I’ve done posts like this in the past in a variety of different ways, but this year I opted to go a little bit smaller-form with it. For, as Polonius (ironically) says, “brevity is the soul of wit.”
Honorable Mention: Majora’s Mask 3D
I really wanted to put this one on the list for the year. Reason one being that it’s my all-time favorite Legend of Zelda game by quite a lot, but also because I actually don’t have a full list of 10 games this year as I usually do. That said, as much as I love MM3D, and despite just how much this smart remake does right, I can’t justify considering it an actual release for the year 2015, given that it is, essentially, a re-release of a 15-year old game, albeit an incredibly good one. So I have to leave Majora’s Mask as an honorable mention. While it doesn’t get to chart on this list, it’s still a game well worth playing. This is one of the most clever, interesting, nuanced, and surprisingly dark games in the Zelda series, and anyone with a 3DS would be remiss not to pick it up.
The following post is spoiler-free. Fear not.
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens is a good movie. No, it’s a great movie.
I had reservations going in about whether or not JJ Abrams was up to the task of revitalizing literally decades’ and generations’ worth of love and devotion in a way that could also wrangle in a new era of fans, but he has definitely done that, and in a great way, much like he did with Star Trek.
As anyone worth his nerd-cred, I’m a big fan of the Star Wars films, and while I’m not particularly knowledgeable about the extended universe, I’m passable enough to consider myself an intermediate-level fan. A few months ago, in anticipation of the new film, I went back and watched all of the others in a marathon session (451236), and I recommend you do so if you’re a little rusty. At least, watch the original trilogy.
As I’m sure you know, The Force Awakens takes place decades after Return of the Jedi, and you’ll be pleased to know it’s much more like the original trilogy than the prequels, at least in terms of storytelling and general quality.