Every year first-party games end up being some of the most hyped, and best titles that come out. 2015 has been no exception with Nintendo, PlayStation, and Microsoft putting out some fantastic titles. In fact, 2015 has almost had too many great games. It’s a great problem to have, but it makes narrowing down what to play a lot more difficult.
To help make sure you got to play all of the great first-party titles of 2015, we’ve put together an unranked list of the 10 best first-party published games of 2015. All of these video games are worth your time, and you can’t go wrong by playing any of them! Of course, we have to keep things balanced so if you missed it don’t forget to check out our ‘10 Worst First-Party Published Games of 2015‘ as well.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Crystal Dynamic’s second entry in the rebooted Tomb Raider series continued the developer’s track record of delivering solid games. Rise of the Tomb Raider manages to improve on its predecessor in almost every way imaginable, besides the story, and there is a lot to enjoy in this sequel done right. Even if it may feel like déjà vu sometimes.
Super Mario Maker
Who knew making Mario levels, and sharing them with friends was so much fun? Nintendo apparently, as it’s the basis of their 2015 standout Super Mario Maker. A community has already developed around the game, and Nintendo continues to make Super Mario Maker even better by adding in additional content in updates. This 2015 hit will continue to be relevant into 2016.
Halo 5: Guardians
Even with the loss of split-screen multiplayer, Halo 5: Guardians offers up a lot to like. Players are given a new sense of mobility which changes how Master Chief plays. The multiplayer is as fun as ever, with Warzone being an excellent addition to the series. Microsoft has promised free monthly content, so the game has kept feeling fresh after release.
From Software has made a name for themselves by making difficult action games that reward memorization, and an iron will to continue after countless deaths. Bloodborne might not be very accessible, but those that have taken the plunge can’t stop talking about Sony’s exclusive.
Forza Motorsport 6
There isn’t a better racing simulation than Forza. While the series impressed last year with the more laid-back Forza Horizon 2, Forza Motorsport 6 delivered the high quality simulation that made the series famous. The force feedback on the Xbox One controller’s triggers make it feel like you really are in a car, and this is the best racing has been on consoles.
Click on thru to page two for five more of the best first-party published games this year…