Games I've Played in 2013

This is a list of games I've played in 2013. Although beating a game isn't necessarily a prerequisite for this list, I will at least attempt to play each game thoroughly. I'll also keep a list of notable iPad games I've played, although this likely won't be comprehensive or have much detail beyond its genre.

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Posted by Slag

So you liked Blackwell Unbound then Sparky? Glad to hear it. :)

Personally it' s my favorite of the series so far despite later mechanical/executional improvements, since I liked the setting and protagonist best.

Edited by Sparky_Buzzsaw

@slag: I've still got just a little bit left to go, but I like it. I don't mind incremental upgrades to a game series, so the near-lack of gameplay changes doesn't bother me in the slightest. I definitely find the protagonist quite a bit more interesting, though I thought it was an odd choice to go with a prequel so quickly after the first game. In any case, yeah, I'm digging the hell out of the Blackwell series so far.

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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

@slag: Here's something weird. Despite how much I feel like I should love it, I just don't like Gemini Rue as much as the Blackwell series. No idea why - I love the setting, I like the general nature of the plot, but I just can't get behind it. I'd like to revisit it sometime in the next year or so to see if my opinion changes on a repeat playthrough, but as it stands, it just doesn't grab me as much as the Blackwell games.

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Edited by Slag

@slag: Here's something weird. Despite how much I feel like I should love it, I just don't like Gemini Rue as much as the Blackwell series. No idea why - I love the setting, I like the general nature of the plot, but I just can't get behind it. I'd like to revisit it sometime in the next year or so to see if my opinion changes on a repeat playthrough, but as it stands, it just doesn't grab me as much as the Blackwell games.

I feel the same way and I'm having trouble getting into Resonance as well.

Are you aware that they (Blackwell and GR) have different creators? Gemini Rue was created by some college kid that the Wadjet Eye people thought had a fantastic student project, so they polished it up a bit and published it. Whereas the Blackwell games are made in house and are basically why Wadjet exists. Blackwell is basically their flagship series and it shows.

I think the different creative visions explains my feelings about it. I've been playing through the Last Story for the Wii and man something about it just tickles me in a way Final Fantasy games haven't for a long time. I think that's mainly due to Sakaguchi's influence on the game.

Gemini Rue has this odd monotone disconnected cyber-noir feel that I think is deliberate homage to Bladerunner (and even more obviously Cowboy Bebop) but it's inconsistently done and maybe not clever enough in spots. That's a tough thing to pull off, but it's also a style that I don't enjoy as much as the more humanized emotional characters in the Blackwell series.

You don't hear their names as often as you should, but Creative leads make a big difference in a game's feel imo.