I really want to give Dark Souls a second try. I played about 15 hours before giving up on it. I think the combination of harsh difficulty, cryptic items plus having absolutely no idea what I should be doing got to me.
I died at least 10 times on the Taurus Demon even knowing what I should be doing (jump attack from the tower). Then another 10 deaths on the Bell Gargoyles, and defeating them just felt like pure luck. Then I encountered the Capra Demon which is probably the hardest boss fight I've ever experienced. I don't know how I managed to beat that guy but eventually I did, and again it mostly felt like I caught a lucky break. Then when I got cursed and had to spend an hour reading FAQs on what obtuse things I needed to do to get rid of it, I stopped playing. Going forward after that whole ordeal just felt dreadful. Having a permanent status effect that cuts your HP in half just seems like an attempt to troll the player.
Being something of a completionist and achievement hunter it would be impossible to not stumble upon some questionable games every now and then... On the other hand, I've had times when I've gone back to a game (for completionist purposes) that I initially didn't care much for and ended up liking it the second time around. Very rarely do I find myself hating a game.
Then again, I seem to have a much higher tolerance for "bad games" than the average hyberbolic forum poster.
I just noticed this game was released today on Steam. I hardly know anything about it except that it's an RTS game with three different factions (so basically Starcraft?), but it looks pretty neat. I think it would be worthwhile to do a quick look of it at least.
Perhaps @brad would be interested in it or @danryckert since he seemed to like that Grey Goo game not too long ago.
Did Jeff forget about No Man's Sky already? At first it seemed like this article would shed light mostly on some of the less obvious upcoming games (hence why there's no Batman, Uncharted, etc), but then Mortal Kombat X turned up, so I don't know? Anyway, 2015 has the potential to be amazing.
I finally started playing The Witcher 1 for the first time ever. It's been sitting in my Steam library for ages. 12 hours in now and I'm really enjoying it. Great world, story and characters.
Been playing some Contagion as well, both with friends and random people. It might be the most "realistic" zombie game out there right now as far as atmosphere and "getting overwhelmed by slow ass zombie crowds" moments go. Ammo and weapons are scarce, and you're always in need of something you don't have. Ironically, people seem to dislike it mostly because it's not Left 4 Dead.
That's a really solid list. I need to check out some of the albums I haven't heard yet.
Usually I keep up pretty well with the newest releases, but at the end of the year I always find myself needing an extra month or two to catch up with all the stuff I might have missed before I can make a list that I feel good about.
Anyway, here's my top 10 as it stands right now (in no particular order):
Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant Morbus Chron - Sweven Persuader - The Fiction Maze Triptykon - Melana Chasmata Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution Revocation - Deathless Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died