We can safely say that the best video games of 2015 brought a lot of joy and excitement into our living rooms. Moreover, these amazing titles, for the first time in a while, are as varied as they come. While certain game genres have consistently invaded the charts over the years (especially first-person shooters), the following offer a surprisingly fresh feel to an otherwise standard year in gaming.
5: Arkham Knight
Arkham Knight was not everyone’s favorite, but it sure got quite a few things right: The gameplay was varied, it carried strong and convincing performances, the open world was breathtaking, and the stealth was simply out of this world. For these reasons, we are willing to forgive its problematic arrival on PC.
4: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V was, without a doubt, one of PlayStation 4’s biggest hits (along with other platforms, of course). The open world environment, the superb combat mechanics, and the varied exploration are only a few things to mention. The game was not as long as some had hoped, but the level of detail it provided (visually and otherwise) was more than enough to mark it one of the best video games of 2015.
3: Fallout 4
The Fallout series has kept gamers satisfied since the late 1990s, and it has only grown in popularity over the years. Fallout 4’s immersive gameplay and superb plot make it for one of the best video games of 2015 and beyond. While the game can be a tad buggy, this is a small price to pay in exchange for a long-lasting experience that just keeps on giving.
2: Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Tomb Raider franchise was clearly in need of a reboot, having been exhausted to the ground since the original game’s 1996 debut. This time Lara Croft shows a much more humane side to her, and we get to see her grow stronger and more resourceful as the game progresses. Its combat system and puzzles add to its overall success, making it one of 2015’s biggest and most pleasant surprises.
1: Mario Maker
We will keep it short and simply ask this: Have you ever wanted to create your own Mario levels? Now you can. While the game is certainly not for everyone, Mario Maker will keep a smile on your face despite its very few shortcomings. The Nintendo Wii U is sure to go down as a niche console with a strong cult following over the years.