Video Game Personality Brittney 'Blonde Nerd' Brombacher Shares Her Top Games Of 2015

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Brittney Brombacher has spent the last five years establishing herself in the industry. A gamer since her grandma bought her an SNES at the tender age of five, Brombacher has taken her passion to blogging and podcasting on her website BlondeNerd.com. She also has her own YouTube channel, where she often invites her dad to play games with her. Brombacher has earned a reputation for her hilarious and unbridled enthusiasm for games. Let's just say she's not afraid to hide how she really feels.

Without further ado, here are her favorite games of 2015:

Quiplash's Arnie Niekamp Shares His Top Games of 2015

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Arnie Niekamp is a director at Jackbox Games, the developer responsible for the immensely enjoyable Jackbox Party Packs. Niekamp is a writer on both Quiplash and Drawful, games included in those packs. 

Here's Niekamp with his picks for the year in no particular order:

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Games We Want To Play

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to settle in for the long wait. With Episode VII now in theaters, we’re left to wonder what the world of Star Wars has in store for us in the next installment. In the meantime, we hope that Disney and Lucasfilm adjust their approach to the gaming world. In recent years, we’ve seen only a few worthwhile Star Wars game releases, and that’s disappointing, because the franchise has a long history of excellent game adaptations. What exactly are we hoping for? Here are 10 games that could easily emerge from the stories, characters, settings, and ideas introduced in The Force Awakens.

Perhaps this goes without saying, but all of the suggestions below involve significant spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you’ve somehow managed to not go see the movie yet, stay away!

Test Chamber – Harmonix's Amplitude Revival

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It's the start of a whole new year of Test Chambers here at Game Informer, and to kick things off we're looking at one of the year's first releases: Amplitude. Harmonix has revived the music-rhythm formula that they invented with the games Frequency and Amplitude on the PlayStation 2 for a new generation. Game Informer's Matt Miller reviewed the game, Ben Hanson has played a lot of it, and Joe Juba is a curious fan of the classic games, so we were all eager to jump into the studio and show off the game. To learn more about Amplitude, you can watch our video interview with Harmonix's founder on the history of the project, check out some footage of the original PS2 game, or read Matt Miller's full review.

Watch the video below to see the new PlayStation 4 (and soon to be PlayStation 3)game in action and to learn the pros and cons of the game's resurrection.

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Oxenfree's Sean Krankel Shares His Top Games Of 2015

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Sean Krankel has spent his career working on a plethora of games and franchises such as Crash Bandicoot, 50 Cent Bulletproof, and Epic Mickey. He recently formed his own studio, Night School Studio, with his cousin, Adam Hines, who previously worked at Telltale Games. Its first project is called Oxenfree. The narrative-driven adventure is about coming-of-age while investigating a spooky island, and launches on January 15 on PC and Xbox One.

Fallout 4 (PS4/XB1): Every year I pine for a big honkin' open world to get lost in, and this year it was Fallout 4, which, incidentally, was my first Fallout game. At some point I need to get my Witcher on, but for now, I'll keep wandering the Wasteland.

E-Sports Host Paola Alejandra Shares Her Top 10 Games Of 2015

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Paola Alejandra best known as "Pao" is a jack of all trades and a rising name in the industry. She has her own podcast, Gamer Girls Gone Wild, hosts e-sports competitions, and still finds time to write about video games on her website and stream herself playing them on Twitch. Yes, this girl always has something in the works related to gaming.

Here are Pao's favorite games of 2015:

Five Tips For Making Your Backlog Manageable And Tracking Your Gaming

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Each year, I’m fortunate enough to play dozens of games (and even complete some of them). For each one I do get time with though, there are two or three I purchase that sit on the shelf or in a digital library just waiting for me to pay them attention.

My backlog has exploded over the past few years, and what used to be a simple task of going to my shelf to see what’s available doesn’t work anymore. Digital purchases on at least eight different platforms prevent me from seeing all my games in one place.

I’ve devised a few tips that have made things much easier, though. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to organize your gaming life, these might be right up your alley.

Revisiting Shenmue: A First-Timer's Experience With The 15 Year-Old Classic

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In July of 2015, I began what would eventually turn into a three-month journey to play the Dreamcast classic Shenmue to completion for the first time in a video series. I went in with few expectations (we didn’t even commit to finishing the game until a few episodes in) and walked away generally positive. I’ve had a few months to think back on the experience, and as we prepare for the ambiguous release of Shenmue 3 I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on the game and discuss how it held up 15 years after release for someone who had never played it, or even been interested in it.

I did have at least one expectation going into the game before starting. I always assumed I would find the game dull. The idea of living out an average life and holding a job as a forklift driver seemed banal, and I never sought out the game for that reason. I was aware the story followed a protagonist seeking revenge for the murder of his father, but that aspect of the game is rarely discussed outside of fans simply stating they want to see the story resolved. Because of that single expectation, my biggest surprise about playing through the game was how engaged I was throughout. The well-realized world and interesting supporting cast kept me excited about starting a new day every time we recorded an episode.

Twitch's Chase Shares His Top 5 Games Of 2015

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Chase is a video game industry PR veteran who has been promoting software and hardware as far back as SEGA Dreamcast and over a hundred games since then, including Bioshock, Bayonetta, Disney Epic Mickey and The Last of Us. Last year, he left Access Communications, his former agency of 14 years, where he worked on the launch of Twitch to go in-house as the live streaming platform’s Director of PR. Before his PR days, he was a freelance games journalist, so we invited him to pick up his virtual pen again.Here are Chase's favorite games of 2015:
There were so many great games this year, especially on the AAA front, that I’m going to bookend this with some obvious choices but focus on some smaller games too.

Below's Nathan Vella Shares His Top 10 Games Of 2015

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Nathan Vella is the co-founder and president of Capybara Games, the indie house behind Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, Super Time Force, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, and Critter Crunch. Capybara's next game is Below, slated to release in 2016 for Xbox One and PC.

Here's Vella with his picks for the year in no particular order: