Starting tomorrow, Dan will be going through his list of games of the year. These were games played and released in 2015. Games in Early Access or beta are not eligible for this list. Today here are some games that didn't make the list.
Deciding on your own games of the year is a strange exercise. Like deciding the Most Valuable Player awards in sports, the criteria is vague and nonsensical. Ultimately, one just has to pick games that they felt were extraordinarily special to them. As a amateur writer that loves video games, this is a personal list, and I hope you like my taste.
Unfortunately, not every game can make a top ten list, especially in the banner year that 2015 has turn out to be. I couldn't play every game as much as I would have liked and, sadly, Super Mario Maker and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are excluded from this list. I had some experience with these two titles to know that they are as special as the reviews would suggest. Given enough playtime, both titles would have a very solid spot on my list.
Dungeon Souls and Nuclear Throne are games that I wholeheartedly recommend. Rogue-likes with fun, addictive game play with an immense difficultly curb. Nuclear Throne is the long awaited release from the developers of last years wonderful LUFTRAUSERS, Vlambeer . With a great soundtrack, stellar art, and a multitude of weapons, this is an immense game. Dungeon Souls shares some of the same DNA with Nuclear Throne but adds the random power-ups from Risk of Rain. Unfortunately, this promising rogue-like is still in Early Access.
Elite: Dangerous looks and feels incredible, but is remarkably empty and falls flat. Coupled with an Early Access Expansion DLC priced at 60 USD, my feelings for Elite has soured. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is probably the most unique and satisfying couch co-op game on Steam right now, and omitting it from the top ten was hard.
Killer Queen is an arcade game available in only a handful number of locations. I was fortunate enough to play it during California Extreme this summer. If you live near this machine, you have to play it. A 5-on-5 experience that blends objective-based multiplayer with Joust, Killer Queen is great.
Axiom Verge is one of those games I know I will regret not having on my top ten list. It is the best take on the Metroid blueprint with a modern (but still retro) wrapper. I came to the Axiom Verge party late, and I simply do not have enough playtime. To be honest, Axiom Verge doesn't need my meager opinion, it is one of the years best.
Come back tomorrow for the year's most solid platform in day one of the Games of the Year 2015.