It's that time of year again (just like last year): a time of reflection, a time to revisit the past, a time to figure out why you spent so much of the year playing Phantasy Star for the Master System. 2015 was packed to the gills with games, but that doesn’t mean that we didn't have time to discover a classic or two or catch up on a few games that we managed to miss last year. The Talos Principle was one such game for me. It's kind of a bummer I waited so long, because I enjoyed its blend of philosophy and puzzle solving more than anything else I played from 2014. I also caught up on Roundabout and Never Alone, two games I liked more for their live action content than their gameplay.
The beginning of the year was admittedly a little lean and it ended up being a mini-year of games from 2010 that I never got around to playing. There was nothing particularly wrong with Xenoblade Chronicles, but it ended up losing me about half-way though (although I'm enjoying the sequel quite a lot more). Conversely, Yakuza 4 felt like it breathed new life into a franchise that I felt desperately needed it. I got blown away by Super Mario Galaxy 2 in a way that makes me feel like kind of an idiot for putting it down so quickly back when it was new and I liked looking back into Ninja Theory's catalogue by finally playing Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and it's outstanding DLC, Pigsy's Perfect 10. I also played through Alan Wake, and while its no Max Payne 2, I appreciated it's style enough to get me interested in seeing how Quantum Break turns out.
And There's more! I finally finished Resident Evil this year via the HD Remaster (does it count if the rerelease came out this year?) and PS+ gave me the opportunity to see the story mode in Injustice: Gods Among Us. I finally played enough Fire Emblem: Awakening to understand the appeal of the series and I think I discovered a genre of mobile games that I actually want to play with Game Dev Story and Mega Mall Story, both from Kairosoft. Star Wars hype reach new levels of absurdity this year and while many looked forward to the new movie, I looked back to X-Wing Alliance, a game that doesn't quite recapture the magic of Tie Fighter, but is still pretty good anyway and Republic Commando, which made me way more disappointed with Halo 5's squad mechanics than I would have been otherwise (both games were directed by Tim Longo). Finally, yes, I played the entirety of Phantasy Star, albeit via the easy mode included in the PS2 Phantasy Star Complete Collection. Hopefully that will pay dividends if I ever get around to playing the other Phantasy Star games.
So those are the old(er) games that I played this year, how about you? What ancient classics did you unearth? What games from last year did you catch up on? What games released outside of the calendar year of 2015 did you beat or put a significant amount of time into for the first time this year?