I spent New Years Eve alone, of course, since in the year 2020 spending time with other people became a dangerous activity, so I decided to finish off some games from that cursed year. I completed Carrion (I liked it okay and at least it's short) and took a run at the last mission in vanilla Minecraft Dungeons (that game is aggressively bland and the last boss is apparently a massive difficulty spike, which is not appreciated) and that finished at 11:30 so I decided that since I had fun with Carrion I might as well grab another shortish and critically acclaimed pixel art game off Gamepass. I ended up going with The Messenger because it was on my list and I'd downloaded it already, even though I bought copies on both Switch and PS4 already for some reason (I'm a dummy; but at least the Xbox version isn't costing me extra.)
So far I've played about an hour and I really like it. The twist has been spoiled for me but as a simple but not very hard kind of Ninja Gaiden/Shovel Knight thing it's holding my attention. It looks nice, sounds really good, and even has some clever writing. I'm glad I'm starting off this year by playing something I actually want to play, as opposed to prior years where I've made some...questionable decisions as to what game to start the year off with.
So for me the answer is...The Messenger.
What was the first thing you played this year? And if it wasn't Dig Dug then you only have 364 days and change to start your annual playthrough of Dig Dug so you better get started digging if you want to save Doug!