My Top 5 Video Games of the Year

As 2015 draws to a close, I look back at my top 5 video games of the year!

5. Forza Motorsport 6 
I’ve been a huge fan of the Forza series since the beginning and it seems that with every game they make, it just keeps on getting better and better! With more than 450 cars available and awesome new weather dynamics, is what make it the best Forza game to date. There is nothing more satisfying than nudging your opponent into a puddle of standing water, before they spin off track for you to take home gold!

4. Splatoon

Splatoon is like a lighthearted version of Call of Duty except with more paint, more laughs and all round more fun! The success and response Splatoon has received has placed it as one of Nintendo’s most successful games of recent years and has definitely helped aid the Wii U cause. It’s nice to see Nintendo stepping aside from the usual powerhouses such as Mario etc and create something fresh and appealing to all.

3. Just Cause 3

Chaos. That is the one word required to describe this game. The Just Cause series returned this year with its third instalment and it’s clear that chaos is in abundance! Its huge map means that there is plenty to do and the range of methods you can use to take out enemy personal will keep you entertained for hours! Maybe you’ll take the all guns blazing approach and attack the enemy base via chopper to then parachute down and shoot ‘em up or maybe you’ll take the crazy approach and drive straight through the front door with a goat tied to your bonnet. The possibilities are endless.

2. Star Wars Battlefront

I was looking forward to the sequel to Star Wars Battlefront 2 for nearly 10 years, so when this was finally released I couldn’t contain my excitement! A lack of campaign and no prequel content was somewhat off putting, yet I didn’t take care I was looking forward to once again pilot an X-Wing and taking out some Imperial scum! And you can do exactly that. This game is full of nostalgia and any Star Wars fan will love the lengths they can go to, to help create some of the most iconic moments of the films. Star Wars Battlefront all in all is a great return of the franchise and I will be certainly keeping an eye on the DLC to come.

1. Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is easily one of the best value for money games I have ever seen. I’ve put in about 60 odd hours of games time into it since getting it and yet still it feels like new and exciting thinks can happen at any time. Apart from the exploration of the jam packed open world, another extremely pleasing aspect of the game is the crafting available to players, players are able to build buildings or crafting drugs or medicines. Fallout 4 opens up the realms of possibility to what’s available to players and the longevity of the game and the quality it maintains throughout is what gives it the title of my game of the year.

Other games narrowly missing the cut include Metal Gear Solid 5, Batman Arkham Knight, Super Mario Maker and The Witcher 3.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below!


My Top 5 Movies Of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, I look back at my top 5 movies of the year!

5. The Martian 

The Martian is a highly enjoyable family film which brings a breath of fresh air to the ‘space’ genre of films. Depicting the struggles of astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, whilst stuck on Mars, the audience are captivated with the ingenuity used by Watney to help him survive.

4. Avengers Age of Ultron

As Marvel’s phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe drew to a close, we were brought the huge Avengers Age of Ultron. AoU is a satisfying addition to the MCU, jam packed with action and a few Hulk Smashes along the way as well as incorporating a few nice additions to the cast, Avengers AoU sets up the stage for Marvel’s Civil War coming out in 2016.

3. Inside Out

I was sceptical when I first saw the concept of Inside Out, however having watched it, it’s safe to say that this is one of Pixar’s best films yet! I possibly may enjoy this film more than others as it’s basically the life of my 11 year old psycho sister and I like to ridicule her about it! Pixar does what it does best, tugging at the heart strings of both the old and the young and making more laughs than ever!

2. Jurassic World 

Jurassic World is basically a remake of the 1993 original Jurassic Park with more guns, a dinosaur petting zoo and a badass genetically modified dinosaur. Plot aside, Jurassic World is a fantastic adaptation of what the modern world would be like if we had a dinosaur theme park. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt takes the lead role and his portrayal of Owen makes him even more of one of the most loved actors on screen of the 21st century.

1. Star Wars The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams was either going to be branded either a huge success or renamed Jar Jar Abrams depending on what he brought to the Star Wars universe, luckily for him through a huge budget and colossal levels of nostalgia it’s safe to say the force awakens is a triumph. This was possibly the most anticipated film of recent years and the stats do not lie, taking in $1.09 billion worldwide in its first weekend shows that this is clearly the biggest film of the year, possibly the biggest film of all time?

Other movies narrowly missing the cut include Ant-Man, Spectre, Fast and Furious Seven and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below!

Euro 2016 draw reaction

Late yesterday the draw for the groups of 2016 was made in Paris, if you’ve not yet seen the draw, you can check out the groups here  

The Home Nations 
Who’d have guessed it? England pitted against Wales in the group stage. Potential revenge on the cards for England following their disappointing campaign from the rugby World Cup? We’ll have to see, but this is definitely going to be one the most anticipated fixtures of the early stages. The group (group B) itself is no easy task to progress from, opponents in the form of Slovakia and Russia face the English and Welsh. Slovakia, second only to Euro 2012 champions Spain in the group stages, will prove a tricky test and group G runners up Russia will take no prisoners.

Northern Ireland are welcomed into group C with the likes of powerhouses Germany and Poland and 29th ranked in the world, Ukraine. First impressions suggest that Northern Ireland will require a miracle to even claim a point at the European Championships next summer. However, looking at the qualification track record of these formidable opponents, the Northern Irish can be somewhat hopeful. Ukraine finished third place in their group and only just managed to get through their qualifier against Slovenia. One of the most interesting developments of the qualifying stages was group D and Northern Ireland will take great faith in the scrapes Scotland and Republic of Ireland took from the big guns. So don’t fear Northern Ireland, there is hope!

Republic of Ireland will have an extremely tough task in group E, which is being deemed as the group of death. Belgium, Italy and Sweden will line up against Ireland in what seems like an impossible task. Belgium hot favourites to win and ranked number 1 in FIFA world rankings and Italy group H winners are the early favourites to progress whilst Sweden spearheaded by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in what could be his last tournament for his country will go all guns blazing against Ireland. Martin O’Neill and his men will praying for the luck of the Irish to stop the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Graziano Pellè and the man himself, Zlatan.

The Rest 
Home nation France look to have the easiest pick of the groups facing the likes of Romania, Albania and Switzerland and should have no worries progressing. Portugal and Spain also should have no troubles in groups D and F respectively. 

Overall, it’s safe to say the draw for Euro 2016 has been fairly kind to England and Wales, and a lot less kind for Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Time will tell how the home nations do next summer but there is no doubt that all eyes from the UK will be watching, except maybe Scotland…