Capcom's Stephanie Palermo Shares Her Top Games Of 2015
On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.
Stephanie Palermo has been working the last seven years to establish herself in the games industry. A big fan of role-playing and horror games, Palermo started out pursuing her passion for video games by co-founding the website Spawn Kill, where she also served as editor-in-chief. From there, she decided to pursue a role working in public relations at TriplePoint before finding her way to Capcom as a PR manager where she represents franchises like Resident Evil and Ace Attorney.
Here are Palermo's favorite games of 2015:
Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)
After I experienced my first "A-HA!" moment with this Monster Hunter, it was all downhill from there. It was hands down one of the most rewarding game experiences I've ever had. No time wasted grinding on throwaway monsters - every hunt is a big one where you need to learn the monsters' habits to succeed and where you're rewarded for literally breaking off parts of the monsters like their tail, face or tusks, and other weak points you discover. The online community is also truly one of the most positive out there, with people always willing to help you get revenge on that Savage Deviljho or help you work towards crafting your next weapon or armor set.
Until Dawn told an excellent horror story that kept me guessing for hours. Being able to control all of the characters in the story also gave me an added sense of responsibility and ownership over their decisions, paths and, in some cases, their untimely fates. Don't. Shoot. The squirrel.
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC (Vita)
I can't stress enough that if you enjoy RPGs, especially JRPGs, this game and its predecessor should not be overlooked. This is one of the richest, most alive worlds you'll visit, where each villager in every town knows you by name, follows your latest conquests, and has an evolving life of their own. Trails SC is full of interesting characters that will matter to you and manages to make a turn-based battle system feel really exciting, with lots of added layers of depth waiting for those who seek it out.
Woolly World (Wii U)
A lovingly knit game that felt like a true successor to 1995's Yoshi's Island. Yoshi's Woolly World is a rewarding platformer that has so many fun-to-unravel secrets sewn into its well-designed levels. I enjoyed this one with every fiber of my being, and I hope you wool, too. Uh oh, I think I'm in trouble. I definitely didn't add this game to the list to craftily weave in sewing puns...
The Game (PS4)
Don't write this off as just another move tie-in! Goosebumps: The Game is a love letter to classic point-and-click adventure games developed by the talented folks at WayForward. I enjoyed solving the game's puzzles and facing many of the evils from books responsible for making "Little Me" into the horror fan I am today, like Monster Blood and Night of the Living Dummy. I played through it in a few hours, so it's a great pick up if you find it on sale. Added bonus: the music has a fun "Scooby Doo" vibe, too.
Wars Battlefront (PS4)
This was by far one of the most beautiful game worlds I've been able to set foot in with friends. Droid Run ended up being a frequent go-to mode for me. Droid Run is Domination with a twist as you need to hold all three capture points (Droids) for a period, which called for a lot of strategic pairing and coordination with other players to win. Favorite "hero" to play as: Emperor "Palpy" Palpatine, the MVP of any Empire squad.
You play a seriously swole goldfish in this side-scrolling shoot-'em-up. The twist is that stages last a goldfish's long-term memory, but for you they're only 10 seconds long. Power-ups have descriptions longer than you can read in the mere seconds you have to select them - some rewarding, some disastrous. Shutshimi was an addictive game that I went back to time and time again this year for quick bursts of schmup time. This game is the dictionary definition of bananapants.