Staff Picks: Daniel’s Best of 2015
Hello everyone. Today is the last day of 2015 and it was one heck of a year for the gaming world. Ranging from huge announcements for next year like the Final Fantasy VII remake, to seeing the departure of the famous Hideo Kojima from Konami as he branches into his own studio for future projects, to the massive end of the year releases that we had. I wanted to wrap up the year with a small list of my personal favorites from the last 365 days. Now having said that this is once again a list of my PERSONAL favorites and is purely my opinion. I have not played every release nor do I have the time to give every game released its due attention to get a real feel for it. I also wanted a variety of games on this list instead of just mostly shooters or rpg’s etc. I hope you enjoy the list and we hope you stay up to date with us moving forward into 2016. Happy Gaming
-First off we have The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Developed by CD Projekt Red and released on May 19th for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The Witcher series is based off of the novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski and are full of life. Witcher 3 is absolutely massive for any open world game made to date and has a plethora of amazing characters, creatures, lands, and many many mysteries to explore and discover. You play as the infamous Witcher Geralt of Rivia as you search for your adopted daughter Ciri as she is pursued by the spectral group known as the Wild Hunt. This game has been absolutely amazing and will steal many hours of your life.
-Next up is Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Capcom and released on February 13th in the states. Monster Hunter has been massive over seas and over the last few years has been gaining a lot of popularity in the states. This is the second title in the series released for the 3DS and will once again take many hours of your life. You start as a novice hunter in the Action RPG game helping a village with there monster issue. Hunting and carving supplies off of monsters and gathering natural resources is how you make better armor and weapons as there is no true leveling up system in the game. Its a refreshing game as a lot of your success depends on skill and how you learn about the creatures you fight. You could have the best equipment in the game but still get demolished by a creature you have never fought before.
-Third on my list is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Developed by Ubisoft Quebec and released October 23rd for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. After the heavily glitchy last title in the AC series, Syndicate had some big shoes to fill to make up for the lacking Unity. I’m glad to say it did just that and is arguably in the running for best entry in the series. You step into the shoes of Jacob and Evie Frye as the twins attempt to free London from the clutches of the ever determined Templar Order. Same plot but with new twists, weapons, combo’s, upgrade tree, etc. The characters have there own unique personalities that make you get personally attached to them and the story is very engaging. A true gem in the long running series.
-Next entry on my list is a little known RPG called Stella Glow. Brought to us by Atlus and released November 17th for the Nintendo 3DS. Stella Glow is a turn based strategy rpg. The artwork is great and the music in the game is amazing as well. The light hearted tone initially set is soon shattered as your entire village is turned to crystal by a witch who were thought to be nothing but myth. Your soon thrown into an adventure to find other witches in order to help you lift the crystal curse and save the continent. If you’ve played any recent Atlus titles you will feel right at home with the control and menu schemes. The game is deceivingly long for a handheld and with multiple endings gives plenty of replay value.
-The final of my Top 5 was hard for me to pick. There were so many great games this year but I realized I didn’t have a shooter on my list. And for me that spot had to be filled by Halo 5 Guardians. Developed by 343 Industries and released on the Xbox One October 27th. The second of 343’s Halo games since the passing of the torch from Bungie and I personally felt 343 has done an amazing job. Of course there are a few grievances but overall the story of Halo is in good hands. The online multiplayer is polished and being updated all the time, and with the introduction of the War Zone game mode is bigger than ever. Master Chief is no longer the only protagonist as we were introduced to Spartan Locke leader of Fireteam Osiris. The game introduced new characters not seen before such as the rest of Master Chiefs original squad Blue Team, along with some familiar faces like Buck the ODST leader who is now a spartan back from Halo 3 ODST.
Those were my personal top 5 but it was a very hard list to make. I have several notable mentions I would also like to take the time to bring up briefly. Among them are Fallout 4, Persona 4 Dancing All Night, Disgaea 5 Alliance of Vengeance, Samurai Warriors 4-II, Final Fantasy X/X2 Hd for the ps4, DMC Definitive Edition, Star Wars Battlefront, Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel, and finally Tales of Zestiria. Thank you everyone who supported us this year it means the world. We hope you continue to stay up to date with us for all of 2016 and beyond. Have a happy New Year and stay safe. Happy Gaming.