It's time once again for a look back at another year of gaming!
I went through a period early this year where maintaining the weekly review schedule felt like a chore instead of fun. But I got over it - especially when I picked up my fancy top-of-the-line laptop in September, when you may have noticed increased quality in my screenshots and some experimentation with video reviews (now that I have a PC that can handle running a game and capture software at the same time).
As always, this is a list of my favourite ten games I played this year, not a list of the best games that released this year. Well, actually, this year it's eleven, because I just couldn't bring myself to cut any of those games off the list. So here we go - top
ten eleven games, in (I think) the order I played them.
Titles are links to full reviews.
This is a real gem of indie gaming. Papers, Please has you play as an immigration officer on the border of a small fictional country as the government tightens its grip and policies. That may sound boring, but the game creates a lot of genuine emotion as you struggle to balance your job and your humanity. Do you risk your family's safety to admit refugees who will die if you turn them away, or by working for the rebels against the authoritarian government? While making decisions like these, can you actually keep up with the paperwork and regulations to meet your quota without making mistakes? Again, it doesn't sound fun, but it's a game you really should try for the experience.
I... don't really have much more to say about that. So yeah. Rocket knees.
Honorable Mention - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsWhile it didn't do anything really new with the Zelda formula, this was an incredibly well polished game with some neat tricks up its sleeve, as well as really fantastic music.
Well, that's all. Another year of dozens of games completed. I've got a few reviews backed up now so I'm working on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Civilization V, both of which may well appear on next year's list. I'm looking forward to playing Red Dead Redemption, the Halo series, Journey, and Silent Hill 2, as well as catching up on some of the games I was really excited about in 2013 that I own but haven't got to yet, like Tomb Raider and Dishonored. So you could say I'll be keeping busy.
Thanks for reading!