Best Action game
Honestly, I haven’t clocked that many hours in Bloodborne, but there’s no doubt it should receive this award. Just in beating the first bosses, I had again sensations that I hadn’t felt since the first Devil May Cry. Difficult, unforgiving, non-linear but still fascinating thanks to a fine-tuned progression system : Bloodborne is an action game like you’ll probably won’t see again this generation.
Runner up : Senran Kagura Estival Versus (PS4/PSVita)
Despite not being a very good FPS, Star Wars Battlefront is nevertheless a truly amazing Star Wars game. Made by fans for the fans, it is so accessible that everyone can join the party and re-experience the trilogy freely in the best graphics available.
Runner-up : Call of Duty Advance Warfare (PS4)
Best Fighting game
Easy third win for Dead or Alive 5 which comes back for a Last Round on new generation. Still unmatched in terms of gameplay, Team Ninja’s title also got exciting DLC collaborations like Senran Kagura or Legend of Heroes.
Runner-up : none
Best Strategy game
Fire Emblem triples the amount for its triumphant return in the industry : three stories, three destinies. Although the ultimate scenario, Invisible Kingdom, is leagues ahead the first two in terms of content or originality, you have up the 200 hours of pleasure in this long saga.
Runner-up : Luminous Arc Infinity (PSVita)
Unlike Xenoblade Chronicles X which is a failed JRPG, Tales of Zestiria cultivates the necessary aspects of the genre and achieves greatness. Ground-breaking, dynamic and intense battle system, lovable characters, polished humor and direction… it totally lives up to its lineage.
Runner-up : Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4)
Best Puzzle game
Altough it’s not its main objective, Yomawari comes with numerous puzzles that will demand some brainstorming from the player. A bit like The Firefly Diary before him, but actually achievable this time.
Runner-up : none
Both richness and mastery are entwined in Fire Emblem Fates, which includes superb themes in both of its influences : with medieval classicism and Japanese folk melodies, there is more than enough to make the 3DS a mini-jukebox. And yet you must add to this truly unforgettable battle themes and a dynamic orchestration.
Runner-up : Tales of Zestiria (PS3) & Mega Dimension Neptunia VII (PS4)
Falcom’s design wins for the 2nd year in a row. It’s worth pointing out that there’s no bad character in Tokyo Xanadu : the main characters’ story is never commonplace. Everything else (world, costumes, enemies) is as detailed and stylish as ever.
Runner-up : Fire Emblem Fates (3DS) & Makai Shin Trillion (PSVita)
We could feel it and yes : Star Wars Battlefront makes the show like no other this year. The precise modeling, the utmost realistic effects, the rain of beams, the 40-player maps, the valiancy of the heroes… it was set to become the graphical prowess of 2015.
Runner-up : Blanc + Neptune vs Zombie Army (PSVita)
No truly great narrative this year, so I shall inaugurate this new category in which atmosphere speaks more than words. I don’t particularly like the horror genre but I enjoyed the fear provided by Yomawari. Modest in graphics, great in the fear, this little 2D adventure game by Nippon Ichi Software plays with your emotions from back to front and with stunning mastery. Frightening by its cruel and misshapen yôkai, it can also by moving by its yet simple story. Best surprise of the year, definitely.
Runner-up : Lost Dimension (PSVita)
Best game you might never play
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to fill this category and I’m glad about it. In a context where more and more games get localized, how not to lament Capcom’s unwillingness to go forward with Great Ace Attorney? It might be less polished than previous title, it still a compelling story drawn with style.
Runner-up : IA/VT Colorful (PSVita)
Although I’m still not sure of what to think of Makai Shin Trillion overall, there’s no denying it’s a one-of-a-kind. Tactical-RPG entirely focused at taking out the last boss, it also includes managing and scarifying several of your characters. Cruel but unique, Makai Shin Trillion is a very tricky UFO to play with.
Runner-up : Lost Dimension (PSVita)
Sword Art Online Lost Song is a fu** waste, even more unforgivable that the IP is booming and that the first one was a great surprise. I fell asleep on story and gameplay when I wasn’t just crying over the technical and game design issues. BandaiNamco better start from scratch for the next one.
Runner-up : Call of Duty Black Ops III (PS4)
The DLC “season” of Senran Kagura Estival Versus was worth the investment. Each of the renowned guests, including Ayane from Dead or Alive, Ikki Tôsen‘s trio or Naraku & Kagura (those two coming from Senran Kagura Deep Crismson where they were NOT playable), have been designed and animated so perfectly that they end up more exciting to use than most of the base cast. Small mention also for Hatsune Miku’s wonderful appearance in Persona 4 Dancing All Night.
Runner-up : Persona 4 Dancing All Night
Game of the Year
Tales of Zestiria (PS3)
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4)