Finally, in our concluding piece we will reveal what we consider to be the games we loved the most this year. These games are the ones that we think outshone all those that we have otherwise played. So, without further adieu…
Have a look at our other recommendations in our other 2015 Christmas Cracker articles. Keep an eye on the top of the page to see all the categories.
LAUREN – Guitar Hero Live
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t have a stand-out. I’m sorry! Shoot me!… but look, here’s one of my favourites. One of the games I played that I was so very impressed with and loved every minute of it, both story and “freeplay”.
Such an awesome and innovative game that completely changed the expectation for future rhythm games. the story mode looks amazing (though kinda cheesy) and it’s fully immersive when you have surround sound like I do.
Very impressed and I recommend it for anything who loves music and is on the fence for this game.
JULIAN – Cities: Skylines
It took me a while to choose what game was really special for me this year. There were many games which grabbed my attention for a few different reasons. Many of which I have discussed over the last couple of weeks.
Cities: Skylines is an amazing game. The worlds that you create are vibrant and full of life. The maps that you can work on are huge. As time goes on Paradox is pushing out plenty of updates and new content.
This content is also expanded by the level of community engagement that we are seeing. The support that Paradox has provided is phenomenal, they show that they trust their customers. There is a vibrant modding community which brings with it some amazing changes and models to the game.
If there is one game that you have to play for this year, it has to be Cities: Skylines.
ZAC – Fallout 4
My choice probably isn’t the most surprising given that Fallout 4 is arguably the biggest release of this year, but it’s also the biggest in terms of scale, content, production value and above all else for me – fun.
From the incredible soundtrack to the vast yet dense hand-crafted open world, Fallout 4 exemplifies everything I love in a game. Sure, it’s far from perfect but still such a huge step up for Bethesda and an impressive leap forward for the series.
Do I think Fallout 4 is the game of the year? I can’t really say, is there really a definitive game of the year?. Truthfully I played barely any of this year’s releases so my choices are quite limited. All I can say is that Fallout 4 has been my most enjoyable experience of this year and after 80 hours of play time I’ve still barely scratched its surface. I think that’s all I can really say.
JAMES – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
I have been waiting a long time for this game to come out, so it shouldn’t be surprising that this is my favourite game. While it doesn’t deserve game of the year with some of the issues with the story and gameplay, it is still the game I’ve enjoyed the most.
Jumping back into the Metal Gear universe was an amazing experience, and even though at first the second half of the story was disappointing, I’ve come to appreciate what the game has done to the Metal Gear story as a whole.
Everything from the visuals, the sound and gameplay make for a really Solid game, and one that I had a blast playing from start to finish.
JOSH –The Beginner’s Guide
This game, this god damned game. I have never had a game send shivers down my spine, or give me goosebumps quite like Davey Wreden’s, The Beginner’s Guide.
I can’t really explain it. I want you, yes, you, who is reading this right now to go and play it. Spend the 0 or so minutes, on your own with headphones and play this game.
If, for whatever reason you cannot. I’ve included my favourite section of the game. There are spoilers. So do not watch if you have any inkling that you might wanna play it.
Thank you, Davey. Thank you.
(if my clever link doesn’t work, jump to 1:14:17)
JOHN – Undertale
It was hard to decide between Fallout 4 and Undertale, but in the end Undertale‘s great story, quirky humour and fun battle system overpower Fallout‘s exploration.
Undertale is as close to a perfect game as you can possibly get with memorable characters, cute art style, amazing soundtrack and interesting story. It’s completely baffling to me that this was done primarily by a single person as it’s so polished and has a lot of cool things that a lot of games just don’t do (game “crashing” but really being a scripted event, 4th wall breaking, game mechanics being turned upside down for one boss).
I haven’t had more fun with any game this year, and if you haven’t picked up Undertale yet it is ludicrously cheap for how great of a game it is.