The always amazing Luna over at GamersUnitedGG extended a seasonally appropriate challenge to the blogging community (found here). Basically, you write a post about your personal Game of the Year (that thankfully does NOT need to be released this year, just one you played this year). Then there will be a poll with voting and stuff, which sounds really cool! I’ve decided to partake in this event and this post is my entry.
I’ve already declared my GOTY that came out this year in my last post. That would be Mega Man 11 since it’s the only game from 2018 I actually beat in 2018… BUT since this challenge is open to ANY game I played this year (regardless of launch date), well, that’s hella hard because it’s been quite a gaming year for me, let me tell you.
I honestly have no idea what I’m going to pick out of the 15 great games (and shameful DLC purchases) I finished this year. So… I’m going to stop babbling about it and do a ranked list of games I beat this year. That should help me narrow down my winner. Let’s do this!
15) Solbot Energy Rush (Android)
Eh, I’m not big on the casual mobile gaming experience. I test a wide variety of cell phones for a living, and after a long work day, I honestly want to forget cell phones exist. The developer of this one actually contacted me on Twitter to see if I’d review their game. That was super flattering so I went for it. You can check out my review for a thorough look at my unqualified opinion.
14) Demon’s Souls (PS3)
I’ve morphed into a very casual gamer… that’s what my experience with this game has taught me. Let’s just say I didn’t get very far into the first level, but I had fun playing virtually alongside Athena, while getting obliterated by everything (including a friendly blue dude in the Nexus I accidentally attacked… oops). It’s definitely a cool game but I have no desire to invest the time required to “git gud”. It also lacks modern quality of life features, like pausing the game and reasonable checkpoints, which frustrates me greatly. Nope. Not for me but I can see why some gamers find it so rewarding!
13) Ben There, Dan That! (PC)
Gosh. I’ve only played a handful of point and click adventure games in my lifetime. This quirky game may look graphically awful, but the crude images add to the overall fun. The basic plot is two flatmates must embark on a multi-dimensional quest… to get back to their apartment. And trust me, they meet with lots of crazy scenarios and amusing puzzles along the way.
12) Mega Man 11 (Switch)
About time I played a Mega Man game, huh? I really loved the animation style and Double Gear mechanic in this classic inspired platformer. Thankfully for newbie me, there was a newcomer difficulty option that I stuck to.
11) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
In my mind, no kart racer will ever top Diddy Kong Racing on the good ol’ Nintendo 64. The nostalgia feelz are powerful, my friends. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my 100cc playthrough of all the cups, plus a few online play sessions. I don’t want to learn all the racing mechanics, but I really enjoyed the track designs. The Shameful Narcissist and I have been playing a weekly round or two online to just relax and throw Koopa Shells around. Fun times!
10) Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Alas! I didn’t get pulled into this whimsical Mario world like I thought I would. The game did grow on my cranky soul and I ended up liking the overall experience after pwning poor Bowser. The Mario series could seriously use a story revamp, but I legit loved the lame ending to Odyssey.
9) RiME (Switch)
Few games have touched my heart like this one did. It’s such an amazing emotional experience that I can’t really describe without spoiling it. Also, it’s not a Zelda knockoff.
8) Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age Inquisition (PC)
Ugh. DLC. I once refused to buy it but really had no choice here. A very important part of the main game’s story is locked behind the content. Yeah. It was worth the price of admission but I’m still not pleased that DLC is a thing that’s normal now. Back in my day… *rambles on for several paragraphs*
7) Ori and the Blind Forest (PC)
Just wow. This game is so emotionally moving it’s hard for me to not cry just by thinking of the starting scene. The platforming is brutal, but if I can get through it, I’m sure anyone can. Oh and bonus points for the epic music adding to the feelz while calming my gamer rage.
6) Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4)
Lucky for me, this game was nice and patched before I played it. Due to all the fan drama, I was expecting a disaster. There’s no excuse for the broken state Andromeda was launched in, but at least BioWare moved fast to fix things. The game’s biggest crime is that it isn’t as good as the original Mass Effect trilogy. That doesn’t make it a bad game. The gameplay was super fun and I enjoyed myself so much I got the Platinum trophy.
5) Mass Effect 3 (PC)
Okay. So the choose your own colour ending to the Mass Effect trilogy wasn’t as bad as I was expecting (based on internet whining). And damn! This game is so depressing at the start. There seems to be no hope for the universe (and beloved characters can drop like flies), but once things are set in motion, I started feeling like a galactic champion. I really, really, really loved all the Liara friendship moments in this game too.
4) Mass Effect (PC)
The original Mass Effect game has really held up against the test of time! I had a wonderful experience with this game for the first time this year. The planets you explore are pretty much all the same with new coats of paint, which isn’t that bad considering the game’s age (or when compared to Dragon Age II’s copy-paste environments *cough*). I loved the Mako’s disregard for gravity!
3) Mass Effect 2 (PC)
This is the perfect example of the perfect sequel. It improved upon the first Mass Effect game in every way possible. And OMG, the opening had me in tears. My only complaint: needs moar Liara. She had a great storyline in the Shadow Broker DLC, at least. But again, I’m not a fan of paywalls…
2) The Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3 (PC)
BioWare broke my no DLC policy with Inquisition, so I might as well hit rock bottom! This DLC was worth every penny I spent on it. So much fan service and beautiful friend moments… a great sendoff to the amazing Normandy crew!
And my winner is…
1) Dragon Age Inquisition (PC)
After slowly weeding out many great games, I’m left with Dragon Age Inquisition as my personally played Game of the Year. I didn’t mind the open world bloat at all since it felt like a MMO (recovered World of Warcraft addict over here… sigh). The story conclusion was a little meh (Trespasser DLC fixes that), but the journey was an incredible experience I’ll never forget. After spending about 4 months with them, these characters feel just like my family.
And there ya go! My personal GOTY revealed and a little bit of babbling about all the cool games I finished this year. I can’t wait to see how GamersUnitedGG’s event plays out.
Oh and it’s worth mentioning that I still have the following games in-progress: Metal Gear Solid 2, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Detroit Become Human, and Dark Souls. I’ll finish ’em off in 2019… hopefully.
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