It’s been awhile! I’ve been busy doing school and artwork, so I’ve had less time to write. Hopefully next year I’ll pick it back up again. But I certainly couldn’t miss the Annual Game of the year talk. Because if there is anything the internet needs it’s another opinion.
Honorable mentions are first off. Overwatch is far and away the world’s game of the year. It’s sheer amount of porn dictates as much. It got so out of control that Blizard tried to shut down the creation of it. (source) But in all seriousness, Not since Minecraft has a game taken up so much of the consensus time share like Overwatch has. I’ve played a bunch of it and even enjoyed it; it’s an addicting game. It’s not on my list only because I feel as if I haven’t played enough of it. Overwatch should be a game I hate. It’s an online only first person shooter. But the world along with its characters peaked my interest, and the thing that kept me around was the gameplay and mechanics. It’s character selection options, and it’s original maps kept me coming back for more. So while it isn’t on my list, It absolutely makes sense as anyone’s game of the year.
Another honorable mention is Inside. I haven’t played it yet, but I plan to during the holiday break. From everything I’ve heard, it’s wonderful.
So this one is a tough one. This figure has changed a bunch of the course of the past few months. It started with Titanfall. Then it jumped to Dishonored. And now I’m somewhere near Watchdogs. Sadly all three of these games have sold rather poorly. I recommend if you can, to play them all but none the less. I’m currently deep into Watch Dogs 2, but Dishonored 2 has my fifth spot. I think it’s a step down from its predecessor, but it keeps that same soul and universe that made the first one so beloved. Playing through the whole game as Emily was fun. It ‘s nice to see her character evolve through the years. The downfall of this game is that it’s supporting cast doesn’t come close to the characters from the first Dishonered, but it’s stealth mechanics are so much fun to only slip by everyone and play your way.
Telltale’s Game Of Thrones left a sour taste in my mouth. It wasn’t bad. In fact, I’m sure this was many people’s first telltale game. But I think I had just spent too much time playing Telltale Games I needed a break. And after that break, I restarted everything with Tale’s From The Borderlands, and I was a man reborn. It’s an excellent game that I’ve already mentioned a bunch in the past. Anyway, long story longer. Batman was a happy surprise for me this year. ( Shocker he likes the Batman game ) I know, I know. But Batman has had almost every story told about him. I’ve seen every interpretation. That is until I played this game. Telltale does a great job of taking your expectations of Batman and solidifying them. And then they flip it on it’s head so while most of Batman’s Cannon stays to the comic it also presents a new take. It’s fascinating. And well worth your time if you dropped off the Telltale Bandwagon. While there is still one more episode to come out after this posts all four episodes prior, have been excellent.
Uncharted is strangely a controversial game. Ever since the second one. (my favorite of the four) But A thief’s end puts other narrative based action games to shame from the get go. it’s beautiful, it’s touching it has characters I love, and it adds new mechanics to a system I already enjoy (and many others do not.) It might suffer from being a franchise I know in and out. So while loved. It’s only number three on my list because of course Uncharted four was going to be great. It’s Naughty Dog. And the two in front defiantly surprised me more. So far This is the last uncharted, and it goes out on top. The entire Uncharted series was released before The Last Guardian even came out which was shown before Uncharted one released. Something to think about regarding work rate.
This one is the big surprise on the list. And was even number one for awhile. Battlefield 1 is a true shocker to me. I don’t like the battlefield games I don’t like the online, and I don’t like the story. But this changed all of that. First off no one has the balls it seems to make a World War 1 game. The war everyone forgets. And the vignettes that tie together the entire war are beautifully rendered and framed. It’s an incredible looking game not just regarding graphics but also because of its composition and direction. Sweeping shots of countrysides and baron deserts have never looked more lovingly shot. And all that brings a much-needed refresh to an old and tired genre format.
Probably a shocker to most and I’m sure on very few lists this year. My game of the year is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This is a weird year all around. But especially for me regarding games. There is no Witcher or Mass Effect to run away with my award. So I had to dig deep and think about what I like so much about those games. I played the previous Deus Ex for a while, and it did nothing for me. I was bored to tears and left after about 4 hours. So with tempered expectations, I dipped my toe into this game and fell in love. It’s a futuristic RPG with choices and consequences for your actions. Which is right up my alley. Jensen grew on me as the game went along. Maybe that’s because I choose his responses, But his supporting cast is just as interesting. The corporate espionage and double crossing that’s going on throughout are truly fascinating. And any game that lets me play stealthy and make RPG choices gets my award. It does feel a bit unfinished by the time I get to the closing scene, but it does make me intrigued by what comes next.