Lego Dimensions allows players to mix characters and stories, such as using the witch from “The Wizard of Oz” with Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings.” (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

We know we say this every year, but 2015 has proved to be the year for video-game players. With “next-gen” consoles becoming “current-gen” consoles, game developers have taken advantage of these more powerful machines and have created some of the most compelling and exciting games we’ve ever played.

This year, we’re changing things up a bit. First we have three new categories: Best Console Game of the Year, Best Portable Game of the Year and Best Mobile Game of the Year. Then we have 10 more of the year’s top titles. Did your favorite make the cut? Read on to find out.

BEST CONSOLE GAME OF THE YEAR
Lego Dimensions

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii-U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Rating: Everyone

Price: $99.99 for starter pack; other packs $14.99 to $29.99

Although similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, Lego Dimensions stands apart because players have to build toys before they can play with them.

The Starter Pack comes with Batman, Gandalf, Wyldstyle and a Batmobile. In the game, a vortex of unknown origin appears in various Lego worlds and sweeps away characters from DC Comics, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Lego Movie.” Players must build a gateway and, using the included toy pad, bring in various Lego characters to help create order in the Lego world.

Players can add additional characters by purchasing packs from favorite television shows or movies such as “The Simpsons” and “The Lord of the Rings.” All are compatible with the core Starter Pack. We love the variety of characters. Where else can you have the witch from “The Wizard of Oz” fight with Scooby-Doo?


(Nintendo of America)
BEST PORTABLE GAME OF THE YEAR
‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D’

Publisher: Nintendo of America

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Rating: Everyone

Price: $39.99

What makes this Legend of Zelda game so special is that even though it’s a remake of a Nintendo 64 title released 15 years ago, the experience still holds up.

In the game, players take on the role of Link. While searching for his lost friend, Navi, Link comes across a mysterious masked child, Skull Kid, who manages to steal his Ocarina. On his search to get it back, Skull Kid tricks Link into following him to Termina, a strange parallel world. Link then learns that the moon is going to crash into the surface in three days. He must prevent this but also find Skull Kid and defeat him.

From a visual perspective, “Majora’s Mask” never looked better. Utilizing the 3DS’s stereoscopic 3-D, the game world is captivating and engrossing. And the touch screen to manage your inventory is a welcome addition.


(State of Play Games)
BEST MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR
Lumino City

Publisher: State of Play Games

Platforms: iOS (also for PC and Mac)

Rating: Everyone

Price: $4.99

Once in a while, a game comes along that’s truly astounding. From the concept and visuals to the level design and scope, Lumino City is incredible. But what impressed us most is that this game isn’t for a game console: It’s played on your iPhone or iPad.

What makes Lumino City so special? The entire world was built by hand. Every corner, platform and environment was created with paper, cards, miniature lights and motors. The only computer-animated object is your character, Lumi.

When Lumi’s grandfather is kidnapped, it’s up to you to find him. As Lumi completes each puzzle, she learns more of her grandfather’s past. Puzzles range from basic exploration and discovery to full-on mechanical, in which you have to operate machinery by touching the screen.

To truly appreciate Lumino City, you have notice the details — shadows, camera angle changes and shifting environments. Just remember that all of it was intentional.

Here are 10 more of KidsPost’s favorite video games from 2015:


(Nintendo)
Super Mario Maker

Publisher: Nintendo of America

Platform: Wii-U

Rating: Everyone

Price: $59.99

Details: So you think you’re good at Super Mario Bros.? You can speed-run most levels without losing a life? Now: Do you think you could design your own levels? Welcome to Super Mario Maker. With near limitless possibilities, users can map out their own creative Mario levels on the Wii-U game pad and try them out. Don’t like how a particular jump lands? Just move to where it feels right. Not enough enemies? You can add hundreds. But the true brilliance of Super Mario Maker is sharing. Users can download and experience Mario levels from around the world — for free.


(Microsoft Game Studios)
‘Ori and the Blind Forest’

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Platform: Xbox One

Rating: Everyone

Price: $19.99 — digital download

Details: In this platforming game, you take on the role of a young orphan Ori, who goes on a magical journey to restore his ravaged homeland of Nibel. As you explore the beautiful, lush landscapes, you’ll encounter a wide variety of enemies and challenging puzzles. You can unlock special abilities that will provide access to other areas. What we loved about this game was how we felt while playing it. You start to care for Ori, and you want to beat the game to save his world. With an amazing soundtrack and stunning visuals, this game was one of our favorites.


(Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Rocket League

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Platform: PlayStation 4

Rating: Everyone 10 and older

Price: $19.99 — Digital Download

Details: On the surface, it may seem a run-of-the-mill downloadable game, but once you play once, it’s hard to put it down. Combining two things that you wouldn’t think could go together — cars and soccer — Rocket League is one of the most addictive and fun multiplayer games this year. What makes it so much fun is the physics in the game. You have to account for speed, angle and car position when you “kick” the ball toward their opponents goal. Playing against the computer is fun, but to truly enjoy Rocket League, take your skills online and compete against players from around the world.


(Disney Interactive Studios)

Disney Infinity 3.0

Publishers: Disney Interactive Studios

Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii-U and PC

Rating: Everyone

Price: $119.99 for Saga Starter Set, various prices for additional characters

Details: We are big fans of Disney Infinity and its latest is worth checking out. The second version was centered on Marvel Super Heroes; 3.0 is all about “Star Wars.” The Saga Starter Set comes with Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Ahsoka Tano. You also get Boba Fett as a bonus. Combat has been tweaked for the better. Characters have more complex moves. Being able to use Force Abilities against enemies will bring a smile to your face. As with previous versions, the Toybox is where you’ll spend most of your time. You will be able to re-create cool moments from “Star Wars” and play them with your friends.


(EA Sports)
FIFA 16

Publisher: EA Sports

Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC

Rating: Everyone

Price: $59.99

Details: If realistic soccer is more your speed, then look no further than the latest FIFA. New this year is a unique FIFA Trainer mode, in which an overlay appears onscreen and aids players on how to improve their game. Whether its ball handling, defensive maneuvers or attacking the goal, this new mode is a welcome addition and will give beginning players a chance to be competitive. Another key addition is female players. In FIFA 16, there are 12 women’s national teams, including Australia, Brazil and the United States. With new and improved animations, players never looked this good and moved so fluidly.


(Nintendo)
Yoshi’s Woolly World

Publisher: Nintendo of America

Platform: Wii-U

Rating: Everyone

Price: $49.99, $59.99 with Amiibo figures bundle

Details: We’ve played games before where we take on the role of Yoshi, but this time around, the whole world is made of yarn and cloth. In the game, the evil Kamek has turned all of your friends into bundles of yarn and it’s up to you to rescue them. As Yoshi swallows enemies, they turn into balls of yarn. It’s with these balls of yarn that you can move about the game. You can create platforms and access areas that would’ve been otherwise hidden. Spanning six worlds (each with its own Boss), this overly cute game will challenge even the most die-hard Yoshi fan.


(Microsoft Game Studios)
Forza Motorsport 6

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Platform: Xbox One

Rating: Everyone

Price: $59.99

Details: Showcasing 450 cars and 26 world-famous racing locales, our favorite racing game is back and better than ever. New this year: weather. In other racing games rain is purely cosmetic, but in Forza 6 weather becomes a variable in racing that you really have to think about. How is that puddle of water going to affect your turning and tire grip? How much should you let up on the accelerator? The level of realism when you’re driving is unparalleled. Once you hone your driving skills in Campaign mode, you can see how you fare against real players online. Up to 24 people can compete in a single race. This is competitive driving at its finest.


(Electronic Arts)
‘Star Wars Battlefront’

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

Rating: T for Teen

Price: $59.99

Details: With the new “Star Wars” movie just weeks away, get into the spirit with some epic battles set in the Star Wars universe. You can take part in a host of multiplayer scenarios and missions across familiar planets and landscapes. Whether you’re taking down AT-ATs on Hoth or battling Stormtroopers on Endor, you can’t help but feel nostalgic hearing the music and sound effects from the movies. You will also be able to step into the shoes of some of your favorite “Star Wars” characters, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Princess Leia. In some battles, there are more than 40 people in one game!

Note to Parents: This game is rated T for Teen because of the battles. There are blasters, rocket launchers and grenades, which are used to defeat opposing forces. Battles can get intense. When you’re playing as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, you can strike people down with your lightsaber.


(Nintendo of America)
‘The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes’

Publisher: Nintendo of America

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Rating: Everyone

Price: $39.99

Details: What’s better than playing a Zelda game by yourself? Playing with friends! When an evil curse befalls Princess Styla, you and your band of heroes must restore order to your land of Hytopia and ultimately save the princess. You work together to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. We especially liked the game’s Totem feature, where players stack on one another to reach high and sometimes hidden areas. Can’t find three friends to play with? No problem. You can ask “paper dolls” to join the game.


(Sony Computer Entertainment America)
‘Tearaway Unfolded’

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Platform: PlayStation 4

Rating: Everyone

Price: $39.99

Details: Taking place in a beautiful world made out of paper, Tearaway Unfolded has you taking on the role of Atoi, who has to deliver a message to a portal that will save her world. Along the way is an army of enemies known as Scraps who will do whatever they can to stop Atoi from succeeding. The platforming puzzles are incredibly intricate, and many require you to think ahead before moving forward. The game also utilizes the PS4 controller in cool ways. In one area, you have to draw with your finger on the touchpad to get through. In another, you might have to tilt and rotate the controller. Definitely one of our favorites on the PS4.

Ham is based in Los Angeles and writes about video games for KidsPost.