The best video games of 2015CNET's video game overlord Jeff Bakalar lists out the best titles of 2015.
[MUSIC] 2015 was a really impressive year in terms of quality releases. But I couldn't possibly play them all. But of the ones I did, these are my top video games of the year. Of course keep in mind that these are no specific order so be sure you stick around to make sure your favorite game made my list. [MUSIC] Ori and the Blind Forest is a gorgeous open world platforming adventure game that I adored from way back in March. You love those old school Metroid and Castlevania games map play style? Well, Ori is for you. Up next is Bloodborne. This game had it all. A horrific atmosphere, terrifying enemies and a difficulty that may or may not have made me cry myself to sleep. Bloodborne is not for the timid, but it's easily one of 2015's best. Back in June, Rocksteady Studios finished their Arkham trilogy with Batman: Arkham Knight. Sure, the PC version of this game was kind of a hot mess, But the console version's fared much better. The game introduced the Batmobile and is one of the best looking titles of the year. If you didn't play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you need to do that right now. This massive open world action role-playing game was a joy to roam and explore. And it's probably the largest game, in terms of scale and scope, that you'll ever play. So I had a Rocket League addiction for three months straight. From seemingly out of no where the game became one of the years most addictive online titles, the rules are simple. Two teams of cars have to bounce a ball into the other teams goal with, but it's frenetic pace and action made this a competitive gamers dream and solidified it as an E-sport instant classic. One single release Nintendo was able to unmark the dreams of the generation with Super Mario Maker. Giving Wii owners access to a legacy of Super Mario Brothers assets spent across multiple generations. Endless potential on an infinite amount of downlable levels. Makes it one of 2015's most impressive releases. The Wii U also had one of the year's best online shooters. Splatoon's third-person team-based multiplayer proved to be a winning formula out of the gate, with players competing to cover a map with their team's paint, all while battling it out with paint-based weapons and abilities. 2015 also saw the return of Sneak in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This game delivered on nearly every level weaving an intricate and bizarre story into the Metal Gear universe. Stealth and action game play were all top notch, the game introduced new play styles as well as [INAUDIBLE] I had a blast this year with Until Dawn. This PS4 exclusive put you in control of a winter cabin, teen horror story. Now, I'm sure you've played the Butterfly Effect game before, but Until Dawn actually pulled it off in thrilling fashion. We went back to the wasteland this year in Fallout 4, the worse kept secret in gaming. Sure it played a lot like Fallout 3 and New Vegas, but exploring the commonwealth, building settlements, and looting the world never felt so good. Rise of the Tomb Raider seemed to improve on the 2013 reboot in multiple categories, including my personal favorite More tombs. Rise of the TombRaider featured gorgeous environments, jaw dropping action sequence, and like, I don't know like 30 fights with bears. 2015 was another stellar year for indie games and Undertale might be the years best. It's an endlessly clever and at times flat out hilarious RPG with a unique combat system and totally memorable storyline. I also love Axiom Verge, another throwback title with the retro art style carved from that Metroidvania age we all grew up playing. But the way Axiom Verge combined old and new school gaming tropes is what made it shine and kept me glued to my seat. Kerbal Space Program really surprised me this year, proving itself as a really compelling if totally silly space simulator. This one had endless replay value as you attempt to launch tiny Kerbals into space without accidentally killing them all. FInally on my list is Life is Strange, a narrative driven tale that thrives on the woes of being a teenager. I've heard this one described as Donnie Darko meets My So-Called Life. And if that's not enough to get you interested, Well I don't know what is. So there you have it. These are my favorite games of 2015. Like I said, at the top, couldn't possibly play everything the year had to offer, so be sure to sound off on Twitter and let me know what you loved in 2015.