Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year End Wrap-Up, part 1

Favorite Games of 2015
First and foremost, I'll talk about some of the top games I played in 2015, whether I reviewed them or not.  Might as well start with the good news, which is something I don't often do.

If you know me or listen to the XER/ZR/WhateverItIsThisWeek podcast, the first choice should be obvious.  Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate was a lot of fun.  It had some significant changes to the movement of the characters, most of which was really needed.  I was afraid how it would alter the experience, but I thought the changes were good and the game was a lot of fun.  There's also a lot of content, since this is the expanded version.  Lots of new monsters to kill, and I had a lot of fun playing it.  Fun by myself, and a blast with friends.

Next up is one of my favorite games I played this year, Lost Dimension.  It was a really fun strategy RPG with a fun twist: there were traitors in your group.  Each of the five floors of the tower tasked you with figuring out who the traitor was, and getting others to follow your choice.  The traitor was then erased from existence.  Battles were fun and you could equip the power sets of any executed party members, making for some neat combinations.  I know many people didn't like it much but I really enjoyed the game.

Of course Disgaea 5 would be on my list.  I like strategy RPGs, and Disgaea is still their king.  Fun characters, new troop types and some great additions and changes to the Netherworld made this a great entry in the series.  I'm really tempted to buy the season pass for the extra characters and levels.  I'm not always fond of what seems like every game having a season pass, but I liked Disgaea 5 enough that I'm tempted to shell out money for more content.

Even though I have not finished the review of the game yet, Eiyuu Senki should be on this list.  No harm in being thorough, right?  The game is really fun, even without all the AO-rated stuff.  I often debate if I should continue assaulting my next target, or simply do more personal events.  It's not too hard, and I've found the game to be funny, too.  Look forward to the full review early next year.

Lastly, I really liked Divinity: Original Sin.  There were a lot of small problems, but they didn't add up to enough to ruin the whole game.  Plus, I played 95% of it with my wife.  Couch co-op is a lot of fun with a good partner, and the game worked beautifully for both of us.  There are a lot of ways to build a character, and I have another one or two that I'd love to try out, even if it is by myself.  A really good RPG that takes awhile to play.  Just be prepared to get your butt handed to you sometimes.  I'm hoping the sequel will also makes its way to consoles.

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