2015 was a pretty #litt year for gaming, with awesome indie titles and insane big-name epic titles, unFOMO counts down the top 15 gaming titles that we still can’t stop playing!
15. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
After a disappointing AC title of Unity, Syndicate is a great return to the franchise and a great fun game. Playing as the two characters feels smooth and satisfying and London of 1868 is extremely detailed and jammed full of buildings, secrets and tiny features that make it special.
14. HEROES OF THE STORM
Although not as tactical or complicated as other MOBAs such as DOTA or League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm is fun to play and has a very fair free to play system. Levelling could be improved, but fun gameplay modes and satisfying matches make up for that.
13. Grow Home
Grow Home, a sort of experimental game developed by Ubisoft Reflections is both beautiful and fun to play. Although many may find the length slightly short, the game has a lot of replay value and you will keep coming back just to find something else.
12. Star Wars: Battlefront
Some Star Wars game fans, especially those who like Battlefront 2, may think that SW:Battlefront is a more “dumbed-down” version of the originals, with easy gunplay and graphics in place of actual Star Wars. However, for the Star Wars fan and the casual FPS player, SW:B Is a great game. Lots of free DLC and expansion packs coming means that there will eventually be a lot of content. The graphics are fantastic and it really does capture that feeling of being in the Star Wars universe.
11. Grim Fandango: Remastered
One of the best point and click adventure games of all times has returned to PC. Great controls, overhauled graphics, amazing quality music and high-resolution textures will make you fall in love with this game all over again. So much work went into making everything look great, but somehow they have kept the original, (nostalgic) atmosphere that Grim Fandango had. A must-play.
10. Rainbow Six: Siege
This game seems to be a “love it or you hate it” thing. But, at its core, Siege is a fun FPS. It is nearly all skill based and you have to think and work with your team to win the game. The planning phase is now gone, which may annoy some old players, but even though a few tactical elements are gone, this game is a blast to play.
9. HALO 5: Guardians
A surprisingly fantastic frame rate on the XBOX One and fun multiplayer modes easily make up for a story some may think is somewhat lacklustre when compared to other HALOs. A game totally worth picking up and playing with friends.
8. Kerbal Space Program
Despite being in development and early access for the past few years, Kerbal Space Program was never short of content or quality. Now in its release year, it impresses even more with improved flight dynamics, building and other gameplay features. You will spend hours and hours trying to hone your ship to perfectly reach your goal. A great game to honour the memory of Jebediah Kerman (RIP, currently orbiting Eeloo, gave his life in the name of science).
7. Prison Architect
Remember those 90s PC games about building something to your heart’s content and managing everything while you did? RCT, Transport Tycoon, SimCity? That’s what Prison Architect is. So much content and a campaign and sandbox, it’s a game you will find yourself coming back to again and again. Like KSP, it has been in development for the last few years but was only fully released on Steam this year, along with a lot of new features and content.
6. Cities: Skylines
After the disappointment of EA’s 2013 SimCity, this was a bit out of the blue. A game from a previously unknown developer that manages to be better than a Triple-A title with a big budget. What it lacks in certain depth and simulation, it makes up for in graphics and brilliant user-create content support.
5. Just Cause 3
The sequel to the chaotic-fun Just Cause 2, in Just Cause 3 you return to Rico’s homeland of Medici to overthrow a dictator that killed his family and is bent on world domination. A beautiful, huge and varied world, tonnes of explosions, brilliant and dynamic music, and responsive controls make it a “blast” to play. With a multiplayer mod and the Sky Fortress expansion pack both coming in the next few weeks, this really can’t be missed. Destroy bridges and grapple civilians to helicopter rotor-blades. For the people of course.
4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain
You will spend a lot of time in MGS V. The first open world Metal Gear Solid game, the graphics are beautiful and varied. Some parts of the world are empty, but that is a small blotch on a fantastic game that forces you to use tactics and think about your approach to the level. You will keep coming back to this game to try out levels in different ways, and not just because you have to.
3. Rocket League
Fast paced, chaotic fun. This game will make you rage, experience intense satisfaction and happiness and a whole other range of emotions. This game is one of the most fun games to play with friends of the year, and the single player is pretty good as well. Play competitively or just jump in for a casual match. Rocket League is brilliant fun.
2. Fallout 4
The most hyped game of 2015, possible of all time. The latest Fallout game is really great fun to play. Even after hundreds of hours, you will still feel like there is more to do. Not much to say that won’t spoil the game here, but it is such a great game with some beautiful locations and if you play on PC (and eventually console) the modding community if already very active. Let’s go pal.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The best game of 2015 is RPG Witcher 3. A huge world that is beautifully crafted and amazingly diverse means that you will never be bored exploring. The amount of detail is mind boggling, even in the most mundane of side quests there is so much to do and they are never boring. Everything is fantastic and the game is still being updated until the developers are completely happy. Not to be missed.