Over the last couple of years I’ve really come to enjoy these end of the year posts. Not because I enjoy or even attempt to declare a “Game of the Year”, but because they help me get perspective on the year as a whole in terms of game releases. I even began keeping a list of what I played in 2015, instead of having to scramble to pull it all from memory or play logs. In looking back on this list, I was a little floored by just how many new games I played. There are actually less than I played last year, but the quality of releases and number of them that I truly cared about in 2015 ended up being higher. With that said, these are the new releases that I played this year, in the order that they were released.
Some big life events happened for me this year, and none of them were really all that good. I won’t go into details since I like to keep those sorts of things off of this site, but given those events it’s very surprising that I managed to play as many new games this year as I did. In fact I probably tried to play too many, because most of the games that I picked up near the end of the year I haven’t been able to spend as much time with as I would have liked. Regardless, there have been some real gems this year that are well worth talking about. More long form write-ups are still coming for several of these, but for now I’ll briefly mention everything I played that came out this year and point out the highlights.
I really need to start posting some more “blogy” type things on here that aren’t whole game reviews, so this is my first effort in awhile to do so. About a year ago I wrote a post or two detailing the reasons for my “Hunting Action burnout” (or perhaps more specifically my Monster Hunter burnout). Monster Hunter 4 had come out, and was supposed to be setting my world on fire. I played through the single player long enough to see the ending, and just barely got into high rank online, but it just never stuck with me like past Monster Hunter games had. I attributed this mostly to playing too much Monster Hunter in too short of time periods.