With 2015 officially over I think it's time to look back on the games that were released throughout the year and single out five of them that I happily enjoyed.
5. Star Wars: Battlefront
I might be the only one at APG who played Star Wars: Battlefront and enjoyed it. The game looks and sounds like Star Wars, what more can you want? Sure the game lacks content but I can still find a few good reasons to pick up this game and play a few rounds of Supremacy or Walker Assault. Star Wars: Battlefront is a rare title to me where it not only exceeded my expectations but has yet to disappoint me. I'm not a hardcore shooter fan so Call of Duty and Battlefield rarely impress me but Battlefront wows me every time. Look up on the Jakku map and I guarantee your jaw will drop. I can only hope the online community stays consistent throughout 2016 especially with some DLC being released throughout the year.
4. Destiny: The Taken King
Not a day goes by where I don't pop in Destiny for a few hours. Playing with people who were devastated when the game originally shipped in 2014 just to turn around and praise the game once the Taken King dropped is amazing. I never experienced "Year 1" of Destiny but it sounds like a slog. Thankfully "Year 2" is none of that. Instead it's an adrenaline rush of fun and excitement. Crucible, Strikes, Raids, and so much more make Destiny: The Taken King not only one of my favorite games of 2015, but one of the best FPS experiences I have had since the original Modern Warfare.
3. Until Dawn
Until Dawn could've been a big dud and honestly, I think Sony thought the same thing with the lack of marketing for the game. Until Dawn plays like a horror movie but now the player can ultimately decide who lives and who dies. Upon beating the game once I immediately streamed a new playthrough, allowing those who were watching it to give me suggestions on where to go and what to say. The characters are very horror trope inspired but I love them because of that, Mike is best girl and Emily is the queen.
I won't say much more but here's my review of the game.
I like the Souls series regardless of how much flak I can give them. Bloodborne just oozes Gothic horror in a Victorian era setting and is influenced by the ideas of H.P. Lovecraft which meshes oh so well. The combat is on the other side of the spectrum compared to Dark Souls. Instead of waiting for an opening to attack, you want to get in there and hack away. Didn't think I would like Bloodborne as much as I currently do, and that is going as far as not only starting NG+ but also starting a completely new playthrough so I can try out a different playstyle. Seeing the Blood Moon in the game and how the game shifts because of it is such a "WTF!" moment for me that I wish I could rewind time to witness it for the first time once again. The Old Hunters expansion is next on my list for the game and from what I've heard, it's a much tougher experience. Bring it on.
1. Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Let's be real here. You knew this game was going to appear at some point on my list but as my #1? I must be crazy? The gameplay is solid, the story is by far the best out of all the spin-offs the P4 crew have been in, and the soundtrack is freaking infectious and groovy. All of that equals up to over 100 hours of playtime from me, it's ridiculous how much I enjoyed a rhythm game. Is it even possible to get tired of Persona music? This is more than likely the last Persona 4 spin-off game so don't expect a threepeat but as long as Persona 5 doesn't get delayed to 2017 there is still a chance for a Persona game to be my game of the year....again.
Of course, if you want to learn more about this groovy game you can check out my review.