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Matthew Gibson’s Top 10 Games From 2015

January 29, 2016 / 5:00 PM

By: Matthew Gibson

I know that it is kind of bad to these type of things some time into the new year, but I wanted to do it anyway. Aligning with Nintendo Podcast System’s Top 5 Games of yesteryear, I have decided to do my own personal top 10 list from 2015 titles, allowing for that bit more of variety. All of these games did release in 2015 over in the UK, so if you see any games that don’t seem to fit in, you know the reason. And with that, let’s go!

Number 10: Runbow

Runbow Interview picture

The moment I first saw this, I knew I was going to have a good time when I would eventually get it! 13AM GAMES have managed to create a wonderfully fun and innovative party game up to NINE people! NINE! Not even Super Smash Bros. could compare to that! I also fell in love with the unique colour mechanics that defined Runbow. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped, mainly due to the repetitiveness of the Adventure mode. However, Runbow is just so fantastic, along with its great multiplayer and challenging Bowhemoth, that it had to have a spot on this list.

Number 9: Pokémon Picross

I love puzzle games. I love Pokémon. So it really does seem like Pokémon Picross would work, and it does! I was always having fun sorting out murals of Pokémon, especially the challenging ones that involved legendaries. It was a free-to-play title, the third in the F2P group of Pokémon spin-offs. The fact that it was essential in order to progress without having to wait an eternity did crush the experience to a certain degree for me. But this was the only one of the three (the others being Shuffle and Rumble World) that really caught my interest and kept me playing for more than an hour, thanks to its constant supply of puzzles for you to tackle (if you have Picrites that is)!

Number 8: Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

While not being totally crazy about Indie games, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse was a good exception. I thoroughly enjoyed the action-adventure genre being applied to a 2D space, and going to varying environments each with its own funky music kept me playing! I also fell in love with Shantae’s colourful character, among the pixelated visuals and downright smashing gameplay, so it’s no surprise that I can’t wait for Half-Genie Hero!

Number 7: Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Thunderflash

Inazuma Eleven GO 2

This niché franchise has had a special place in my heart for some time, and the latest did not disappoint! For those unaware, Inazuma Eleven is a football-RPG created by the developers of the ingenious Professor Layton series, Level 5. Having watched the anime a good couple times before finally getting my hands on it, the story was unsurprisingly unsurprising,  and the English voice cast was just so poor. But at the same time, that’s why I loved it. It was sometimes amusing hearing the terrible voice acting, but the real show lied within its gameplay. Sadly, they didn’t fix the very tedious scouting system, but the fun and frantic sports RPG kept me playing for a good 30-40 hours. And if you want more on this, stick around for a review for the game (although it could be a while)!

Number 6: Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.

Mario and Luigi are in a Paper Jam

Just managing to make this list in European territories, the latest in the Mario and Luigi spin-offs held up immensely well, even if it wasn’t to the same standards as previous entries. Despite the somewhat lacking story, I greatly enjoyed the battle system, and the addition of Paper Mario was more than just a cheap cameo, as I felt the new addition to the party really did diversify the game for me. Paper Jam Bros. was still as fun as its predecessors, so it just had to make this list!

Number 5: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

As I grew to love the Zelda franchise more and more in early 2012, I had heard great things about the cult-classic sequel to Ocarina of Time. That’s why I was very excited to try out Majora’s Mask for the first time. Not only were the graphics pretty darn polished, but I just loved the world of Termina and the characters that were within. I felt that there was something to them and that they had life too, not just to give the town life. I actually felt the pressure at times from the falling moon, and thanks to the enhanced 3D effect and C-stick of the New Nintendo 3DS, my experience within the world of Termina couldn’t have been better!

Number 4: Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker

When first announced back at E3 2014 under the simple name Mario Maker, I really didn’t think it would turn into something that could be as fun and creative as what it turned out to be, thanks to the Nintendo World Championships last year! I had a good time at attempting to create my own course, in addition to trying out levels from around the globe. But the real enjoyment I had from this game was with multiple people playing the game together. If it was Alex Olney trying one of my earlier creations at EGX, or my best mate trying his hand at a more satanic course, there really was something magical that comes from this game. Just look at the Game Grumps’ videos! The other fantastic thing that came from this game was that it was a new experience each time I put it in my Wii U, albeit with some sh*t levels!

Number 3: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles

This year saw me delving into more new stuff, and thanks to Shulk being in Super Smash Bros. (who was quickly becoming my main), I decided to pick this gem up. Sure, it may not be as pretty as the original on the Wii, but Xenoblade Chronicles’ distinctive battle system was very cool to play around with, and experimenting with different combinations of arts, gear and party members always meant that there was something new. I had just as fun with the story of the fight between Bionis and Mechonis, together with exploring the varying landscape. Plus, it’s on-the-go, so you can continue your epic journey wherever you go, although I still have yet to complete it!

Number 2: Xenoblade Chronicles X

xenoblade chronicles x

Whilst it may be a bit lazy to put down ‘everything from Number 3’, that is true to a certain extent. Despite being only 12 hours in so far, the battle system is greatly expanded on allowing for more variety in combat with soul voices, differing classes for your avatar and apparently an ‘overdrive system’. It will only get better when I get my Skell, bringing in a whole new layer to fights. Exploration has also been further emphasised, in both visuals and size! I can’t wait to explore more of Mira, and whilst I don’t see myself finishing any time soon, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Honourable Mentions

Before we reach the penultimate number 1 (those who know me should know what it is), I thought it would be cool to do a quick list of honourable mentions. First off, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. I loved being able to team up with two friends to tackle on dungeons together, and every level was clever in their own special way too, but playing with strangers can be frustrating, and going solo can be a drag, so make sure to have pals at the ready. I really liked the concept that Code Name S.T.E.A.M brought to the strategy game table, in addition to amazing usage of the Fire Emblem amiibo. But sadly it fell short to its sometimes angering pace of levels, alongside its unfairness at times. Finally, while Yoshi’s Woolly World held up as an amazing platformer, with high praise going to smart concepts for some levels, I personally found it a bit too tedious trying to collect everything in a level. And with that, let’s head for that number 1 spot of glory…

Number 1: Splatoon!

Splatoon

Shocker! How can a game that has wonderfully unique gameplay, an outstanding single-player, catchy tunes and has managed to stay fresh for over half a year NOT take my number one spot?! I’ve only played it for more than 175 hours! I mean, it is just so fun! Like, addicting fun! It has managed to break away from standard rules for games like shooters, and Nintendo have just completely blown it out of the water! I just love it to squid bits! Yeah, not everything is great, and stuff like the map and mode rotation has held it back from me considering this to be a straight 10/10, it didn’t hold back my absolute love that I have for Splatoon! And now that updates are due to come to a close, if they haven’t already, there may be a review popping up from the ink in the future!

And that concludes my top ten list of games from 2015! What were some of your highlights? Make sure to write your choice in the comments below! If you’re still in the mood for more lists, check out Nintendo Podcast System’s special episode over here where we cover our top 5 titles! Happy gaming!

About the author /


Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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