Sunday, November 22, 2015

OtakuDante's Top Video Games Of 2015

I know I usually reserve this article for December, but seeing as everyone will be busy scrambling to get that perfect gaming gift for their loved ones early on I figure I'd go ahead and let you guys, and gals in on my top game picks for this year. For this year I'll be looking at specific deciding factors including that of replay value, the fun factor, the amount of content provided from the base game, and the overall quality. I know everyone wants more bang for their buck, euro, or whatever currency it is your country of origin uses. I will definitely keep this in mind going forward. As far as the games go I will be weeding through my list of reviews to pick the gems that are worth your time, and money. Some may be indie, and some may be retail. Just keep in mind that these are my picks based on my opinions, and facts gathered from having spent quality time with each game. Take my suggestions as you will.

If I were to be totally honest, and I am going to be, I'd admit that I've found only two worthy candidates for my "Top Video Games of 2015" list. I know this is narrowing things down to the extreme, but I really weighed things heavily this year. I took in account all that makes buying a game worth it, and took said things into consideration. As such my top two picks for this year are as follows ...

Coming in at first place is "Fallout 4". I know it's a game that's on nearly everyone's top game list, but for me it earned this place for giving me a proper distraction when gaming went to sh*t. While 'Fallout 4' has it's bugs, and character models that look a bit dated the fun factor, and replay value is still heavy. Heavy like the Awesome power armor you can use to mow down the irradiated wildlife of the wastelands. This FPS RPG hybrid is by far one of the most immersive gaming experiences of 2015. It draws you in, and keeps you mentally imprisoned like the game's protagonist who found themselves cryogenically frozen for over 200 years in the depths of the Vault. You'll lose hours enjoying your time in-game without realizing where your day has gone. I've personally spent several hours at a time trying to ensure my character's survival. I've built an Awesome decked out place in Sanctuary, and have even spent a ton of time crafting stuff with the materials I've gathered from my outings. Though I've died a ridiculous amount of times in Fallout 4's wastelands I have never once gotten angry, because I was wronged, or cheated. I knew the mistakes were my own, and in realizing that I gladly pushed forward. Unlike so many FPS games of today 'Fallout 4' will not piss you off with unfairness, or BS DLC. It's a game that earns the gamers' loyalty, and rewards them for investing time with the game. This is why 'Fallout 4' is a must have for any gamer out there! It's why it got my number one spot!

At a close second place NISA's own PS4 exclusive, "Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance" earns it's standing respectfully. If you've ever truly wanted a game that gives you more bang for your buck, this is it. Sure it's of a niche JRPG genre, but the game is so delightfully fun that you can't help but love it. It oozes with charm, comedic value, and tons of stuff to do. Like the previous installments of the series this one stays true to it's roots, but builds upon the lore, and available content while doing so. The story is chapter based, and well scripted. You'll find that you can finish the game quickly, and see the outcome of this latest story arch, but that you can also veer from the beaten path to amass an army of demons, monsters, and humans who can put up a combo heavy fight of epic proportions. Characters will fly around the screen in an over-the-top fashion crying as they bash the ever loving fool out of the enemies below. It's so satisfying to see the damage, and combo count rise to ridiculous numbers. Not only that, but you can also create your own maps via the 'Map Editor', and have friends see if they can beat it. There's truly a lot to do management-wise in this game. Even with the optional season pass, and DLC offered on the side you can still get your money's worth, and then some by only paying for the core experience. Nothing was taken out of the core game, and the extra DLC content is exactly that, Extra. Definitely do not miss out on this gem even if you have to get the digital download version!

Honorable mentions ...

I won't go into detail with the following games, but know that they did each impress me enough to consider the purchase worthy. Take the following list of games as you will ...

Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds Overdrive (PS4), BlazBlue Chronophantasma EXTEND (PS4), Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (PS VITA), Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (PS VITA), Skullgirls 2nd Encore (PS4), Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Ed. (XBOX ONE), Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4), MKX (PS4)

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