Top 5 Best Games of 2015


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2015 comes to and end. Yet before we take a look at what happened to be the best and the worst that was shown in movie theaters this year, let's first look at what's the best the gaming industry got to offer.
While this console generation still surely takes its time to really get going, 2015 marked the very first year some true must-own titles hit the gaming scene. After a ridiculously exciting E3 (most notably due to many surprise announcements at Sony's press conference), here's hoping the gained momentum from 2015 will somehow carry over to 2016's games.
However, let's recollect Invisible Kid's Best Games of 2015...



Since the reviewed games this year once again are quite limited compared to the reviewed and rated movies, let's narrow it down to the Top 5 Best Games of this year.

Without any further to do, here's Invisible Kid's focussed list of the Top 5 Best Games of 2015...


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#5
Fallout 4
developed by Bethesda Game Studios


One of the arguably most anticipated games of this year - Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 might've not managed to top the memorable journeys players embarked to in the game-changing Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, yet with the talented studio of Bethesda Games involved, you are still guaranteed to get instantly immersed in yet another great action-RPG.
With a (now) very colorful world full of fascinating stories, unique characters, loads of weapons, items and more, Bethesda action-RPGs are loaded with tons of content, and Fallout 4 is no exception. Exploring the wasteland is once again incredibly enjoyable and addicting, making hours upon hours fly by. While there isn't exactly that much here in terms of innovation, Fallout 4 nevertheless finally brought some long overdue improvements to the franchise like most notably settlement building and vastly improved gunplay, which made traversing and exploring its world just that much more fun.
   
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#4
Mortal Kombat X
developed by NetherRealm Studios


With Mortal Kombat 9, NetherRealm Studios managed to make the Mortal Kombat franchise relevant again. Now in 2015, Mortal Kombat X marks the next step in the series and ends up being a significant improvement.
Talk about a sequel that adresses almost all of its predecessor's issues, irons them out, and adds more variety to the overall package. Aside from a wonderfully varied roster of fighters, Mortal Kombat X features quite some improvements in terms of balancing between the characters. After some of the highly overpowered ones from Mortal Kombat 9, MK X solves a lot of those issues by introducing fighting styles that had to be chosen after selecting a character. Not only does this make experimenting with characters and styles more fun, but it automatically opens up many ways to counter an opponent's strengths.
Topped up with more challenge towers and an entirely redesigned new Crypt in the style of a classic dungeon crawler, NetherRealm delivered the most polished and complete feeling Mortal Kombat game to date.
 
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#4
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
developed by Dennaton Games & Abstraction Games


Take a rather simple gameplay concept, a cerebral storyline, loads of violence, experiment with it and make it bigger and better in almost every way, and you get Hotline Miami 2 - Dennaton and Abstraction Games' sequel to the popular and critically acclaimed Hotline Miami from 2012. 
While one might've not expected too much in terms of innovation from a sequel to a rather simple but addictingly fun 2D-top-down-shooter, Hotline Miami 2 caught everybody by surprise when it showed how much different level designs corresponding with different characters with unique skills could shake up the way you approach and play the levels entirely. The greatest aspect about this though, is that the improved gameplay not only gives even veteran players new challenges, but perfectly works together with Hotline Miami 2's trippy new storyline that spans across both the 1980s and 90s. 
Add another huge killer synthwave soundtrack and even a level editor to the game, and you got yourself a worthy sequel to one of the most beloved Indie games out there.

For the recap review click here.




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#2
Until Dawn
developed by Supermassive Games


Not only one of the best games but also hands down the most unexpected surprise of this year in gaming.
Until Dawn had not that much going for it when it came to advertisement. With only some "okay" looking gameplay footage shown and a release date that wasn't even slated for Halloween season, there were a lot of things working against Until Dawn. Yet little did many gamers know that Until Dawn would end up being one of the best examples of how interactive drama games are done. With a unique Totem mechanic that lets you see glimpses of future events, changing relationships between characters, the obligatory lack of any manual save feature and a great story that mixes many horror genres seemlessly into one, Until Dawn really gives competing developer Quantic Dream a run for their money.
Rarely can you play a game in which you really think about pretty much every step you take and decision you make. Until Dawn is not only a great horror game but also one (if not THE) best interactive drama experiences out there.

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#1
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
developed by CD Projekt Red


In a day and age in which shameless DLC-money-grabs from big game publishers are just as commonplace as buggy releases of huge open world games, one game stands strong as a big exception to the rule. A game from a developer that puts an extraordinary emphasis on quality AND quantity and respects its fans as gamers and not simply as paying customers - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from Polish developer CD Projekt Red.
The Witcher 3 is a game that even nowadays, when open world games are seemingly released every month, feels like a huge achievement that doesn't just come out ever so often.
Ending the Witcher game trilogy on a fantastic high note, The Witcher 3 is not only the best game this generation has brought us to date, but also one of the best games period. With its high quality being apparent in its investing and very well written story full of great moments, fun and very easy to get into gameplay mechanics, meaningful choices, big love for graphical details in its world, characters and the lore itself, varied quests, and much more.
It's a game so well made in seemingly every aspect and so incredibly polished that it almost feels unreal.
Whether you are a longtime fan of the series or a newcomer, The Witcher 3 is an absolute must-play and Invisible Kid's pick for the best game of 2015!

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