2015 Sports Games Of The Year Awards

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Now that we're out of the growing pains phase of the new home consoles, sports games are also hitting their stride. 2015 was a good all-around year for sports titles (no matter which platform you're on), offering entirely new experiences, the improvement of old favorite franchises, and plenty of modes and types of gameplay to sate everyone.

Check out the various sports categories below, and also be sure to take a look at our overall Best Games of 2015 list as well as what you the readers picked.

Best New Feature: Air Supremacy – Madden NFL 16

A Legend Reborn: Hands-On With Doom's Single Player

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A Legend Reborn: Hands-On With Doom's Single Player

When we arrived at the Richardson, Texas headquarters of id Software last December, I thought we accidentally walked into the wrong office. Id’s familiar logo is painted on the wall, but the lobby doesn’t reflect the history or vibe the studio is known for.

Intense white lights shine down on colorful architecture and décor, creating an environment that is warm, inviting, and unlike anything I would expect from the creators of Doom. The office is modern in design, embracing orange and white hues wherever it can, and is under the watchful eye of the extraordinarily upbeat Ms. Donna, id’s office manager who has been with the studio for decades, and is called “id mom” by the development team.

In the deepest southern accent I’ve heard outside of actors overemphasizing it in films, Ms. Donna offers me a breath mint, and tells me in a polite way that I better have a good time playing the game. She winks at me and I am immediately at a loss for words. A security guard in full police attire (gold badge and all) sits to her right, smiling pleasantly as he soaks in my awkward exchanges with Ms. Donna.

The Gigantic List Of All Rock Band 4's Available DLC Tracks

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The Gigantic List Of All Rock Band 4's Available DLC Tracks

Rock Band 4 makes the leap from last generation to the modern consoles with a massive catalog of existing Rock Band DLC, most of which is compatible with the latest game. That amounts to over 1,700 tracks, which can make finding your favorite song a pain when sifting through digital storefronts.

To ease the search for good music, we’ve compiled every DLC track currently available in a more organized format. As new songs are added, we’ll update the article. 

For those curious if Rock Band 4 is worth the price of admission, check out our review. Speaking of price, each DLC track costs $1.99. This week's download, which is being called the Off The Charts 02 pack, can also be purchased as a bundle for $8.49.

My Thoughts On That Dragon, Cancer

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My Thoughts On That Dragon, Cancer

There are some things in life that you never want to go through, that you hope and pray you can be lucky enough to avoid experiencing firsthand. The Green family had no such luck. Amy and Ryan's son Joel was diagnosed with cancer when he was 12 months old, and battled the disease for four long years before dying at the age of five. That Dragon, Cancer takes players through the Greens' plight, and as Amy declares in one revelatory moment, "tragedy" is the perfect word for the experience – the only word. That Dragon, Cancer is an intensely challenging and emotional game that's virtually impossible to review, but still worth discussing.

2015 RPG Of The Year Awards

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2015 RPG Of The Year Awards

This year had plenty of worthwhile role-playing games to get lost in. A slew of absorbing games, such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Pillars of Eternity, and Fallout 4, appeared with much fanfare. Unfortunately, handheld RPGs weren't as dominant as usual, and games like Tales of Zestiria and Xenoblade Chronicles X underwhelmed compared to their predecessors. The year also had its share of unexpected darlings with Undertale and Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel coming out of nowhere to earn a spot in the race to the top of the RPG pack. Read on to discover what stood out in a year full of ups and downs for the genre.

Best Narrative: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 has some of the series' best writing, showcasing that not everything in the world is as cut-and-dried as it appears. CD Projekt Red once again tackles choice and situations with plenty of shades of gray and memorable outcomes. The Bloody Baron storyline, anyone? Can you trust the vengeance-focused Dijkstra? The writing also presented a more tender side to Geralt in his quest to help Ciri fend off the Wild Hunt, and watching Ciri determine the right course for her life was exciting in its own right. The narrative may begin with you following Ciri's footsteps, but it always leads to interesting places with complex people, never once dialing back on its dark and bleak world.

Assassin's Creed Wishlist

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Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series is at an important juncture. While 2015's Syndicate was a quality game, the series' yearly installments are grinding on the public. With the rumor that Ubisoft may put the franchise on ice for a year, we look at what we want to see from the series going forward.

Warning: there are some series spoilers in this article.

Make A Plan And Stick To ItThe series' story has had its strong moments, like exploring the First Civilization storyline back in Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood, but in both modern times and back in the animus, the series story feels aimless.

My Thoughts On That Dragon, Cancer

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There are some things in life that you never want to go through, that you hope and pray you can be lucky enough to avoid experiencing firsthand. The Green family had no such luck. Amy and Ryan's son Joel was diagnosed with cancer when he was 12 months old, and battled the disease for four long years before dying at the age of five. That Dragon, Cancer takes players through the Greens' plight, and as Amy declares in one revelatory moment, "tragedy" is the perfect word for the experience – the only word. That Dragon, Cancer is an intensely challenging and emotional game that's virtually impossible to review, but still worth discussing.

Test Chamber – Star Wars Pinball: The Force Awakens

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Despite the massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there haven't been many video game experiences focused on the film. There is Disney Infinity 3.0's Force Awakens pack, and then this: two Force Awakens-themed pinball tables for Pinball FX 2 and Zen Pinball 2.

Join Andrew Reiner, Jeff "Pinball Wizard" Marchiafava, and me as we test both tables and try to make something cool happen. The pack includes two tables: The Force Awakens and Might of the First Order. The former mostly focuses on the good guys with characters like Rey and Finn making an appearance, while the latter features villains Captain Phasma and the Storm Trooper with a flamethrower. Kylo Ren also makes an appearance if you're skilled enough to summon him.

The pack releases tomorrow, January 12, on just about every platform imaginable.

The Gruesome Level Design Of Doom

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The Gruesome Level Design Of Doom

Boasting a wide array of skulls, gore, and power chords, the Doom series has become synonymous with heavy metal, but how does this art style play into the upcoming shooter?

Game Director Marty Stratton and Creative Director Hugo Martin reveal the three distinct zones in Doom as well as some key features from the original game are making a return.

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2015 Adventure Game Of The Year Awards

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2015 was one of the strongest years in memory for adventure games. It was a year filled with quality titles that ran the gamut from surprisingly effective horror to moving portraits of the struggles of adolescence. With our general 2015 Games of the Year awards now live, we're now going to take time to recognize the best of this year's adventure games.

Best Story: Life is Strange

It's true that Life is Strange's story sags in some places, notably toward the middle, but taken as a whole there's never been a game quite like it. Its strange, wondrous combination of sci-fi and young adult drama could have easily been a disaster. Instead, the story of Max and Chloe and the rest of Arcadia Bay is a powerful testament to the potential of interactive stories and is not easily forgotten.