August is right around the corner and I’ve played quite a few games this year so far. I decided to share my top games of the year, so far, with everyone.
10. Etrian Mystery Dungeon
I really enjoyed Etrian Mystery Dungeon. It took just about everything that was good from the Etrian Odyssey games and combined it with the elements of the Mystery Dungeon games to make one challenging adventure that never let up. My only real gripe with the game is the insane amount of grinding that I had to do before each new map.
Click here for the review.
9. Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires
I waited a really long time to get my hands on another Empires game and for the most part it didn’t disappoint me. I wish Koei would take a page of Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires book and make the officer placement more realistic, but that’s probably the only real problem I have with this game.
I’ve being playing Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires for months and I’m still no where near done with it. You can find the full review here.
I was addicted to Deathtrap when it first released. The combination of action rpg and tower defense worked really well for it and I put quite a few hours in this game before I put it down. I wish there was more content in the game, but there’s always hope for a sequel if Neocore decides to stop destroying their Van Helsing games and focus on something else.
You can find my Deathtrap review here.
7. Resident Evil Revelations 2
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is one of my most played games this year. I went through the entire raid mode, and completed the main campaign multiple times before I put this game away to focus on other games.
I love what Capcom did with this game. They mixed action and horror together nicely and the end result was excellent. It was nice playing as Claire again too. Resident Evil has been going through an identity crisis lately and it’s nice to see Capcom try and take it back to it’s roots.
You can find my Resident Evil review here.
6. Invisible Inc.
Invisible Inc is a fantastic game. I debated on whether or not to bump this up a spot on my list, and I still might at the end of the year, but for now this is a great spot for it.
If you like Xcom you’ll love this game. Invisible Inc is a stealth/strategy hybrid and it’s really, really good. The different gadgets that I used during my multiple playthroughs were fantastic and the fact that it has permadeath like Xcom made it that much more satisfying when I completed the game without losing a single agent.
If you’re looking for a challenge similar to Xcom try this game out. You won’t regret it.
You can find my Invisible Inc. review here.
5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I expected The Witcher 3 to top my list, but I’ll admit that I was a little underwhelmed with the game. It’s littered with annoying bugs, and console version of the game can’t keep a stable framerate. Despite it’s problems though I really loved playing The Witcher 3 and when the expansions come out I’ll gladly load up my old save and play through them.
You can find my Witcher 3 review here.
4. Total War Attila
I’m a huge fan of Total War. I have almost every game in the series. Total War Attila is a really great game that I never got the chance to review. It was one of the more stable launches that I played this year and I love the changes that Creative Assembly made when compared to Rome II.
Playing as a barbarian horde was fun and conquering the known world with Attila himself was everything I hoped it would be.
3. Pillars of Eternity
Pillars of Eternity is the best RPG that I’ve played this year. It’s not the Baldur’s Gate killer that some people think it is, but it doesn’t has to be. This game is well written, and has excellent gameplay that will punish you if you make the wrong decision in battle.
I loved the mature tone the game has, and deep RPG elements. If you’re a fan of old school RPGs like Baldur’s Gate you’ll be right at home here.
2. Grey Goo
Grey Goo brought some life back into the RTS genre. It was a breath of fresh air for me. I enjoyed almost everything this game had to offer me and it’s unfortunate that I never had a chance to review this game. It would score very highly with me.
Who would have though that playing as big blobs of goo would be so much fun? The truth is that this game has great factions, solid multiplayer, and a really good story for an RTS game. Just don’t walk into this one expecting it to be just like StarCraft and you’ll be okay.
1. Ori And The Blind Forest
Ori and The Blind Forest captivated me from the moment I started playing it. It’s challenging, heart warming, fun, and beautiful. As soon as I completed it I started playing through it again. That’s how much I enjoyed this game. For $20 it was the best bang for the buck I think I’ve purchased.
If the year was to end right now I would be really satisfied leaving Ori and The Blind Forest as my number 1 game of 2015.
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