I Started These 138 Video Games In 2015, ‘Finished’ 24

I Started These 138 Video Games In 2015, ‘Finished’ 24
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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.

I started this practice in late 2006, a year in which I played 102 games including the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Okami, 50 Cent Bulletproof and Steambot Chronicles. That year, I played through Elite Beat Agents, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Suikoden V and 15 others.

I made the list an annual tradition, a way to track what I’d played for fun and as part of having this lucky career that I’ve got writing about video games. From the start, I emphasised the number of games I had finished, because I saw too many people pontificating about games they’d barely played. I wanted to encourage getting to the end of a game, of considering games in full.

For many years I avoided the inherent pitfalls of the type of list I was making. I didn’t have to worry about talking about older games that I’d already finished once and was playing again, because I seldom returned to old games that I’d already finished once. There were too many interesting new games available to play. I didn’t have to worry, at first, about the impossibility of finishing many multiplayer games, because I nearly exclusively played single-player games.

Times have changed, my gaming habits have changed, and this year’s list is therefore full of personal revelations.

This was the year I finally got nostalgic and played some old favourites. In January, I dove back into the first Metroid Prime and played a glorious third of it before getting distracted by new things. In autumn, I played the 3DS port of my favourite game ever, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, though I didn’t finish it again, either. In winter, I dove back into some of my favourite Nintendo 64 games via the Xbox One’s Rare Replay and spent a joyful couple of days playing through Blast Corps — now the only game in the past 10 years that I’d already finished and played through again.

This was also the year that I finally got into multiplayer gaming. In past years, I made token efforts with various online shooters, but I didn’t enjoy them. This year, I was hooked for a few weeks on the co-op sci-fi game Helldivers. I fell deep into Destiny, confidently co-opping with friends and strangers alike. At year’s end, I neglected single-player games such as Metal Gear Solid V and The Witcher III so I could play more of Black Ops III‘s co-op Zombies. I still don’t lose my mind over multiplayer gaming. I’m still the guy who was excited to discover that Splatoon has a very good single-player mode. But I now think a list like the one below exaggerates the virtue of finishing single-player games and undersells the pleasure of regularly playing an unfinishable multiplayer game.

Times are changing in general, making my old logic for these lists less workable. I’ve classified “finishing” a game as reaching the final credits, which I did with Assassin’s Creed Rogue in 2014. I played 20 more hours of the game in 2015, yet I’d already started and “finished” it in 2014, so it doesn’t make the list. And what if a new game actually contains 30 older games, some of them emulated or remade versions of games I had played before? That was the conundrum of counting Rare Replay in 2015. Had I only played the first RC Pro-Am back in the 90s, or had I played the second one? Did an emulated version of the Xbox 360’s Perfect Dark count? And so on.

This year’s list tells me a lot of things, including that, after a 2014 when I finished three Lego games, I might finally be over the series. In 2015, I bailed on Lego Batman 3 pretty early. I also am embarrassed with how much time I spent playing time-wasting Cookie-Clicker clones on my iPhone in the final weeks of the year, when I could have been playing better stuff on my phone, tablet, 3DS or Vita. This year’s list reminds me of the games — some new, some old and just sitting on my consoles or PC — I still badly want to get to, including: Ziggurat, MGSV, Fallout 4, Undertale, Emily is Away, Until Dawn, Life is Strange, Bedlam, Heroes of the Storm, the Metro games, Elite Dangerous, Bloodborne, Darkest Dungeon, Renowned Explorers and more.

Final throat-clearing notes: My PC gaming plummeted in 2015, because I badly need a new gaming PC. My Vita playing also went to near zero. I played some DS games in 2014, none in 2015. Most significantly, I played zero games on my Xbox 360 and “only” played my PS3 for those 20 more hours of AC Rogue. I am clearly done with the old gen.

That’s that. Another year done. A decade-long project carries on. I’ll keep doing these lists, because I like keeping a record, remembering what I played, and maybe inspiring people to try a game they hadn’t heard much about.

On with the list!

My 2015 Games Played/Finished List

(Games I started listed below. Finished games are bolded. Games not from 2015 are noted as such.)


(19 games played; 2 finished)

  1. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
  2. Boxboy! – FINISHED (My favourite game of the year!)
  3. Chibi-Robo Photo Finder
  4. Chibi-Robo Zip Lash – FINISHED
  5. Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
  6. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
  7. The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
  9. Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
  10. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  11. Nintendo Badge Arcade
  12. Pokémon Picross
  13. Pokémon Rumble World
  14. Pokémon Shuffle
  15. Puzzles & Dragons + Super Mario Bros. Edition
  16. SteamWorld Dig
  17. SteamWorld Heist
  18. Stretchmo
  19. Yo-Kai Watch


(23 games played; 2 finished)

  1. 10000000
  2. Adventure Capitalist (I’m going to delete this right now.)
  3. Bullet Boy
  4. Clicker Heroes (I’m deleting this one, too.)
  5. David
  6. Digit & Dash
  7. Downwell
  8. Dungeon of the Endless (I had played this on PC the year before but played a lot more of it on iPad in 2015.)
  9. The Ensign
  10. Fallout Shelter
  11. Fruit Fusion
  12. Her Story
  13. Land Sliders
  14. Lara Croft GO – FINISHED (I just started the free expansion. It’s good!)
  15. Pac-Man 256
  16. Prune
  17. Puzzle Craft 2
  18. The Room 3 (I finished this on 2 January 2016, so I can’t count it for 2015.)
  19. Sage Solitaire
  20. Sonic Runners
  21. Star Wars Uprising
  22. The Walking Dead Road To Survival
  23. You Must Build A Boat – FINISHED


(7 or so games played; 0 finished)

  1. Grapple
  2. Human Resource Machine
  3. Interloper
  4. Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble
  5. Oblitus
  6. Reassembly
  7. Rebuild 3


(42 games played; 17 finished)

  1. Apotheon – FINISHED
  2. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – FINISHED
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – FINISHED
  4. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: Jack the Ripper – FINISHED (I’m counting meaty expansions like this that could work as standalone games this year.)
  5. Axiom Verge
  6. Batman Arkham Knight – FINISHED (Exhibit B of why the “finishing” label just isn’t worth it going forward; I have heaps of DLC to still play.)
  7. Battlefield: Hardline (I bailed on this game halfway through. The arrest mechanic is great, but they didn’t design the game for stealth.)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (I mostly play co-op Zombies, haven’t finished the campaign.)
  9. Child of Light – FINISHED
  10. Dead Star (It’s early access and a lot of fun when you can find a match.)
  11. Destiny – FINISHED
  12. Destiny: The Taken King – FINISHED (Doing King’s Fall on normal counts as finishing, right? I didn’t do all the collection quests in the Dreadnaught. Whatever.)
  13. Dying Light – FINISHED
  14. Entwined
  15. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  16. Far Cry 4 – FINISHED (I had barely played this game in 2014, played it mostly in 2015.)
  17. Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis – FINISHED
  18. Fat Princess Adventures
  19. Galak-Z: The Dimensional
  20. Grow Home
  21. Guns Up!
  22. Hand of Fate
  23. Helldivers
  24. Hohokum
  25. Infamous: First Light – FINISHED (Didn’t come out in 2015, but I finally played it in 2015.)
  26. Infinifactory
  27. Jamestown+
  28. Mad Max – FINISHED
  29. OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
  30. Rainbow Six Siege
  31. Rocket League
  32. Rogue Legacy
  33. Stick It To The Man (played it before?)
  34. Super Stardust Ultra
  35. Tembo The Badass Elephant
  36. Transistor – FINISHED (Another non-2015 game that I finished in 2015.)
  37. Volume
  38. Watch Dogs – FINISHED (I finally got into this game and liked it more than I thought I would. Those little QR code side missions were great!)
  39. White Night – FINISHED
  40. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (About a dozen hours in… I will play this to the end… someday.)
  41. Wolfenstein: The New Order – FINISHED
  42. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood


(1 games played; 0 finished)

  1. Flame Over

Wii U

(8 games played; 1 finished)

  1. Affordable Space Adventures
  2. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – FINISHED
  3. Metroid Prime Trilogy (I’d never played the trilogy compilation on Wii and therefore never played Metroid Prime 1, which I finished on GameCube, with Wii controls. So… I’m counting it!)
  4. Splatoon
  5. Swords & Soldiers II
  6. Typoman
  7. Xenoblade Chronicles X (I thought I was bailing, but I got sucked back in, 25 hours and counting.)
  8. Yoshi’s Woolly World

Xbox One

(38 games played; 2 finished)

  1. The Crew
  2. The Escapists
  3. Halo 5: Guardians – FINISHED (Exhibit H for leaving this “finished” concept behind for future lists. I finished the underwhelming campaign. Big deal. I enjoyed the unfinishable Warzone mode more.)
  4. Need for Speed
  5. Nova-111
  6. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  7. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  8. Ori and the Blind Forest
  9. Rare Replay: Atic Atac
  10. Rare Replay: Banjo-Kazooie (I played through this game and the next one a dozen times on my N64, but I think these Xbox 360 ports count as fresh releases. Maybe not. Who’s counting?)
  11. Rare Replay: Banjo-Tooie
  12. Rare Replay: Battletoads
  13. Rare Replay: Battletoads Arcade
  14. Rare Replay: Cobra Triangle
  15. Rare Replay: Digger T. Rock (This is a little lame having all these Rare Replay games in here, like I went and played a huge amount. But such is the nature of these lists. I played most of the pre-N64 Rare Replay games for just a few minutes, enough to remember how much I detest super-difficult old-school games.)
  16. Rare Replay: Grabbed By The Ghoulies
  17. Rare Replay: Gunfright
  18. Rare Replay: Jetpac Refueled
  19. Rare Replay: Kameo Elements of Power (I was surprised how much I liked this and plan to go back to play it through.)
  20. Rare Replay: Killer Instinct
  21. Rare Replay: Knight Lore
  22. Rare Replay: Lunar Jetman
  23. Rare Replay: Perfect Dark
  24. Rare Replay: Perfect Dark Zero
  25. Rare Replay: RC Pro-Am II
  26. Rare Replay: Sabre Wulf
  27. Rare Replay: Slalom
  28. Rare Replay: Snake Rattle N Roll
  29. Rare Replay: Solar Jetman
  30. Rare Replay: Underwurlde
  31. Roundabout
  32. ScreamRide
  33. Star Wars Battlefront (Another multiplayer game I played more than a lot of other games on the list.)
  34. State of Decay: Year-One Edition
  35. Sunset Overdrive – FINISHED (I finally finished this excellent game and its DLC in 2015.)
  36. Toto Temple Deluxe
  37. Toy Soldiers: War Chest
  38. Transformers Devastation

The final 2015 tally is: 138 games played; 24 finished

That compares to:

2014…129 played; 26 finished

2013…117 played; 31 finished

2012…139 played; 23 finished

2011…161 played; 28 finished

2010… 195 played; 52 finished

2009… 165 played; 48 finished

2008… 135 played; 37 finished

2007… 118 played; 35 finished

2006… 102 played; 21 finished


  • Here’s 2015 for me:
    (Just the games I finished.)

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
    The Swapper
    Grim Fandango Remastered
    Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    The Order: 1886
    New ‘n’ Tasty: Abe’s Oddysee
    Cities: Skylines
    Pillars of Eternity
    Broken Age
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    Batman: Arkham Knight
    Anna’s Quest
    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
    Broken Sword 5
    Until Dawn
    Mad Max
    Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Remastered
    Life is Strange
    Tales from the Borderlands
    Fallout 4

    • Good job! You got through some pretty big games last year. I kept a list as well. X indicates completed.


      [X] The Walking Dead s1
      [X] The Walking Dead s2
      [X] Dragon Age: Inquisition (+Jaws of Hakkon)
      [X] The Wolf Among Us
      [X] Farcry 4
      [X] Limbo
      [X] Murdered: Soul Suspect
      [X] Dying Light
      [X] Fantasia: Music Evolved
      Neverwinter Online
      [X] The Evil Within
      Halo ODST
      Elder Scrolls Online
      [X] Magic 2015
      [X] Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
      [X] Child of Light
      [X] Magic Origins
      [X] Never Alone
      Super Time Force
      [X] Life is strange
      [X] Halo 5
      [X] Guitar Hero Live
      Star wars: Battlefront
      [X] Lego Batman 3

      Xbox 360:

      [X] Tomb Raider
      [X] Bioshock Infinite (+Burial at Sea)
      [X] Batman Arkham Origins
      [X] Farcry: Blood Dragon


      Mario Kart 8
      [X] New Mario Brothers
      [X] New Luigi Brothers
      [X] Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze

      Super Nintendo:

      [X] Donkey Kong Country


      [X] A Bird Story
      Age of Empires HD
      Civilization 5


      Until Dawn

      • Also impressive list. Well done! You didn’t finish Until Dawn?

        Already clocked my first game this year. Finished SOMA. 🙂

        • Haha good work! Quick start to 2016. I only just started until dawn after Christmas, my partner and I are playing through it together 🙂 it’ll be on the 2016 list haha

  • Waiit, you didn’t finish Rapture Stephen???? Go finish it!!!!! It’s like 5 hours in total.

    Also how good is Transistor. Got it through PS Plus, one of my Top 5 games.

  • You really found Sunset Overdrive an excellent game? Ahh, I found this as a regrettable purchase. If I could only take it back! Too corny for me, I lost interest in it within a week

  • I finished all of these games in 2015. I spent most of my time finishing my backlog, of which only 2 games and one DLC remain! (AC3, ACIV: Freedom Cry & Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen)

    Unreal Tournament: The Liandri Conflict
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

    Xbox 360:
    Dragon Age: Origins
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
    Call of Duty: World at War
    Red Dead Redemption
    Fable III

    Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

    Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Assassins Creed: Unity
    Infamous: Last Light
    Bloodborne (+DLC)
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Dark Souls 2: SotFS (I had previously finished DS without DLC in 2014)
    Rocket League (as much as you can ‘finish’ a game like this)

    Assassins Creed: Revelations
    The Witcher
    The Witcher 2
    BioShock 2: Minerva’s Den
    BioShock Infinite
    Darksiders 2
    Sacred Citadel
    The Walking Dead season 1
    NBA 2K15
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Saints Row: The Third
    Batman: Arkham Asylum
    Trine 2
    Doom 3 DLC packs
    Metro 2033
    Serious Sam HD The First Encounter
    Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter

    Plants vs Zombies

      • I was pretty surprised when I counted 36 games, some I had started previously and pretty much all bar a few were to the credits only, I did hardly any side quests as I was in ‘pile of shame completion’ mode. Examples: F:NV and Skyrim in 15 hours each as I only did the main quests. In fact I just did a very rough calculation on how many hours I spent playing and came up with 557, or on average 90 minutes per day. The longest amount being 70 hours in Bloodborne.

        I actually forgot I finished Red Alert 1 and Need for Speed: Underground this year too! 😀

  • I miss having time to finish a game. I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually finished one, it’s been a few years at least!

  • 61 games for me!

    [*]Uncharted: Golden Abyss
    [*]Kick and Fennick
    [*]The Walking Dead Season 1 (PLAT)
    [*]Beyond Two Souls (PLAT)
    [*]Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate
    [*]The Walking Dead: 400 Days
    [*]The Walking Dead Season 2
    [*]Tales of the Borderlands 2
    [*]Game of Thrones #3
    [*]Bloodborne (PLAT)
    [*]Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
    [*]Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All
    [*]Game of Thrones #4
    [*]Murdered Soul Suspect
    [*]Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
    [*]Tales of the Borderlands 3
    [*]The Force Unleashed
    [*]Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice
    [*]Anna’s Quest
    [*]Wolfenstein: New Order
    [*]Life is Strange: Chapters 1-3
    [*]Game of Thrones #5
    [*]Life is Strange: Chapter 4
    [*]Rocket League (PLAT)
    [*]Ace Attorney 5: Dual Destinies
    [*]Phoenix Wright: Turnabout Reclaimed
    [*]Tales of the Borderlands 4
    [*]Metal Gear Solid
    [*]Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
    [*]Mad Max
    [*]Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    [*]Persona 4 Golden
    [*]Tales From the Borderlands 5
    [*]Life is Strange: Chapter 5 (PLAT)
    [*]Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
    [*]Uncharted 1 HD
    [*]Uncharted 2 HD
    [*]Game of Thrones #6 (PLAT)
    [*]Uncharted 3 HD
    [*]Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
    [*]The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    [*]Brothers: Tale of Two Sons
    [*]Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
    [*]Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
    [*]Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

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