dying lightThe best 2015 release I played last year on any platform is Dying Light on Xbox One.

It’s a post apocalyptic, zombie slaying first person shooter, and while I haven’t experienced everything the game has to offer, (meaning none of the DLC) there hasn’t been any other game released this year that’s impacted me the way Dying Light has.

It’s rare that a game can make you feel such a gamut of emotion in a single session.

From terror, sadness, to pride and relief- Dying Light’s single player campaign plays you as much as you play it.

For that, it beats Mortal Kombat X, Super Mario Maker, and Xenoblade Chronicles X to my 2015 game of the year.

Dying Light controls perfectly, looks fantastic, and most games could only dream of delivering atmosphere this immersive.

Few games have actually, truly scared me like this does and it’s not so much the content, but the fully realised atmosphere of the open world setting.

There were times when I literally had to turn the game off and go call a friend or something to calm down because it was all getting too intense.

Good times.

Plus, the game has one of the best tag lines in the history of games:

Good Night Good Luck.

So fitting.

Dying Light was released in Australia in February 2015.

Seems like longer ago than that, doesn’t it?

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Narrowing years of gaming experiences down to a favourite ten titles is something that’s taken me years to get comfortable with, but I’m finally doing it.

My number five spot goes to…

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Narrowing years of gaming experiences down to a favourite ten titles is something that’s taken me years to get comfortable with, but I’m finally doing it.

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xenxTarget Australia stores are selling the Wii U exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles X for just $74.

This is the best price I’ve seen at retail.

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rabbit1There’s been times in the past where I haven’t even picked up my 3DS for a week or more, but the free to play Nintendo Badge Arcade has me coming back every day.

Badge Arcade is a simple online skill tester game with dozens of little Nintendo themed badges to collect and decorate Miiverse or the 3DS interface with.

The game is hosted by an adorable little rabbit whose quips and overall attitude will make you smile every day.

You can pay $1.30 for five chances at clawing some new badges, but Nintendo are being very generous with the freebies.

You’ll get five practice goes every day, but they’ll drop in a few free, for real goes here and there.

Thanks dude.

Thanks dude.

The arcade updates every single day, so every day you miss visiting, you’re missing opportunities to collect the badges for free.

So far I’ve collected 46 badges and I haven’t even spent a cent.

If you haven’t downloaded this little eShop gem yet, do so immediately.

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Narrowing years of gaming experiences down to a favourite ten titles is something that has itself taken me years to get comfortable with, but I’m finally doing it.

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wolflinkamiiboI mean, why not?

Twilight Princess on Wii was enhanced over the Gamecube version not only by offering a 16:9 widescreen mode, but utilising some basic motion based controls with the Wii remote.

Primitive they may have been, but they were certainly effective- and this was at Wii’s launch, before the advent of MotionPlus.

I’d love to see the HD remake of TP make full use of the Wii remote plus as an optionmainly because I really can’t see myself aiming the hook shot or crossbow any other way after playing the game on Wii.

And I stress it should be an option, because while I believe it to be the superior way to play, many don’t.

Skyward Sword gave us some pretty near flawless motion controls, but they were forced on the player.

This of course led to many dismissing the game entirely, and gave the haters plenty of ammunition to fire at a game that could have been a universally loved swan song for Wii.

Anyway, while I concede that MotionPlus support almost certainly won’t feature in Twilight Princess HD, one can live in hope.

The game releases in Australia on March 5 2016, and there will be an amiibo bundle too.

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targetlogoIf you’re like me and were hanging out for a physical copy of this acclaimed indie game, you’ve got to be happy with this price.

It’s a shame the amiibo isn’t launching alongside the disc, but hey- this is another fantastic game in Wii U’s ever impressive library.

Is Wii U on track to have the best line-up of games of any console in history?

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A near impossible task for any gamer, I set myself the challenge of coming up with a top ten of all time a few years ago, and I am only just now comfortable with how it reads.

So each Sunday until the New Year I’ll be unveiling one game at a time.

My number nine spot goes to:

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