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There's still a month to kill before Street Fighter V
Tales of Zestiria (PS4) - A little over halfway in. This is shaping up to be my least favorite Tales game. I don't like the game world or story/characters - it's basically anime King Arthur. The art direction is boring. The game is jarringly inconsistent at telling you where to go next. The dungeons are occasionally frustrating (fuck the Water Shrine). The environments are big, bland, and empty. Its saving grace is the combat system - typical Tales stuff that feels mostly like a modified version of Graces. I love being able to swap the spellcasters out midbattle with the d-pad. The only problem is the camera is too zoomed in making for frequent bad angles in the cramped dungeons. And I hate when they occasionally throw in enemies that have WAY too much HP forcing you to use Armatiz
Spoilers: GOTY is not Devil's Third
01) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
03) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
04) Ori and the Blind Forest
05) Xenoblade X
06) Rise of the Tomb Raider
07) Yakuza 5
08) Axiom Verge
09) Fallout 4
10) Mortal Kombat X
MKX is a robust fighter full of content in a pretty weak year for fighting games. I'm not a big fan MK's rather simple button tap movements, but it's still a pretty damn good fighter in a series that was a joke not long ago. The story campaign is actually good. Fallout 4 I wrote 2 whole blog posts about. Huge, open world RPG that although is still pretty damn fun ultimately disappoints with simplified RPG elements and dated mechanics. Axiom Verge is a delicious mix of old school Metroid & Contra with interesting pixel art and a fantastic soundtrack.
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So I just beat Xenoblade X with a final time of around 45 hours. It was a bumpy ride but ultimately rewarding. About a week ago I was ready to decry it as a pretty awful sequel and a huge disappointment, but the second half of the game was a lot better. It's definitely nowhere near the quality of the first game because of some absolutely baffling design decisions. From what I've read, we may have Nintendo to largely thank for this.
Featuring a bunch of games people like.
So here's a list of my current top 10 favorite games and a little blurb on each. I notice that it's very heavily biased towards favorites from when I was younger - there's a lot of SNES and early PS1/N64 era. In fact, aside from two games I was not even a teenager when I played most of these for the first time. Before unveiling the list, here is a really long list of honorable mentions in no order that came close to making the cut:
Arkham Knight reclaims most disappointing game of the year.
I'm now something like 32 hours into Fallout 4. I'm at a branching part of the story. I'm at level 30 now. Last week I was getting really frustrated with the game's faults. I'm enjoying the game a lot more this week. My frustration was partially my own fault in that I was too eager to explore at a low level and I didn't invest any Perks into the HIGHLY useful damage bonuses like Rifleman or Gunslinger perks. The thing about Fallout 4 is the character building is streamlined so skill points are completely gone. Now there are perks that add increments of 20% damage to handguns, non-automatic rifles, etc up to double damage. I completely missed these until level 12, which is probably why I found the story quests incredibly tedious when it took forever to kill 1 enemy. Since then, the game has
Maybe the most disappointing game of the year.
So I finally started Fallout 4 after finishing the very excellent Rise of the Tomb Raider on Friday. In the back of my mind, I had a feeling I wasn't going to love Fallout 4 as much as I did New Vegas - a game I ended up playing and replaying for 3 months. Fallout 3 I absolutely adored for about 40 hours before getting extremely bored and quickly finishing it. I had similar experiences with Skyrim. New Vegas had significantly better quests and areas. I'm now roughly 17 hours in and I have to say my patience is already wearing thin. My first two sittings, I played for over 4 hours each time and barely noticed the time fly by. Now I am noticing.
Ori, Pokemons & Zombies
I finished Sunset Overdrive last week and all my previous comments remain. It was a fantastic game and I absolutely loved it. One of the best next gen games and would have been my #3 game of 2014 had I played it then.