Somehow “lost in the mail” is a late entry by Abdul Ahmad. While he didn’t play a lot of the games from 2015, of the ones he did play, this is what he found to be the best of the year.
5. Transformers: Devastation
For me this game was a nice surprise. The action was enjoyable to me as the last platinum game I played, Metal Gear Rising. And it was just great to see G1 Transformers on the screen again, looking better than ever and with many of the original voice actors.
4. Star Wars Battlefront
This game is gorgeous. But my favourite thing about it is that it’s easy to drop in and play and enjoy yourself. I think this game has attracted a wider audience than the regular hardcore shooter, and it is better for it. It is not flawless– the flight controls seem off to me, and Tie Fighters and X-Wings being pickups are also odd to me, but maybe there’s some wisdom in it in trying to mesh the air combat gameplay in with the ground combat. And obviously there’s just a ton of enjoyable fan service here for Star Wars fans.
3. Mortal Kombat X
Other than Metal Gear I felt like no established franchise that I played this year took bigger risks. This game introduced a new generation of characters, aged the old characters, made the krypt almost like an rpg and this game made me grind levels and jump on playing the shared online events when they were available. I played an uncountable amount of hours of this game and even played the crap out of the mobile game in the quest to unlock everything I could. It could’ve been terrible but they managed to pull off all these new characters and modes better than any game previously in the series. The story mode was a little weak in comparison to MK9’s story mode and I missed the challenge tower, but there’s still lots here.
2. Fallout 4
This game was exactly what we thought we wanted from a new fallout. It’s more of what we played in Fallout 3. I didn’t like how as you progressed the story mode you were forced into doing things that could potentially lock you out of huge quest paths if you didn’t so those first. But there’s still so much to play beyond that. I played this game for 35-40 hours and I can see myself going back for more.
1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
What an amazing accomplishment. This game is the pinnacle of stealth, action and open world gameplay. The amount of ways you complete your mission makes this game feel so dynamic. In most other games, if you don’t complete your mission in the exact way the designers intended, you fail. But in this game it allows for so many ways to complete your task. I sunk in 65 hours to beat this game to completion and I enjoyed all of it. The story wasn’t the strongest in the series and I wished for more cutscenes, but what is here is still amazing and every game in the stealth, action, and open world genres can learn from it. I’m looking at you, Assassin’s Creed.