Games Of The Generation: 2015

A few weeks back, we looked at the strongest video game releases on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 in 2014. Now it’s time for us to look at 2015.

2015 was a great year for video games, with a number of quality titles releasing. Once again, the titles listed here are among the highest-ranked games as determined by OpenCritic, but with so many great titles falling within one year, there are certainly some missing. Explore further, as gems like Life is Strange, Batman: Arkham Knight and more are definitely worth playing.

Check out the list below.

Honourable Mentions:

Rocket League:

Rocket League was an instant hit when it launched in 2015. Released on PC and Playstation 4 as a free download for Playstation Plus subscribers, the game built a dedicated fanbase for its unique approach to competitive online multiplayer.

The game has since expanded significantly, with a number of updates, new modes and even more cosmetic options. It’s also available on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and was one of the first titles to enable cross-play across all platforms.

Rise of the Tomb Raider:

Despite some controversy around the decision for the game to be a timed exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider released to positive reviews when it launched on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-2015.

The follow up to the 2013 reboot saw Lara journey to Siberia in search of the legendary city of Kitezh. It was a significant improvement over its predecessor, with an increased focus on puzzles and tombs.

5. Fallout 4:

For me, Fallout 4 didn’t quite reach the heights of its predecessors but that doesn’t discount it as a great game and one of the most anticipated to release in 2015. Featuring an expansive world, a wealthy amount of quests and refinements to the game’s core mechanics, Fallout 4 had a lot to like for fans of the series.

Fallout 4 also brought some new elements to the franchise. For the first time ever, the protagonist was fully voiced, and you could also build up and manage communities across the Wasteland. There were also those radiant quests, but let’s forget about those.

4. Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest felt like a breath of fresh air when it was first revealed. It immediately set itself apart from other Xbox exclusive titles, largely because of its stunning art style. It was truly something we’d never seen from Xbox.

As a metroidvania-style 2D platformer, Ori must utilise a vast array of abilities as you journey across the land of Nibel collecting the light of the three main elements. With these, you’ll be able to save the Spirit Tree and Nibel as a whole.

On a personal note, the game is easily among my favourites of this generation. A combination of challenging gameplay, beautiful graphics and a brilliant score makes Ori and the Blind Forest an absolute must-play.

3. Bloodborne

From Software are the masters of the Souls series, providing players with difficult combat scenarios that require a combination of skill, trial and error. It’s certainly something a lot of people find frustration with, or just can’t get a handle of (speaking from experience here).

Despite its difficulty, Bloodborne released to critical acclaim, with praise for its intricate gameplay design and its creepy, gothic setting. Its victorian-esque world design is both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. With the presence of challenging enemies lingering, some waiting to catch you off-guard, you’ll find you’re checking every corner for the next ambush.

2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Before an apparent falling out with Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was the last title released by Hideo Kojima. MGS V perfected the gameplay that brought millions of fans to the franchise, and it featured Kojima’s somewhat…unique way of storytelling.

Certain plot points in the game divided a few players, but there’s no doubt that Kojima left the series on a high, producing arguably one of the greatest games of the generation. Konami has only released Metal Gear Survive since then, an average spin-off that failed to meet the expectations of fans and critics alike.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Creating a list of 2015’s best games and not including The Witcher 3 is impossible. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launched in May and received instant acclaim for its gorgeous open-world, combat and world design.

The conclusion to Geralt’s journey is both a fitting end and a wonderful journey. With a significant amount of content, you could be looking at well over 100 hours of gameplay here. The Witcher 3 also saw a number of free content updates post-release, as well as two content-packed expansions that are regarded as some of the best DLC to ever release.

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