2015's GOTY and 9 Not-GOTY's
2015 has been one of my favorite years in gaming.
Besides all the games released, this came about due some changes I've made in regards to games in general. Like the majority of people who play games, I've acquired quite the backlog over the years from the multitude of bundles that have popped up, Steam sales, and the massive surge of indie games. According to Steam, I have 482 games and I've only placed ~110 of them in a Beaten/Finished category. That's not even counting all the games I have on other stores and physical console games. Due to those numbers making me sick to my gaming stomach, I started to try and reach a state of being "finished" with around 2-3 games before I allow myself to buy 1 new game. My playing and buying habits have changed for the better because of that. It lead me to lower the amount of games I play/have installed at a time. I would have 30+ games installed and flip flop between them all, never finishing any. Now, I've become more focused on the games I actually want to play and really nailed down what I look for in games. The indie game that's cheap and interests me just enough that I would buy it without a thought? Sorry game but you're going on a Steam wishlist or Word doc instead of becoming an impulse purchase. Some bundle that has 1-2 games I would play but 4-7 games I probably won't touch? The savings would be nice but I rather put all my money towards the developers of those 1-2 games.
This year has seen some major changes from me and I could go on for a while but let's get down to business.
- Wii U
- Xbox One
- iPhone (Rarely buy mobile games since I have few instances of where it would be used)
- Tales from the Borderlands/Game of Thrones: I got them bundled during a Humble sale but never got around to playing them (Along with TWD Season 2 and Wolf Among Us but that's 2014).
- Life is Strange: Only own the first episode and waiting for a bigger discount on Episodes 2-5
- Batman: Arkham Knight: Between waiting for PC patches and with other games coming out, I never got back to it. Played around 8 hours.
- Invisible Inc.: I should really play more of this but Witcher 3 came out around the same time so it got lost in time.
- Ori and the Blind Forest: I've only played around a hour so far, but I really dig the aesthetic. It's an extremely beautiful game that I wish I got more time in.
- Metal Gear Solid V: I couldn't bring myself to finish it. While the gameplay was top notch for the most part, it couldn't carry me through the rest of everything else in the game. I put in close to 70 hours before I stopped playing but thinking back on it, I only really enjoyed the first 20 or so hours. It this list was purely based on gameplay, it would have made it but I enjoyed MGSV less than at least 10 other games.
- Mad Max: A game that I pre-ordered and blasted through in a week. I didn't mind the slower melee combat and the car combat was a blast. If a couple things were improved or different, this would have definitely made the list.
- Transformers Devastation: Bayonetta 2 is my 2014 GOTY and this is another fine character action game from Platinum but there was just enough missing that I couldn't place it on the list.
- Crypt of the Necrodancer: It's a rad game and a fresh breath in the rogue-lite (like?) genre but I stopped playing fairly quickly.
- Downwell: It's a really cool game and I've been getting a couple runs in every night but I don't know how much more it'll do for me.
- Undertale: As I was playing Undertale, I got why everyone was head over heels about it but it just wasn't doing it for me for the most part.
I have a tie at number 5 because they filled similar roles for me. Games 7-10 and everything in 4th and Inches was swapped around so many times. There were so many games that came out this year that I enjoyed and so many games I missed but would have enjoyed that the above lists could be a lot longer. I'll try to keep my thoughts below short and sweet and here's to another great year in 2016!