As the year finally begins to comes to an end, now seems like as a good time as any to look back on the year of 2015. And think about how this year will be remembered in the gaming world.
The Year Of Open World Games
From games like Batman: Arkham Knight and Mad Max to Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V. This year was just incredible for anyone looking for an awesome open world experience and that’s not even counting the upcoming Just Cause 3. For a while it seemed like every couple of months we were getting a new game world to explore. Most people would say that you can never have too much of a good thing but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t starting to get tired of the genre at this point.
The Year Of Controversy
There was a good amount of controversy surrounding the gaming industry and video games this year. Games were accused of sexism, projects were cancelled, PC ports were broken, voice actors went on strike and on and on. What sticks out most in my head though is all of the stuff that went on between developer Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami. Most years have their fair share of gaming controversy but I doubt even next year can top what went on in 2015.
The Year Of Announcements
2015 brought with it a multitude of game announcements. With Fallout 4, The Last Guardian, Dishonored 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Mass Effect Andromeda, Shenmue 3 and so many more. It made tuning into every game conference just that more enjoyable, seeing so many new titles being announced. It makes me think that the upcoming years might even be better than this one in terms of game releases.
The Year Of Next-Gen
We’ve been in the current generation of consoles for around two years now but up until this year it never really felt like it. But finally in 2015 games finally started to look and feel like they were for next generation hardware. With games that ran well and looked beautiful and games with enormous uninterrupted worlds to traverse. Developers also started leaving behind the old PS3 and Xbox 360 in order to work solely on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of games. I can’t wait to see what video games will look like during the end of the current console cycle if games already look this good only two years in.
Most people will agree that 2015 was a great year for gamers and the gaming industry. And if anything will be looked back on positively. Here’s hoping for an even better 2016.