2015 Game of the Year Awards Day “1”

So it’s that time of the year where people who fans of video games put together top ten lists and the like. Since I have nothing better to do with my time, I’ll be doing a list as well. The issue is that I haven’t finished writing it up yet!

Shocking, I know.

So in the mean time, here are three additional “awards” that I came up with so I could talk about certain games. I’ll also post a list of all the games I played and finished throughout the year*.

  1. Ori and the Blind Forest
  2. Life is Strange
  3. Shadow of Mordor
  4. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. Fallout Shelter
  7. Hearthstone
  8. Mirror’s Edge
  9. Dishonored
  10. Rocket League
  11. Rising Thunder
  12. Hitman Absolution
  13. To the Moon
  14. Batman Arkham Knight
  15. Specimen: A Game About Color
  16. The Old Man’s Club
  17. The Last of Us: Left Behind
  18. Until Dawn
  19. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  20. Diablo 3
  21. Spec Ops: The Line
  22. SOMA
  23. Tales from the Borderlands
  24. Super Mario Maker
  25. Fallout 4
  26. Emily is Away
  27. Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth
  28. DmC

*As finished as certain games could be. For example games like Rocket League and Hearthstone don’t hand endings to them.

And now for the “awards”.

Most Disappointing Game of 2015: Batman Arkham Knight

I’ll start by saying that I played this game on the PlayStation 4. So I never experienced the whole fiasco everyone the PC did. Despite all that, it should say something that this game is still one of the disappointing of the year. At first I thought about putting Fallout 4 here instead of Batman. But in the end the things that went wrong with Batman far exceed everything else this year. The fact that most of the game was taken over by what is probably the worst controlling vehicle in all of gaming is probably the most glaring issue. But then there’s the predictable story, filled with plot threads that just get dropped, and big moments that turn out to be complete fake outs. The entire thing feels like a sad attempt at finality, but written by people were too afraid to go all the way. Overall I hope this is the last of the Arkham games. I believe it’s time to give Batman a break.

Game That Used to be Fun But Isn’t Anymore: Hearthstone 

I could go on and on about the numerous issues that are plaguing Hearthstone nowadays. But in the end it boils down to the staleness of the meta. The Grand Tournament expansion did little to shake things up and that set was filled with over a hundred and fifty cards. It wasn’t until the latest single player expansion: The League of Explorers that things began to change, albeit very slowly. Unfortunately the expansion continued to highlight long time problems of Hearthstone, such as the entire Shaman class, and the fact that very few new cards from each set penetrate the main game. With occasional exception, you see the same decks run in and out and that’s made the game a bit boring. My hope is that with further tweaking and perhaps the removal of some cards that are used as crutches, the game will become fresh once again.

Most Anticipated Game of 2016 (So Far): Uncharted 4

As of this writing, I’m not hugely excited for a ton of games coming out next year. Gone are the days where I would pine for months on end waiting for a game to hit release. Instead I more or less meander until I remember that a game I want is coming out in two months (or weeks… or days). But if I had to pick a game that I’m looking forward to grabbing, it would be Uncharted 4, at least right now. God only knows what might be announced in the next few months. But I’ve always been a fan of the Uncharted series (2 is way better than 3!) and so I see no reason to not be excited for what will hopefully be the last entry in the series. Plus I’m a sucker for aging heroes who are ready to hang up the cowl. My only hope is that this is a true ending, and not something that will be passed off to another studio where they can continue to make “Uncharted games” that no one really pays attention to and doesn’t count among the real series (remember Golden Abyss? I didn’t think so). Now if only they’d stop delaying the damned thing.

So yeah, that’s day one. If I’m not super lazy, day two should be up tomorrow and will be the first half of my top ten list.

Happy holidays!

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