ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Just FYI - 2015 has been an exceptional year for Video Games. Keeping up with every AAA title this year would have seriously hurt your wallet - especially if you own more than one home console. Therefore, we'll be taking a look at all of 2015's best games to help you prioritize which one deserves a spot under your Christmas tree.

In terms of console winners, 2015 seems to have been dominated by awesome exclusive titles for the PS4, with the XBOX One having arrived pretty late to the game. However, cross-console games have been exceptional this year, so let's unite in celebration of the art form and take a look at 2015's best.

Christmas Time: 2015's Best Video Games

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider

I'll divide the games into genres and specify what systems they appear on. Be sure to let us know what you think game of the year is in the comments below!

Role-Playing Games

  • The Witcher 3 (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - Game of the Year Winner. Will be remembered for years to come.
  • Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - A fantastic follow up to Skyrim, an enormous game to get lost in.
  • Bloodborne (PS4) - In my mind, this is game of the year. An exceptional accomplishment!
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U) - A massive JRPG, one that won't disappoint any fans of the genre.
  • Pillars of Eternity (PC) - An old-school classic that deserves to take a place next to Baldur's Gate.
  • Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (3DS) - One of the best games for the 3DS. Period.
  • Tales of Zestiria (PS4) - As enjoyable as any classic JRPG, Tales of Zestiria is a must for fans of Japanese game design!
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3

Action Games

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - The greatest stealth game ever made. Exceptional gameplay!
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - The conclusion to the Arkham trilogy is an exciting adventure that really makes you feel like Batman.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One) - This is a superb adventure game, as Lara Croft shows she can rival any other video game character out there.
  • Just Cause 3 (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - This is a stupid amount of fun. EXPLOSIONS!
  • Mad Max (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - A surprisingly enjoyable adventure, Mad Max could be just what you're looking for!
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - One of the best Assassin's Creed games of all time. Victorian London suits this series well.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (3DS) - My favorite Zelda game, brought to life in beautiful HD on the 3DS. Perfection.
  • Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - A surprisingly excellent zombie game, Dying Light will keep you busy with some parkour action for hours.
  • Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection (PS4) - Three classic games in one beautiful HD collection.
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - GTA V finally came to next gen consoles and PC in 2015. You need it in your collection.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Horror Games

  • Until Dawn (PS4) - Basically an 80s horror movie in a game - only you have control over whether your character dies. It's excellent.
  • SOMA (PC) - A terrifying adventure where you've got nothing to protect yourself from the monsters that stalk you.
  • Her Story (PC) - An innovative game in which you watch clips of an interrogation with a woman in order to unravel a mystery.


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - One of the best COD games in years, Black Ops 3 is an exciting shooter that'll keep you busy for hours. Also, zombies. And Jeff Goldblum.
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) - Halo 5 is an impressive game that features some extraordinary multiplayer battles and an exciting campaign.
  • Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox One) - Destiny finally came into its own this year with The Taken King. This expansion is everything we wanted the original to be.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One & PC) - While not the best Star Wars game ever made, the visuals and sound design deserve your attention. It's a lot of fun!
  • Splatoon (Wii U) - Voted the best shooter of the year, Splatoon is a surprising amount of fun and an excellent game for the Wii U!
Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront

Indie Games & Platformers

  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One) - This game will have you crying in ten minutes, and completely blown away for hours.
  • Super Mario Maker (Wii U) - Voted for Game of the Year, Super Mario Maker is an incredible achievement. Some of the levels people have made will blow your mind.
  • Undertale (PC) - An RPG where you don't have to kill anyone. It's a beautiful experience.
  • Rocket League (PS4 & PC) - Unbelievable. One of the best indie games ever made. Incredible.
  • Westerado Double Barreled (PC) - A pixelated adventure set in the old west. So. Much. Fun.
  • Axiom Verge (PS4 & PC) - A platformer in the style of classic Metroid, Axiom Verge will test your abilities and dazzle you with stunning art design.
  • Helldivers (PS4) - One of the best games on the PS4, Helldivers will keep you engaged for ages.
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4 & PC) - A beautiful game that wraps you up in a mystery that'll keep you hooked.
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4 & PC) - Marvellous fun. You need this game in your life.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest

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