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« on: December 17, 2016, 03:21:35 AM »

I had only a few games this year that I was really looking forward to play, and of the two that failed at launch, No Man's Sky eventually redeemed itself.  Not fully, but then, I was not expecting more than what was shown initially, which was a space exploration game that let you wander through a galaxy of random gen worlds.  I eventually got 30 odd hours out of playing it before I got bored, and have gone back since the developers have actually patched in features they said were in the game months before release.  I expect for many, this game is going to take the crown for biggest disappointment.  In my case, that title falls completely on Mafia 3. 

I remember playing, and then watching streams of Mafia 2 and remembering how fun parts of the game were, even though others were annoyances and hoping for a sequel.  Then that day came where they announced it and we knew what to expect.  New Orleans setting, 1960's era, and a new protagonist with ties to the old.  What else could one hope for?  They eventually revealed how not only would the game let you be the boss instead of just a peon, but that your actions would elicit reactions from your enemies and from your own gang, going as far as turning against you if they felt pushed to the limit.  I loved the setting and the way this new game was going.  What went wrong?  A developer who either got pushed to release too soon or simply felt no urge to address concerns from the first week after release.  3 months after and the game is still lacking in performance improvements on all platforms.  It simply does not run on an entire class of powerful, albeit older, CPUs which are more than capable of running the game.  They have patched in cosmetic additions while ignoring bugs and game-breaking glitches that prevent many from playing.  And they have a history of responding only to praise while ignoring any complaints beyond a token response and directing users to the publisher's help desk.  I, as one who has not been able to even play the game, can only see that the game is still unplayable even when it runs.  The whole aspect of buying a which will never be patched to support a feature the game does not use has broken my willingness to ever pre-order a game from a third party and to be wary of buying there until I know it will work.  While that fault is my own, I cannot but feel that the developer has a responsibility to address issues or at least be honest with it's customers. 


I have played many games that I did not expect to enjoy, and those I should probably avoid by the genre alone.  Salt and Sanctuary is one of those, but I kept it as a potential purchase due to it's take on the "Dark Souls" unforgiving RPG model.  I can appreciate a game that forces you to improve vs letting you improve gradually at your own pace, but do not have the time nor the patience for it like I used to.  S&S is one that forces you to improve and then gives you the tools to do so in the way you choose.  It also has a very responsive control system and does not rely on cheap hits/deaths to the extent that I saw in the Souls games.  I have not finished it, but I keep going back. 

Honorable mentions.  Battlefield 1.  I enjoyed this far more than I did the last two BF games and any of the last few CoD games I have played multiplayer.  Titanfall 2 surprised me by taking what would have been a forgettable single player addition and making it one of the best campaigns in recent memory. 
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2016, 03:33:21 PM »

Titanfall 2 was probably the biggest surprise for me. You have a franchise that went from having no true single player campaign, to a very respectable one in the second game. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as the developers have a great pedigree. It wasn't my favorite FPS of 2016, but it was definitely the most surprising. If Titanfall 2 had a few less platforming levels, and a couple more big mech battles, it would have been incredible.

I Am Setsuna is probably my most disappointing game of the year. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, but it lacked soul. The characterization was flat, and the storyline was fairly barebones. For a game that was touting a return to the great RPGs of yesteryear, it definitely missed the target. I will give it praise for an awesome piano soundtrack and a brooding winter landscape, but the developer took that great mood they created and wrapped it around flat characters.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 05:06:50 PM »

My biggest surprise and biggest disappointment might actually be the same game, Aragami.  On the one hand, it's the closest thing to a Tenchu reboot that we're ever likely to see.  The levels were big, they were challenging, and once you got the hang of it, they were an absolute blast.  Probably the most fun I had all year was sneaking through areas crawling with guards, finding ways to pick them off from the shadows.

However, all of that enjoyment came to a screeching halt with the horrible, awful, ridiculous boss battles.  They often completely changed the game mechanics, were unclear (to the point I thought one of them was bugged until I got an email response from the devs), absurdly difficult, and were basically the complete opposite of the thrilling open world chapters.  I got up to the last boss and finally just gave up in disgust after spending 2 hours trying to beat it.  It was so incredibly disappointing to have a game that was so much fun get dragged down by such awful bosses.

I'm with Dante. Titanfall 2 was a huge pleasant surprise, and I Am Setsuna was a massive disappointment.  The former was far more fun than I ever expected, and the latter looked to have so much potential but ended up being a borefest.  I'd also include Epistory (a typing RPG) as a wonderful surprise. 

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2016, 05:07:13 AM »

Rimworld! I don't even remember how I ended up watching a "let's play" but I was intrigued. I bought the early release version on Steam and haven't stopped playing it since. I also ended up really digging Stellaris.

I don't have a lot of time for games these days so I have to be careful what I purchase. That being said, I don't really have a disappointment.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 04:49:36 PM »

Doom was my biggest surprise so glad it was so good. 

Stardew Valley is another, it's a nice game to just chill to after a long days work and just let your mind wander a bit.

I'm most surprised that I am still playing Rocket League after about 700 hours on PC and about 30 on consoles.  It's the first game that I want to turn on when I get home and the last before I go to bed.  I'm addicted.

I've had more disappointments this year than any other.   

My biggest disappointment is how broken most major PC games were at release.  Too many to count, the most recent, Dead Rising 4, the 1st case is unplayable due to the poor framerate. 

Forza Horizon 3, I was so hyped for this game to come out on PC that I even bought the $100 version and I've barely touched it due to bad performance and poor wheel support, the Xbox One version ran fine.

Shadow Warrior 2, I loved the first one and the second one is just alright.  I really liked the store of the first game and they changed how that was presented and it just didn't feel the same.
 
Mafia 3 even though I did enjoy the game I felt it could have been so much more.  I do like the character movement though and wish GTA's characters moved the same way.
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2016, 01:38:42 PM »

Biggest surprise is Overwatch.   I'm not much of a FPS, but I can jump into QP (no competitive for me) and feel like I contributed.  I can play at my pace and still have fun

I like the premise of Mafia 3 but the execution was poor.  You were supposed to be the Boss, but damn the game still made you feel like a lackey.   I beat the game, but I mostly skipped all the side stuff to do it. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM »

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita. I literally knew nothing about the game having bought it on a whim when it went on sale. It is easily my favorite JRPG that I have played in the past 5 years. The story is incredibly deep, it sets up each character with their own background and makes them all feel unique. It plays more like book 1 of a novel series that has a planned beginning, middle and end. With part 1 just containing the beginning of the story.

My biggest disappointment is the complete death of the Vita as a system. Other than the occasional good Japanese rpg port there really hasn't been any good games released on the system this year. Sony has all but abandoned it. I suspect that if it weren't for PS PLus Sony would bury it at this point.  
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 04:55:17 PM »

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita.

I keep seeing this mentioned.   I am going to have to dig up a used copy sometime.

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2016, 05:26:29 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on December 19, 2016, 04:55:17 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita.

I keep seeing this mentioned.   I am going to have to dig up a used copy sometime.



People compare it to the Persona games, but personally I like Trails of Cold Steel more than any Persona game I have ever played. It's less weird Japanese, and more focused on a somewhat realistic story.
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2016, 05:54:50 PM »

Doom was my biggest surprise.  I anticipated it, but didn't think I would like it as much as I did and really didn't think I would play multiplayer which to my surprise I do from time to time.

Mafia 3 was the biggest disappointment. I really like the previous two and the fact it took forever for a mediocre looking game to play decent was very disappointing.  I am still playing it but it just doesn't have that drive story wise so far to make the repetitive and simple missions to feel worth it.  I hear it picks up and gets good so I am sticking with it.  To add, it is still not very good looking.
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2016, 09:02:37 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on December 19, 2016, 04:55:17 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita.

I keep seeing this mentioned.   I am going to have to dig up a used copy sometime.



I would love to play this, but I'm not buying a Vita for one game.
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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2016, 10:09:16 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 19, 2016, 01:38:42 PM

Biggest surprise is Overwatch.   I'm not much of a FPS, but I can jump into QP (no competitive for me) and feel like I contributed.  I can play at my pace and still have fun

I like the premise of Mafia 3 but the execution was poor.  You were supposed to be the Boss, but damn the game still made you feel like a lackey.   I beat the game, but I mostly skipped all the side stuff to do it. 

Sadly by biggest disappointment was Overwatch.  I thought Blizzard would be the one that made a FPS PvP game viable for me, but as discussed before, it just did not play well for me at all.

Biggest surprise?  That the best MMORPG experience I had all year was in WoW (Legion).  Here's hoping for something new/fresh next year.
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2016, 01:40:03 AM »

For me Overwatch has been my most played game and I like it alot.  Special mention to Hitman which is great as well.  Only one disappointment and that is NMS but I didn't really buy too many games this year especially before they got reviews so the let downs were minimized.  
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2016, 01:49:41 PM »

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita. I literally knew nothing about the game having bought it on a whim when it went on sale. It is easily my favorite JRPG that I have played in the past 5 years. The story is incredibly deep, it sets up each character with their own background and makes them all feel unique. It plays more like book 1 of a novel series that has a planned beginning, middle and end. With part 1 just containing the beginning of the story.

This seems to fit here.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Announced as PS4 Exclusive; First Screenshots Released
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2016, 02:23:24 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on December 19, 2016, 09:02:37 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 19, 2016, 04:55:17 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita.

I keep seeing this mentioned.   I am going to have to dig up a used copy sometime.



I would love to play this, but I'm not buying a Vita for one game.

It's on the PS3 as well, but I found the story-like nature of the game suited me better on the Vita where I could treat it like a book and play it in bed or on the couch while the kids watched the TV. My first play through took over 70 hours and I didn't even do all of the side quests. So it's definitely an investment in gaming time.
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2016, 06:48:52 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 01:49:41 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita. I literally knew nothing about the game having bought it on a whim when it went on sale. It is easily my favorite JRPG that I have played in the past 5 years. The story is incredibly deep, it sets up each character with their own background and makes them all feel unique. It plays more like book 1 of a novel series that has a planned beginning, middle and end. With part 1 just containing the beginning of the story.

This seems to fit here.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Announced as PS4 Exclusive; First Screenshots Released

Forum Effected - ordered Part 1 yesterday to arrive today lol.
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2016, 09:38:18 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on December 20, 2016, 06:48:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 01:49:41 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita. I literally knew nothing about the game having bought it on a whim when it went on sale. It is easily my favorite JRPG that I have played in the past 5 years. The story is incredibly deep, it sets up each character with their own background and makes them all feel unique. It plays more like book 1 of a novel series that has a planned beginning, middle and end. With part 1 just containing the beginning of the story.

This seems to fit here.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Announced as PS4 Exclusive; First Screenshots Released

Forum Effected - ordered Part 1 yesterday to arrive today lol.

lol. I just grabbed it from Gamestop.

Scraper better be right about how good it is, or.... ninja
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« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2016, 10:06:35 PM »

When one of you decides you want to part with Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1  let me know.  I have a lot of stuff on my list to play so I wouldn't get to it quickly anyway - I can wait.
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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2016, 02:17:02 AM »

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 10:06:35 PM

When one of you decides you want to part with Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1  let me know.  I have a lot of stuff on my list to play so I wouldn't get to it quickly anyway - I can wait.

Not a problem. Really enjoying it so far, but I'm only a whopping 2 hours in. Considering the game is 50-80 hours long, we shall see if the honeymoon lasts.

+Excellent voiceovers
+Strong characterization
+Appears to have a mature plot
+Difficulty levels! (I wish every RPG did this. I'm playing on hard. There is also a nightmare level. I almost wiped twice in the first tutorial dungeon- a good thing in my book.)
+Interesting, complex, turn based battle system (there are about 20 status effects, plus chain effects, various elemental strengths/weaknesses, etc, etc)
+No random battles


-The graphics are...ugh...high end PS2
-Maybe not a negative for most, but the game starts out in a military school. As an anime fan, I'm fatigued on the high school setting. It does have a slight Persona vibe, but mostly from the social aspect- not actual combat.
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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2016, 01:53:50 PM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 21, 2016, 02:17:02 AM

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 10:06:35 PM

When one of you decides you want to part with Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1  let me know.  I have a lot of stuff on my list to play so I wouldn't get to it quickly anyway - I can wait.

Not a problem. Really enjoying it so far, but I'm only a whopping 2 hours in. Considering the game is 50-80 hours long, we shall see if the honeymoon lasts.

+Excellent voiceovers
+Strong characterization
+Appears to have a mature plot
+Difficulty levels! (I wish every RPG did this. I'm playing on hard. There is also a nightmare level. I almost wiped twice in the first tutorial dungeon- a good thing in my book.)
+Interesting, complex, turn based battle system (there are about 20 status effects, plus chain effects, various elemental strengths/weaknesses, etc, etc)
+No random battles


-The graphics are...ugh...high end PS2
-Maybe not a negative for most, but the game starts out in a military school. As an anime fan, I'm fatigued on the high school setting. It does have a slight Persona vibe, but mostly from the social aspect- not actual combat.

I normally tire of games that are over 40 hours. But with Trails the story just keeps getting better at the 40 hour mark. It's not an in your face story either, in fact most of it is happening in the background and you get bits and pieces of it throughout the game, but it's never as simple as Bad Guy X is out to destroy the world. It's much deeper than that.
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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2016, 02:16:14 PM »

So that we don't derail this thread anymore with Trails of Cold Steel talk I started a separate thread for it.
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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2016, 03:47:00 PM »

I guess I can mark Mafia 3 of the "biggest disappointment" list, and move it to the dishonorary list.  They patched in support for the CPU and  it's actually playable. 

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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2016, 09:21:08 PM »

Well Mafia 3 just released a racing addition for free!  That get's it off the biggest disappointment list.  Wait, no it doesn't. 
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Don't get me wrong, I'm still annoyed it took months for them to get it working and they were quiet about it the entire time.

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« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2016, 05:11:56 AM »

Biggest Surprise: Homefront: The Revolution. I didn't know what to expect as I had stayed away from the previews to avoid ruining the story and was pleasantly surprised to find a fun game with an interesting story, good combat, great gadgets and a nice mix of stealth sectors and open combat ones. The system for instigating revolt on a sector worked well, reminding me of Red Faction: Guerilla. The modular weapon system actually worked very well. And it was practically bug free, at least for me. One of the few open world games I played to completion.

Biggest Disappointment: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I really liked the previous games (except for the Invisible one) so how could they screw it up? By making me search every drawer, every trash can, every you name it. And it felt claustrophobic. And adding a zillion new Augs was a waste when I wasn't going to need most of them. The story was fuzzy and after a while, not very interesting. And for a Deus Ex game, too often I found situations where I just played/failed/reloaded repeatedly until I could get past a milestone. The solutions often felt gimmicky. 
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« Reply #25 on: December 27, 2016, 03:47:47 AM »

Disappointment is easy, Mafia 3. Such a tedious game that I had high hopes for.

A few surprises: Obduction, for the format of the game itself and how good it was, and Valley, which I just played this week. Valley is a fairly short but super fun first person platformer with an interesting story. OneShot is also a pretty neat little game.
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« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2016, 05:22:05 AM »

Two biggest surprises: How much I enjoyed COD:IW and Darkest Dungeon, which just came out of nowhere and has sucked up so much of my time.

I'm disappointed in Civ 6, but also not surprised by that. Previous Civs were merely just OK until a year or so after the initial release, when balance patches and expansions made them excellent. Its not that its not fun now... I just don't love it as much as Civ 5. Hopefully I will eventually.
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« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2016, 10:38:28 AM »

Final Fantasy XV.  Just couldn't get into it. The combat although visceral, was to frantic and confusing to be fun all the time. I didn't like the driving around just to get story bites. It was just boring for me.
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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2016, 02:36:21 PM »

Disappointments for me on PC:
-For me The Division -- I've never been in a game with millions of players that lost so many of them so quickly. Not even Bioware's Star Wars The Old Republic drove off its excited pre-order player base so quickly. I knew several folks who bought the Season Pass and don't appear to have ever even returned to see how DLC (Underground et al) turned out.

Guess it's old news that until you reach The Dark Zone, it simply isn't the promised 'open world' game -- it's more akin imho to Guild Wars 1 with guns (hubs with instances in between). I'm not sure the 'bullet sponge' aspect bothered me as much as the Clancy IP elminating any room for imagination in weaponry or enemies. Maybe a game like this with more of a sci-fi/Fallout/zombies/muties type background and non-restrictive IP would've hit the mark for me.

I revisited a bit after it's ballyhooed mega-update and it just didn't feel much different/more fun. And for a game "built from the ground up for co-op," co-op players were just not terribly friendly in it, in my experience. I'll probably uninstall it soon to get back its oceans of hard drive space.

-I refunded the recent Space Hulk: Deathwing after spending months trying to help hype it up. It has its fans, and its toxic official and Steam forums are mostly people attacking each other over whether its prematurely released trash or an "underappreciated gem." imho it would've been ideal for a lengthy Early Access period on Steam not just to optimize the game and implement player feedback, and clean up the often baffling interface/UI, but just to better figure out what kind of game it was trying to be. Is it really trying to be Warhammer Left 4 Dead? Or is really a single player game and they never intended for you to get much out of its multiplayer at all?

I wasn't really sure because the devs never bothered to have any sort of 2-way communications with us -- aside from a dev Stu who answered a few questions on Steam and then disappeared as if a trap door opened beneath him in late October. :p I should've seen on the wall when they desperately started up pre-order beta and open beta a couple weeks before release (!) and acted like that was normal and like they could actually address everyone's concerns in that amount of time.
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« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2016, 03:24:18 PM »

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Final Fantasy XV.  Just couldn't get into it. The combat although visceral, was to frantic and confusing to be fun all the time. I didn't like the driving around just to get story bites. It was just boring for me.

Try turning Wait Mode on.  I felt the same way about combat, and wait Mode made a world of difference.
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« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2016, 05:11:41 PM »

My biggest surprise is Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.  I picked this one up on sale a couple days ago and have been completely enthralled by it.  I never could get into the old commandos games but this does everything right.  Gameplay is fun and frequently accounts for things I wouldn’t expect.  An example being last night I was stuck on what to do next, I got a little frustrated and threw a corpse off a cliff, expecting to just reload.  Well instead of having the guards below set off an alarm, they instead got knocked out by the falling corpse, so I jumped down, slit their throats and was able to complete the mission.

Characters also have a ton of personality and continue to talk to each other through the missions.  It really helps drive the game onward.

Highly recommended if you can get over the high difficulty curve and the fact that you will need to reload constantly.
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« Reply #31 on: January 01, 2017, 02:16:54 AM »

My biggest positive surprise of the year has to be The Division... I bought it hoping for a good few weekends, since I never keep up with big multiplayer games anyway.  I followed the same pattern as most - burned out as soon as I hit max level. What I wasn't expecting was the pair of late-year updates, that gave me another two great bursts of gearing up (which is basically all the game is fun for, for me), and then the fantastic Survival update. I'm not a huge Battle Royale guy, but Survival in PvE still hits all the right notes! More hours by FAR in this than anything else this year, and while I may not play a single hour in 2017, it's still been a fan-freaking-tastic ride and well and truly worth the money.

Big honorable mentions to DOOM, Oculus Touch, Superhot (and Superhot VR), the continuing Truck Simulator release line, Total Warhammer, and the RetroPIE OS on a Raspberry Pi 3.

Biggest disappointment: Oculus Rift CV1 before the Touch controllers. Not that this was bad, as 2016 was a banner gaming year for me, but before Touch was out this just felt incomplete - and this is coming from someone who had both previous incarnations of the Oculus. It had brilliant moments (again, this was basically my Euro Truck Sim 2 setup), but by and large didn't justify the cost. At least, until the Touch came out at the end of this year, which has absolutely revitalized it, adding enough variety in content and controls that I'm actually coming back to VR regularly.
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« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2017, 03:52:58 AM »

For such a "shitty" year of gaming as many seem to think I've had a blast! Surprises were DOOM and Overwatch. Both just blew me away. Biggest disappointment was The Division. It just really didn't do too much for me.
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« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2017, 04:45:29 PM »

Final Fantasty XV for me.  I made a mistake during the Steam sale and bought the Witcher 3.  After playing up to the griffin contract switched to playing FFXV again....and quit after a couple minutes.  The combat was fine I guess but uninspired, and the world felt empty.    I spent more time playing Word With Friends while I drove from place to place than I did actually playing FFXV.

Most disappointing were the guests.  They were just boring fetch stuff with no real importance.  In the Witcher I struggle if it is better to do X or Y but in FFXV I just kill whatever I have to kill and go collect a few bobbles for my time.



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« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2017, 05:53:27 AM »

Biggest surprise: Far Cry: Primal

I've completed every Far Cry game, but after Far Cry 4 I felt completely burned out on the franchise. I had absolutely no interest in Primal, and didn't think much about it. The theme looked boring (no guns?), it looked like a re-skin of 4. Total bore. However, I started to get swayed by the surprisingly good reviews, and when I found it on sale really cheap I took the plunge just for completion's sake.

I can't remember my total playtime, but I think I put a good 50-60 hours into it. That game grabbed me from the get-go, and I was utterly riveted by the primitive weapon combat. Yes, a lot of the elements and gameplay were VERY familiar, but for some reason I just fell in love with it. I don't think I 100%ed it, but only because I was so maxed out that everything ceased to be a challenge. At that point I was just running around scooping up collectibles which were too tedious to invest the time in.

Biggest disappointment: Mafia III

I was a HUGE fan of the first two Mafia games. They really kindled my love of "open world" type games with mixes of driving and shooting, and I loved the subject matter. When Mafia III came along, I was really excited to see what they could do with modern graphics and gameplay. While the graphics were pretty solid, they unfortunately bombed on the open world aspect - to the point I never even finished the game.

Now I can put up with some TEDIOUS grinding. I 100%ed Sunset Overdrive, and that game had more collectibles than any other open world game I've ever played. I've played every Ubisoft game. Hell, I even 100%ed Mad Max, a game that most critics found mediocre at best. I can be a bit of a masochist when it comes to games like this. Yet Mafia III really just bored me to tears. It's unfortunate because the story seems really good, the graphics are good, there's nothing inherently "broken" about the game. It just lacked spark, and I found it more work than fun.


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