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Published on December 31st, 2015 | by octaneblue


Jon’s Top 5 Favorite Games of 2015

Another year, another list! These are the top five games that I played & enjoyed the most this year! Just keep in mind there are several games that launched this year that I didn’t have a chance to play; these are listed in this post as well. Without further ado, here are my picks:

Yoshi's Woolly World

5. Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)

While I actually really enjoyed this game, it’s only on my Top 5 because I didn’t get around to playing several other titles that launched this year. Nevertheless, Yoshi’s Woolly World is a charming 2D platformer that has some surprisingly tough levels to get 100% completion in. The amiibo support is actually quite nice, providing new Yoshi patterns. The music is really nice and easygoing too, but there are definitely some music tracks you wouldn’t expect to hear in this game. If you’re going for 100% completion, the game can get tedious at times, but it’s a fun platformer overall. [Playthrough]

Skylanders SuperChargers - Spitfire

4. Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)

The latest entry in the Skylanders series seems to be a bit divisive with fans, primarily due to the introduction of vehicles in gameplay. I think the vehicle sections in the levels are quite fun, and there are some cool locales you’ll visit throughout the adventure. I do think the plot of the game is a bit more engaging the previous titles in the series. I also like the approach of introducing less new figures this time around; Skylanders Trap Team went too overboard with all of the new figures. Bowser and Donkey Kong are playable guest characters in the Nintendo versions of the game, and they’re a lot of fun to play as and fit right in to the series. The game does have somewhat weak post-game content if you’re not into racing, but I enjoyed this one more than Trap Team overall. This is also the first entry in the series to be fully playable online in co-op or competitive modes! [Playthrough]


3. Splatoon (Wii U)

Splatoon is a new IP that Nintendo introduced this year. It has been a hit with Wii U owners, and it’s easy to see why: it’s just plain fun. It’s a third-person shooter that’s different than anything on the market. While the game does have a decent single-player campaign, the main draw is the addictive multiplayer mode. In teams of four, your main goal in multiplayer is to spread more ink than your opponents on different stages. There are some other online multiplayer modes to play as well. Much replay value is to be found here, with Splatfest events and free DLC nearly every week to keep players coming back for more. This is a must-own game for the Wii U! [Playthrough]

Super Mario Maker

2. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Super Mario Maker gives players the ability to create, play, and share custom 2D Mario levels. You can switch between different graphical styles from throughout the years, and there are plenty of tools and items to place in each level. Making a level is really easy and intuitive with the GamePad, and the amount of creativity shown by users of this game is incredible. Nintendo has supported this game with free DLC in the form of updates, additional costumes, and new features. This game is what the Wii U desperately needed in the first few years of its launch, but at least it’s finally here! [Review] [Playthrough]

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

1. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)

The fourth generation of Monster Hunter finally arrived in the West in 2015, and it was worth the wait. An expanded single-player mode, new weapon types, new gameplay mechanics such as monster mounting, the return of monsters from previous games, and brand-new monsters to the series are just some of the elements of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate that longtime fans will enjoy. However, I do think that this game is a great entry point for newcomers as well. Unlike Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate fully supports online multiplayer. The game is as addictive as ever, featuring a huge amount of weapons and armors that players can forge. There’s a lot to do in the game already, but the game also supported free DLC packs each month that added in new quests and equipment. It’s so easy to pour hundreds and hundreds over hours into the game, and it can still be a lot of fun, even after all that elapsed time.

2015 Games I Own But Haven’t Played

The following games are ones that I purchased this year, but, for one reason or another, haven’t had a chance to play. If I did play them, however, there’s a good chance they would have been at least been an honorable mention. These may end up as future reviews!
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS), FAST Racing NEO (Wii U eShop), Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (Wii U eShop), Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U)

Anticipated Games of 2016

(in no particular order)
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) – Hey, this was my list for last year! The upcoming adventure was pushed back a year for extra development time. And that’s okay with me. Not much has been shown for this title yet, but it’s hard not to be anxious to play this one when it’s finally (hopefully) released in 2016!
Star Fox Zero (Wii U) – Hey, this was on my list for last year too! Nintendo was originally set to launch this game in November 2015, but pushed it back to April 2016 for extra development time. I have faith that PlatinumGames and Nintendo can deliver the Star Fox experience that fans have been waiting for!
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U) – The long-rumored HD update to Twilight Princess was officially unveiled by Nintendo last month. I first played through Twilight Princess when the Wii launched, but haven’t played it since. This HD update will include new features, including GamePad support and amiibo functionality.
Yooka-Laylee (Wii U) – A spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee, which is currently in development by Playtonic Games, aims to revive the “collectathon” 3D platformer genre that hit its peak well over a decade ago. The game received massive support on Kickstarter earlier this year, and is set to launch in late 2016 for several different platforms.
Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS) – Yes, it’s another Zelda-related title in this section. However, this one’s a spin-off developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja of Koei Tecmo. Hyrule Warriors has been out on the Wii U for awhile now, and as you can see from my review of the game, I really enjoyed the big roster of playable characters and the different modes that the game offered. The 3DS version is an updated port that contains five new characters, new story mode chapters, new costumes, new weapons, connectivity with the Wii U version, and more.
Pokkén Tournament (Wii U) – This 3D fighting game from Bandai Namco features Pokémon clashes in arenas, with gameplay somewhat similar to the Tekken series. The game features a variety of different playable Pokémon, with several support Pokémon available as well. The roster is somewhat small right now (11, as of this post), but hopefully we’ll see more characters announced before the game launches in Q2 2016.
Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) – An action-RPG spin-off of the main series, Final Fantasy Explorers has a quest-driven more in the vein of the Monster Hunter series. So as you probably could tell from my favorite game of 2015, this spin-off is one that I’m interested in. The game features different job classes that feature unique abilities. Perhaps best of all, the game supports online multiplayer for up to four players! This one’s been out for a while in Japan, but we’re finally getting this in the West in about a month from now.
God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2 (PS Vita) – Also set to launch on the PS4 and PC, two of the most recent titles in Bandai Namco’s God Eater series are heading to the West sometime in 2016. Resurrection is a remake of Gods Eater Burst, which was a PSP title.

What were your favorite games of 2015? Leave a reply in the comments section and let us know!

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  • Kai Chatfield

    That mario maker is sweet.
    But 5 is not enough, maybe 10 games is better, cause we have more choice.
    Happy new year to everyone!

  • HighwindNinja

    Hey wait, where’s number 7? XD
    Anyway, great list. Nice to see that we both had the same top game of last year!

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