SG Gaming Info’s Top 5 games of 2015
Now like every year, the games on this list, are games that I have either reviewed or simply played. Now without further delay let’s begin.
5 – Anno 2205 (Ubisoft) – PC
At number 5 we have Ubisoft’s Anno 2205. Following the disastrous SimCity reboot, Anno 2205 was a game that reminded me why I love city building/management games. With Anno 2205 I would spend hours just simply trying to maximise the performance off my in-game corporation by trying to make the best use of the areas I controlled.
Anno 2205 was more than just a fun city building game to me, it was an incredible challenge that I wanted to beat. I loved the fact that each of the game’s three regions had their own unique challenges, especially the Arctic, which at times felt almost impossible to fully utilize.
If you haven’t read or watched SG Gaming Info’s review of Anno 2205, visit http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2015/11/anno-2205-review/.
Official website: http://anno-game.ubi.com/anno-2205/en-gb/home/
4 – Fallout 4 (Bethesda) – PS4, XBOne, PC
At number 4 we have Bethesda’s Fallout 4. Now, I’m sure seeing Fallout 4 in the number 4 spot might have a few people scratching their heads and stating or most likely screaming it should be higher up, but while I, for the most part, enjoyed the world of post-apocalyptic Boston, I felt the game lacked any immediacy, the game had a lot to offer, but there was very little reason to do most of what the game offered. Yes, after I reviewed the game I played Fallout 4 on an irregular basis, but it was mostly trying to find some fun, and honestly why should I have to find fun in a medium that is built around entertaining?
If you haven’t read or watched SG Gaming Info’s review of Fallout 4, visit http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2015/11/fallout-4-ps4-review/.
Official Website: https://www.fallout4.com
Honourable mention – Reverse Crawl (Nerdook Productions) – PC
Before going onto the top 3, I wish to give an honourable mention to Nerdook’s Reverse Crawl. This was a game I debated whether or not to include in my top 5, but in the end, it missed out.
What made Reverse Crawl stand out for me was the idea it created of good and evil. In the game, the idea of good and evil is reversed with you playing those who would be considered evil aka wraiths, zombies and skeletons etc. fighting against those who would be considered good. The twist in the formula is that you and the monsters are trying to reclaim the land that was stolen by an evil witch, but the witch has recruited heroes to stop you. The idea made me stop on more than a few occasions as I recall all the games that had me blindly following quests to exterminate monsters and wonder whether or not I was actually doing the right thing in those games.
If you haven’t read or watched SG Gaming Info’s review of Reverse Crawl, visit http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2015/09/reverse-crawl-review/.
Official website: http://store.steampowered.com/app/400660/
3 – Splatoon (Nintendo) – Wii U
At number 3 we have Nintendo’s Splatoon. Splatoon was not only the most enjoyable multiplayer shooter I played all year, but it was the game that convinced me to buy a Wii U. Before purchasing it I wasn’t 100% sure on what to expect, as I had only seen the game receive a lot of praise, but after playing it, I quickly saw why.
What made me enjoy Splatoon so much was the fact the game wasn’t built around trying to kill your enemies, but in fact, it was built around completing an objective, which was attempting to spread more ink than the opposing team, and well killing enemies was just something that made ink spreading less stressful. The games premise and colour also helped make the game stand out. Playing as a squid/human hybrid in a world where aquatic life became the dominant life form was odd, but an interesting premise, and the games bright vibrant colours helped make the game stand out in a genre filled with games that have a colour pallet consisting of mostly dark greys and browns.
In all Splatoon was a great surprise hit for me, and it also proved that Nintendo has the ability to make a successful new IP.
Official Website: http://splatoon.nintendo.com/
2 – Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square-Enix) – PC, PS4, PS3
At number 2 we have Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. Heavensward may be an odd inclusion on this list since it is an expansion pack, but the expansion helped me to continue loving Square Enix’s MMO.
Heavensward continued A Realm Reborn’s amazing story by creating an amazing fantasy world that very few recent single player Final Fantasy game have managed. The game has hours of story, which focuses on the Dravanian War – a war between the humans of Ishgard and the Dragons that also inhabited the land. The story explored the cause for the war and what the centuries of war had done to the land and its inhabitance. The expansion also took the time to help wrap up some of the threads left at the end of A Realm Reborn.
The story isn’t the only reason why the expansion is on the list. The expansion also provided well-rounded characters, three new classes, a lovely new race, an overhaul to its crafting and gathering systems, beautiful areas, and, of course, some challenging dungeons and incredibly difficult raids.
While I also didn’t review Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, I did offer a nice lengthy discussion on my thoughts on the expansion’s crafting changes http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2015/10/lets-talk-crafting-and-gathering-in-final-fantasy-xiv/.
Official Website: http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/
1 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED) – PC, PS4, XBOne
Now, we reach the top spot. My number 1 game of 2015 is CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The Witcher 3 was my game of the year due to its amazing world and RPG mechanics. The game’s fantasy world felt different to other fantasy games as it offered a darker more realistic take on a medieval fantasy world, the fantasy creatures were as deadly as they looked and the humans that inhabited the world were almost as ruthless as the monsters you had to kill, as the game had more than a few gory and stomach turning moments involving humans.
When it comes to the RPG side, the game felt like an RPG and not just a game that had tacked on RPG elements. The game has elements such as having to use separate swords for beasts and humans, changing signs (magic) to suit your situation, and, of course, there was a heavy emphasis on questing.
The Witcher 3 was a game that could be incredibly dark, but not dark for the sake of dark as the horrors from both man and beast felt like they could have happened during the middle Ages.
So congratulations CD Projekt RED, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is SG Gaming Info’s Game of the year.
Official Website: http://thewitcher.com/witcher3
Author: Aaron Meehan
Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.