Can you feel it? That crispness in the air? That’s a sure sign that the end of the year is coming; and with it, “best of the year” roundups.
As we edge nearer and nearer to our best of 2015, we take a look at everything October managed to deliver — and boy oh boy were there some big contenders this time around.
Guitar Hero Live
As part of their continuing efforts to blur the lines between smartphone games and console games, Activision released their new Guitar Hero game on all devices on the same day, offering a retail package that delivered iOS gamers with an identical experience to their console counterparts. Heck — with the right equipment, you can even play this one on your TV.
- Guitar Hero Live (4.5 stars)
A good pair of boots should be comfortable, dry, and have very little recoil. At the very least, that’s what you’d want in a pair of gun boots. Downwell is one of the best action games we’ve seen on mobile this year, tasking players with a descent into a hole armed only with bullet-spewing boots for protection.
- Downwell Review (5 stars)
Minecraft Story Mode
Trying to give a sandbox series like Minecraft a story feels a little like putting a square peg into a round hole — fortunately, the narrative masters at Telltale brought the right tools to make it fit. Heavy on the humor and light on the gameplay, Minecraft Story Mode proved to be a pretty great romp in the first two episodes — both of which were released in October.
Think multiplayer shooters can’t be done right on mobile? Think again. Afterpulse strips the genre down to its simplest form, then puts plenty of firepower in your hands as you jump into match after match of hellish assault.
Sniper X with Jason Statham
Proving that celebrity games aren’t always about fashion, Glu launched a sniper game this month with Jason Statham as your narrator. Leave it to the makers of Deer Hunter to craft a game about the deadliest prey of all.
Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 5
It can be a challenge for an episodic series to finish as strongly as it started, and considering the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands was one of our Best of 2014 selections, Episode 5 had a lot to live up to — yet they pulled it off magnificently. They’ve had a lot of good games over the years, but Tales from the Borderlands may very well be Telltale’s best.