Putting gameplay aside for now, 2015 was also filled with crazy stories. Above anything else it was a year of dreams. Be it long asked localizations like Mother 1 on the NES, or Dragon Quest VII on the 3DS. Fan asked ports were also brought to light including Mega Man Legends on PSN and DS games on the Wii U. It was also great to finally see franchises come out of the darkness including NieR, Star Fox, Dishonored, Mass Effect, and so much more.
However, those announcements pale in comparison to seeing The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Psychonauts 2, and Shenmue 3. These were games not dormant, but dead. The Internet has long discussed the possibilities in forums for years, or for some cases, nigh on a decade. While these games aren’t out, it was at least good to see some news on them. And to a lesser degree, hey, Final Fantasy XV got a demo this year. That only took a decade post reveal (2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII).
Then there are the more grim stories of the year. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s President, died months after E3, which seemingly sent Nintendo into a darkened state of turmoil. Prior to that, nerd favorite actor, Lenard Nemo, passed as well. Valve announced paid mods for Steam games, but quickly destroyed any existence of this idea when the Internet went into a rage. Yet NOTHING was as confusing, depressing, and jaw dropping as watching Konami destroy itself throughout the year.
It began with the company canceling Silent Hills. Konami then removed the demo of it, PT, from PSN. People couldn’t even re-download it after it was removed, which usually doesn’t happen to digital games. This caused an influx of used PS4s with PT included on the hard drive to appear on eBay for exorbitant prices, though Konami put the kibosh on that rather quickly. Silent Hills aside, the bad news continued with Metal Gear and its creator, Hideo Kojima.
First, Kojima announced he was leaving the company. Then his name was taken off of MGSV’s website along with the concept art for the game box. Kojima and his team were forbidden to talk the press about their situation, or the game, which leaked later that Konami’s working conditions were horrible, almost jail like. To sweep controversy under the rug, Konami stated they’d like to steer focus on mobile gaming and that key franchises would return. However, this came in the form of Silent Hill and Castlevania being made into Pachinko machines. Konami, what the hell happened this year?
That was rough, but let’s end the year on a high note. The last, best story of 2015 is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Not only did a new Star Wars trilogy begin after a disastrous end in 2005, not counting the horrible Clone Wars cartoon film, but also it’s good. The Force Awakens is not without fault, but it’s still great and was the perfect finale to an already incredible year of awesome. Hopefully 2016 will be filled with even better games, movies, TV, and everything else that makes the culture tick. On that same note, let’s hope to not see Konami, or any other company, commit suicide again.