2015 has been a phenomenal year for video games, and 2016 looks like it could be even better. But before a new year begins, the GameSpew team has pondered their last year of gaming, each choosing one game that stands out above the rest to be their Game of the Year.
From the obvious Fallout 4 and Witcher 3 to the more surprising indie choices, the team has covered a wide breadth of the best that gaming has had to offer us in 2015. Without further ado, here’s our selection for Game of the Year 2015…
Emily: Tales From The Borderlands
After a long love affair with Telltale and a few merry disappointments in their “older” games, I actually went in to playing Tales From the Borderlands with no opinion, no research and no expectations. I thought it’d end up like a couple of other games I’d played this year where you start them but never finish. So I’d started it off in no hurry, plodding through the introductions with an “Eh, this looks alright. I like the art style – the voice acting’s pretty good and-” BAM; straight in to the opening credits. All of the opening sequences through the chapters were epic. Well designed, well fitting and with a cracking choice of music.
This experience has all amplified, of course, when I read up that Troy Baker; the love of my gaming life and voice actor to pretty well all of my favourite male protagonists had done it again… I’m starting to see a pattern. This was a game I started off playing after the final episode had been released; I ended up playing eleven hours of it straight, from start-to-finish. It’s one of the only games I’ve sat and laughed out loud at. I’m not talking a titter or delicate chuckle – a belly laugh that occasionally twinged a muscle or two. As the nature of my profession suggests, I’m very pedantic about a good script and jeez, did this take the cake. I love the art style. I love the comedy of it. I love the characters. Most of all, I love how incredibly invested I was in the game from beginning to end – something I haven’t experienced since playing The Last of Us (Troy Baker, I’m watching you).
Kieren: Forza Motorsport 6
My game of the year 2015 is Forza 6. This series has long since taken over from Gran Turismo as the benchmark for realistic driving games, and the series just continues to excel. Turn 10’s latest offering on the Xbox One features sumptuous graphics, an amazing selection of cars and more tracks then ever before. Add in the advanced tuning options and custom designs and you have the most complete and satisfying driving experience created yet.