I am very late to the game on this list, but that’s what happens when you have a baby. My list is not limited to indie games or even computer games but rather all games. There’s everything on here from indie PC game to mobile to consoles and even tabletop. Here’s my favorite games of 2015 and what platform I played those games on in ():
10. Coin Crypt (PC)
So for those of you that don’t know, I built a Deckbuilding Card Game this year (real not digital) so obviously I enjoy the mechanics and Greg Lobanov’s Coin Crypt is an interesting twist on the roguelike and deckbuilding genres. A very enjoyable little title. Why not grab it from IndieGameStand?
9. Metal Gear Solid V (PS4)
I’m a huge huge huge Metal Gear fan and it’s a little surprising to me that MGSV is so low on my list. While the game is excellent, it doesn’t feel like Metal Gear to me – more like a distant cousin than a sequel. I’m not sure if it’s the open world or the lack of memorable bosses but this one just didn’t leave up to the hype for me.
8. Bloodborne (PS4)
I still haven’t beaten Bloodborne, but that’s mainly due to the fact that my daughter was born right around when I was at the height of playing it. There’s nothing better than slicing and dicing some weird creature or crazed towns person.
7. Duskers (PC)
Duskers is a weird amalgam of coding/typing, planning, tactics, RTS, survival horror and roguelike elements. Basically, you take drones into space junk and try to grab supplies so that you can survive long enough to solve the mystery of why the universe is a giant graveyard. All the elements are familiar but the way everything comes together makes it a really unique gameplay experience.
6. Rocket League (PS4)
Rocket League is just a game that is instant fun as soon as you pick it up. It was pretty genius of them to release the game for free on PS4 because all of my friends starting playing it and everyone was talking about it. The absurdity of it all just adds to the visceral fun.
5. Sky Rogue (PC)
My favorite thing about Sky Rogue are it’s low-poly visuals. It gives it a really cool unique modern look. The gameplay brings back fond memories of Starfox and Pilotwings, but still offers something new. The game is easy to start playing and hard to master and offers a bunch of different vehicles and game modes to enjoy. All of these things add up to a great experience which is probably why it is THE highest rated game over on IndieGameStand.
4. Arkham Knight (PS4)
Arkham Knight is the conclusion of Rocksteady’s Batman trilogy and it did not disappoint. Once I started playing this game, it’s the only thing I played until I beat it. The game is so fun to play that it’s one of the few games I kept playing after I beat the main story. There’s a ton of game here and it’s an amazing experience even if they lean a little too heavily on the new Batmobile tank gameplay.
3. Mini Metro (PC)
Warning! This is probably the most addictive game that I played this year and will surely take over my life when it comes out for mobile. Mini Metro is a simple game about planning subway and metro lines but it’s beautiful minimalist design and ambient music and sounds make the game a zen experience. This one is definitely one of my first choices for IGF awards this year. Grab it from our website.
2. Pandemic: Legacy (Tabletop)
Pandemic Legacy is an amazing board game. If you’ve never played the normal Pandemic, you should and there’s a digital mobile version to get your feet wet. Basically, Pandemic is a very difficult cooperative board game that has you trying to save the world from 4 diseases. The Legacy version is an ongoing campaign and collective experience with your friends where new events occur, rules unlock, viruses adapt, cities riot, and much much more.
1. Halo 5: Guardians (XBONE)
Two of my all time favorite game franchises came out with sequels this year (Metal Gear and Halo). I bought an Xbox One for Halo 5 and do not regret it at all. I love that the multiplayer has gotten rid of the armor abilities in favor of more mobility. The campaign was enjoyable (especially with 4 player coop) even though it’s just a setup for Halo 6, but more importantly the multiplayer is as good as ever.
Omissions (AKA don’t yell at me)
I feel the need to include a few games that I did not include because I felt that I hadn’t played them enough or at all. In most cases, not at all, but most are on my list to play soon 🙂
- Witcher 3
- Life is Strange
- Her Story
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Assassins Creed Syndicate
- Super Mario Maker
Happy New Year everyone?