Game of the Year

GotY

Tomorrow 2015 comes to a close and it’s been a spectacular year for gaming. We’ve seen some exceptionally good titles this year, largely from sequels that have made smart choices to enhance their stories and mechanics, and whilst new IPs and new ideas are a little thin on the ground the abundance of quality titles is still excellent.

Throughout the Christmas period we’ve been revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, now we reveal the top three for our most coveted award: The TiX Game of the Year 2015.

Third Place – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is excellent. It’s hugely ambitious with sky high expectations from it ravenous fan base, and yet it still manages to surprise, even astound us with its excellence.

…its open-world design is unmatched in the action and/or stealth genre, offering extreme freedom that offers oodles of replayability, and the story is intriguing, profound and subtly spun with a focus on action rather than words.

Says Greg Giddens (me) in his review, and indeed the TiX team all agreed that The Phantom Pain’s tactical open-world was rich with adventure, action, and opportunities to make you own decisions. It’s one of the most impressive titles for scope we’ve yet seen.

Moreover, the intriguing story, excellent gunplay and oodles of content make this an experience that lasts and sticks with you. No wonder it managed to secure a spot in our top three games of the year.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – Fallout 4

…exploration is profusely rewarding. Every nook and cranny hides ammo, medical supplies, crafting and building resources, wasteland lore, easter eggs, enemies, missions and general adventure. It’s meticulously crafted to look lived-in as well as match aesthetically with every other aspect of the title. It’s truly a delight to roam this nuclear wasteland.

Says Greg Giddens (me) in his review, and it’s this vast post-apocalyptic world and it’s abundance of adventure that kept us coming back to it time and time again.

The TiX team fell in love with Fallout 4, much like we did with The Witcher 3, causing us to jump between the two when trying to decide which one was the better game. In the end the choice really came down to whether you were in the mood for a land of fantasy or of post nuclear war, and fantasy took the top spot.

Check out the review here.

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TiX Game of the Year – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

With its incredible base game blowing out minds with its visuals, narrative, and vast world, and then for DLC and patches to come at a fast rate to improve it even more, it’s no surprise that The Witcher 3 grabbed our hearts and wouldn’t let go.
Richard Berry described it in his review as:

I can’t remember the last time an RPG gripped me so much, and it’s thanks to CD Projekt RED’s masterful crafting of the story and allowing me to play out some incredible adventures within the vast open world of Tamaria – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is about as close as it comes to being my ideal game.

And it really is that close to being an RPG fan’s ideal game. It’s a remarkable feat of design and we simply can’t wait for the second DLC to hit in 2016.

Congratulations to The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, you are our Game of the Year 2015.

Check out the review here.

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That’s it for another year. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.

Honourable mentions go to Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5 Guardians, and Elite Dangerous, all of which were nominated by the TiX staff but didn’t quite make the cut.