Collection Part 6: Split Gen Period

This is the sixth part of my collection. It is split into multiple list due to list length restrictions. This list covers the early PS4/Xbox One period where 360 games were still a thing and the generation hadn't found its footing. Specifically this covers from November 2013 to August 2015.

I make a habit of putting a number (1/5 to 5/5) and about a paragraph on each game. A heart (<3) means I love the game and it's one of my all time favorites.

Keep in mind that takes here were written during the period this covers (2013-2015) and are of a time.

List items

  • Wii U VC (August 1st, 2015) - 5/5 - Still the best Kirby game in my opinion. Yes, part of that is because it was my first Kirby game, but a lot of the rest of that is because mixing powers together is fun!

  • Wii U VC (August 1st, 2015) - 3/5 - Not really as interested in replaying this. It's kind of heady for a gameboy advance game.

  • Wii U VC (July 26th, 2015) - 4/5 - Issue with the port is that turns out in 3DS games it doesn't let you change the controls and it uses LT and RT for menus rather than for swinging. What bullshit! I always switch LT with L and RT with R! That has nothing to do with the game which is still really great.

  • Wii U VC (July 26th, 2015) - 4/5 - Still the best Mario Tennis game, it's not got a lot to it but it's still cool. For about 5 minutes but whatever!

  • Wii U VC (July 26th, 2015) - 4/5 - Didn't take the time to replay this but it's still pretty good. Maybe I should one of these days.

  • PS4 (July 15th, 2015) - 4/5 - Didn't have the time to put the time into it immediately and now I fear that time is up. Really great game though, especially for free.

  • PS Vita (July 7th, 2015) - 4/5 - Worth seeing through. Great story, definitely want to know more than it offers in the end. Looking forward to playing 2. It's just... It's just too bad that the game part of the game is often bad. Sometimes the leaps of logic it wants to make aren't obvious to say the least and that's frustrating.

  • PC (July 4th, 2015) - 3/5 - Definitely not as good as the 3 good games in the Jackbox. If some of the people playing the game aren't funny (in general or at the specific moment) the game falls flat.

  • iOS (July 1st, 2015) - 4/5 - Good game, very interesting.

  • 3DS VC (June 20th, 2015) - 3/5 - Didn't ever get around to playing a lot of this. Seemed hard to play.

  • 3DS (June 20th, 2015) - 3/5 - I didn't play a lot of it. Seems okay for what it is.

  • Wii U VC (June 20th, 2015) - 3/5 - Haven't played it, don't really intend to but it's worth it incase they decide to release Mother 3.

  • PC (Release June 2nd, 2015) - 5/5 <3 - I love it! Have played it consistently since I got into the Alpha 6 months ago in December. I might one day take a break from it but I haven't yet and I think that says a fair amount about how good it is. My only criticisms are minor and probably will be fixed in patches soon enough. It's a phenomenal game, a MOBA that's easy to learn, tough to master. Super well designed and growing by the day. I love it.

  • XONE & PC (Kickstarter 2013/June 1st, 2015) - 4/5 - I played the alpha enough to throw down a number I think. Not going to go in for more now what with The Witcher, Splatoon and Heroes of the Storm vying for my time. Still for what it's worth Massive Chalice is a bit of fun. Free is a very good price for it if you have an Xbox One and Gold. You can grab it and then play it once you finish Witcher 3, Splatoon and Heroes of the Storm.

  • Wii U (May 31st, 2015) - 3/5 - I had a lot of fun with the 2 hours I played of the beta but when I got the full game I found it less fun. A two map rotation is too few. The odds of getting the same map two, three, five times in a row is insufferably high. Plus people have been able to put time into the game and I haven't meaning I don't do as well. Single player is okay.

  • XONE (May 21st, 2015) - 5/5 - Fantastic. Very immersive, very rough and relatable world. Everyone feels like they're just trying to get along and barely doing so. It's a lot of fun, my only problem is it takes so much time to play which is hardly a problem at all. (Edit: I finished it! No change of opinion!)

  • PC (Kickstarter 2013/April 30th 2015) - Mystery/5 - Never played it. Didn't hear any buzz about it when it came out so why bother I figured.

  • Wii U VC (April 30th, 2015) - 5/5 <3 - Still one of the best games ever. I love the simple low number math of this game. Asking myself "What's the fastest I can kill the enemies? Does doing this reduce the turns it'll take? What's the most effective way to kill as many enemies before their turn so I take less damage always?" Because the attack numbers, health numbers and mitigation numbers are so low that sort of off the cuff math is super viable and makes for a lot of interesting decisions. I think it's a profoundly fun RPG. That's not just because it was my first.

  • Wii U VC (April 16th, 2015) - 3/5 - Donkey Kong 64 is not a great game. It's deeply flawed. Deeply. That said... I really enjoyed having this rerelease. Part of it was never thinking it'd happen, part of it is having this really lag free version about, part of it was that it was the first N64 game on Wii U. It's just really nice to have bought it again.

  • XONE (April 14th, 2015) - 4/5 - Really very good! I liked the fighting, I liked the story, great diversity! Didn't hold me though, nor did it really impress me terribly like Xbox One launch game Killer Instinct did. I like the variants a lot conceptually but honestly? I wish fighting games didn't have all those silly fiddly moves that require pages of move list and at the end of the day variants mostly just add to that. I liked it for what it was I guess.

  • PS4 (March 31st, 2015) - 5/5 - Really great Metroidvania. Lot of cool original shit, lots of interesting stuff to think about. What does it all mean? I don't know. It's very heady in a good way. Also it plays fantastically.

  • Wii U VC (February 26th, 2015) - 4/5 <3 - A really solid start. Has a bunch of small issues that'd be fixed in DKC2 but they're not really things you'd hold too much against it. It's a slightly simpler DKC but it's still a wonderful time.

  • Wii U VC (February 26th, 2015) - 5/5 <3 - The best DKC game. It's as good as a game could be in 1995 which is pretty goddamn good turns out.

  • Wii U VC (February 26th, 2015) - 4/5 <3 - Still a great DKC game, obviously though it has nothing on 2. Really cool that they did a completely different approach, more puzzle oriented. Works for them. Still, sometimes you miss the speed and tone 2 brought to the table.

  • 3DS VC (February 26th, 2015) - 3/5 - Really ambitious GB game, ton of original content, shame it runs and plays really shakily. If it had the reliable performance of its sequels it'd be the best of the bunch.

  • 3DS VC (February 26th, 2015) - 4/5 - Fairly good Gameboy Game, would've been better if it recycled less from DKC2.

  • 3DS VC (February 26th, 2015) - 4/5 - Really good Gameboy Game, held back only by limitations of Gameboy. Original world map and story is good.

  • PC (February 8th, 2015) - 5/5 - Really cool puzzle game if you're particularly good at engineering systems. It's super cool to create a pipeline, tweak it until it works and then try to hone the design and get as much efficiency as you can.

  • PS4 (February 3rd, 2015) - 4/5 - The combination of Day of the Dead, Noir and Aztec Mythology is absolutely brilliant and works perfectly. This is one of the best adventure games of the 90s because of that premise combined with absolutely spot on writing. However it is a 90s adventure game. It's easy to get stuck by overlooking items, overlooking doors/rooms in the prerendered backgrounds, or simply not catching on to what Tim Schafer was thinking. Have an FAQ ready when you play it and you'll probably be fine. Still fun despite the occasional frustration.

  • XONE (January 30th, 2015) - 5/5 <3 - Hahahahahaha. Man, what a trip. Fucking incredible game. The episodes got better as they went along. What a fucking great series. Give them a go if you haven't, you'd be better off for it. I hope there's many more of this type of adventure game in the future. Time Bending Adventure. I don't know if they'd all be as well plotted as this one though, it's extraordinary!

  • PC (December 10th, 2014) - Bought to use during Xmas. I know what I think of it already from watching the GB guys play - 3 of the 5 games are really great and that's enough to buy it for a get together.

  • Wii U (November 20th, 2014) - 4/5 - I thought the Wii U Version would revitalize my Smash Time after burning out on the 3DS version but... It didn't. It's just the same very tight, very fun, very well tuned game but with better stages. It's the superior version of Smash Brothers but it didn't thrill me this time. The new modes added to this version mostly suck and I tired of playing it pretty fast.

  • XONE (November 18th, 2014) - 5/5 - Yes it's Far Cry 3 with some new stuff in a new place. I don't think that's a problem, lots of games are that way. This one at least adds real cool stuff. Coop is really fun, the mountainous environment provides plenty of opportunities to wingsuit vicariously and the changes to the open world fuckabout bits make it marginally more fun than ever before. Playing Far Cry 4 is a lot of fun, I have no complaints.

  • XONE (November 11th, 2014) - 2/5 - They ruined Assassin's Creed again. It's a repulsive game. It's Revelation levels of bad. The murder animations suck, they made it so counters aren't one hit kills, they added more stealth, they made it so you can't use your hidden blades in open combat, they took out chain stabbing and they added upgradable weapons you have to min max and microtransactions. There are no redeeming qualities. I don't like playing it. It has a bad framerate, numerous glitches and a story that doesn't grab me. Don't buy it.

  • XONE (October 28th, 2014) - 5/5 - Imagine playing Tony Hawk and Goldeneye at the same time. Sounds impossible at first but once you get all the moves in Sunset Overdrive you'll be surprised at how doable and fun it is. You move fast and fluidly across colorful battlefields and point various guns in the general direction of foes you want dead and pull the trigger. It's really fun! Whether you're grinding around collecting shit or doing the really well designed story mission you're having a good time. Full recommendation.

  • XONE (October 4th, 2014) - 5/5 <3 - Shadow of Mordor is a game that shows us what this generation of games can be. Yes, it has the really strong fundamentals (Arkham Combat/Stealth and Assassin's Traversal) and the great visuals/performance we expected and demanded for this generation, but it's far more than that. The Nemesis System is what makes it that. It inspires rivalries with NPCs, forces you to use all your tools throughout the game, makes preparation hell of important, and makes for amazing stories. Superb. I expect many to try to copy the system in the next 2 years.

  • 3DS (October 3rd, 2014) - 4/5 - Yeah, the game is really great. Feels real nice, it's reasonably well balanced and they've made a lot of smart choices all around in terms of new fighters,tweaks to the mechanics and the whole package. However the 3DS is not the right platform for it and it suffers for being on the 3DS to the point where it's barely worth playing. In November this version will be forgotten about.

  • 360 (September 30th, 2014) - 3/5 - Story didn't hit as hard as the original, the fighting is absolute utter nonsense and the only appeal it has for me right now is as fan service as the gameplay is doing nothing for me after a month of Smash 3DS demo. I dunno. The story just doesn't hit as hard as the first. It's a weaker story. All you need to know.

  • PS4 (September 1st, 2014) - 5/5 - This is a drug trip in video game form. It's a trip. Really cool stuff, full credit. A+

  • PS4 (July 29th, 2014) - 5/5 - Still a great game, now looks noticibly better if you put them side by side. I didn't so I didn't actually finish replaying it. Still though good version.

  • 3DS (June 24th, 2014) - 4/5 - Really really fun game. It's very charming and fun. My only issue is it sucks when you get hit and fall into a pit and die. Losing flying sacks of money isn't fun. Still it's a very minor issue. It's a quality game you should probably play.

  • Wii U (June 20th, 2014) - 4/5 - Cool stuff, didn't play as much as I thought I would from previous iterations.

  • Wii U VC (June 6th, 2014) - 4/5 - I didn't actually finish replaying it once I bought it but I'm confident it still holds up. A point off because I couldn't be bothered.

  • Wii U (May 30th, 2014) - 5/5 - A fantastically crafted Mario Kart. Great tweaks to the items, really solid visuals, an integration of F-Zero elements, personality and ambition. This one has it all. I especially like how it doesn't just reuse 16 old tracks, it reinvents them in really cool ways. This Mario Kart has it all.

  • XONE (May 30th, 2014) - 1/5 - I hate it. It's awful. No fun at all. It's a mediocre GTA clone. Not the next generation's Assassin's Creed as promised. Chicago is kind of shitty. The hacking is ultimately dumb. A lot of the game is cringe worthy. The story is laughable. Under no circumstances should you buy this game. There's nothing of merit.

  • PC (May 24th, 2014) - 2/5 - Bad PC controls. Can't remap arrow keys to WASD. Entirely uncomfortable to play as a result. Plus it's slow and boring almost like life. I wish there was more meaning to character selection. Also I don't relate to it. I think the main character is a fool.

  • PS4 (May 20th, 2014) - 5/5 - I love the experimentation in this game. The way the moves/passives/plug ins work in this game there's a ton of ways to mix and match them and a ton of ways to play. It keeps the combat and action fresh throughout. It's also got a really cool world and lore. Fantastic game.

  • XONE (May 14th, 2014) - 5/5 - It's super damn cool. The time aspect works super well and is super novel. It's very much like a sloppy fun puzzle action game at times. At other times it's a precise and very satisfying puzzle action game. I love how big the roster is and how fun it is to mix and match them and experiment. Great stuff.

  • Wii U VC (May 8th, 2014) - 5/5 - Quite good. Really good ideas, fun notions, great levels. Really cool game, happy to be playing it.

  • Wii U VC (April 10th, 2014) - 4/5 - Good microgames, less fun as they were originally I find. Nearly impossible to play while watching TV which is the niche GBA games on a Wii U Gamepad do best in.

  • Wii U VC (April 10th, 2014) - 5/5 - Really great game, really cool structure, the arguable forebear of games like Fez and Antichamber. It's arguable. I'd argue it. This game is structured just like those two except with different gameplay in each.

  • Wii U VC (April 6th, 2014) - 4/5 - After seeing it run at SGDQ I decided to replay it. It holds up somewhat! Still a fun little RPG. It's definitely no Paper Mario but that doesn't mean it's bad.

  • Wii U VC (April 6th, 2014) - 3/5 - It's not the best or most engaging Metroid game on Game Boy Advance but it's okay.

  • Vita (March 29th, 2014) - 4/5 - Yeah it's fun. Menus a bit clunky.

  • PC (March 25th, 2014) - 5/5 - They've revitalized a fantastic game and made it a lot better. I'm enjoying playing a Crusader and even what I've seen of my previous classes with the new patch in place seems exciting again. Loot is more meaningful and you hit stuff and use ability to they die and you don't. It's pretty cool.

  • PS4 (March 21st, 2014) - 5/5 - It's quite fun. Leaves a phenominal first impression. I'm enjoying myself whenever I play it. It has a lot of great moments. I like what the morality system does for gameplay but wish it were better handled from a file management standpoint. I don't know if I'll finish my second playthrough but I've already gotten a ton of fun out of it.

  • Xone (March 11th, 2014) - 5/5 - It's quite fun. Leaves a phenomenal first impression. I'm enjoying myself whenever I play it. It has a lot of great moments. I don't know if it really lasts but for the free weekend I had with it and the week and a half after release before inFamous came out I had a lot of fun with it.

  • 360 (March 4th, 2014) - 4/5 - It's really good. Very funny, solid combat, lots of ways to avoid combat that are great and a good length that made it easy to finish before Titanfall came out. I enjoyed my time with South Park. It's no Paper Mario but it's still really good.

  • Wii U (February 21st, 2014) - 5/5 <3 - If you find yourself with 400 dollars you should buy a Wii U and DKCTF. It's not flawless like DKC2 but it is the best goddamn Donkey Kong game since the original trilogy ended. It's gorgeous, has a fantastic score, smartly designed, extremely creative, extremely well crafted, has a lot of nods to the original trilogy, and is just a ton of fun to play. It's just what Rare's Revived Donkey Kong Franchise needs. If you are a good person see to it that you play this game.

  • Wii (February 13, 2014) - 1/5 - The brief time I spent with the game makes me not want to ever return. It seemed shitty.

  • PC (January 28th, 2014) - 4/5 - This game hits hard when it comes to building two really novel and interesting worlds, a cast of colorful characters to populate it, good humor and writing, and looks. However it's still an adventure game and it suffers for it. The game involves a lot of walking around and rubbing things on other things until you get lucky. It's slow and tedious. It can also expects you to guess you can do things you've never done before to solve puzzles like combine items. It's kind of poorly designed. Still, the story's great and it ties everything together in a superb fashion. You should probably watch a Let's Play or play it. (2015 Update: 2nd Part delivers on the ending but has worse puzzles. Rating stands.)

  • PC (January 21st, 2014) <3 - 5/5 - It's a really polished game that I'm happy to spend money on and play a round or two every now and again in. It's great fun that takes serious advantage of the digital format creating experiences that would not only be impossible in real life but wouldn't be anywhere as good in real life.

  • Wii U (December 31st, 2013) - 3/5 - Forgettable little puzzle game.

  • 360 - (December 27th, 2013) - 3/5 - It's alright. It's got a very realized world with great mythological ecosystems and mythological environs. It has some emotional stuff which, if you understand it's based on the real life of the guy who made it, is hard to shrug off. But the part where it's a game is kind of bad. It's the gaming equivalent of going cross-eyed. There are parts that are pretty okay but it continues to be a annoyance right up to the part right before the very end. Spoilers.

  • PC - (December 25th, 2013) - 5/5 - Really good dystopian experience. Long and a bit monotonous but the experience is ultimately rewarding and extremely extremely cool.

  • PC - (December 25th, 2013) - 5/5 - It's a really cool little game that's really fun. It's mechanics are clever and interesting offering good stealth and all the fun of being an electrician. Its story and world is pretty well realized with characters that work and some skullduggery which is highly amusing. I liked it a lot, I think you should check it out.

  • PC (December 25th, 2013) - I don't intend to play this, I just want to have it because it was free the day I bought it. I loved it on 360, it was my GOTY that year. I just thought I'd grab it.

  • PC (December 16th, 2013) - 3/5 - Didn't play this version, meant to. I think I got it for very little though so it's alright. Might have not ran when I tried.

  • XONE (December 10th, 2013) - 4/5 - It's pretty good thoughtless fun.

  • PC (December 10th, 2013) - 3/5 - I already don't care. It's not cool anymore in my books. What a shame.

  • PS3/Vita (December 7th, 2013) - 3/5 - This game is really charming, really earnest and kind of funny. Half of it is sort of an adventure game where you run around, listen to peoples thoughts and randomly combine items to get hilarity to result. This is great. But the other half, the half between the funny bits, are monotonous, annoying and terribly dull stealth sequences. I hate them and, because of them, I am putting the game down because fuck that.

  • Xone (November 22nd, 2013) - 4/5 - The best thing I can say about Dead Rising 3 is there's nothing wrong with it. It's light fun breezy zombie killing with reasonably fun to use (and create) weapons. The time system leaves enough of the Dead Rising crunch in there while allowing me plenty of time to indulge my completionist ways. It's pretty good. The only thing I can say why this is a 4 and not a 5 is it could use a little more oomph. A little more something something. Fun, but not world changing. Oh, it's also impressive technically but not artistically.

  • Xone (November 22nd, 2013) - 5/5 - I think this game is super fun. It's viceral and the combo system is super elegant, simple and smart. Even I, as someone who has never been able to string a combo together in my life, am able to play this and get a lot out of the combo focused action. It's really well designed and, most of all, extremely visceral. I feel satisfied and exhausted after every win and a little raw after every loss. I like that about it. Well done game.

  • Vita (November 22nd, 2013) - 3/5 - Never finished, didn't grab me. Kind of insipid gameplaywise once you get over its charms.

  • Wii U (November 22nd, 2013) - 4/5 - It's a damn good game but a bit lighter than I'd like honestly. I feel like it was all too breezy and, also, I didn't really enjoy the part where it got slightly harder and repurposed older levels and bosses. It's a really good game, make no mistake, but it's not the best thing since sliced Bioshock.

  • 3DS (November 22nd, 2013) - 5/5 - This game is a shot for shot remake of Link to the Past. This game is the freshest Zelda game since Majora's Mask. It's amazing how it's both. They've pulled off a miracle and found the sweet spot between appeasing nostalgia and giving gamers something wholly new. It's beautiful. Brilliant game.

  • PS4 PS+ Perk (November 15th, 2013) - 4/5 - For a game that I played for 20 minutes and got for free it was pretty cool. That's all I have to say about it.

  • PS4 (November 15th, 2013) - 4/5 - It's a much better Assassin's Creed than 3 and manages to be worth playing even if you came away from 3 down on the series. The characters are fun, the action is breezy, the mission design improved, the sailing alright and it looks rather nice. It's enjoyable and really really smart but not especially gripping. Its story is a bit anemic. Fun game though.