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Game of the Year 2015 | Staff Highlights - Brendan Griffiths

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Game of the Year 2015 | Staff Highlights - Brendan Griffiths

So, that was 2015. I've reviewed a tonne of games this year and there's plenty to choose from when asked to pick out some favourites. So here are some of the best, the worst and the most memorable moments and games from 2015. There's also a look ahead to 2016's games.

Best new IP - Until Dawn

Man this was a busy category. But ultimately I had to be strict. Bloodborne is a bit too close to Dark Souls to be genuinely considered as a fully new IP. Rocket League is a sequel to the disastrously named Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. If Nintendo hadn't shot themselves in the foot by announcing the NX and killing my desire to buy a Wii U and enjoy some colourful rumblings with Splatoon, I might have gone that way. Lego Dimensions blew it by locking most of its £90 game behind multiple paywalls. Life is Strange was a genuine contender, but that ridiculous release schedule ruined the pacing and the hipster vibe made me want to tear off my own face a little bit too much for comfort.

Anyways, enough apologising, Until Dawn is a worthy winner. It should have been awful, especially after such a prolonged development, but the teen horror version of Heavy Rain was bags of fun. The interactive nature gave the player unprecedented control over the lives of the cast, meaning you could often kill off any characters that got on your nerves. The story could have been pants, but it finely balanced a mix of slasher movie scares with a supernatural twist that gelled together far better than expected. So much more than Hayden Panettiere in a towel. But that too. Until Dawn Review - A night to remember.

Click here too see Brendan's other picks.

Infamous: First Light is electrifying at £4.99 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Infamous: First Light is electrifying at £4.99 on PS4

You can now pick up the standalone DLC, Infamous: First Light for just £4.99.

All done with Infamous: Second Son? Well, if you enjoyed the neon powers, you should check out the First Light DLC which delves into Fetch's backstory in and around Seattle. You don't even need the original game to play this standalone DLC. Hell, you could even play this first and then buy the main game if you've not played it yet. A guaranteed blast whichever way you approach it.

The Wolf Among Us is essential at £7.99 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Wolf Among Us is essential at £7.99 on PS4

The Wolf Among Us is amongst Telltale's finest in their long history of interactive drama titles. This £7.99 PSN offer is the way to go as the physical version is about £15.

The story features a cast of fairy tale characters who are struggling to get by in a dark, 80s New York setting. Think a grimy noir version of Once Upon a Time with a murder investigation. Despite those trademark Telltale technical glitches, The Wolf Among Us is an essential purchase and exceeds the studios’ previous efforts in gameplay, visuals and voice acting. The impact of choices you make in interrogations, conversations and crime scene investigations will keep you hooked right until the end.

Far Cry 4: Limited Edition £16.28 on PS4

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Far Cry 4: Limited Edition £16.28 on PS4

You can now pick up one of 2014's highlights, Far Cry 4: Limited Edition, for just £16.28 on PS4.

Far Cry 4 takes the action to the Himalayas and once again proves to be one of the greatest names in open-world gaming. Admittedly, many of the mechanics are the same as FC3, but the new setting makes everything feel fresh enough to dive back in. Plus you get to ride elephants into fortresses or play in co-op with a pal controlling the gyrocopter. PS4 owners will find some 'Keys to Kryat', DLC codes* to give to their friends so they can play co-op with them for a few hours, without even owning the game.

Sunset Overdrive is a blast for £13.95

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Sunset Overdrive is a blast for £13.95

£13.95 for a new copy of Sunset Overdrive is a great deal, especially seeing as it's cheaper than the best preowned prices around too.

Jon highly rated Insomniac's Xbox One debut in his Sunset Overdrive reviewSunset Overdrive brings the fun. Though Insomniac's inexperience with open-world games leads to inconsistent mission design and a few oversights, its infectious energy, breathtaking traversal, silly weapons and violently colourful playground make for a brilliant way to blow off steam.

MGS V Collector's Edition from just £59.95

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Brendan Griffiths
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

MGS V Collector's Edition from just £59.95

This sold out long before launch at most retailers and hasn't been seen since. Well aside from the ludicrously priced scalper appearances on ebay. So, £59.95 for the Xbox One version is an astonishing deal. The PS4 version is in stock too, albeit at £87.95, but that's still a great price compared to what we've seen before.

Carl's epic review can be found below. Be sure to take a look at Carl's Silent Hills comparison piece too.

Grab Arkham Knight for £19.99 on PS4

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Grab Arkham Knight for £19.99 on PS4

Looking to save an extra few quid on Arkham Knight on PS4? Base.com have a great deal running right now for just £19.99, including the Harley Quinn DLC.

Is it any good? Well, here's a short version of my review"Rocksteady and Batman is a combination we'll sorely miss. Their trilogy ends on a high though, with a refinement of their excellent Freeflow combat and Predator modes. The Batmobile is a somewhat mixed experience, but its heart is in the right place. Our much-awaited tour of the city of Gotham was a gorgeous sight to behold and an unforgettable goodbye." Be sure to check out these articles too: Batman: Arkham Knight's Batmobile - Brilliant fun or a legacy betrayed? and Why Rocksteady quitting Batman after Arkham Knight is the right choice. Or maybe The Art of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight (Book Review).

Get Halo Collection from just £15

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Xbox One Games

Get Halo Collection from just £15

Bought an Xbox One, but just want to play old games? Well, you may as well play through some old favourites with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is now available from just £15 preowned if pop into your local Cex store. Or get it delivered for £17.50.

This collection includes the Anniversary editions of Halo and Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Add in a 60 frames per second makeover and multiplayer modes that involve over 100 maps. Mmm, that's a lot of maps. The multiplayer has been a bit inconsistent online so far, but a massive update has fixed most of the issues, so maybe it's finally safe to get involved.

Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D only £22

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Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D only £22

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is just £22 today, which is a fantastic price, especially if you're a new 3DS owner looking to bulk up your collection.

With the remake of Ocarina of Time being such a hit, we were eager to snap this one up too. Not so much for the 3D, more for the awesome game given an extra layer of polish. Seriously, N64 games do not look good on your TV nowadays. What better way to celebrate picking up the New 3DS model too. If you're yet undecided on buying one, be sure to check out Jon's New 3DS review.

Elder Scrolls Online only £7.59 on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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MMORPGs, PC games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Elder Scrolls Online only £7.59 on PC

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PC? This £7.59 deal is currently the cheapest price around. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

Battlefield 4 is still an epic shooter and only £8.54 on PS4

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Battlefield 4 is still an epic shooter and only £8.54 on PS4

Battlefield 4 had a rough start, but after extensive patch fixes it's a formidable shooter in the online arena. £8.54 is an outstanding price and I'd recommend these large scale battles over Hardline's more cramped shoot outs.

Post patches, Battlefield 4 stands tall as one of the finest multiplayer experience around. The battlefields are huge and the vehicles add a fun element that makes the series stand out from the crowd. Choppers, tanks, ATVs, boats and jeeps are all available. Although if you're ever playing with me, never get in the chopper if I'm flying it - we're going down upside down into the sea within seconds! Take a look at my PS4 review here. The newer Hardline, has a much better campaign mode and some fun multiplayer, but B4's epic scale of warfare makes it the clear winner for multiplayer fans.

Thanks to VanDamage.

Beyond: Two Souls is worth a shot at £5

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Brendan Griffiths
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Beyond: Two Souls, interactive drama, PS3 games

Beyond: Two Souls is worth a shot at £5

Much like finding a great deal on a TV series boxset, Beyond: Two Souls is certainly worth a look at this price. Mainly because you'll spend more time watching than playing.

Despite the generally passive nature of the experience, I enjoyed the story because the acting from the two leads of Ellen Page  and Willem DaFoe is excellent throughout. Player choices don't have the same major impacts as Heavy Rain, but fans of Quantic Dream's efforts won't find a cheaper price than this today. It's certainly better value than shelling out for the new PS4 version.

DriveClub and Season Pass only £9.99

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DriveClub and Season Pass only £9.99

If you've been waiting for the right time to pounce on a DriveClub deal, now's the time. This PSN offer sees the full game and the Season Pass selling for just £9.99 if you're a PS+ member.

Sony and Evolution Studios have been hard at work since launch and the game's online issues (it was practically impossible to get online for the first two weeks) have been patched, meaning this is much closer to the driving game that was originally promised. The track design is exceptional both in terms of layout and visual class. Loading times for the single-player races are super fast too. The handling can be a mixed bag and the penalty system takes a while to adjust to, but this is well worth a look and setting online challenges for other users is competitive bliss. Later patches have also included rainy weather effects (I've never seen better) and there are a few extra events and vehicles available for free in the store too.

Thanks to Chanchi32.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue only £7. Don't miss out

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Assassin's Creed: Rogue only £7. Don't miss out

All was not lost for the Assassin's Creed brand last year. Ubisoft Sofia provided an excellent sequel to Black Flag and £7 is a very reasonable price for the PS3 version.

Compared to Unity, this is a masterpiece The combat's not broken, there's a rich and varied world to explore and yes, ruddy big pirate ships are back in. If you had fun with Captain Kenway, you should snap this one right up. Check out my Sunday Seven which sings the game's praises compared to Unity.

Thanks to dwor.

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited £14.99 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited £14.99 on PS4/XO

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 and Xbox One? This excellent price is the best I've seen and comfortably cheaper than the competition. It also comes with some extra in-game currency.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

Thanks to BuzzDuraband.

Wolfenstein: The New Order only £9.99 on PS4/XO

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Wolfenstein: The New Order only £9.99 on PS4/XO

Wolfenstein: The New Order on PS4 and Xbox One is super hot for £10, especially for the Occupied Edition, which comes with a 20-page tour guide of occupied Britain and some postcards. You'll find an invite to the upcoming Doom beta too. This is currently a few quid cheaper than the standard version.

Wolfenstein: The New Order was a good shout for Game of the Year in 2014 thanks to it providing a classic bombastic old school shooter experience. There's an outstanding stealth game in there too if you fancy being a bit sneaky. Fantastic replay value is offered by multiple routes, unique skills and loads of treasure to reclaim from the Nazis. The story is way better than I expected too, with a pleasing mix of emotions and grin-inducing one liners. More of this please!

Thanks to BuzzDuraband.

Lego Hobbit on PC only £1.99

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Lego Hobbit on PC only £1.99

Fancy reliving the Hobbit movies in Lego form and pandering to your obsessive nature over in-game collectibles? Then be sure to pick up Lego The Hobbit on your PC for just £1.99.

The latest Lego effort is one of the more rushed efforts from the overworked Traveller's Tales studio, but it's much more appealing at this price. It's certainly worth a look if you're a series fan. The third film was supposed to be added as DLC when the final film hit cinemas, but has since been cancelled. There's still at least 30 hours of game here if you want to 100% it.

Thanks to goonertillidie.

The Evil Within only £2.99 (PC) and £9.99 (PS4/XO)

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The Evil Within only £2.99 (PC) and £9.99 (PS4/XO)

Need a bit of traditional survival horror in your life? PC gamers can now pick up The Evil Within from just £2.99. PS4 and Xbox One owners can get a copy delivered for £9.99 marking the lowest prices we've seen across all three formats. To make things even sweeter, this is for the Limited Edition of the game.

The Evil Within is a return to traditional survival horror values with an unforgiving difficulty curve and a serious lack of ammo. Sounds harsh? That's the way the Resident Evil games used to be yanno (before all the zombies got motorbikes and machine guns). If Dark Souls was your introduction to tough gaming, you'll get a kick (and maybe a chainsaw to the face) from The Evil Within, be sure to check out the HD remake of the original Resident Evil too.

Thanks to BuzzDuraband.

Fallout 4 on PS4 only £27.99 / Xbox One £29.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Fallout 4 on PS4 only £27.99 / Xbox One £29.99

I would have thought this deal would have sold out by now, but here it stands. Fallout 4 for £27.99 on PS4. The deal doesn't extend to the Xbox One version, but we've included a link to a still-tempting £29.99 deal.

Be sure to take a look at Carl's extensive Fallout 4 review while you're here. Here's the short version: While there may be bugs, and some mechanics not clearly explained, it’s hard not to be in awe of the extensive open world Bethesda have created with the Commonwealth. Streamlined progression, an improved narrative, and extensive customisation make Fallout 4 a serious contender to the RPG throne.

Destiny + all expansion DLC for just £21.46

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Brendan Griffiths
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Destiny, Destiny: The Taken King, PS4 games

Destiny + all expansion DLC for just £21.46

This new version of Destiny is packed with value as it includes the base game, the original Season Pass expansion content (House of Wolves and The Dark Below) as well as the new expansion The Taken King. Today's sale price is comfortably cheaper than the competition too. Rakuten has the PS4 version for just £21.46.

There are some radical changes to the way the XP system works in Destiny too when The Taken King arrives. Essentially, the annoying Light system that forced you to equip certain items if you wanted the level boost is being replaced with something similar to the way you levelled up on the way to Lv.20. These are exciting times and it looks like Bungie are making a solid effort at bringing lapsed players back and giving them all the content in this edition seems like a smart move as it's only about £10-£15 more than the base game now. If you want to know more about Destiny's changes and what they mean for players, check out Carl's Destiny: The Taken King review.

Thanks to spbingham.