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Game of the Year 2015: GP's Top 10

GP Staff

2015 has been an interesting year for sure, although I'm pretty sure we can say that for just about every year (and we probably have). But whereas 2014 saw the rise of "that" movement, 2015's biggest story definitely has to be the slow and utter collapse of Konami and Hideo Kojima's relationship. I'm not sure if we'll ever completely get the details on that, but it's been crazy to see it all unfold.


In other news, there were a bunch of good games this year; have you heard? Nintendo may not have had as big a year as last year, but you better believe they represented with a few big titles. Sony had at least one big high profile game delayed (*cough* Uncharted 4 *cough*), but they still had a few good exclusives as well. Let's not forget the indie scene either, which was abundant with amazing games that seemingly came out of nowhere; it seems like they just keep getting better every year.


So without further ado, here are GP's Top 10 games of 2015.







10. Destiny: The Taken King


Bungie had a pretty radical vision for shooters when the conceptualized Destiny. One that ultimately fell short of expectations. Though many players stuck it out and saw slow improvements to the game, no previous effort has been as great as Destiny: The Taken King. It seems odd to include a game“s expansion on the premise that it “fixed” the base game but The Taken King seemed to do much more than that. It polished Destiny significantly, allowing it to shine brighter with much needed changes and exciting new elements alike.


Special events like Festival of the Lost and the Sparrow Racing League complimented improvements such as a streamlined post-game system, better drop calculations, the addition of much more engaging story missions, and even a new approach to earning the game“s most elusive elements: exotic weapons and gear. Existing areas received new life, new areas surpassed expectation, and old friends became and continue to become as interesting as we always wanted them to be. When you think about it, that“s a pretty big achievement for a single expansion.


- Chris "WildCardCorsair" Summers, Staff Writer







9. Yoshi's Woolly World

Official GP Review


When Good Feel“s latest endeavor was revealed to the world on January 23rd, 2013, we got to see the beginnings of another entire world made from yarn. Over the two years it took for Yoshi“s Woolly World to establish an identity and be released, everyone familiar with the developer's“ pedigree had already formed opinions on what the game was going to be, and what everyone making it was capable of.


There's no denying that Woolly World is a cute game, but everything about how it works will exceed even the highest expectations. It's absolutely the best Yoshi“s Island game since the original on SNES -- and it even deserves to stand with console contemporaries like Super Mario Galaxy 2 & Super Mario 3D World.


- Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor







8. Axiom Verge

Official GP Review


How many Metriod-likes does it take until one comes along that challenges the parts of classic gaming canon that inspired it? Axiom Verge isn't just a game that cuts and pastes the same themes and concepts from Super Metroid. The first area certainly gives off that impression, but developer Tom Happ“s vision derezzes the familiar and forces every player who thinks they know what to expect to rethink what both the game and the over-saturated genre are capable of.


Axiom Verge deserves to stand out as much as Shovel Knight, Super Meat Boy, and Cave Story -- it's an indie game whose success should keep established developers who“ve been around for decades longer on their toes.


- Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor







7. Super Mario Maker


Perhaps the greatest thing Nintendo has ever done is put the gift of level creation in their fans' hands. Super Mario Maker is a game with pretty limitless potential; players are still coming up with levels that wow and surprise us in ways that we never thought of before. People will still probably be creating amazing stuff a year or even five from now, and that's a testament to how greatly designed Super Mario Maker is as a level creator. Long live, Mario.


- Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief







6. Bloodborne


Bloodborne is an exhilarating action-RPG that is very unlike even its spiritual predecessors. It's haunting but imaginative world, incredibly fast-paced and diverse gameplay, and occasionally fiendishly hard difficulty (The Old Hunters DLC, specifically) makes it clearly stand out. Even if one were to start growing weary of the Victorian architecture, Bloodborne tactically flips the entire script at the halfway mark with its dramatically different enemies designs and scenery to keep would-be naive hunters on their toes. It is by far one of the best titles you can pick on the PS4, without a doubt, and a blast to play.


- Barrel, Mod/Staff Writer







5. SteamWorld Heist

Official GP Review


There's almost nothing I can add here that I haven't said before. SteamWorld Heist is the real deal, and if you have a 3DS, you owe it to yourself to check out Image & Form's finest game yet. The Steampunk universe within is incredibly charming, the turn-based strategy gameplay is extremely tight and varied, and there's much to do, explore, and plunder. SteamWorld Heist is without a doubt the best strategy game of 2015, and one of the best games of the year overall.


- Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief







4. Splatoon


Destiny: The Taken King may be this year's best co-op multiplayer experience, but Splatoon is easily the best competitive multiplayer game of 2015. It's kind of an anomaly if you think about it. A couple of years ago Nintendo was convinced people didn“t really want multiplayer. Now in 2015 they“ve given us a game that is designed primarily around an online experience. Shooters have never been a part of Nintendo“s game plan either, aside from the rarities like the Metroid Prime series and Duck Hunt, yet now we have a fast paced third-person shooter. But despite how much Splatoon seems like the antithesis of Nintendo games, it couldn“t feel more like one if it tried.


The vibrant colors, zany paint premise, and character design are all right at home among Nintendo“s pantheon of legendary characters. And if this were all there was to Splatoon you“d still have a solid game worth purchase, but it isn“t all. Regular updates have added new weapons and maps for the better part of this year and shows no signs of stopping. Miiverse integration gives Inkopolis, the game“s interactive menu and hub, a lively, populated feel. Regular Splatfest events continue to give players a reason to jump back in. The single player campaign even feels a little like Nintendo“s answer to Portal.


But the best part of Splatoon, and the reason why it“s on this, and many other Game of the Year lists, is the feeling you get when you play, that even though the four squids on the opposing team are your enemies for three minutes, but they“re your friends immediately after.


- Chris "WildCardCorsair" Summers, Staff Writer







3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Official GP Review


(Editor's Note: We, uh, weren't able to get the written entry for this by the time of publication, so for now we're running a blurb from John's list.)


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hit on all cylinders this year. Great narrative. Great, natural shift to a true open world setting. Great visuals. Great soundtrack. Did I mention that the Witcher 3 was great?


- John Kidman, Staff Writer







2. Xenoblade Chronicles X


The Xenoblade Chronicles series began with quite a blunder for Western audiences, as you may recall. If not for a certain organization named after the weather, the states may have never gotten the first game. Which would have been a shame, because Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii is a critically acclaimed work of art. That might explain why Nintendo of America did not hesitate in localizing Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U. And just like that, BAM -- lightning strikes twice.


Not only is Xenoblade Chronicles X a quality RPG and a great addition to the Xenoblade Chronicles series, but it's also one of the best games the Wii U has to offer. With its intriguing story, gorgeous visuals, amazing soundtrack (composed by Hiroyuki Sawano of Attack on Titan fame), fun gameplay mechanics, and a massive world that's easy to immerse yourself in, Xenoblade Chronicles X is one game you don't want to miss.


- Jordan, Community Manager









And our 2015 Game of the Year is...









Artwork by Gigi D.G. (Used with permission)

Be sure to check out her webcomic Cucumber Quest


1. Undertale


It may be tempting to want to fight the passionate fandom for Undertale and act without thinking. Still, those who wield enough mercy to give Undertale a fair shot will notice that unassuming looks and deliberately playing upon one“s expectations are very much an item with the whole experience of playing it.


Singing Undertale“s praises is easy for most of those who have played it through, but avoiding direct spoilers of both its storytelling and gameplay situations out of respect for the uninitiated is far more difficult for a generally short game... or as long as you want to make it, I guess. You see, even that can actually be a spoiler considering how deep the game is willing to go at times.


Undertale is a lot of things. It pridefully pays homage to classic RPGs, while also humorously roasting them in that same breath and it somehow still feels sincere all the while. The turn-based combat system is simple in theory until you learn that you don“t actually have to kill anything at all. You can tell a ghost that it looks beautiful today, or kill it with a plastic knife. It's all up to you.


Naughty or nice, however, gameplay can also be quite challenging and will shamelessly test your determination throughout. It feels reminiscent of bullet hell titles at times, yet is also very willing to change up its gameplay rules throughout by dipping into entirely different genres and somehow not feeling forced at all.


Believe the hype -- there's nothing like Undertale. It's an innovative experience that's full of heart and will stick with you long after it's over, and that's why it's our Game of the Year for 2015.


- Barrel, Mod/Staff Writer

- Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief

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