Clicking the highlighted game titles will take you to the original article so you can observe the screenshot in its natural environment. It'd be nice if they were some kind of affiliate link that earned me cash, but they're not.
(Every now and again you'll see a shot from a modern PC game, if you click them you should get a higher resolution picture to gaze at.)
~ JANUARY ~
Star Wars: Yoda Stories. Oh Yoda Stories... what are you even doing?
Boiling Point: Road to Hell... or something. I don't know, I wasn't the one who played it.
Mario Bros. on the Commodore 64: why is there a heart in the 'M'?
Deus Ex: The Fall is a disturbing glimpse into a dystopian future where cybernetic augmentation has turned humanity into puppets, all rocking from side to side and flapping their arms occasionally.
Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension demonstrating what happened when the new model Amigas came out and developers wanted a way to 'upgrade' their games for the people who bought the more powerful hardware. Compare a NES game to a SNES game and you see a massive improvement, compare an A500 game to an A1200 game and you get guitars in the sky.
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends is mostly a game about famous Chinese warriors facing off in historical battles inspired by the classic novel 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'. Mostly.
Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Little Big Adventure who was hyped to see the saga's sequel. It's taken two decades but the elephant has finally gotten to sit in that seat he reserved. Hope he liked it.
~ FEBRUARY ~
Super Mario Bros. 3, it's just pure nostalgia. If you're wondering, no I didn't manage it on my first try.
What you're looking at here is the officially licensed All Night Nippon version of Super Mario Bros. which replaced the deadly piranha plants with deadly DJs.
Super Mario Special's gameplay on the other hand, not so much.
Agent Ethan Thomas is utterly shocked that Condemned: Criminal Origins made the list.
Dark Seed is one of the greatest cutscenes in video game history. Shame about the game that comes after it though.
~ MARCH ~
Wolfenstein: The New Order may be set in an ugly alternate timeline, but it usually manages to look beautiful anyway.
Renny Blaster to beat the first few levels, which is a shame as it's not a bad looking PC Engine game.
Mr Blobby. Which was secretly...
Man those guys are so stoned right now, just look at their little bouncing heads and dull stares. Actually that's a bad idea, don't do that.
Quick, scroll down! Close your eyes! Do something!
Blood Stone isn't the most well regarded of the James Bond games, but I have to admit it's actually my personal favourite. I got a lot of play out of GoldenEye back in the day, but it couldn't be #1 forever.
Super Mario Land 2, and no they never do explain why Mario has a giant mechanical statue of himself with a crotch balcony, or why it's filled with LEGO bricks.
~ APRIL ~
Batman: Return of the Joker (renamed to Revenge of the Joker for whatever reason).
Alien: Isolation may well be the best looking game I've ever seen, and that earns it a place in my Screenshots of the Year list. It looks much better if you view it in higher resolution... while playing the game.
D.D. Crew wasn't all that great to play but I love the game's art.
~ JUNE ~
Resident Evil 2 in an endless looping GIF.
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. It should slot in nicely near the top.
Doom 3... by a few months.
Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City. Can't believe it took me close to five years to get around to writing about this game.
Resident Evil 5, but it looks a bit crap so I went with this one instead. It's flashy, it's dramatic, his eyes are glowing for some reason and his Beretta looks like a shotgun, so it's clearly the superior screenshot.
~ JULY ~
Sam & Max: Hit the Road running for the first time on a friend's machine. It was right around this point in the intro that I realised I needed to get hold of a copy for myself.
I also remember lending my beautiful, mint condition copy out to someone else and it coming back with the box crushed, but that's not entirely relevant right now.
Far Cry was one of the prettiest games ever made back in its day, which isn't a big surprise now that Crytek are well known, but it kind of came from nowhere at the time. Still looks pretty good in 2015.
Arabian Nights. Weirdly the guy watching it happen isn't using a telescope, so I don't know what the circle border's about.
~ AUGUST ~
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is an amazing looking game... when you're playing it, with the visuals filling up your giant widescreen monitor. Shrunk down like this it's a little harder to see, but I couldn't just leave the game out.
Mass Effect 2. It's definitely an impressive office, but I'm thinking that those transparent monochrome screens floating around randomly in front of the sun demonstrate several design flaws
Skeleton Krew, a game which somehow manages to be more like a 2000 AD comic than all those Judge Dredd games I played a while back.
Desert Strike isn't a total dick of a game, you show them this. If they need more proof just click that link and go to my post.
~ SEPTEMBER ~
Super Adventures in Face Editors post so I'm including it here too.
The Secret of Monkey Island turned out to have a lot more animation in it than I remembered it having, most of it showing Guybrush using his head to break his fall.
I'd explain why Inspector Gadget's running around the clown dimension in his roboboxers, but I don't actually know. My best guess is 'because the game was made by the same people who made Fausetté Amour'.
This totally doesn't count as a Mario screenshot by the way, I haven't broken my promise. It was taken in The Sims, therefore it's technically a Sims screenshot.
~ OCTOBER ~
Super Back to the Future, Part II is that they never released it in the West. I don't know, maybe they couldn't get the license outside of Japan or something.
Second weirdest thing is that they never made Part I or Part III.
FORBIDDEN Siren 2 all that much, survival horror isn't really my genre, but the game's digitised faces are always amazing.
~ NOVEMBER ~
Mass Effect 3.
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams. Just imagine all the hats they had to wade through to get out of this thing when it landed.
Ruff 'n' Tumble is one of the big exceptions. No parallax scrolling, but it's so so pretty! Have you ever seen such a beautiful metallic owl boss before?
Chasm: The Rift is a particularly great looking first person shooter, but sometimes you just want to look outside and watch the rain come down. It's making me want to put a coat on though.
~ DECEMBER ~
Kid Klown in Crazy Chase pitifully short playtime, except with a different obstacle each time. Kid Klown's life is pain.
Dropsy has you covered though.
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy. Yeah, yeah I know he's actually called Gold Guy.
Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad.
SUPER ADVENTURES 2015 REVIEW
I'll throw in some stats for you down here as well just because I feel like it (but mostly because I did it last year).
I put a Wins the Prize badge on just 17% of the games I wrote about, compared to 19% last year. So I'm learning to love games less.
Plus here's how well each family of game platforms was represented in the games I showed off in 2015:
It's no surprise to see PC at the top seeing as I have my Steam/GOG/itch.io/Origin/Uplay/Playfire etc. backlogs building up and it's the easiest system to get screenshots out of for multi-platform releases. But my resolution for this year was to focus more on 16 bit titles and maybe play some ZX Spectrum games, and you can see how well that worked out. Only 3% were Sega games? They had a bigger share of the market back when they were selling Dreamcasts! At least I gave Nintendo more attention this year with all those Mario games I played.
What I want to do for 2016 is find the weirder games, the interesting ones hiding on obscure systems. I want to find beautiful artwork, insane plots, amazing character design, ridiculous game design and I want to show it off to everyone!
I know I'll end up playing AAA shooters and indie platformers like always (plus I've got a pile of PC RPGs building up) but hey, it's nice to dream. Happy New Year! Check back in 2016, there'll be games.