Video games have the power to draw us in and keep us spellbound. They have the uncanny ability to make rational people forget about basic necessities like sleep and food.
With a projected worth of $100 billion in the next three years, gaming is no longer a niche market reserved for nerds in a dark basement. Gaming has gone mainstream, with each new year bringing a fresh crop of games.
Which titles have dominated the market in 2015? We’ve seen some surprise hits alongside familiar faces. Here are the top selling video games of 2015 to date.
To say the frenzy surrounding Fallout 4 is big would be a massive understatement. It’s already one of the top selling games of 2015, and it hasn’t even hit store shelves. Players battle through a post-apocalyptic Boston as they complete quests, level up, and survive. “Open World” mode allows for a slew of untold possibilities. Fallout 4 is slated for a November 10, 2015, release.
Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X has been hailed as one of the top fighting games of 2015. This year, we are introduced to new characters, a futuristic timeline, and a myriad of gruesome fatalities. Faction mode is another first, allowing players to compete in league-style match ups. It has been a hit with hardcore fans and newbies, alike, making it the best selling game in franchise history.
Mojang’s sandbox sensation Minecraft shows no signs of slowing down. With a seemingly endless number of building blocks at their disposal, players are only limited by their creativity and imagination. Some build civilizations from the ground up. Others recreate perfect replicas of the Death Star. All will wake up one day wondering where their lives went.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Arkham Knight is the final installment of the Rocksteady Batman trilogy, and they saved the best for last. Diehard Batman fans can finally rejoice as the addition of a drivable Batmobile satisfies a lifelong fantasy for many. Stunning graphics and plot twists make for some truly mind-blowing moments of gameplay. The perfect conclusion to an epic saga.
Grand Theft Auto V
Despite being released in 2013, sales for Grand Theft Auto V are stronger than ever. We’re assuming this is due, in large part, to Conan O’Brien’s glowing review of the game. With three playable characters, a larger Los Santos, and masterful attention to detail, breaking the law has never been more fun. GTA fanatics will not be disappointed. Moms the world over will be, however.
Super Smash Brothers Wii U
All of your favorite Nintendo characters are back action in this smash-tastic game that is almost as addictive as it is chaotic. Part of the game’s mass appeal is the ability to create absurd contests like Donkey Kong vs. the Wii Fit Trainer (super entertaining BTW). Multiple modes give you hours upon hours of gameplay. Your controller may not last as long.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Majora’s Mask has been re-released in 3D to the delight of Zelda fans all around the world. Revive the kooky characters of Termina as you race against the clock to solve puzzles and melee through dungeons. Great gameplay and new story lines keep things fresh. Fifteen years after its original release, Majora’s Mask stands the test of time.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty remains one of the top-grossing gaming franchises on the planet, and for good reason. Expect the usual fast-paced, gun blazing thrill ride the brand is famous for, but with a futuristic twist that’s believable, and downright scary. The addition of Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey as President of the Atlas Corporation is the icing on the cake. Do they have an Oscar for that yet?
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is like wandering into a terrifyingly sexy fairy tale. Full of attractive characters and beastly creatures, players get fully lost in a wonderfully rich and intricate fantasy world. Gorgeous graphics and dense narratives build off of the previous two chapters of the Witcher series. Binge gaming is inevitable.
While NBA 2K15 might not be a substitute for real NBA action, it’s as close as you’ll get without having to spring for courtside seats. Its attention to detail is exceptional, and captures the finer nuances of the game like player mannerisms (Kobe complaining about fouls, for example). Controls have also tightened up significantly for better overall gameplay.
The latest installment in the uber-popular NFL game features enhanced control in the passing game and a new “Draft Champions” mode that brings new meaning to the words “fantasy football.” It also sees the return of EA Trax, with artists like The Weeknd and Big Data keeping your ears as entertained as your eyes.
Somewhat surprisingly, EA’s other massively huge sports title, FIFA 16, has taken a step back, failing to reach the initial numbers of its predecessor. Pro Evo for the win??
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid 5 is the conclusion to the story arc started by the original Metal Gear (on MSX), though its events are actually a prequel to Metal Gear and a follow up to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Significantly, Phantom Pain is the first Metal Gear iteration to feature open world gameplay.
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