For the next ten days, Dan will be posting picks for the Games of the Year in no particular order. These are favorites from 2015 that he actually played and were released during the calendar year. Enjoy!
Fallout 4 is easliy one of the best games this year, and earns this spot on this list through sheer brute strength and an overwhelming amount of content. Whereas a game like Ori and The Blind Forest is a handcrafted game, sharpened to a fine edge, Fallout 4 is a big, overbearing, expansive mess. And what a mess it is.
No one makes games like Bethesda. There are other open world games, but nothing lets you pick up almost everything, attack almost everyone, and essentially play forever. These are some of the largest and more expansive video games on the market and each release is an event. The added weapon modifications and settlement building make playing Fallout 4 as addictive as ever. Thirty hours into the game, I had barely touched the main campaign. By the end credits, I had over eighty hours of gameplay, and after reading a few wikis, I missed a lot content.
For a game filled to the brim with content, it feels that Fallout 4 lacks a few of the touches of Elder Scrolls and previous installments in the franchise. The speech options seemed limited, and your actions don't seem to make a big impact on the larger world like Fallout: New Vegas.
But these are minor quibbles. Fallout 4 is the major release from Bethesda everyone plays and loves even with all the bugs, glitches, and awkward mechanics. The story is better this time around, and the setting is absolutely fantastic. One might wonder what a new and different Fallout game would look like, but I still love the current formula.
Come back tomorrow and start your engines and score some goals with another Games of the Year pick.