The Top 10 Games from 2015 That We’re Still Playing


The Top 10 Games from 2015 That We’re Still Playing

There have been a particularly large number of great games released in 2022. From Elden Ring to Bayonetta 3 to Persona 5 to the remake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, there’s no shortage of immersive and exciting games to choose from this year. However, sometimes you just can’t beat the feeling of returning to an old favorite from a past year.

2015 is a year full of titles like this. Whether it be a franchise entry or a standalone game, there are plenty of great titles from 2015 that have proven to be endlessly replayable.

As a halfway point between the 2010s, these 2015 titles occupy a unique space: with the decade half through, these top 10 games from 2015 that we’re still playing perfectly encapsulate what came before and what was to come after in the world of video games. With the sixth generation of video games coming to a close, the seventh generation nearing its conclusion, and the eighth generation well underway, 2015 is something of a gathering place for all sorts of different consoles, game types, and genres alike.

Before looking at our top 10 titles, let’s dive deeper into the history of 2015 in gaming.

2015 in Gaming

While we often think of consoles when we think of gaming, 2015 brought with it a unique statistic: digital video games made $61 billion that year. Computer games and video game subscription services accounted for more than half of the $61 billion, while mobile games made up much of the other half. Physical games made up around $23 billion in sales on top of that aforementioned figure, bringing the grand total to nearly $85 billion in total video game revenue. It seems unbelievable, but digital sales far exceeded physical sales in 2015.

Also interesting to note about 2015 in gaming: no new consoles were released, just like in 2014. The closest thing was the release of the New Nintendo 3DS, a moderately successful new-and-improved version of the original Nintendo 3DS handheld console released in 2011. It sold just shy of 10 million units. It was a moderate success for Nintendo (especially compared to the original 3DS’s sales figures, which topped 11 million in its first year). Odds are, the lack of other competing console releases from rival brands only boosted these sales.

All in all, though, the video game industry was on the up-and-up in 2015. Revenues for physical games were up 5% over 2014, while digital console revenues were up 8% over that same year. Mobile games saw an even greater increase, besting 2014 sales by a whole 10%. As new games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U started to dwindle, video game developers and console manufacturers looked less and less to the past and fixed their gaze on the second half of the 2010s instead. This forward-thinking nature manifests itself in the top 10 games from 2015 that we’re still playing.

Top 10 Games from 2015 We’re Still Playing

Even with no new major consoles, 2015 proved to be a great year for gaming. There are plenty of endlessly replayable titles, offering equal parts nostalgia and joy for spinning them back time after time. From the latest entries in long-running series to exciting remakes for the latest-gen consoles to promising one-offs from the best in the industry, these are the top 10 games from 2015 that we find ourselves returning to again and again.

Mortal Kombat X - Xbox One
  • Featuring Klassics such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden and Kano, as well as new characters such as Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn, Ferra-Torr and D'Vorah, the roster will include fan favorites where both good...
  • Mortal Kombat X offers three different versions for each playable character, all of which have their own fighting style, special moves, abilities and strategies.
  • A deep story mode continues up to 25 years after the events of 2011's Mortal Kombat and advances the dark tale - introducing new characters such as Cassie Cage, daughter of fan favorites Sonya Blade...
  • Mortal Kombat X introduces the next evolution of fighting with the return of X-ray and Finishing Moves that showcase brutal battles like never before with enhanced graphics and animations.
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11/26/2023 11:36 am GMT
PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Available PlatformsPlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
DeveloperNetherRealm Studios
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedApril 7th, 2015

It’s not out of the ordinary for many of the most iconic and long-running video game franchises to fall victim to a sort of placidness after a while. With emMortal Kombat X/em, however, this popular franchise proves that it doesn’t always have to be this way.

The game is just as fun to play today as it was upon its release in 2015, complete with excellent controls, remarkable graphics, fun gameplay, and top-notch (not to mention shockingly graphic) finishing moves. It just might be the best Mortal Kombat game to date, making it worth continuing to replay for years to come.

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Star Wars Battlefront (PS4)
  • The Most immersive and Photorealistic Interactive Entertainment.
  • Ground-based Combat on a Galatic Scale.
  • Master the Battelfront with Iconic Star Wars characters.
  • Take to the skies in Epic Star Wars Dog Fights.
  • Made for Jedi and Padawans Alike.
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11/26/2023 05:21 pm GMT
PublisherElectronic Arts
Available PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
GenreFirst-person shooter, third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedNovember 17th, 2015

A remake of the popular 2004 game, emStar Wars Battlefront/em is a real highlight of 2015 (not to mention one of the top 10 games from 2015 worth booting up again and again, even still to this day).

Made and released in conjunction with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, emStar Wars Battlefront/em came at a time when no one truly knew what to expect from the new Disney-produced Star Wars films. In hindsight, it seems the Star Wars games made under Disney might be better than the films themselves. emStar Wars Battlefront/em set the bar high and kept it there.

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Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront is a fan favorite for a reason!


Live the Batman Experience!
Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
  • Introduction of the Batmobile and enhancements to signature features
  • The Batmobile is brought to life with a new distinct visual appearance and a full range of on-board high-tech gadgetry
  • For the first time in the series, explore the entirety of Gotham City in a completely open and free-roaming game world
  • More combat moves and high-tech gadgetry than before, including "gadgets while gliding" ability and an upgraded utility belt
  • Fully immerse yourself in the chaos in the streets, taking down individual villains or pursuing the core narrative path
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11/25/2023 07:55 pm GMT
PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Available PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
DeveloperRocksteady Studios
ReleasedJune 23rd, 2015

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham games were a highlight of the late 2000s and early 2010s, and emBatman: Arkham Knight/em proved to be a remarkable (if temporary) final entry in the series.

With no new Batman: Arkham games released in the years since this 2015 title, emArkham Knight/em serves as a fantastic Batman game with a truly rewarding experience upon each revisit. There’s always something new to discover, always someone new to fight, and always a new area to explore. It still feels just as fresh today as it did upon its 2015 release.

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Batman Arkham Night
Love Batman? This game brings everything you love about the comic.


7. Splatoon

Available PlatformsWii U
GenreThird person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedMay 29th, 2015

If you were quick enough to secure a Wii U during its surprisingly short life cycle, then you know how fun Splatoon was, is, and will continue to be.

It’s not often Nintendo puts so much work and effort into creating new franchises when they have so many long-standing and iconic franchises under their belt, but Splatoon‘s endless replayability proves that it often pays to take a big risk. Even with its two sequels, the first Splatoon is easily one of the top 10 games from 2015 worth revisiting — and not just because it’s fun to take the seriously underrated Wii U console for a spin every so often.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
  • An ancient evil has doomed the world of Termina. Can you save it in just three days?
  • Together, the land of Termina and its citizens form one massive puzzle for Link to solve
  • 20 plus powerful masks make this one of the most varied Legend of Zelda games ever
  • Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Cartoon violence
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11/26/2023 06:57 pm GMT
Available PlatformsNintendo 3DS
ReleasedFebruary 13th, 2015

A 3D remake of the 2000 Nintendo 64 game of the same name, emThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D/em takes an already great Zelda game and makes it even better with improved graphics, gameplay, and more.

Released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, it’s remakes like these that show the fun to be found in replaying older games. (After all, why’d they bank on a remake of a pre-existing game if it wasn’t a joy to play in the first place?) Majora’s Mask 3D can be played again and again from start to finish and still feels like a new game every time.

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Play the Game How You Want To
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – PlayStation 4
  • Open-world design gives players ultimate freedom
  • Photorealistic graphics, thoughtful game design, and truly new-generation game production quality
  • PlayStation 4
  • Online connectivity to other devices
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11/26/2023 10:46 am GMT
Available PlatformsPC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
DeveloperKojima Productions
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedSeptember 1st, 2015

Anyone familiar with the Metal Gear Solid franchise, the work of Hideo Kojima and his work at Konami, can attest to the glorious farewell that is emMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain/em.

Kojima’s final project for Konami as well as the last Metal Gear Solid game to be released (for now), emThe Phantom Pain/em is a game so dense, so artful, so profound that it demands to be replayed time and time again. Even after Konami eventually returns to the Metal Gear Solid franchise, The Phantom Pain is sure to continue to be one of the top 10 games from 2015 worth replaying.

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metal gear solid v 5 the phantom pain
The Phantom Pain is yet another great installment in the Metal Gear Solid series!


From the Developers of Dark Souls
Bloodborne - Game of the Year (PS4)
  • Created by Dark Souls and Elden Ring developers FromSoftware
  • Discover the dark and horrifying secrets of the gothic city of Yharnam
  • Stunning visuals and atmospheric lighting
  • New online experiences
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11/25/2023 10:51 pm GMT
PublisherSony Computer Entertainment
Available PlatformsPlayStation 4
GenreAction role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedMarch 24th, 2015

Hailing from the same minds that created the ever-popular (and ever-replayable) Dark Souls franchise, emBloodborne/em draws from the works Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft to create one of the top 10 games from 2015 that we can’t help but return to.

Haunting visuals, extreme difficulty, immersive worlds… it’s a perfect recipe for a game that you love to rage quit just as much as you love picking the controller back up again later. It’s one you’ll be replaying not only because it’s a thrill, but also because you honestly still haven’t beaten it yet.

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If you love horror elements, Bloodborne is the game for you.


Fallout 4 Game of The Year Edition - Xbox One
  • GOTY edition includes original game on disc and all available DLC as download codes.
  • Do whatever you want in a massive open world with hundreds of locations, characters, and quests. Join multiple factions vying for power or go it alone, the choices are all yours.
  • Be whoever you want with the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. character system. From a Power Armored soldier to the charismatic smooth talker, you can choose from hundreds of Perks and develop your own playstyle.
  • An all-new next generation graphics and lighting engine brings to life the world of Fallout like never before. From the blasted forests of the Commonwealth to the ruins of Boston, every location is...
  • Intense first or third person combat can also be slowed down with the new dynamic Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (V.A.T.S) that lets you choose your attacks and enjoy cinematic carnage.
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11/26/2023 04:56 am GMT
PublisherBethesda Softworks
Available PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
DeveloperBethesda Game Studios
GenreAction role-playing
ReleasedNovember 10th, 2015 (PC, PS4, Xbox One only)

Several video game franchises released their latest entries in 2015, with many of those franchises yet to return to the series in the years since. Fallout is one such series, with emFallout 4/em remaining the last Fallout game to be released in over seven years.

As such, fans of the Fallout series find themselves returning to this fourth entry whenever they get the itch for the iconic franchise. Whatever comes next is sure to be just as great (if not better), but for the time being, this is one of the top 10 games from 2015 we’re still playing in 2022.

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Fallout 4: a classic for great reason!


Global Fan-Favorite
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition – PlayStation 4 Complete Edition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the year edition brings together the base game and all the additional content released to date
  • Built for endless adventure, the open world of The Witcher sets new standards of size, complexity, and depth
  • PlayStation 4 Complete Edition
  • Over 800 awards won
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11/26/2023 08:52 pm GMT
PublisherCD Projekt
Available PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
DeveloperCD Projekt Red
GenreAction role-playing
ReleasedMay 19th, 2015 (PC, PS4, Xbox One only)

Speaking of the latest entries in popular franchises yet to be revisited since 2015… emThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt/em is a go-to game from 2015 not only because it’s the latest Witcher game but also because of the popularity of the Netflix series based on the same books as the games.

Fans new and old have found a newfound appreciation for this 2015 game in the wake of the Netflix show, and all of us are happy to find that the game still holds up against replay after replay. When it comes to the top 10 games from 2015 we’re still playing, it’s hard to beat emThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt/em.

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Witcher 3 home screen on TV
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has become one of the most raved-about games in history.

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Rocket League: Collector's Edition - Xbox One [video game]
  • Italian cover - Game fully playable in English
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11/26/2023 03:07 pm GMT
Available PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedJuly 7th, 2015 (PC and PS4 only)

Like Fortnite, Minecraft, PUBG: Battlegrounds, Team Fortress 2, and all those other games that are built to be enjoyed forever, emRocket League/em was always going to be the game to top the list of the top 10 games from 2015 that we’re still playing.

Combining the thrill of driving games with the excitement of sports games, emRocket League/em is the sort of uniquely thrilling and genuinely inspired video game that was meant to be played and played and played. There are still people (including us) who are just as satisfied with the game today as we were upon its release.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What were the highest grossing games of 2015?

League of Legends was the highest grossing of 2015, bringing in over $1.6 billion despite technically being a free-to-play game. Monster Strike was in the number two spot, earning over $1.5 billion while also being free to play. Clash of Clans — another free-to-play title — brought in over $1.3 billion in 2015, taking the #3 spot. Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the highest grossing console title at $1 billion in revenue, taking the #7 spot for the year.

What were the highest-rated games of 2015?

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V was the highest-rated game of 2015, boasting a near-perfect Metacritic score of 96/100. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain came in at #2 with a Metacritic score of 95/100. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition for the PC takes the #3 spot for the year with a Metacritic score of 94/100.

What won Game of the Year in 2015?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2015. Alternatively, the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards gave Game of the Year to Fallout 4. The 16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards also bestowed The Witcher 3 with Game of the Year, while the 12th British Academy Games Awards opted for Fallout 4.

Did any new consoles come out in 2015?

No new consoles came out in 2015, but Nintendo did release an improved version of the 3DS in 2015. The New Nintendo 3DS, was released on September 25th, 2015.

What happened to the Steam Machine?

After much development, Steam’s first official set of Steam Machines, Controllers, and Links went up for sale on November 10th of 2015. Poor sales and very little use led to the Steam Machine’s discontinuation by 2018.

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