KillBoreTime’s first ever game of the year award. Lucky for us there is plenty to choose from this year. 2015 really felt like the year that the current generation of consoles, PS4 and XboxOne, really took off with some great titles. Without further ado, let’s jump right into our top 5 candidates.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Hideo Kojima’s alleged final effort on the Metal Gear Solid franchise that he created and built into what it is today. Metal Gear Solid 5 has excellent production value. The game is beautiful and responsive. This Metal Gear Solid entry moved away from the heavy cut scene and story driven narrative style. It left the choices to the player. Snake was dropped into a location and he had to complete the mission. This was a risky decision, but it paid off thanks in large part to the game’s magnificent game play. Finding a base and figuring out the best way to approach with stealth was rewarding, while those who chose to run in guns blazing were not punished as severely as with previous installments. There is a reason that this is the highest rating game of 2015 for both PS4 and XboxOne on Metacritic.
MKX: Mortal Kombat X is the sequel to the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot titled simply as Mortal Kombat. MKX was able to improve many of the gameplay mechanics from its recent predecessor. It introduced variations that lets the player choose one of three fighting styles for each character. It also included another industry leading story mode in comparison to other games of the same genre. The people at Netherrealm were able to add new layers of depth while keeping the game fun for those who just want to pick it up and play without understanding the nuances of run canceling or memorizing long combo patterns. Did we also mention it was also the highest selling fighting game of the year? MKX’s Kombat Pack 2, the already decent sized roster will be joined by Leatherface, a Xenomorph from the Alien franchise (With Predator already released as DLC), as well as the drunken master Bo’ Rai Cho, and Tri-Borg, a cyborg that takes on the fighting styles of Sektor, Cyrax, and Smoke.
Witcher 3: CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3 tells the tale of Geralt’s adventure to find someone he cares for very much. For those unfamiliar the combat is a mixture of the Arkham series beat em up style with the heaviness of the Dark Souls series. Witcher obviously does a great job making its combat its own while making sure the player has a sense of progression with new skills, abilities, and oils to use on your enemies. The mixture of player choice, beauty, and size of the game, filled without hours and hours of content, makes this a wild journey worth of consideration.
Bloodborne: Bloodborne was developed by From Software, the makers of the Dark Souls series. This spiritual successor brings back the punishing difficulty and amazing atmosphere that you would come to expect from the Dark Souls games. In an attempt to make the game faster paced, shields have been replaced with guns to keep the player pushing forward. Where Bloodborne truly shines is in its addictive combat system. The entire game is balanced to the point that a player can run through the game fully naked, fighting only with his fists and be able to complete it. That is, however, incredibly unlikely until you have already spent dozen if not hundreds of hours playing the game already. Bloodborne doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Instead, it builds on the success of a franchise and has slowly built a massive following.
Fallout 4: No game generated as much hype as Fallout 4 in 2015. Bethesda knocked it out of the park with their first ever E3 conference primarily featuring the announcement of Fallout 4. To increase to the hysteria, Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 would release this same year. Fallout 4 did not fail to deliver. It took everything that made Fallout 3 great and made it better and more beautiful. With the addition of customizing weapons and building your own base, the hours that someone can spend in one playthrough of this game is staggering.
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