Kantaloupe’s 2015 Game of the Year Contenders

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!
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Tutorial: How to fix the PS4’s disc-eject problem (UPDATED 13.06.16)

I’ve had a PS4 since June this year and I love almost everything about it. However, about a month in, it started ejecting discs on its own, especially in sleep mode, which is really annoying because my PS4 sits in my room where I like to sleep at night! I experimented with many different ideas I saw on the internet and they all had varying degrees of success for different people, but I finally found a strange but effective solution that has prevented my PS4 from randomly ejecting a disc for nearly two months. I’ll go through all of these potential solutions in the rough order you should try them, but feel free to scroll to the bottom for the solution that finally worked for me.
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Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer: CD Projekt Red | Year: 2015 | Price: $42.99 | Buy from Amazon

tw3coverWell, it’s finally over. After nearly four months of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt dominating my outside-of-army life, I’ve finally gotten to the end credits. I bought it right after I got my PS4 in May, but before I’d done my finals, so I actually wasn’t allowed to play it until a month later, when I moved to Singapore. In the six weeks I spent waiting for my enlistment into the army, I played Wild Hunt obsessively, often well into the small hours of the morning (although that was probably also a product of jet-lag!). Since enlistment I’ve had to slow down my progress, as I’m only allowed out of camp on weekends and have lots of other things to accomplish during that time. But last weekend I made a final 7-hour-long push to the finish and defeated the game’s final boss. And I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it, so cop a seat and enjoy the ride!
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Impressions: Halfway through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

tw3crossroadsI picked up The Witcher 3 back in June when I first got my PS4 and have been playing it more or less since then, minus the last month or so when I’ve been at basic training. But as you may or may not know, The Witcher 3 is one of the biggest open world games ever to grace our consoles, and 50 or 60 hours in, I believe I’ve reached the halfway point in the story. So, because I won’t be finished with the game for a while, and because I already have so much to say about it, I thought I’d give the game a review-in-progress of sorts. Don’t worry if you haven’t finished the game either. I obviously won’t spoil the ending, mostly because I don’t know what happens! And I won’t be giving away any of the explicit plot spoilers I’ve seen so far, though I will be talking about some gameplay elements that aren’t available right from the start.
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Review: Device 6

Developer: Simogo | Year: 2013 | Price: $4 | Buy from the App Store

device6sqSince I was enlisted into the army, I’ve had to cut down on video games as I’m away from home for five days a week. We’re allowed to bring phones into camp, though, so to get my gaming fix I’ve had to abandon my prejudice against mobile games and pick up a few to play during breaks from training. I looked around at some ‘Best iPhone Game’ lists to help me wade through the swamp of bad games and downloaded some games that have helped me pass the time. A game that I enjoyed immensely last weekend during my 24-hour guard duty was Device 6.
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