Which games/hardware have made 2015 special for me?
I don’t tend to arrange games (or tech) I review into any sort of order and I am not about to start, however, I thought maybe I should write a short piece on the ones I think deserve a mention. They are all games that have either been released in 2015 or are still in active development as of December 31st 2015 and, in the case of hardware, some of my favourite pieces that I have been sent so far.
I have now been writing for Davechaos.co.uk for a little over 2 years and, during that time, I have had the opportunity to play a good number of fantastic games and test some wonderful hardware/tech. I thought it might be nice to see off 2015 (and the old website) with some notable mentions.
Despite the glitches, and various other issues, it is still a worthy addition to the Fallout franchise. Settlement building (albeit irritating) is a nice feature. Post-apocolyptic roleplaying has come a long way over the last 20 years or so, here’s to many more!
A very simple 2D-sidescrolling base management game that is incredibly addictive and has a significant learning curve. Essentially a casual game but with more depth than you first realise.
From The Depths:
Build a ship, sink it, build something bigger with more guns, add missiles.. You know what? Think block building with physics, buoyancy and even space.. Oh, guns too, lots of guns! It’s fun, honestly!
Colony building in the style of Prison Architect, huge amounts of content, consumes large amounts of time without you noticing and to top it off, despite being in early access, already has more mods than you can shake a stick at!
Killing Floor 2:
Kill increasingly numerous and nasty monsters for cash, spend cash for bigger guns, profit? Well, that depends on teamwork, something in short supply on the internet as we all know, still, a great, progressive FPS and fun to play.
Kerbal Space Program:
Failed the astro-navigation exam almost as many times as Rimmer? Don’t worry, now you can run your own space program, from craft design, to contracts, to dropping prefabs on another world. Still can’t fly straight? Mod it!
Naval broadside warfare in space, with a Firefly-esq soundtrack, big guns and a large amount of space to explore, even if it’s only on 2 axis. Lots of fun, although multiplayer would be a nice addition.
EVGA Torq X10 Carbon:
I was sent this mouse to review earlier in 2015 and even after testing I carried on using it, in fact, I still use it now. Both comfortable and functional with a good grip and adjustable back plate, extra buttons and an ambidextrous design. All of these make this a wonderful mouse and definitely my peripheral of the year.
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma:
While it does have an issue with multiple profiles in the Synapse software it doesn’t detract from the device itself. Well designed and with thoughtful customisation options; including macro keys, media and lighting controls. A good all-round keyboard with enough functionality to keep most of us happy for a good long while!
I had been meaning to buy a new webcam for a very long time so when Dave said he had a space C920 from Logitech I was more than happy to take it. From picture quality to audio quality from the built-in mic; it has everything I could possibly need. A fantastic device that I am truly proud to own.
Cooler Master Master Case Pro 5:
After seeing this case at EGX 2015 at the NEC; I immediately knew I must have one (I’m still waiting to purchase it). Not only does it look brilliant but it holds the modular customisation that I have wanted from a case in as long as I have been building computers (13 years). A dream come true for me. I will write a full review once I get hold of one! I have high hopes for this!
So, which games or devices have made your year? It took all of my restraint not to add a fair few more to this list. Let us hope that 2016 brings us all that we desire and more!