In 2015, I played and beat more games than I have in any other year in my entire life (and I’ve been in the army for the last 4 months, too!). These are all the games I beat, in the rough order in which I beat them:
The Unfinished Swan, The Swapper, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, BioShock, Mega Man 2, Killzone Mercenary, Borderlands 2, Suikoden, Grim Fandango, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy IV, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Home: A Unique Horror Adventure, Guacamelee!, Spec Ops: The Line, Resogun, BioShock Infinite, Dark Souls, Sound Shapes, Catherine, Murasaki Baby, Lone Survivor, Journey, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, New Super Mario Bros., Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, The Witcher 3, Wild Hunt, Super Mario Bros., Undertale
Yeah. But of course most of these games aren’t 2015 games and are therefore irrelevant. I’m just showing off. But there were a handful of this year’s games that I got to play, and it’s finally the time of the year when we reflect upon them and their mark on the world of gaming. So without further ado, these are the contenders for Kantaloupe’s highly coveted Game of the Year award!
Developer: From Software | 24.3.2015 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon
I was introduced to the Souls series this year through a friend and played Dark Souls on my crappy old PC before I got a PS4 to play Bloodborne. Bloodborne improves on its predecessors in so many ways that it’s probably the best place for a newcomer to the Souls series to start. It may lack the imperfect charm of Dark Souls, but makes up for it with a faster pace, better graphics, and an overall spookier vibe. Once again, From Software have nailed gameplay in a way few studios can boast to match. (Read our review)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developer: CD Projekt Red | 19.5.2015 | Price: $42.99 | Buy from Amazon
I was obsessed with this game earlier this year before I even had a PS4, based on all the coverage it had got on the internet. 100+ hours after finally getting it, I beat it on the hardest difficulty, something I don’t often do with games. The Witcher 3 may be one of the biggest single-player games ever to have graced our consoles, and though it can be tiresome at times, there’s no denying the sheer value and quality that developer CD Projekt Red bring to the table with this open-world western RPG. (Read our review)
Super Mario Maker
Developer: Nintendo EAD | 10.9.2015 | Price: $64.99 | Buy from Amazon
Super Mario Maker is not really a game as much as it is a platform for users to create their own Mario levels for others to play. The amount of tools it provides to creators is astonishingly vast, however, and it’s no surprise people on the internet are still talking about all the crazy levels they’ve found. Super Mario Maker may not be the Mario game to end all Mario games like we expected, but it reminds us that even 30 years after their inception, Nintendo still have what it takes to provide kids with pure, unadulterated fun.
Developer: Toby Fox | 15.9.2015 | Price: $9.99 | Buy from Steam
I went from not knowing Undertale existed to beating it in less than 12 hours. I was surprised when Coconut recommended me a game, since it usually goes the other way around, and boy was it a special game! Undertale is an RPG that heavily focuses on morality, since it’s possible to beat the game without killing anyone at all. There are lots of decisions and consequences and the ending (one of many) that I got was one of the most shocking moments I’ve ever experienced in gaming.
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios | 10.11.2015 | Price: $49.99 | Buy from Amazon
Admittedly, I haven’t played as much of this game as I have the other games on this list because of how recently I got it, but I’m about 10 hours in and enjoying myself a lot. Fallout 4 is set over 200 years in the future in a post-nuclear apocalypse Boston. I’ll definitely do a full review when I beat the game, but for now I’m just enjoying killing things in the nuclear wasteland.
That’s about it! We’ll be back at the start of the new year with the winner. Which of these games did you like best? If none of the above was your favourite, hit ‘Other’ and tell us your 2015 Game of the Year in the comments!