Daniel’s Top 5 Games of 2015

As the year heads towards its end, I present to you my top five games of 2015.

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5. Rocket League

Rocket League’s first impression on me was a good one. After all, it was free for all PlayStation Plus members. However, regardless of my love for free things, Rocket League is a very fun game on its own merit. The game is basically soccer with cars, but being able to drive up walls or boost through the air adds a layer of skill to the game that separates the casual players from the elite. The best part of Rocket League is the perfect balance between being in control and not knowing what’s going to happen next.

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4. Rainbow Six: Siege

Siege has a dual nature. On the one hand, Ubisoft is ripping off consumers by selling a full price game that has basically one game mode. On the other hand, that game mode is some of the best multiplayer I have ever played. This 5v5 online mode mixes brilliant level design and an assortment of offensive and defensive strategies to create one of the most suspenseful experiences this year. Siege demands a unique mix of your attention, planning, and teamwork that not many other games do.

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3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Aside from the regular hype that a MGS game has to live up to, the Phantom Pain release also had to fight through the soap opera that was Konami’s relationship with the series’ creator Hideo Kojima. Fortunately, the game’s quality was hardly diminished due to the real-life drama. The game play and controls were the most fluid in the series, while Metal Gear’s usual weird plot points and numerous ways to complete missions weren’t left out. The Phantom Pain’s use of the Mother Base and Fulton systems  was a glorious cherry on top of an already stellar game.

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2. Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is very similar to Fallout 3, and that’s alright, because it’s made up of all the things I love to do in games. Exploration is the main pull for me, while upgrading armour, guns, and settlements are great additions to the series. The one thing that Fallout 4 still does better than most open world games is create a world that is filled with unique locations and experiences. While games like MGS 5 and Witcher 3 had you going back repeatedly to the same location, or doing generic quests, Fallout 4 has a world filled with interesting places that will keep me heading back to the Commonwealth every once in a while for the next year or more.

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Game of the Year: Bloodborne

Bloodborne came out in March, but I recently started playing it again in order to get prepared for its downloadable content. It’s my second time through the game, and I still find myself amazed by how well made Bloodborne is. The combat is so smooth and so intense, while the art direction and level design are miles above any other game this year. Item descriptions, the environment, and enemy designs serve as patchwork in the magnificent lore that creates the game’s world.  FROM Software’s Bloodborne has so much to offer, and all of it is of very high quality. No other game this year is so gorgeous yet so disturbing, so fun yet so stressful, and that’s why Bloodborne is my favourite game of 2015.

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Daniel Podborochynski

A Canadian who loves video games, soccer, sandwiches, reading, cats, dogs, Aphex Twin, bike rides, Fallout, Daft Punk, barbecue, and beer.

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