So I didn’t play a ton of new games this year, so this list is based off what I’ve actually played myself. This list is mostly PC, I don’t include any board games… that may be another list… or not… There is one XBox 360/PS4/XBox One game listed that isn’t on PC yet…
Let’s get right out and say that the lead favorite, though I’m not very far into the game is Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s a truly massive game, and amazing in nearly every respect. My only issue with the game so far is that it is often times hard to connect to the Dragon Age Servers. I connected before I played the game, so it imported all the choices from the Keep into the game, but would be nice to be able to sync the files still.
Prior to Dragon Age, I’d have said Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. which is a nice blend of Assassin’s Creed and the Batman Arkham games.
While I super suck at the game, let’s not forget Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The fee to play collectible card game from Blizzard. The game is generally in the top 2 or 3 games being watch on Twitch for a reason. While I can’t really play it, I can see the mass appeal. If you like Magic the Gathering and other games like it, you need to be playing this.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls was an amazing expansion for Diablo III. If you have Diablo then this is a must have expansion. If you avoided Diablo due to the issues originally reported with the game, Reaper of Souls fixes nearly everything that was wrong with the game and made it a million times better. Get it.
For MMO’s I don’t have the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Expansion so I can’t say on that, and the only game I really played that is new is ArchAge. It’s looking like Warlords is probably the MMO of the year, but since I personally didn’t play it… AA wasn’t bad. I got into the game before people could buy their way into the Beta, and I enjoyed the game a great deal. I just got burned out by the time the game reached Open Beta and Release… If you want a good open world fantasy MMO, then it’s a good choice, but the handling of the game (not sure if it’s Trion or XL Games restrictions on the game) seem to be questionable. The open world crown still seems to belong to EVE Online (a game I don’t play as it still requires a subscription and too much PvP for me).
For shooters I have to go with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The game is immense fun, and the multiplayer is fun too. It may not have super realistic recoil and bullet drop as some people would like, and I too would prefer the bigger maps and team sizes of the Battlefield series, but it does what it does very well, and seems to be step up from the last few entries in the series (though I haven’t played all of them).
Titanfall was very fun and entertaining. I think that for me, COD edges it out just a bit.
Destiny… I played it on the 360 and it’s meh. I think it could have been better, but it’s just not overly exciting to me. If I had an XBox One I’d probably prefer to get the Halo: The Master Chief Collection than Destiny and basically have far more fun. But your mileage may very.
My son would probably say Five Nights at Freddy’s or Five Nights at Freddy’s 2. They aren’t my style but some people love these games.
The Runner’s Up
Alien: Isolation is my number one Runner up. It was a great game. Very thematic. If you like the Alien franchise it is a must have game. There’s not too much negative to say about it, the Alien can be brutal, and it has a few tense scares.
Town of Salem is a free browser based game along the lines of Mafia/Werewolf. Some of the people are town people, some are Mafia or neutral (that may be killing people). As the town people you want to kill off the Mafia, and any potential serial killer, before they kill you. If the Mafia kills all the town people they win, if the town rids itself of all the bad guys they win… As the town you don’t know who is who, and who’s lying. Each night the bad guys probably will kill someone, so time is running out. There are a few small issues here and there, but for the most part it’s a good implementation of the Mafia/Werewolf games.
Road Redemption is a decent spiritual successor to Road Rage.
Sims 4 is a decent Sims game.
Southpark: Stick of Truth is South Park in game form. Not much more to say about that.
Endless Legend is a good 4x game, and Dungeon of the Endless is a good rouge like dungeon crawl in the Endless world.
Gauntlet does what it needed to do and was worth the money. But really… Diablo III fills that nitch for me better.
Zombies Monsters Robots is also a great deal of fun and worth a download, the game is free after all.
I didn’t get to play it as I don’t have the system, but Sunset Overdrive looked amazing fun.. if you have an XBox One anyhow… It nearly looks to be the system seller to be honest.
The demo of Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved on the 360 was fun. A Kinect game that actually works. It’d be high on my list of wants if I had an XBox One, but I think it’s a bit overpriced, once it moves down to the $30 range I think it’d be worth it.
This War of Mine (not on Amazon, but look for it on Steam) is a game that I don’t have and haven’t played, but based on what I’ve seen of the game, I putting here… I’d nearly put it in the I Don’t Know Yet area, but I’ve seen enough that I think it’s a very strong contender. It looks to be a truly emotional survival game.
I’m not sure if Tales from the Boderlands should go here or the I Don’t Know Yet list, but based on what I’ve seen, it’s here…
I Don’t Know Yet
Far Cry 4 I haven’t seen enough of. To be honest though I haven’t been a fan of the Farcry series overall…
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It’s a Borderlands game… but I just haven’t really been sold on it, which is why it’s here.
Never Alone. Looks amazing, but haven’t seen it on Twitch or anything else.
Obviously these are on my Steam Wishlist for a reason. Lol.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It is after all the Halo series…
Disappointments of the Year
Biggest disappointment was Evil Within (I won’t even bother linking to the Amazon link for it, it’s that bad).
Lords of the Fallen wasn’t horrible, just too hard for me and disappointed in the purchase for that.
I didn’t play Assassin’s Creed Unity, but it sounds like there were a host of issues, especially with the PC port. Part of the disappointment is that I’d have expected it to be on the main list or at the very least a runner up, but what I’ve seen and heard… it’s down on this part of the list.
So what was your game of the year? Did I miss something (I’m semi limited in what I played or watch played a lot on Twitch).