Best Games 2015

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Looking for a killer Christmas present? These are the best video games of 2015, so far...

What are the best selling games of 2015? And where's the best place to buy them? Gaming has reached new levels in 2015, with intricate storylines, stunning graphics and addictive and thrilling gameplay. The best selling games of 2015 make excellent Christmas presents, but if you don't know where to start, it can be a little daunting. Read on, future gamer. Read on.

Looking for last year's games? Check out the best of 2014 here.

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1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Looking for the gift the keeps on giving? Not only does The Witcher 3 has over 160 hours worth of content straight out of the box, but there's also over 20 hours of DLC available with more on the way. Though this is the third entry to The Witcher series, it's not 100% necessary to have played the first two instalments as the game does a stellar job of catching you up on the events preceding. You play as philanderous witcher (contracted monster hunter) Geralt of Rivia in his quest to save his adopted daughter, Ciri, from pursuing evils.

      • Available on: PS4, Xbox One and PC
      • Buy it from: OzGamesShop | Microsoft Store
      • Parental Warning: The Witcher 3 contains sex scenes and lots of gore. Best keep this one away from the kiddies.

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2. Tales from the Borderlands

This point-and-click adventure from the Telltale Games (creators of the BAFTA award winning adaptation of The Walking Dead) is like Disney Pixar for adults. There is all the confronting gore and over-the-top action sequences you would expect from a Borderlands title, but just under the surface there's magnetic and adorable characters, laugh-out-loud humour and a lot of heart. It also features the most lovable robots in any video game. Better yet, it's all accompanied by a stellar soundtrack featuring the likes of James Blake and First Aid Kit.

      • Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
      • Buy it from: Steam | Xbox Store | PlayStation Store
      • Parental Warning: Tales From the Borderlands is rated M17+ by the ESRB. It features cartoon violence, gore and some naughty words.

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3. Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is one of the most notable Kickstarter success stories in gaming. It's retro 8-bit graphics, simple, but its compelling gameplay and catchy chiptune soundtrack lured backers but the final product was nothing short of amazing. You play the silent Shovel Knight in his quest to restore his land and save his captured ally, Shield Knight, from The Enchantress and The Order of No Quarter. Keep an eye out for cameos like Kratos (God of War) in the PS4 version and the Battletoads in the Xbox One version. Though Shovel Knight was first released in 2014, its PS4 and Xbox One versions finally released this year.

      • Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, PC and Mac.
      • Buy it from: OzGamesShop | Microsoft

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4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid is the game that sold many of us on the potential of cinematic storytelling in gaming. 17 years later and we have the fifth addition to the series and stealth-genre pioneer, Hideo Kojima's final outing for the franchise. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a vastly different game from the 1998 classic. The core stealth elements are still there, but instead of linear, blood-spattered hallways, you'll be exploring a sandbox environment in the arid dunes of Afghanistan and the lush jungles in Africa. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the story is still batsh*t crazy, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

      • Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360
      • Buy it from: OzGamesShop | Microsoft
      • Parental Warning: MGS V: The Phantom Pain features some seriously graphic scenes and disturbing gameplay sequences. Again, not appropriate for the little ones.

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5. Rocket League

Buyer beware: Do you have a full-time job? A family, or pets? Then avert your eyes. Nothing to see here. Oh, you don't? Ok. Let's talk. Rocket League exploded in popularity back in July when it launched and subsequently added to the roster of free games available to PS Plus users. Our quality of life hasn't been the same since. Conceptually, Rocket League is devilishly simple. It's a 3v3 soccer match except that in the place of bipedal people with no tolerance for pain, we have rocket-powered cars capable of wreaking havoc on the field. Matches generally last about five minutes each, but even in such short bursts, you will notice the hours slipping through your hands like sand.

  • Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
  • Buy it from: Steam | PlayStation Store

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6. Batman: Arkham Knight

You don't know power until you've piloted the Batmobile in Arkham Knight. In the third instalment to Rocksteady's blindingly awesome Arkham series (not including the prequel Arkham Origins), Rocksteady improve upon every aspect that made Asylum and City some of the best games of their respective years. Arkham Knight kicks off sometime after the events of Arkham City. The Joker is dead and Gotham City is experiencing an uncharacteristic (and unnerving) period of peace and quiet. The Bats has managed to distract himself with another cause in the meantime, but on Halloween night, multiple threats converge and push Bruce Wayne and his bat family to their absolute limits.

      • Available on: PS4, Xbox One and PC
      • Buy it from: OzGamesShop | Microsoft
      • Parental Warning: Though Batman's trademark "no killing" rule is still here, there is some pretty confronting violence to be found.

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7. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Tri Force Heroes was an unexpected darling and bright light amidst a sea of disappointment at Nintendo's E3 presentation this year. Some were skeptical about this title - at the time it seemed like a cheap diversion from the absence of The Legend of Zelda: Wii U. However, as more footage surfaced, the hype for this handheld multiplayer slowly gained momentum. Now Tri Force Heroes is out in the wild and we can confirm it's a truly worthy title of its namesake's legacy. You and two friends cooperate (locally or online) to solve a series of puzzles that draw on the universe's roster of locales, gear and irritating antagonists. The best part is, you only need one copy to play across three 3DS consoles, thanks Nintendo's Download Play.


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8. Splatoon

Last Christmas, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. instigated some serious sibling rivalry and rekindled our love for couch multiplayer games - so what's causing an uproar in our living room this year? Splatoon, of course. Splatoon may not have the iconic likeness of Mario, Luigi and the rest of the crew to drive sales, but what it does have is moreish morsels of multiplayer madness and more nautical puns than anyone one person can handle. Splatoon is the best non-violent, family friendly multiplayer "shooter" we've ever got our hands on. You and your team of adorable human-squid hybrids must compete against another team to paint every surface in sight with blue or orange ink.


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9. Lego Dimensions

Games have the potential to unite or divide families. Lego Dimensions does a bit of both. With this year's title, Lego realised the potential of their bottomless cup of licences and have created a universe where The Simpsons, The Hobbitses, Marty McFly, Batman, Doctor Who and many more iconic characters coexist. Not only is Lego Dimensions sure to please fans from any age bracket, but it has one of the most thrilling and accessible multiplayer modes available, so it makes for perfect Christmas day gaming. Beware, the temptation to antagonise your allies and steal their precious bricks is strong. Better yet, it's available on just about every console out there.

      • Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U
      • Buy it from: OzGamesShop

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10. Halo 5: Guardians

The latest entry to the legendary Halo series received mixed reviews upon release. We're still not completely sold on the single player campaign, but it's becoming increasingly obvious that Halo 5's true strength lies in its massive online multiplayer mode. Unfortunately, 343 cut Halo's treasured split screen multiplayer for Guardians but if you've got a sturdy internet connection and a thirst for red vs. blue rivalry, there's plenty of fun to be had here.


Finder's top 10 from 2014

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1. Grand Theft Auto GTA V

While technically Grand Theft Auto V (R) came out in 2013, it's just been released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, so we're including it. GTA V returns to the city of Los Santos with three new lead characters: Michael the retired criminal, Franklin the repo man and Trevor the career criminal. This time round you're playing in the first person, as you complete missions and explore the largest open world in GTA history. Ed's note: this game has recently come under fire and been withdrawn from Target, due to its depictions of violence against women.


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2. Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare

Welcome to the battleground of the future. In Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare (MA 15+), soldiers in super-powered exoskeletons battle it out in the 2050s, where countries have outsourced most of their military might. Kevin Spacey plays Jonathan Irons, the head of private military contractor Alias and the game's key villain. Fans of the previous Call Of Duty games will not be disappointed.


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3. Assassin's Creed Unity

The next instalment in the Assassin's Creed franchise, Assassin's Creed Unity (MA 15+) is set during the French Revolution. Paris in 1789 is a city in chaos. Arno is a young man thrust into the centre of the warring powers, on route to becoming a Master Assassin.


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4. Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition (MA 15+), the third major game in the Dragon Age franchise, takes place in the fantasy land of Thedas, which is being ripped apart by war between the Templars and the Mages. A rich storyline sees you playing as a human, dwarf, or elf, as well as the new option of Qunari, which will be familiar to players of Dragon Age. Darrell Etherington in TechCrunch called it "one of the most engrossing games I've ever played."


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5. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

One for all Lord of the Rings fans out there. In Shadows of Mordor (MA 15+) you play a ranger of Gondor by the name of Talion, responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor. In a plot twist, Talion is killed (along with his family), yet brought back to life – with magical powers. Your mission? Revenge. Chris Moran of The Guardian called it "that rarest of things in video game culture – an unexpected knockout punch."


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6. Destiny

From the creators of Halo comes Destiny (M), a game that appeals to all gamers of varying interests. A cinematic storyline that takes you from Earth to Venus to Mars and beyond, you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power and with a heavy responsibility: to protect Earth from its enemies. As an added bonus, your guide is voiced by none other than everyone's favourite Lannister, Peter Dinklage.


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7. Far Cry 4

Set to a backdrop of the Himalayas, Far Cry 4 (MA 15+) sees you play as Ajay Ghale, a man whose mission to return to his home country and spread his mother's ashes gets sideswiped when he's caught up in a rebellion against the oppressive regime of Pagan Min. Unlike previous Far Cry games, you can now play in co-op, ride animals into battle and earn points to be spent on AI reinforcements. "Far Cry 4 truly shines in the almost bacchanalian sense of freedom it bestows on the player," according to Nick Cowen from The Guardian.


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8. Dark Souls II

Dark Souls II (M) is as gritty as its name suggests. You play as "one of the damned", defeating enemies and collecting souls, trying to regain your humanity. Its plot is vague and difficult to understand in one game play, with users in the community sharing insights and interpretations. This isn't a drawback, however: the game received universal critical acclaim, praised for the dark atmosphere, intricate visuals and increased difficulty than the gameplay of its predecessor.


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9. Mario Kart 8

Are we up to eight already? Mario Kart (G) is one of the best-loved games of the last decade. The eighth instalment of the Nintendo racing game comes with an anti-gravity feature (racing on walls, anyone?), hang-gliders, underwater racing, 12-player online competitive play and Waluigi and Toadette rejoining a host of familiar characters. All new courses are, of course, a given.

Update: Since our list last year, all new racers, courses and karts have been added in two rounds of DLC.


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10. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

The next instalment of the Nintendo fight game Super Smash Bros. (PG) allows, for the first time ever, eight players to battle it out in any one of the game's battlefields. Regular players should know the drill: pick a player (all your favourites are back) and battle it out, using each character's unique strengths and weaknesses. This is one of those games that's open to all players, yet has the ability to be mastered. The graphics are a massive upgrade from previous games, which Lucas Sullivan on GamesRadar says "will punch you directly in the eyes with fists formed from crystallised rainbows the moment you start a match."


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Brodie Fogg

Brodie is a staff writer at finder.com.au covering breaking tech and telco news. When he's not drooling over the latest comic book releases or grinding away at the newest time-devouring RPG, he's helping people choose between Australia's various streaming services.

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