you had told me before I played this game that I would not only enjoy the hell out of it, but that I would have included it on a list that didn’t involve zombie related shit that didn’t need to be made in the first place, I would have said “you obviously don’t know me, MOM!”
Dying Light was fun. A game set in the middle of a zombie “incident” that not only dresses it’s environments with enough grit to convince you that if there are real zombies walking the streets, cleaning would be the last thing on anyone’s mind, but also reminds you that outside is a place that you probably don’t want to be unless you are very certain the sun is directly above you. Even towards the end of my time with Dying light I was just as confident in the dark as I was the first time (which, if you haven’t picked through the context clues, is not confident at all). In a game with so much room for error, I’m still impressed, almost a year after release, that this game was as polished as it was. As an added bonus, if you want to enjoy one of the silliest yet coolest features of this game, play it on the PS4. The walkie talkie your character carries with him plays audio through your PS4 controller when anyone in the game contacts you.
I don’t really have much to say about Guitar Hero Live, but what I do have to say is the reason why this game stands out to me. To release a Guitar Hero game years after every piece of crappy plastic instrument has finally been cleared off of store shelves, and everyone has forgotten about that one time they thought they could actually play an instrument after playing with previously mentioned crappy plastic toys, is dumb. It’s dumb, and a gamble, but they pulled it off successfully. Guitar Hero Live reminds you of the fun you had and smacks you in the face with it’s new guitar. A game full of new songs, with the addition of a new controller to learn, aren’t even the best features of this game. Guitar Hero TV is hands down the funnest I’ve ever had with a plastic instrument game. An always on, always changing TV station that I can tune in to and play along with is enough to sell this game for me, and may just be the reason I dust off the guitar and play again in the next few months.
My Biggest Disappointment of 2015
Why’d you do it man? Why’d you mess with the Red Hood? It’s one thing to change a few things, but to change things for the sake of dragging an entire game out of it was pointless. I wanted a proper resolution with this Arkham game. I wanted the game to completely focus on the struggle that Batman faces with what happened to the Joker, but instead you just kept trying to force the Arkham Knight in my face. I know who it is! I knew from the moment he first traded blows with Batman, I just didn’t want to believe it. But that’s not all. Then you slap together the piss poor excuse for a DLC to try and make it seem like you didn’t do anything to damage the nature of the original Red Hood storyline? Come on Rocksteady, what happened? This game was fun, it was polished (to the extent to other games were), and it was your last Arkham game. You already killed the Joker, so it was obvious that you didn’t really care about the pre-established Batman canon, but why try to stick Jason Todd into the middle of it all with an “all new original character”? It was completely unnecessary.
Didn’t see your favorite games of 2015 in the list? Well, I promise you I’m not crazy. I played Fallout 4, the Witcher 3, Star Wars Battlefront, Metal Gear Solid 5, Mortal Kombat, Rainbow Six: Siege, and even Yoshi’s Wooly World. I played a lot of games this year, to say the least. Your favorite games are great too, so write about them and tell me what made them so special to you.