The lights are on
From sprawling open-world opuses like Fallout 4 and The
Witcher 3, to small indie darlings like Undertale and Rocket League, 2015
contained no shortage of excellent titles to keep gamers busy. We ended last
year fighting over our Top 50 list, and it's time to share the results.
The latest issue of Game Informer contains our full Top 50
list, but today we're giving you a peek at the award winners, including our
picks for the best platform exclusives, genre standouts, multiplayer
experiences, and much more. So let's get to it!
Exclusive: BloodborneThe punishing trials and tribulations of the Demon/Dark
Souls series made From Software a household name for gamers who love (and
occasionally hate) a good challenge. Bloodborne builds on From Software's
demanding formula with faster action, evolving weapons, and a cornucopia of horrific
Lovecraftian mutations. From Software won't be abandoning its dark fantasy
roots anytime soon, but Bloodborne proves the developer is right at home in the
horror genre as well.
Best Xbox Exclusive:
Rise of the Tomb RaiderMicrosoft's exclusivity over Lara Croft may not last
forever, but it provided Xbox owners with its best adventure of the year. Rise
of the Tomb Raider improves on nearly every aspect of 2013's already excellent reboot,
with a larger world to explore and more varied combat. Even better, the sequel
placed a greater focus on the titular tombs, making the desecration of archaeological
sites fun again.
Best Wii U Exclusive:
Super Mario MakerGamers have been dreaming about the prospect of a Super Mario
Bros. level creator for decades, but who thought Nintendo would actually
listen? Not only did the developer give players a LittleBigPlanet-like set of
tools to create their own challenges, they're actually simple enough that anyone
can use them. The Nintendo-created content included in the game is fun, but the
real treasure is the nearly infinite amount of user-created levels just waiting
to be played.
Best PC Exclusive:
UndertaleWe saw a number of games developed by one-man teams in 2015, but
Undertale takes the cake. The retro-infused RPG charmed us with its old-school
nods, but the novel combat mechanics and surprising player choices rise above the
nostalgia. Throw in some hidden battles and secret twists that change your
understanding of the game, and you have a must-play experience – and our pick
for the best PC exclusive.
Exclusive: Monster Hunter 4 UltimateHunting down and defeating gargantuan monsters just never
gets old. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate makes it easier than ever for would-be
adventurers to get in on the fun, without sacrificing the wealth of combat and
depth that the series is known for. Despite being on a handheld system, the
addictive progression loop will keep you on the couch for dozens and dozens of
Exclusive: The Room ThreeThe Room helped popularize the "room-escape" puzzle genre in 2013, and
Fireproof Games has been enhancing the formula ever since. The third entry in
the series introduces interconnected puzzles, which give more meaning to the
collection of unique and creative brain teasers. Even if you do escape, the
multiple endings will have you coming back for more.
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