Game of the Year 2015 Awards!

Welcome to 1Pvs2P.com's Game of the Year 2015 Awards!

Join us in December as we debate special category awards and unveil our Editors' Choice picks for our favorite video games of the year. Scroll down for the results of our GOTY 2015 deliberations from podcast episodes #29-32.

Congratulations and special thanks to all the creative minds behind our award-winning video games released in 2015! Our show couldn't be possible without your time, passion, and dedication to your craft.


As you can hear on Week 4 of our Game of the Year deliberations podcast, we struggled to agree on our consensus game of the year. Ultimately though, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain came out on top for its high production values, massive open world landscapes, precise controls, and fun gameplay systems that elevate it as an exceptional stealth action game. Mechanically, it’s the most accessible Metal Gear game ever, and its ingenious Fulton balloon system makes item and upgrade management fun for a refreshing change. MGS V’s 70-100 hour main storyline includes incredible metaphors and twists that are some of the best in the franchise. Kojima Productions’ last game under Konami is a pinnacle of the genre and the series’ magnum opus, securing it at as our choice for 2015’s Game of the Year.

Other Candidates

  • Dying Light
  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Invisible, Inc.
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • Grow Home
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
  • Galak-Z:The Dimensional
  • Undertale
  • Axiom Verge
  • Splatoon
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

Runners-Up

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Rocket League

Click a game then hover over (or tap · button on mobile site) to read more about our Editors' Choice award winners of 2015.

Ryan Reeh, Writer hnhnh&h,j,jh,jmjmj,,j,j,j Co-Host

Ryan Reeh
Writer & Co-Host


Taylor Reeh
Producer & Co-Host


2015 saw a lot of new ideas in games, but the most surprising to us was the smash-hit-of-the-summer, Rocket League. It is the pinnacle of a simple idea executed perfectly (It's soccer, but with RC cars!) and felt like it came out of nowhere to capture our imaginations. From their free debut on Playstation Plus, to their ongoing support of the game with free DLC, and commitment to their communities, developer Psyonix built one of the best sports games--and best surprises--we've played in a long time.

Runners-Up

  • Undertale
  • Darkest Dungeon

Other Candidates

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Chroma Squad
  • Grow Home
  • Galak-Z: The Dimensional
  • Axiom Verge
  • Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Dragon Quest Heroes
  • Splatoon
  • Rare Replay
  • Earthbound Beginnings
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Superhot

This category isn't for "Best Graphics," but instead reflects how much a game's visuals this year added towards the overall gameplay experience. Looking at Ori and the Blind Forest from its opening scenes, it is hard to believe we're playing a game and not a rich watercolor painting. Inspired by artists such as Hayao Miyazaki, Ori has jaw-dropping visuals that had us in awe, making it our best-looking game of 2015. 

Runners-Up

  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Other Candidates

  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Rocket League
  • Axiom Verge
  • Grow Home
  • Yoshi's Wooly World
  • Apotheon
  • Kirby & The Rainbow Curse
  • Splatoon

For every good video game that came out this year, there were also some real clunkers; games with great premises that failed on almost every level to do anything with their otherwise great concept. How do you screw up the steampunk aesthetic, Abraham Lincoln, having a Lion on your team, and a portable strategy game from the pedigree of the developer who brought us Advance Wars? Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. managed to disappoint us in profound ways, from its lame dialogue to its boring enemies and terrible loading times. It was a colossal waste of potential.

Runners-up

  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • The Order: 1886

Other Candidates

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Project CARS
  • Evolve
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
  • Hand of Fate
  • Tales of Zestiria
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Massive Chalice
  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
  • Rock Band 4
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Forza 6
  • Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
  • Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer
  • Chibi Robo! Zip-Lash
  • Need for Speed
  • Mad Max
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • FF Portal
  • Battlefield Hardline

monster hunter 4.jpg

Mobile and handheld games are great for when we're away from our home consoles, and this year, it felt like gamers on their phone or 3DS had lots of fantastic options. Chief among them this year was Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, a literal system seller for the New 3DS XL and a great action loot game for on-the-go. With its excellent multiplayer lobbies, better tutorials, and great boss battles, MH4U felt like an awakening for Monster Hunter fans and mobile/handheld players alike. Play this game!

Runners-up

  • Lara Croft GO
  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Other candidates

  • Her Story
  • You Must Build a Boat
  • Final Fantasy Portal
  • Alphabear
  • Downwell
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
  • Pac-Man 256

We met a veritable rogue's gallery of interesting characters this year, but no one had a better story than the Bloody Baron of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. An alcoholic, a wife-and-child beater, a liar, and a real scumbag, he holds information you need about your quest, and Geralt has to help him resolve his multi-layered problems to progress. From raising the ghost of his unborn child, to reuniting him with his estranged daughter, to getting into a fist fight with this mess of a man in front of a burning barn, no character this year was more complicated or more compelling, even after you deal with his issues. The Bloody Baron side quest is not to be missed.

Runners-up

  • Nick Valentine (Fallout 4)
  • Sans & Papyrus (Undertale)

Other candidates

  • Skinny Mario (Super Mario Maker)
  • Quiet (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)
  • Judd (Splatoon)
  • Mary O (Super Mario Maker)
  • The Car (Rocket League)
  • John Taylor (Call of Duty: Black Ops 3)
  • Kung Jin (Mortal Kombat X)

Innovative and impressive new ideas in games are sometimes hard to come by in an industry of sequels and HD remasters, but Her Story found a way to tell an intriguing story in a nondirect way. Scrubbing through police interview footage, the player is charged with uncovering what really happened to this suspect by using a database to search, one word at a time, for the truth. Stories in video games are often written off as mediocre, but the plot in Her Story and the way you discover it is an innovation we want to see more of.

Runners-up

  • Westerado: Double Barreled
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Other candidates

  • Super Mario Maker
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Lifeline

With early access games, you're often getting an incomplete product, a broken, buggy piece of software, or a beta for something with potential that may never pan out. This was not the case with Darkest Dungeon, an early access squad management/dungeon crawler game that felt fully featured from its first day of release. With its Lovecraftian undertones, great art style, and sanity mechanics that generates fun gameplay twists, we think it's the best early access game you can play in 2015.

Runners-up

  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Superhot

Other candidates

  • Fallout 4
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Beseige

We're unabashed fans of video games, but even we play games from time to time that we are ashamed to admit we like so much. This is the idea behind this category, and Final Fantasy Record Keeper fits this description perfectly. With gross free-to-play hooks, inconsistent difficulty spikes, and complicated leveling systems (which, for a Final Fantasy game, is really saying something), we shouldn't be addicted to this pretty naked cash-in on our nostalgia. However, we're both logging in to get our daily mithril and collecting our dream Final Fantasy squads, so we're admitting our guilty pleasure of 2015 right here.

Runners-up

  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night
  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

Other candidates

  • Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Grow Home
  • Heroes of the Storm

Every week, we strive to bring you the latest video game news, but every week this year, it felt like the relationship between famed Metal Gear Solid developer Hideo Kojima and his employer Konami went from bad to worse quickly in dramatic fashion. We thought the drama would never end, from removing his name from the box art, to discovering working conditions at Konami were bordering on illegal nightmares, to the dissolution of Kojima Productions' Los Angeles studio, to cancelling Silent Hills and removing PT from PSN, to Konami's legal department preventing him from attending The Game Awards. This real-life soap opera during the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain felt crazier than a Metal Gear plotline, making it our biggest news item all year. Maybe Konami was a member of the Patriots all along?

Runners-up

  • The Return of FF7, Shenmue III, and The Last Guardian at E3
  • Batman: Arkham Knight On PC Continues To Be Broken

Other candidates

  • Activision Buys Candy Crush
  • Nintendo Commits to Mobile with DeNA
  • Microsoft Adds Backwards Compatibility to XBONE
  • Sony Backdoors PS2 Emulation Into PS4
  • Mighty No 9 Will Never Come Out
  • Discovery Of A Working Nintendo Playstation Prototype
  • Valve Offering Refunds On Steam
  • The Death of Playstation Home
  • VR's Crappy Mainstream Debut on Time Magazine
  • Gamestop Owns ThinkGeek
  • Nintendo Partnering With Universal Studios For Theme Park Rides
  • EA Shuts Down Maxis
  • Amiibos Now Extended to Third Party Characters
  • The Slow and Painful Death of the Vita
  • Silent Hills Canceled
  • PlayStation Home Shuts Down
  • FCC Approves Net Neutrality
  • YouTube Gaming Launches
  • PlayAsia Drums Up Controversy Over DOAX3

As longtime gamers, we notice that the ups and downs of the video game industry fall into patterns, some of which are positive and others that are negative. Among the really terrible trends we found this year, our "winner" was big multiplayer games with short shelf-lives. These types of big-budget games fail to keep online multiplayer engaging in the long run. Between Evolve releasing and immediately tanking, the short progression and multiplayer-only package of Star Wars: Battlefront, and the network troubles Mortal Kombat X had at launch, it feels like buying a shallow multiplayer-focused game for $60 is a bad idea when you know the larger gaming community has moved on quickly to something else. Either include good single-player content or make the multiplayer hooks more interesting for players. In any case, we hope this trend doesn't continue into 2016.

Runners-up

  • Major Game Publishers Now Kickstarting Games, Where Once Only Indies Did
  • Microtransactions Added After Game's Release (MGSV, Forza 6, Destiny TTK)

Other candidates

  • "Augment Your Pre-Order" from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Marketing
  • Busted Games on Console and PC
  • Too Many Open World Games
  • Nintendo's Amiibo Shortages
  • "Toys to Life" Flood of Games