2016 is almost here and that means everyone and their brother are reflecting on the gaming year behind us. And I’m sure you’re all wondering, “What games did GBD think were best? I need his thoughts on this matter!” Well, you can all relax, because my list is here.
As most of you know, I’m a diehard Nintendo fan at heart. Probably why 80% of the titles on my list are not only on Nintendo consoles, but actually produced by them. Regardless of that fact, I still found that the five games below were the most enjoyable titles of 2015 for myself.
It should be noted that they are in no particular order. Let’s take a look!
I was a little disappointed with the initial barebones offering of Splatoon, and it’s terrible take on couch co-op, but Nintendo’s slow drip of free DLC has turned it into my favorite shooter of all time. Not that there’s much competition, but still. Splatoon is a game of pure silly fun, and it’s bizarre lore really pulled me into the silly world of squids ink blasting each other over ocean-based environments. It is far and away my most played title of 2015, and I can only hope we see Splatoon 2 (SplaTWOn?) announced for a future Nintendo system.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
While it may have been one of the worst reviewed Zelda titles of all time (assuming you don’t count those CDi abominations), Tri Force Heroes will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s online co-op based dungeons were bested this fall by a dream team consisting of my myself and my two brothers. This may not seem like a huge deal, but the 3DS is the only system we all own. Apart from a few titles like Smash Bros and Mario Kart 7, we don’t get the chance to play together very often. Tri Force Heroes had us hooked though, and we powered through the entire game, cobbling together every single costume and hilariously impeding each other at every turn. Nothing like some brotherly bonding over moblin bombing to make you truly appreciate a game (and your family).
There is the occasionally a game that can win me over in mere seconds, and Rocket League is certainly one of them. One of the main reasons I bought a PlayStation 4 at the end of 2015 was so I could stay up far too late smashing a rocket car into other rocket cars at alarming speeds. There’s just something so satisfying about pulling off even the most basic of shots, blocks, hits and drifts on the Rocket League field. Plus if you go fast enough you can drive on the ceiling. And the ball explodes. I need to go play some more.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Woolly World is an adorable and well designed platformer that you can share with a friend. While Tri Force Heroes was the my virtual getaway with my brothers, Woolly World was an adventure I shared with my wife. She’s not the most talented gamer, but she can throw a ball of yarn like no ones business and she’s one heck of a problem solver. Woolly World brought back the colorful Nintendo joy that seems to be more of a rare occurrence in recent years. There was plenty to collect and plenty to unravel. Plus, it made me feel like my dozens and dozen of amiibo purchases had not been in vain.
I certainly wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this GameBoy-esque puzzler when it was announced, but it’s simplicity and inventive level set-ups made it a title I couldn’t put down for hours. Box Boy has the same pure charm as titles like Kirby (both of which come from the legendary HAL Laboratories). Titular “box boy” Qbby can manifest (though I prefer the term “poop”) blocks at will, using them fill in gaps or bride chasms. Qbby can adorn some funky fresh gear, such as a ninja gi, wizard hat or rapper shades. The world needs more games like Box Boy and it would be a perfect fit for Nintendo’s new foray into the world of phone gaming.
And there you have it. What games top your “best of” list for this past year? Let me know in the comments below.