Completed Games 2016

thewitnessIt’s been quite a year, with some absolute blasters releasing consistently throughout. This year has had the likes of The Witness, Dark Souls 3, Uncharted 4, Inside, The Last Guardian and a bunch of really exiting multiplayer shooters I really haven’t had the time to commit to. I didn’t get as far this year with my usual ‘one a week’ challenge, capping out at only 43 games I’ve reached the sort of credit sequence I usually count as having been completed. That said, I’ve had huge games taking up time this year.

Whether it was more time spent on Fallout and Rust, the sheer hours still to put into Witcher 3 or any number of 40+ hour titles like XCOM or Stardew I simply have had a full plate. Nothing to complain about there, onwards to 2017!

  1. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  2. The Witness
  3. Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
  4. Firewatch (100%)
  5. XCOM 2
  6. The Banner Saga
  7. RONIN
  8. Regency Solitaire
  9. The Long Dark
  10. Stardew Valley
  11. Steamworld: Dig
  12. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  13. Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior
  14. Rollers of the Realm
  15. Dark Souls 3
  16. Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End
  17. Dark Cloud
  18. Her Story (100%)
  19. Human Resource Machine
  20. Worms: Battlegrounds
  21. Inside (100%)
  22. Catherine
  23. The Room (100%)
  24. Bedlam – The Game By Christopher Brookmyre (100%)
  25. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (100%)
  26. Deus Ex: The Missing Link
  27. Tricky Towers
  28. Abzu
  29. Grow Up (100%)
  30. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (100%)
  31. Tumblestone
  32. Dear Esther
  33. Rise of the Tomb Raider (100%)
  34. Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties (100%)
  35. Sunless Sea
  36. Game of Thrones, a Telltale Game (100%)
  37. Gears of War 4
  38. Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix (100%)
  39. Saints Row IV: How the Saints Saved Christmas (100%)
  40. Halo 5 (Legendary Solo)
  41. Super Mario Run
  42. Hook
  43. Back to Bed

Games I’ve Played/Playing:

  • The Witcher 3
  • Ni No Kuni
  • The Last Guardian
  • Evoland 2
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Re-Core
  • Dying Light
  • I Am Bread
  • The Long Dark

Back to Bed

backtobedWith an art style that takes liberally from abstract geometry king M.C. Escher and absurdist imagery by Salvidore Dali and Rene Magritte this was a title that I picked up on it’s release. I’m a huge fan of those three artists, so Back to Bed was of great interest to me. After having played a few levels I quickly bounced off of it. And though I’ve come back to it more than a few times over the last year and I still enjoy it’s little quirks (borrowed and original) this was ultimately a let down for me.

Back to Bed is a simplistic route planner puzzle game. It offers a more harsh recasting of it’s 30 puzzles in a Nightmare mode but you have to go through their easier counterparts before the harder mode is unlocked. As a result, most of the puzzles are pretty forgettable and you can whiz through the entire thing under an hour. There’s even an achievement in doing so (45 mins!). I’m not sure I’d reccomend this to anyone interested in a well conceived puzzle title (even my partner found it repetitive) but those who just want a light puzzle title and those who are interested in the art to which this game takes it’s visual style might want to take a look.

Especially when it’s under £2, which it currently is.

Was hoping this might be a sillier answer to Monument Valley but it does not really come through on it’s core gameplay. It’s either 6 crabs or 7 pillows out of 10 for me.

Inside

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Made by the same people who made Limbo (Playdead) and, like above, is pretty much a retread where the gameplay is concerned. That’s not by any means a complaint, however, because it’s got polish and style in bucket loads. It’ll be a contender for game of the year, especially in the indie puzzle platformer department.

Lonesome child journeying through an ambiguous and creepy hellscape seems to fit Playdead well.

9 brain controlling slugs out of a dead pig.

Dr Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald

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Or to give it it’s full title: Dr Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist. I removed the last bit because it’s altogether too much for my blog to handle.

Anyway.

You can literally download and play this game in the span of an hour. It’s a silly little title released by one of the creatives behind the Stanley Parable and kind of an interesting contrast to The Beginner’s Guide. It’s free, too, which is probably it’s most appealing aspect and it’s well voiced by Simon Amstell. For what it was (which is not much, but enough) I think it deserves 7 beans out of a tin.

The Witness

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Overall stellar puzzle game that, although evocative of older titles like Myst plays more like an over developed touchscreen/mobile title. It does it well, that’s by no means a critique of the general game, I think by sticking to one core interactive concept and expanding that in literally every way I think they could have they’ve produced one of the most internally consistent puzzle titles I’ve played in years. It avoids wholly the kind of obsessive screen-searching bullshit that I disliked about the older adventure titles.

That being said, I’m a little disgruntled as I speak because the ending resets your progress and there’s one specific (non obvious) trophy that might be worth googling for anyone who might want to play it and get the 100%. 9 scribbles out of a drawing.

Edit: I was wrong, there’s a way to load save points the game makes in secret.

Revising my score to exactly the same score because it really hasn’t changed how I feel about the game.

The Witcher 2

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It was a little jarring compared to the picture I’d built up in my head after years of hearing how amazing this game was.

No, no. It wasn’t terrible.

Seriously, though: it’s poorly balanced overall and I don’t think the story was as interesting as hyped up to be. I’ve played through some of the sequel already and I can see it is leaps and bounds better so I’m happy that I did play through this.

I think I’d have to give it a 6 flops out of 10 beans.

Completed Games 2015

2015
#1
Monument Valley (100%)
#2 Shadows of Mordor
#3 80 Days
#4 Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
#5 The Wolf Among Us (100%)
#6 Metrico (100%)
#7 The Swapper (100%)
#8 Motorstorm RC
#9 FROBISHER SAYS! (100%)
#10 Kick & Fennick (100%)
#11 Dragon Age: Inquisition (Abandoned)
#12 Saints Row: Re-Elected
#13 Medieval Engineers
#14 Jak 2
#15 inFamous: First Light
#16 Daganronpa
#17 Rayman Legends
#18 Grand Theft Auto V
#19 Steredenn
#20 Joe Danger 2 (100%)
#21 Valiant Hearts (100%)
#22 CounterSpy
#23 Bloodborne
#24 Never Alone (100%)
#25 Far Cry 4: Escape from Durgesh & Valley of the Yetis (100%)
#26 Hohokum
#27 RACE THE SUN
#28 The Unfinished Swan (100%)
#29 Murasaki Baby (100%)
#30 Ether One
#31 Splatoon
#32 Risk of Rain
#33 Futuridium EP Deluxe
#34 Killzone: Mercenary
#35 Massive Chalice
#36 Gunpoint (100%)
#37 Fallout: Shelter
#38 Batman: Arkham Knight
#39 Gone Home
#40 Xeodrifter
#41 MouseCraft (100%)
#42 Rocket League (100%)
#43 Skulls of the Shogun
#44 Gravity Rush
#45 Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition
#46 New Little King’s Story
#47 Journey (100%)
#48 Super Exploding Zoo
#49 Entwined
#50 Don’t Starve: Console Edition
#51 Kung Fu Rider
#52 Alien: Isolation (Abandoned atm)
#53 God of War HD
#54 PixelJunk Shooter 2
#55 Styx: Master of Shadows
#56 Transistor
#57 Grow Home (100%)
#58 Shelter
#59 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
#60 Sound Shapes
#61 Teslagrad (100%)
#62 Bridge Constructor (100%)
#63 Broken Age
#64 Unmechanical: Extended
#65 Kung Fu Rabbit (100%)
#66 So Many Me (100%)
#67 Tales From the Borderlands (100%)
#68 Pneuma: Breath of Life (100%)
#69 Undertale
#70 Fallout 4 (100%)
#71 The Beginners Guide
#72 Halo 5
#73 Crypt of the Necrodancer
#74 Until Dawn
#75 Shovel Knight

Played Games:
#76 Rust
#77 Puddle

Completed Games 2014

2014

#1 Wolfenstein: The New Order
#2 The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
#3 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
#4 Papers Please
#5 Far Cry 3
#6 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
#7 Far Cry 4 (100%)
#8 X-Men [Arcade]
#9 Tomb Raider
#10 Halo 4
#11 Joe Danger (100%)
#12 
Destiny
#13 
Outlast
#14 
Welcome Park (100%)
#15 
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (100%)
#16 The Last of Us: Remastered
#17 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
#18 Assassin’s Creed III
#19 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
#20 Dark Souls 2
#21 Stealth Inc.

Played
Towerfall

Completed Games 2013

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  1. X-Com
  2. Psychonauts
  3. Evoland
  4. Little Inferno
  5. The Stanley Parable
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Max Payne 3
  8. Borderlands 2
  9. Sleeping Dogs (100%)
  10. Batman: Arkham Origins
  11. Dead Rising 2
  12. Tomb Raider: Underworld (100%)
  13. Bioshock Infinite
  14. Spec Ops: The Line
  15. Saints Row
  16. Rayman Origins (100%)
  17. The Walking Dead
  18. L.A. Noire (100%)
  19. Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and the Damned
  20. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  21. Forza Motorsport 3
  22. inFamous 2
  23. Metal Gear Solid 3: HD
  24. The House of the Dead: Overkill, Extended Cut
  25. Sly Cooper 2

My Game of the Year:

Grand Theft Auto V

How can anything really compare to Grand Theft Auto V? The game is incredible, it feels like they’ve taken a game from the next generation of consoles and made it forwards compatible somehow.

Positive Reinforcement

Well, this is a surprise to me I must say, but I think I have found the least caustic gaming related forum ever created. Also, I may need to be institutionalized. Those two statements may be mutually exclusive.

That special place is the Eurogamer.net forum. Seriously.

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Yes. That’s right, you see, Eurogamer.net is a website about games. It’s also based in Europe. Those two facts are easily gleaned from the name. This is a sentence. Shall I go on?

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