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:

‘Metal Gear Solid V’ & ‘Metal Gear Solid’

JJ and Chris are newcomers to the “Metal Gear Solid” series, so we turn to two experts. Jason Schreier, the news editor at Kotaku, has played more than 40 hours of “The Phantom Pain” already. He explains what he likes about the series in general and the new game in particular. Then, Ashly Burch, a voice actor and writer, talks about the new book she wrote with her brother, Anthony (the lead writer of “Borderlands 2”), about Hideo Kojima’s 1998 game for the PlayStation.