New Year's Eve approaches, which can only mean one thing: END OF YEAR LISTS! I love compiling my round up of 2015 and try to choose games that stood out personally to me. 2015 on first glance seemed a bit bare on the gaming front until I realised that in the same year as it was announced, Fallout 4 was also released! I am still playing this game and intend to do so right up until February...or March...or forever? With so many great games to take me into 2016, I will not be suffering from the January blues this year and hopefully, after reading my list and following my recommendations for games to catch up on, go back to or start anew, neither will you dear reader, neither will you.
As with all Bethesda games on release date, there were a few glitches but nothing major. It ticked all the boxes for me as a Fallout fan and I love the fact that there are relationship options with your companions, a nice addiction! Plus, I haven't come close to finishing this game (I am an endless side quester) and yet, it's still my game of the year. If you haven't picked it up already, I heartily recommend it, the side quests alone will fill your January!
Granted, this is not a game I'd go back to regularly but it's still a solid game and made it to my list because it felt like Star Wars and it kept the buzz of the films release going. Admittedly, this game was made infinitely more exciting after the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens, not for any spoiler-y reasons but because it made me eager to go back to it. If you need something to fill the void between now and the next film, this is your game.
The two characters have different play styles, Evie being more stealthy (like an assassin should be!) and Jacob, a street fighting, loud, arrogant thug who has the stealthiness of a cow. Despite my gripe with Jacob though, I still adored this game and in part I wonder if that's because I recognised many of the landmarks and streets of London (I love the detail in these games!) and it filled me with nostalgia for my home city. Speaking of nostalgia, as with most Assassin's Creed games, things do get a bit repetitive and after a while you begin to feel a sense of deja vu with some of the missions, but the story is interesting and the gameplay is fluid.
So why is this game on my list if I haven't played it? Well, quite simply because it felt like I was the only one without it and for it's immense popularity. From discussions with friends, I've also felt as though I have played it through them. It's like an endless game, you can play levels made by people all over the world, if you don't think that's cool then we should stop hanging out, who even are you anyway? It combines creative level building fun (AKA game design..I mean, how cool is that?) with a friendly (mostly) online community.
It plays like a simplified version of Skyrim but with lots of other players on the same server, some might be on the same quest, some are just wandering but not once does it feel cluttered or claustrophobic, quite the opposite in fact. The map is absolutely huge and there are a crazy amount of territories to explore, there is no doubt that you could play this as obsessively as World Of Warcraft if you wanted to. You don't need to join a guild or meet up online with friends to complete quests either, you can essentially go it alone. With so much to do and multiple quests and story lines, this game will have plenty of replay value, you know, if that's your thing.