Time to get a new year of gaming underway. I didn't finish much in 2017
, but there were some unexpected gems in there. Looking forward to seeing what's on the horizon for 2018!
FINISHED IN 2018
- What Remains of Edith Finch (PC) - Jan 1 - A
. A fantastic, creative, and emotionally moving game. An prime example of what excellent storytellers can do in this medium. 2 hours
- Lineage 2 Revolution (iPad) - Jan 18 - A
. Max leveled my toon and finished the main story quest. After an initial bad first impression, I got completely hooked. Perfect for casual (sometimes afk) play. 60+ hours, so far.
- Skyrim (Switch) - March 23 - B+
. It only took me 4 tries, but I actually “finished” Skyrim! Beat the two main storylines (dragons and civil war). It’s showing it’s age, but is still an absolute blast. I didn’t play as much portable as I was expecting to, but absolutely got my $$ out of it. 42 hours.
- Elder Scrolls Online (PC) - June 3 - A
. Beat the main Morrowind questline, and all the quest hubs on Vvardenfell. Had a blast with it, and will likely keep playing for a couple months...or until I get bored again. 22 hours, so far. EDIT: Now finished the Summerset xpac as well. 94 hours.
- Assassins Creed Origins (PC) - Sept 13 - A
. Easily my favorite AC game, and the first one I finished. Really liked the move away from collectible hunting, and to more of an RPG flavor. Excellent story as well, and one of the most beautiful games I've ever seen. 38 hours
- Donut County (iOS) - Oct 12 - B
. Interesting concept as sort of a reverse Katamari Damacy. Quirky and goofy, and a fun diversion for a couple hours.
- Manticore: Galaxy on Fire (Switch) - Nov 20 - B+
. Nothing revolutionary, but a damn fun space shooter. Loved the short missions that made me feel like I was constantly progressing. Graphics were so-so, but I actually quite enjoyed the story and characters, and it was genuinely funny. 8 hours.
- Diablo 3 (Switch)
- Disgaea 5 (Switch)
- Guild Wars 2 (PC).
Played and Quit/Gave up on
- Everybody's Golf - Still play a round on occasion, but have mostly stopped the single player campaign.
- Witcher 3 (PS4) - Got 20 hours in before getting distracted by other stuff. I still really need to see the expansions one of these days.
- Civ VI (iPad and PC) - Love the early game, but don't really like the grind of the end-game. Have yet to actually finish a game, even though I've started probably 20 or so.
- Monster Hunter World (PS4) - I finally understand why the series is so popular. That said, I got bored and/or frustrated with it after around 30 hours. The more complex it got, the less interest I had.
- Zelda Breath of the Wild (Switch) - I'm apparently the only person in the world for whom this game isn't the greatest thing ever. Tried it twice, gotten bored around 10 hours in both times.
- Silence (PC) - Looked great, but the story was so boring and non-sensical that I couldn't be bothered to even make it through the short 5 hours.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch) - A great game that seriously overstayed it's welcome. If they had wrapped it up around 60 hours, I would have given it an A+. As is, I got to the 85 hour mark, and still had at least another 30 to go. Threw in the towel at that point.
- Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) - Meh. Did little to change my mind about Mario games in general. 3 hours
- FF XV Pocket Edition (iPad) - A neat portable version that walks through just the main storyline of the game. Shame it was absolutely buggy as hell though. Got through Chapter 5 before just getting too frustrated.
- Battle Chef Brigade (Switch) - This looked like it would be something right up my alley. Unfortunately, it just didn't click at all. It's a decent match 3, but the mid-cooking combat really just throws off the rhythm.
- Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PC) - Felt like a combination of FF Type 0 and Persona, without the charm of either. 3 hours.
- Burnout Paradise (PS4) - The racing was as fun as I remembered, but having to drive all over the map in order to find events certainly was not. If they had an option to quickly choose a race from a menu, I'd have been all over it. As is...pass. 3 hours.
- Ni No Kuni 2 (PS4) - This one simply got caught up in a huge slew of games at the same time, and I couldn't focus on it. It was charming enough, but not terribly interesting through the first 3 hours.
- World of Warcraft (PC) - Tried multiple characters, and even got one up to the mid-30's, which is a first for me. Ultimately wanted something that taxed the new gaming rig a bit more, so I switched over to ESO. Around 40 hours.
- FF XV Royal Edition (PC) - Absolutely loved playing through this one again...up until the end. The multiple boss battles they added were 10X harder than anything else in the game to that point. I cruised through every enemy up to then, and all of a sudden my entire party was getting 1-hit by these bosses. Completely ruined what had been a fantastic experience up to that point. 26 hours.
- Icey (Switch). Seemed like a fun, unique game, but I got stuck in some sort of "arena" that simply sent wave after wave of enemy for nearly 30 minutes. Couldn't figure out how I was supposed to get out of it.
- Battle Chasers (Switch). Great art style, too difficult for my tastes.
- God of War (PS4). I really wanted to like this one, but just found myself disinterested. Probably need to give it another look at some point.
- Black Desert Online Remastered (PC). Great art style, way too grindy.
- Into the Breach (Switch). No idea what all the fuss was about. Just not engaging at all.
- Dead Cells (Switch). Neat idea, but having to replay the same levels over and over again got really boring.
- Yoku's Island Express (Switch). Thought that pinball meets metroidvania would be fun, but it got really frustrating, really quickly. Got to a point where I had no idea how to progress, gave up.
- Tales of Berseria (PC). Just nothing interesting about it at all. Dull combat, boring dungeons, meh.
- Divinity OS2 (PC). Liked it better the second time around, but ended up lost in side quest hell again and wander off after about 12 hours
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4). Good game, god awful controls. 5 hours
- Dragon Quest XI (PC). Did little to change my mind about the DQ series. Looks pretty, but old-school and Grundy to a fault. Stuck with it for 12 hours, then lost interest
- Darkest Dungeon (Switch). Was finally able to wrap my head around the controls, but didn’t find the Uber-difficulty very fun. 3 hours.
- Assassins Creed Odyssey (PS4). Loved AC Origins, but this felt like MOTS, but with much less interesting characters. Meh.
- Soul Calibur VI (PS4). Hoped this might rekindle my interest in fighting games. No such luck.
- Thronebreaker: The Witcher's Tale (PC). I liked the story and worldbuilding, but wasn't terribly crazy about the actual CCG action. I especially didn't like the puzzles, which seemed to comprise most of the encounters. 4 hours.
- Persona 5 (PS4). Gave it another shot, and I do finally get what all the fuss is about. 15 hours.