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Fanuilos
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(12-31-2016, 06:50 PM)
Sounds fun, just got a PS4 and I haven't owned a sony console since the PS1. Have a lot to get caught up on and there's some great stuff on the horizon.

1. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - Campaign Complete
2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Campaign Complete
3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Currently playing
Last edited by Fanuilos; 01-06-2017 at 03:35 AM.
VMR-MIG90
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(12-31-2016, 06:51 PM)
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The VMR Review System:
When it comes down to it, I believe there are only two main factors that make games good. How Fun they are and what kind of Value they bring to the player. Fun and Value are subjective terms, but here is what may factor into them. The Fun ranking deals with things like gameplay and how the game makes the player feel (UI, visuals, sound, and story may also factor into Fun).

Value has to do with how long the game lasts and if it is actually worth your time to play. Short games like Braid or Inside do not have longevity but they have memorable experiences that are valuable to the player. Value also deals with how well the game is made presentation wise (visuals, sound). Things like story and how memorable the game is may also factor into Value (Valiant Hearts is a great example). For instance, some horror games are not much "Fun" but they may promote a lot of Value to the player through a memorable/valuable experience (examples would be The Last of Us or Dead Space).

I rank Fun and Value separately with the deciding factors listed above using a 5 star system for each.

January 2017 tally:

Fallout 4: completed Saturday, Jan. 14th. Full video review coming VMR - Five Minute Reviews soon!
Time spent: 130hrs, almost 100% completion. Just missing the "Benevolent Leader" achievement.

Thoughts: full video review coming VMR - Five Minute Reviews soon!
A beautiful hand crafted journey through atmospheric post-apocolyptica. Fallout 4 was an absolutely amazing experience that I will never forget. The art style, the improved gameplay that actual makes Fallout 4 a viable shooter (and a good one at that), and the music are all magnificent. One of my favorites games of 2015! I started in 2015 when it released, played until May of 2016, and put it down until November of 2016, finishing it just this year (Jan. 2017). The reason I stopped playing is because I was enjoying it so much... I did not want it to end. I did the same thing with Skyrim. All good things must come to an end though :).
- Negatives:
  • Minor bugs and glitches (I did not experience any game breaking bugs, though I have heard other people have).
  • Awful ending to an otherwise interesting main quest story (no matter what faction you side with, they are all awful IMO).
  • Enemy Leveling (has been an issue with all Bethesda open world games; it is a little bit better in Fallout 4, but its still an issue. Some weapons feel woefully under-powered for the task at hand, even when fully upgraded).
  • Some minor framerate issues (played on XBOX One, dips into the lower 20's during high action moments).
+ Positives:
  • Massive, hand crafted, fun to explore world (filled with unique and memorable locations).
  • Amazing atmosphere.
  • Responsive and fun gameplay, making Fallout 4 a viable and good shooter.
  • Superb art style and presentation (this game has many beautiful moments, the lighting and weather system is one of the best I have experienced in a game so far).
  • Superb sound design (finally weapons sound like actual firearms instead of cap guns).
  • Excellent music (the 40's and 50's tunes from Fallout 3 return along with several new songs from the same period and the late 50's).
  • The side quests are superb (particularly the companion quests).
Fun: ★★★★☆
Value: ★★★★★


2 out of 52.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War: completed Wednesday, Jan. 18th. Full video review coming VMR - Five Minute Reviews soon!
Time spent: 9hrs, 100% completion including achievements.

Thoughts: full video review coming VMR - Five Minute Reviews soon!
Tears. Wow. What an amazing emotional experience. The game tells a very human and beautiful story while also focusing on the horrors of War (specifically... World War 1).

Honestly... Valiant Hearts was the most intense game I have ever played. It was more intense then Battlefield 1. It respected what took place during the great war. Even though it is a side scrolling game with cartoon like art style it is quite frequently horrific. The story, setting, and experience are far from cartoon like. With that said Valiant Hearts is a game everyone has to experience (I would not recommend this game to kids younger than 13).

I would not call Valiant Hearts a fun game (it does have its moments of fun though). The gameplay is very simplistic, and the level designs are basic. The gameplay and levels are pretty much there to push you through one horrific experience after the next. This is not supposed to be a "fun" game, as war is not supposed to be "fun." I think the devs designed it this way on purpose.

The value comes through experiencing the well written story... and never forgetting those who lost their lives during the Great War.
- Negatives:
  • Very simplistic gameplay
  • Basic level design
+ Positives:
  • Amazing, emotional story
  • Superb artwork and visuals
  • Unforgettable experience
  • Easy Achievments/Trophies
Fun: ★★★☆☆
Value: ★★★★★
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Not Drake
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(12-31-2016, 06:55 PM)
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Claiming this post as my territory.

First time for me as a (junior) member ;)

1: Life is Strange - around 15 hours
# Fantastic and a very relaxing experience.
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MillionStabs
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(12-31-2016, 06:59 PM)
Claiming for fun, lets see if I can do 2 years in a row.

53 games in 2016

1. Final Fantasy XIII 25 hours PC
I started this game almost a year ago, and man was it a slog to finish. Didn't enjoy it very much, the music was good but not enough to carry the games bad characters, unclear motivations and confusing story

2. INSIDE ~4 hours PS4
INSIDE was probably hyped up too much for me to enjoy it for myself, a lot of people play it and say it's GOTY while I was left kinda confused by it. The atmosphere and music really draw you in, and the puzzles make you think, but the story (where it counts) is way more confusing than Limbo and doesn't make much sense by the end. I heard theres a secret ending, so screw that if they lock story content behind finding collectibles

3. Final Fantasy XV 36 hours PS4
My God what a game. The entire progression of the story of growing with these characters, seeing them change, being a part of their journey, just amazing. Combat was a little annoying at times with the camera showing me nothing but trees instead of enemies, and also the story was pretty vague at points. Why do I have to watch a prequal movie to learn about the game I'm playing? I don't know. I don't care. Game was still GOTY material even without understanding everything 100%

4. Shin Megami Tensei IV ~27 hours 3DS
Wanted to go back and beat the Netural Path in prep for Apocalypse, didn't feel worth it in my opinion. The payout of getting this ending (which is nearly impossible without a guide) is a lot less than what you'd expect for all the extra work you have to do like completeing a bunch of side quests and beating both final bosses of the other endings. Just Youtube it if you really wanna know what happens.
Last edited by MillionStabs; 01-14-2017 at 07:46 PM.
Rymuth
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(12-31-2016, 06:59 PM)
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Claiming this post. Here's to another year, lads.

JANUARY


Game #1: Saint's Row - Gat Outta Hell - Finished in 4 hours. Figured I'd start clearing my digital backlog. Onward to Oxenfree.

Game #2: Oxenfree - Quippy teenagers, the game. Finished in 4 hours. Another strike down to my digital backlog.

Game #3:
The Banner Saga - Another blow to my digital backlog. I'm on a roll. Finished in 10 hours. Great music and atmosphere.

Game #4: Psycho Pass - Mandatory Happiness - got the true ending with one character. Game was really short although I feel it was made this way to encourage replayability

Game #5: Final Fantasy XV - you couldn't quite stick the landing, Tabata :(

Game #6: God Eater 2 - Finished the main campaign. Not interested in the Rage Burst campaign. Got real repetitive later on.

Game #7: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Not as epic (or hard) as Xenoverse 1's campaign but it still had some great moments. Bamco has a great series on their hands. I'll be there for XV3.

FEBRUARY

Game #8: Super Robot Wars OG The Moon Dwellers - Great game, what else is there to say?

Game #9: For Honor - Campaign could've been great if there were more levels like the Viking siege. Multiplayer is surprisingly fun.

MARCH

Game #10: Yakuza 0 - Muh emotions! Muh emotions!!
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v1ncelis
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(12-31-2016, 07:06 PM)
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This is the year I will tackle my backlog so why not?
Currently playing Gears of War 4.

Let's begin 2017 backlog killing spree!

Gears of War 4 - Completed on January 2nd . Time - 23h 29m

Forced myself through first two acts. Thank God that I did.

Game #2 completed - Need For Speed

This was my first NFS game I completed since Carbon. This NFS gives me hope that one day NFS can get back to it's former glory days.

Game #3 completed - Fallout 4 Far Harbor

Contrary to GAF, Fallout 4 was one of my 2015 favorites so after amazing PSN sale I grabbed all F4 dlc cheap. Not sure how much time it took to complete main quests (c'mon Sony please add system similar to what Xbox or at least Wii U have) it seems well worth a money.
Now on to Nuka-Cola!

Game #4: Ryse Son of Rome - completed on January 24th, time - 10h31m
Platform - Xbox One

One of the posters in previous page post about finishing Ryse reminded me that I have this game and have yet it to begin playing.
Well, for starters, graphically game still look amazing to this day and if not for 900p it might have been best looking launch game on consoles. Moving along to gameplay it gets rough - looks like game was indeed designed with kinect in mind - levels are small, movement is limited and there's like only two types of attacks with only a few executions animations.
Still, if there would have been at least a few more weapons to choose from and some additional attack combos it would have been fun mindless action game.

Game #5: Resident Evil VII Biohazard - completed on January 27. Time - 7h53m
Platform - PS4

Quality Resident Evil. Finally. Enjoyed from beginning till the end. Only negative things I can say were enemy variety and little references to previous titles.

Game #6 and the last game of the month of January - Doom
Completed on January 29th in 10h46m. Platform - PS4

One of those rare AAA console games which targets 60fps and oh boy thank God for that. Gameplay is silky smooth and not only that but it's still manages to look amazing and on par with other best looking games of 2016 which ran on 30fps. Other thanopen world games I wish more devs would choose higher fps over everything else.
Gameplay was a king, guns were fun and soundtrack was great. Always felt pumped to blast more enemies.
Story was just there, honestly after game completion I couldn't tell what was going on there or any of the character names.
MP I still didn't touched and probably never will. There are plenty of better options

Game #7 Red Dead Redemption
Completed on February 2nd/ time 1d19h/ platform - Xbox One via XB BC.

Masterpiece. This game is right there with Resident Evil 4, Skyrim, Mafia, GTA San Andreas, Mass Effect which I can play multiple times and still enjoy.
Started playing this game as soon as it became available on XB BC but really picked up around January when there wasn't that many games to play.
Now can't wait for RDR 2 and in a mean time I might start replaying it's DLC.

Now on to Yakuza 0 and GTA Vice City.

Game #8 GTA V
Completed on February 24th/Time ~ 29h/platform - PS4

That's a third time I completed this masterpiece. One of the greatest games ever made and best GTA to date. Even though this game is PS3 remaster it's still looks amazing to this day and rivals all other current gen open world games.
Game is so good I can barely make any complaints, worst thing I can say that there's no more police/taxi/paramedic side missions.
Now I will probably continue playing, exploring open world and finishing any side missions left before next week Horizon drops. Can't wait.
Last edited by v1ncelis; 02-24-2017 at 09:40 PM.
The First Guardian
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(12-31-2016, 07:09 PM)
2016 was a huge gaming year for me and I only finished 49 games! 2017 seems a busy year for me as me and fiancé are going to buy our own place and after 4 years of living together finally get married. This thread is going to help me manage my gaming time better (no more replay of Bloodborne and DS3) so hopefully at the end of 2017 I won't end up with only 5 finished games.

just started a replay (NG+) of FFXV. I'm gonna play only story mission to see what has changed since pre release. I already platinumed the game.
MillionStabs
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(12-31-2016, 07:11 PM)
Question:

In America, it's still the 31st. Do games I beat today count towards my total or no?
Vanick
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(12-31-2016, 07:12 PM)
1. Jazzpunk: Director's cut - PS4 - Started and finished Jan 1st - Play time 3-4 hours.

Strange and funny little game packed with pop culture references. Not all the jokes land but it was still entertaining and made me laugh.

2. Inside - PS4 - Started and finished Jan 2nd - Play time 4 hours.

Now I know why this was on so many game of the year lists. Played from start to finish in one session because I couldn't stop. Those last twenty minutes were something else.

3. Watch_Dogs 2 - PS4 - Started Jan 3rd - Finished Jan 7th - Play time 24 hours.

I thought it was an improvement over the first in just about every way. Marcus Holloway is a way more interesting and entertaining character than Aiden Pearce was.

4. Bound - PS4 - Started and finished Jan 8th - Play time 2 hours.

Beautiful game. Really enjoyed the soundtrack.

5. Rise of The Tomb Raider - PS4 - Started Jan 8th - Finished Jan 15th - Play time I think around 25 hours.

I had previously played and enjoyed it on Xbox One and it was just as fun on the PS4. I was not a fan of any of the dlc though.

6. Batman: Arkham VR - PSVR - Started and finished Jan 15th - Play time 2 hours.

This was a pretty cool experience. I just wish it didn't end quite so abruptly.

7. Unravel - PS4 - Started Jan 15th - Finished Jan 17th - Play time 5 hours.

Really enjoyed this beautiful platformer.

8. The Deadly Tower of Monsters - PS4 - Started Jan 18th - Finished Jan 20th - Play time 4 hours and 37 minutes.

This was a cheesy and goofy sort of twin stick shooter/slasher that I really enjoyed.

9. Wayward Sky - PSVR - Started and finished Jan 20th - Play time 2 hours.

This might be my favorite VR game that I've played so far. It felt like being in a diorama where the toy models were moving around. The puzzles weren't all that difficult but it was still really enjoyable.

10. Final Fantasy XV - PS4 - Started Jan 22nd - Finished Feb 2nd - Play time 47 hours and 13 minutes.

My first FF game I've played from start to finish. It was kind of all over the place in terms of what I liked and disliked but overall I enjoyed it.

11. Resident Evil 7 biohazard - PSVR - Started Jan 24th - Finished Jan 28th - Play time 11 hours and 20 minutes.

Easily my favorite Resident Evil since RE4. Playing in VR was great and worked really well.

12. Gravity Rush Remastered - PS4 - Started Feb 5th - Finished Feb 6th - Play time 10-12 hours.

Enjoyed it more on the PS4 than on the Vita since I didn't have to use motion controls.

13. Nioh - PS4 - Started Feb 7th - Finished Feb 19th. Play time 59 hours.

Really liked it. Wish there was more variety in enemy types and wasn't a big fan of the loot system but other than that thought it was pretty great.

14. Berserk and The Band of The Hawk - PS4 - Started Feb 21st - Finished Feb 24th - Play time 12-14 hours.

15. Firewatch - PS4 - Started and finished Feb 25th - Play time 5-6 hours.

16. Stardew Valley - PS4 - Started Feb 27th - In progress.

17. Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4 - Started Feb 28th - Finished Mar 8th - Play time 43 hours and 26 minutes.

18. The Legend of Zelda : Breath of The Wild - Switch - Started Mar 3rd - In progress.

19. NieR:Automata - PS4 - Started Mar 13th - In progress.

DNF. Recore - Xbox One - Started Jan 8th - Did not finish - Play time 7 hours.

I really wanted to like this game because I found the platforming really enjoyable but there were too many problems with the rest of the gameplay and I ran into quite a few technical problems.
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falconxcrunner09
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(12-31-2016, 07:12 PM)
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Reserving a post here!

2016, I wasn't able to beat 52 games, I finished 45 games. In 2015 I was able to do it. For 2017, I am hoping to do it again!

Currently playing:

Final Fantasy XV
Herbshire
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(12-31-2016, 07:13 PM)
I'm in.

January

Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment - VitaPS4 - Currently playing
Modern Warfare Remastered - Xbox One - Currently playing
Danielsan
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(12-31-2016, 07:13 PM)
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I'm in. Fighting my backlog one game at a time!

Completed
1: Firewatch ★★★★★
Date finished: 1/1/2017
Time played: 3 - 4 hours
System: PC / Steam

Firewatch has been on my radar since it got announced. I’m a big fan of Olly Moss’ work, and the look and setting of the game immediately grabbed me. That said, when the game was released, I didn’t feel compelled to pick it up straight awat. Now that I’ve finally got around to playing it, I feel like kicking myself for sleeping on this game. There is something about the early hours of Firewatch that is just well and truly special. It’s not just the fantastic look, or what might just be the best voice acting and some of the best character writing in ages. In a sense I felt like I was actually there, as Henry, on a summer job in the woods in the middle of nowhere. I enjoyed doing “menial tasks”, such as telling off reckless teenagers, getting new supplies, or checking the communication cables, as well as just exploring the area. Hell, I even found myself picking up every empty beer can I found along the way, you know to keep the forest clean. I was fully immersed.
As many have and will mention, Henry and Delilah are the true stars of the game. The voice acting and dialogue feel natural and believable and I found myself deeply caring for these characters. The game’s story goes in direction that might be decisive, and I do think that the third of the act is weaker than the first two, but when all is said and done, I can’t help but love my experience with this game.

2. Odallus: The Dark Call ★★★★☆
Date finished: 1/4/2017
Time played: 6 hours and 58 minutes
System: PC / Steam

Odallus: The Dark Call is both a great homage to NES games such as Castlevania 1 - 3, as well as a fantastic game in its own right. For whatever reason this game seems have gone mostly overlooked, despite well-deserved praise by a couple of outlets. Where many old skool indie titles fail to really evoke the aesthetics of the era by going overboard on the sprite work, Odallus looks and feels like a long lost classic of the NES era. The sprite work and music are great and the gameplay feels tight and responsive. The nine stages in the game are really well designed, with plenty of hidden items and secret passages to be found. Though the game uses stages and a stage select screen, the game does have Metroivania-like mechanics, where you’ll be able to revisit stages and reach new areas and secrets once you’ve found the appropriate skill item. Each of these upgrades feel meaningful and further improve the feel of the gameplay. The stage select screen also communicates how many secrets you have left to find per stage, as well as whether the boss of that stage is still alive. All in all in thoroughly enjoyed my time with this game and I hope more people pick it up.

3. Oxenfree ★★★★☆
Date finished: 1/7/2017
Time played: 5 hours
System: PC / Steam

4. Sine Mora ★★★★☆
Date finished: 1/7/2017
Time played: 4 hours - Time to beat story ~ 1.5 hours
System: PC / Steam

5. Samorost ★★★☆☆
Date finished: 1/7/2017
Time played: 15 - 20 mins
System: PC / Amanita website

6. Samorost 2 ★★★☆☆
Date finished: 1/8/2017
Time played: 1 hour
System: PC / Steam


7. SOMA ★★★★★
Date finished: 1/9/2017
Time played: 10.5 hours
System: PC / GOG

8. Poker Night at the Inventory ★★★☆☆
Date finished: 1/9/2017
Time played: 3 hours
System: PC / Steam

9. BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien ★★★★★
Date finished: 1/12/2017
Time played: 9 hours
System: PC / Steam


10. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright ★★★★☆
Date finished: 1/24/2017
Time played: 45 hours
System: 3DS

11.Resident Evil 7 biohazard ★★★★★
Date finished: 2/12/2017
Time played: 10 hours
System: PC / Steam

12.Lords of the Fallen ★★★☆☆
Date finished: 2/25/2017
Time played: 12 hours
System: PC / Steam

13.Superhot ★★★★★
Date finished: 2/25/2017
Time played: 4 hours
System: PC / Steam

14.Axiom Verge ★★★★☆
Date finished: 3/22/2017
Time played: 12 hours
System: PC / Steam


Currently playing
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
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lyrick
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(12-31-2016, 07:14 PM)
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Jumping into a Bunch of VR experiences this year, since those are short I may actually make it this time.

Completed
1: The Gallery: Episode 1 Call of the Starseed - 1.7 hours
Myst like adventure. Featuring a solid Narrative and a unique direction oriented blink movement scheme coupled with a novel height adjustment for when you walk onto an object of differing depths (like stairs) in your play area.
Last edited by lyrick; 01-03-2017 at 07:36 PM.
chrominance
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(12-31-2016, 07:16 PM)
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Ha, I sat around wanting the 2017 thread to go up early so I could be on the first page, and then I miss my window anyways! I'm dumb. Anyways:

2016: 56 games (list, wrap-up)
2015: 59 games (list, wrap-up)
2014: 63 games (1, 2, 3, wrap-up)

COMPLETED
1. Inside (PS4, 2016) - 1:43 (+2:04 in 2016) - COMPLETED January 1
It's Limbo, but better. But I didn't fall in love with Limbo, and I didn't fall in love with Inside either. (full post)

2. Glittermitten Grove (PC, 2016) - 2:09 (+3:56 in 2016) - COMPLETED January 3
Raise a village of fairies, collect sparkles, make sure your fairies don't starve leave during the winters. Stay in the sunlight or die in the shade. (full post)

3. Forza Horizon 3 (PC/XB1, 2016) - 15:15 (+5:58 in 2016) - COMPLETED January 14
When it works (which is most of the time, but never on PC), it's as good as Horizon 2. (full post)

4. Verde Station (PC, 2014) - 1:20 - COMPLETED January 14
A short story of a game, about living alone on a space station. It works. Sort of. (full post)

5. Paint It Back (PC, 2015) - 55:53 - COMPLETED January 15
Where did the time go? No, seriously, where did my FIFTY HOURS go? If you're looking for a Picross-style puzzle game that will steal hours from you in the blink of an eye, this is your jam. (full post)

6. Gravity Rush 2 (PS4, 2017) - 32:58 - COMPLETED January 29
Despite its flaws, Gravity Rush 2 doubles down on the original's charm. A joyous game. (full post)

7. Fire Emblem Heroes (Android, 2017) - 20:50 - CONTINUING February 18
It's surprisingly good, but also exactly what you'd expect out of a gacha game: a slow descent into grind. (full post)

8. Yakuza 0 (PS4, 2017) - 63:10 - COMPLETED February 19
The best Yakuza game I've ever played, and an early contender for game of the year. (full post)

9. Final Fantasy XV (PS4, 2016) - 20:15 (+16:50 in 2016) - COMPLETED February 23
What the hell was that? (full post)

10. Yakuza 5 (PS3, 2015) - 69:44 - COMPLETED March 9
Where Yakuza 0 is lean, Yakuza 5 sprawls. The result is a game that tries to do too much, but succeeds at quite a lot regardless. (full post)

CURRENTLY PLAYING
Pocket Card Jockey (3DS, 2016) - 5:18
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (PC, 2017) - 31:18
Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4, 2017) - 1:10

ON HOLD
Wipeout XL (PS1, 1996) - 2:51
Undertale (PC, 2015) - 1:19
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Tizoc
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(12-31-2016, 07:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by Lindsay

It dun matter what year ya started 'em, just the year ya finished 'em in!

Okie dokie thanks
Will claim my post later on and update it accreingly
Catvoca
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(12-31-2016, 07:19 PM)
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Games Finished - 12/52

Last year's post

Back to do it again! I finished 59 last year, not expecting to do as well this year but we'll see!

I'll be rating each game out of five, along with (maybe) providing thoughts in monthly updates. I'm only counting DLC if I think it's substantial. Any game I've finished in the past will be marked with (replay). A game being marked as finished will usually mean reaching the end of the story/campaign but in some cases will mean other stuff for games without an explicit ending.


January
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered - ★★★★★
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (replay) - ★★★★
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (replay) - ★★★
4. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter - ★★★
5. Mafia 3 - ★★★
6. The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone - ★★★★
7. Portal 2 (replay) - ★★★★★
8. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments - ★★★★

February
9. Mass Effect (replay) - ★★★★
10. Mass Effect 2 (replay) - ★★★★★
11. Mass Effect 3 (replay) - ★★★★★

March
12. Dragon Age 2 - ★★
13. Banjo Kazooie - ★★★★


★★
★★★
★★★★
★★★★★
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Benjamin_MFF
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(12-31-2016, 07:20 PM)
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My steam library should be big enough by now, I'm in.
Nete
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(12-31-2016, 07:27 PM)
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2016 has been terrible with my backlog, let's see if I can do something about it on 2017.

Reserved.
Bii
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(12-31-2016, 07:30 PM)
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I only finished 5 games in 2016. So, uhh, I'll see how I fare in 2017.

Original Post

1. Pokemon Sun
A refreshing take for the main Pokemon series. Completed the Alolan Dex. I did have to use the GTS to get the Moon exclusive Pokemon.

2. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
Finished Story Mode; it was over-the-top but still fun. Last boss made me lose my patience. I can't see myself playing MK games beyond the Arcade/Story modes.

3. Fire Emblem Heroes
My first gacha game that I really like. Ran through the Story Mode on Normal and was easy-peezy with my three 5* characters. Then I went through all levels on Hard and Lunatic.

4. Fast RMX
I do plan on going through the next difficulty level and see how far I go. Not quite as fun as Wipeout/F-Zero but it's up there. Online is kind of bare bones.
Last edited by Bii; 03-08-2017 at 05:33 AM.
bender
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(12-31-2016, 07:34 PM)
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1. Ratchet and Clank (PS4) ~12 Hours
My second play through as I wanted to try it on the PS4 Pro. Comfort food gaming at its' best.
2. Inside (PS4) ~3 Hours
I liked it enough to finish it but not much more than that. The puzzles aren't challenging and it's a really uncomfortable world to inhabit.
3. Diablo 3 (PS4) ~3 hours
Wrapped up the Diablo remake rift that was offered in January. Hard to complain about free even if a lot of the content felt recycled.
4. Gears of War 3 (XBone) ~10 Hours
Graphics didn't age well but the sawed off shotgun is a ton of fun.
5. Diablo 3 (PS4) ~30 Hours
Crusader to level 70. Thank God that is over. Such a boring class.
6. Diablo 3 (PS4)
Leveled my Monk to level 70. A few more rift runs and I'll have the Platinum.
7. Hitman (PS4)
Just finished my first run through of the game with all of the hints turned off. Such an amazing Sandbox.
8. Dead Rising (PS4)
Got the Genocider trophy and waited out on the helipad. 72 hours survived.
9. Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One)
10. Resident Evil 7 (PS4)
Pretty interesting deviation from the series. The combat is serviceable but shows its' weaknesses as your arsenal grows.
11. Rocket League (PS4)
A long time coming but I maxed the experience bar. That's 8000+ games. Phew!
12. Sniper Elite 4 (PS4)
I might just be tiring of the formula but the open world design just throws too many enemies at you and I had killing fatigue towards the end. Solid but the second game in the series is probably my favorite.
13. Night in the Woods (PS4)
Lovely music and an interesting narrative premise that never realizes its' potential due to a formulaic game play loop and the later acts don't feel earned.
14. Spelunky - Daily Challenge 3/3 (PS4)
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I'm so in this year! Finally!

I've been lowkey lurking around and doing this for the past 2 years, but this time I'm actually going to post.

[13/52]

DONE


1. LIMBO (4 hours) - "Meh"


I knew from the beginning LIMBO wasn't my type of game. Puzzle-Platformers in general tend not to excite me very much, even more one that doesn't rely on an interesting mechanic but on atmosphere and artstyle instead. I needed to finish this classic to see what all the fuss was about though. What I got is one of those games I can understand why it managed to be a success, but I still couldn't have too much fun with.

LIMBO relies on its atmosphere for way too long for such a short game. Up until 3/4 into it most puzzles were still a little too basic, a little too much trial and error, and dare I say a little generic for my taste, and by that time the graphical wow-factor had already worn off.

At the ending bits it gets a little more interesting, but I really wanted it to end already.

Overall I'm happy to have played it. I had a little fun, but if someone asks me about it I'll say "meh".



2. Furi (8 hours) - "Frustatingly Fun"


Alright this was quite the ride.

I found it interesting that even though this is a boss rush game each boss introduces such a great amount of different mechanics that it doesn't really feel like you are exactly fighting bosses all the time.

It usually starts very slow and didactic and ends very bullet hell. Which in theory tends to build a great learning curve.

Each fight goes on for so long that dying at the very last phase, although constant, is extremely irritating. It's nice when you restart the fight and realize how much faster you are able to finish off each phase, but only to a point, after a while it's just not fast enough.

The combat system is quite diverse and complex. Takes a while to get used to all of the instances and moves. I feel like sometimes it just demands the player to be excessively quick on reactions and the reaction window might be too short. It gets annoying. Some of the bosses the only alternative I found was to straight up memorize the attack pattern and press buttons almost in advance. It grows on you though.

I definitely had more difficulty at the beginning/middle than at the end, which never feels right.

Overall playing Furi was fun, sometimes very frustrating, but mostly fun. I'd be thankful if indie devs would tackle more boss rush games.


3. LOVE (2.5 hours) - "Amateurishly Charming"


Got this for free from the dev who is a fellow gaffer. Thought I'd give a short game a shot just to build some momentum.

Someone posted some days ago that it took them 0.5h to finish it, and well..... it felt a little frustating that I took 5 times that, but hey, I ain't competing.

This is a very simple platformer when it comes to both aesthetics and mechanics. All your character does is run and jump. It's very rough around the edges, and it tends to feel a little amateurish but that's what gives it its charm. There's something very appealing about that.

Level design feels experimental and it goes anywhere from a single Super Meat Boy room style, to something metroidvania-ish. Props to the dev for generally introducing interesting new mechanics every now and then.

I shamelessly switched to easy mode after restarting it twice, the only difference is the amount of lives. Believe me, 100 lives wasn't nearly enough for me.

I'd recommend LOVE for people looking for a quick and difficult arcade platform experience, and also for gamedevs, as the very basics of interesting platforming is here on its most pure form.


4. Pony Island (2.5 hours) - "Legit Creepy"


Pony Island is all about breaking the expectations. So I really wish I could have gone into it completely blind.

Its focus is on being an out of the box experience and not exactly a demanding game. Therefore "levels" if they can even be called that aren't exactly demanding of ability, it's all very casual, and rightfully so. Progamming style puzzles can get a little more brainy but nothing that's gonna hold anyone back from finishing it.

By the end I was legit creeped out, so congrats devs.

5. Dishonored (~13 hours)


After my third time starting Dishonored I finally finished it.

Took me a while to get into this "immersive sim" deal. When I did though, man was it fun. I talked nonstop about some parts of this game with friends, like the masked party and the cabaret. Those were very memorable and actually made me feel like I was able to tackle things however way I wanted.

The games pacing isn't very good though, the ending parts felt like a chore and the openness of the mission nosedived into this almost completely linear level design.

Overall it is definitely a major experience I'm glad I had. I'll soon get into the DLC as I heard those are actually better than the main story. So very excited about that.

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I had this incredible roommate last month month and we played coop everyday for two weeks.

I had already completed most of the games singleplayer so I wasn't going to count them, however I spent so much quality gaming time that I just can't not put them on my list, so here we go:

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6. Enter The Gungeon [coop] (~2 hours)


This is where I knew I had something special right there. Wanted to train him so maybe I could unlock Cultist's alternate skin that week, and BAM, we finish it together second try.

After 100 hours playing singleplayer, I had a surprising lot of fun playing Gungeon coop. It's clearly a second thought and needs some tweaks still, but it's quite alright for what it offers.


7. Risk of Rain [coop] (5 hours)


This took us quite a lot of runs during 2~3 days to finally complete. Although a lot a fun there was a quite noticible luck factor involved on our runs. Sometimes we would just give up by the third stage because we felt extremely underpowered, and taking way too long to find the exit didn't help.

The run we finally won we got OP to the point we could just walk around betweem the 1000 mobs of big enemies and still wouldn't die.

Above all it was a gun experience, we loved it and I particularly had more fun than finishing single player.

8. 20XX [coop] (2.4 hours)


Hadn't played it in a while, when I stopped I was able to consistently win. I don't know what happened but we had a few starting runs we would die by the third boss.

20XX is always a slightly unpolished but great experience. I love how the roguelite hard decision making is in there in the form of really complex platforming sections, there was this remarkable moment my partner was like "come on, we need more items, let's do it", and I said "man, we can't afford to lose more health", so he walks slightly to the left and sees these giant fire spitting machines and was instantly "yeah, nope, never mind".

This felt like the least coop experience from all the games if it makes sense. It was like we were playing single player but together? There was very little coop strategies involved minus the occasional "you go get that item for us because I'm almost dying".

9. Broforce [coop] (4.4 hours)


Haven't actually played it singleplayer yet and man oh man, I'll never doubt the Overwhelmingly Positive crowd ever again. I was really unexcited about Broforce as I knew it was all about action movies references and I simply have no knowledge whatsoever on that topic. Also I had the feeling the humor would be this "straight man" focused kinda thing.

Went in expecting this Metal Slug / Contra gameplay with an annoying humor behind. Left feeling impressed on how the gameplay manages to be based on those games but still its own thing with its destructible short stages and its hugely different non choosable cast, and also how although I probably knew only about 10% of what the characters were referencing, we would laugh SO HARD everytime the narrator would scream the name of a boss or of a new character.

Really solid gameplay, I'll definitely come back to it on singleplayer.

10. Portal 2 [coop] (5 hours)


By far the most polished experience based on the simple fact that there was a complete campaign based around coop only. And wow. Went in knowing the level design would be absolutely genious and the puzzles would consistently impress me. No disappointments there. Game is fantastic and rightfully remembered by some as one of the bests (if not the best) of last generation.

I was more impressed with the fact that we were able to complete it however. There was some mind bending stuff going on in there. We were very proud of ourselves when the credits rolled lol.

11. Poi (8 hours)



During my whole playtime I was very aware of the fact that Poi felt rushed and rough around the edges. However there wasn't a single moment I wasn't having fun.

I'm a sucker for 3D platformers collectathons and it shows. Poi is very barebones, it's pure 3D platforming, levels are thrown on our faces with not that much cohesion, there's a lot of teleportation from one area to the other, lots of hidden useless collectibles, our abilities are straight off stolen from Super Mario 64 and that's it.

There are lots of filler missions and excuses to hold a Medal (the game's "Stars") behind some grinding. The worst offenders I can remember is this one mission I simply had to rotate 4 levers and this one character that gives you a Medal once you've "Jumped 500 times, Rolled 250 times".

All boss battles sucked and were there just to mark the checklist.

Although sometimes too easy, there are some quality platforming to be done and the collectibles can be really fun to hunt if you're into this sort of stuff.

Overall Poi really did scratch that unstoppable itch I've had ever since finishing Banjo-Tooie and was a great surprise to start the hopeful "Comeback of 3D Platformers" we're about to have!

12. Killer Is Dead (10 hours)


Exactly what I would expect from a Suda 51 game. A lot of style, unpolished but fun gameplay, awful pacing, some really out there genre mixtures, annoying female objectification.

I wasn't necessarily expecting it to be that close to No More Heroes though. Which is a compliment. Boss battles surprised me positively, although not always as polished as they should be, each of them mostly added something unique to the combat and felt very unique.

Cutscenes and Loading Screens were sometimes so long I felt like he game was purposefully trying to annoy me. Some of them moments weren't skippable which is always annoying.

It had lots of extra missions including some sort of dating simulation. Which I played once and never ever wanted to touch it again even though it unlocked a new weapon. It was SO BAD. SO BAD. That I didn't play any other side mission.

13. SteamWorld Dig (4.5 hours)


This is the reason indie games exist in my life. If someone told me I'd enjoy a game that consists of 4 hours of digging down a hole, I'd have said "yeah, right".

There's this vicious grinding vibe that somehow finds its way to us, and suddenly you just don't care about pressing the pick button 50 times just to get yourself that shiny stone, only to go back up, sell it, and start it all over again.

The metroidvania-esque elements are smartly spread across all the digging to keep things fresh, it's always exciting to find a new power up. By the end of the game the whole mechanic was already burned out so I'd consider it ended at a perfect timing, even though the actual ending feels very weird.

Be very aware SteamWorld Dig is not for everyone, but if you are the sort of person who truly appreciates the experimental game mechanics indies are thankfully allowed to try, go ahead and Dig it.

IN PROGRESS
TowerClimb - Okay TowerClimb, you win. I simply can't complete it and for now I'm tired of trying. Great game though.
Sproggiwood - Completely paused, I like it but there's just too much things right now.

BACKLOG
(I'm hoping to tackle soon)

Oxenfree
Dead Rising
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Batman Arkham City
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
God of War 3
Darkest Dungeon
Aquaria
Darksiders
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Cheat Code
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I've done this the past two years and have given up every time.

This is the year, I promise.
Ragona
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gave up on the list in 2016, but managed to finish quite a few games. This year I'll actually put some efford into this list.
Sydle
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Here we go...

I don't think I've ever made it more than 20 games in a year, but I'll give it a shot. If I did complete 50 games then it would pretty much level my backlog.
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Claimed.
walkmetothelake
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2014 post
2015 post
2016 post
50 books, 50 movies challenge

Backloggery

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Completed:

Game 1 - Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (DS) - 15 hours, 33 minutes *

One of my absolute favorite games of all time. The soundtrack, characters, and general atmosphere here are nearly unmatched in the medium for me. It really is too bad that we never saw more of Kyle Hyde after the sequel to this.

This was actually my first time playing the game in NG+ so the additional dialogue and other minor changes were a real treat. I'm hoping to hop into Last Window really soon.

Game 2 - Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4) - ~20 hours

I'm so relieved that I actually liked this one. I've been a Resident Evil fan since I first played 3 back on the PS1 but the move to first person was really the first change I wasn't sure of. Thankfully everything worked out really well mostly There's definitely some issues to be found such as the lack of extra content/replay value, declining quality as the game goes on (this has been a problem with the series since pretty much the beginning and especially moreso with 4 and 5), and messy ending "choices" but I find myself mostly optimistic about the future of the series.

The DLC in this one is sure disappointing other than Ethan Must Die though...

Game 3 - Lara Croft GO (PS4) - 6 hours

This one was such a treat. I'd played bits of this on my Android device but I played through the game in full this time on my PS4. The outfits are a nice surprise for fans and the puzzles give a decent challenge. Probably my favorite modern Tomb Raider experience available at this time. I really wish the main series would learn some stuff from this.

Game 4 - Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4) - 8 hours

Grabbed this one in a PSN sale. I have really hit or miss experiences with Telltale games. I love The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead S1, and Borderlands but everything else has been okay at best. Game of Thrones has been a personally low point but I think that's heavily in part due to my lack of interest in the license. I'm not a huge Batman/superhero fan but this was definitely a bit better than I expected it to be. As always with Telltale games, this was a disaster on the technical front. I had 3 or 4 crashes in addition to the framerate looking like a slideshow and some other glitches at a few points. I'm not handwaving this by any means but this was one of my lesser problematic Telltale experiences so I don't want to complain too much in that regard.

I just really want TWAU S2 and every time I see a new announcement from Telltale and it isn't that I die a bit inside.

In Progress:

Hall of Shame:

* indicates a replay
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I'm game. For the fourth time.

2014: 29 games
2015: 24 games
2016: 57 games
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Blombus
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2016 post

About to start Virtue's Last Reward.
Benedict
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Will try again.
Made it 2015 but not 2016.

Currently playing Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, N3DS, during the holidays.
So far it's way better than Majoras Mask that I started last year and was so boring I stopped playing
Hopefully it will be my first game of many I finish 2017. Have some I started 2016 I'll continue with.

FYI Ratchet and Clank on Vita is awful and one of the reasons I didn't make it 2016. Made me hate games.
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Claiming 2nd post for the challenge.
Azriell
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In for Year 4.

Code:

No   Game Title                                                Score      Completion Date
1.   Virginia                                                  (4/5)      01.07
2.   Saints Row - Gat out of Hell                              (4/5)      01.13
3.   This War of Mine - The Little Ones                        (4/5)      01.26
4.   Bard's Gold                                               (4/5)      01.30

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No   Game Title                                                Score      Completion Date
5.   The Flame in the Flood                                    (5/5)      02.01  
6.   Gauntlet - Slayer Edition                                 (4/5)      02.11
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2014 post available here, total of 112 games finished in 2014
2015 post available here, total of 119 games finished in 2015
2016 post available here, total of 85 games finished in 2016

Game 1: Time Travelers - started on 30.12.2016, finished on 05.01.2017 (11:14) - ★★★☆☆
Game 2: Monument Valley - started on 05.01.2017, finished on 05.01.2017 (2:39) - ★★★★☆
Game 3: Technobabylon - started on 30.12.2016, finished on 11.01.2017 (12:15) - ★★★★★
Game 4: The Room Two - started on 12.01.2017, finished on 13.01.2017 (3:09) - ★★★★☆
Game 5: Close Your Eyes - started on 13.01.2017, finished on 14.01.2017 (3:06) - ★★★☆☆
Game 6: Strawberry Vinegar - started on 14.01.2017, finished on 15.01.2017 (4:58) - ★★☆☆☆
Game 7: Oxenfree - started on 15.01.2017, finished on 20.01.2017 (4:58) - ★★★★★
Game 8: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - started on 21.01.2017, finished on 25.01.2017 (5:57) - ★★☆☆☆
Game 9: Soma - started on 25.01.2017, finished on 29.01.2017 (8:14) - ★★★★★
Game 10: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past - started on 23.09.2016, finished on 08.02.2017 (63:08) - ★★★☆☆
Game 11: Steins;Gate - started on 30.01.2017, finished on 25.02.2017 (43:43) - ★★★★★
Game 12: Abzu - started on 25.02.2017, finished on 26.02.2017 (1:54) - ★★★★☆
Game 13: Ryse: Son of Rome - started on 26.02.2017, finished on 01.03.2017 (5:30) - ★☆☆☆☆
Game 14: Prune - started on 12.02.2017, finished on 04.03.2017 (~3 hours) - ★★★☆☆
Game 15: Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling (23:26) - started on 01.03.2017, finished on 15.03.2017 - ★★★☆☆
Game 16: The Swapper - started on 15.03.2017, finished on 17.03.2017 (5:21) - ★★★★★

Game X: Pic Pic - started on 12.11.2016
Game X: Grand Theft Auto V - started on 18.03.2017
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Getting in on this this year. I want (need) to spend less money on games this year and want to actually play a bunch of games that have been collecting dust. First thing will be to finish the Witcher 3 which I started last January, and play through Doom which got set aside once Overwatch came out and I never got back to.

After those two I'm going to go through my WiiU collection and finally play some of those games now that the system is dead as far as new titles. Later in the year I want to start the Final Fantasy series, some Dragon Quest, games, and maybe a few other series. My goal will be to play only a handful of new titles and spend 2017 playing a bunch of games I bought and never played.

I only completed around 20 games in 2016 so 52 seems like a lot, at least in terms of getting to the credits. I imagine most games will have to be retired around the 20 hour mark if I'm to get anywhere close to 52 games.
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Hell yes, always wanted to try this challenge.

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1. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved - 0.7 hours
Well, i guess i beat it since there is not much to do besides beating 100,000 highscore. PC port missed a lot features from console versions, no Retro mode for example.



2. Penumbra Overture - 3.3 hours
Bad horror, good story and atmosphere. Controls are fine when you trying to solve some puzzles, but in action parts they are very annoying, it's impossible to hit those demonic dogs with pickaxe unless you are sitting on some box where dog can't reach you.


3. The Blackwell Legacy - 2.3 hours
Very good point & click adventure, too bad it supports only low resolutions, i was forced to play in windowed mode to enjoy it


4. Beholder - 9 hours
Awesome game, great dystopian atmosphere and unusual gameplay. Did 2 full playthrough on easy and standard difficulties, i really enjoy it but there is 2 flaws that leave a bad taste - no manual saves (only autosaves after receiving new task) and no freeplay mode (story is great and have multiply endings, but game still lacks replayability). But still, overall this is great game and i recommend to try it. If you have This War of Mine and/or Orwell, you should definitely check Steam bundle that contains Beholder - http://store.steampowered.com/bundle/2236/


5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - 4 hours
Oh, 00's, age of shitty PS2 ports on PC. Instead of porting X360 version, Disney released this abomination on PC and still selling it for 20$ almost 10 years later after release. Horrible controls, ugly as sin engine, repetitive gameplay and simply bad design overall. I forced myself to finish this one only because i needed more games to this list and it was painful, but short experience. Can't recommend this garbage even for die-hard movie fans.


6. SUPERHOT - 3 hours
SUPERHOT is short (2-3 hours to complete story), but stylish and interesting game. I do feel that 25 levels is not enough, but game is packed with challenges and secrets that should increase my final playtime. Can't recommend it for fullprice, but definitely worth getting during sale.


7. 12 Labours of Hercules - 5 hours
12 Labours of Hercules is nice little game, very addictive causal strategy, but after completing it on 100% I'm not willing to play sequels right now. Maybe few months later, 5 hours of gameplay is more than enough for such game. The only real problem is lack of offline achievements, i tried to play it on my Windows tablet when i was traveling last year, but achievements didn't worked, not sure if this issue fixed now or not. Costs only 3$, but totally worth it.


8. Trials of the Blood Dragon - 3.5 hours
Finally forced myself to finish Trials of Blood Dragon, and, unfortunately, it's not a very good game. Artstyle, story and music is great, but gameplay is tedious and very frustrating most of the time. It could be a good game if it feature only usual bikes sections from other Trials games, but they also added walking/platforming sections, and they are terrible. Such controls are okay for bikes, but not for on-foot levels, it's not possible to smoothly run at any direction, jumping is very frustrating too. Also, there is levels were you need to fly around and avoid obstacles, and sections with minikart - fuck that shit, instant fun killers. I just can't imagine how it's possible to clear all levels without failing, some levels are insanely hard, and they are hard mostly because you can't properly control your character. But as i said, visuals and sound in this game are great, Ubisoft artists and Power Glove outdone themselves, i wish gameplay were as cool as visuals.


9. GamersGoMakers - 8 hours
Another G̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶D̶e̶v̶ ̶T̶y̶c̶o̶o̶n̶ Game Dev Story clone, played it through full timeline, from 80s to 2025, and managed to become an owner of multibillion dollar corporation. Main fun in this kind of games is to create your own story of success while using real game titles. I spent first ten in-game years trying to figure right combinations of game parts (like gameplay, graphics, sound, story, etc.) for each genre. You can also buyout rival studios, create your own console and become a publisher. Unfortunately, game have some major flaws, like clunky UI and wrong calculation of profits in stats pages. I think, that's a main problem of all game dev simulators - they are not perfect and have flaws in some fields, even Game Dev Tycoon, which is probably most polished game in this sub-genre, did some things even worse than GamersGoMakers. But they still fun to play for the first time, before you'll figure out right combinations for creating games with perfect scores. I spent 8 hours on this game and regret nothing, but i'll probably never come back and play it again.


10. Far Cry: Primal - 31 hours
Also known as Ubisoft's Wallpaper Generator. Took me almost 30 hours to complete it, mainly because i was trying to grab every single collectible and visit every place that was marked with ? signs on the map. I knew it was not necessary, but main reason why i was collecting all this stuff - unexpectedly gorgeous world and graphics. It so much better than FC4, more bright colors and overall lightning was significantly improved. I can't say Primal is perfect in therms of graphics, it's amazing in close distance but long range LODs are still shitty sometimes, but on the other side game is very well optimized, it holds stable 60FPS on my 5 year old GPU with Ultra settings, which is surprising for Ubisoft+Denuvo game. Gameplay is typical Ubisoft openworld game, but usual elements like crafting and sidequests are finally doesn't feel out of place, it's perfect match for Primal setting. Story is not something special, 2 main antagonists doesn't have such memorable personality like villains in FC3-4, but at least Batari final fight was well directed and feels like ending. Also, all Urki missions is very funny, and shaman visions was brilliant, especially that one where you need to shoot moon with your bow and moon explodes, holy shit!. Yeah, this is still Far Cry game and many old issues are still here, but it was fun to wander around and explore Primal's world, which is never happened to me in previous FC games. I recommend to give it a chance even if you don't like previous Far Cry games, it was definitely worth it. And don't forget to disable as much HUD elements as possible, it's much more enjoyable and immersive game without minimap and markers all over screen. if you still don't believe that this game is gorgeous, check out screenshots i made during my playthrough.


11. Ubersoldier II - 4.5 hours
Low-budget Wolfenstein clone from 00s, with health kits and superpowers. Story doesn't make any sense, but game is fun to play for the first hours if you don't mind old-school FPS gameplay. Unfortunately, it become worse closer to final missions, but i guess it's still an okay game to play if you don't know how to spent your time while waiting for new Wolfenstein.


12. Hospital Tycoon - 4 hours
Theme Hospital clone with The Sims 2 elements. Lack of depth, bad UI and extremely slow progress even on x3 speed. Too much bad design decisions, and campaign is just 3 hours long tutorial.


13. Resident Evil 4 - 20 hours
Finally finished RE4 for the first time. 14 hours on main story + 6 hours on bonus campaigns and mercenaries mode. Well, it was a damn great game, probably one of the best I've ever played. Final boss kinda sucks though (basically shoot in leg-eye, climb on this thing and see how Leon attack his main eye, repeat 7 times and then shoot with special rocket launcher, WTF was that?), but still great game. Graphics aside, i can't believe how RE4 is still holding up so well after 10+ years after original release. Impressively well-designed game, variety of situations and gameplay is just insane. I can't remember any other game that legally allows player to skip boss battles if some of the bosses are really annoying to fight (Chief Mendez was top notch, but fuck this blind guy with large claws, twice). Also, this is type of horror games i absolutely love, where your character is not a defenseless bitch and you can fight with enemies, but it's still very intense and disturbing. Atmosphere and music is just amazing, reminds me Silent Hill 2. I knew that RE4 was good game, but playing it episodically is nothing compared to full playthrought. The only problem that i have with this game is very low default FOV, but thank god for PC gaming i can relatively easy change it with Cheat Engine.
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Finished:

1. Fragments of Him (Xbox One)
This game was pretty boring. An interesting take on seeing how some loved ones cope with the death of someone, but ultimately it was forgettable.

2. Dear Esther: Landmark Edition (Xbox One)
Gonna be honest, have no clue what the story was even after getting all of the voiceovers. Wish the walking speed was quicker.

3. Virginia (Xbox One)
Absolutely loved it, the best soundtrack out of any game that came out in 2016. Played through twice in a row.

4. Layers of Fear (Xbox One)
The framerate almost made me stop playing, its complete trash on Xbox. But as its not a super long game I kept with it. Wasn't really scary at all.

5. Never Alone (Xbox One)
Wasn't really feeling this one. The controls were too loose and made having to control both characters annoying. Story was fairly simple. I did enjoy the enemy designs.

6. Cubot: The Complexity of Simplicity (Xbox One)
Simple yet really complex puzzler, as the title suggests. I liked it a lot but it took me awhile to finish as I got stuck and came back after some breaks. To me thats the sign of a good puzzler.

7. Contrast (Xbox One)
Not a terrible game, but some finicky controls with the shadow mechanic can make some puzzles frustrating to accomplish. When you know what to do but the controls limit you, its not good. Ending also felt rushed and I thought they could have explained more about this weird world thats kind of floating in the air? I think?

8. Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition (Xbox One)
Never played this before, and boy was it hard. I had to use a guide for some of it as I just had no clue what I was supposed to do, but its another neat classic game. Glad I played it.

9. Three Fourths Home (Xbox One)
Interesting little game. I enjoyed the interactions between the family in the main story and the epilogue. A nice ending that makes you wonder exactly what happened, which I appreciated.

Working on:

The Turing Test
The Wolf Among Us
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chrismohan
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(12-31-2016, 07:54 PM)
Game 1: Inside (finished 1st Jan)
Loved the world that Playdead created. A massive improvement over Limbo in every aspect. Even loved the ending.

Game 2: Firewatch
Truly wonderful. I'm not an outdoorsy type but even this had me hankering to walk around in the mud and take in the scenery of all around me.

Game 3: Deadly Tower of Monsters
Really enjoyed this. Sure the combat and general feel is a bit ropey but it all fits thematically. Completionists must love this game as the path to the platinum is clearly laid out for you.

Game 4: Kirby: Planet Robobot
Started this last year but grew tired of the monotony- which is odd as the game appears to revel in the fact it has a core mechanic designed to keep it fresh but it just seemed like a wasted opportunity as there was little use of the robot powers to create interesting options even with the combat. I just feel like I was missing something. Man, do they love a boss fight near the end of the game or what?

Game 5: Dishonored 2

Felt like I was falling out of love with it around the 5th or 6th mission but some of the most fun was left till that portion of the game. Absolutely loved it. Even managed to put 22 hours into my first playthrough which is very unlike my normal play style. What was exceedingly funny was that playing as the other character from the first game changed my approach entirely.
It seemed like I was justified in treating it like the ultimate murder simulator. Everything that moved died. Started a second playthrough with Corvo and it seemed to fit that I should be totally in the shadows. Games are weird...

Game 6: Last of Us - Left Behind
Maybe shouldn't be counted as a full game but if I'm ever gonna do this 52 game thing I'll have to include this :)
A really nice aperitif to the main game. Haven't played Last of Us since its release but this game reminded me I have little interest in playing a combat heavy sequel. I can't make up my mind whether the combat isn't great or whether it just creates too much stress on the player as a stealth game. I'm getting too old for that stuff..,
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Lifeline
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(12-31-2016, 08:03 PM)
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First time doing this challenge.

Completed:
1. The Order: 1886: 8/10
2. Gravity Rush: Remastered: 7.5/10


Working On:
1. Titanfall 2
2. Darksiders: Warmastered
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jnWake
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(12-31-2016, 08:05 PM)
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Here I'll post my yearly log...

Completed:
1. Super Mario Run (iOS).
2. Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS).
3. Triple Triad (iOS).
4. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U).

Backlog:

Wii U:
1. Nintendo Land.
2. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.
3. Hyrule Warriors.
4. Affordable Space Adventures.
5. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.
6. Freedom Planet.
7. Citizens of Earth.
8. Swords & Soldiers II.
9. Runbow.

Wii U Virtual Console
:
1. Advance Wars.
2. Golden Sun: The Lost Age.
3. Earthbound Begginings.
4. Kirby's Return to Dreamland.
5. Punch Out!!
6. Mario & Luigi Partners in Time.
7. Metroid Zero Mission.

3DS:
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising.
2. Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon.
3. Phoenix Wright Trilogy.
4. Inazuma Eleven.
5. Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars.
6. Retro City Rampage DX.
7. Rhytm Tief & the Emperor's Treasure.
8. Nano Assault Neo EX.
9. Mario & Luigi Paper Jam.
10. Pokémon Moon.
11. Dragon Ball Fusions.
12. Mario & Luigi Dream Team.
13. Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies.
14. Phoenix Wright Spirit of Justice.
15. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 3D.

3DS Virtual Console:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GB VC).
2. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GB VC).
3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB VC).

DS:
1. Pokémon Black 2.
2. 999.
3. Ghost Trick.
4. Apollo Justice Ace Attorney.
5. Final Fantasy IV.
6. Okamiden.
7. Final Fantasy Tactics A2.

Switch:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2. Super Bomberman R

PC:
1. Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty.
2. Limbo.
3. Stephen's Sausage Roll.

iOS:
1. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.
2. Plants vs Zombies 2.
3. Pokémon Go.
4. Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

And Switch comes out this year...
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SomTervo
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(12-31-2016, 08:08 PM)
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Can totally do this. Let's do it. One game a week. Come on. (Reservation post.)

1: Watch_Dogs 2 (PS4) - 9/10 - 25+ hours - 100% main story
Excellent, excellent game. One of the best open world games I've ever played, even if the campaign missions overstay their welcome a little (and get obscenely hard on highest difficulty). Will be high on my GotY list.

2: Dishonored 2 - PC - 9/10 - 16+ hours - 100% main story, replayed to 33% twice w/ modifiers
Incredible work. Truly incredible. My GotY 2016. So much depth, flexibility, freedom. Great sandboxes everywhere. Plus probably the greatest "time travel" mission of all time, IMO.

3: Gravity Rush Remastered - PS4 - 7/10 - 20 hours - 100% main story
Fantastic work. The end is pretty abrupt in terms of story, but if you treat it as 'act 1' of the story that will get continued/finished in Gravity Rush 2, it is absolutely perfect. Really sets the scene and leaves you with some questions. The Gravity Shifting mechanics are phenomenal and almost every gameplay scenario is well thought out. A couple of combat mechanics are a bit iffy, I think it would benefit from wider FOV or more distant camera to help you keep your bearings, and the zooming Shift attack is often irritatingly innacurate. The whole package is fantastic, though.

4. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone - PS4 - 9/10 - some 30 hours

5. Mafia 3 - PS4 - 8/10 - some 20 hours
Really good, fantastic story and writing that really understands what's important, but a bit too much content padding the story out. If they cut a third of the game's obligatory, near-grindey content away and made the remaining content more dynamic/interesting, this would have been a 9 or 10/10.

Bloody fantastic as always. Delving deep into the history and situation of a couple of great characters made this so immersive and compelling. Pity more areas weren't added. Now I'm on Blood and Wine and... touissaint omg

6. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine - PS4 - 9/10 - some 12 hours

Unfortunately I rushed this to clear the backlog, but it was bloody glorious as always. The main quest line felt a bit more like an adventure than Hearts of Stone's one and the plot development of getting your own land was fantastic.

Literally all I did was mainline the quest and even that was money's worth. Incredibly satisfying payoff by playing politics carefully (it's clear where things can go very, very badly) and great characters, acting, etc. Just brilliant.

My only beef was that the combat on Death March! difficulty becomes pretty unfair. The combat was getting so frustrating that I bumped the game to Easy just to power through it. First time I've done that since Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Still, a phenomenal game and probably the best expansion of all time IMO.
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sabertoothzombie
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(12-31-2016, 08:09 PM)
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I decided to do it by month this year, makes it easier

January

1. Batman - Telltale Series (PC)


I liked it overall, probably my favorite Telltale game I've played. Only thing I don't like is how they change the origin story (especially with his parents)

2. Walking Dead (PC)


Decided to get this one out of my backlog. I was surprised with how I already was spoiled on the ending and yet I still really liked the story for it.

3. Walking Dead - Season 2 (PS4)


I got this one for free with PS+ so I didn't get to carry over my save from season one. I miss Lee :(

4. Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers (PC)


From my Steam backlog. I don't really have any feelings towards it. It wasn't good nor bad, just meh.

5. The Old City: Leviathan (PC)


Another one from Steam backlog. I think it was trying to be overly artistic, or maybe I just didn't get it. I didn't like it either way.

6. Assassin's Creed 2 - Remaster (PS4)


I got the Ezio set for PS4 as a gift during Christmas, so I thought I'd start on them. Just as good as I remember.

7. Day of the Tentacle - Remaster (PS4)


From PS+, I have to admit, I hadn't heard of the game before. I didn't really like it, but to be fair, I don't really like point and click puzzles anyways.

8. The Swapper (PS4)


Another one from PS+, these puzzles hurt my head, but overall it was a good game. Rather short though.

9. The Order: 1886 (PS4)


I got this for $5 on sale and I enjoyed it. Yes the gameplay is medicore and yes the story isn't too impressive. But I thought it was enjoyable and not as bad as everyone made it out to be

10. Bioshock Infinite - Remaster (PS4)


The last of the Bioshock remasters for me to complete. I didn't enjoy it as much as when I played it the first time, and it was way easier than the original Bioshock. I'm still too much of a coward to try 1999 mode.

11. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Remaster (PS4)


Second one from the Ezio trilogy, and my favorite one. I spent much longer playing this than 2 because I just enjoyed going around Rome, training Assassin's, and repairing the city.

February

12. Assassin's Creed Revelations - Remaster (PS4)


Finished off the Ezio trilogy. Weakest one of the bunch, so I powered through it. I still like the ending of it though.

13. Yakuza 0 (PS4)


Holy crap. My first Yakuza game ever. I spent way too much time on mini games and substories that made this game take up nearly my entire February. I'd recommend this to any brawler/RPG fan out there.

14. The Last Guardian (PS4)


Finally got around to this. I had held off until performance issues were addressed. Despite my frustration with the controls (the boy, not Trico), I really enjoyed the game storywise. That ending...

15. Longest Night: Lost Constellation (PC)


Fun little game that I decided to play ahead of Night in the Woods. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, as it wasn't a very deep game at all

16. Night in the Woods (PS4)


I really need to replay this again. I enjoyed it immensely, just wish I could play the band parts better.

17. Hollow Knight (PC)


Literally just beat this. So far, one of if not the game of the year. The sense of exploration and difficult gameplay was great. I recommend to anyone that enjoys Metroidvanias
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felsparks
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(12-31-2016, 08:11 PM)
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Alright, I'll join. Though I also said I would last year, and well...ended up never updating the post. Lot of stuff happened over the year and honestly kinda fell out of games for a bit. I did record what I finished off of here, but it just wasn't too much. Hoping this year will go a bit better, just have too many games to get to!

1: NAME - DURATION PLAYED
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truestatic
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(12-31-2016, 08:13 PM)
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Too late for a page one post, huh? Okay. Let's try again this year. Last year I hung at 26. Oof. First in the list is probably Infinifactory.
ironmang
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(12-31-2016, 08:15 PM)
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30/52 last year. Let's see how far I get this year.

37 games left

1: Severed - Vita - 8 hours - 8/10 - Jan 1
DrinkBox Studios is quickly becoming one of my favorite developers with their vibrant art style and casual friendly takes on classic genres. Dungeon crawlers were never my thing but I never felt intimidated due to the clear mapping system. The world is interesting and the narrative is unique despite being a little simple. The combat system is deep enough to keep me entertained for the several hours this took to beat but I did find my arm getting tired if I had to fight a bunch of enemies back to back due to all the swiping. Quick and easy platinum that only had a few collectibles with even those adding to the experience showing how Sasha remembered her family. Overall a great game and I'm looking forward to any future games from DrinkBox.

2: Hitman GO - Vita - 8 hours - 6/10 - Jan 4
Decided to give this a try after hearing about it from the Kinda Funny guys. Turn based puzzle is not a genre I have much experience with but I'm always down for a puzzle game and Hitman fits this genre surprisingly well. Despite being obviously turn based, I wish they would have tried a little harder to make it feel like missions with some animation and detail instead of using literal board game pieces. Maybe that's part of the charm of these GO games which I wouldn't know since this is the first I've played. Beyond that the puzzles were a little simple even with the variety of pieces by the end. "X or fewer" was a little deceptive making me think there are multiple ways to achieve that when in reality X is the fewest and there's usually just 1 path that reaches it. Maybe there's custom maps or mods on other platforms but on Vita there wasn't which seems like a missed opportunity. Would have been interesting seeing some elaborate user made puzzles. As far as value goes I got my money's worth at $8 but that's about the max I'd be willing to pay.

3: Final Fantasy XV - PS4 - 42 hours - 6/10 - Jan 7
Wasn't really expecting great things going in but I still can't help but feel a little disappointed with the story and more feeling rushed and unpolished. The pacing was all messed up with some chapters being 15-20 minutes and then chapter 13 being one of the longest and tedious stretches in any game I've played. Some other strange decisions too like the awkward pause at the beginning of every conversation and no way to pass time without starting either a night hunt or sleeping until the decided wakeup time of 9am regardless of when they went to sleep. The magic spells were very basic too. On the plus side the combat was fun and the characters likable and full of real emotions. The hunts and side quests can be addicting and the world is very beautiful. Might return to do some side quests and end game content which hopefully is better than the narrative.

4: Ratchet and Clank (2002) - Vita - 12 hours - 8/10 - Jan 9
About time I give this series a shot after so many entries over the past 14+ years. Bought the vita collection during a sale a while back so I decided to start here. Unsurprisingly it's a very solid 3D platformer and holds up well enough today despite many of the platformers of that era becoming dated. There was a nice balance of combat and platforming with few repeating sections. The challenge is there with few of the enemy types allowing straight up run-n-gun combat. There is a variety of unique weapons that helped me fight any way I wanted. Checkpoints can be sparse which makes any missed jump all that more punishing. The story is basic which is expected for this genre but it did have a lot of funny moments thrown in. The art style wasn't what I prefer but besides that I have no complaints about the rest of the game.

5: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PS1 classic) - Vita - 7 hours - 8/10 - Jan 12
First heard about this because apparently it's a very rare PS1 game... at least the NA version. Saw it on sale for $2 a few months ago and that beats $150 so here we are. Always thought platformers were especially at home on Vita and this is no different. A true 2.5D platformer if there ever was one deserving of the term and overall one of the better platformers of any variety I've played. The early levels or "Visions" are easy and serve to get you used to moving through this interesting world with the simple combat system that consists of grabbing enemies and throwing them into each other, switches, or item pickups. The difficulty increases in later levels but never crosses the point of being frustrating. The bosses are interesting and the platforming has a very nice flow to it. The story just explains why we're moving between Visions and doesn't really add much to the experience. Already looking to give 2 a shot.

6: Dishonored 2 - PS4 - 10 hours - 4/10 - Jan 14
Remembered liking the first one and heard favorable things about this one so decided to give it a shot. Really couldn't get into it at all though and ended up just switching to easy and blazing through the last 4-5 chapters. The story just wasn't very interesting to me and the clockwork guys and dogs made trying to be stealth too time consuming. Didn't help that any death was met with a brutal load wait with sparse checkpoints. There's a lot to do for someone into completing all the sidequests and finding all the runes and charms but I got bored with that after awhile due to a lot of repetition (bloodfly condemned buildings in every chapter zzz). The game is very pretty though and combat was kind of fun when I went into psycho kill everything mode lol.

7: South Park: The Stick of Truth - Steam - 12 hours - 8/10 - Jan 17
For some reason I ignored this on release. Maybe it was low expectations but after a couple years of good reactions, I finally caved and bought it during a sale. They definitely didn't half ass anything when it came to writing as this was as funny or funnier than I remember the show being when I watched and as a result I even went out of my way to complete every side quest just to get as much story as I could. The combat was a little simple but for a 12 hour game it never got too boring. South Park really was the best tv show or movie that could be turned into a video game. Even had a couple fourth wall moments involving the skip feature specific to video games that I enjoyed. The Fractured but Whole wasn't even on my radar at all but now it's likely a day 1 purchase.

8: Batman: The Telltale Series - PS4 - 7 hours - 7/10 - Jan 19
Not normally my type of game but being in Gotham and the promise of being the Bruce Wayne I want to be means I'll at least give it a shot. This is really a top tier story as far as video games go. To the point that I could easily see this being a 2+ year run on the main comic series and getting universal acclaim there. The choices mostly fell down 3 distinct tracks but the responses still felt natural and are something I could see different versions of Bruce saying. Was cool to see the story tailor to some of the bigger choices. As much as I liked the story, the non-choice gameplay and overall technical aspects were full of problems. The detective part was way too simple, the quick time events were boring and inaccurate (didn't matter what button I pushed it seemed, they all worked), and even walking was embarrassingly bad. There was all kinds of slowdown and several crashes over a not very long playtime. I haven't followed the other Telltale games but surely they've been at this long enough to have a little more polish. Still, by the time Season 2 comes out I'll jump on either way but hopefully they make some improvements by then.

9: Axiom Verge - Vita - 11 hours - 9/10 - Jan 24
Had some interest in this before release but decided to hold out for the Vita version. Always love these "metroidvanias" even if I don't play nearly enough of them. After playing Axiom Verge, I'd consider it the 2nd best I've ever played only behind SOTN. The story is very cool, the soundtrack is flawless, and it's just overall a beautiful game to look at. The gameplay is incredibly deep with a huge variety of monsters and equally impressive amount of weapons to kill them with. The boss fights were fun and challenging but fair. The map is also quite big with every section containing at least several hidden areas to explore at different points in the game. The power ups were satisfying to use and well worth the wait when they were finally unlocked. The only downside is it took Happ so long to make the game that it might be a very long time before we get another game from him if he chooses to stay solo.

10: Gravity Rush 2 - PS4 - 12 hours - 5/10 - Jan 30
Played the first on Vita launch year and thought I remembered liking it but after playing GR2 I'm not so sure. The characters are still very likable and the new ones fit in well. It's still a beautiful game with a great soundtrack. The presentation is on point. Everything else though felt below a standard I expect at this point in open world games. The stealth sections are completely out of place in a game like Gravity Rush and there are too many of them. Another annoying mission feature is this constant removing of powers for no reason making many of the missions seem like replaying the tutorials over and over. The missions themselves are obviously stretched out with many repeating sections, busy work, or long boss fights that are just the boss using the same attacks but having very high health. Nothing like the larger than life Bayonetta or God of War boss fights with shifting strategies. Combat overall is poor with odd camera, few useful attacks, and no lock on. The upgrade system is just a gigantic grind for uninspired benefits. I went in pretty excited, especially after the reviews, but struggled to even push my way to the credits which apparently leaves out a lengthy epilogue.

11: Super Castlevania IV - n3DS - 8 hours - 7/10 - Jan 31
Having beaten some of the later 2D Castlevanias and enjoying them, I decided to go back and really put effort into one of the brutally hard originals. No better place to start than the SNES library newly available on my n3DS upgrade. Playing through there were a few things I didn't like. Not being able to jump off stairs and having to hold up just to jump on stairs threw me off sometimes. The sub-weapons were mostly useless too and barely any moments in the game where I thought they helped. While plot really isn't the focus of this series, I was a little surprised to not see any introduction at the beginning to say who I am or why I'm there. The game was a little too difficult for my tastes and during chapter 8 and stage B I did do a little save state abusing with the 3DS. Besides that though I mostly enjoyed everything else. The enemies were varied enough and the boss fights, especially the later ones, were very challenging. Some of the levels were cool and memorable like the ones with the swinging chandeliers and the spinning blade chasing from the bottom. Checkpoints were perfectly spaced to not be too punishing on deaths nor encourage carelessness by not caring about my health bar. Overall a pretty good game but I still prefer the direction the series took starting with SOTN.

12: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PS4 - 9 hours - 9/10 - Feb 5
Like everyone else, I was worried this series was basically dead following RE6. While this isn't even a "return to form" since it's unlike any of the others except perhaps 3 with Jack basically being Nemesis, it certainly earned Capcom some good will from the community and has shown they're (finally) able to adapt the series to what modern horror fans want. Going first person was obviously because of VR though it really changed the game for regular players as well. Every corner turned or door opened has extra tension attached since there's no longer the 3rd person buffer to absorb the shock. Really added to the helplessness that we should expect from a survival horror game. The story is by far the best in the series and it's paced about as well as could possibly be expected. The quality is up there with anything Naughty Dog puts out in that it's as close as we've gotten to playing a movie. A little less action than I would have liked especially since it was a good 2 hours until the mold were introduced. Combat sometimes was frustrating since there felt to be no aim assist against wobbly enemies requiring 3-5 headshots to take down. Still, getting kills was all the more satisfying and the weapons felt as good as ever. The puzzles were challenging enough that I had to think a bit but not so hard as to make this feel like a puzzle game. The sounds and lighting were perfectly eerie with enough distant sounds and flickers to keep me worried even while reading a file or managing my inventory. Really fantastic game.

13: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow - GBA - 6 hours - 8/10 - Feb 6
Always heard good things about this and it's often called the 2nd best of the action-rpg entries after SOTN. While not as mind blowing as SOTN, it definitely lived up to my expectations given the reputation. It looks beautiful on my newly acquired backlit sp and has a very nice soundtrack. Movement and fighting just felt right and not clunky like some of the other entries. The souls system is very deep and allowed customization I wasn't expecting. Boss fights are a little on the easy side except for perhaps the true final boss. The map has the usual hidden room tricks and varied locations. Unfortunate that the second half after the plot twist was incredibly short unlike SOTN where it felt like a totally different game. Overall though very good game and one of my favorites in the series so far.

14: Nioh - PS4 - 50+ hours - 9/10 - Feb 22
Beaten but definitely not done with it. Still have some Twilight Missions to do whenever they unlock for me but the main and sub missions are all complete. But wow though, what a game. Wasn't a game I had much interest in until a couple months ago but I'm glad I gave it a chance. The combat is the best I've ever seen and is very deep with all the weapons, ninjitsu, and onmyo. High variety of bosses that are mostly all challenging. The story and the lack of variety of common enemies are probably the weakest parts for me. Had no idea what was going on half the time and I got a little tired of fighting the same 5 non-boss enemies (with some variation) all game. Level design and music are top notch though. Loved the quirky humor too with the mimic and the eyes-on-walls yokai that will let you pass without a fight if you use gestures to communicate with them. Definitely a game I intend on coming back to and one I feel is better than any Souls game ever was. Lack of pause is still annoying since I'd rather they just let the diehards unbind pause so they can get their tension boners and it's especially dumb during cutscenes but oh well.

15: Ratchet and Clank (2016) - PS4 - 9 hours - 8/10 - Mar 2
Instead of playing any other entries I figured I'd give the reboot a shot due to hearing so many good things about it... and it being dirt cheap doesn't hurt either. Certainly lived up to the expectations others set and even if I had spent $40 at release I would have considered it a steal. Few if any games on console are as beautiful and impressive as this and that alone is worth giving it a shot. The level design had a lot of similar sections, as was expected for a reboot, but never felt like I was playing the exact same game over again. Just a lot of "hey I recognize that" sandwiched between new stuff. The challenge isn't the same as the first but I did play this on Normal instead of Hard fearing a lot of 1 shot KOs. Everything else gameplay related is much improved with the gunplay and swapping mechanic feeling a lot more modern and natural. The holo cards are a nice addition and the right way to have collectibles. The humor, like the first game, was actually pretty decent for a game mostly aimed at kids.
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Eggiem
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Claimed for my list!

Games Played: 5/52

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Game 1: Final Fantasy XV [PS4]
41+ hours played
Finished 26/01/17
Score: ★★★★☆ (yes)

Verdict:
After 10 years in development, Final Fantasy XV highly exceeds my expectations. The charming and interesting Characters on their adventurous journey of friendship, combined with the surprisingly deep and depressing story create an exceptional gaming experience.
I especially liked the unconventional art style and the beautiful, yet enormous large and crowded landscapes. What makes it even better is the superb soundtrack and the many little details like the integration of photos, chocobo riding, camping or some funny animations.
Albeit a little bit repetitive, the pathfinder gameplay and action-packed combat are still fun, even after 41 hours. There is so much more to do after completing the main quest, that I just want to merge into the wonderful world of Final Fantasy XV again.
Truly "a Final Fantasy for fans and newcomers alike."

Game 2: Empty [PC]
0,5 hours played
Finished 28/01/17
Score: ★★★★ (yes)

Game 3: ABZÛ [PC]
3 hours played
Finished 05/02/17
Score: ★★★★☆ (yes)

Verdict:
Gifted by spindoc. Thanks again!
Like Journey before, ABZÛ is an emotional, calming and visually beautiful little timeless gem, with a mesmerizing soundtrack.
ABZÛlutely beautiful.

Game 4: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege [PC]
50+ hours played
Finished -/-/-
Score: (yes)

Game 5: Ratchet and Clank [PS4]
18 hours played
Finished 18/02/17
Score: ★★★★ (yes)

Game 6: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [SWITCH]
20+ hours played
Finished -/-/-
Score: (yes)
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Mr. Doop
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I didn't really have a lot of time or energy for gaming last year. Let's hope this one's different.

Completed
1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS) - 16 Hours - Completed January 2nd
This was my first Ace Attorney experience and I thought it was pretty good. I enjoyed the cases and characters, and there were a couple of puzzles that were really hard for me. Overall, this is a pretty interesting and unique game, and I'm glad I played it. Can't wait to check out the sequels.

2. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice For All (3DS) - 15 hours - Completed January 15th
Pretty good, but pretty formulaic after the first game. It's still fun and all, but it just doesn't feel as unique as the first one. I think I might take a break before playing the next ones. It felt a lot easier, too, but that might just be because I'm used to the gameplay now.

3. Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis) - 1 hour - Completed January 29th
It's fine, but it's really short and I don't think it's aged very well compared to 2 and 3. The lack of spin dash makes enemies a lot harder than they need to be, and I felt a lot of the level design was bullshit, especially in the second half of the game (hi Labyrinth and Scrap Brain zones!) It's not bad, but there are two much better games on the same system you could play instead.

4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis) - 2 hours - Completed February 7th
Much better than the first one, but still not perfect. There are a couple of crappy zones, and I forgot how much the special stages suck. It's still really good, though.

5. Mother 3 (GBA) - 20 Hours - Completed February 20th
Given how much I love Earthbound, it's kind of surprising I haven't played this one before. I finally got around to it and absolutely loved it. It has a touching, heartbreaking story that manages to be even more beautiful than Earthound's story. What a wonderful experience. I'd recommend it to everyone.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 12 hours - Completed February 26
I wanted to play a Zelda game to get hyped for Breath of the Wild, so I played through this again. I've started it a lot, but I've only finished it once before today. I usually stop after you become an adult. Anyway, it's held up remarkably well, even if I prefer Majora's Mask.

7. Uncharted 3 (PS4) - 11 hours - Completed March 11
This game is ok. I played the first two last year and thought they were ok too. I don't hate these games or anything, but I don't find them to be insane, mindblowing experiences like everyone else. Still, they're fun for the most part (except for that desert section, screw that) and I'm going to play the fourth one.

8. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS) - 51 hours - Completed March 13
I own five or six Dragon Quest games, so it's kind of weird that I've never actually played one all the way through before. I finally finished this one today, and I enjoyed it for the most part. It's REALLY LONG, though, and I was kind of wishing for it to end after a while. Still, was quite a nice experience. I'm going to play DQ VIII now, which I've heard is closer to a regular JRPG experience compared to this one, so I'll probably like that more.

9. Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition (PC) - 7 hours - Completed March 14th
This game is pretty fun and really pretty, but it's also extremely hard. This might have been because of the controls. (I was using a keyboard, and my hands got really sore after an hour of playing) The volcano section really sucked, especially the part where you have to escape it. Still I love Metroidvanias, and this is definitely a nice one with a unique style.

Games I'm actively playing
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U)

Games I'm kind of sort of working on
The Witness (PC)
Pokemon Moon (3DS)
Fire Emblem Birthright (3DS)
Fire Emblem (GBA)
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Mash83
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(12-31-2016, 08:21 PM)
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Got to 40 last year, pretty impressed honestly. 2017 looking to be another awesome year. If I can get my backlog done Ill be more than halfway to 40 so here goes!

Running Total - 8/52

1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - PS4
Completed - 1/1/17
*First COD campaign Ive finished since BLOPS2, good stuff. Not a big multiplayer guy, Im sure its...fine. 8.5/10

2. Rise of the Tomb Raider - PS4
Completed - 1/11/17
*Wow, what a great game. So much to do! A little more environment variation would be nice. Hoping for multiple locations for the next TR. 9.5/10

3. World of Final Fantasy - PS4
Completed - 2/5/17
*Im not sure who this game is for. The call backs to previous FF games would require a long history of playing this series. Was kinda glad when I finished it. 7.0/10

4. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst - PS4
Completed - 2/11/17
*This game has been sitting in my backlog since I picked it up for cheap a while back. Gave it a try the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Traversal is pretty fun, frustrating at certain points but definitely worth a playthrough. 7.5/10

5. Gears of War 4 - XB1
Completed - 2/19/17
*Fun campaign, especially the final act. Good first effort from The Coalition. The end sets up a sequel so I will definitely be in for that when it launches. My only gripe is the Snatchers, fuck those guys. 8.0/10

6. Alienation - PS4
Completed - 2/24/17
*Really fun twin stick shooter. Pretty much a re-skin of Dead Nation though. Online coop made the game a lot of fun, not so much playing solo. 7.0/10

7. Halo 5: Guardians - XB1
Completed - 2/27/17
*I remember hearing a lot of negative comments about the campaign but I thought it was fine. I'm not a huge Halo guy so maybe that's why it didn't bother me. Great visuals, some of the best facial animation and rendering I've ever seen. 8.0/10

8. Horizon: Zero Dawn - PS4
Completed - 3/11/17 (Platinum)
*Awesome open world game, beautiful graphics and nice story. Had an absolute blast getting the platinum trophy as well. 9.5/10

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch
Completed - Pending
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Syrus
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(12-31-2016, 08:22 PM)
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I think i goy halfway. Being married and 2 kids kinda kills 1 game a week ,and RPGs lol
Sch1sm
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(12-31-2016, 08:31 PM)
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Reserving~

Completed 04/52:

Game 01: Paint It Back (PC) - 28h0m

#Picross clone. Tremendous Picross clone. So good. So smooth. So often confused on the tongue with The Rolling Stones' Paint It Black. Good time wasted. Lots of class hours lost in the first two days alone. Near 30 hours in 4 days. I thrive in this shit.

Game 02: Pony Island (PC) - 3h42m

#Satan? Ponies? More ponies? Where's the island? What's going on? Very boring puzzles with very boring side scrolling.

Game 03: Strata (PC) - 1h06m

#Line puzzler. Simple. Zen. Soundtrack is lovely. Broken achievements so to earn the ones for sets specifically, you only need to complete and perfect the first puzzle of those particular sets, lol.

Game 04: Pictopix (Platform) - 14h30m

#Another Picross clone 'cause who doesn't love Picross? Not as fun as Paint It Back, because you don't have that variation in normal, pro, and master paintings, but a much better UI. Wish you could change key bindings, but it is what it is. Well done game. Has the added bonus of randomized puzzles, so like Paint It Back and HexCells Infinite, it's a forever installed title.

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Game 0X: Title (Platform) - 0h0m
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Retsudo
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(12-31-2016, 08:32 PM)
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In for 2017. Will update according to completion.

Completed

1. Gravity Rush Remastered - Platinum achieved. God this game looks better than i remembered from playing it on Vita. Cant wait for GR2.

2. ABZU - from beginning to end this game is a sight to behold. Loved it, and already miss my bff the shark.

3. Tearaway Unfolded - Another remaster that had been sitting for awhile on my backlog. I liked how they tweaked to experience enough to make it feel fresh and different from the Vita version. Although, i wished they had revamped the controls a little bit more, as the platforming and jumping of Atoi could be less floaty.

4. Borderlands 2 - Another remaster... Don't particularly know what got into me to play so many remasters one after the other, but borderlands 2 still kicks ass, and there are still quite a lot of people playing it online. Good times indeed, even if playing with randoms can be hit and miss, and an exercise in futility at times. Finished twice, in normal mode and true vault hunter mode.

5. Resident Evil 7 PC - Ah good old Resident Evil. A good return to form with this entry, i just wish it was less action-y at the end. That beginning is marvelous. Hopefully they keep going in the direction of 1-3, and even farther away from the bullshit of 4-6. Although this could have easily have been a new franchise with no relation to Resi if they wanted, it might have been better to drop all the bagage that carries from there.
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olaznoG
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(12-31-2016, 08:33 PM)
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This year only completed 13 games. :(
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