2015 was a brilliant year for gamers as we saw the return of iconic franchises such as Rock Band and Fallout and there were wonderful indie hits in Jotun and LA Cops. But of all the games that we released last year, which one was our favourite?
Seeking to answer that question (for the UK, at least) is UK retailer GAME. The retailer recently ran the ‘Game of the Year 2015’ survey, quizzing 1,615 shoppers on which titles they were absolutely enamoured with during the last 12 months. The full results of the survey can be found after the break.
Fallout 4 Was the UK’s Favourite Game of 2015
It was Bethesda’s RPG Fallout 4 that took the top spot. Putting players in the shoes of a vault dweller who emerges 200 years later, Fallout 4 is the game that fans have been waiting five years to play. Admittedly, it’s not the best looking game on the block but Bethesda more than makes up for that with gameplay as on top of the usual RPG content, players can build their own bases, have relationships with their companions and, on PC at least, there is also mod support.
GAME’s survey has another RPG in second place, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. There was lots to love about CD Projekt RED’s latest title, including its brilliant graphics, a wonderfully crafted open world and its impressive beard physics. The game isn’t perfect though as it has also been criticised for being part of gaming’s race problem, but hopefully this will be taken into consideration with the game’s highly rumoured sequel.
In third is Batman: Arkham Knight, in fourth is Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and in fifth is Star Wars Battlefront. Sixth is Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, seventh goes to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, eighth to Destiny: The Taken King, ninth to Halo 5: Guardians and finally, FIFA 16 got tenth place.
Interestingly, all 10 games on the list let players play as female characters, half of them allow you to play as a person of colour and three of them allow you to play as LGB people as well (four if you count the out athletes of FIFA 16). It’s unclear whether representation factored into how people voted for GAME’s survey but it is positive to see that the biggest games of the year (and the games most-loved by UK gamers) did a half-decent job at representing those who played them.
GAME is also hosting a competition: anyone who buys a top 10 game either in-store or from game.co.uk between now and the end of February will be entered into a draw to win £2,015 worth of reward points. 2,015 runners up will also win 2,015 reward points.