2015 is well and truly over and the titles for 2016 are already starting to be released! So I figured that it’s time to take a moment to reflect on the games of yester-year and pick out some of the Darkworld Gaming highlights. HERE WE GO!
Dying Light – Lefranzine
Dying Light was thoroughly enjoyable and one that I was looking forward to after EGX 2014. I spent many hours running around taking out the infected as a lone wolf and in a party with others. The story was pretty good and the graphics were spiffy. The Following is due out in February and I’m very much looking forward to the new story and everything else it will bring. If you haven’t picked the game up yet, it may be worth holding out for the Enhanced Edition being released at the same time as the DLC to ensure you get the full Dying Light experience from start to finish. The parkour, the sights, the zombies are all worth while getting involved in. Techland listens to the players and are continuing to develop this game to make it the best it can be.
Fallout 4 – Gary
With such a stellar line up of games in 2015, I could be forgiven for having multiple games of the year, having put many hours into Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, Ori and the Blind Forest and State of Decay (xBox One). The game I keep coming back to is Fallout 4, despite its relatively late release towards the end of the year. The game has an appeal beyond wondering the wastelands, the settlement development was a brilliant inclusion, the side missions albeit are more entertaining than the main protagonist’s story, but that doesn’t stop me going back to the game over and over again. The only slight disappointment with 2015 was the stream of re-masters, HD Versions or ‘Definitive’ editions, 2016 should put an end to this (I’ll make an exception for the Final Fantasy 7 remake…).
Assassins Creed Syndicate – Lefranzine
Ubisoft are back with the latest installment in the Assassins Creed series and after the last kick teeth (that was Unity) they had a lot to prove. Syndicate is a vast improvement and everything seems a lot smoother than it was a year ago. Jacob and Evie are great characters, the combat is better, the story seems to be a bit more like a story and the side missions./additional content does make it last longer. The Jack the Ripper DLC is out and is a good extension that handles the whole situation delicately and the Darwin and Dickens story missions are also enjoyable if you picked up the special edition. Overall, Ubisoft have redeemed themselves somewhat and with the physical release of Assassins Creed Chronicles on its way early 2016 I would hasten to add that perhaps a short break from churning out the releases will benefit rather than hinder the series.
The Order: 1886 – Kuniku
This year was an odd one for me, many games worth mentioning, but few kept me playing them for very long. The PS4 release of Ultra Street Fighter 4 was easily my most played game, but wasn’t really a new game, just a next gen port. I would probably lean towards The Order 1886 to be my favourite new title of 2015. Most peoples biggest complaint was how short it was, which was actually a big plus for me! Finally a game I could enjoy all of, sure I finished it in a day, but I played the whole game and experienced the whole story which I feel is something that happens far too infrequently these days with all of the 100+ hour games that get started and never finished. Good story, simple cover and shoot style, graphically beautiful with a few minor flaws but it gets the job done.
Until Dawn – Lefranzine
This highly anticipated, butterfly effect, cinematic horror title was worthy of two reviews from our team! I personally really enjoyed this game and have managed to squeeze in two play throughs since release. The first time I was just trying to make it through and going with the motions (finishing the story with a room full of around 8 people eager to see how many survived) and the second attempt was to try and make the opposite choices to find out how it changed the story. In some cases I was genuinely shocked by what happened but all in all, it was still fun. If you like horror and deciding who lives and who dies through a series of choices and quick time events, then you will enjoy this game and if you don’t, it’s still worth giving a go.
Life is Strange – Teeny
Some games you play with friends, some games you play for skill, and some games you play for the story. Life is Strange is the latter. It tells such a beautiful and dark story that I often forget that that I played it on steam rather than watched it on Netflix. You follow the life of Max Caulfield as she discovers the ability to rewind time. An ability she must use to save her home town and all the people she cares about. Meanwhile there is another mystery on campus of a girl has gone missing. This game was released in 5 episodes on Steam, Xbox and PlayStation by Dontnod Entertainment. Published by Square Enix, you won’t be surprised by how beautiful and cinematic this game is. Similar to recent games by Telltale Games, Life is Strange takes a new approach to the format. You have choices to make, really hard choices. But the ability to rewind time allows you to change your mind once you discover the outcome. However, sometimes the outcome is going to be heart-wrenching.
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Lefranzine
As a fan of the Tomb Raider reboot and the original games, I was a little disappointed when Rise was announced as a timed exclusive for XBox One and I would have to wait a year to play. But thanks to our lovely Joe, I got to have a go. Lara Croft is back and looking to raid some Tombs to seek out an ancient relic her deceased father was searching for. Cue gun fights, impressive graphics and scenery, puzzling tombs and lots of inappropriate noises from Lara as she leaps and climbs everywhere. It is a very good game and I was eager to complete the story with our new and slightly more realistic looking protagonist. Looking forward to having it on my preferred console ‘Holiday 2016’ with what I imagine will be the definitive edition so I can play it again!
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Brophers
I was over the moon to see a new Resident Evil release in 2015. If you are a fan of series then you need this in your collection, the story is strong and brings back some old faces who have been away for too long, stunning graphics and even co-op gameplay thrown in with some horrific enemies and well though out characters. There is also an addictive mercenaries mode that can also be enjoyed with your friends. Might not have been the biggest game of 2015 but it is certainly one of my favourites.
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture – Lefranzine
This is possibly one of the most stunning games I have played this year. I remember being initially scared that something would jump out or suddenly start hunting me down but nothing came. Instead you walk around the beautiful English countryside without anyone spoiling the view and follow the light to reveal what happened here. If you’re looking for fast paced, action packed, explosive game then this may not be your thing. But if you would like to just relax and take everything in and follow a gentle story of discovery then this will appeal. It definitely is up towards the top of my favourite games in 2015 for its simplicity.
Rocket League – Brophers
Who would have though something as simple as taking the basics of football and adding some fast cars to a game would be so popular? Well that is what happened here and it looks to have been one of the biggest hits of the year. Everyone I have spoken to who has picked this up finds themselves instantly addicted. Simple fast paced gameplay mixed with competitive players made this game what it is and what it will continue to be. This game is only going to grow and will have a huge following in eSports in the coming year I feel.
What were your favorite games of 2015? What are you looking forward to this year? Feel free to get in touch or submit a reader review if you want to share!
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