What I Played on PS4 in 2015

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In 2015 I played a variety of games on the PS4, so I decided to write about what I played through the year (retail releases only).   I broke it down into Quarters of the year, not by release, but by when I actually got around to playing them.   My opinions don’t always line up with the popular opinion, I found some mainstream GOTY candidates to be disappointing and some less popular games as my favorites.  I thought this was worth sharing though.


Quarter 1

Dying Light – I just played Far Cry 4 before this, and probably didn’t give Dying Light a fair chance since it seemed to be pretty similar to Far Cry 4.  I have been wanting to go back and give this one another shot.  I didn’t make it very far when I did play it.

The Order: 1886 – Visually this game blew me away, I still say it is the best looking game I have ever played.  There is a lot of story and cut-scenes which make the game feel more like an interactive movie than a true video game, but that didn’t ruin my experience.  The action that was present and the controls all felt high quality.  The game was very short with little to no replay value, but I’m very excited for a sequel.

Borderlands Handsome Jack Collection – I’m a big fan of the Borderlands series and waited for this collection to play the Pre-Sequel.  I’ve made it far into the Pre-Sequel, it lacks some of the better qualities and polish of the first 2, but I have enjoyed playing co-op with my wife.  This is one of my most played PS4 games this year, especially early in the year.  Still need to get around to finishing it.

Bloodborne – I never played Dark Souls or Demon Souls, but I got into the hype of Bloodborne and bought it at release.  I played it for a few hours and tried to get into it, and I just couldn’t.   What some people say as “old school mentality” and “difficult” I saw as excuses for poor game design.  I like challenging games, and I like old school games but Bloodborne was not for me, it might be some people’s kind of game but I feel it is a bit over-rated.   I didn’t want to waste any more time with this game as it seemed like more of a time consuming task of trial and error with clunky combat.


Battlefield: Hardline – This was probably the worst game I spent time on in 2015. The story was a cheesy cop story with backstabbers and plot twists.  The environments, AI and characters are were poorly done, the driving parts of the game were awful and the multiplayer is by far the worst multiplayer in the Battlefield franchise.   This game was a huge disappointment and I hope they never make another Battlefield game like it.


Quarter 2


Mortal Kombat X – A solid Mortal Kombat game, the online play is great and there are plenty of unlockables to keep replay value high.  The story was decent for a fighting game but not as well done as the Story Mode from Mortal Kombat 9.   This is pretty much what your standard expectation for a Mortal Kombat game should be at this point.

Witcher 3 – I did not spend too much time with this game, but from what I had played I could tell it was a high quality, well designed, polished game with a very large interactive world.   This was obviously one of the best games of the year.   When this game released and I spent my first few hours, I didn’t have time to get deep into the game…I’m hoping to get back into it soon.  This typically isn’t my “type of game” either, but the quality in Witcher 3 was obvious.


Batman Arkham Knight – Too much Batmobile.  I loved Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but Arkham Knight felt like more of the same stuff but with the Batmobile being forced down my throat.  Driving in the Batmobile did not feel good, and was the worst experience I’ve had traveling around Gotham since the Arkham games started.   The regular hand to hand combat and stealth areas felt as good as always, but after a while the game felt like a lot of “been there done that” and a chore to complete.


Quarter 3


Madden NFL 16 – Madden is Madden, pretty much the same thing every year.  This year however they made the famous OBJ one handed catch a common catch for almost all WRs.  I’ve come across that animation in at least 50% of the games that I’ve played, and it’s almost a guarantee if you throw a lot of deep passes.  The AI is still full of all the cheap crap you can expect from Madden games, but it is still NFL Football, and overall it is still fun…so I still play it.

Uncharted Collection  – An HD Remake of the main Uncharted Trilogy, an excellent pick-up for those that missed out on the series on the Playstation 3.  I am now playing Uncharted 3 for the first time, and am getting hyped up for Uncharted 4.    It’s kind of a shame that multiplayer was cut out of this game, and it would’ve been nice to see some sort of port of Uncharted Golden Abyss too, but I guess that’s dreaming for too much.


Quarter 4

Hasbro Family Fun Pack – A combo pack of games with classics such as Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Risk and Monopoly.  It’s exactly what you would expect and hope for.  Local Multiplayer and Online Play.  I’ve had fun with the little bit I’ve played, I got it at a discount price too.

Transformers Devastation – A Transformer cartoon cel-shaded style with Platinum Game’s over the top fights and combat, very fun at first but relatively short and repetitive.  Not much variety in enemies, the boss fights and mini-boss fights are repeated in the game even with the main story being short.  This is a good rental.

Dragon Quest Heroes – I highly recommend this for anyone interested, if you like Dynasty Warriors and if you like Dragon Quest games, pick this one up.  I was expecting this to be a simple hack and slash I would get bored of after a few hours (especially considering I just played Transformers Devastation before) but I ended up getting sucked into the game and I’m now over 60 hours working on getting the Platinum Trophy.  This was surprisingly one of my favorite games of the year. 

Just Cause 3 – I haven’t played too much of this game yet, but it seems like a fun open world to play around in and cause explosions.   It’s similar to Far Cry, but doesn’t seem as well executed.  I put in over 50 hours in Just Cause 2,  I’m sure I’ll  end up putting a ton of time in Just Cause 3 in 2016.

Rainbow Six: Siege – I got this for Christmas, didn’t try the Beta but I really liked the previous Rainbow Six’s and I was looking for something new to play online.  I started off with the Single Player “Situations” (Challenges) and I appreciated that more than a story mode.   Now I’ve been playing online with a squad and this is growing into becoming the most fun I’ve had online since Battlefield Bad Company 2 and as much as fun as Counterstrike.   I hope to play this a lot.


Backlogged

Until Dawn – This is a short game from what I hear, and I think I’ve been kind of just putting it aside for a snowed in weekend or something of the sort, but I really am interested in it.  I picked it up for $16 on Black Friday.

Tales of Zesteria – When will I play this?  I’m wrapping up Dragon Quest Heroes, so I want to jump into this soon.   But I’m also anxious to start up Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U.   I think Tales is just going to have to wait a little bit longer.

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain – I bought this at launch for $48 and it came with a $10 giftcard but a month passed and I never played it and didn’t have time to play it.  I ended up selling it back, breaking even but keeping the gift card.   I still want to pick this back up at some point and play.

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