Over the next ten days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of 2015 Awards leading up to our Game of the Year. Today we present you with the Best Adventure, Platformer, DLC/Expansion and Mobile.
Best Adventure Game: Tales from the Borderlands
Over the last five years or so, Telltale Games has resurrected the appeal that once drew a select group of gamers to traditional point-and-click adventure games during the height of the genre in the ’90s. Despite a strong push from Life is Strange, the developer of the heralded The Walking Dead series showed that no one can out Telltale Telltale Games. Going from what everyone thought was a quick cash grab to being one of the most beloved games of 2015 is definitely impressive, but proving that your studio has the comedic talent to match its sense of drama is the true story here. You get emotionally evolved with the majority of the cast as they trek through the dangerous wildlands of Pandora, cracking wise at every horrible situations that fall upon them. This is undoubtedly Telltale’s best game to date and a no-brainer choice for the Best Adventure Game of 2015.
|Life is Strange||Technobabylon||SOMA||Until Dawn|
Best Platformer: Super Mario Maker
Could any other platformer truly win in a year where we get what amounts to the unlimited 2D Mario? Although half of Super Mario Maker involves robust stage creation tools, if its core gameplay wasn’t so wonderful, this title wouldn’t be nearly as special. No matter how long you’ve been away from the Super Mario series, you know exactly how that chubby little plumber runs and jumps. The idea that there’s a dedicated community out there doing its best to exploit these near-perfect mechanics for the sake of entertainment makes for easily the most unique platformer of the year. Having a game this unique play this phenomenally isn’t something you see every day
|Ori and the Blind Forest||Yoshi’s Woolly World||Disney Infinity 3.0||Axiom Verge|
Best DLC/Expansion: Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
It’s hard to believe Square Enix was able to turn around a potentially-bankrupting product into arguably the best MMO on the market. Ever since the release of A Realm Reborn, the Japanese company has listened to their fans and implemented some of the smartest and most addicting mechanics possible. While free updates are continuously being offered, it was the first true expansion pack released mid-2015 that put things into overdrive. It included over forty hours worth of new content that spanned across an engrossing new section of the world, not to mention the level cap bump, various new side missions to participate in, and the ability to obtain flying mounts. While Square Enix continues to charge a monthly fee to access Final Fantasy XIV, the experience is well worth the price of admission and Heavensward is evident of that.
|Destiny: The Taken King||StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void||Bloodborne: The Old Hunters||The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone|
Best Mobile Game: Lara Croft GO
The phrase “Short but sweet” comes to mind when thinking about Lara Croft Go. Square Enix wasn’t content with having one of the best action games of the year, so they took to the very competitive mobile space to create an intelligently designed puzzle game. It was a followup to last year’s surprise hit, Hitman Go, and while it wasn’t entirely a carbon copy, it featured very similar mechanics. Eidos Montreal boils the idea of Tomb Raiding to its core concept, figuring out puzzles and overcoming obstacles to collect a mysterious artifact at the end. While it may be a bit short, what’s here is done marvelously, making it our best Mobile Game of 2015.
|Dragon Blaze||You Must Build a Boat||Pac-Man 256||Hitman: Sniper|