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Splatoon

Splatoon is the third-person, team based shooter from Nintendo which, in my opinion, is undoubtedly one the best games to come out this year, and it is made all the better thanks to Nintendo who are looking to support this game very much in vain that Valve have done with Team Fortress 2. It’s a new IP that may have started off low on content but has been getting plenty of new additions every few weeks since release Including new maps, weapons and new character items. And the best part about all of this? The content is entirely free! No season passes, no micro transactions and the community has undoubtedly swelled as a direct result of it. The game is selling really well worldwide, with over one million units just in Japan alone which appears to have gone Squid crazy. Splatoon is likely going be a new regular Nintendo franchise, so anyone who owns a Wii U should not only buy it, but come and get messy, trust me, you won’t regret it!

Cities Skylines

Cities Skylines came to rescue for true city building/management game fans who feel that EA and Maxis let its core fan base down with the latest SIM CITY. With enough features and room to build what you want without space limits, this effort manages to bring the genre forward into today. The latest DLC, After Dark, recently added new content, strategies and a day and night cycle, so now my bustling metropolis parties at night and works during the day. I have put close into two hundred hours’ worth of playtime in 2015 alone and it will still be played for the foreseeable future. A small developer who listens to its core customer and creates a product for them should be celebrated, leaving big old EA needing to take a long hard look at how after twenty years of getting it right, the key to the city has been passed along to the new guys in town. If you’re not already convinced, Cities Skyline can now be picked up relatively cheaply, but do not let the low price tag fool you as its much better than any of the competition.

Rare Replay

Rare Replay, should not really be on this list, after all its a compendium of games from Rare’s past, some of which are fantastic, whilst others might not be quite as incredible today as those rose tinted glasses would have you recall. However, I never once thought I would see the day I could play gems like Blast Corps, Jet Force Gemini, Cobra Triangle, RC PRO-AM and Snake Rattle and Roll all in glorious HD, so this was a real console seller for me. I did have my Xbox One already, but in all seriousness, I would have dropped the cash that day for this game if I needed to, it’s simply that good. So I have to put it here as the game of my dreams, even if it is missing Goldeneye for obvious reasons. This game is pure gold and a bargain with most shops selling it for under £15, though some of the newer Xbox 360 games are not wildly exciting, some are still great games, but then there is Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts which still makes me want to kill myself, it serving as a reminder of when the magic ended for me. Still, with lots of charm, humour and video content about their games and company history - which are just the icing on the cake - I hope Rare had a nice birthday, because I certainly enjoyed it! So, Rare, just put down the avatar trash and give me Blast Corps 2 and Banjo Threeie because that would really make my decade, but as it is, as Gregg - the Grim Reaper - once said “it’s the best bloody deal you’re going to get you little prick”.

 
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