6. Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
First of all, this game is one of the reasons that my list is this late but anyway: Earth Defense Force has always been a flawed but very, VERY fun series. It’s kinda like a more “indie”/unknown cousin of the Dynasty Warriors series. If you know of Dynasty Warriors then imagine that, but replace every single mook with a giant insect and now you have EDF. So the problem the series has always had was that the frame-rate would ALWAYS be garbage. EDF 4.1 remedies that. It’s essentially an HD version of Earth Defense Force 2025 which was released for the PS3 and 360 a few years back. 4.1 ups the frame-rate to 60fps (it’s not though perfect as the FPS shits the bed when the game starts “Michael Baying” with explosions and buildings collapsing) and adds a bunch of new levels, enemies, and weapons. The mere fact that the frame-rate runs on a, SEMI, constant 60 with all the chaos occurring on-screen makes this game the best version of EDF, and thus one of my favorite games of 2015.
People usually discount the WiiU, but this game is one of the games that proves these people wrong. More so than any of the FPS or TPS multiplayer games released last year, Splatoon adds SEVERAL layers of creativity and uniqueness to the very stale genre. It’s not some gray modern military shooter, you can CLEARLY see that from the image I’ve used, it’s a very colorful pain ball game. More to the point, the game isn’t even about getting “kills”. The main goal of the game is to paint the level in the color of your team, and the team with the most ground painted wins. Add to that, the value of the game is enormous. At first, it was a mediocre value with 5-6 stages and only 2 game modes, but over the course of the year, Nintendo has been adding content to the game FOR FREE. It’s not some $70 game with 3 levels at launch and a $50 season pass *coughSTARWARSBATTLEFRONTcough*, it’s a completely standard price game with free content updates. So, are you a kid or are you a squid now?