2015 Gaming in Review: What Were Our Best PlayStation 4 Games This Year?
2015 is almost over, so it’s time for this epic question: “What were our best games this year”? We deliberated for a while and came up with a list that includes what we think are the best games of the year.
In this post, we’ll detail the best games we played in 2015 as well as some others we have yet to enjoy. Please keep in mind that we didn’t play all of this year’s releases and that we’ll focus on PlayStation 4 games for this post.
After you’re done reading this list, we want you to tell us about your best games!
The PS4 is now two years old, and its game library grows bigger every week! Most of us played more on the PS4 than the other consoles this year, so we had a lot of material to select from. Here are our best PS4 games this year!
Life is Strange
Life is Strange is definitively my personal Game of the Year on the PlayStation 4. I purchased it when it was on sale soon after the fourth episode went live, and loved every moment of it!
Life is Strange is an amazing episodic game from Square-Enix and Dontnod in which you follow the story of Maxine, a down-to-earth girl with incredible powers who is learning how to use them over the course of an incredibly action-packed week! I HIGHLY recommend this game to players looking for an awesome story.
Honorable Mention: Trivial Pursuit Live
Trivial Pursuit Live! has everything you need to make a good quiz/trivia game: a huge list of up-to-date questions, a good variety of mini-games and the possibility to play either with friends in the local game mode, or online with other people (or even with AI players).
Protip: You have 2 PS4 controllers and have a third guest who wants to play? Use your PS Vita as a third controller!
Honorable Mention: Tales of Zestiria
I’m a huge fan of JRPGs, and as far as the PlayStation 4 console in 2015, I think that Tales of Zestiria was a better experience than Final Fantasy Type-0 (a game IPlatinumed!) In Zestiria, you follow the Shepheard and his group in their quest to save the world, as one would expect from a JPRG. There’s a ton of content in this game, making this a great gaming investment.
Axiom Verge was a game I was looking forward to due to it’s similarities to the Metroid series. In a lot of ways, this is the true Super Metroid successor that Nintendo refuses to make. I actually had the game a month early for review and became obsessed with it. I explored every inch of the map until I got to 95% complete and couldn’t find the last few parts – since I was playing early there was no info on the internet about the game.
Everything about Axiom Verge works so well: the 8-bit graphics, the creepy and ambient music, the odd story line as you explore this ruined civilization, but the biggest feature was the world overall. It started off so small, then seemed like it got huge, but as you unlocked more abilities it got much easier to traverse. The game was such a success upon launch that the creator can now work full time developing new games going forward, and I can only hope a sequel is part of his plan. We are still waiting for the Vita port – which will be cross-buy – and once released it should be a perfect on the little handheld that could.
Honorable Mention: Fallout 4
I have waited five years for a new Fallout game. I’m actually one of those people that played Fallout 1 and 2 (still have them on disc and with their old school manuals), so these games are like coming home for me. Fallout 4 didn’t need to reinvent what Fallout 3 and New Vegas did so well, just iterated on what worked and make tweaks to the gameplay. They played it safe, but ultimately gave me a satisfying product to keep me going until whenever I get my next dose.
The Commonwealth is a huge area to traverse and danger is around every corner, but along the way you get better weapons, perks, and companions making you a force to be reckoned with. One of the biggest changes to this iteration was the crafting thus allowing you to mod youe weapons and make them stronger, with more capacity, better range, less recoil and more by using all of that junk that you would avoid picking up in prior Fallout games. Now I’m picking up Duck Tape and glue like crazy for the adhesive in them, and everything in the game has a purpose. I’ve put in over 50 hours since launch and will continue to put more in as the game rewards players who spend a lot of time exploring each location. Fallout 4 was a treat that we didn’t know we were going to get this year. Bethesda announced the game just before E3 to drop less than six months later. I’m hoping more publishers see the success and follow this model going forward.
Honorable Mention: The Witcher 3
We’ll be honest. With so many games to review this year on PS4, we still haven’t found the time to play this game, but going from what all of our friends have said to us (and the many, many, many awards the game has won), this is one release you should definitely check out!
And now, what would be YOUR best Playstation 4 games this year?
Let’s have that final debate in the comments below!