As it is the case every single year, here at Gamers Sphere we get together and select the best games of the year based on our experiences and an objective analysis of the games. So stick with us to see which games got to be our top games of 2015!
Many games released this year, being the first year of the new generation consoles, we were expecting for games to be simply amazing. Some did get to that quality we were looking for; however, other games didn’t. There were also surprises with the rise of indie developers bringing really amazing games that caught our attention and captivated our senses.
In case you missed the explanation last year, let me explain to you how we decide the winners for each category we decided to give an award to. The way in which we do it is rather simple: each team member at the time of nominations get to nominate a number of games that each believes to be award-worthy. After every member in the team gets done nominating their games, we see which games got nominated the most, and out of them we select the finalists per category.
When we have all the finalists, we all vote per category, giving one single vote per category and of course, the game with the most votes wins.
Now, the way in which we select the Game of the Year may be a little different than everybody else do it, it may not, I am not sure there, but it is worth explaining that the nominees for Game of the Year are the winners for each other category. In the end, what we do is vote again for the winner.
Now, let’s check our categories and nominees!
Sports/Racing Game of the Year
- Forza Motorsport 6
- Fifa 16
- Madden NFL 16
- Rocket League
Shooter Game of the Year
- The Order: 1886
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Destiny: The Taken King
Horror Game of the Year
- Until Dawn
- Dying Light
Indie Game of the Year
- Titan Souls
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Rocket League
- Pillars of Eternity
Action/Adventure Game of the Year
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Just Cause 3
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Role-Playing Game of the Year
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Fallout 4
And the winners are:
Rocket League has definitely won our hearts by bringing such a unique game to our gaming platforms. Whether you like soccer or racing, you will find something that will get you hooked to this game. Big cars that might easily be Monster Trucks if you put a little thought into it, hitting a huge ball and scoring goals while inside a cage? Yes, please!
Here at Gamers Sphere we think this is a revelation this year, and we hope to see more unique games like this coming our way soon!
When it comes to indie games, it was a tough call this year. There are many worthy contenders to this award; however, Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios stands as one of the most appealing games of this year, not only in this category, but in general.
If you haven’t playing Ori and the Blind Forest you are missing from the best of the best, because the game does bring a really beautiful environment, great soundtrack and one of the most intense and emotional stories you’ll experience. Because of this, and the many more great things there are to say about the game is that Ori and the Blind Forest has been awarded as the best Indie Game of the Year!
When it comes to the Horror genre there were some great entries during 2015. However, the one that stands out of the crowd was Dying Light, a game in which you will have some tough days avoiding and killing zombies, and some horrible and nightmarish nights trying to simply survive and hide from these savage monsters that only want to get you and eat your guts.
When it comes to shooter games, there’s a wide variety of games to choose from. However, the most liked shooter game this year was Destiny: The Taken King. Whether it is about trying to get that weapon you’ve wanted ever since it was announced or beating those terrible monsters alongside your friends, Destiny has got a place in the list of the top games of 2015!
Without a doubt, CD Projekt RED brought a masterpiece to our gaming devices with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a game that brought hundreds -if not thousands- of hours of gameplay for us to enjoy. Whether you just want to beat the main story, or just explore the immense world in which the story takes place, there is something for everyone to enjoy about this game, making it the best choice for the Role-Playing Game of the Year.
Who would be more suitable to get the Action-Adventure award than the one and only Lara Croft? Exactly, nobody. Lara has gone through some really tough situations in which she has had to explore the most beautiful, dangerous and mysterious place on Earth, while having to take extreme measures in order to stay alive.
With this in mind, we can go straight to the Gamers Sphere 2015 Game of the Year Award, knowing that the nominees are the ones above.
And the winner is:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the perfect example of the way in which a game must be presented to gamers, and in general, how a product must be treated during its development stages. Many times we are presented with unfinished products that have not been properly optimized because companies simply want to throw something at our faces the soonest possible; however, this isn’t the case with CD Projekt RED, a company the decided to simply push back the release date for this game as many times as they needed in order to be able to deliver the best quality product they could.
Additionally, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been the very first -and currently only- game that we have awarded a perfect 10 in our reviews. You can check it out here.
This is it for 2015, it is now time for us all to move onto the new year, hoping to get some great games for our platforms, and we hope to see you around here, at the Gamers Sphere!