Sunday 25 September 2016

Top Games of 2015 - Part 2

Emma Clark

Published 31/12/2015 | 11:22

Games of 2015
Games of 2015

We're counting down our top games of 2015 with the first part of our list - these are titles you simply cannot miss

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The year of 2015 is coming to a close, and quite naturally that means its time to count down the best of the year, including our favourite games. Mark is here to post his individual picks.

As someone who hasn't embraced those mammoth 200+ hour RPGs, I've missed out on quite a few of the titles that are featuring on many Game of the Year lists. I'm yet to psyche myself up to lose myself in Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3, for example. But there was still plenty to keep me occupied and entertained this year. Here are five of my personal favourites from 2015.

5. Tales from the Borderlands

Comedy is an art form, tricky to get right at the best of times. But when you hand control over to players, the challenge increases substantially. Telltale Games' Tales from the Borderlands is not only entertaining and amusing, but weaves a wonderful tale over the course of its five chapters.

4. Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight rounded out the trilogy and capped it off nicely. There were some fantastic performances, including one surprise appearance that we won't spoil here, and an intriguing storyline. The Batmobile was an underwhelming inclusion, and irritating at times, but the game as a whole overcomes this and at least Rocksteady tried something new.

3. Star Wars Battlefront

No, it's not a deep or competitive-focused title. But if you're looking for a way to immerse yourself in the universe of Star Wars, you won't find anything that looks or sounds quite as authentic as Star Wars Battlefront. Grab a couple of friends, let the Force flow through you, and enjoy a few matches in a galaxy far, far away.

2. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth

Perhaps I should delve into the world of RPGs; after all, I've probably spent as much time playing The Binding of Isaac in one form or another. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth's release on PC let me dive back into the game with renewed vigor. The addition of Greed mode, daily runs, items, bosses, and more makes it even more of an engaging experience. One powerful run is all it takes to get hooked and it's all too easy to justify "just one more run" when each takes around half an hour or so.

1. Rocket League

Few expected to be so engrossed by a free PlayStation Plus game released in the summer months. And yet, Rocket League is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it incredibly entertaining, but Psyonix is great at listening to the community and adding new features, modes, and vehicles. It's easy to pick up and play, but it has an incredibly high skill ceiling. Just watching some of the competitive players in action makes it seem like we play completely different games! Now we're just waiting to hear that FIFA wants to test the idea of sticking Messi and Ronaldo into rocket-powered cars.

- Mark O'Beirne

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