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.

Favorite Game Released Before 2015, Played in 2015: Far Cry 4

Very few games do I actually go back to. But my Game of the Year in 2014 was Far Cry 4 and during this past Spring I made my way back to the Himalayas. I didn't complete Far Cry 4 again but I upped the difficulty level and spent so much time crafting and taking out bases that I basically just went back and enjoyed my favorite parts of a Far Cry game.

#5: Rocket League

I did not expect in my wildest dreams that a downloadable car soccer game would ever make my year-end top five list. And yet since the middle of the summer I've continually gone back and enjoyed the heck out of Rocket League. A game that was released on Playstation 4 and given for free for members of Playstation Plus, this is a game that captured my heart from the very first game and I haven't stopped playing. As I write this small blurb about Rocket League I cannot stop myself from thinking about all of the amazing moments I've had while playing the game. Whether it be winning a match with a goal in overtime or playing for 3-4 hours straight and thinking it was only 15 minutes I feel like out of all the games on my Top 5 list this is the game I will keep coming back too in 2016.

#4: Life is Strange

Disclaimer: I'm not finished with Life is Strange. At the time of this writing I am 3 episodes into the 5 episode game that is Life is Strange. And yet even though I haven't finished it I'm extremely confident that there's nothing this series could do to spoil the joy that is Life is Strange. This is a game that takes the formula that Telltale has become so famous for in recent years and brings the idea to something set slightly more in reality. Life is Strange is driven by its diverse cast, use of time travel, and an incredible sound track. If you at all have any infinity for the Telltale adventure experience you really need to try Life is Strange.

#3: Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

I'm so happy to have Assassin's Creed back on my top five list. Last year it was completely absent (even from honorable mention) as I could never get into Assassin's Creed Unity. It was a very flawed and broken game. The first game in the series that I haven't completed. Coming in to Assassin's Creed: Syndicate I was extremely skeptical but the game delivered the best "Assassin's Creed" game since Brotherhood. I was so engrossed in the world of of Syndicate that it may be the first game I ever get a platinum trophy for.

#2: Madden NFL 16

I was a big fan of Madden NFL 15. To me it was the second coming of Madden. Never did I imagine that Madden NFL 16 would be the game to bring me fully back on board the Madden bus. This is hands down the best game of football in a long time. This game more then any in recent memory focuses on making the action fun and memorable. I've had so many amazing moments in Madden NFL 16 that my Xbox One is probably tired of hearing me yell "Xbox record that".

#1: Rise of the Tomb Raider

If you have listened to any of the last five or six episodes of the DarkCast you know that I absolutely fell in love with Rise of the Tomb Raider. It's a game that feels like it was created by developers who are at the top of their craft. It's one of the rare games that understands the importance of pacing and delivers a thrilling adventure that never overstays its welcome. I loved every second of Rise of the Tomb Raider and cannot wait to go back and replay it over and over in 2016.

Honorable Mention: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, NBA 2K16, MLB 15: The Show, Game of Thrones

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