I like entertainment. How about you? Do you like entertainment? Do you like 2015 A.D. ? Of course you do. You also like lists merging those two things! So here’s a list of great, entertaining things from 2015:
10. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
Guild Wars 2 got a big, shiny expansion this year. Now, I’ve never been one for MMO’s, for a myriad of reasons, but this one really did it for me. It’s pretty, it’s expansive, and each class is a total blast to play. In addition, you can play it totally free, if that’s your thing.
9. Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition
I know the main rule set, character books, etc. aren’t totally brand new for 2015, but I finally got around to playing it and the fun I’ve had makes it list-worthy. D&D 5th is simple enough for players and DMs to pick up and play, but deep and satisfying enough to make you want to keep coming back to it. I’ll be playing this for years.
8. Marvel’s Daredevil
Having been a huge fan Bendis’ DD comics, and loving what Marvel has done with their properties, I knew this was going to pay off, and boy-howdy did it ever. Great action sequences, a gripping plot, nuanced characters, and a gritty setting make this one to watch reasonably-paced over a lengthy period of time.
7. Monster Hunter 4
Capcom’s flagship monster hunting simulator arrived on the 3DS in its newest, shiniest iteration, and it couldn’t have been better. This game has flexible control options, an active, friendly, and helpful online player base, and hundreds of hours of nuanced, skill-based gameplay. It’s perfect for portable play or just marathon monster hunting all damn day.
6. Magic the Gathering: The Battle for Zendikar
This is my first foray into the realm of MtG and it’s got me. It’s got me good. This set features the return of the world-devouring Eldrazi and their innumerable spawn and the plane of Zendikar uniting against the scourge. It’s so thematically and mechanically satisfying and interesting, I can’t wait to see what the next set brings.
5. Blood Rage
This Kickstarter would be one of my last, but I think I ended it on a high note. Eric Lang has been designing some killer board games for some time now, but this one is easily his best. If Vikings, monsters, and gods battling over the smoldering ruins of Midgard in the last days of Ragnarok sounds like a fun time to you, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. The miniatures, art, and components are gorgeous. The rules are easy to learn, and no two games will be alike. Seriously, go get yourself a copy.
4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain
While I’m sad to see the MGS franchise end, and so bitterly, this was one hell of a way to end it. Even though Konami really pulled some shit and Kojima didn’t get to finish it properly, it is still one of the best video games of 2015. I don’t want to say much more about it, you should just go experience it for yourself.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
“Obligatory ‘Star Wars is back’ comment.” But seriously, it’s back. You’ve got a cast of great characters whose heads remain on their shoulders, instead of jammed up their asses like in the prequels, fantastic, relatively uncluttered action sequences, and actual stakes being raised here. Does it kind of emulate ‘A New Hope’? Sure. But is that a bad thing? Nah. Go see this.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
I saw this 3 times in theaters. 3 times. Nothing else I can say here matters. See it for yourself.
Ok fine, I’ll say some more.
Charlize Theron. Damn.
That’s all you get.
Also; best onscreen mayhem ever filmed.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I have been a huge fan of Sapkowski’s Witcher long before I ever touched one of CD Projekt Red’s video games. This game is like playing in a rich, many-paged, fantasy novel. The characters are so well-realized and acted that I got totally completely invested in who they were and what motivated them. There are so few video games with stories that matter or with decent scripts these days, that this game was a proverbial-godsend. The overarching story is grand, sure, but it’s all the little stories told along the way that make this transcend the usual story-telling in video-games. Go get a copy of this ASAP and happily kiss your free time goodbye.
Honorable Mentions and stuff that wasn’t from 2015
The Name of the Wind
Prince of Thorns
Half A King
Battlelore: 2nd Edition
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Kings of War: 2nd Edition
Infinity N3/ Operation: Icestorm
Star Wars: Armada
Towerfall: Dark World
Avengers: Age of Ultron
REC 4: Apocalypse