It is Sunday the 8th of November and this year’s most anticipated game will officially launch on Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network in about 14 hours in Europe. The general buzz around early adopter of Fallout 4 has been overwhelmingly positive, and knowing the track-record of both the developer and publisher of the new Fallout game people have every reason to be super excited. When The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim launched in 2011 it was selected as Game of the Year almost all across the board by many well renowned, and well known game journalists. There was, however, one game that came close to claiming the thrown that year, and that was Portal 2. Other notable mentions are of course Arkham City and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune. The same development team and publisher are releasing one of the biggest franchises and what could be the biggest installment in the series so far, this means that they are already well on their way to claiming the prize again — but this game hasn’t been without some incredible games that could challenge Fallout 4 the title this year. What are they? Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain – 88/100 A lot of controversy and drama behind the dragged out release of one of the most highly anticipated games of this year. The last Kojima Productions title ever, or at least for Konami, and one of the best games the publisher ever released. The Phantom Pain got a several solid 10’s from many publications, but we felt that it was held back by repetitive missions and a strange check-point system. Still, a definite contender for Game of the Year, 2015. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 90/100 The best Assassin’s Creed game since Black Flag and definitely the least repetitive and most addictive in the series. Experiencing London during the industrial revolution is absolutely astounding, especially in the glory of full High-Definition on the PlayStation 4. It’s a shame that this game didn’t come kitted with multi-player… still, this is a strong contender for Game of the Year. Arkham Knight – 91/100 A game that lets you Be The Batman and traverse the entirety of Gotham and Arkham City must surely be awesome, right? Oh, heck yes! Mark Hamill reprising his role as, what we believe is, the best Joker ever… and the Arkham series, hands down, has the best melee combat system of any video-game. It’s a shame that the Bat-mobile missions were a little lame. However, another great contender for this year’s Game of the Year title. Bloodborne – 93/100 Bloody, brutal, but a hell of a lot of fun. Bloodborne is definitely the best PlayStation 4 exclusive of 2015 and could quite easily snag the title for Game of the Year. It certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but those who have a taste for it will definitely vouch for it. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt – 94/100 What’s not to love about the Witcher 3? This game has everything! It’s a open-world game that is bigger than Skyrim, has an amazing story, well tuned game-play and even an awesome card game you can challenge other NPCs in. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, in my opinion, was far more enjoyable than The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, so there is a good chance that The Witcher 3 might claim the prize for Game of the Year, 2015! Destiny: The Taken King – 95/100 OK. Some might argue that this game cannot possibly be a contender for Game of the Year, 2015, simply because it initially launched in 2014 — but we feel that the latest expansion and the Year Two updated made sufficient changes to game-play and added enough content to be considered for the award. It is highly addictive and if we are still playing the hell out of it one year later, that must mean something right? I say, bring on the award ceremony! Of course there are a few more games to release before the end of the year that might also be worthy of title like Star Wars: Battlefront or even Rainbow Six, but the ones mentioned above are definitely among the best released, so far, this year. What do you think will be the greatest game of the year?