As a grown adult with an unconquerable gaming backlog, I’m actually quite impressed at managing to complete 6 whole new games this year, as pictured in the header image, so frankly all 6 deserve praise for being good enough to jump ahead of my backlog. Chances are I would have loved MGS5, but that one got bumped into backlog by Fallout 4.
So, without further ado, I’ve narrowed the games which I most enjoyed this year down to two incomparable runners up in no particular order, and one definitive game of my year.
Runner Up A:
Bloodborne – FromSoftware – PS4
As I wrote back in August, Bloodborne is a game I was genuinely afraid just wouldn’t be for me, having never enjoyed hack and slash games in the past, but it quickly won me over with its atmosphere, sense of accomplishment and, above all, the respect with which it treats the player.
Runner Up 1:
Undertale – Toby Fox – PC
Check out my review from August if you want to see me gush about Toby Fox’s indie masterwork. A perfect combination of a singular artist making the game that he wanted to play, coupled with the unique craft of a musician turned programmer. That such a concise, emotional, coherent piece of work can come from a single developer is deeply inspiring to my inner indie dev.
Game of the Year:
Splatoon – Nintendo – WiiU
Splatoon is the triumphant emergence of Nintendo’s next generation of developers, bringing with them the boldest, freshest new gaming franchise in years. Equal parts platformer and third person shooter, yet also incorporating unexpected inspirations from MOBAs and puzzle games, Splatoon is compulsive, joyfully presented and polished to an impossibly precise degree in terms of fundamental control and game design.
The longest I’ve ever stuck with an online shooter before boredom from repetition kicked in was probably about a week, so the fact that I still find myself jumping back into Splatoon 7 months on speaks volumes, and is of course helped along by the charming online community, whose graffiti is splattered all over the lobby and arenas for all to see, and Nintendo’s unprecedented decision to offer 8 months of free map and weapon packs for a £30 game.
Perfection in a mad squiddy package, and I’m so excited to see where this series can develop after such a confident start.
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