This year was so good and so long that I found myself saying "OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHH! THAT came out this year!" a lot while thinking about how to answer this. The theme of the year is "I like it, didn't finish it."
I think Fallout 4 (PC) is my GOTY. I've been playing it nonstop the last several days and while it definitely has flaws, in the end I just don't care about them. Even with flaws (non-believable world that somehow nobody has fixed or cleaned or swept anything in 200 years, repetitive 'go here, kill everything, come back' quests, etc) the core gameplay is just so good that I want to keep playing. Maybe I'm just addicted to leveling up and picking perks. The combat is really improved as well. My biggest complaint is that I feel like the game wants you to pick combat ALL the time. My first character was 7 CHR 8 INT and I was hoping to talk or hack my way out of everything and in the end there was very little option besides "okay, go kill, got it". But again, the core gameplay was so good I still just loved the heck out of the game.
Bloodborne would have been my GOTY otherwise. I was completely sucked in by this game for weeks. The chalice dungeons were a bit shallow, but everything else was fantastic. The world was beautiful and cohesive, the lore was deep and rewarded exploration and required some individual work invested to really fully flesh out, the combat was FANTASTIC (I much prefer it to Dark Souls), and the Lovecraftian theme just sealed it for me.
I also enjoyed The Witcher 3 in a general sense but it couldn't hold my interest for whatever reason. The combat was sort of clunky and unintuitive, the quests were sort of bland. The world was built well, and I loved the books, but the game couldn't hold me. Maybe I'll go back to it and give it another shot now that I've finished Fallout?
Splatoon was a very pleasant surprise. The multiplayer was the first time I've had fun and gotten hooked on a multiplayer experience in a long time. Even my wife liked it. I particularly like how quickly it all moves. Lobby for like a minute which even has a mini-game to distract you, game on for a couple minutes, results, and on to the next game. It's deep enough for extended enjoyment, but set up in a way you can pick it up and have a lot of fun in a 15 minute window. The Splatfests are a great touch too.
I really wanted to love Yoshi's Woolly World, but I got to World 3 and couldn't really be bothered to finish it. Maybe I'll slag through the last 40% over Thanksgiving. The levels are very cute, the character design is very cute, but really most of the levels are very same-y with a few notable exceptions, and overall the difficulty and variety in the game is far below the obvious comparison of Yoshi's Island.
I also switched camps this year from 110% hating on Xbox One to owning one. Now I only 85% hate Xbox One. I haven't played any games on it that I consider must-haves yet.
Rare Replay was a great value collection, even if all the oldoldold games are frankly pretty bad (like Gunfright or Slalom). It was my first time playing Conker and while I haven't finished it yet, I enjoy it. I even went back to play Nuts & Bolts with a more open mind. I still feel the same about it. The car building is really, really neat. The world is neat but basically void of life. The game should not have Banjo or Kazooie in it. I don't feel it's worth finishing.
I got the Halo MCC once it was fixed, but don't enjoy it like I did when I was 18. Plus everyone online has clearly done nothing but play Halo online for the last 11 years. I die as soon as I spawn
Really, the XBO sure makes a great Netflix box and that's still mostly it. Saying "Xbox On, Xbox go to Netflix, Xbox Play" as I enter my house has saved me literal minutes of time and effort.
I'm looking forward to ReCore, Scalebound, and a few others on Xbox One next year. For PS4 I'm looking forward to the Bloodborne DLC, FF15, KH3, Uncharted 4, Farcry 4 Primal, Dishonored 2, Dark Souls 3, the new Hitman, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, No Man's Sky, Ratchet and Clank, The Last Guardian, Horizon, and Yooka Laylee. For WiiU I'm excited about Xenoblade, Zelda U, and the NX to hopefully not suck. And for PC I'm looking forward to the new DOOM, XCOM 2, Deux Ex: Mankind Divided, and Yooka Laylee as well.
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