2015 has nearly come to an end, which gives us the perfect opportunity to revisit the past year of video games and crown the most outstanding titles with an entry in our top ten. The following ranking is based on an extensive discussion with the whole Shiniteam and features ten great games you shouldn’t miss out and certainly catch up on next year.
If there’s one thing that Nintendo titles lack, it’s definitely diversity. The Japanese publisher oftentimes relies on already established franchises and slightly alters them to give their titles a feeling of something new. With Splatoon, on the other hand, a whole new IP was created that surprised by offering an innovative and enjoyable new concept of a colourful and family-friendly competitive shooter.
9. Halo 5: Guardians
If you combine an interesting campaign true to the Halo lore with a multiplayer that pleases you in every possible way, there’s no way to worry fans of the franchise. Halo 5: Guardians provides players with much more than pretty graphics and enjoyable gameplay.
8. Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles X has shown that Wii U isn’t dead yet and marks the biggest and most complex title in the whole catalogue of the Nintendo system. This vast Japanese RPG is a fan-favourite for a reason.
7. Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker might not deliver a full-flegded experience like The Witcher, but allows you to be creative in a very special and nostalgic way. The game can rather be seen as a whole platform to honor thirty years of Super Mario games, which instantly enjoyed cult status in the gaming industry.
6. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Xbox’ best decision this year was to acquire the even better sequel to 2013’s reboot of Tomb Raider. With an extraordinary combination of many games’ established concepts and strengths, Rise of the Tomb Raider easily challenges PlayStation’s Uncharted without copying it one-to-one.
5. Until Dawn
Until Dawn almost forces you to play until dawn. Nobody would have thought that the completely revamped horror title could enjoy that much critical acclaim. The almost flawless playable movie knows exactly how to engage players and surprises in many instances. David Cage should be jealous.
4. Batman: Arkham Knight
Despite severe issues with the PC version, Batman: Arkham Knight stood out as one of the best-presented games this year. Everyone who’s into Christopher Nolan’s Batman will be overwhelmed by the narrative of the last part of the Arkham trilogy. This is probably not only the closest experience to actually being Batman, it might also be the best comic-based video game up to date.
3. Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain
Hideo Kojima’s final work at Konami truly honours its name and met all the fans’ high expectations of the long-ongoing franchise. Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain shines through sublime presentation, extraordinary storytelling and impeccable stealth mechanics.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Players who seek a massive and immersive open-world can’t go wrong with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. No other RPG offers such a vivid environment with dozens of side quests full of so much love for detail. This legendary masterpiece will surely cost you a hundred hours and won’t be forgotten for a long time.
Even if you didn’t fell for Dark Souls or Demon’s Souls in the past, Bloodborne is by no means a title to be skipped. No other game provides you with such creative art design, engaging atmosphere, and challenging, yet rewarding gameplay. It accomplishes to be something truly special, as it gives and takes away in perfect measure. With the recently released DLC The Old Hunters, the game actually achieved to expand the unique lore further and please fans of the hardcore game all over again. Congratulations, Bloodborne, you truly deserve the title Shinigame of the Year 2015.
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