My year in Games 2016

Thank god, 2016 is over…

it was a weird year for me. Generally, it was horrible… in politics the right wingers gained power, Trump was elected and the UK voted to leave the EU, a lot of celebrities died and more importantly, some less famous but very close ones, too. It wasn’t all bad, of course and especially when it comes to my work, I think I made some progress and even my finances became more stable. When it comes to games though…

Well, when it comes to games this wasn’t a bad year at all. We had some great releases and the PC market got quite a bit stronger. Personally, I’m drifting more and more towards rogue-likes or rogue-lites (preferably turn-based) that I can play in short periods but still can gain a bit of progress in the “meta game”. In Darkest Dungeon e.g. I can simply do one or two dungeon runs in about 10-15 Minutes, which will get me money and items. Those in turn can be used to further rebuild the village and thus progress in the overall game.

There are some exceptions, but nowadays it’s mostly adventures or shorter, narrative-focused games that I mange to actually play through. The Witcher 3 DLCs are the obvious exceptions, but most of the other RPGs or similar AAA-like games I started (Deus Ex, Torment: Tides of Numenara, Talos Principle) I couldn’t finish. Instead I sunk quite some time in “endless” games, i.e. 4X-games like Civilization VI or Stellaris or my surprise of the year: Elite Dangerous. The latter was on sale at some point and I wanted an excuse to use my Joystick again. This developed into a short-term obsession at the end of which I actually joined an exploration convoy and travelled over the course of 4 weeks to a faraway star without knowing what’s actually there. Strange as it may seem, that was a genuinely great experience!

 

 

Completed games

  • Deadpool
  • Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • XCOM2 (auf Veteran, i.e. Normal)
  • Firewatch
  • Dishonored: Knife of Dunwall (DLC)
  • Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches (DLC)
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse
  • Grim Dawn (1 Char auf Veteran)
  • Oxenfree (Überraschend gut; Hatte Befürchtungen wegen dem “Teen-Setting”, aber war echt gutes Mystery)
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment
  • Hexcells, Hexcells Plus, Hexcells Infinite (volle Achievements für alle 3)
  • Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet (fantastisch! Nett, lustig, brillant schlechte Wortspiele)
  • Heaven’s Hope (schönes Setting, nette Charaktere, kein gutes Rätseldesign)
  • Witcher 3: “Heart of Stone” & “Blood and Wine”
  • Yesterday
  • Diablo 3 + Reaper of Souls (normal)
  • Pony Island

 

Replayed games

  • Puzzle Agent 2
  • 80 days

 

Imperial Courier on tour

 

Endless Games

  • Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked
  • Helldivers (Single Player: meh – Multiplayer: grand)
  • Thea: The Awakening
  • Talisman: Horus Heresy
  • Rimworld (Alpha)
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Stellaris
  • Overwatch
  • Renowned Explorers (DLC: More to Explore)
  • Elite: Dangerous (incl. Exploration-Convoy)
  • Starbound
  • Reigns
  • Duelyst
  • Mini Metro
  • Civilization VI

 

Played (only partially / no play-through / just left at some point)

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • The Talos Principle
  • This war of mine
  • Crashlanders
  • Stardew Valley
  • Hand of Fate
  • War for the Overworld
  • Shenzhen I/O (Early Access)
  • Sunless Sea
  • Zubmariner DLC
  • Dead in Bermuda
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution

 

Looking at this list, I can’t help but notice that there are some high profile releases missing: Dishonored 2, Mirror’s Edge 2, Watch Dogs 2 (which is supposed to be quite good as opposed to the first one), Shadow Tactics… and 2017 will continue / is continuing in the same fashion. Won’t be easy to keep up with all the great games. Well, let’s be honest: it will be impossible.

 

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Well.. gotta be good. But despite looking forward to (the rest of) 2017, my new year’s resolutions remain:

  • Read more books
  • Learn shit.
  • Do some sport.

 

Adios,

 

/tehK

 

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