As a one man army here at Gamer Crash, the biggest problem I run in to is not having enough time to play everything. That’s one of the disadvantages of becoming a functional adult human being.
If you’ve somehow missed it, make sure to check out the current Gamer Crash Awards, where I went through my memory banks to pick out the best of the best from what I played in 2015. Some of you may have noticed or yelled at your computer monitor that left out your favorite game from one of the various topics. It’s true, I did. I simply wasn’t able to get to everything in time for my awards posts. I pride myself on including games that I’ve managed to play because frankly, how can I judge something if I haven’t played it? It wouldn’t make sense and it would be pretty dishonest on my part.
With that said, the holidays have allowed me to catch up on some things I may have missed and with the “Amended” version of the Gamer Crash Awards, I plan to honor some titles that missed the cut off date for the actual awards season. If I had a time machine, I’d definitely have some additions to each of the lists. Luckily, with writing, I don’t need a time machine, so I’m going back to revisit and update some categories.
Please note, these additions don’t change any of my winners, these are simply games that I would have loved to add as a nominee if I had played them prior to writing the awards. So without further adieu, here are my award amendments…below the jump:
Game of the Year:
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Even knowing how good this game was probably going to be, I was ready to pass on it in favor of Fallout 4. I had little doubt that Fallout would be a game that demanded nearly all of my gaming time so in an effort to not short change the new Tomb Raider experience, I decided to hold off on picking it up until the release calendar cleared.
I’m glad I did, because Rise of the Tomb Raider proved to be a very engrossing game. As a fan of the previous title, I had a good feeling I’d enjoy this latest entry, but what surprised me about it was just how well paced and deliberate the game is. Rise is a game that respects your time, and cuts out the fat from the experience. I’ve put in over 20 hours into the game and not once has it felt like a slog or have I been bored as there is plenty to do if you wanted to deviate from the main story. I really enjoyed the first game, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this one is even better. The main campaign is very strong, the game play is even more refined, and there’s a new mode which lets you use cards to alter the experience, either giving you bonuses or adding challenges to overcome. I haven’t tried this quite yet, but I already view it as a better replacement for the somewhat generic multiplayer mode from the first game. Here’s hoping that this game continues to sell well as it releases on other platforms because I would love more adventures with Miss Croft.
Best Downloadable Game:
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Jack The Ripper Expansion
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never really found the DLC for any Assassin’s Creed game to be very compelling. As with the more recent games, once I finish the campaign and play around in the open world, I’m ready to move on to something else. As I previously noted, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate struck a chord with me and to this day, it’s one of my favorite entries in the long running franchise. With meaty new story DLC featuring the notorious Jack the Ripper, I decided to dive in and I am really glad I did.
Picking up 20 years after the events of the core game, London is gripped by fear over Jack the Rippers recent murders. Jacob has gone missing and it’s up to a recently returned Evie Frye to figure out what happened to her brother and stop Jack from killing any more people. There’s a lot more to the experience, so I don’t want to reveal too much more here. This DLC adds new weapons, gear, and abilities into the mix, which all enhance the already fun game play carried over from the core Syndicate experience. If you’re a fan of Syndicate or the franchise as a whole, this DLC should continue to satisfy.
If you want a longer form answer as to why this is an expansion worth grabbing, check out my impressions here.
Shovel Knight – Plague of Shadows
Shovel Knight should need no introduction to any of you at this point and if it does, make sure to go purchase it immediately on the gaming platform of your choice.
To be honest, I almost forgot this content released this year. Plague of Shadows introduces a brand new campaign headed up by Plague Knight, former boss in the core game. What’s cool here is that the levels have been somewhat remixed to tailor more to what Plague Knight brings to the table. Yes, the stages will feel familiar, but there’s a brand new story here and Plague Knight plays completely different from Shovel Knight which helps makes things feel fresh. For one, he’s more of a range character, lobbing customized explosive potions at opponents and is able to move lightning fast thanks to his ability to boost jump by using explosions to get higher. It’ll take some time to adjust to the way he plays, but I find it incredibly fun. Not only that, the DLC is completely free for owners of the game, so honestly, how can you beat that?
Biggest Surprise Game
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
I’m not placing this game here because I thought it was going to turn out bad or flop or anything like that. No, instead, I just didn’t have much interest in this game prior to it’s release in December. I was a big fan of the Rainbow Six Vegas games, but the fact that Siege ditched a traditional campaign element to focus squarely on Multiplayer that removed respawning didn’t do much for me. I ended up picking up the game to play with some friends and surprisingly, I’m absolutely hooked. Without respawns, each round is incredibly tense and thrilling as you’re not sure if death is waiting around the corner. While matches do have objectives, in the end, things pretty much devolve into eliminating the other team. The game sports a ton of unique characters to pick from, each with their own abilities which also adds to the unpredictability of each match. While the game shines when playing with friends whether online or in Terrorist Hunt mode, it’s still a top notch game playing with random players as well. This one really surprised me.
Yes, you’re right, I didn’t actually do a Best Soundtrack Award this year, but if I had, this game would have been mentioned without a doubt. Many have been praising this unique RPG for its story telling and game play but to me, an overlooked side to Undertale is it’s soundtrack. Sure, it’s chiptune based as it fits with the look and feel of the game but the music has a certain charm to it featuring memorable hooks and enough pleasant sounds that you’ll find your feet wanting to tap the ground. Music ranges from simple NES style beeps and boops to something more complex from the SNES era. The range is surprising. For a good example, check out Megalovania which starts off fairly simply and then pulls in all of these elements to create something super. Here are a couple more interesting choices if you want to hear more.