2015 Year in Review

Stewarts Top 10 Games of 2015

2015 was a great year for gaming. So much so that there are a lot of games that I have yet to even play. There are even games that came out in December! I bought both a Wii U and a PS4 this year, so my potential for even more games has increased tremendously. Unfortunately since I only have so much time for gaming my list of games that I’ve played this year isn’t as large as I’d like it to be but here’s some of the highlights.

10. Metal Gear Solid V – We did an episode of Data Drain on Metal Gear Solid, so this was a very highly anticipated game for our crew. With the large amount of weapons, vehicles, tools, etc. there is always a way into and out of a situation no matter how impossible it may seem. As Kojima’s last title for Konami he went out with a bang, and the only real complaint I had with the game is the abrupt ending, which is probably a result of Kojima’s departure.

9. Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition – Yet another Data Drain topic, this is a game that easy to recommend to any action fan. I played the original game on the PS3, and it’s even better on PS4 due to extra modes and characters. Vergil himself is a lot of fun to play, even if his story is pretty bare-bones. Trish and Lady are also playable, but I have yet to get to their modes.

8. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 – If you like video games then there is no shortage of humor here due to all of the various cameos, in-jokes and references to consoles, games, characters, and gaming culture as a whole. The game can get a bit grindy at times but I found it enjoyable regardless.

7. Dungeon Travelers 2 – I’m kinda surprised that I liked this game as much as I did, especially since I also played Persona Q this year and wasn’t too fond of it. I also managed to avoid playing all of the other vita dungeon crawler games that have come out in recent years. However, I was willing to give it a chance by playing the free demo, and I was hooked. With a large cast of characters, various classes, spells, abilities, weapons, armor, etc. it can be a bit daunting, but I feel that the game does a good job of easing you into it. The automap feature is also convenient, especially in later dungeons where traps are very prevalent. I stopped playing after the main story, but there are also extra dungeons after the end that add to the dungeon crawling fun.

6. Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax – As terrible as I am at them, I do enjoy playing 2D fighting games. And since it has a cast of characters from various series that I’m a fan of, it’s pretty easy to see why I like this game. The mechanics are meant to be easy to pick up, so it can be enjoyed by both beginners and experts alike. The only reason I can think of that people might hold off on this game is that there is an updated release coming out to Japan soon which adds even more characters to the roster. Unless of course you don’t like anime, but I don’t think that’s a very good reason if you like fighters.

5. Tales of Zestiria – I consider myself a big fan of the Tales series, so I eagerly await each and every release, and I was very pleased with this game. With a cast of entertaining characters, flashy attacks, useful abilities, and lots of secrets there is no shortage of fun to be had here. There is even a multiplayer option where up to 4 people can control up to 4 playable characters, but the finicky camera can make this difficult somewhat.

4.Bayonetta/Bayonetta 2 – I’ve played Bayonetta 1 previously on the PS3, but I put both games in this spot since they are both in the same package on the Wii U release. Everything that I like about Devil May Cry is here and then some. Bothgames are full of nonstop over the top action, humor and just plain fun. While I feel that Bayonetta 1 has a slightly better story and ending, Bayonetta 2 is the superior game with regards to combat.

3. Bloodborne – I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical of this game at first, but it didn’t take me long to become engrossed in the latest From Software game. The combat is more fast paced and the character more agile than in the Souls series, and it leads to a game that feels different, even if there are a lot of similarities such as the stamina system and character build. The trick weapon mechanic is a breath of fresh air, as it opens up a lot of new strategies that wasn’t possible in previous games. The randomly generated chalice dungeons got rather frustrating later on, but the core game is solid. I haven’t gotten around to the DLC yet, but I imagine that I will very soon.

2.Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate –If any of you listen to Data Drain, you will know that we are big fans of Monster Hunter, and this game is no exception. I personally played for over 200 hours, reached G-rank gold crown, had a lot of money and weapons, and still didn’t see everything there is to offer in this game.

1.The Fruit of Grisaia – The first game in this visual novel trilogy does a good job of introducing the characters and setting, while still leaving room for development. While there are very limited choices in the game, the main story is pretty long, so you don’t have to worry about not getting your money’s worth. Speaking of story, without spoiling anything it covers a broad spectrum of emotions that isn’t common in visual novels. Easily the funniest game that I’ve played this year, and possibly one of the best, this title gets a very high recommendation from me.

P.S. Yumiko is best girl.

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