Half way through the year, 20 games completed.

I set out this year to a different goal than last year, because I didn't really have a goal last year. I just kind of played what I wanted, this time last year I had beat about 4 games as I just spent my time fucking around with Black Ops. This year I took a long hard look at the games I own, I looked at how many games I had in my collection and decided I really need to start playing some of these!

So thats what I have done, I separated my completed games from uncompleted games, so as to make myself want to complete more games so I can add them to the completed shelf. I have also not been buying every new release that came about, where as last year any game I had the slightest bit of interest in i would just buy it and then play it months later or it would just never get played. Since January I have beaten 20 games, I am very proud with my accomplishments and wish to show them off.

1. Brütal Legend

This was a fantastic first game to beat this year, I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It was sat on my shelf for a year and I finally got round to it this year, I loved the RTS style missions and the soundtrack was great. Although I had a terrible time on the last mission in the game, it took me a day to beat it which ultimately made the end experience not as good. 4/5

2. Killzone 3

It was a fun game, it wasn't an amazing game and I didn't really touch the multiplayer, but it looks nice and plays nice. 4/5

3. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

This was a simple weekend game, very simple mechanics but don't let that make you think it's a bad thing, loved my time with it. 4/5

4. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

I had such a cool time with this collection. I am a huge MGS nerd and I have played MGS1, MGS2, MGS3 loads of times. So I finished MGS2 and MGS3 over the course of two weekends being reminded how awesome those games are. I had not played MGS Peace Walker before though, I was skeptical at first but ended up really enjoying my time with the game, it has a fantastic story and was the most I had been engaged with the gameplay from a MGS game before. 5/5

5. The Darkness II

I was surprised this was happening, I mean I personally enjoyed the first Darkness but I assumed nobody else did due to the lack of a sequel. But here we are 2012 and we have a Darkness game, I am happy to say I had a great time with it. It was kinda short and at times very hard, but it had a nice style and I enjoyed the gameplay and Mike Patton was back in action! 4/5

6. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

YO FIFTY! 3/5

7. Journey

flOw was one of the first PSN games I got, I was one of the people that liked flOw. Then Flower came out and I really liked that too and knew I had found a company I could follow. Journey came out and man it blew me away, I was speechless during the end scene and I really felt then it was one of the best games I had ever played. 5/5

8. Mass Effect 3

I had the ending spoiled to me from my sister who beat it before me, but despite that I still was happy playing through the game and was happy with the ending. The game itself was also a blast and at times it gets very emotional. 5/5

9. Driver: San Francisco

It has a slow start but when it ramps up it ramps the fuck up, and how about that boss battle! 4/5

10. Darksiders

I've never been a huge fan of Zelda games, but Darksiders really does improve a lot of the little things that Zelda does poorly, got me excited for Darksiders 2. 4/5

11. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Not as good as the original and it felt like nothing really happened, I don't think the first one really needed a sequel. 2/5

12. Vanquish

Another weekend game, I did burn out on the game towards the end and I really thought they could have used a few new environments but all in all nice simple game. 3/5

13. Twisted Metal

I never played the original games but was glad I took the risk as I enjoyed myself with both the single player and multiplayer. 4/5

14. Grand Theft Auto IV

So I never beat this when it came out, I spent far to much time on the multiplayer and never got past the first two missions. The driving really put me off and I just never played it. I decided I should just play through it this year because I want to play the next on, so I buckled down and spent a good few weeks playing through it. I feel bad now that I never gave it a chance before, I had a good time. 4/5

15. Minecraft

I beat that fucking dragon! 5/5

16. Max Payne 3

Some people seem to not like this game, but screw them I really had a good time with this game. I hadn't even played any of the original games and I still loved this game. 5/5

17. Asura's Wrath

You should play this game! 5/5

18. Syndicate

Had a good time with it, liked the chip mechanics and the sound was great as were the visuals. Story didn't really grab me and I had no idea what was going on up until I met that girl at the end of the game. 4/5

19. Sorcery

A game that I really enjoyed and a game that I doubt anybody else will ever play, such a shame. 4/5

20. Prince of Persia

Totally not what I was expecting, despite a few frustrating parts was pleasantly surprised at the good mixture of combat, platforming and story. 4/5

I will show you this list again during my 2012 Awards,hopefully by then I would have completed 20 more. How many games have you beaten this year?

49 Comments
49 Comments
Posted by Hizang

I set out this year to a different goal than last year, because I didn't really have a goal last year. I just kind of played what I wanted, this time last year I had beat about 4 games as I just spent my time fucking around with Black Ops. This year I took a long hard look at the games I own, I looked at how many games I had in my collection and decided I really need to start playing some of these!

So thats what I have done, I separated my completed games from uncompleted games, so as to make myself want to complete more games so I can add them to the completed shelf. I have also not been buying every new release that came about, where as last year any game I had the slightest bit of interest in i would just buy it and then play it months later or it would just never get played. Since January I have beaten 20 games, I am very proud with my accomplishments and wish to show them off.

1. Brütal Legend

This was a fantastic first game to beat this year, I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It was sat on my shelf for a year and I finally got round to it this year, I loved the RTS style missions and the soundtrack was great. Although I had a terrible time on the last mission in the game, it took me a day to beat it which ultimately made the end experience not as good. 4/5

2. Killzone 3

It was a fun game, it wasn't an amazing game and I didn't really touch the multiplayer, but it looks nice and plays nice. 4/5

3. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

This was a simple weekend game, very simple mechanics but don't let that make you think it's a bad thing, loved my time with it. 4/5

4. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

I had such a cool time with this collection. I am a huge MGS nerd and I have played MGS1, MGS2, MGS3 loads of times. So I finished MGS2 and MGS3 over the course of two weekends being reminded how awesome those games are. I had not played MGS Peace Walker before though, I was skeptical at first but ended up really enjoying my time with the game, it has a fantastic story and was the most I had been engaged with the gameplay from a MGS game before. 5/5

5. The Darkness II

I was surprised this was happening, I mean I personally enjoyed the first Darkness but I assumed nobody else did due to the lack of a sequel. But here we are 2012 and we have a Darkness game, I am happy to say I had a great time with it. It was kinda short and at times very hard, but it had a nice style and I enjoyed the gameplay and Mike Patton was back in action! 4/5

6. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

YO FIFTY! 3/5

7. Journey

flOw was one of the first PSN games I got, I was one of the people that liked flOw. Then Flower came out and I really liked that too and knew I had found a company I could follow. Journey came out and man it blew me away, I was speechless during the end scene and I really felt then it was one of the best games I had ever played. 5/5

8. Mass Effect 3

I had the ending spoiled to me from my sister who beat it before me, but despite that I still was happy playing through the game and was happy with the ending. The game itself was also a blast and at times it gets very emotional. 5/5

9. Driver: San Francisco

It has a slow start but when it ramps up it ramps the fuck up, and how about that boss battle! 4/5

10. Darksiders

I've never been a huge fan of Zelda games, but Darksiders really does improve a lot of the little things that Zelda does poorly, got me excited for Darksiders 2. 4/5

11. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Not as good as the original and it felt like nothing really happened, I don't think the first one really needed a sequel. 2/5

12. Vanquish

Another weekend game, I did burn out on the game towards the end and I really thought they could have used a few new environments but all in all nice simple game. 3/5

13. Twisted Metal

I never played the original games but was glad I took the risk as I enjoyed myself with both the single player and multiplayer. 4/5

14. Grand Theft Auto IV

So I never beat this when it came out, I spent far to much time on the multiplayer and never got past the first two missions. The driving really put me off and I just never played it. I decided I should just play through it this year because I want to play the next on, so I buckled down and spent a good few weeks playing through it. I feel bad now that I never gave it a chance before, I had a good time. 4/5

15. Minecraft

I beat that fucking dragon! 5/5

16. Max Payne 3

Some people seem to not like this game, but screw them I really had a good time with this game. I hadn't even played any of the original games and I still loved this game. 5/5

17. Asura's Wrath

You should play this game! 5/5

18. Syndicate

Had a good time with it, liked the chip mechanics and the sound was great as were the visuals. Story didn't really grab me and I had no idea what was going on up until I met that girl at the end of the game. 4/5

19. Sorcery

A game that I really enjoyed and a game that I doubt anybody else will ever play, such a shame. 4/5

20. Prince of Persia

Totally not what I was expecting, despite a few frustrating parts was pleasantly surprised at the good mixture of combat, platforming and story. 4/5

I will show you this list again during my 2012 Awards,hopefully by then I would have completed 20 more. How many games have you beaten this year?

Posted by AhmadMetallic

dats alotta games. I've beaten Alan Wake and Max Payne 3. So f you for being better than me.

Posted by Jeust

Nice list! I thought you had played Catherine too. Guess not.

My list:

  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Dead Space
  • Uncharted
  • Uncharted 2
  • Uncharted 3
  • Heavenly Sword
  • Catherine
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake American Nightmare
  • Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
  • Prototype
Edited by FluxWaveZ

It's a dumb semantic point, but I think you actually "beat" those games, not "completed" them. Completing, to me, means sucking everything out of the game (all achievements/trophies, side quests, etc.). In any case, dude, that's a hell of a lot of games. I don't think I've beaten half that amount:

Games I've Finished (2012):

Games that have some sort of campaign that I've finished, or "ending point" that I've reached in 2012.

1. Mortal Kombat

Finished: January 3, 2012

2. Katawa Shoujo

Finished: January 17th, 2012 – Final Time: ~7 hours

3. Shadows of the Damned

Finished: February 5th, 2012 – Final Time: 7:19:42

4. Batman: Arkham City

Finished: February 22nd, 2012

5. Mass Effect 3

Finished: March 14th, 2012 – Final Time: 27 hours, 19 minutes

6. BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend

Finished: March 29th, 2012

7. Corpse Party

Finished: April 17th, 2012

8. Limbo

Finished: May 6th, 2012

9. Valkyria Chronicles

Finished: May 16th, 2012 – Final Time: ~27 hours

10. Journey

Finished: May 29th, 2012 – Final Time: ~2 hours – One and only partner: Vega5deneb

11. Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Finished: June 1st, 2012 – Final Time: 22:07:31

12. Rock of Ages

Finished: June 2nd, 2012

Oh wait, I have. Go me. Would love to play more, but summer school's a bitch so I can't play much of anything for the moment. Woops, forgot a couple:

13. Asura's Wrath
Finished: May 18th, 2012
14. Skullgirls

Finished: April 14th, 2012

Edited by Hizang

@Jeust: I planned to buy Catherine, but I only buy games now that I REALLY want to play, that way I get to spend more time with my AAA games I already have. Once I make a bigger dent in my collection I will hopefully pick it up.

@AhmadMetallic: Your a huge Max Payne fan though right, you must be into that multiplayer.

@FluxWaveZ: Thats what I meant, I don't really have the intent of playing games 100% unless there amazing I just need to play more. Thats a good list too, I have all the Assassins Creeds games on my shelf, completed none of them, may start after Lollipop.

Posted by supamon

Wow you're on a roll! 20 games in half a year! I'm stuck between a entangling net of Diablo 3 and Dota 2 so other games have really fallen to the side for now. I aiming to play Vanquish and Max Payne 3 in the coming months though.

Posted by Hizang

@supamon: I am playing through Diablo III, but I don't have much interest playing through it a second time, so it won't take me that long.

Posted by anywhereilay

You play a LOT of games.

I Was kinda tempted to Brutal Legend by the demo because of the style/production, but I never found the gameplay that engrossing.

Been meaning to play Mass Effect 3 but I'm just gonna wait until after the ending DLC is out to finish my playthrough. Hopefully the ending won't embitter me like it has done for so many others.

May have to give Journey a go as I hear nothing but good things. Yet to purchase any indie games from PSN or XBLA. This may change with Journey!

Posted by Hizang

@anywhereilay: Brutal Legend was amazing, but unlike most I liked the strategy RTS parts.

Posted by believer258

Oh man. That's a lot.

This year, I've beaten Darksiders, Saints Row The Third, Just Cause 2, and Mass Effect 3 for the first time and that's all I can think of at the moment. I might have beaten Dead Space 2 on January 1st or 2nd, but I can't quite recall if it was before or after New Year's.

Posted by dankempster

Congrats on beating twenty games in the last six months, Hizang. This year's been a little slower for me than the last couple - I've only finished ten games since the start of 2012, compared to thirteen at this time in both 2011 and 2010. I'm going to put it down to spending a lot of time with longer RPGs this year, such as Persona 3 and Skyrim, and sinking an unreasonable amount of time into a Pro Evolution Soccer Master League campaign. I anticipate by the year's end my total will be around twenty-five - a little lower than last year's twenty-nine and 2010's thirty, but still a respectable total for someone with my level of free time, I think. Best of luck continuing to clear your pile of unfinished games, and I look forward to your end-of-year update come December.

Posted by Hizang

@believer258: Those games you mentioned are quite long though, did you enjoy Darksiders?

@dankempster: I burnt out on it last year, Skyrim that is, I may get back into it again.

Posted by pyromagnestir

Damnit, now I want to tally up my list.

  • Journey
  • Enslaved
  • Saints Row 2
  • Saints Row the Third
  • Bastion
  • Mirror's Edge
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Fire Emblem The Sacred Stones
  • Modern Warfare 3
  • Puzzle Agent 2

And one I didn't technically finish, but I played my fill of

Eufloria

And I played a shit ton of Skyrim, but haven't finished it, technically.

Posted by believer258

@Hizang said:

@believer258: Those games you mentioned are quite long though, did you enjoy Darksiders?

Yes, I greatly enjoyed Darksiders. There are some areas that I can't say I was entirely fond of, but overall I did enjoy it a whole lot.

Posted by Hizang

@pyromagnestir: Good list, would you recommend I go back and play Saints Row 2?

@believer258: I had a slow burn on that game, didn't like the early part but enjoyed the middle end.

Posted by believer258

@Hizang said:

@pyromagnestir: Good list, would you recommend I go back and play Saints Row 2?

@believer258: I had a slow burn on that game, didn't like the early part but enjoyed the middle end.

Yep, that's pretty much my feelings summed up. Beginning is kind of boring and the middle is fantastic. I didn't mind the fetch quest or portal dungeon, despite both lasting a little too long.

Posted by supamon

@Hizang: If you have no interest in playing to level 60 or playing other classes then yeah, D3 can be cleared relatively fast. Faster if you're going through with people.

Guess I'll post what I've completed this year too.

Games completed for 2012 so far:

  • FEZ
  • Brutal Legend
  • Darksiders
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Shadows of the Damned
Posted by CaptainCody

@Hizang said:

@anywhereilay: Brutal Legend was amazing, but unlike most I liked the strategy RTS parts.

When I got to the RTS parts in the game I wasn't even sure if it was what people were talking about because I enjoyed it. I just assume at this point it's because people are bad at videogames.

Posted by Mutley

Awesome dude!

This is kinda my gaming resolution too and try and get some games out of my backlog and try not to focus on buying new ones.

I still kinda bought new ones.....But I think I completed quite a few games so far!

  1. Persona 4
  2. Deadly Premonition
  3. Darksiders
  4. Bayonetta
  5. Gears Of War 3
  6. Asura's Wrath
  7. Catherine
  8. Shadow of The Damned

That's pretty much it so far because I'm swamped with studying in the exams and such.

But I'm in the process of going through Prince Of Persia and The Saboteur!

You know, I tried playing Brutal Legend, but it wasn't doing anything for me, I just could not get into it at all :/

Edited by Hizang

@supamon: I won't be playing through Diablo III with others, tried it this morning and it turns out other people don't want to smash every barrel they find.

@Mutley: Congratulations on Persona 4, how long did it take you to beat it?

Posted by supamon

@Hizang: Haha! I had the same problem initially as well. Especially on my first play through. Some people just don't care and want rush to the end point which infuriated me to the point where I didn't want to play with that person anymore. It's funny because I've gotten legendary items out of stone piles and weapon racks! Fortunately, I have a few friends who break everything they come across so I get to not tear my hair out.

Posted by mandude

I play too many RTS or derivatives thereof to complete 20 games. Yeah, that's my excuse.

Posted by Mutley

@Hizang: About 62 Hours which is surprisingly quick apparently compared to Vinny's and Jeff's run of the game. Maybe I didn't check out the social links and do enough random shit. I'll likely play through the game again sometime this year to get everything.

Edited by pyromagnestir

@Hizang: Short answer, it's worth checking out. (after all PS+ has it as a freebie option, does it not?) But if you're looking for the jokes and laughs on par with Third's, I never found it to be nearly as funny.

I wrote a big ass long answer and then cut it. It was mostly just here's what I found annoying, and I doubt it would be of use.

Posted by Hizang

@mandude: That was me last year, just with Black Ops.

Posted by Jay444111

@FluxWaveZ: I like to use, "Finish." with video games myself... it just seems more... right, You really can't beat a story based video game so finish is actually the right wording for it IMO.

Posted by Vinny_Says

Here's a tip: Don't resume playing Darksiders after 2 months because you'll forget things; I spent an hour unable to advance because I forgot to use the horn to open the big gates. It is nice to see someone who isn't totally jaded and just enjoys playing video games. Keep living the dream mr. Hiz!

Posted by Jimbo

I wish I was about to play the AC games for the first time. Well jel.

Posted by TheHT

technically *pushes glasses up* that's 23 games.

Posted by Hizang

@TheHT: Well I feel better saying the HD Collection is one game, but yes either way.

Posted by probablytuna

I managed to finish two of the biggest games of 2011 in the past two weeks, AC: Revelations and Arkham City. I'm quite happy with that result.

Posted by wumbo3000

Wait, you gave GTA IV a 4 cause you didn't like how the driving felt? What about the story, the characters, the McRearys, FUCKING BRUCIE?!?!

Posted by Hizang

@wumbo3000: I stuck with it for the story, gameplay was kinda meh.

Posted by Mnemoidian

Yeah, I'm having a crazy year myself... having "finished" 30 games so far this year. To put that in perspective... I played 43 games in 2011, 42 games 2010, 25 games 2009.

My definition for "finished" is bit more loose though - it's either finishing the games' story (if there is one), or playing enough of the game to be able to say "I'm good" (rare). Also, I allow some mobile games - though not all of them (Mass Effect: Infiltrator gets a green-light, Dungeon Raid has not - as an example).

List is in chronological order.

  1. Bulletstorm
    Gross characters, interesting mechanics.
  2. Trine 2
    As the lord intended - 3 player co-op. Great game, graphically, mechanically. Also pretty.
  3. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
    Extremely buggy on AMD graphics cards...
  4. Battlefield 3
    Singleplayer campaign and quite a lot of Multiplayer. (Level 24)
  5. Renegade Ops
    Liked the loose mechanics, not so much the competitive cooperative multiplayer.
  6. Pineapple Smash Crew
    Quite possibly the best soundtrack of the year.
  7. The Darkness 2
    Good game because of it's pacing, managing to insert "quiet moments" to balance out the action. Also co-op campaign!
  8. Final Fantasy XIII-2
    Torn - good characters, bad game mechanics. That fetch-quest near the end was terrible.
  9. Mass Effect 2
    A final completionist run to have the save-game I wanted for ME3.
  10. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
    A poor-man's singleplayer MMOG. Not a fan.
  11. Syndicate
    One of the most interesting FPS' in a long time, the breach mechanic changes the feel a lot.
    Great Multiplayer.
  12. Asura's Wrath
    One of the craziest games I've played this year, so far. Big fan of most of it!
  13. Mass Effect: Infiltrator
    Very interesting iPad game. Controls pretty much like one of the primary Mass Effect games.
  14. Mass Effect 3
    Despite the bad 1%, one of the best games of the year. Also good multiplayer.
  15. Journey
    Artsy. Liked the over-arching metaphor for life.
  16. Brawl Busters
    Free to play game... arena based 3rd person brawler. It's not great.
  17. Sins of a Solar Empire
    Space RTS! Does some interesting things, sets up an interesting mechanics with diplomacy and pirates.
  18. AirMech
    Played a bunch of games of this after the coverage it got when it was released for browsers. I'm getting a bit tired of the MOBA stuff though...
  19. Fez
    Everything but the Monolith, mostly spoiler-free.
  20. Transformers: War for Cybertron
    Had been on my backlog for a long time. Pretty good game.
  21. Orcs must Die!
    Doesn't really revolutionize the Tower Defense genre, but does make a competent game with a humorous main character.
  22. Puzzle Agent 2
    Most of the puzzles are mostly fun and engaging - but some puzzle mechanics are repeated a few times too many to stay fresh. There's also the problem of some puzzle descriptions being so vague that you probably will fail at least the first attempt because you had misunderstood what the rules were.
  23. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
    My first Layton game... and I'm pretty frustrated with it. A lot of puzzles have more than one solution, but the game won't recognize them.
  24. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (HD collection, PS3)
    It works pretty well, and I liked the game over-all... but somewhere, the fact that it's a portable game at heart just became overwhelming. I was tempted to S-rank it... but the multiplayer achievements scared me off.
  25. Binary Domain
    Good game, though I was disappointed it did not take the story where I was hoping it would. Unfortunately, whoever ported the game to PC made a terrible job with the controls... takes quite some time to get used to them.
  26. Terraria
    Still need to defeat the hardmode bosses... though not sure if that's going to happen.
  27. Diablo 3
    It's a Diablo game. Hit the Inferno Act 2 wall, then... seem to have stopped playing.
  28. Crysis 2
    A lot of interesting mechanics, but it's a showcase for CryEngine 3 and a game only second. Also, I wonder if CryTek will ever realize that the second half of their games are bad - the part where they introduce super-natural elements which makes the game worse.
  29. Mirror's Edge
    I love this game. The gunplay is bad, but the parkour is amazing.
  30. Civilization 5
    Inspired by the 10 year Civ 2 game: I went back and put another 20 hours into my 2 year old Civ 5 game (Marathon length, first and only Civ 5 game I've played). Won by domination, though I could've won through Science as well.

I've never been much for trophies - I sometimes find a game where I think the time it takes to S-rank it is worth it... but that's very rare. I'm a lot more about experiencing the games and looking for interesting mechanics. This year has been nuts though.

And currently playing Lollipop Chainsaw :)

Posted by supermike6

Here are the games I've completed this year:

Posted by Ventilaator

I also have a list!

1. Bastion

It looks very pretty, the narration is very cool and the soundtrack is amazing. Too goddamn bad there's also a game here that I had to play.

2. Batman: Arkham City

From having awful boss fights in Arkham Asylum to having one of the best boss fights I've seen in any game period. Quite a leap there, Rocksteady.

3. Orcs Must Die!

Fun! Needs more modes besides the campaign though.

4. To the Moon

One of the finest examples of gameplay getting totally in the way of the story.

5. Chrono Trigger

I don't know if you know this guys, but this game is pretttty good.

6. Minecraft

At first I wanted to add this because I played it a bunch and it doesn't have a proper ending, but then I finished the game and got the proper ending. Guys, Minecraft has an ending. With credits and all. Also, what the eff were those credits? Seriously.

7. Resonance of Fate

Great, great game, but what the heck was that story?

8. The Darkness II

Story gets weird, then it gets weird and then it gets weirrrrrrrrrrrrd.

9. Skate 2

This is pretty good. Great to find people still playing this online!

10. Rayman: Origins

Gets way harder than you'd think. It's way very pretty and happy about it though so you won't notice.

11. Dark Souls

Man...I'm not sure what game finished with the biggest anticlimax, this or Demon's Souls.

12. Dear Esther

Zzzz...

13. WET

Entirely competent. Got this for free, which helped to ignore the problems it has.

14. Alpha Protocol

I finished it. Am now wondering why the hell do we even have reviews WHEN THEY ARE ALL SO ENTIRELY WRONG ALL THE TIME JESUS CHRIST.

15. Bayonetta

Wow. Kinda amazing how much I didn't like this game at allllllll.

16. Hitman: Contracts

Oh god this is so great. Please please please don't suck, Absolution.

Posted by Hizang

@Mnemoidian: @Ventilaator: Well done, those are both solid lists.

Posted by Bullitus

That's a lot of games. I think I have played a lot and I've only finished 10 games this year.

Games finished in 2012

This is a list of games that I have finished (but not necessarily started) in 2012. Also, finished does NOT mean 100% completion. It means finishing the main story.

1. Dead Space 2

Including Severed DLC, both on zealot difficulty (main game was NG+).

2. Mass Effect 2

Including Arrival DLC, both on insanity difficulty (main game was NG+)

3. Alan Wake's American Nightmare
4. Shadows of the Damned

Legion Hunter difficulty.

5. Mass Effect 3
6. Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Hard difficulty

7. Syndicate

Hard difficulty

8. Max Payne 3

Hard difficulty

9. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Elite difficulty

10. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Easy difficulty, co-op with GF.

Posted by AlexW00d

If this was about who has played the most games but not finished them, I think I would hold the title for that due to this thing.

But anywho, what have I completed?

  • Batman: Arkham City - Basically more Batman :D
  • Bioshock - Meh
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Was a competent game, but overall I didn't care too much.
  • Dragon Age II - Finally finish this silly; the final sequences were simply dreadful.
  • Kane and Lynch 2 - Finally finished this awful game too; final time clocked in at 3 hours.
  • Men of War - Underrated tactical RTS set during WW2. Check it out.
  • Cryostasis - Wonderful, atmospheric horror FPS set on a Nuclear Icebreaker.

Those are all the games I have completed, note how none of them are from this year. This year hasn't had any good games, save from CK2 that isn't really a game you finish, and Krater, than I am in the process of playing. I have put a 170 hours into Battlefield 3 multiplayer since last October though, so I guess there's that. Oh, and 50 hours of leading Denmark to conquer the entirety of Northern North America.

Posted by Hizang

@AlexW00d: Out of this years games I recommend you get Asuras Wrath, such a strange and cool game.

Posted by AlexW00d

@Hizang: I've checked it out and it looks terrible, sorry. Plus, I like my games to have some, ya know, gameplay. I don't mind there not being many decent games though, means I get to relish in Steam sales. I think I'll be picking up Darkness 2 at some point, hopefully by then they will have fixed the FOV issues.

Posted by Hizang

@AlexW00d: How about Journey, Twisted Metal, Lollipop?

Posted by AndrewB

You guys are all crazy. I feel like I've spent way too much time playing games and I've only beaten.... this. And it includes games I've played before, but finished again this year. And if you can count Civilization V as a game you can beat, I'd say I've put in enough time to do so in the past few weeks.

Games I Finished in 2012

1. Dragon Age II

I can't remember if I finally finished this game at the end of last year or the very wee hours of 2012, so I'm sticking it here. Anyway, Dragon Age 2 was fiiiine. Well, two characters were fine enough to make the experience worth it.

2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Now I'm going to do the same thing for Skyrim. I'll go back and check my save file to make sure I finished this in 2012. The whole game was a multiple-hundred hour blur. And that was just my *first* playthrough. It's not often I play a bloody amazing game to the point where I burn completely out on it and have to put it away.

3. Katawa Shoujo

Not a "game" (I kind of hate when people refer to visual novels as games), but this thing became my obsession for the entire month of February and beyond. It's an amazing accomplishment with a sweet message and a ton of really awesome characters. You should try it.

4. Mass Effect

Is it cheating to include this here? I've already finished it twice before. Oh well... it certainly took enough of my time, even powering through it at the speed of light, to get through one last time before Mass Effect 3. I did, in fact, play this game in 2012 and see its conclusion. Again. At least this time was my first time seeing renegade Spectre Dana Shepard treat the galaxy like her bitch.

5. Mass Effect 2

Yep. Same as above. The continuing adventures of Desra Shepard: space badass. Who is, for some reason, madly in love with Kaidan, and refused to find out about Garrus' reach.

6. Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 was a pretty great way to end the series. The surprise that the Reapers were really the good guys was stunning.

7. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

The puzzles aren't all that bad, but you could throw them out the door and just give me the good ole' Visual Novel aspect of this and I'd still call it one of my favorite things ever because of the fantastic characters and writing. In the style of the Infinity series of Visual Novels, the awesome part of this game is that moment where you've finally figured everything out, with the payoff of one final, triumphant story revelation and a true ending.

8. Never7: The End of Infinity

Not nearly the revelatory, heart-warming plots found in the rest of the Infinity series, but as a quasi-remake of the first title in the series (acting as the new first title in the series, unless my understanding is wrong), it's probably forgivable. There's still smaller chunks of those "oh my god" moments where some new piece of information clicks, and your understanding of the whole picture gets just a little clearer. Except, I don't really think I understand everything nearly as well as I did with Ever17 and Remember11, even with the cliffhanger "wtf" moment at the end of Remember11.

9. Super Mario 3D Land

Damn. Another Mario game that taunts me by being a part of a series of games I'd have figured would be run into the ground by now, but continually comes up with mechanics that innovate and happens to have masterful level design. Okay, I do have one complaint: the levels are pretty short. That means that you never really get bored of any one level, at least. It's also the reason to own a 3DS, and the game that sold me on the idea of 3D (at least, lenticular 3D). Dear lord though, current 3D tech in any form hurts my eyes.

10. Remember 11: The Age of Infinity

Getting back on the wagon with the Infinity series. There are two things about Remember11. 1) This is a brilliantly written story. You'll start out with the false pretense that this is another crazy Japanese Eroge game. You'll finish your first playthrough and say "huh, that wasn't at all what I was expecting." You'll do another and realize there's quite a bit more to this. Then you'll jump back and forth seeking every tidbit of information you can get, at which point you realize that there's significance and meaning behind every damn word in this story. And I'm not kidding. After dozens of times through, and after having picked it up again with a bit of a cool-off period, I only now feel like I'm beginning to grasp the depths of the story. 2) It maximizes the use of its medium greater than anything else I've seen. This story could not be told effectively in book form... That's why I love this visual novel so much, and why I wish more people would take the medium seriously here in America.

Posted by MikkaQ

I don't think I've finished anything this year except Trials, but I still didn't TRULY finish it. Extreme and platinum medals I haven't even tried for. But I have all gold, no-fault in everything else I think.

Actually Mass Effect 3 as well, but I guess I'm actively suppressing that game from my mind. The sooner I forget, the better.

Posted by AlexW00d

@Hizang said:

@AlexW00d: How about Journey, Twisted Metal, Lollipop?

Journey doesn't seem my kind of game, I don't like vehicular destruction games, and Lollipop Chainsaw looks fucking dreadful. Also none of those are PC anyway.

Posted by A_Dog

I'm not sure I'll remember them all but:

  1. Journey
  2. Silent Hill 2
  3. Modern Warfare 3
  4. Uncharted 3
  5. Batman Arkham City
  6. Amnesia
  7. Botanicula
  8. Dear Esther
  9. The Darkness 2
  10. Skyrim - well as much as I wanted to play, only the civil war was left.
  11. Hard Reset
  12. The Walking Dead Episode 1
  13. Home - the horror game.
  14. Mass Effect 3
  15. Freedom Fighters, though that was my second time through it.

I've beat way more games than I thought I had, probably because most of them are pretty short.

Posted by kindone

I think Diablo 3 is the only game I've "beaten" this year. I tend to not play Single-player games anymore, I need that online multi-player aspect to really make me feel like my time is worth it.

Posted by ozzdog12

@Hizang: I was actually going to do a list like this in response to you,however once I sat down a realized I had about half the game you did, I decided against it.

But I will give you my list

  • Bastion[X360]-(Started in 2011, but finished on 1-1-12)- Great game 4/5
  • Mass Effect[X360]-(missed out on the whole franchise until this year)- 3 complete playthroughs-5/5
  • Mass Effect 2[X360]-(" ",along with ALL DLC)- More action, less RPG, still great-5/5
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss[PSVita]-(bought a Vita just for it)-Not as good the console game,but a great stand-alone for the Vita-4/5
  • The Darkness II[X360]-Loved the first one, liked the second one(S-ranked on one playthrough)-4/5
  • Tales From Space:Mutant Blobs Attack[PSVita]-Quirky,old school fun-4/5
  • The Walking Dead[PS3]-Completed Episode 1, waiting patiently for the rest. Don't think I blinked the entire time-5/5
  • Asuras Wrath[X360]-It was ok, but good enough to keep me playing until the end-3/5

Now there are plenty of games that I either played and didnt like or played again that I had already beaten before

Played and didnt like(thanks Gamefly)

LOTR:War in the North[X360]

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3[X360]

Saints Row: The Third[X360]

Enjoyed,but haven't finished

Unit 13[PSVita]

Mortal Kombat[PSVita]

Mass Effect 3[X360]

NBA 2K12[PS3]

The Witcher 2[X360]

Edited by Yummylee

Eeerr, let's see. I myself nailed down:

  • Max Payne 3
  • Lollipop Chainsaw
  • God of War Collection (which probably counts as 2, but since you summarised the MGS HD collection as one, so will I)
  • God of War Origins Collection
  • Binary Domain
  • Silent Hill Downpour
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Walking Dead Episode 1... counts?
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution
  • Gears of War 3
  • Yakuza Dead Souls
  • Operation Raccoon City
  • The Darkness II
  • Journey
  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Devil May Cry Collection (though only DMC3, because DMC2 is still dreadful and the original hasn't aged as well as I'd liked)
  • Dead to Rights: Retribution
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (OK, I didn't actually complete this, but I put around 60 or so hours into it so it was a significant time steal all the same)
  • Crash Bandicoot 2 (replayed for nostalgia's sake)

Ordinarily I'd do a small summation of what I thought of each, but I'm kinda drowsy right now and basically cba 8)