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.
Most important – is the game FUN to play?
Graphics are the least of my concerns.
Campaign experience/online multiplayer.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
If you want to play Heroes of the Storm and get 2 extra heroes to start (And you’ll want to, trust me) use the link below and you will also get me 2 more heroes as well!
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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?
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…