Best Video Games of 2015

Best Video Games of 2015

Posted by War Wizard

Every other site will do this ranking, and force you to read through multiple pages so that they can increase their page view count. I won’t. Also, this a countdown to #1, that way you will see all the worthy titles until you see the top video game of the 2015 year.

CRITERIA:
Most important – is the game FUN to play?
Graphics are the least of my concerns.
Campaign experience/online multiplayer.

Let’s go!

#20.) Evolve
The concept sounds interesting on the surface, and playing either as the hunters or the hunted make for some interesting choices. The problem in being one of the first to do something, you can set the bar, but most likely someone else will come along later and do it better.

Fable Legends is trying to do that and as much as I would love to see it work, I don’t think it will because of the name attached to the project. If Microsoft developed a game like this and called it something else, I think it would get a fair shake.

#19.) NBA 2K16
Always need to have a sports game on here and to demonstrate how dedicated Expert is, I’ve included some screencaps of his accomplishments for this game:

expert1

expert2

I’m told this is pretty impressive…

#18.) Five Nights at Freddy’s 4
This year alone saw this game and FNAF3 arrive too. I learned about this game from Twitch as many famous Youtubers would do reaction videos to playing the game.The reason it works is that it’s based on a simple premise, and it builds as you catch glimpses of movement or a noise that shouldn’t be so close to you. With a new format for the franchise coming out in 2016, this might be the last “scary” version for a while.

#17.) Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
There’s always something interesting when you see a game you played years ago get an update, and then to have someone much younger than you talk about the game with passion. This happened for me with this game as my older son saw Wolfenstein by chance and has been playing it pretty much ever since he got the game.

It’s sort of like when you tell a friend about some TV show you watched, and a few days later they contact you and tell you how much of a great show it is.

#16.) Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X makes the list because of the nostalgia factor. I get to revisit my arcade days and stomp the guts of online players with my old combos that still somehow work.

Throw in the cool factor of being able to play as the Predator or Jason Voorhees, and it’s always a fun time.

#15.) Call of Duty: Black Ops III
I only have this on here since my oldest son loves the zombies mode and we play that. It’s fun, but after a while it starts to wear thin for me at least.

#14.) Super Mario Maker
This is a dream come true for anyone with a creative mind and some ideas to go along with the structured environment of this world. Best part about this game is where you can upload your creation to let others play your creations. There are some who are really good at this that you should take advantage of.

#13.) Splatoon
It’s Nintendo finally getting online and making a family friendly game for all to play.

#12.) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
It’s Metal Gear, Hideo Kojima and a swan song all rolled into one.

#11.) The Room Three

Fun series, play all of them!

THE TOP TEN i.e., you should play all of these…


#10.) StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

I’ve been playing StarCraft since 1998. I thought I was a decent player until SC2 came out and I went online.

Geez. Only then did I realize how bad I am at this game. But I don’t care, it’s still fun, and the few times I do get a victory it feels like I really earned it.

I’m sure some people think that this game has been out for a while, and the beta was out for seemingly forever. But it officially came out this year for all to play and the ass whooping has continued for me at an amazing rate. The only time I even have a slight chance of winning is when Expert and I go against some others and I essentially mule the whole time while he attacks the other team.

All of that is what makes it fun, and why you should be playing this too.

#9.) Mario Party 10

It’s Mario Party. From Nintendo. ‘Nuff said.

#8.) Her Story

How many people have even heard of this game? I can’t remember how I learned of it, but I am so glad I took a chance on this.

Basically, this is a game of trying to solve a crime using only your ability to ask the right questions, and watch lots of video.

I can’t do it justice other than to just watch the video and get a copy for yourself – it’s quite entertaining.

And there are multiple endings that make it very cool. Enjoy!

#7.) Spectra

I bought this game because of the soundtrack. Yes, I know you can get it online if you feel like ripping it from Youtube, but the music really goes well with the game.

The game – very simple and easy, yet rythmic and soothing at the same time. If you hate EDM or anything resembling trance music, you will hate this. Otherwise, you might enjoy.

Give it a shot and support an independent studio.

#6.) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This game is almost perfect. Sure you have the weird glitches that pop up but that’s part of playing a computer game not made by Nintendo.

Everything from the story to Gwent (A Hearthstone ripoff) is engaging. Choices, challenges and consequences all shape the game up to make for an amazing tale that wraps up some story lines that have been out there for a while.

Throw in the fact that all DLC for this game is included, and it’s easy to see why this game has been a runaway smash hit.

#5.) Battlefield Hardline

Feels like Expert and I played the beta a lifetime ago. I wasn’t sold at first when I just heard of the idea, but playing through more of the levels and unlocking upgrades certainly kept me engaged.

My biggest complaint for Battlefield Hardline was the online match-making system of keeping the players you were in a party with together. There were many matches where Expert and I would start on opposite teams. It’s nothing major, but you’d think by this point in time, it shouldn’t be too problematic to figure it out.

#4.) Transformers: Devastation

I had my doubts when I saw this preview a while ago. But being that I grew up in the 80’s, seeing this game created in this visual style was something I couldn’t resist.

The only other cel shading game I liked was the Robotech Battlecry game for the Gamecube way back in 2002.

One thing they absolutely nail is being able to play the more popular characters. Many times you have to play some new character created for the game that gets to help the more well known heroes. Not here. You start off as Optimus Prime and make your way through the others in your quest.

I’ve never had high expectations from a story perspective for this franchise, so looking at the gameplay mechanics and graphics are what matter, and this game delivers.

#3.) Star Wars: Battlefront

I know many people would not dare give this game a ranking this high. They wanted a campaign mode. Don’t they realize that is coming out Dec 18th? I’m sure once the movie is out, the next wave of DLC will contain maps related to the movie that they didn’t want to reveal until then.

No campaign? No problem for me. Unless I can be Boba Fett, I don’t care to play Darth Vader or Luke since I feel like I’ve already accomplished that in the Force Unleashed games. Yes, I know Jango Fett had his own game, but if someone wanted to have a “Bounty Hunter Battle” online, that’d be cool.

But, onto the game.

I love the mode where I get to fly (Note to Halo – Pay attention). You get to start in the classic vehicles and every so often you get a power up for the Slave I or Millenium Falcon. The flying mechanics are such that practically anyone can pick up a controller, understand enough to play and have fun.

Imagine that!

Walker Assault is cool, but I’m not a fan of the “Hero Hunt” or the “Heroes vs Villains” modes. It just seems too quick and maps are too small. I know it’s by design, and I know I’m in the minority on that opinion.

Overall, the sounds are identicalm the vehicles look perfect and behave very well to controls. It’s the kind of game that quickly consumes your time, and you never feel bad about it afterwards.

#2.) Fallout 4

This is an almost perfect game. Understandibly, the graphics look a bit dated when you play on the Xbox One, but everything else runs pretty good.

I think most people would call this a close to modern day “Skyrim” and that’s fairly accurate. What makes Fallout 4 fun to play is that there is soo much that you can do in the game. If you’re someone who likes to craft, you will find plenty to do. If you are like me and just want to wander the wasteland to see what’s out there, you can do that too.

There is of course the main story that at some point you can complete, but what’s the rush? A game like this relies on you not speed rushing through it just to get to the end.

It’s a good thing that there is no multi-player on this. While I think it would be interesting to see the builds that other people craft, I also think it be extremely difficult to have online battles where opponents would be evenly matched all the time.

Despite this, if you can’t have fun in this game, you probably need to go back to your mobile device.

#1.) Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is a game where you go up against others who may or may not be good at their “builds” and if that’s the case, you will get an easy win for your team.

If you face a team who knows how to play, you might get challenged. Regardless of where you fall on the experience scale, if you like any of the franchises from Blizzard, you’ll probably like this game.

No game is perfect (even though we had two that came out this year that were really close) but the main criteria of being fun is what makes HotS the winner for this year.

I hate the micro-transactions but I understand why it’s done. Otherwise, the game is pretty solid.

BONUS:
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There you have it. My list based mostly on how much FUN you have playing. I know this won’t agree with most, so I ask you dear reader,

What games did I leave off that should be on here?
What is your #1 game?

Admin’s note:
I think one title here that is glaringly absent is Halo 5: Guardians. BankGambling wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the Halo franchise. It’s so disappointing and it hurts me that this game is just not a “Halo” game anymore. It’s too much like a MOBA/Call of Duty/Titanfall wannabe. I know that I’m no longer the target audience for this game, and that really sucks. It’s why I continue to hop back onto the Master Chief Collection to play Halo 3 matches.

Why was Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and Halo 3 so good? Because in order to get good, you had to put in the time.

You had to learn the maps, the timing of the power weapons respawn, and where on the maps every weapon would appear. Halo 5 has none of that. The game tells you when a power weapon will spawn, and it uses auto-aim/Bullet Magnet magic. (This explains why I could kick ass on Halo 4 SWAT, but suck at Halo 3 SWAT).

343, get your act in gear and gives us a game we want to play…

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47 Comments on "Best Video Games of 2015"

  1. Rookie December 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm -      #1

    Interesting, but personally I was dissapointed in Fallout. Too much RPG elements were lost, too much fighting was added. No way it’s better than Witcher, at least Witcher have interesting NPC and while not original, still talented plot.

  2. Friendlysociopath December 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm -      #2

    It’s posts like this that make me realize I bought almost no new games this year. I think the only “new” game I’ve purchased this entire year is Dragonball Xenoverse.

  3. Jake_Uzumaki December 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm -      #3

    Of the ones on the list I have Battlefront (though the multiplayer doesn’t work for me) and Fallout 4.

    @Friendly
    What console do you have Xenoverse on?

  4. Friendlysociopath December 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm -      #4

    What console do you have Xenoverse on?

    PC- Steam, haven’t played in a while though, I should update that.

  5. Jake_Uzumaki December 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm -      #5

    @Friendly
    ah, I have it on PS4

  6. Darth Bombad December 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm -      #6

    Good list but i’d put MGSV wayyyy higher, top 10 maybe top 5.
    And no love for Arkham Knight?… but the Batmobile!.

  7. the_man_with The_Answers December 10, 2015 at 8:10 pm -      #7

    “And no love for Arkham Knight?… but the Batmobile!.”

    Exactly why it shouldn’t be up there. The batmobile.

  8. Secrecy27 December 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm -      #8

    I found Fallout 4 to be a good game in its own right, but quite frankly it isn’t the Fallout I was waiting for. It just feels… empty, compared to the other titles.

    MGSV TTP was good, I enjoyed it, but after achieving S rank in every mission I tired of it, not enough variation, haven’t played it for awhile now.

    I’ve heard a lot of good about the Witcher 3, so is it worth getting, for someone who hasn’t played any other Witcher game (I have however read one of the books the game is based on)?

  9. Darth Bombad December 10, 2015 at 9:46 pm -      #9

    @the_man_with The_Answers
    “Exactly why it shouldn’t be up there. The batmobile.”

    But it finally gave us the Batmobile to play as after all these years… and then
    proceeded to beat us over the head with it until we begged for mercy.
    Still having all the cinematic Batmobile’s (even the upcoming BvS) is pretty sweet!.

  10. Ninja Lowk December 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm -      #10

    “Exactly why it shouldn’t be up there. The batmobile.”

    The batmobile is awesome for however longer I continue to find blasting people into unconsciousness with high velocity projectiles to be enjoyable.

  11. Super Combine December 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm -      #11

    @Secrecy27
    Witcher 3 is really damn good. I bought the whole trilogy not too long ago while it was on sale, but I barely touched the first one because it’s combat mechanics are awful, haven’t even tried Witcher 2 yet. However, Witcher 3 is definitely worth getting if you’re into fantasy RPGs. It’s got an absolutely beautiful, huge open world that feels alive. Lots of diverse monsters/enemies, neat codex, and the fighting is greatly improved over previous games (Not just tolerate it, but actually even enjoy it!).

    Basically, get it and get to collecting them alchemical ingredients. Can’t have “Punished” “Venom” “Naked” “Demon” Snake grab all the pretty flowers this year.

  12. mack006 December 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm -      #12

    No Bloodborne?

  13. Xornell December 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm -      #13

    20. Evolve- More like EA. Get it? Because $80 of DLC on release. Shit business practices, shit developer, shit game.

    19. Wasn’t interested enough to play. Basketball is gay. Football >>>

    18. FNAF4- More like Five Nights at Cash Cow. Seriously. The first game was interesting, innovative, and sometimes genuinely good. But 4 games in and it’s apparent the dev has stopped caring entirely and is now using FNAF as the source of his kids college tuition, and not a game he cares about. Which, I mean, so would I. But that doesn’t make it a good game.

    17. Didn’t play Wolfenstein but heard first hand that it was good.

    16. MKX- Played MKX at CEO while incredibly drunk. Game/10.

    15. BlOpsIII- It’s a COD game. Didn’t need to play it to know it’s a mediocre FPS.

    14. Super Mario Maker- Ye. Was gud.

    13. Splatoon- SquidKid porn sim. Ew. Meh. Unique shooter, I’ll give it that. Not my thing, though. Came with my wii u and I haven’t touched it once lol

    12. MGSV- No Kojima for you. Didn’t play because I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about MGS, but I heard my friends really enjoyed most of it. A bit repetitive and the ending was bad, from what I hear, but overall a good experience.

    11. Never played

    10. Lotv: Some great additions. I’m always hesitant to new units and changes, and this addon gives the Protoss the finger pretty hard. Haven’t got around to the campaign yet but it looks good from what I’ve seen.

    9. It’s Mario Party. These games will never not be fun.

    8-6- Haven’t played

    5. It’s battlefield. Same thing as COD. Don’t need to play to know what it’s like.

    4. Transformers: Memeception- Props to a licensed game for not being terrible.

    3. Star Wars: Battlefront- More like DLS Wars: Disappointmentfront. BADdle front lol. Gutted everything unique and fun about Battlefront 2. No campaign. No galactic conquest. No fucking space battle. Can’t even pilot AT-AT. And what is there? Like, 8 maps? Foh with that shit. Really it’s just a reskinned battlefield. Don’t worry, though. There’ll be more content. If you’ve got some extra shekels 😉 Microtransactions and Day 1 DLC, anyone? Not really, but it was planned. Even for a diehard star wars fan, this game is shit.

    2. Fallout 4- More like Getout 4. Srs. This is such a step down from New Vegas. It’s even a step down from FO3 tbh. There’s very little variation in enemies. Side quests are, for the most part, repetitive boring shit. Factions are boring and samey. Story is ass, but it’s a bethesda game soo. Glitchy and unoptimized as all fuck, but again. Bethesda game. Skills are nonexistent and the perks are garbage.
    Dialogue is the absolute worst fucking thing imaginable. Skill checks no longer matter. Your choices to accepting quests are yes, yes, and sarcasm (yes). It’s like they tried to copy mass effects dialogue, but didn’t fully understand how their game is different and then went full retard with it.
    That being said, they added some great features like weapon modding, armor modding, power armor feels great now, and settlements. But at the cost of everything else they had going for them? Was it worth? I think not.

    1. HotS is fun. My name is Walter Wheat add me.

    EDIT: No undertale? I didn’t like it, but I have to admit it made waves this year. Definitely deserved a spot on this list instead of any one of the same, mass produced, cash cow bullshit games up there.

  14. Ninja Lowk December 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm -      #14

    That was more “more likes” then I would’ve ever thought I’d see in one post.

  15. the_man_with The_Answers December 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm -      #15

    Battlefront isn’t even a re-skin of Battlefield. I still play the shit out of Battlefield 4. Played the Battlefront Beta, and it was fun for a little bit. But it’s like they took all the cool stuff from Battlefront 2, threw it out, substituted some things from Battlefield, then watered it all down immensely. Pretty sure there are more attachments for a single weapon in Battlefield than there are total loadout options in Battlefront. Some of the gameplay/weapon balance is horribly broken, and beyond stellar graphics and sound design, the gameplay is shallower than a blow-up kiddie pool.

  16. erickyboo December 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm -      #16

    I’m sorry but halo 5 is much better than stuff on the list… Halo 5 is also much better than 3. A way better weapon balance and its its won thing, really not a copy of other games. It takes quite an amount of skill… And halo 3 is really bad with stuff like non hitscan. Hitscan is a must and halo 3 was just bad with the net code and stuff. Non hitscan isn’t how halo should be. It’s not really much about skill, without it. And halo 5 employs a lot of map knowledge too… Especially with movement, routes, tricks, and weapons on map

  17. Secrecy27 December 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm -      #17

    I’m sorry but halo 5 is much better than stuff on the list… Halo 5 is also much better than 3. A way better weapon balance and its its won thing, really not a copy of other games. It takes quite an amount of skill… And halo 3 is really bad with stuff like non hitscan. Hitscan is a must and halo 3 was just bad with the net code and stuff. Non hitscan isn’t how halo should be. It’s not really much about skill, without it. And halo 5 employs a lot of map knowledge too… Especially with movement, routes, tricks, and weapons on map
    In your opinion, maybe. It seems many people don’t like it, and I feel it is just another milking project.

  18. AbsoluteZero December 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm -      #18

    I’d give the best game to Witcher 3, personally. I consider Fallout 4 a hilarious betrayal of what Fallout is, and I have a similar opinion on Star Wars Battlefront. I think it’s hilarious that Battlefront can get any acclaim at all, in the context that it has -vastly- less content than Battlefront 2, which was released a decade ago. Looks better, but I don’t believe it has anything else over it. Nixing the singleplayer makes less sense, they didn’t even need to have a standard campaign. I for one, spent large amounts of time in Galactic Conquest. But, I might just be weird.

    I like Bloodborne as well, but for it’s aesthetic. I’m horrifically bad at it. Curse you, instinct for blocking. I’d probably enjoy it more If I were better at it.

  19. Darth Bombad December 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm -      #19

    @littleboyboo (aka Halo’s biggest fanboy)
    “I’m sorry but halo 5 is much better than stuff on the list…”

    A short, linear FPS with a bland storyline, no unique physics engine or A.I.
    That’s essentially the same game they always release doing nothing really new.
    (except micro transactions) And that’s average in every conceivable way.

    Does Not deserve to be on a list for game of the year (thank you VGA’s)
    it belongs with CoD and Battlefield on the (sigh) here we go again list.

  20. the_man_with The_Answers December 11, 2015 at 9:42 pm -      #20

    “Does Not deserve to be on a list for game of the year (thank you VGA’s)
    it belongs with CoD and Battlefield on the (sigh) here we go again list.”

    Halo 5 had a fairly large overhaul of it’s mechanics, and actually still has excellent multiplayer despite the issues with the story and its pacing. Certainly more innovative and expansive than NBA 2K15, FNAF4, Mario Party 10, and Battlefront. And certainly no worse than Battlefield Hardline or Black Ops 3. All of which made this list. Do I think that Halo 5 is Game of the Year material? No, not really. But it is far from “average in every conceivable way.”

    Hell, even CoD and Battlefield are far above and beyond “average.” I’m very curious as to what, exactly, is the definition of the elusive “average” FPS game.

    Of course, this list is formed entirely on a single person’s opinion, so what games get to be on it and off it are totally up to the creator in the scheme of things. If they thought Minecraft Story Mode was GotY material, then so be it.

  21. Xornell December 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm -      #21

    Seems like everyone agrees that they’re tired of samey, cash cow FPS games and hilariously subpar games that bank off a big name, like Fallout or Badlefront. Oh, and shit DLC practices. Good to know.

  22. Karen Starr December 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm -      #22

    Just got hold of Xenoblade chronicles X, and after some downloads I see if it’s worth all the hype it’s getting.

  23. the_man_with The_Answers December 12, 2015 at 12:34 am -      #23

    “Seems like everyone agrees that they’re tired of samey, cash cow FPS games and hilariously subpar games that bank off a big name, like Fallout or Badlefront. Oh, and shit DLC practices. Good to know.”

    Actually, most people aren’t. There’s a small but very vocal online minority that hate on big name AAA shooters for being “samey.” Because millions of people still buy them on release alone, and enjoy them immensely. There’s an entire market of gamers who routinely buy sports games every year despite significantly less innovation each iteration. They enjoy the games they play and feel they got their money’s worth with each title. Your top shooter titles have stellar multiplayer communities years after release, or even after other newer iterations. I still play the shit out of Battlefield 4 to this day, despite it being over two years old, and so do thousands of other players.

    DLC practices are a separate issue. I’ve bought my fair share and felt it was worth it. Other DLC however rubs me the wrong way. Like if you bought Destiny on release or showed your support with a preorder, you have to pay pretty much double if you want the game as seemingly promised. Or Evolve having more pointless aesthetic DLC than the game costed to begin with. That seems pretty scummy to me. Not all companies are like that though. I’m sure DLC for Fallout 4 will be full of content and worth the $30 for the entire season pass (Not to mention they support modders immensely, even now trying to bring mods to consoles). 343i has decided to make ALL of Halo 5’s frequent DLC totally free. Sure, they have microtransactions, but there is nothing you can’t get by playing the game regularly and never spending a dime. GTA V and Mass Effect 3 had similar policies, where there were available microtransactions (But only for things you could achieve without paying any money), but offered entirely free multiplayer DLC of good quality. Microtransactions are fine with me so long as they are only for things otherwise reasonably attainable for free, because often times they also enable free DLC. There’s almost a resonant effect. People that feel their money is worth a faster result in a game, as well as Youtubers who make money off of the game (And reinvest it into purchasing in-game content that speeds up the rate that they can deliver content and thus make more money) paves the way for free DLC for me, who doesn’t buy into microtransactions.

  24. Darth Bombad December 12, 2015 at 12:36 am -      #24

    @tmwta
    Oh i’d still take Halo 5’s multiplayer over Blops and Hardline any day of the week.
    But R6 Siege is at least trying something different, whereas H5 while improved
    and with a cool new Warzone mode. It’s still basically the same game its always been.

    Which is definitely Not a phrase i’d use to describe game of the year material.

  25. Xornell December 12, 2015 at 2:47 am -      #25

    Most people here, I mean. It’s disgusting how many people buy into the godawful, DLC-shilling, half-assed AAA games because they have a big name.

    As someone who grew up playing video games on the snes and whatnot, modern day gaming is revolting and the slimy business practices in gaming are blatant. I mean shit like Day 1 DLC and releasing unfinished games. I understand that gaming companies are in it for profit, but they shouldn’t sacrifice enjoyment for their bottom line. I wish more people realized this and stopped buying into it.

  26. Spectral Observer December 12, 2015 at 3:48 am -      #26

    I’m surprised Xenoblade Chronicles X isn’t on the list. 60+ hours into the game and I still haven’t grown tired. Not even done half the story yet and there is still so much to do. I haven’t played a game that gave me such jaw-dropping awe in years. Seems like XCX delivered amazing moments with every new area discovered. Admittedly, the first few hours are a bit of a slog, but after a certain point everything ramps up like crazy. The moment I finally earned my Skell license and later the flight module, I was pretty much grinning from ear to ear because of the utter satisfaction. Because the game makes you work for your mech, and it is so worth it.

  27. mack006 December 12, 2015 at 3:56 am -      #27

    Sometimes the best games come from the blue instead of these big companies. Whenever I recommend some friends games that aren’t triple A, they would just give me this weird glare and be like, “Bruh, Call of Duty/Battlefront/Fallout FTW!”

    Honestly, people need to give new games a shot instead of playing the same things over and over again. Oh and DLC and micro transactions are bullshit. Just plain teasing if you ask me

  28. the_man_with The_Answers December 12, 2015 at 4:31 am -      #28

    “@tmwta
    Oh i’d still take Halo 5’s multiplayer over Blops and Hardline any day of the week.
    But R6 Siege is at least trying something different, whereas H5 while improved
    and with a cool new Warzone mode. It’s still basically the same game its always been.”

    But the mechanics themselves behind the new R6 aren’t significantly different than any other FPS game. The multiplayer style itself might be different, and there are some novelty gadgets, but I find the game otherwise lacking. It didn’t ship with any sort of single player experience (Even CoD, a predominately multiplayer game, at least makes the effort to include a campaign and typically another additional solo/co-op mode). It doesn’t have the competitive multiplayer theme of CoD or Halo (Which keeps people engaged for sheer “skill value”) and lacks the scale and combat “depth” of say, Battlefield. It’s a game that is perhaps fresh, but will lose it’s appeal quickly over time when people migrate back to the more field tested “formula” that has been refined over a decade to cater to what the FPS crowd enjoys. I don’t think R6 is a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, just that it lacks the lasting appeal of other titles and hinges on a few differentiating novelties, many of which aren’t exactly entirely original either. It also continues tries to perpetuate the idea that a campaign/single player is ancillary and unnecessary, despite still being priced at $60 and not making up for it with an absolute excess of multiplayer content.

    “As someone who grew up playing video games on the snes and whatnot, modern day gaming is revolting and the slimy business practices in gaming are blatant. I mean shit like Day 1 DLC and releasing unfinished games. I understand that gaming companies are in it for profit, but they shouldn’t sacrifice enjoyment for their bottom line. I wish more people realized this and stopped buying into it.”

    I don’t mind getting an “unfinished game” so long as I’m assured that it will be finished for free and in a somewhat timely manner. I don’t mind having to wait a month for Forge in Halo 5 if that means a better experience. However, Destiny shipping as barely a third of its promised self, then selling the rest of it in pieces afterwards, has directly tarnished my opinion of Bungie.

    “Oh and DLC and micro transactions are bullshit. Just plain teasing if you ask me”

    I don’t mind them so long as the content obtained by them can reasonably be obtained by simply playing the game. Because often times, it means they enable high-quality free DLC. Like, if it was a choice between having to pay for Halo 5/GTA 5/Mass Effect 3 DLC expansions or having non-required microtransactions, I’m going with the latter every single time.

  29. Friendlysociopath December 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm -      #29

    Oh and DLC and micro transactions are bullshit.

    As someone who has worked on a video game design team, I have to say DLC is a double-edged sword.
    On the one hand, unscrupulous companies can abuse the option freely; which is what many gamers are angry about.
    On the other hand, earlier in the gaming era you had one chance- release- anything that wasn’t done or couldn’t be fixed before that date was almost worthless.

    Example in point, Legacy of Kain. There are files just sitting around in the game of extra content they couldn’t complete in time due to lack of resources. Back in those days, that was it, end of story.

    DLC is a bad thing for some, but it’s just companies taking advantage of something they need to in order to produce better content. It can be abused, but it’s far more helpful than harmful from the company point of view.
    Remember, “DLC” itself does not come with a price, “patches” are DLC- you do not pay for patches.

  30. Kara Zor-El December 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm -      #30

    The problem a lot of people have with DLC is, what used to be fun little ‘cheats’ you could unlock in games, Big Head Mode, Infinite Ammo and such are now locked off behind pay walls. Plus what used to be ‘DLC’, i.e expansion packs, actually had a ton of content, while DLC packs have very small content bits. People are mad coz it’s cut out and carved up just for monetary gain.
    _
    Not the list I’d have made, seeing as I’ve only played like 3 games on that list xD it’s still cool you put this up. Good to know you’re still around dood ^^
    _
    “”patches” are DLC”
    _
    No they are definitely not. Patches are Patches and DLC is DLC. Patches fix bugs and problems, are you saying only DLC should fix that stuff?

  31. Friendlysociopath December 19, 2015 at 10:53 pm -      #31

    Patches are Patches and DLC is DLC.

    DLC
    DownLoadable Content

    Do you download your patch? Is it content?
    Yes? Yes?
    Congrats, it’s downloadable content. Whether you pay for it or not is irrelevant.

  32. Kara Zor-El December 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm -      #32

    D’awwwh, someone thinks they’re funny.
    _
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_(computing)
    _
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downloadable_content
    _
    Yeaaah, they’re different things, genius.
    _
    “As someone who has worked on a video game design team, I have to say DLC is a double-edged sword.”
    _
    Just noticed this. If you work on games and don’t know the difference? Wow, let us know what games you work on so we can avoid it. Don’t wanna pay a premium for a patch now, coz you think it’s DLC.

  33. Friendlysociopath December 19, 2015 at 11:54 pm -      #33

    Yeaaah, they’re different things, genius.

    You read your own sourced information right? First line of downloadable content.
    “Downloadable content (DLC) is additional content created for a released video game.”
    Additional content for a released video game

    I see you avoided the very basic questions I asked you so I’ll ask them again:
    Is a patch “content”?
    Are you downloading this “content”?
    Was this “content” included in the game when you bought it?

    Just noticed this. If you work on games and don’t know the difference?

    I know there is mechanically no difference between the two, and you’ve yet to present any reason otherwise.
    They’re both data.
    They’re both downloaded.
    They’re both added to the game after it releases.

    Patches fix bugs and problems, are you saying only DLC should fix that stuff?

    This appears to be your problem, you’re stuck behind a rather stupid logic wall.
    Patches are all DLC.
    Not all DLC is a patch.
    Thanks for playing.

  34. OriginalA December 20, 2015 at 12:35 am -      #34

    I agree with Kara here.

    A patch is alteration to the rule set/statistics/behavior.
    DLC is a shiny new item in the game/something that did not previously exist but now does inside the game world.

    That’s also discounting the times when Patches outright remove content. Typically this is referred to fixing a glitch; sometimes this because of balance issues and/or stability issues (League of Legends, for example, will occasionally disable a playable character for a time because there is something fundamentally incorrect about how that character is interacting with the game rules; this is done via a Patch).

    So… how is removing content DLC when Patches sometimes remove content, and DLC are by definition CONTENT?

    EDIT: Sometimes Patches include Free DLC. That does not change the fact that the Patch and the DLC are still separate things despite being attached to each other. Example: League of Legends releasing a new playable character.

  35. the_man_with The_Answers December 20, 2015 at 1:47 am -      #35

    It’s a definition game. There’s no right answer.

    “So… how is removing content DLC when Patches sometimes remove content, and DLC are by definition CONTENT?”

    You still download some portion of data to do so. Again, definitions game.

  36. OriginalA December 20, 2015 at 5:00 am -      #36

    You’re right, that is the definitions game. Why are you defining data as content? Data is not necessarily content. Data is information.

    You have defined “Content” so broadly I could say that a text message is “DLC” and it would be accurate by that definition.

    The data itself is not the content; the usable form of the data is the content. That is the different and it is a meaningful one, especially so since it is a marketing term specifically for Additional Content that is beyond the scope of the original product that it is used in conjunction with. Meanwhile a Patch is an update for a product, whether that be the first product or the DLC product.

    Also I just recalled another bit. Not all Patches are DLC because not all Patches are acquired via downloading. I have a first version disc of Metroid Prime for the GCN. There are other PATCHED versions of this same game. They are not downloaded; they are manufactured. They are a physical disc that is by design fundamentally different than mine by a few small tweaks and balances. That is not DLC, but it is a Patch.

    Gah, this reminds me a conversation I had with a friend about Expansion Packs and DLC. He was convinced they were different. They are not. The only reason for the name change was because of marketing and distribution method. PURPOSE, however is identical. Meanwhile a PATCH has a fundamentally different purpose than DLC, despite distribution method.

  37. LadyRamkin December 20, 2015 at 7:16 am -      #37

    Okay, so, i have almost no concept of time…..
    Some things that happened yesterday feel like it was years ago and some things that happened years ago feels like yesterday….
    I also very rarely know what the date is….. so asking me to give you any information specific to any set period is probably never going to happen….. BUT i am just going to post a list of some of my fave games and if any of those came out in 2015 then that is my answer:
    keep talking and nobody explodes
    Orks must die
    Quatum conundrum
    Dawn of war 2
    Knights of the old republic
    magicka
    Starcraft 2
    Kingdom hearts
    Zelda Majoras mask
    super smash brothers
    Hyrule Warriors
    Bayonetta
    Sonic generations
    Halo 3 ODST
    Metroid prime 2
    Zelda Wind waker
    Pikmin
    Final fantasy 7
    Red alert 2
    Phantom breaker battlegrounds
    Savant acent
    Terraria
    broforce
    castle crashers
    Lost magic
    Castlevania aria of sorrow
    Shovel knight
    Fire emblem awakening
    Metroid fusion
    Chronotrigger
    Super mario world
    Super metroid
    Zelda A link to the past
    Rock n roll raceing
    Shantae and the pirates curse
    Guacamelee
    Pokemon gen 1
    Sonic 3 and knuckles
    Sonic CD
    Mega bomberman
    Abes oddysee
    Abes exodus

    I DO realise that some of these are quite old but i was making the List anyway so i just copy pasted it

  38. LadyRamkin December 20, 2015 at 7:40 am -      #38

    “Patches are all DLC.
    Not all DLC is a patch.
    Thanks for playing.”

    I agree with this.

    Except it older cases where they could not patch games via download, and so appropriate patches and fixes were included in expansion packs.
    – – –
    “expansion packs, actually had a ton of content, while DLC packs have very small content bits.”

    This is also true.

    you can spend more money on DLC and get less content than if you spent less money on an expansion pack for more content.

    …. that is not my most eloquent sentence, but it will have to do

  39. Mea quidem sententia December 20, 2015 at 8:32 am -      #39

    DLC and patches are both information. If you want to be broad about DLC, then yes, it’s downloadable content, but as OriginalA pointed out, patches can and do remove content, so it’s kind of not DLC. Besides, as far as I’m aware, patches tend to be free and aren’t in the software like some DLC.

  40. LadyRamkin December 20, 2015 at 8:39 am -      #40

    “If you want to be broad about DLC, then yes, it’s downloadable content”

    what do you mean “be broad” about it?? DLC LITERALLY means downloadable content. There is no being broad about it.

    A patch is when you download a thing usually to fix stuff. or make them work as intended. What you download is by necessity added to the content of your game otherwise it would not be able to effect anything,

    All apps are DLC, pretty much the entire internet is DLC be it pictures, music, videos ect. Pretty much everything you download is DLC. Because that is what DLC means.

    Same thing with UFO. EVERY flying object that you cant identify is a UFO. but not all UFO’s are alien spaceships, (probably none of them tbh)

    EVERY thing that you download is DLC but not all DLC is patches

  41. Mea quidem sententia December 20, 2015 at 9:11 am -      #41

    @LadyRamkin
    Except when patches are usually imposed on you and can remove content.

  42. Friendlysociopath December 20, 2015 at 9:53 am -      #42

    Except when patches are usually imposed on you and can remove content.

    While they can remove content, most of the time they do not, in fact that is technically fairly rare.
    Take the League of Legends example- when they disable a champion the files are all still there- they’re simply changed so you can’t use them.

    There are other PATCHED versions of this same game.

    I pointed out several times that my statement only applied to downloaded patches because it was dealing with DLC.

    Well, this went nice and far away from the original point, which was that DLC and patches were both the opposite sides of the “fix/add it after release” coin.
    All I did was point out the two come from the same roots and both are useful in their own way.
    DLC allows you to add more to your game if you couldn’t get it done before release.
    Patches allow you to fix and enhance your game if it needs it after release.

    There’s good DLC and bad DLC.
    Good DLC- Destiny just got a racing mode for free. (I think)
    Bad DLC- Warhammer Total War game, Chaos is actually NOT included in the base game.
    It’s like anything else in the world, you can use it as intended or you can abuse it. But anyone who just constantly cries “Waaah DLC is evil!” needs a kick in the head.

  43. Karen Starr December 20, 2015 at 10:03 am -      #43

    The racing stuff is free in Destiny. I haven’t done it yet though.

  44. LadyRamkin December 20, 2015 at 10:16 am -      #44

    “Except when patches are usually imposed on you and can remove content.”

    Which in no way alters the fact that they are downloaded pieces of code that effect your game in some way.

  45. LadyRamkin December 20, 2015 at 10:27 am -      #45

    “But anyone who just constantly cries “Waaah DLC is evil!” needs a kick in the head.”

    I dont think DLC is evil but i am almost entirely against it in principle.

    Since The advent of DLC as a major part of gaming more and more games are being released broken and unfinished with the mentality that “we can just fix it post launch”
    Which in no way excuses the fact that you sold me a pile of shit.

    It also incentives companies to not release the full game. To carve it up and release an unfinished product so that they can get even more money out of you.

    In some cases you have to pay the same amount of money as the original game cost you just to get all the DLC.
    And that DLC is content that would have just been in the original release like, 10 years ago.

    As far as i can see, DLC mostly just enables companies to be greedy and lazy, And exploit the player base.

    And while there are examples of DLC done right, there are many more of it being total bullshit.

  46. Mea quidem sententia December 20, 2015 at 11:13 am -      #46

    Regardless, you two, the fact that DLC doesn’t remove information (even in rare circumstances), that alone makes it different, thus not necessarily the same. If content is information, then removal of content is the opposite. Besides, two posts ago, I said patches are kind of not DLC. I didn’t strictly they weren’t.

  47. LadyRamkin December 20, 2015 at 11:23 am -      #47

    “Regardless, you two, the fact that DLC doesn’t remove information”

    Except that you pointed out that patches sometimes do. So DLC can in fact remove information. 😀
    – – –
    “If content is information, then removal of content is the opposite.”

    You must have to download information for it to know which information to remove though. The patch itself IS information that you download, the result of downloading that information is that something gets removed elsewhere.
    – – –
    “Besides, two posts ago, I said patches are kind of not DLC. I didn’t strictly they weren’t.”

    im not actually going to check, but fair enough.

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