It’s right before Christmas, and we’re soon tumbling headlong into 2015, in the Gregorian Calendar. Consoles matured, games came out, more games got delayed, and those that came out were often broken as all hell. I did manage to get through a few games, and am currently playing through a few more. I got a PS4 this year, but I haven’t beaten much on it. I find when I am at home, most of my time is spent on the PC, or with a handheld system. I have Shadows of Mordor, but frankly got stressed out by it a lot of the time. The game is incredible, and will probably be the game of the year for many, but it wasn’t for me. Frankly 2014 was the grand conclusion of what happened to me in 2013. Thanks to Persona 4 Golden, I got back into Japanese RPG’s in a big way. I found that I missed grinding, I still love the insane tropes, and I love the colorfulness and the often wacky nature Japanese RPG’s exhibit. So I played a bunch of those this year. As it turns out 2014 was a good year for those games, especially if you have a handheld system.
I am not gonna go into some huge list about my best games of 2014, because frankly I don’t have a huge list. I played a bunch of games, but not many of them came out in 2014. I played Tales of Xillia, and loved it. But that came out last year. I played like…half of Tales of Xillia 2. That came out this year, but it’s not that great. Or good at all. But yeah, I have 3 games that I want to talk about in numbered order, but first I want to give an honorable mention. Also before that, I want to talk about one game that I haven’t finished yet, but should be talked about. If I finished it, and it remained as good throughout, it would so be on my list. So without further ado, let’s get crackalackin. Continue Reading
Game of the year talks. People feel uncomfortable around me when the game of the year talks start. Let me tell you, these are tough, time-intensive conversations that involve a lot of yelling, getting angry, and having to leave the room in frustration. Despite all of that, the reason people feel uncomfortable around me when these talks start is because I don’t actually work with anyone, and am simply arguing with myself, at a very loud volume, like a crazy person. That is at least until someone forces those pills down my throat that keep me from screaming. Then the game of the year talks tend to get a lot quieter, which I am sure everyone around me appreciates. Now before I actually start talking about the games I found to be my favorite games of 2013, I should explain myself a bit beforehand, and the policies I adopted for this.
First of all, I am only going to talk about three games. Why three games, and not something like ten? Well when it really boils down to it, I am not a professional games reviewer, and as such do not have access to all the games, all the time. I could if I wanted to buy them all, but that is an expensive thing to do, and I have bills to pay. Usually I end up buying newer games when they’re on sale. Like I JUST bought Bioshock Infinite for ten dollars during the Steam Autumn Sale. I haven’t played it yet, and who knows if it would go on my list.
Second thing about this: I don’t play only new games. I have a huge backlog, and I find it hard to quit on a game forever. If I ever made a real list, on paper, and put it up on my wall, I would probably cry. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2 is still on my backlog, so that should be a good indication of where I stand. Next year…will hopefully be better using my free time more effectively. Maybe I will write an actual backlog list. I could use a good cry. Alright let’s talk about the games now. Also note that I don’t have a “Game of the year”. These are my three games, in no particular order. Continue Reading