All-Star GOTY Spectacular

What was your favorite game of 2015? We asked 22 of the smartest people we know–designers, critics, academics, political journalists, an actor, a playwright–and got 18 different answers.

Starring, in order of appearance: Ken Levine, Tina Amini, Michael Abbott, Stephen Totilo, Lucy Prebble, Meg Jayanth, Simon Parkin, Helen Lewis, Peter Suderman, Bob Whitaker, Ashly Burch, Carolyn Petit, Anita Sarkeesian, Michael W. Clune, Austin Walker, Tracy Fullerton, Evan Narcisse, Laura Miller, Olivier Knox, Laura Hudson, Brenda Romero, and Jenn Frank.

IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE, THE 2015 ‘SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?’ VIDEO GAMES OF THE YEAR:

“Destiny: The Taken King”

“Xenoblade Chronicles X”

“Box Boy”

“Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture”

“Wheels of Aurelia”

“Sunless Sea”

“Fallout 4”

“Rocket League”

“Life Is Strange”

“Read Only Memories”

“Invisible Inc.”

“Prune”

“Warhammer: Dark Omen”

“Don’t Starve”

“Her Story”

“Contradiction”

‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ & Harvey Smith on ‘Dishonored: Definitive Edition’

JJ and Chris disagree on the merits of The Chinese Room’s new walking simulator. Plus, Chris talks to Arkane’s Harvey Smith about bringing Corvo to Xbox One and PlayStation 4–and letting him speak in “Dishonored 2.” If you were hoping to hear JJ’s thoughts on “Shadowrun: Hong Kong,” patience, grasshopper. Consider this one a double album.