The time has come once again, as the staff at EGM sat down and fought it out over which of this year?s released games we?d put into our list of top 25 games of 2015. There were a lot of choices, a lot of mixed emotions, and a lot of arguments. However, a list was forged. This is our Top 25 games of the year, starting with numbers 25-21.
EGM’s Top Twenty-Five Games for 2015: Part One
#25: OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
PS4, PS Vita, PC
Roll7?s follow-up to its excellent OlliOlli game is everything a sequel should be. OlliOlli 2 introduces new mechanics like manuals and grind switches that improve on what made the original so addictive and teaches them at a pace that neither insults veterans nor confuses newcomers. With a robust leaderboard system that breaks the competition down on granular levels, players have the opportunity to challenge their friends in every mode and level of the game. Based on the simple premise of flipping, manualing, and grinding your way to the top, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is an addiction that constantly demands the best from its players.
Thomas Happ Games
PS4, PS Vita, PC, Mac, Linux
Metroidvanias and retro 8-bit game design have both seen a huge resurgence in recent years due to the gaming Indie scene, but few have been as polished or as precise as Axiom Verge. Players assume the role of Trace; a scientist who wakes up from a fatal accident in a mysterious world ripped straight from the pages of old science fiction. While Axiom Verge borrows a lot of elements from games that will be familiar to older players, the most impressive aspect is how neatly they all tie together, and that the entire project came from the work of a single individual, Tom Happ, to create what should be one more of the more celebrated indie projects of the year.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
PS4, Xbox One, PC
Fighting games often struggle to outshine their competitors, being more of a niche genre compared to the more popular RPGs or shooters of the world. That said, Mortal Kombat X excelled this year, not only as a great fighting game, but as one of the best games released. A roster split between fresh and familiar faces was part of its intrigue helped by the game?s unique character variants exponentially increasing the depth of player options. Variety is the spice of life and it is always best when every genre is represented in the best games of the year. For fighting fans, it was Mortal Kombat X.
The MOBA genre was given a breath of fresh air this year with the launch of Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm. Conquering the challenge many MOBA’s face, HotS is remarkably accessible to new players?not only to the title, but to the genre. A clever progression system makes it simple to find the play style that fits best: whether you want to deal damage, support your team with heals, or just be an unstoppable tank. Insert those heroes into unique battlegrounds?each with their own objectives?and you can’t help but feel Heroes of the Storm was how the genre was meant to play.
#21: Yoshi’s Woolly World
Yoshi waited 17 years to make its return to home consoles as the star of its own game, but after playing Woolly World, we think it?s safe to say the wait was worth it. Good-Feel?s yarn art style lent itself perfectly to the colorful world of Yoshi, making it easily one of the better looking games on Wii U. The intricate level design also harkens back to Yoshi?s first adventure as the primary protagonist, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi?s Island, providing one of the tightest platforming experience we?ve seen. Bring it all together with dozens of secrets stashed away in each level, offering tons of replayability, and it?s no wonder Yoshi?s Woolly World found its way onto our list.
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