Hello there, reader. My name is Triana and while I haven’t ever written for the site before if you have given our podcast a listen you may have heard my voice once or twice. When Chuck asked me to make a list of my favorite games of 2015 I thought it would be hard to come up with an interesting collection. 2015 went by pretty fast and until I actually sat down and thought about it I hadn’t realized how many good games I actually played.
Below you’ll see my favorites from last year but you will also see a couple games that released before that. These two games however saw rereleases in 2015 so, technically, I am still right. So there!
“Triana’s Top 5 Games of 2015”
5.) Halo 5: Guardians
Guardians had a difficult time making it onto my list as a best of the year, but it did, just barely. At release I didn’t play Halo 5 much, mostly due to its campaign, which isn’t horrible but not that good either, but now I am playing the game every night before bed. Halo 5’s multiplayer is great even if its still not as good as Halo: Reach’s was. Halo 5’s multiplayer focuses on bigger and more organized teams. It encourages people to meet and create groups in order to compete.
Guardians competitive multiplayer is so much more challenging than the previous Halo games have been. Halo 5 has finally started borrowing from games like Call of Duty and that means you can die much quicker than you could in the past. Right now the game kind of lacks diverse playlists, but in my opinion the overall more competitive nature makes up for that. The biggest addition is that of Warzone, a new game type that takes inspiration from games like Titanfall and Battlefield. Warzone is fun. A bigger and better type of Firefight with two large teams of human players and random A.I thrown in as well. Matches can be frustrating if you don’t have a proper team but it still keeps me coming back. Also Forge Mode is back and better than ever.
4.) Tokyo Jungle
Tokyo Jungle originally came out in 2012 on the PS3 BUT the small game rereleased on the PS4 as part of Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service in 2015. Loopholes! This action packed game was so much fun and there is so much to do and collect in it that it’ll keep you playing long after you meant to put it down. Just so much stuff. There are dozens upon dozens of animals to play as and unlock and each animal has their own stories to find and create and stats to consider. You can play as tiny Pomeranian’s or Lions and even Raptors!
There are also hundreds of pieces of clothing to collect and adorn your animals with. From sunglasses to hats to necklaces and even random scifi gear, your animal of choice can be sporting all of the latest fashions as it tries to survive the new harsh Earth. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to play the game as much as I wanted to in 2015 but I will definitely be renting it from PS Now again to get back at it. The game is hard, even with its decent tutorials, and Chuck calls it a “Roguelike”, whatever that is, but getting farther and farther with each playthrough is both fun and rewarding. I recommend this one to casuals and hardcore alike.
3.) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
MGSV is an amazing game and one of the best action stealth games I have ever played. You can go in silently with the best stealth skills you have or you can decide to go in guns blazing or maybe you want a nice mix of the two to make it both exciting and lengthy. The game is long and its story is weird but there is so much to do and build up towards its pretty crazy.
What gets me the most though is the humor. It cracks me up every time a joke or a pun enters a scene or moment. I have never played a Metal Gear game before and discovering the crazy box, the box is by far my favorite part of the game. I would play around with the box and all of its abilities for hours because I thought it was just absolutely hilarious. The graphics are great and the world is amazing and there are horses that poop and dogs that wear eye patches and hold knives! I really need to get back into it and play much more.
2.) DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition
Before I ran into the CounterAttack guys I didn’t play much outside of the larger games. Shooters like Halo and Call of Duty and adventure games such as Tomb Raider and racing games like Forza were mainly my things, so when Chuck had me start up Devil May Cry I was hesitant and didn’t know what to expect. I have not played a game quite like this before and once I got started it was hard to stop. Everything was so amazing and intense! The story caught my attention immediately and all I wanted to do was play more and see what insane thing would happen next. As of yet I haven’t gotten around to Virgil’s story but I definitely plan to.
The combos you can make in this game are ridiculous. They can take awhile to learn and master them, but once you do you can do them constantly and you can keep the enemies in the air until they die. It was just unreal. The more combos you learn the easier it is to play and move on to higher difficulties and unlock more items. Combo heavy action games like this are new to me and now I want to find more.
1.) Until Dawn
By far my favorite game of 2015 was the terrific PlayStation 4 exclusive, Until Dawn. I really enjoyed everything about this game and I don’t usually like horror. From the choices you can make to its various endings and the different scenarios that can play out for each person that plays. It was all incredible. The graphics are spectacular with detailed models based on real world actors and both the spooky indoor and outdoor environments are believable.
The characters all have their own stories and attitudes that you can alter further. Each character can be made to be more rude and mean or more caring and helpful depending on your choices and actions and by the end of the game characters you hated or liked may be flipped. Or they may be dead altogether. I even loved the main antagonist too! It was all really well done. The designs, the movements and some of the later scenes are great. I loved everything about this game and I really want to play it a couple more times to see all of the different outcomes. Anyone who owns a PlayStation 4 should play this one.