Daniel’s Game of the Year – Honorable Mentions
18. Her Story
An interesting adventure that subverts what I was expected from an FMV game. I felt like typing in one specific phrase way too early on gave away too much information, and because that’s in the game it really suffers from a lack of forethought.
17. Star Wars: Battlefront
What a great way to get fans back into Star Wars gaming! I’m always glad when game companies offer up demos ahead of the full game’s release!
Wait, that was the full version?
16. Resident Evil: Revelations 2
If you didn’t play this game with a friend, you’re horrendously missing out. An excellent side chapter into the Resident Evil mythos, one that has the best version of Barry Burton; extra curmudgeonly!
15. Rock Band 4
While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it did bring the band back together and hit the ground running! The focus on Top 40 DLC right out the gate doesn’t bode too well for the future, although they are an Indie game company that needs to make their money back as soon as possible.
14. Mortal Kombat X
The fact that you can play the same character in three different play styles brought versatility to the fighting game genre, creating intense matchups and counter games that are still being explored to this day.
I only got to check out Splatoon once the game released its free maps over the numerous months after its launch. Many people were better than me, but what a Nintendo-ly Nintendo online shooter! Great music, great gameplay, great times.
12. Dying Light
If Techland knows how to do one thing right, it’s to make a great first-person zombie action title with RPG elements. Adding parkour, night terrors and an emphasis on going fast just changed things up for the better.
11. Life Is Strange
If you told me at the start of last year that the best graphic adventure game in 2015 would come not from Telltale (Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Minecraft: Story Mode), but from the creators of Remember Me, I would have laughed in your face. Instead, we have a genuinely touching human story involving superhuman powers that will have players second guessing their actions throughout.
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