Bloodborne Clearly PS4's Top 2015 Exclusive?
At the start of the year, everyone assumed Uncharted 4: A Thief's End would be the easy choice for PlayStation 4 exclusive of the year.
But then it got pushed into 2016 (along with a bunch of other games, exclusives and otherwise) and while MGS4 was exclusive to PS3, this year's Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was a multiplatform title. Most major franchises are multiplatform these days though ironically, Tomb Raider landed in Microsoft's back pocket in 2015. You know, the one filled with pay-off money.
At any rate, while it's probably a closer race for Xbox One (Rise of the Tomb Raider vs. Halo 5: Guardians?), I guess it's a given that only one exclusive this year can hold the PlayStation 4 crown: From Software's Bloodborne. It's not my cup of tea - for a few of the same reasons I can't deal with Dark Souls - but it was indeed a great game and one worthy of many accolades. I know several fiercely loyal fans who swear it's not only the best PS4 exclusive of 2015, it's also the best overall game. And let me tell you, these fans are serious; they will defend Bloodborne to the death. And perhaps rightfully so.
I should add that for me, despite their obvious flaws, both Until Dawn and The Order: 1886 are contenders for best PS4 exclusive of the year. I don't care what anyone says about either; both are great experiences in their own right. Forgive me if I still enjoy story-driven experiences in a world where only virtual freedom and massive landscapes count for anything. But let's not forget about one other potential candidate here: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. Thing is, as it's a smaller downloadable production, maybe it isn't in the same category as Bloodborne...? Should we be comparing all games, despite budgets and developer goals? I'm not so sure.
Oh, and I know you strategy/RPG fans are gonna vote for Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance. And that's okay. :)
11/20/2015 Ben Dutka