1st baby due this month so I highly doubt I'll manage it this year but we'll see how it goes!
I tend to buy a ton of games then spend countless hours on a few.
- puzzle and dragons (ios / day 1399 / doesn't count to total)
- Final Fantasy XV (PS4) 8 hours
- Hyper Light Drifter (steam) 1 hour; started 1/1/17
- Dying light (xbox one - replay/nephew)
- Assault Android Cactus (steam) 1 hour, started 1/1/17
- Watchdogs 2 (xbox one) 7 hours
- Abzu (steam) started 01/03/17
- BOI: rebirth "re"-started 01/04/17
- Yakuza 0 (PS4) 01/24/17
- Technomancer (steam) Started 01/25/17
- VA-11 HALL-A steam started 1/28/17
- Horizon (PS4) started on Release
- Anarchy Online comes to steam started a new toon 03/05/17
1) RYB (IOS finished 01/03/17 time 2 hours) rate 3/5
Good: interesting beginning with great puzzle discovery/rules Bad: near the end it becomes tedious because of the addition of a ton of rules without enough levels to enjoy the previous changes and morphs into a weird concentration game rather than a great puzzler.
2) No Man's Sky (PS4 finished 01/07/17 time 40 hours) rate 4/5
Good: new patch with base building, really liked the laid back exploration and initial upgrading tracks, Bad after 30 hours the sameness of everything is too obvious
3) COD Infinite Warfare (Xbox one finished 01/08/17 time 5 hours) rate 2/5
Good: Picked it up to play zombies with nephews, they stopped playing Bad not my thing, bullet sponge testosterone romp campaign irked me for some reason.
4) Destiny - the dawning (Xbox one finished? 01/02/17 (01/08/17) time ~500 hours) rate 5/5
Good: Really enjoyed the winter event, I've played with a ton of family and at one point had three generations playing Bad RNG is a cold mistress, I wish matchmaking existed for all content as I never finish nightfalls/raids.
5) Diablo 3 - season 9 (battle.net playing season time 70-80 hours 40-50 to guardian) rate 5/5 (Paragon 741 on 01/24/17)
Good: over 500 hours in diablo 3, it scratches the grind itch and season 9 played DH/UE/GRE build Bad needs qol improvements, needs a meta change can't wait for necro.
6) Victor Van (steam/humble finished? 1/28/17 time 10 - 15 hours) rate 4/5
Good: grind itch satisfied with decent humor and some neat game references, good alternative loot for ARPG Bad very few people actually playing, weird non-predictable difficulty spikes
7) The Tomorrow Children (PS4 finished 01/28/17 time 2-3 hours) rate 1/5
Good: I liked the graphics? Bad this game just didn't click, I hated the soviet WW theme and the npc interaction just bothered the heck out of me.
8) Pony Island (Steam finished 01/28/17 time 2.6 hours) rate 5/5
Good: Not at all what I expected, really liked the game and the "meta" factor Bad some of the platforming was just stupid and almost made be quit before continuing
9) Deus Ex (Steam finished 02/04/17 time 25 hours) rate 2.5/5
Good: I liked the concept, liked some of the augments, the story was interesting Bad This game can't compare to DX:Human Revolution. The character "power" to challenge ratio was garbage. (pass on this one)
10) Dead Rising 4 (xbox one finished/stopped 03/03/17 time 5-7 hours) rate 2/5
Good: I like hordes of zombies in my games Bad pretty much everything else.
11) rive (Steam finished 03/05/17 time 3-5 hours) rate 3/5
Good: twin stick fun, robotron on drugs in space with and without gravity? Bad the game can be brutal at times -or- I'm just getting old.
12) Event (0) (Steam finished 03/14/17 time 3-4 hours) rate 3/5
Good: neat pseudo-AI game with interesting initial story Bad too short, the story falls flat, you realize the AI isn't as good as Zork.
13) Space Run Galaxy (Steam finished 03/18/17 time 1-2 hours) rate 2/5
Good: I liked the construction aspect of the ship Bad this is a tower defense game, it didn't hook me and really felt like a lot of other tower defense games.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apacolpyse
Dragon Quest VII 3DS
I Am Setsuna
58. The Last Guardian (12-28) (13 hours)
1. Donkey Kong Country 2 (01-01)
2. Halo 2 (01-02)
3. Halo 3 01-03)
4. Halo 4 (01-04)
5. Halo 3: ODST (01-05)
6. Halo 5: Guardians (01-07)
7. Donkey Kong Country (02-26)
8. Dark Souls 3 (02-27)
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (03-14)
10. NieR: Automata (03-23)
11. Ratchet & Clank (03-28)
12. Quantum Break (04-07)
Mankind Divided - Ended up playing this through twice, somehow someone managed to die on my first play through... not sure what happened.
Ratchet and Clank (2016) - Really, really enjoyed this. A real breath of fresh air after the stoic seriousness of Mankind Divided.
Donkey Kong Country Returns - Really excellent platformer, Collected all the KONG letters and jigsaw pieces.
Batman: The Telltale series - Quiet enjoyed this, the usual "Telltale jank" in terms of performance, but well written. The need some new VA's, you keep hearing those same voices.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Again, all KONG letters and puzzle pieces. Found this a lot easier than the first game, maybe I was in the zone after playing them almost back to back.
Game of Thrones (Telltale) - Slow to get going, but once it did I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to season 2.
Breath of the Wild - Great. Not sure anything will beat it this year. A lot of those little moments of my own making will stick with me I think.
FarCry Primal - Not sure playing this after BotW was a great idea, but I was still craving something explorey/crafty. Enjoyed it.
Quantum Break - Disappointed.
RYSE: Son of Rome - Pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to going through it again.
The Walking Dead: Michonne
Game 1: Prince of Persia (2008) - 13 hours 1/6/17
I did not enjoy this at all. I know I'm way Lttp but this game is a showcase of everything that's wrong with modern AAA games. You can tell no thought was ever put into how much fun the gameplay was, only how cool it looks. It's a clunky, repetitive mess of a game that's fun to look at.
Game 2: The Flame in the Flood - 15 hours 1/18/17
Really enjoyed this. I wish there was a little more depth.
Game 3: Power Hover - 3 hours 1/20/17
Really fun. Loved the soundtrack but wish there was more. The boss levels were underwhelming.
Game 4: Far Cry Primal - 16 hours 2/3/17
Kind of disappointed with this. It's a lot clunkier than the other Far Cry games and feels more repetitive. Also the subtitles are terrible.
Game 5: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 80 hours or more 4/4/17
Loved this. Already one of my favorite games ever. Aside from a little Snake Pass it's all I've played since the Switch launched.
Game 6: Snipperclips - 4 hours 4/13/17
Lots of fun. I played mostly with a nine year old and we both had a great time. Anytime I'm around him all he wants to do is play "Snipperclippers!"
Game 7: Mr. Shifty - 4 hours 4/19/17
I played the majority of this on a long car ride and enjoyed it well enough. The technical issues on Switch weren't bad enough to completely ruin the experience but definitely soured things for me. Having to start over completely on one of the longer, more difficult levels because of a random crash was not fun and not something I expect to happen on a console.
Game 8: Snake Pass - 10 hours 4/20/17
Had a lot of fun with this. I don't think the completely nailed the controls and physics which made some of the later level gimmicks kind of frustrating. I got it on PC & Switch and enjoyed it on both. Portability is nice but so is 4K and 3D!
1. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided(XB1) - Jan 3, 2017(started in 2016) - 23 hrs 54 mins - 7/10
I thought this was kind of a step back from Deus Ex: HR. I wouldn't say this game was bad, but it felt like there was something missing while I was playing. Could have beaten this alot sooner if I didn't go through most of the side missions.
2. Titanfall 2(XB1) - Jan 4, 2017(started in 2016) - 5ish hrs(single player) - 9/10
The campaign was great. Although short, I had a much better time going through this campaign than DE:MD. Still playing the mutliplayer currently.
Dark Souls III(XB1)
There's some criteria here to take into account:
*I'm only counting games I'm beating for the first time here.
*It counts if I had an already initiated file which I'm returning to for the first time in ages to see to completion.
*Goal is not to buy any new games whatsoever with the sole potential exception of BOTW on Wii U, even then I'm wondering.
*In fact, I went so far as to forbid myself from buying a Nintendo Switch until I beat both this challenge AND the 50 Movies/Books one. Yes I'm going insane and cursing my principles.
#1- Donkey Kong Country (SNES, played within Wii U VC) - 4Hrs 13Mins (05/Feb/17) - From the get go in one sitting
Huge fan of Retro's DK games though I am, I hadn't yet played any of the SNES trilogy titles, which always made me feel a bit of a poser...Not anymore though, at least not with the first title! So how did this johnny come lately find it? Great atmosphere for sure, delightful soundtrack, decent variety in the level design (though some stage gimmicks repeated by the end), hilarious Cranky dialogue. It starts as a walk in the park, first levels (worlds?) you can beat without a worry in the world, but the difficulty ramps up by the second half, which is when I blessed the Wii U's VC save states with my heart. Lots of charm to be had, albeit gameplay wise, I'd put both the Retro titles above this one without thinking twice, not that such is really a fair verdict; those were the dedicated students who took upon themselves to surpass the teacher, whereas this game was a pioneer. More of this game's Cranky, Nintendo! A lovely way to kick off the challenge.
#2- Super Mario Land 2 (Game Boy, played within 3DS VC) - 1Hr 57 Mins (05/Feb/17) - Initiated file...Not that it'd have made a big difference.
Easily the most bizarre Mario out there. Jason from Friday the 13th is a Goomba-like enemy, the Three Little Pigs are the final bosses of a world located within a giant Mario robot (there's a level taking place in its crotch that's crammed to the walls with balls), a giant turtle that ISNT' a Koopa Troopa apparently swallowed a whale alive alongside actual Koopa Troopas. There's no princess to rescue, Wario robs Mario's castle, Mario takes it back, the player blinks, BAM, roll credits.
Perhaps it was for the best that I didn't own any portables until the GBA; in my childhood 2 games per year was the norm, via Xmas and the birthday, perhaps a third if I was disciplined enough with savings, and had I asked for this title, or worse still, bought it myself, I'd have felt ripped off, maybe to the point of abandoning gaming and pursuing a more productive hobby; thank goodness this wasn't the case and I can narrate these lines with my beer belly intact. Getting through this title decades later (and getting it for cheap off the eShop) does benefit it in the sense that its amusing to witness all the ways it differs from what you'd expect from a Mario game (more so with this decade's efforts to make the franchise as uniform as possible).
Sadly, even though I'd love stating that the game triumphs within its own crazy cuckoo merits, the truth is that its levels, are as insultingly short as they're easy and there's not many to begin with. Aside from the quirks referenced in the initial paragraph, there's litle that stands out for being memorable on its own, instead of being eye-catching by default simply because it feels out of place in the plumber's universe. The game is better perceived as a prototype to the Wario Land series because that's essentially what it is, an unpolished pitch of what could be achieved if the developers distanced themselves from Mario expectations. Wario began here, and Daisy did so in the prequel, so they're historically significant entries in the franchise, but they're forgotten for a reason. I dug scratching my curiosity itch by beating this, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't already a Mario fan who wanted to see what happens when you push Miyamoto away from his masterpiece.
#3- Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist (PC, Steam) - Half an hour (07-Feb-17) - From the get go in one sitting, would speak horribly of me otherwise!
Aside from Undertale two years ago and Worms 2 back in, what, middle school, I've been entirely divorced from PC gaming. Decided to change that last year, when I took advantage of a Steam sale to make my first proper PC gaming haul. Several of these will make their way through the 50+s...
But none became my first completed PC game of the year! That honor goes to this mighty pleasant experience, which a friend who's aware of this challenge recommended to me. A goal of this 50+ Games' business is to smash my backlog wide open, so adding new titles to the list isn't ideal, but I bit when he told me this game 1) Rocked 2) Was free 3) Lasted just half the hour. Wary of counting such a short game in this list, actually beating it reminds me that it's not about the quantity but the quality, and a breeze through it is, it sure leaves a great impression. Try it out if you haven't already.
BONUS - Moirai (PC, Steam) - 15 minutes (07-Feb-17) - Played twice, would speak even more horribly of me otherwise!
Right after seeing Dr. Langeskov's credits roll, friend suggested this other game to me, short to the point of feeling like a waste to elaborate on it, anyone reading this wouldn't miss more than 15 minutes checking it out for themselves. Was worth trying -and I decided it to count it after all- because of a neat interactive twist that gives the game meaning. EDIT: Meditating whether to include this game into the challenge.
I really liked the game's oppressive and dark atmosphere, its strange world and story. Also, not unimportant for a metroid-like, the level design is top-notch and the world is a joy to explore. It's truly impressive that everything, including the enthralling soundtrack, was made by a single developer. My only complaint would be the final boss, which is far too difficult unless you use cheap tricks.
#2 SteamWorld Heist (PC) - 11 Hrs 30 Mins (1/14/2017) - Score: 7.5/10
A nice blend of genres: a tactical squad based game with some elements evocative of the Worms series (you have to aim your shots manually). I loved it until the last third/quarter of the game, then it became more of a drag and I was glad when I finally reached the end boss. But overall, I still liked the game a lot.
#3 DEADBOLT (PC) - 6 Hrs (1/15/2017) - Score: 7.0/10
At first I hated the game: no controller support, not the best looking visuals (to put it mildly), the gameplay felt slow and boring. I almost dropped the game after playing through a third of the missions. Luckily, I continued to play, because at some point it really started to click and I came to appreciate how everything was designed. The hit & run action/stealth gameplay (think Gunpoint or Ronin + Hotline Miami) works brilliantly once you start to master it.
#4 Kathy Rain (PC) - 6 Hrs 30 Mins (1/19/2017) - Score: 6.5/10
The main strength of this point & click game are its excellent puzzles. They are logical (with a single exception), satisfying to solve and strike a good balance in terms of difficulty (this is coming from someone who gets easily frustrated with puzzles in P&Cs). I also liked the visuals, the setting in rural america halfway through the nineties and the voice acting.
The overall story was nice to follow, but the writing felt clumsy at times and leaves quite a few unsolved questions. Some plot elements are given a lot of weight at the beginning of the story, to kind of disappear without a proper conclusion, in the latter part of the game.
#5 VVVVVV (PC) - 1 Hrs 38 Mins (1/26/2017) - Score: 7/10
A challenging, graphically minimalistic and short platformer with clever level design. The final stretch was exhausting to play, so I was glad when the credits started to roll.
#6 Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PC) - 3 Hrs (4/12/2017) - Score: 8.5/10
The third and best campaign of SK. It's significantly superior to the first expansion with a lot more tweaking done to the levels.
#7 Nuclear Throne (PC) - 40 Hrs (4/12/2017) - Score: 7.5/10
The presentation of the game feels a bit amateurish, but other than that it's a nice and addicting rogue-lite.
#8 Enter The Gungeon (PC) - 180 Hrs (4/12/2017) - Score: 9.0/10
EtG is my favorite rogue-lite since Spelunky and it's one of the few games on Steam which I have beaten with all the achievements. It's a wonderful game, full of humor, tons of references, an insane amount of content and a steep learning curve. I can't wait for the payed expansion.
Yeah it's a little strange the thread was locked. It could have stayed open until midnight even if the new thread started.
2016's challenge ended early!? I just finished dumping my spreadsheet into post-able text and found out the hard way that the old thread's closed. On me for leaving it to the last day, but it's like completing a marathon and finding out everyone's gone home.
So here's my 2017 post, I guess.
Alrighty then, reserved. I did 69 in 2016, and that's after many abandoned attempts of games. I feel confident I can do better this year.
- L.A. Noire: 2016-January 5
- VA-11 Hall-A: January 6-8
- DOOM: January 10-15
- Orwell: January 15-16
- Sonic Generations 3DS: 2016-January 19
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-: January 24-25
- Gravity Rush 2: January 20-28
- Folklore: January 29-February 4
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: February 4-5
- No More Heroes: February 7-9
- Ocarina of Time 3D: Master Quest: 2014-February 12
- Infamous: February 13-18
- Darksiders: February 18-23
- Infamous 2: February 23-26
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: ∞
- No More Heroes 2: February 26-March 15
- Nier: Automata: March 17-March 22
- Sonic Advance: January 17-March 23
1. 3D Classics Outrun - 1/2
Outrun will never stop being good, and the 3DS release makes it the *perfect* game to play on an airplane.
2. Bloodborne: The Old Hunters - 1/14
First time playing through the DLC. Pretty excellent stuff, but holy hell was that last boss tough.
3. Bloodborne - 1/14
Aaand, I finished up the main game, too. Second time playing through it. Still an absolute classic.
4. Yakuza 0 - 2/11
Holy shit. I've always loved the Yakuza series, but this? This game was just out of control good. Loved it from start to finish, and even after hitting the credits, I went back to do more sidequests. An easy GOTY contender.
5. Owlboy - 2/21
This came out of nowhere and ended up being... maybe one of the best games I've played. Just incredible. Beautiful visuals, great music, airtight gameplay, and perfect pacing. It's everything I want from this genre, and it's one of those exceptionally rare modern 2D games that can hang with the classics.
6. Freedom Planet - 2/25
It's kinda weird that it took me so long to play this one. I was pretty excited for it back in 2014... but I finally got around to playing it. Ended up being a really good game, and a lot less of a Sonic clone than I'd expected. Actually, I think it has more in common with Mega Man X (specifically, when you play as Zero) than anything. Sign me up for the sequel, please.
7. 3D Classics: Shinobi III - 2/27
Kind of an ideal airplane game. It's been a while since I've played Shinobi III, so I ran through it again. Still one of my faves.
8. 3D Classics: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - 3/3
And on my return flight, I played through Sonic 2 again. Always a good time.
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 3/15
A masterpiece. Finished it, but I want to go back and do so much that I missed. I kinda can't believe how much I didn't do.
Hoping to do better this year so claiming my spot!
1. Batman: The Telltale Series – PS4 - ? hours
2. Inside – PS4 – 4 hours
3. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 – PSVita – a million hours
4. Gravity Rush – PS4 – 8 hours
5. Pokemon Sun – 3DS – 40 hours
6. Resident Evil 4 – PS4 – 12 hours
7. Resident Evil 7 – PS4 – 8 hours
8. River City: Tokyo Rumble - 3DS - 4 hours
Game #1- Pokemon Moon (3DS) | 1/3/2017 [28 hours 4 mins]
Game #2- Style Savvy: Fashion Forward (3DS) | 1/16/2017 [19 hours 16 mins]
Game #3- Final Fantasy XV (PS4) | 1/24/2017 [33 hours 57 mins]
Game #4- Rusty Lake Hotel (PC) | 1/29/2017 [1 hour 30 mins]
Game #5- Fire Emblem Fates Conquest (3DS) | 2/13/2017 [25 hours]
Game #6- Tales of Berseria (3DS) | 2/14/2017 [49 hours 25 mins]
Game #7- ABZU (PC) | 2/20/2017 [1 hour 48 mins]
Game #-- Fire Emblem Heroes (iOS)
Gonna keep this one on the end of my list since it's ongoing, but I've already played through the story/enough for it to be counted.
2014 76 games
2015 76 games
2016 80 games
1. God of War III (PS3) - January 1 - 11 hours
Another angry romp through Olympus. I love Greek Mythology, but not necessarily the GOW franchise. Great design in the visuals, sounds, music and set pieces, using the full brunt of the Mythological scale quite well. Controls are easy and first-nature. Ridiculous Boss fights. What brings the whole thing down is the ultra-violence and the worst leading character in all of gaming, you actively want him to die.
2. Fallout 3 (PC) - January 4 - 33 hours
This is a tough one for me. I love Bethesda, love Fallout, but it's not an ideal match. The Wasteland looks great, and it becomes an exploration game in first person, slinking around through the wastes is a joy. SPECIAL is diminished without turn-based combat and the main quest is really poor. The towns are really bad, the Megaton bomb in particular the worst part. I wanted to spend more time, but my save died upon upgrade to Windows 10, so I might take a PS3 run at a later time.
3. Goat Simulator (PS3) - January 7 - 10 hours
My 3-year old's favourite game. Ridiculously good bad game, romp through Goatville and Goat Bay with your Goat. Would sit on the couch and watch my daughters smash all of Sweden with their overpowered Goats. Reminds me of Pain, but this is far superior with the more open world aspects. Tons of fun for the whole family, but Flappy Goat can kiss my ass.
4. Stick it to the man! (PS4) - January 10 - 8 hours
An adventure game with inventory puzzles, with a mind-reading alien arm stuck to your head which operates like the 'place sticker' mechanic in the Littlebigplanet games. It is as awesome as it sounds. Very silly, the most Schafer-like game I've ever played that did not involve Schafer himself. High marks here, another PS plus gem.
5. Littlebigplanet Karting (PS3) - January 16 - 21 hours
Another charming addition to the LBP series, this time in the form of a Mario Kart style racer rather than the usual Platformer. Sackboy is great, the racing is easy and fun, multiple themed-worlds of various levels to beat. I also messed about in creative mode more than before, and this would be my favourite LBP game to date.
6. Zhuzhu Puppies (DS) - January 18 - 3 hours
A pet raising sim, more in the vein of Sims than Nintendogs. Played with my 3 year old while she was sick. Highlight of the game is the catchy music, and I suppose the little poops that you have to scoop manually. Whee.
7. Ben there, Dan that! (PC) - January 20 - 3 hours
Quick and zany little old-school adventure game, crudely animated which only adds to the charm. A couple of English blokes take the piss out of the Adventure game genre, American beer and Sci-Fi with hilarious results. Well worth a playthrough, double that if you're a old Lucasarts game fan, as I am.
8. Tumble (PS3) - January 23 - 2 hours
PS Move game, sort of a cross between Stacking! and Jenga. 4 different modes, played through them in 1 sitting with my family, passing about a single move controller. Fun for a spell, I'm just not much of a motion gaming fan.
9. Serious Sam 2 (PC) - January 26 - 15 hours
Another excellent shooter from the Serious Sam series, 3 for 3 now by my count. Tons of levels and enemies, same serious arsenal with some additions, but with an added story mode with so bad they're good cutscenes after level completion. I don't think there was as many memorable levels as 1st/2nd encounters, but the variety is better and the vehicles are a fun distraction. One of the top shooter series running.
10. Dante's Inferno (PS3) - January 28 - 18 hours
I did not expect to like this. An unabashed god of War clone, turning the Divine Comedy into a blood-letting affair, by an EA studio named Visceral? Ugh. But like it I did, as they actually did a decent attempt of turning the source material into a game, and the Dante / Beatrice pairing is vastly superior to the eternal angst of Kratos' tale. I like the Scythe weapon, and the good/evil skill tree dynamic. It was quick enough to justify a 2nd run to grab the platinum as well.
Claiming my spot!
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin
I Started out hating this game, absolutely hating it, everything about it. Terrible rolls, couldn't use swords in corridors because it hit everything but the enemies. I was frustrated. So I started completely over using nothing but fisticuffs and eventually using the caestus'. after getting past the first area of the game and getting myself an axe I was set and my opinion on the game changed from Hatred for it to thinking it is Perfectly... ok. Its not a bad game, not great but not bad. Its a good Souls game. After upping my adaptability to the point that i was satisfied with my roll the game became the kind of game you play as like a Junk food Souls game. The gameplay is fun but everything else about the game just feels slightly better than mediocre. I beat the game but only did a few parts of the DLC stuff before deciding to just beat the last boss. Its a much easier game than Dark Souls 1 in my opinion and the levels are kinda forgettable. Over all i'd give it like a Strong 7 to a light 8 purely based on the fact that I enjoy the pure gameplay of souls games.
Game #1: Dark Souls (PC) - 50 Hours
I never expected this to be my first game of the year. This isn't the first i played the game but it is the first time i actually finished it (and my first Souls game finished as well). I loved just about everything about this game. The initial difficulty at the start was the hardest for me. After the midpoint, everything else had just the right balance of difficulty. Glad I took another look at this game, now I can't wait to play through the rest of the games.
Game #2: Shadowrun Returns (PC) - 9 Hours
Thought this game was an alright turn based tactile RPG. I enjoyed the turn based strategy part as the game felt pretty similar to X-COM. I thought the story was enjoyable as well with a simple "Who did it?" mystery and takes a crazy turn. Although the game does have its rough edges. One of my problems with the game is that your story choices pretty much never matters and would of liked to see consequences for your choices. Also I found it hard to move characters in certain spots because the character model itself was covering half the spot. I'm excited to see that Dragonfall fixes a lot of SR's problems and i can't wait to play it.
Game #3: Back To The Future: The Game (PC) - 11 Hours
I enjoyed this game quite a bit. Was always a fan of the movies and i thought the game did the series justice. Although at times the game kind of goes over the top with it's story and solutions. The puzzles wasn't too hard for the most part, was able to solve most of them with enough time. Thankfully for the times where i was stumped there is a hint system that slowly reveals the answer by giving you clues to guide you. Also the person who does Marty's voice pretty much nails it.
Game #4: Battle Fantasia -Revised Edition- (PC) - 12 Hours
Fighting game with a neat RPG aesthetic. Finished story mode with all the characters. I was going to try to 100%, but as always with my experience with Arc System Works' story modes i got stuck at 99% on a few characters. Pretty easy fighting game to get into, each character only hands a small amount of special moves to perform. Although the game adds a lot of systems to its gameplay to keep it from going stale. This includes a parry system and a "heat up" system. (which reminds me of SFV's V trigger system) I recommend getting it on sale for a fun weekend.
Game #5: Sonic Adventure 2 (PC) - 7 Hours
I wanted to replay this game to see if it was still as good as i remember it. Game was not as good as my nostalgia, but still had fun with parts of it. The speed stages (Sonic/Shadow) were still a blast to still play through, there wasn't a particular stage in that area that i disliked. The treasure hunting stages were fun at first but kind of got worse as the game went on. Finally, the shooting stages were just bland all together. Overall, its still an okay game that i can find myself going back to once in awhile
Game #6: Alien: Isolation (PC) - 20 Hours
I was watching a good amount of horror movies lately which led me to finally get around to playing this game. I had a great time with this horror survival game with a lot of good scares on the game's part. The game does take its time in the beginning to establish the setting, but once the alien comes into play the game constantly pressures you. I can see why a few people felt like the game dragged on. Its a very slow paced game where you are discouraged to sprint, constantly use your motion tracker, and using your guns. Sneaking is always your safest route but sometimes it can take awhile to get around some of the enemies. Fantastic game especially for those who are fans of the first Alien movie.
Game #7: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS) - 87 Hours
At first, I wasn't really feeling this game at all. The game's pace felt way too slow in the beginning due to having to do some backtracking to collect some key items. What really helped me keep going was all the individual story arcs each island have. It wasn't until 20 hours into the game where you finally unlock classes that I got hooked into the game. I probably would not introduce this as someone's first DQ game but definitely its one to circle back around to somewhere down the line.
Game #8: Dragon Age: Origins (PC) - 116 Hours
Finished the main game and the Awakening and Witch Hunt DLC, although 20 of those hours was just playing a brand new character. Found the combat a little bit awkward at first, but once everything clicked for me I instantly fell in love with the game. I pretty much loved every part of the game from reading up on the lore to interacting with my party members (and also party members interacting with each other). The different decisions you can make throughout the campaign makes me really excited for a 2nd playthrough.
Game #9: Shadowrun: Dragonfall (PC) - 21 Hours
Definitely enjoyed this game more than Shadowrun Returns. Found this game a lot more challenging than Returns, where in Returns I felt like I was able to go through the game without having to put much thought into strategy. Glad to see most of the problems Returns had being fixed in this game, such as having some of my decisions matter (although its not much) and also having a crew so you dont have to spend money hiring other runners. The game is less linear as Returns where they will just shove a bunch of side and story missions which you can do in any order. Overall its a great game, now off to Hong Kong!
Game #10: Crazy Taxi (PC) - 3 Hours
I remember playing this game as a child, but all i remember about it was being terrible at it. Coming back to it now has been a nice break from all the RPGs i been playing. Had a lot of fun with this game, each sessions is pretty short and makes getting a higher score addicting. I can definitely tell theres some differences between each driver but i wouldnt be able to pinpoint each differences. All i know is that i tend to do better with Gus. Also had to look up the different techniques such as Crazy Dash. I haven't been able to do it consistently but its satisfying when i pull it off.
Game #11: Overwatch (PC) - 78 Hours
Still having plenty of fun with this game. The hours reflect the amount of time it took me to get from level 100 to 218. Lately I been trying competitive a lot more and been having a lot of fun with that mode. I would like to put more hours into that mode, probably a goal for me to strive for next season. Also been trying out characters that I been uncomfortable playing so i can be a lot more flexible in fitting in whatever role that needs to be fitted.
Game #12: Persona 5 (PS4) - 75 Hours
Already GOTY for me. The amount of amazement and giddiness that i got from the first few hours of the game was something I haven't felt in awhile. I don't think there has been a game where i could just spend the whole day just going through the menus. Hands down this game has the best gameplay out of the Persona series. Bringing back negotiations and guns/nuclear/mind attacks was nice to see. Getting new skills and abilities from confidants/social links that are not your party members is a nice welcome and definitely makes it easier to max everything when going through NG+. Its been a long wait, but its definitely been worth it.
36 Games To Go....
Game 1 - Yakuza 2 (PS2) Starting 2017 off with greatness. Now I have Yakuza 1-5 beaten. Won't rank them yet.
Game 2 - Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (PS4) Arcade mode completed w/ all characters. Story mode completed. I have Guilty Gear -Revelator- so I'll spend more time there. GG and BlazBlue will be my fighters of choice this year.
Game 3 - Heavy Rain (PS4) Highly recommended.
Game 4 - Project Diva f 2nd (Vita) All songs completed on Normal difficulty. I think this game is more strict than Project Diva f.
Game 5 - Yakuza 0 (PS4) Another amazing entry in the Yakuza series. 60 hours played. (Final game in January)
Game 6 - BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend (PS4) Main Story, Extend Story and Remix Heart stories completed. Also did Arcade mode.
Game 7 - Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Vita) Spinoff from the Hyperdimension Rebirth games. Mindless fun. Main story completed. Noire with Dual Revolvers would be badass.
Game 8 - Abzu (PS4) What a beautiful game. Enjoyed every last minute. Got 100% just under 3 hours.
Game 9 - Game of Thrones (PS4) Just another game outta my backlog.
Game 10 - Fate/EXTRA (PSP) 36-ish hours played. Used Caster. (Final game in February)
Game 11 - Street Fighter V (PS4) Story mode completed.
Game 12 - Crazy Strike Bowling EX (PS4) Beat high scores in all Exhibition levels. Did some challenges.
Game 13 - Divekick (PS4) A fighting game where you use 2 buttons to fight. Only ran through story mode once for the credits.
Game 14 - Dead or Alive 2 Hardcore (PS2) Went through story mode till the credits. Old but still good imo. (Final game in March)
Game 15 - Tales of Zestiria (PS4) Over 60 hours. Beat on moderate difficulty. Almost had the urge to drop this after I saw yet ANOTHER dungeon I had to get through. This is after I spent nearly 3 hours fighting the same peons over and over hunting for good/rare equipment drops at a previous dungeon. Somehow I was pulled back in, and enjoyed the rest of the game. Even though I prefer Tales of Hearts R over this, I still had fun.
Game 16 - The King of Fighters 2000 (PS4/PS2 Emulation) 100% trophies.
Game 17 -
The King of Fighters XIV (PS4)
Sooner or later...
Tales of Berseria (PS4)
Bayonetta (PS3) still on hold... I WILL beat this game.
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Toukiden Kiwami (PS4)
Nier: Automata (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
A soulsborne game
BlazBlue Central Fiction (PS4)
Guilty Gear XRD -Revelator- (PS4)
That fucking Drakengard 3 Final Boss... I'm coming for you!
Game 2: Final Fantasy XV (PS4) - 64 hours (completed 1/8)
Game 3: Portal (PC) - 10 hours (completed 1/28)
Game 4: Forza Horizon 3 (PC) - 24 hours (Completed all showcases) (Completed 2/3)
Game 5: Sonic CD (PC) - 1 hour (Completed 2/4)
Game 6: Sonic Adventure - (PC) 2.5 hours (Completed 2/9)
Game 7: Sonic 3 and Knuckles - (PC) 3 hours (Completed 2/11)
Game 8: Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies - (PS2) 2 hours (Completed 2/17)
Game 9: Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War - (PS2) 3 hours (Completed 2/24)
Game 10: Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War (PS2) 2.5 hours (Completed 2/27)
Game 11: Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U) 81 hours (Left the game running several times) (100%) (Completed 3/3)
Game 12: Metal Slug 2 (PC) 1 hour (Completed 3/6)
Game 13: Sonic Generations (PC) 5 hours (Completed 3/7)
Game 14: Megaman (NES) 70 minutes (Completed 3/9)
Game 15: Megaman 2 (NES) 70 minutes (Completed 3/9)
Game 16: Megaman 3 (NES) 90 minutes (Completed 3/9)
Game 17: Megaman 4 (NES) 90 minutes (Completed 3/10)
Game 18: Half-Life: Source (PC) 26 Hours (Completed 3/19)
1. Kathy Rain / 4 hrs
2. Blackwell Unbound / 2 hrs
3. Blackwell Convergence / 3 hrs
4. Blackwell Deception / 3 hrs
5. Blackwell Epiphany / 4 hrs
6. The Last Door season 2 / 6 hrs
7. The Silent Age / 2 hrs
8. Anna's Quest / 7 hrs
9. Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today / 5 hrs
10. 5 Days a Stranger / 2 hrs
11. Titanfall 2 / 6 hrs
12. Read Only Memories / 5 hrs
13. Six Sides of the World / 3 hrs
14. Gomo / 1 hr
15. The Talos Principle / 4 hrs
16. RYB / 1 hr
17. Grow Home / 3 hrs
18. Verde Station / 1 hr
19. BoxBoy / 6 hrs
20. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate / 30 hrs
21. Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies / 24 hrs
21 games / 122 hrs
Diablo III - going for the platinum.
Modern Warefare RE - slowly progressing through the story while playing multiplayer.
Up next (in no particular order):
The Bioshock Collection - 1, 2, & Infinite.
Bloodborne - GOAT
GTA V - This will finally be the year I complete the story..
Final Fantasy VII - I recently completed my first FF game, XV, so I'm looking forward to finding out what this game is all about.
1: Dust: An Elysian Tail
01/07/17. Beautiful artwork. Solid music and sound. Great hack 'n slash action. 8/10
2: Ryse: Son of Rome
02/27/17. Exciting, gory, summer blockbuster that's heavy on the QTE. 7/10
First, a link to my 2016 post, just to keep things neat.
Now let's start 2017:
01) Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4): Great campaign. After the disaster that was BO3 campaign, CoD redeems itself with this great adventure in space. Even the dogfight missions were great.
02) Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PS3): Another military shooter. I need to start clearing my PS3 backlog, and decided to start with this one. Played through it in one sitting. Found a game breaking bug and had to restart an entire mission. I went into this one with zero expectations, and ended up having fun. It's a decent campaign with an interesting story. Nothing amazing, but kinda good.
03) Rain (PS3): Another PS3 game from my backlog. Short and beautiful, it reminded me of Limbo and Inside. Good little hidden gem.
04) Datura (PS3): More PS3. A PS Move game this time (I usually don't like motion controls, but I have the controllers, and a few games in my PS3...so it doesn't hurt to play them). It's really strange and very clunky, but it kinda works as a different experience that makes an interesting use of the move controller. Really short (less than 2 hours), so it doesn't overstay its welcome.
05) Space Ace (PS3): I remember back in the eighties when I first saw this game and my jaw dropped to the floor...it was just so beautiful! Now I finally played it, and I can say for sure that it has the worst gameplay of all time. I had way more fun just watching the entire game (there is a menu option to do so) than "playing" it. And it lasts 15 minutes.
06) Kung Fu Rider (PS3): This game is one of the best examples to show why motion controls suck. After 2 hours playing this P.O.S., my wrists, arm and shoulder hurt a lot. The controls just don't work as intended. The game sucks big time. And I thought it had a fun premise...just do yourself a favor and stay away from it.
07) Severed (iOS): I know this is primarily a Vita game, but I got it on a sale on the App Store and ended up playing on my iPad during a trip. Great game, and the controls worked perfectly on the iPad. I loved Guacamelee back then, and Drinkbox Studios did it again. Recommended.
08) Virginia (Xbox One): A very "David Lynchish" game. It's like an interactive film, and there's no relevant choice to be made. Very symbolic and ambiguous. I like this kind of bold experiment in games.
09) Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4): Awesome game! It's based on choices and replaying the game knowing the consequences of your acts beforehand. Really good. I played through it 5 times to see the true ending.
10) Fallout 4 Season Pass (PS4): I know it's only DLC, but since I spent 30 hours on it, I'll just count it (just like I did with The Witcher 3 Season Pass last year). In short => Automatron: Short and amusing. I liked building my robot. Vault-Tec: Kinda stupid. Didn't like it very much. Far Harbor: Apart from the really bad Minecraft-puzzle-thing (I hated it), it's by far the best DLC of the bunch. Great characters, story and locations. Nuka World: Great setting, but terrible characters. I hated everyone in this DLC and, even worse, it forced me to become a terrible person after I played the regular game like a paladin of the wasteland. I loved the Nuka World park, but hated the story and characters.
11) Oxenfree (PC): I knew this was gonna be right up my alley (love these Telltale-like choice/dialogue/narrative driven games). Great characters, story, mysteries and ending (I didn't get the best ending - maybe the second best - but I watched it on YouTube). Amazing game and the best one I played so far this year.
12) Superhot (PC): When I first saw the trailer for this game ages ago, I thought I wouldn't like it. Then I heard the Giant Bomb guys praising it and thought "Ok, I'll give a try". Really glad I did. This game is awesome. Just play it.
13) Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (PS4): I love AC games, but I don't love the Chronicles Trilogy. They look awesome and kinda play well, but they are such a frustrating mess. The assassins are all weak and die in one hit (the opposite of the main series). I'm glad I've got this over with.
14) Watch Dogs 2 (PC): A huge improvement over the first game. I think the series still has a lot to improve, but this was a major step up.
15) Prune (iOS): A relaxing little game about growing trees. Short and sweet.
16) Nioh (PS4): Great mix of Souls and Ninja Gaiden. Some bosses are a little unbalanced and too frustrating (sometimes I'd go through the entire level without dying, and then I died more than 20 times to the boss), but overall the game is amazing. It has one of the best combat systems I've ever seen.
17) Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4): One of the best games I've ever played. It looks incredible on a PS4 Pro + 4k + HDR, and the story is amazing. Highly recommended. Got the platinum.
Too early !
Ratchet and Clank
My gimmicks not doing 52 games! Just gonna take it easy giving stuff non-rushed playthroughs an if the total does somehow end up that high then it'll all have been done in a chill way!
So is this year going to be a normal one, or do you got a gimmick in mind like 2016?
Haha, that's a pretty good gimmick. My goal is to clear out my PS+ backlog so that I can drop it :P
My gimmicks not doing 52 games! Just gonna take it easy giving stuff non-rushed playthroughs an if the total does somehow end up that high then it'll all have been done in a chill way!
It's probably because I never said that you could accomplish anything
Man, I fail at this every year. My best total (since I started keeping track, in 2009) was 39 in 2014, which... I have no idea how I managed even that, honestly; it's been about half that the two following years. I guess we'll see how much I can manage this time around though.
"you could accomplish anything"
01 - Batman The Telltale Series - 1/2/17 - 9 hours - 8/10
02 - Transformers War for Cybertron - 1/4/17 - 10.4 hours - 8/10
03 - Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 1/6/17 - 10 hours - 5/10
04 - Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate - 1/8/17 - 15.1 hours - 6/10
05 - Brothers A Tale of Two Sons - 1/10/17 - 3 hours - 9/10
06 - Assassin's Creed - 1/12/17 - 14 hours - 6/10
07 - Watch Dogs 2 - 1/28/17 - 31 hours - 9/10
08 - Grand Theft Auto 5 - 2/11/17 - 34 hours - 8/10
09 - Dear Esther - 2/18/17 - 1 hour - 5/10
10 - Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - 13 hours - 7/10
2016: 25 Games
01. [XB1] Life Is Strange - 22:38
02. [X360] Saints Row IV - 22:29
03. [X360] Tron: Evolution - 7:25
04. [PS4] The Order: 1886 - 7:45
05. [PS4] Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness - 18:13
06. [WiiU] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - 8:33
07. [XB1] Super Dungeon Bros - 6:32
08. [X360] Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - 27:10
09: [NSW] Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 35:00
10: [XB1] Assassin's Creed: Unity - 30:17
11: [X360] Lord of the Rings: War in the North - 18:20
12: [XB1] Final Fantasy XV - 45:30
13. [XB1] Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris - 5:07
In fact, I've already beaten my first game this year:
1; Zup! 2 - 01/01 - 32 minutes
Fun little physics-based puzzle game. Bought it during this last sale as it appeared recommended on the storefront and the user reviews caught my eye. Though I think the reason why it has 98% positive user reviews is because it gives you 229 achievements in like 30 minutes. Anyway, I got it for less than a dollar, and I think it's well worth that amount as it kept me entertained. 5.5/10
2; Typing of the Dead: Overkill - 01/01 - 5 hours
Gotta admit, I played like the first 3 levels without knowing how to pick up items and was about to give up on it. Once I learned how, however, I had a blast with this game. The cliche characters, the purposely shitty voice acting and the funny sentences they have you type made for a fun 5 hours. Recommended. 7.5/10
3; ABZÛ - 01/03 - 98 minutes
Wow, just... wow. I bought this game thanks to the steam sale thread and what a pleasant surprise it was. The best way to define it is "Journey under the sea". The music is beautiful the story intriguing and the graphics... I loved how the game rewarded exploration with breathtaking vistas. I was in awe all the time while playing this game, can't really remember the last time I finished a game in one sitting and this one did it for me. Wonderful. 9.5/10
4; Batman: Arkham Origins - 01/06 - 12 hours
Let me start by saying that it's been a few years since I played my last Arkham game so IP exhaustion wasn't an issue for me. Now, the game was fun, I guess, I liked the new ememy types they added and the story was good in my opinion, though nothing to write home about. I ran into quite a few bugs like enemies not attacking and Batman not doing what I wanted him to. Overall I think this is my least favorite Arkham game while I still thought it was pretty good. 7/10
5; Batman: Cold, Cold Heart - 01/06 - 2.5 hours
Not much to tell that I didn't say above. I still ran into some bugs so my overall experience was the same. I quite liked the story in this one, mostly because I enjoy Mr. Freeze as a character and the DLC did him justice imo. 7.5/10
6; Batman: Arkham Knight - 01/13 - 20 hours
As you can see, I've been on a Batman kick lately. I played it on PC, and while the stuttering and audio issues are still present, they're not that common anymore and the game is perfectly playable. Now, the game itself was fucking amazing, loved every second of it, gameplay felt fresh despite just coming from another Arkham game. The Batmobile felt as a great addition in my eyes, despite what most people say. It is also really good looking, I found myself just looking at the scenery more often than not despite not having a high-end GPU (GTX950). 9/10
7; The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone - 01/17 - 7 hours
I've been a fan of this series since the first game. I finished the base game late last year because I didn't have a PC capable of running it before (I had the game since launch just to support CDPR). So I spend 103 hours to finish it and that didn't include the 2 DLC and some side stuff. I came back to it to play this DLC and man... the story and characters are superb. It really goes to show how bad the writing is in most games when a 7-hour dlc outshines full priced AAA games. There really isn't much more to tell, the new quest structures felt really refreshing after playing the main game. If you liked the base game, you will love HoS. 9.5/10
8; Pony Island - 01/18 - 2 hours
Interesting experience. I'd say the less you know about this game going in, the better your experience with it will be. Go play it! 8/10