E-Sports Host Paola Alejandra Shares Her Top 10 Games Of 2015

by Game Informer Editorial on Jan 04, 2016 at 08:29 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.

Paola Alejandra best known as "Pao" is a jack of all trades and a rising name in the industry. She has her own podcast, Gamer Girls Gone Wild, hosts e-sports competitions, and still finds time to write about video games on her website and stream herself playing them on Twitch. Yes, this girl always has something in the works related to gaming.

Here are Pao's favorite games of 2015:

1. Ori And The Blind Forest
Don't be fooled by the stunning animation, story, music, and overall cuteness. This game is difficult, frustrating, and will test you. Completing the harder levels brought a sense of nostalgia and felt really satisfying.

2. Destiny: The Taken King
This was a perfect expansion for new and returning Destiny players. The challenge mods, new weapons, Festival of The Lost, Iron Banner, new maps, SRL, and new sub classes were a wonderful formula for success.

3. Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Lara is beyond charming, but a sense of empowerment is what I really enjoyed seeing from Rise Of The Tomb Raider. The cinematic cutscenes, puzzle tomb sequences, and Lara's strength within the story was impactful and has a wonderful message at the end.

4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ­­­
The storyline, music, "sign" abilities, gorgeous characters, hunting dark mythical creatures, riding your horse into the sunset, picking flowers, and playing Gwent for hours is the ultimate freedom that one can only dream of in an RPG.

5. Rocket League ­
I quickly fell in LOVE with Rocket League. The concept is simple, but really entertaining. The DLC packages are brilliant too, great game to play with your friends!

6. Super Mario Maker
Growing up playing NES, all I ever wanted to do was create my own Mario levels. The possibilities are endless and beautiful in Super Mario Maker. Nintendo gave us a treasure this year.

7. Fallout 4
Bethesda didn't disappoint. Even with my elevator HELL glitches or losing Dog Meat every five seconds, Massachusetts has been amazing. I have to mention I loved the score and sound effects; it complemented the game so well.

8. Until Dawn
When I first demoed this, I didn't like it. I was dead wrong about this game, it scared the s--- out of me. I had such a good time that I went for a second playthrough trying to solve the different outcomes.

9. Assassins Creed Syndicate
Having it based in London was beautiful, but finally having a female protagonist lead like Evie Frye was what made it complete for me. I love her stealth abilities and her personality in the game. The Jack The Ripper DLC was fun too!

10. Axiom Verge ­
This game had me at hello. The music is amazing and it has so much to offer for an indie action-adventure game. It has a classic attributes like Metroid, Contra, and Bionic Commando.