Favorite Game: I love Darkest Dungeon so, so much. It’s still technically early access, but the version I was playing a few months ago was pretty much done, and I put 20 or 25 hours in it. I can’t freaking wait to get back to it upon the official release in January. It’s got some roguelike elements, some RPG elements, some base building elements, and a whole lot of flavor. It all comes together in a package that makes it my favorite game of 2015, and gives it an early lead for 2016.
Runners up: Massive Chalice and the two Old/New games below.
Played the Most: Diablo 3. Again. Even if I only pick it up a couple of times a year, I tend to put in a couple hundred hours each year, and 2015 was no exception.
Regrets: Not really many! Work less and play more games…?!
Old/New: Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky was a JRPG trilogy originally released in 2004-2007 in Japan, but the first game was released in English on Steam in 2014, and the second game was released this year. They’re pretty easily the best JRPGs I’ve played in several years, and a couple of the best games I’ve played this year. A story that works and isn’t too stereotypically Japanese, good characters, a simple but fun ability system, and good combat. When I was a bit younger and more naive, I always wondered why JRPGs basically peaked in the 90s - why couldn’t they stop focusing on new graphics and just make more games like FF IV-VI, the Chrono games, Lufia II, Phantasy Star IV, etc? Well, duh, because competent stories with good characters turn out to be really hard to make. Trails in the Sky fits in that company, and scratches an itch that I had almost forgotten I had.
Other notable: I got into Tales of Maj’Eyal this year, and it was the runner up to Diablo 3 in the “most hours played” category. Great roguelike.