For the 10th year in a row (!), I've tallied the games I played in the past 12 months and have counted the ones I've "finished." It's clear that it's time for some changes.
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In 2015, you liked reading about Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3. You liked lists of top games. You mourned the passing of gaming icons. You craved scoops and post-release coverage (phew!), and you enjoyed getting excited about the Final Fantasy VII remake. You also liked reading about sex. Hey, nothing bad about that! What follows, via our data team, are the 100 most popular Kotaku US stories of the year.
It is time again to go through my favourite games of the year. I promise they're not all JRPGs. 2015 was a great year for video games by all accounts, but for some reason it was pretty easy to put together a list of the ten best. Maybe it's because I haven't yet played some games I know I'll dig — sorry, Until Dawn! — or maybe it's because these ten games just stood out from the rest. Either way, these entries are all superb.
My 2015 was a little bit like Luke's: I never felt like I had a shortage of cool things to play at any given moment, but when I sat down to pick my top ten, I wasn't all that overwhelmed by my options.
If you'd have asked me at the start of the year what I thought my favourite games of 2015 would end up being, I probably would have guessed stuff like Fallout 4, Hotline Miami 2, and maybe Just Cause 3. This year, though, a cool thing happened: most of my favourite games were ones I'd never even heard of until I played them.
2015 has been a weird year for me and video games. In one way, it's been defined by the fact there's been a shortage of games that I've found really memorable, to the point where picking out ten for this list was tough work. In another, that might be because I spent almost the entire year playing The Witcher 3.
I run Kotaku's Fine Art feature, which is about highlighting the work of artists working in the video game business. Which means I've showcased thousands of images over the course of 2015, and this time of year — when I'm asked to pick the best of it — is always tough.