1) The Witcher 3
So this was a tough one. If we’re just talking soft ending, Metal Gear would have been much lower on my list. The real ending, well, my favorite story element and twist of the year. That, in part, is why Metal Gear wasn’t my number 1. Hiding the actual ending behind a wall of replaying missions with a more difficult twist. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the gameplay. Favorite stealth based game to date. That’s no excuse, howeverm for recycling gameplay to unlock the real Big Boss ending. I just can’t get all too mad about it though because once you complete that 50th mission, damn does it stick with you.
3) Telltale Games: A Game Of Thrones
This wasn’t even on my list until a week or so before posting it. I waited until all episodes were out to start it, as I do with all Telltale games. Once I did though, I was hooked. Episode 1 is most likely my favorite episode of any Telltale game, and the other 5 aren’t too far behind it. Yes, the ending was a bit… out there, but it worked and fit in with the ASOIAF universe. This was the first Telltale game I played that the decisions seemed to actually matter and stick with you throughout the following episodes. I can’t tell you the amount of time I spent with the game paused contemplating the outcomes of a decision. Although that may not be the best way to approach these games, it made me worry about not just the current character I was controlling, but the entire world in itself. And for a game to be able to invoke those feelings, well, I’d call that a success.
4) Destiny: The Taken King
|Although it’s not its own release for the year, it was substantial enough to have on my list. Vanilla Destiny was my 2014 GOTY and I haven’t stopped playing since. While I don’t hold it against Bungie whatsoever, The Taken King is how Destiny should have launched. Every minor adjustment they made was a welcome change.|
5) Ori And The Blind Forest
7) Batman: Arkham Knight /
Assassins Creed: Syndicate
Ugh. That’s all. Just, ugh. Did I hate the campaign? Of course. Was the multi good? Have 2+ days in it. Did I feel obligated to have it on the list? A bit. Am I now gradually getting over it? I think so. Nonetheless, I had a fantastic time with Big Team (once it was added) and am still looking forward to Halo 6. But in the end, the campaign prevented it from being any higher on my list. Halo. Ugh.
10) Rise of the Tomb Raider
Although Laura is still a killing machine, Crystal Dynamics did at least somewhat take into account the few minor flaws of their 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. Tombs were added (kind of), some areas can be cleared through stealth (sometimes), no focus on multiplayer (but somehow card packs still found their way in), and a much improved crafting system (a la Last of Us). The game is absolutely stunning to just look at, the controls are as tight as ever, traversal is a breeze, and Laura’s hair pretty much has its own engine. Tomb Raiding in a nutshell.