Top 10 Games of 2015 – 8 & 7
Witcher 3 – 8 – Weren’t expecting to see this particular game joined by such a number as 8 were you? Honestly, neither was I until I started compiling this list and realised I have had a lot more fun and enjoyment out of a lot of other games than I did out of Witcher 3. Witcher 3 is mostly on this list for its services to storytelling in video games. Bar none the Witcher 3 has had the best writing and the best storytelling in any game I think I’ve ever played. Each new conversation was a treat, each new quest the chance to learn something new, meet someone new. The Bloody Baron quest line is the pinnacle of game storytelling and the perfect example of what can be achieved in this medium. Where the game sadly fell down for me was the combat and levelling systems. After 75+ hours I found the game provided little challenge even when I upped the difficulty. Many games find it hard to balance around the idea that the player will just wander off for 50 hours to level up and the Witcher 3 is one of them.
Batman Arkham Knight 7 – The flawed swansong of Rocksteady’s time with the Caped Crusader is a game a return to again and again on a regular basis. The Arkham series of games established what developers needed to do in order to properly translate a beloved IP to games while keeping the soul of that IP. Warner Bros have had mixed success with this formula with Shadow of Mordor (Which is awesome) and Mad Max (Which isn’t) Arkham Knight as a game was Rocksteady trying and failing to leave their lasting mark on the canon with the Arkham Knight character, but failing to commit and falling back on the same old astoundingly good Joker. Nowhere near as good as either Asylum or City but still a damn fine game.