Now I present my 2015 Game of the Year award winner. If you want to see the nominee list, check out my previous blog post.
For my best game of 2015 that I played that year I had to go with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It had a lot of the same elements that made Far Cry 3 itself enjoyable, but also streamlined the whole upgrade progress. The graphics and ridiculous nature of the story made for a very entertaining time.
For my runner-up I went with TRON: Evolution. I played it at the end of the year because I needed some classic Prince of Persia wall running action with a distinctive art style. The disc based combat was challenging at first, but eventually it became quite simple as long as the rarely available upgrades chosen were done so wisely.
My thoughts on a personal 2015 Game of the Year for myself will be brief. I will be foregoing the usual series of gaming award blog posts that I’ve done in recent years. I’m going to present a single Game of the Year award to my top pick like I did the last time for 2010.
Until I figure out what the winner will be I’ll give you my list of nominees.
Tomb Raider (PS3, 2013)
Far Cry 3 (PS3, 2012)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3, 2010)
Fighter’s History (SNES, 1994)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN, 2013)
TRON: Evolution (PS3, 2010)
Most gamers are probably familiar with Quantum of Solace on the PS3 and Xbox 360 where the game is a first-person shooter, as is the case with most 007 games. However Quantum of Solace on the PlayStation 2 is a third-person game developed by Eurocom instead of Call of Duty mainstays at Treyarch. Since this version of the game was released for an older generation of system at the time in 2008, it gets a smaller budget and looks worse than PS2 games from 2004. It gets the job done, but is overall of obvious poorer quality.
The game itself is nothing to write home about. It tries to act like stealth matters at different points, but unless it’s forced upon you, I never felt the need to do so. The best sections of the game was where you’d be chasing an enemy and needed to keep up. The worst aspect was hacking doors/cameras and the QTEs. Skip this game unless you like mental pain.
Free Radical Design’s PS3 exclusive game, Haze, was the next one played. This is an FPS and an mediocre one at best. The story of the game has a good message, but it’s bluntly ham-fisted that it feels forced. Both sides of the conflict are extreme opposites of being angelic and the devil. Most of the game you’ll play as the rebels and I felt it was much more fun for it. Regardless, you can skip this game too unless you like wishing Haze was “the shit” instead of mostly shit.
I’m currently playing TRON: Evolution because I felt the need for some Prince of Persia wall running and platforming in my life. It is as good as ever, but with the cool TRON visuals. Combat can be frustrating at first, but once you get the bomb and stasis discs the fighting is much more fun. You can be creative and slow your enemies down and then pummel them. Of the three games I played this month, TRON: Evolution comes recommended to fans of the Prince of Persia games.
A recent sale on used games at eStarland where you get $10 off of $40 or more gave me an incentive to tackle my wish list and get some games off of it. I did so with the Nintendo DS titles Power Rangers: Super Legends and Space Invaders Extreme 2 along with Castle Shikigami III for Wii.
Locally I also bought Power Rangers Samurai on DS and a new copy of Borderlands 2. I wouldn’t have bought Borderlands 2 already, but I had a lame Sprint rebate card to use up. Next time send a check.
Over on the movie front I bought Blu-ray copies of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Dances with Wolves (20th Anniversary), and Tomb Raider. I really liked Dances with Wolves more than I thought I would after the 3-hour version and then I saw the 4-hour version and I was still captivated. This is what lead me to seek out this edition on BD.
Move over BD because here comes DVD and it brings a third helping of Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. I also picked up Jackie Chan: 3 Film Collection for the purpose of wanting to see Project A. It was quite the entertaining film and as a bonus I also get Project A2 and Dragon Lord. All three movies have Jackie Chan playing the character of Dragon and were all directed by him.
Over the last couple of days I’ve been playing Super Mario Bros. from the All-Stars game. This is the SNES version for those who somehow thought I’d buy the exact same thing on the Wii after pointing out there wasn’t any reason to do so.
I’m up to world eight and not having an easy time of it. I did use the warps in levels 1-2 and 4-2 and currently having problems passing 8-2.
In collection news, which I realize has been quite frequent lately, I received the final PlayStation 2 game on my wish list. It’s Power Rangers: Super Legends. I played the first level for testing purposes and it was better than I expected. Simple, sure, but still better than previous viewings of gameplay video had me thinking it was.
This same wish list of PS2 games also went from zero to -1 as I also bought Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. I’ve had a growing interest in the game once I called it quits in October of last year from playing its sequel, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
While testing this Castlevania game it seems like it was less likely I’d get lost. I also performed an item duplication trick that I saw on the game’s playstation.com page in an old PlayStation Underground video.
I have a trio of games left over from E3 to share my thoughts on.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit – Many reasons point to why I’d be excited for this new Need For Speed game. The first I played and still really like was the third game on the original PlayStation. The fact that Criterion Games is developing this entry also doesn’t hurt either since I loved the Burnout series overall.
Tron Evolution – I never cared for the past games or film and I’m not currently interested in the new movie. However once Spoony noted that the game gave him a Prince of Persia vibe with the wall running moves, I checked out the E3 stage demo. I must say that I’m a bit interested in the game now. Definitely more my style.
The Sly Collection – After finishing Sly 2: Band of Thieves more recently I haven’t exactly been wanting to check out either of the other games in the series. It maybe worth picking up this collection disc, but even then I’m not all that sure that the art style of the series lends itself to looking a whole lot better in HD.
I picked up Red Faction: Guerrilla yesterday and plan to play it next.
I consider Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 finished. Reason being that it requires more than perfection to win last few events. Because of that it’s done.
Because of the storm that knocked out the power for 12 hours last weekend, I started playing Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut on the DS. It sure knows how to make you feel smart and stupid all at once with its puzzles. I’m 15% done.