TrueAchievements Games of The Year - Part Two

By Dave Horobin, 1 year ago
Before we get into part two of our Game of the Year list, we're extremely proud to announce some exciting news regarding our review coverage here on TrueAchievements. Earlier this week we received confirmation that our official site reviews will now appear on Metacritic, something that we have been working hard to achieve for a number of years.

With that out of the way, we have some changes to reveal regarding this year's Game of the Year voting. After feedback from the community we have added both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series to the list of available games. Originally both were excluded due to the first episodes being released in 2014, but with the majority being released over the past 12 months it made sense for us to include it this time around.

Finally, it's time to share part two of our Games of the Year list (check out part one here if you missed it) and the final ten games that received a score of 4.5 or higher in this year's official site reviews.

Here are the second ten, in order of review:

The Fall
The Fall

What The Fall seems to do so well is bring together a variety of different genres, including point-and-click, action adventure, shooter, stealth and puzzler. The game excels best in its puzzle elements, with unique and exciting puzzles that will keep you guessing and force you to think outside the box in order to solve them. The story also adds to the interest and intrigue of the game and ends on a cliff-hanger that leaves the player waiting with baited breath for the following two parts of the game. The Fall is definitely more than worth your time and money. Whilst the experience may be over quickly, it will certainly be one that you thoroughly enjoy.

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition stands as a shining example of how a remaster should be done. From the ground up, the game has been redesigned to make it look and feel perfectly at home on the Xbox One. The Coalition has managed to remain true to the original game whilst adding improvements at the same time. By staying true to the original Gears there are moments where the game shows its age, but they aren’t frequent enough to spoil the overall experience. You’ll be more surprised by how well the story and gameplay mechanics stand up to today’s standards and, quite often, overshadow them.

If you're not a fan of third person shooters or the previous Gears of War games, there's nothing for you here. For everyone else the name says it all; this is the Ultimate way to experience Gears of War. Whether you're a newcomer to the franchise or if you’re looking for any excuse to return to Sera and chainsaw Locusts into tiny pieces, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a must play.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The Phantom Pain is the kind of game that actually feels as if every seemingly insignificant gameplay detail actually has a real purpose. Every mission, side-op and minute spent assigning staff back at Mother Base makes a real difference to what can or cannot be achieved out on the field. At its core it is still a stealth-action game, but it never ties you down to just being stealthy. Every mission can be approached in a multitude of different ways and it's left up to the player in how to progress. The more manageable approach to storytelling may not seem true to the Metal Gear Solid series to date, but it fits in well with the game's more flexible approach, which lets people attack the game head on or play in smaller bites without needing to worry that at any moment they may have to set aside an hour purely to watch a surprise cut-scene.

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Dishonored Definitive Edition
Dishonored Definitive Edition

My niece was right, it is easier to go through a game mercilessly slaughtering anyone that gets in your way. It's even fun. The true magic of Dishonored, however, is that you don't need to. The process of teleporting to a high ledge, sneaking up behind an enemy, choking them out, finding a place to stash the body, and then repeating the process is so highly addictive that it should be illegal. Each level and mission is constructed like a perfect puzzle with a dozen perfect solutions and each player can dabble to find which one works best for them. Dishonored may be the perfect stealth game in that it doesn't penalize you for not being stealthy, but it rewards you greater for delicate care and skill. While the Definitive Edition may not have the greatest degree of new shine on new consoles, it still is the edition of the game to own if you didn't get in on the last-gen version.

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Forza Motorsport 6
Forza Motorsport 6

Forza Motorsport 6 isn’t for everyone and the chances are that you will know in advance if this is the type of game that you would like to try. For those of you that have even the slightest interest in cars or racing, you’ll be treated to some of the finest, most immersive racing action that you can find short of doing the real thing. With a wide choice of assists and difficulties available, it's ideal for both newcomers and hardcore racing fans alike.

There are certainly improvements that Turn 10 could make, such as dynamic time of day and weather and a less linear career mode that allowed access to better cars earlier. However, they are very minor annoyances that can be easily overlooked due to the quality of everything else that the game has to offer. With stunningly detailed visuals, sound and physics to match, a huge roster of cars to drive, and new wet and night races that add another dimension to the gameplay, this is a bigger and better Forza than we have ever seen before. Forza Motorsport 6 is a masterpiece of a racing simulator that really has to be experienced to be believed.

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World of Tanks
World of Tanks

Whilst World of Tanks might not be for everyone, the title is flawless in its execution. The battlefield experience is as intense and as nerve wracking as any multiplayer game, even though it might not be the twitch fest of some of the more popular online shooter titles. Improved visuals and a great soundscape add to the all round experience. The game is as welcoming to newcomers as it is to veterans. Battles are always evenly balanced, and everyone has a chance of earning rewards from the combat. With the title being free-to-play, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't download it and give it a try.

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Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians is the game that 343 Industries needed to release to regain the confidence of gamers in both themselves and the Halo franchise. The campaign is a fast, action packed battle through a host of beautifully designed locations that offer brilliant pacing and some stunning set pieces. The story may well be confusing - especially for newcomers - and many characters are sadly lacking in depth, but that doesn’t detract from how fun it is shooting your way through the game’s 15 missions when playing solo, and even more so with three friends. The multiplayer stays true to the core elements that have made Halo what it is today, whilst at the same time adding new mechanics that bring it in line with what you’d expect to see from a modern first-person shooter. The addition of Warzone alone will keep you coming back for more as every game feels different and unique.

If you own an Xbox One and have any interest in first-person shooters, Halo 5: Guardians is quite simply a must play.

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Tales from the Borderlands
Tales From The Borderlands

In terms of mechanics, each Telltale game is really a sequel to its predecessors. In that way, Tales From The Borderlands is mostly a success. Legacy concerns still plague this game like they have been doing for the last half-decade. However, dialogue options feel the most cohesive that they've ever been and the combat adds a few new wrinkles while fixing what didn't work before. Naysayers of their formula won't be quieted with another game in Telltale's library that has especially little to offer for major player choices, but fans who have so far enjoyed their style of video game will absolutely enjoy this one, even if they aren't a Borderlands fan. It's the best Borderlands story told so far. More startlingly, it's the best Telltale story told so far, and should, with any luck, provoke a rise in the ripe genre of comedy video games.

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is, thankfully, a fine return to form for the franchise. The combination of an interesting and diverse cast of characters and the entertaining and compelling story sits perfectly in the beautifully recreated 1860’s London. It doesn’t do everything to solve all of the series’ problems -- missions can feel repetitive and there are some minor AI bugs that will shatter the sense of immersion occasionally, but by taking a step backwards and removing much of the excess baggage that the series has accumulated over the years of annual releases, Syndicate has become the best Assassin's Creed since Brotherhood.

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Fallout 4
Fallout 4

The best thing about Fallout 4 is the freedom that it gives you, not only with what to do and where to go, but also how quests will turn out. Will you talk your way out of a certain quest or run in all guns blazing? The choice is yours. Obviously the game is not without its problems; starting and ending conversations can sometimes be a little awkward, NPCs have a habit of getting stuck or being in the wrong place, and there were more than a couple of problems in figuring out what the settlements needed. Overall, though, the game is pretty close to perfect. If you decide to pass on exploring the vast wasteland then you only have yourself to blame. The hype is real and you won't be disappointed.

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Don't forget, our Game of the Year poll is now open, so make sure you head over here to place your vote before voting closes.
Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueAchievements Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueAchievements social pages discussing all things TA related.