Halo's David Ellis Shares His Top 10 Games Of 2015

by Game Informer Editorial on Jan 03, 2016 at 04:00 AM

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.

343 Industries' David Ellis has been putting his game design skills to work on the Halo series for years. The former writer/video producer/editor/director and research analyst shares his top 10 games of 2015 - listed in no particular order - with Game Informer.

Destiny: The Taken King – One year out, a massive evolution across multiple systems over the original. Well done Bungie.

Rocket League – Seemingly simple yet surprisingly deep. Rapid fire match speed ate up a great deal of my productive time.

Fallout 4 – Filled with an insane amount of content to barter with, explore and shoot. Not necessarily in that order.

Splatoon – Sqid ink premise sounds ridiculous on paper, but after picking up the controller I was impressed by this charming and inventive take on the genre.

Ori and the Blind Forest – What a beautiful and mysterious world. Great platformer that’s quite the challenge, but rarely felt cheap, a difficult feat. 

The Talos Principle – Yet another mysterious world including inventive and challenging puzzles mixed with a sense of wonder and foreboding.

Super Mario Maker –Could’ve coasted on the concept of creating your own Mario levels, but the powerful and intuitive creation tools shine. Community have made it almost as much fun to watch as play.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – The interplay of the various gameplay systems in this title ensure its worthiness on this list. Spent a lot of time exploring and testing the limits of this world.

The Room Three – Atmospheric puzzle game with practically perfect use of touch controls. Difficult with the appropriate amount of hand holding to allow for a minimum of frustrating roadblocks. There’s a reason these games sell so well.

The Jackbox Party Pack 2 – Use any internet enabled device to play any of the included games with up 7 other people. If you’re going to spend time with friends or family this package is a life saver.