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Author Topic: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014?  (Read 2728 times)
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« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2015, 09:46:08 PM »

I've mulled over it a bit but have to say The Talos Principle was my sleeper hit / game of the year. It came out right at the end of 2014 with little fanfare and blew me away. The setup is great. You awaken in an ruined Greek style courtyard, ethereal music is playing, and a booming voice from the sky says "Behold child. You are risen from the dust and you walk in my garden."

The game it self is essentially a Portal style game where you are solving a bunch of puzzles in first person. And while the puzzles are great, and very rewarding when you solve difficult ones, its piecing together the background story that I found most of the enjoyment. Clues to the story are scattered via the typical text messages, voice logs, or things written on the walls (in this case in QR code form). But they are written and performed exceptionally. All the notes are scattered in such a fashion that it took me probably 10 hours before I felt I had a handle on what was going on. And what a story. It really put me through an emotional wringer - which is one of the reasons it made such an impact with me.

Was completely satisfied with the game from beginning to end.

The other game I'd have to give a not do was Valliant Hearts. This is the WWI side-scroller puzzler published by UbiSoft. Again this was another game that had an emotional impact when playing. You get really involved in the story while solving the puzzles. There's some moments of joy and great sadness. The game can be frustratingly difficult in some areas to the point where I had to put it down and come back the next day. But overall it was another game that was a great experience.
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