It’s that time of the year again when we get to sit back, relax and reflect on the great games we got to play in 2015.

I had the honour (and very difficult job) of putting together a list of what I thought was the top 10 games of 2015. Something to take note of is that, although these games are rated from one to ten, the placements of these games are mostly due to personal taste, and each is a great game in their own right. I also did not consider re-makes or re-masters of older titles. Now that that’s out of the way lets get straight to it.

10. Until Dawn

A group of teenagers, a spooky cabin, and a serial killer sounds like a recipe for a cheesy horror movie, and that is exactly what Until Dawn sets out to accomplish.

The decisions you take can have everlasting consequences for your group of characters and their chances of surviving. With an interesting set of characters, a spooky story and some really great twists, Until Dawn can and will scare you. It’s a game that relishes in its cheesiness, and it’s because of this that it is such an enjoyable game.

9. Mortal Kombat X

With a bit of the old sprinkled with a bit of the new, Mortal Kombat X is a great return to the franchise that brought us breaking spines and decapitation. Not only is the game gorier, but it also adds some fun and interesting new characters. Mortal Kombat X builds on the foundation of easy to remember moves and fun, yet tough to master, gameplay.

8. Halo 5 : Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians adds some new updated weapons and mobility mechanics that makes both single and multiplayer a touch more modern without losing the classic Halo feel. Although the story isn’t necessarily the best, the game makes up for it with stunning visuals, four player co-op and the new warzone mode (which is awesome) in multiplayer.

7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Black Ops 3 takes the elements that make the Call of Duty series so entertaining and meaningfully builds upon them.

The new abilities along with the new and improved motion mechanics are a blast to use and opens up a whole slew of new tactics for players to employ. With a huge amount of content, Black Ops 3 will ensure hours of heart pounding, single player, multiplayer and four player co-op fun.

6. Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight is a fitting end to the Arkham trilogy of games. An interesting story riddled with twists and turns, as well as some entertaining and varied side missions, makes exploring Gotham a joy.

The Batmobile makes getting to these side missions quick and easy and adds some new gameplay mechanics to the tried and tested Arkham formula. Arkham Knight and the Arkham series, in general, showed us that not all licensed games needed to be bad.

5. Metal Gear Solid V

The launch of MGSV tended to be a bittersweet one. At last, we got to play one of the best looking games so far and we got to experience the end of Big Boss’s story. Although the game does have its faults, there is no denying that MGSV at its core is a great stealth action game, which takes place in an open world full of possibilities. What make’s MGSV so great is all the options and tactics the player has at their fingertips in order to complete missions.

4. Fallout 4

An open world filled with things to find, places to explore and characters to meet. These are some of the elements that make’s Fallout 4 such a joy to play. With the addition of the crafting and building mechanics, Bethesda has given us even more ways in which to spend hours in the world of Fallout 4.

Gone are the days of drab brown environments. Fallout 4 looks and feels vibrant and entices you to get lost in its post-apocalyptic world.

3. Bloodborne

Bloodborne punishes the unprepared around every corner, yet for some reason it entices you to try again and struggle through the punishment.

There are few things as rewarding as finally beating a monster after hours of trying. The gothic world of Bloodborne oozes character, with each area telling a story to those who are willing to explore it. It’s a great looking game that never holds your hand and forces you to think on your toes.

2. Rise of the Tomb Raider

The Tomb Raider reboot surprised us with how good a game it was and we were once again pleasantly surprised at how good it’s follow-up Rise of the Tomb Raider is.

The game continues to follow Lara on her path to becoming the famed Tomb Raider we all know and love. Players get to explore beautiful, yet dangerous environments filled with puzzles. Rise of the Tomb Raider grabs the player from the get go and takes them on an adventure that they won’t soon forget.

1. Witcher 3: The Wild hunt

Witcher 3 invites players to explore a world that is not only beautiful and filled with places to explore, but also a world that feels alive. The main story is great, but it is the side missions and the tales that lets you learn more about the world, the people and creatures inhabiting it. I found myself caring for each character I met in the game as I slayed monsters and investigated a world full of conspiracies. Witcher 3 gives you a world to explore and asks you to get lost in it.

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