Camron’s Top 5 games of 2015
This list is in no real order, since I couldn’t choose a proper game of the year. I had a blast with all of them, and I can’t wait for the new year to bring new journeys.
Assassins Creed: Syndicate
While many people believe the rise of Ezio to be the best in the series, I have come to appreciate and enjoy Syndicate far more. Rather than following a single main character, Syndicate follows the twins Evie and Jacob Frye. Having two main characters actually helps the title quite a bit. The characters are much more expressive and believable thanks to the conflicting personalities shown in both their personalities and play styles. 1868 London is absolutely beautiful. The streets are bustling and the community is rich in both detail and lore. A simple addition, but probably one of the strongest in the series is the grappling hook. Apart from making travel quicker, it opens up an entirely different dynamic to the game. While I can’t pick what game belongs in first place, AC: Syndicate is definitely fighting hard for that spot.
For the record, I have 60 hours in the game and I have yet to find my way to Diamond City. Am I doing it wrong? Not necessarily? Am I having a blast? Absolutely. The moment I left the vault, I knew I would never go the direct path and that’s one of the main reasons Fallout will always remain at the top of my list. I can go anywhere and have the same experience, and some times a better one, before I even finish the first mission. However, that story will come back to haunt you eventually as I completely skipped the first mission once I found a key individual. Accidentally, of course. So, while I can’t necessarily tell you about the story, I can tell you that the world was my best experience.
Guitar Hero Live
Guitar Hero is one of those games that you can just pick up and go with. Regardless of experience, it’s always a blast playing through the heaviest songs and relaxing by blending some of the indie scene into the mix. Music games already have a soft spot in my heart, but Guitar Hero has always truly strung a chord. The guitar controller has been revamped. Rather than the 5-button layout, it has a 6-button layout that offers a refreshing challenge to the recently saturated music genre. To me, they tackle the concept of “easy to learn, difficult to master”. I quickly made my way to the hardest difficulty, but its going to take me weeks, if not months to truly play the songs anywhere near a 100% completion rate.
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5 gave me a few ups and downs. The trailers were a bit misleading when it came to the Master Chiefs actions placing him as AWOL. Fortunately though, the game delivered a great experience and 343 continues to impress me with the ideas, the content and the details that they add to the game. Halo is kind of hard to nail down for many though and I believe the reason is that 343 scatters their lore through both the games and the books, without really creating a true connection between the two. They just kind of throw the player in the fray. I have read the books though and I believe that helps me truly understand the Master Chiefs journey and the world that is evolving and changing around him. While this may not be the top for many, the Master Chiefs journey always finds a way to the top for me.
Destiny: The Taken King
While Destiny didn’t release this year, The Taken King did enough to almost be called a game in its own right. Not only did it expand the universe, it fixed many of the issues that had originally put me off from the title to begin with. The lore in the game was a lot more coherent, with the addition of voice actors and the ability to scan remnants throughout the world. It felt like an actually universe now rather than this weird shell without a proper explanation unless you went online to do so. The weapons were revamped and the added weapons feel powerful and are a lot of fun. Overall, the game is still the same as day one Destiny, but it adds a little more to just make it both different and a lot better.