Game of the Half-Year 2015

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Another six months have blown by us. Five of us discussed the best and worst of the year so far at length; the results of said discussion are below.

Most Surprisingly Good

We started off the day positive; looking at games that were better than we initially expected.

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Alex – Monster Bag

Isaiah B. – Splatoon

Brock – Hand of Fate

Paul – Her Story

Thomas – The Order 1886

Best Multiplayer

Always one of our more contentious categories, Best Multiplayer shows how we like to play with others.

Winner

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#IDARB

#IDARB encapsulates what an e-sport can be. Upon initially diving in, the player can feel how deep and complex the team dynamics are in #IDARB, and oh, does it feel so good.

Runners-Up

Evolve

Splatoon

Biggest Disappointment

The first six months of 2015 have not been free of crushing disappointment. Which games bummed us out?

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Alex – Broken Age (Act II)

Isaiah B. – Life is Strange

Brock – Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Paul – The Order 1886

Thomas – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Best Hunt

In putting together the list of categories, it was clear that a lot of games this year focused around the mechanic of hunting. Thus, this award was born. If more hunt-tastic games are released in the next six months then we will keep it on board for full year.

Winner

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Evolve

Evolve is a game all about hunting, so it felt right to give it the win. A game about hide-and-seek, trapping and escape made for an exciting hunt.

Runners-Up

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Best Looking

Which game is the most visually impressive?

Winner

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The Order 1886

The Order may suffer from a lack of interesting gameplay, but it does not lack technical prowess and beautiful visuals.

Runners-Up

White Night

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Best Music

It has be a solid year for music in games so far, here are our top picks:

Winner

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Crypt of the Necrodancer

Music is gameplay in Crypt of the Necrodancer. The hard hitting techno/electronica beats are undeniably awesome. Toe tapping is important as to keep the beat in the game is when one can move and attack.

Runners-Up

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late

Best Story/Writing

It’s been a weaker year for good stories, but here’s what we have so far in 2015:

Winner

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Tales of the Borderlands

As long as all five episodes make it out this year, Tales of the Borderlands is looking to dominate our awards proceedings. Its humor and dialogue are second to none in a video game making it a fairly easy pick this time around.

Runners-Up

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Her Story

Best Games of 2015 (Jan-June)

We took our personal top 10 picks of the year, through them all together and saw what stuck to the wall:

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34. Plug ‘N’ Play

33. I Am Bread

32. J-Stars Victory Vs. Plus

31. Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

30. Mario Party 10

29. Mortal Kombat X

28. Fallout Shelter

27. Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

26. The Order 1886

25. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late

24. Dying Light

23. Grow Home

22. Heroes of the Storm

21. Helldivers

20. Splatoon

19. Box Boy

18. Axiom Verge

17. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

16. Roche Fusion

15. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

14. Ori and the Blind Forest

13. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

12. Crypt of the Necrodancer

11. Invisible, Inc.

10. Hand of Fate

9. Evolve

8. Titan Souls

7. Her Story

6. Life is Strange

5. Batman: Arkham Knight

4. Final Fantasy: Type – 0 HD

3. Tales of the Borderlands

2. Bloodborne

  1. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
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