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Congrats! I've done the reverse, where I was mostly a console player in the 90s and 00s, but have recently invested in a hefty PC, where I do most of my gaming (though I still play consoles too). But I remember my first console very clearly. It was a SNES for my 7th birthday, and I got Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart with it. It was a magical moment, and I ended up playing that thing to death :D

Hope you enjoy your PS4!

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Nice! I just built my first high-end PC last summer, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. A lot of similar parts to yours too! I've predominantly been a console person most of my life, between lack of budget and know-how on the PC front. But I've always had some form of PC to play the exclusives on, and after realizing I was playing more and more on PC the past 5 or so years, I decided to take the full plunge. I don't regret it one bit :)

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Another good read Dan! I've actually had a similar disappointment as you with this generation, and I'm not even doing a nuzlocke run. Most of the good Pokemon I've found are older ones... and most of those are from gen 1. The few new ones are mostly at the periphery, and/or just don't seem that worthwhile. They really seem to be banking on the "classics" in this game, putting them front and center, which has made it hard for me to muster up the enthusiasm for playing it much. I haven't touched this game in weeks, but I might get back to it now that I've polished off some other games.

Regardless, it's still fun to read about your adventures, for what that's worth ;)

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@slag: Ha, thanks! You're not wrong- I played a lot of games that came out in 2016. That would be a curious thing to see how many games the average GB user gets to in a year.

I think that's a great way to view sales, and they get me to try a lot of games I otherwise probably wouldn't. That does mean we don't get to those games until they've been out for a while, but better late than never! And the games I'm super interested in I still go ahead and grab when I want to play them.

I... think I will avoid that Twitter account. Its name already makes me facepalm ;)

Ha, at the moment, FFXV feels like the definition of a 3-star game for me: some neat ideas, and generally not bad to play, but a lot of rough/frustrating edges and mundane aspects to put up with. (Not that "3-star" games can't be enjoyed either.) And to be fair, I'm still early in it, so my opinion has plenty of time to change, and I wouldn't call it "bad." But I find myself sighing at it a lot...

Anyway, its position on this list is a combination of me not being that far into it, and so far not being that impressed. I've long been a FF fan too, but 15 feels almost as much like any other generic open world game so far (not my favorite genre) as it does a FF game, if that makes sense. When critiquing/thinking about it, the fact that it has "Final Fantasy" in the name barely registers. It's a weird game. And again, I'm a harsh critic ;)

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Maaaaaan, I really like Flywrench a whole bunch. One of my favorite surprises I played over the past few months. I totally agree with the difficulty spike near the end- I got stuck somewhere on that final planet and haven't made it through yet. I'd like to think I'll get there someday, but who knows. I think the core feel of the game is so smooth though, even if I just played up to the spike and stopped I'd have a blast. It's one of those games I booted up to just try, and then couldn't put it down. It grabbed me what good. Love the look and music too.

Nice write-up!

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@slag: Thanks Slag! This list covers every game I played that was released in 2016, which is admittedly a lot. I don't feel like I played more games than normal this year, but maybe I did... perhaps I got in more "short" games, and I also think a higher percentage of the games I played in 2016 were actually 2016 games. I didn't get to nearly as much backlog stuff as I wanted to during the year. 2016 never seemed to stop releasing good games, and I kept up, for better or worse.

These are definitely not all 5 star games in my mind! I wouldn't even say every game on my top 10 is a 5 star game for me. Then again, I consider myself a pretty harsh critic when it comes to scores, even on games I like. (I like plenty of games I would give 3 stars for example.) Speaking of, plenty of games on this full list would fall in 3 star range, maybe even a few 2 stars. I'd have to think about that more.

I think what I've enjoyed a lot in recent years, 2016 included, is trying a bunch of different things to just see what sticks, which leads me to experimenting with games I'm not sure I'll like. This leads to surprise successes like Forza Horizon 3, Hitman, or even Doom. It also leads to duds like Furi, Devil Daggers, or That Dragon, Cancer. On the flip-side games like Darkest Dungeon and Total War (both of which you noted) appear on paper like things I should really like, and then just don't click. Darkest Dungeon has some clear issues, but Total War is the more complicated case... still hard to pin down exactly why that hasn't grabbed me. I'm usually good at explaining why I do or don't like something, and that's the extremely rare game I haven't been able to quite put my finger on yet. Probably a number of subtle things, but that's OK.

Either way, as time goes on I've really liked just experimenting with different types of games. Time management is the toughest part, but I love it when I can still be surprised by new stuff. Ironically, I also have a friend who loves clickers... I've never seen the appeal, but maybe I need to give it another shot ;)

I do describe Salt and Sanctuary as "2D Dark Souls," but I never mean it as a pejorative (hopefully it didn't come across that way). I like Dark Souls, and think a 2D attempt is very valid. I like seeing new twists on old standbys. Agree with you that it's a major accomplishment, especially when they're done as well as this one is.

I think you may be right about Hitman's top 10 potential, and it will likely depend on how much I get into chasing all the challenges. I'm not far enough yet to have a fully formed opinion, so I had to try and project a bit for the purposes of this list, but so far it's really cool. I've certainly watched enough of it this year too! Final Fantasy XV and Pokemon are the other 2 games I'm still in the middle of... but I don't know how much they'd move up after finishing. I'm confident they wouldn't approach top 10, so Hitman is likely the only one that could crash that party. Or maybe even Tokyo Mirage Sessions, which I haven't gotten to at all ;)

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@cav829: I was surprised myself when I looked back over the year and saw just how many games I played. It was a weird year, one where I went stretches without playing much, but I still got to a lot. I'll call it efficiency ;) I also think it helped that a lot of these are very short, and some of the longer ones I didn't/haven't finished.

AM2R is very worth it if you like Metroid! SMT4 Apocalypse didn't grab me with its characters or story either- it was the combat and fusion system that carried me there. I also heard Apocalypse streamlined some of the rough edges from the base SMT4, but having not played SMT4, I can't confirm or deny that. Apocalypse did have one or two noticeable difficulty spikes though. My main problem with it is just that it's too long.

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What a season, what a season.

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Cool list Dan, and I echo what @arbitrarywater says. Despite including 10 of 12 games you played, and only 1 of which being from 2016, there are some real strong ones on here. I'm particularly partial to Axiom Verge, Demon's Souls, and Gone Home- glad to see you got around to those and enjoyed them!

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Cool list Slag! I've seen enough praise for Tokyo Mirage Sessions at this point that I think I will need to eventually play it... finding the time is the eternal struggle.

Also, best of luck with any personal troubles that may still be bothering you! I managed to avoid 2016 being a bummer for me on a personal level (even while I had worldwide/political bummers), but this seemed to be a rough year on all fronts for a lot of people. Godspeed, sir.

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