Conquests VI: Return of the Games (Games I Beat in 2016)

Holy cow I can't believe this is the sixth year I have done one of these lists. My goal every year is to attempt to try and actually finish more games by trying to beat more than the previous year. In 2015 I successfully completed more games than I did in 2014, but I still did not beat my record set in 2013.

I will quote my criteria from previous years.

As with every year I am counting games that I finish the story or campaign mode on, or whatever the equivalent may be. In some cases a game may not have a story mode, so I will count it if I finish every achievement or goal. In the case of some pinball machines (on Pinball Arcade) I will count them if I finish every standard and wizard goal.

Previous Years Lists

List items

  • First game finished and it was on January 1st. I had gotten a Retron 5 for Christmas so I decided to put it to the test by playing some Kirby on the Game Boy. I used the very same cartridge that I beat countless times as a kid when the game was first released.

  • Got the first season when it went up for free with Games With Gold. I had tried the basic free version when I first got my Xbox One but I wasn't digging it. Well since then they added a new feature to make combos a lot easier and in turn the game was more fun for me. I am not good at this game, not at all. I did however still have fun going through the games "story" mode with a few of the characters.

  • The original Frequency and Amplitude are some of my favorite PS2 games. As soon as this one went up on Kickstarter I threw my money in and anxiously awaited its release. Well it finally came out and I enjoyed it quite a lot, but for whatever reason it just didn't catch on with me as much as the original. I was a little bummed by the lack of both songs and ultimately challenge. It felt like it took me no time at all to not only beat the progression mode in this game, but I beat it three times in a row on different difficulties.

  • I finished this one on the Xbox One. I count this one as beaten since I finished every mission in single player and played quite a bit of the multiplayer. I ended up playing this with the 10 hour trial as a part of EA Access. I feel like that 10 hours has been plenty and will wait to actually purchase the game until it gets a decent price drop. Ultimately I think this game is super fun to actually play, but the lack of content really makes it not worth the $60.

  • I first beat this one back in 2013 when it was released on Xbox 360 as a part of Chronicles of Mystara. This time around I finished it on Steam as a part of the same package. This game is still a really fun beat 'em up and I will probably move on to Shadow Over Mystara again soon.

  • So I finished this one on the Xbox One with three friends on the realistic difficulty. This was hands down my least favorite campaign in all of the Call of Duty games. It felt like a boring slog through the same thing over and over. On top of that the story was REALLY dumb and over the top in ways that took it beyond campy fun and in to trying too hard to be serious. I would not suggest to anyone to play through this on realistic difficulty either, it was a test of patience for sure.

  • Finished this one on Steam thanks to Steam Family Share. I only recently finished the first of the re-boot series and was super pumped to play this one. It not only succeeded in being just as good as its predecessor, but managed to outshine it in just about every way. If you played and enjoyed the last one, PLAY THIS GAME!

  • This would be the first hidden object game beaten this year so far. I actually finished this one on the Xbox One. I thought it was kind of interesting to see a hidden object game on the Xbox One so I had to pick it up. I actually enjoyed this one, although it is pretty short and pretty standard fare for the genre. I ended up finishing it twice, and the bonus chapter to clean up all of the achievements.

  • So after I finished the first game in the series on the Xbox One I remembered that I had this one installed on my PC already. Usually I play games in order, but this time I didn't care too much what the story was anyway so I just played this one. It is remarkably similar to the first game in the series so there is not much else to say. I did end up filling in the wiki page though.

  • I am considering this one finished. Played the 360 version using backwards compatibility on Xbox One. I ended up picking up all the achievements in the game and made it to level 34 or something like that.

  • One of the games I randomly decided to install and play. I do like 2D shooters, and this one was a pretty good one of those.

  • This one came pre-installed on one of the 3DS XLs I got. I got about halfway through it when I first got it and sort of lost interest in it. Well, over a year later I finally got around to finishing it. I have to say this was a fine Mario game, but probably on the weaker end of the series. The level designs just didn't feel as good as previous games did.

  • Two 3DS games beaten in a row! I got this one as a part of the Nintendo Humble Bundle that was going on. I wasn't expecting much from a 3DS port of a fighting game, but I was actually surprised at how fun it was. I also played through the whole thing in 3D, which I pretty much never do for any game.

  • Played and beat this one on Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. I had a couple of friends who wanted to play through Halo 3 co-op so I figured I would rush through Halo 2 again first. I had quite a bit of fun playing through this again as I had not done so since it was originally released on the original Xbox.

  • Beat this one on the Xbox One. I had played through this once before on the PlayStation 4. It came up for free on Games With Gold so I decided since I really loved it the first time I would get it again. Well, I finally got around to playing it on the Xbox One, and I still loved it. The art, style, and gameplay all just come together so well to create this complete package of a game.

  • Gears 3 was the only game in the series that I had never played through. I decided to give it a go once it hit backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. I am not sure why I waited so long to play this because it was pretty great. I am also currently playing through it again on hardcore with a friend in co-op.

  • I came to this one way late. I ended up downloading it when it was free on the PS4 with PS+. While I am glad I played through this game, I ultimately left pretty disappointed. I had heard so many great things about it going in, but thought the story was a pretty standard fare.

  • As someone who has a fondness for FMV games I played in the past, I had to get this one. The game is incredibly silly and self aware and I enjoyed my time with it. It is totally low budget and short, but if you can enjoy silly FMV, give this one a shot.

  • Played through the Overkill version of this on Steam. The Raiden series is one I have always been aware of and seen a lot, but never really got in to playing. I had quite a bit of fun with this one and felt totally bad ass when dodging a screen full of bullets.

  • Another 360 game that I finally got around to playing thanks to Xbox One backwards compatibility. It seems like a pretty good fighting game, but I am not really a good authority on the genre. I feel like I had been hearing about this game for so long, but this was the first time I ever played it.

  • It took me forever to get around to this game it feels like. I played through New Order when it was first released and LOVED it. This one was fun also, but I did not like it nearly as much as the previous title.

  • Chalk up another 360 game completed thanks to that new fangled Xbox One backwards compatibility. I have always wanted to pick this one up but never got around to it before I mostly moved on from the 360. Thanks to being able to play it on the Xbox One and it going on sale I finally dove in. I REALLY enjoyed my time with this really rad updated version of Street Fighter II. I loved the newly drawn art so much that I played it through multiple times.

  • Finished this one in The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. I had already beaten it previously in co-op with a friend, but played through it alone this time around while playing the playlist.

  • Picked this one up for cheap in a sale on the 360. Somehow I managed to never get around to playing this despite owning the GameCube, Xbox, and PS2 versions of the game for years. I really enjoyed playing this game quite a bit, especially for being terrible at it.

  • Played through this one on Steam. Wow, I was not expecting this game to be very good at all being a licensed tie-in game. I was very wrong and had a ton of fun playing through this one. It is a little on the short side, but I honestly think that was perfect for this game. I had a lot of fun using the various powers that are acquired throughout the game. I would recommend people try this one for sure, especially since it seems to be cheap quite often.