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Game of the Year 2015: Part 1

Welcome to Press Play TV’s Game of the Year 2015 Awards! We will be releasing five lists over the course of this week, each covering genres or facets of the games scene that we think are important to our industry, culminating on Friday with our final “Game of the Year” decision. With each ultimate choice, you can also see the individual selections of our three judges: Senior Producer Nick Hawryluk, and guest judges Chris Nagy and Peter Kendall from How Do I Jump. We’ve tried to be as fair as possible, but we don’t make any claims to have played every game that came out this year- we even have a category for the best ones we missed from last year’s awards!  Plus, in the interest of transparency, you can also listen to our entire deliberations process in the embedded podcast at the bottom of this article.

Jump to another part of our Game of the Year 2015 series:
Part 1 • Part 2 Part 3 • Part 4 Part 5

 

Dying Light is a game full of white-knuckle action- and not always the kind you’d expect from this category. While there is a fantastic traditional combat system in the game, much of the excitement in this one actually came from running away from the enemy! A spiritual successor to Techland’s Dead Island, Dying Light moved in a new direction, making enemies much harder to deal with and encouraging players to use verticality and speed to their advantage. For getting our blood pumping every time we played it, Dying Light is our Best Action Game of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Bloodborne
Pete: Dying Light
Nick: Dying Light

 

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We’ve expanded this category since its inception to include not only traditional ‘point-and-click-style’ adventure games, but also any game with a real sense of adventure. And boy, does The Witcher 3 deliver on that front! This is a world that isn’t always pretty, in fact more often than not it’s depressing as hell, but the sheer scope of Geralt’s third video game outing boggles the mind. Monsters roaming the landscape that require actual thought to quell, engaging Batman-style detective work, incredibly layered questlines, and a beautiful open world make The Witcher 3 our Best Adventure Game of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Pete: The Witcher 3
Nick: Tales from the Borderlands

 

Fallout 4 takes Bethesda’s typically clunky interpretation of the classic post-nuclear franchise and fine-tunes it to a mirror sheen. Several additions to the character progression make this a much smoother experience: the Perk Chart is beautiful in its simplicity without making the game trivial, acquiring new weapons and armor gets a lot more compelling when there are hundreds of possible custom combinations to make, and managing settlements adds a new layer of depth and responsibility to the typical ‘lone wanderer’ experience. And that’s not to mention the brilliantly easy-to-use character creator! Fallout 4 is a huge step for the series, and it’s our Best RPG of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: The Witcher 3
Pete: Fallout 4
Nick: The Witcher 3

 

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It’s hard to think of something that makes you feel more badass than stepping into a mech suit, picking up a minigun and making mincemeat of a franchise’s most-feared monster, but that all happens in the first hour of Fallout 4! This game made us feel like badasses for many reasons, like the ridiculous and probably impractical firearms, or taking out entire colonies of Super Mutants as we leveled up, but the real pièce de résistance is the newly re-imagined power armor! Typically in Bethesda’s Fallout games you’d simply throw on this fearsome suit like any other clothing item, but in Fallout 4 it’s a fully robotic monstrosity that you need a few seconds just to step into. Its limited fuel makes it feel like a rare resource only to be used for special occasions, but it has a real feeling of weight, and when you’re inside this thing you know you’re about to do some damage! For many reasons, but mostly the power armor, Fallout 4 is our Best Badass-Enabler of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Bloodborne
Pete: Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
Nick: Fallout 4

 

At Press Play TV we’ve been saying that 2015 is truly the year of the open world, as several of the best games this year had incredibly compelling landscapes to traverse. The ruined remains of Boston in Fallout 4 however, trumped all. Not only is this a huge, densely packed cityscape, but the visual design has gotten a significant upgrade over the past games as well! Gone is the brown-brown-and-more-brown wasteland of Fallout 3 and New Vegas- The Commonwealth of Boston is bathed in bright colors as the city attempts to rebuild its former glory. It’s astounding to us how many storefronts and apartment buildings we’d enter, only to find completely unique layouts and storylines that could have easily been missed, had we not taken the time to look. This isn’t the typical ‘if you’ve been inside one building you’ve been inside them all’ open world game- Fallout 4 shows an incredible attention to detail and love for its universe, and that makes it our Best Open World of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Fallout 4
Pete: The Witcher 3
Nick: Fallout 4

 

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Any good DLC’s main job is to expand on what made the original game great, and Bloodborne’s ‘The Old Hunters’ DLC does just that. Of course we welcome any chance to learn more about the Souls series’ ever-mysterious lore, but what really made this one shine was the implementation of new weapons and armor. As much as we loved it, the base game was a bit lacking in the variety department, so being able to deck out your character with a more varied arsenal breathed new life into an already-fantastic game. For doing all this, as well as bringing the crazy difficulty Souls fans crave, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters is our Best DLC of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: The Old Hunters (Bloodborne)
Pete: Plague of Shadows (Shovel Knight)
Nick: n/a

 

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We at Press Play TV know we can’t possibly play every game in a year, so at these awards we like to honor a game we might have missed from the year previous. Dungeon of the Endless is a beautiful combination of tower defense and dungeon-crawling roguelike, which took judges Pete and Chris by complete surprise. As they got farther into the game, so many possible strategies would start to take shape, and the game’s stiff difficulty would ensure they were always on their A-game. For stealing dozens of hours away from two of our judges, Dungeon of the Endless is 2015’s Best Game of 2014!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Dungeon of the Endless
Pete: Dungeon of the Endless
Nick: Alien: Isolation

 


Jump to another part of our Game of the Year 2015 series:
Part 1 • Part 2 Part 3 • Part 4 Part 5


The Game of the Year 2015 Awards were judged by Press Play TV Senior Producer Nick Hawryluk with guests Chris Nagy and Peter Kendall from How Do I Jump. Don’t think we made the right choices in a category? Let us know what you think should have won in the comments below!

Trophy from The Noun Project



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