Another year gone is another opportunity to look back at what was. A pretty solid twelve months of video games that kicked off slowly and gained momentum as the months rolled on. Here are a handful of my favourites from 2015.

3.) Until Dawn (PlayStation 4)

A total sleeper hit, Until Dawn put you in control of a group of teenagers as they fight for their lives atop a blizzard covered mountain. On the run from deadly monsters, a serial killer, and much more, all your actions (or lack of) could potentially mean death for the character you play as leaving the door open to a variety of endings. The game is not only unique in the way the story plays out but graphically one of the most under-appreciated titles of the year.

It’s not for everyone but horror movie fans or people looking for an experience outside the standard fare of games should give it a look.

2.) Bloodborne (PlayStation 4)

Bloodborne is a nightmare, in the best possible way. Dark, twisted art with a relentless sense of defeat around every corner make this an easy choice for the best game of 2015.

With a twist near the half-way point that will make you question your sanity, to the wonderfully replayable multiplayer component or chalice dungeons, this is a game that fans of the Souls series new and old have to experience.

1.) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4)

The Witcher 3 was, without question, the best game I played this year. With 100+ hours of quests, free updates, and a solid 5-10 hour addition with the excellent Hearts of Stone paid DLC pack, the game and lore feel endless.

The game’s story features a great cast of characters, new and others returning favourites that will please fans of the previous games. The core gameplay and combat mechanics have been substantially overhauled since the original Witcher titles to make combat enjoyable and the whole experience better. While you might think there would be somewhat of a barrier-to-entry because of the original two titles, Witcher 3 does its best to provide enough material to keep everyone up to speed with the backstory, which is greatly appreciated.