GOTY 2015

Jonathan Miley Top 5 Games of 2015

Wow. What a year. 2015 has been amazing, emotional year. It's given us great, touching experiences like Life is Strange and The Beginner's Guide, but in it we've also seen bombastic AAA titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, Just Cause 3, and Batman: Arkham Knight. It's simply a wonderful time to be a gamer and to be able to partake in all the amazing titles so many incredible peoples have created. Which made this year's list uncommonly difficult to trim down. But I think if you were only able to play 5 games this year, it would be these.

Jonathan Miley Top 5 Games of 2015

Allen's Top 5 Games of the Year

What a year. What a year! In my mind, 2015 was a banner year for playing games on my PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While most of the big, AAA titles to be released were sequels to existing properties, they were good sequels. And for all the bombastic sequels and explosive franchise finales, I found comfort in smaller and more quieter experiences. The best video games are those that let us escape from the the humdrum of everyday life. To take a breather from things in the world that leave us scared and uncertain. And boy, did I go places. In 2015, I learned to hack computers, took virtual girls on dates, fought side by side with Rebels to fight the Empire (and vice versa), master the art of time travel, and even kill a few zombies. Every game I played left me enriched with memories that I loved sharing with people, even if they made me cry all over again (thanks, Life Is Strange). You did good, 2015. You did good.

Allen's Top 5 Games of the Year

Joel's Top 5 Games of 2015

2015 was quite the year. Unlike many years, 2015 was the type of year where there was at least one game for every fan. Want a fantasy RPG go check out The Witcher 3. Want an open-world action game, there are five really good ones. Interested in diving into sports games again, well Rocket League may be for you. The list goes on and on. You name a genre and there is at least one great game ready to be devoured. Which made sitting down to right this list quite the challenge, and yet I sit here today extremely confident that these were the best five games I played in 2015.

Joel's Top 5 Games of 2015

Chris's Top 5 Games of 2015

I went into 2015 with the longest list of anticipated games I can remember. With so many games delayed from 2014 and the prospect of new entries in some of my favorite series, 2015 had the potential to be one of the best years for gaming. Along with new entries in respected franchises like Metal Gear and Fallout, there was a surprising amount of top shelf indie games like Undertale and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture released as well. Even with games like Uncharted 4 and Persona 5 being delayed until next year, I can confidently say that 2015 will be remembered as one of gaming's strongest.

Chris's Top 5 Games of 2015

Grant's Top 5 Games of 2015

Looking over my top 5 games of 2015, I noticed a trend; all five of my choices have some outstanding soundtracks. There was the dreamy indie rock of Life is Strange, the licensed eighties music in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the hypnotic electronica in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, the angelic choral music of Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, and the orchestral/rock music of Destiny: The Taken King. Each soundtrack stood out in its own way and made my gaming sessions that much more enjoyable. 2015 was a fantastic year for games but it also brought the realization that it's almost 2016 and I'm still... playing Destiny.

Grant's Top 5 Games of 2015

Jordan's Top 5 Games of 2015

This resulted in a much wider net being cast over the review spectrum, from genuine Game of the Year contenders to some of the worst games I've ever played. What it did not include were any AAA games.

Jordan's Top 5 Games of 2015

Brian's Top 5 Games of 2015

What does one say to end a year? 2015 was, like the years before it, simply just a year, and trying to sum up a year’s worth of experiences into a single paragraph always comes off as wanting for words. It, like others, was a year of tough choices, as my budget determined both when and what I was able to play. Gone are the years of throwing caution to the wind on a questionable choice; now everything is carefully measured out, and sometimes it feels like the only chances I take in my gaming life are done through reviews, where the question can shift from price to experience. Regardless, judging by the list below, the time I did spend gaming didn’t turn out to badly. I mean, I once again played the GOTY, and a I got a new Batman game to boot. So 2015, you were alright.

Brian's Top 5 Games of 2015

Hiram's Top 5 Games of 2015

I literally bought a Playstation 4 just this week, right on time to get started on Game of the Year considerations, so you won't be seeing a lot of the big AAA next-gen games most other people are going to have. But you don't need me to tell you games like MGS V and Witcher 3 are good! Everyone else is about to say that anyways! Let's have some fun talking about some of the other excellent games that came out this year!

Hiram's Top 5 Games of 2015

John K's Top 5 Games of 2015

2015 was a year in which the triple-A offerings of the industry were as underwhelming as they have ever been. It was a good year for you to make progress on your backlog, and that’s exactly what I did. I finally got around to playing games that I have heard about for years like Deadly Premonition, Hotline Miami and Fez. My Playstation 4 mostly collected dust for the second straight year as Sony failed to release a compelling exclusive for the console once again. I finished about 30 games, less than half of which were released in 2015. Most of what I played that was new was – okay I guess. I won’t remember 2015 as a banner year in gaming, but I will remember it for providing the best isometric RPG of the past 15 years. Quality over quantity, I suppose.

John K's Top 5 Games of 2015

Jon's Top 5 Games of 2015

2015 was an incredible year for games, and you don't need me to tell you that. When I looked back on my list of games played I was amazed to realize how many of excellent games came out in the same year. Games like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Super Mario Maker, and Bloodborne made for a great year, but you already know those games are great.

Jon's Top 5 Games of 2015

Mark's Top 5 Games of 2015

Although we can have a discussion about there being far too many reboots, sequels, and spinoffs, 2015 was a banner year for big-budget AAA-tentpole games. This year, many of the big games didn't just have huge production budgets and elaborate marketing campaigns, but solid content and gameplay, too. It's not that the indie scene languished in 2015, but the major players really delivered in an exciting way.

Mark's Top 5 Games of 2015

Eric's Top 5 Games of 2015

When I did get to play, I loved the original and creative experiences that companies big and small released in 2015, releases like Axiom Verge, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and Yoshi’s Woolly World, which didn’t make my list but nonetheless brought joy into my life this year. So without further ado, here are my most special games from a very special 2015.

Eric's Top 5 Games of 2015