With January over and done with, I think it’s a bit long overdue to offer my pick for best games of 2015 and now here we are. These were the titles I invested my money, time and plenty of patience on. So without further “delay”, here it is!
These are the top Contenders:
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One & PS4)
In this long awaited sequel, well actually the follow up to that $20 demo called Ground Zeros, we once again have Big Boss as the main protagonist. More or less the game’s story adds more to Boss’ origins and why he chose to defect against the American government. I.e. becoming the series’ villain he was meant to be. The protagonist’s storyline advances much further but this time, events have taken place within that decade of decades, the 80s!
MGS V started off with a very impressive prologue involving a hospital escape and hints of a resurrected adversary presumed long dead, this had me stoked until I got bored of the semi repetitive missions and although there are some that embrace the open sandbox gameplay, personally I would prefer a more linear approach.
After a few hours, I was both impressed and at times disappointed with the game’s direction. That being said, MGS PP is a well executed game despite its design flaws and Konami’s input didn’t help to improve upon what could’ve been even better. Replacing David Hayter with Kiefer Sutherland is just the first of a few poor business decisions made from Konami, and that was just the beginning of their intrusive bullshit which unfortunately, had led to Legendary MGS creator Hideo Kojima’s departure from the company he made very successful. And just when you thought Marvel were being dicks for their treatment of their contributors! At least WB Games didn’t make that same mistake when it came to having someone else provide the voiceover for the next contender ……
Batman Arkham Knight (Xbox One & PS4)
Like Metal Gear Solid V, Arkham Knight is another hotly anticipated sequel to a venerable franchise. What is said to be the final chapter of the series, Batman attempts to stop a mysterious terrorist who is not only Batman’s foil but is a real pain in the ass! Speaking of “pain in the ass”, I felt let down by the frequent Batmobile segments which were as dull as they were repetitive. The side missions provide more of an offset to the drone fighting sections but still that’s not good enough for me to give it a perfect score. If you’re into aesthetics you’ll love the variety of DLC skins and there’s a few cool side missions within the campaign and DLC material. At least WB Games still have Kevin Conroy as the series’ titular character unlike what Konami has questionably have done with MGS V’s Big Boss. (Kiefer Sutherland?!?)
I hate standard RPGs as I have often mentioned on the Supernaughts threads however, I’m a sucker for action Role Playing Games from Mass Effect to Shadow of Mordor. Now out of nowhere, this dark horse gallops in and it’s a wild ride!!
FROM Software’s Bloodborne is a very compelling and sadistic game that will test your mettle if you’re willing to go the distance and punish you severely when you’re not paying attention. FROM Software has done a fantastic job with this game that I call a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. The aesthetics are a sight to behold but damn is it a difficult playthrough as you are a hunter set to destroy the monsters and infected civilians within a 17th century setting. It reminds me of the Christophe Gans’ film Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), mixed with a favorite videogame from that decade-Nightmare Creatures, with a dose of Chakan: The Forever man. If you have a shitload of patience, you’ll love this game.
Best PS4 Game of the year if not the game of the year!
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (Xbox One & PS4)
If there’s two big American fall traditions that occur within a timely basis, its football season and Activision’s venerable Call of Duty games. “W00T”!
What was thought to be a direct sequel from the Black Ops series, the plot has taken a different turn, meaning that there is hardly any relation to the previous games and the campaign mode is more science-fictionesque than ever!
Despite it being one of the best campaigns from the series, I was a little pissed at the ending which had taken a page or two from the film Inception. But I didn’t purchase Black Ops 3 for the campaign mode, when the real strength is the multiplayer. There’s various competition modes and besides Uplink that plays like basketball. “Safeguard” plays like a tug of war like battle involving a robot you either defend or attack. To me the best thing about BO3 is the Specialists.
Each has their own specific set of capabilities that reminds me of those super moves from a fighting game. Said capabilities range from explosive arrows to creating a heat force fields, gravity spikes, slasher claws. It’s almost as if playing as G.I. Joe characters with super powers. And speaking of G.I. Joe, each Specialist comes with their own bio just like the Real American Hero action figures back in the day. The paintshop and emblem customary options round out the fun of this game however, there’s the flip side and that’s the “Black Market”. Here you can earn or purchase “cryptokeys” on order to obtain custom weapon, character skins and taunt gestures. This thing plays like a virtual slot machine and needless to say, I ended up broke after gambling and winning things I didn’t need or care for. So if there’s one real downside, it’s the “Black Market”.
The “Zombie mode” is hardcore and there are 2 separate storylines: One with a noir premise, featuring Jeff Goldblum, and the other is sort of a sequel to the BO3 campaign. COD BO3 threw nearly everything into this $60 Package and the results are “most impressive” unlike Star Wars: Battlefront.
As for the rest..
Best Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One & PS4)
Best Action Game: Just Cause 3 (Xbox One & PS4)
Best Game based on a nostalgic franchise: Transformers Devastation (Xbox One & PS4)
Best Indie game: Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One)
Best Strategy Game: Toy Soldiers (G.I.Joe and Masters of the Universe) (Xbox One & PS4)
Best HD Remake: Resident Evil (Xbox One & PS4)
Best RPG: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
“Coulda been a contender”: Star Wars Battlefront
“Don’t call it a comeback”: Halo 5: Guardians
“Who asked for this Shit”?: Battlefield: Hardline
Best Multiplayer: Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (Duh!)
And winner for best game of 2015 goes to…
What’s your pick of 2015?
Feel free to comment of course.