Reserving the spot. 2013 is here
, a pretty good year all things considered.FINISHED IN 2014
- Metal Gear Rising Revengence (PC) - B+
(Feb 2). Far more fun than it had any right to be. The Bayonetta influence was certainly there, with equal parts ridiculousness and flat out crazy fun. 8 hours.
- Thief (PC) - A-
(March23). Mediocre reviews be damned, I thoroughly enjoyed this new version of Thief. It's not the same "go anywhere, do anything" game that we're used to, but it's still a fantastic stealth game in it's own right. The only thing I didn't really care for was the ending, which was both lame and made no sense. Other than that, I had a blast with it. 22 hours.
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - B+
(April 12). Played all the way through with a Crusader, making it the 5th time through the game. Really enjoyed this class, as well as some of the changes they made. Wasn't crazy about the final act or the ending, but Adventure mode made it all worth it. 62 hours
- Final Fantasy XIV (PC) - A+++++++
(May 31). I liked FF XIV as a tank...but I loved it as a DPS. Got a Bard to 50 and finished the main story. Still lots more I plan to do. Easily my favorite MMO of all time, and an absolute blast. ALL THE HOURS (seriously...we're talking hundreds and hundreds)
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (3DS) - A
(Oct 8 ). An absolute treat for anyone who love FF music, still a very good rhythm game for those who don't. I technically "beat" this, but have a long way to go to master all the songs. 13 hours (so far)
- Infamous Second Son (PS4) - A
(Nov 8 ). I typically dislike open world games, but this one was an absolute blast. Ending was kinda weak, but otherwise a ton of fun. Around 10 hours, I think.
- Dreamfall Chapters: Book 1 (PC) - B-
(Nov 17) - An A for story and characters, but a D for the endless graphics bugs, crappy animation, and overall "last gen" look and feel. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing where they take the story and I hope they can get the technical issues sorted out. 4 hours.
- The Wolf Among Us - Season 1 (iPad) - A
(Dec 17) - I had been avoiding this because it frankly just looked rather silly. Decided to give it a shot on a long flight, and came away absolutely hooked. Incredibly compelling narrative, great characters, and a fun world. Probably 9 hours.
- Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4) - A
(Dec 22) - Another example of Bioware magic, creating a fascinating and wholly engrossing game. Once the initial "hey, this feels like Skyrim" comparisons wear off, DAI really comes into it's own and is a joy to play. My personal GOTY for 2014. 75 hours
- Flower (PS4) - A
(Dec 23) - What can I say, I'm a complete sucker for these "art projects as games". I couldn't tell you exactly why
I liked it, but Flower just put a big, stupid smile on my face. 2 hours, if that.Currently Playing
- Resogun (PS4)Played and Gave Up On
- Y's: Memories of Celecta (Vita): The whole thing was just rather dull. I also decided to ditch the Vita, so Y's went in the trash heap. 6 hours.
- Gridiron Solitaire (PC): An amazing effort by Bill Harris, and a pretty fun game. The wonky AI really killed it though, as it would make calls that made no sense given the game situation. 12 hours.
- Crysis 3 (PC): Looks pretty, but the basic gameplay is pretty boring. Drove me nuts getting constantly shot at when I couldn't figure out where it was coming from. 2 hours.
- Strike Suit Zero (PC): A fun diversion in a genre I don't typically frequent. I actually enjoyed the basic ship shooting more than the fancy Strike Suit. 2 hours
- The Last of Us (PS3): I get why everyone loved this game, but it simply wasn't my cup of tea. The story was decent, but I really didn't like the pseudo-stealth gameplay. 3 hours.
- Titanfall (PC): I can definitively say once and for all that online MP games are just not for me. 2 hours.
- Bravely Default (3DS): An absolutely brilliant first half...and one of the worst second halves I've ever seen. You literally just play through the same game twice, it was padding at it's most egregious. 40 hours.
- Might & Magic X Legacy (PC): I heard someone say this game "scratched an itch I didn't know I had". Was hoping that would be the case with me, but I found that I simply don't have that itch. At all. Ever. 3 hours.
- The Banner Saga (PC): I so want to like this game, but it just isn't clicking. Will get the iOS version, hopefully that will have better luck. Tried it on both PC and iPad, never could get into either version. 2 hours.
- FF VI (iOS): After beating it once all those years ago, there just didn't really seem like much point in playing it again. Hasn't aged particularly well either.
- FF X HD (PS3): Another case of a game aging very poorly, even with a shiny new coat of paint. 5 hours.
- Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor (PS4). Moments of absolutely exhilarating gameplay sandwiched between long stretches of sheer frustration. The frustration (plus the release of DAI) finally won out. 15 hours.