Hello dear readers! I’m late to the party, but I’m almost always late for everything anyway. Woo, me. I’m doing my top 5 games from 2015! Since this is my list, these are my rules:
- The game came out in 2015 and I loved it
- An iteration or expansion came out in 2015 and I still love it.
If I didn’t have that second rule, I wouldn’t really have much of a list! I’m also not listing these in any specific order; Mommy loves you all equally. Pfft, lies.
Technically, this game was released in 2011, but found itself saying hello to Sony’s line of consoles in 2015. I get some seriously hilarious looks whenever I try to talk to my friends about this game. Yes, you attempt to seduce birds (not just pigeons!). No, you don’t actually go as far as most dating sims (sex). No, it’s not really like other dating sims. Yes, you really should play it if you haven’t yet.
Hatoful Boyfriend was a great game for me because it was so far out of my typical comfort zone that I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that it was a dating sim, my choices affected how the characters interacted with me, and I had to seduce them one way or another. All I could think of was The World God Only Knows with Keima conquering many a digital maiden’s heart (and possibly pants). I wonder what he would think of birdy relationships?
This game came out initially in 2014, but Windows phones got a taste this year, so I’m calling dibs. I love M. C. Escher and revel in the few times his puzzling art style worms its way into new media. I adored Echochrome back in the day (which, holy crap, came out 8 years ago), and this game takes the warped camera angle puzzle platformer game to another level. Stylistically, Monument Valley is gorgeous. The music is fantastic. If you get a chance to play it, don’t question yourself; dive right in.
Steven Universe: Attack the Light!
Quick storytime! Attack the Light! was free for iOS at some point, and who am I to turn down free? This is also how I got Monument Valley; I’m a cheapskate. I never saw Steven Universe before playing the game, so a lot of the references sailed over my head. Somehow, this pudgy, neato-burritoing child and his bizarre party charmed me enough to see an episode. A week later, I had completely binged through the entire series and had the biggest desire to do a cosplay of the show. This game was my gateway drug, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Attack the Light! is an RPG styled like the timing based Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi games. The three gems that chaperone Steven have their strengths and weaknesses in battle. Steven himself acts as the healer, handing out encouragement and items from his cheeseburger backpack. Different enemies require different tactics, and each gem can wield badges to help the trek go smoothly. While it’s a little linear and easy, Attack the Light! is one of the few RPGs I have enjoyed, and has sucked me into an unexpectedly deep world full of love, death, and cookie cats.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
I haven’t finished this game, but I don’t have to; I just know I love it. While rich with a calm demeanor and that Nintendo charm, Woolly World was also just challenging enough to make me want to do better with each attempt. The music was soothing, the characters were adorable, and the gameplay was enjoyable. On top of all that, the Amiibos that accompany it are amazing. The craftsmanship is fantastic, and they’re wonderful additions to my toy corner. That’s something adults do, right?
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth
The game first came out in 2014, but Nintendo’s platforms and the Xbox One were graced by its horrific glory in 2015. Afterbirth, however, was released just in time for Halloween 2015, and it completely changed the game. It not only made the game harder, it made the game more enjoyable. The new items, achievements, and enemies revitalized my love for this game. Greed Mode brought a whole new form of battle that required an entirely different strategy than what I was used to, and it made me evolve as a player. It has also become my go-to game for streaming because it’s different every time I play.
There you have it, my top 5 games I loved in 2015. They’re bright, colorful, and gory, just how I like it.
I want to know your top games of 2015! Let me know in the comments below! Meow!