December is just about at an end, which means that it’s time to take stock of the year that was or in this case, the sheer bounty of great games we received in 2015. This was a year that not only saw a number of long anticipated sequels to huge franchises finally see the light of day, but also a surprising number of brand new intellectual properties that went toe-to-toe with the more established brands in terms of quality. Trying to condense a year that saw dozens upon dozens of excellent games down to only ten is a difficult task to say the least, which is basically our way of saying that if you don’t see one of your favorite 2015 games on this list, just know that it could have easily included 25 entries and still missed some contenders. When taking the whole year into account though, it’s hard to think of ten other games that highlight this year in gaming as well as these and for that reason, we had to go with the following picks as the best games of 2015.
10. Batman Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Sort of)
Although it had its fair share of technical issues on the PC, Batman Arkham Knight was still largely a knockout title and a fitting end to Rocksteady’s time with the series (if this indeed their last). The thing about Arkham Knight is that underneath all the negative publicity surrounding the wretched PC version and the mediocrity of its Batmobile segments, there’s still an awesome Batman game to be had that features a storyline that’s arguably the strongest in the series. Featuring the most well-realized Gotham City environment yet, the same winning mix of stealth and combat gameplay, and killer production values, Arkham Knight may have had some platform-specific troubles, but overall, it was a fine addition to the critically-acclaimed Arkham series and the best superhero game of the year (not that there was much competition). And really, the Batmobile wasn’t as bad as everyone made out; it was actually kind of, dare we say it, fun…for the most part.