The 2015 Game Of The Year competition is one of the tougher ones in recent years. We had a lot of AAA titles that blew us away, and a few smaller gems that took our minds to new places. It was a tough call, but here are our 5 nominees for our Game Of The Year Choice and the winner.
Gamers Heroes 2015 Game Of The Year
Imagine, if you can, having everything you could ever want. A spouse, a child, a life and a butler robot to boot. Now imagine it all being ripped away from you in a single instant, while you had to watch powerless as it happened. Welcome to Fallout 4. In a surprise twist at this year’s E3, Bethesda took our breath away by announcing this game would indeed be hitting in 2015. You play as a man or woman, who had it all before the bombs dropped and life as you knew it ended. Everything seemed okay as you and your family made it to the Vault just in the nick of time. Little did you know that you would be a pawn in Vault Techs sick experiment. Placed in a hyperbolic slumber, you awaken to see your spouse killed and your child taken, just to be placed back to sleep.
When you finally wake up, you only have one thing on your mind, saving your son. The main story has you jumping from area to area searching for any clues to the man who stole your child. Along the way you will meet plenty of people who are just trying to just survive out in the Wasteland. Helping them will help you in the long run, but it means keeping your child waiting a little longer. The game will present you with tons of choices on your way to finding your son, some good and some sinister. The fate of the wasteland and your child lays in your hands.
Metal Gear Solid 5
If ever there was a game that deserved, at the very least, a mention on a Game Of The Year list, it is Metal Gear Solid 5. This could be the last great Metal Gear Solid we will ever see from a developer that seems to hate creativity and passion. MGS5 has you playing Big Boss, the leader of the Diamond Dogs and hero to many of the people underneath his command. After the destruction of your base in Ground Zeroes, you are attempting to get revenge on those who have done you wrong. This will require you to take apart CIPHER, the ones you believe are responsible for taking out your original base in Ground Zeroes.
The game leads up to the original Metal Gear Solid, which is where a lot of us started. Metal Gear is introduced and a few other characters that I won’t mention due to spoilers. As good as the game is, there is something missing from it. Metal Gear Solid 5 strikes me as an incomplete game. The mechanics and game play re all fine but there is still more to the story. It’s still a great game and deserves it’s slot on the list, but Kojima had more to tell than Konami would allow him to do. This may be Kojima and Metal Gear Solid’s swan song. Kojima’s greatest creation, unfinished because of a greedy company more interested in slot machines than video games.
Hunter’s from around the globe got to experience Bloodborne earlier this year. Fatigued on Dark Souls, Bloodborne offered a new, faster paced challenge without magic or shields. Players were met with chaos and insanity as they ventured through the streets of Yharnam. People had gone mad from a curious disease and now attacked anybody foolish enough to step into the streets. Foolish or not, you’re job was to get through those streets and find a way to stop this madness. And while the humans were certainly not to be underestimated, a more much sinister threat awaited those brave enough to venture deeper into the game.
Horrible abominations and disfigured beasts claw and lunge their way towards you as you move further into the cursed city. To help quell the madness that was coming at your at every turn. You could recruit fellow hunters to join you on the quest for a brief time. Players brave enough to play through the game felt a sense of accomplishment that you rarely get from video games these days. The Old Hunters recently released to test players once again, and this time Bloodborne would take no prisoners. Everything you thought you knew from to original game was tossed aside. The Old Hunters had arrived and they wanted blood.
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 follows Geralt on his quest to find on of his many lovers, Yennefer. Though this is the original intent of Geralt, it quickly changes to a different kind of search. Recruited by the emperor, Geralt is tasked with finding his missing daughter Ciri, who is also the adopted ward of Geralt. Though the emperor is the father of Ciri, Geralt players a much stronger father role to the young woman than he does. Geralt’s interest in finding Ciri have nothing to with the emperor’s wishes, rather to get to her before the biggest threat to man kind reaches her, The Wild Hunt. The emperor gives you some clues on where to look and you are off searching for Ciri.
The quest to find Ciri involves Geralt with many political schemes that ultimately end up changing who is in charge of a certain area or province. While that may be the core part of the story, a Witcher still has a job to do, and that is to slay monsters. You will venture throughout the kingdom helping folks with their problems and killing any monsters that plague villages. While you do this the Wild Hunt will always be in the back of your mind waiting, preparing, hunting. Geralt’s choices in the game effect to outcome drastically and the game has over 30 endings you can get. The Hearts Of Stone DLC only adds to what was already a great game.
Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse
This game would also fall under the category of most pleasant surprise of 2015. I’ll be the first to admit it, I had almost 0 interest in this game when it was first announced. DBZ games had been going downhill for years and why would a new art style and next generation version be any better? Enter Xenoverse, a new take on the DBZ series that had you playing through the story in a new way. You created your own character and helped out the key characters in the DBZ universe during an alternate timeline. This pretty much means, any fight the good guys won, they lost and you have to help them out. The alternate timeline was done by some new characters in the DBZ universe which led to new fights and new scenarios.
Well we all know the story of DBZ so what else made it stand out? Creating you own character and building them how you wanted. Xenoverse had some RPG elements that included leveling stats, finding new outfits and armor and learning new moves like the classic Kamehameha or Gallick Gun. Above all else though, was the multiplayer. Players could take on side quests that involved doing certain objectives or defeating certain enemies with the help of other players. Farming new equipment is always better when you have team mates. Oh and of course there was an online versus mode tournament mode as well.
2015 Game Of The Year
Bloodborne is our game of the year winner for 2015. Very few games keep you engaged like Bloodborne did every step of the way. From the Gothic scenery, to the nightmarish ghouls, Bloodborne kept you on your toes every step of the way. Even after we finished the game we wanted to get back in there for more carnage. When the controller was finally put down we could only ask ourselves “When do we get some more DLC or a sequel for this?”.