I didn't play a whole lot of video games last year, but I did play some good ones. And I talk about them below...
2016 VIDEO GAME LISTING
- Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition: This has been amazingly fun. My brother Connor and our friend Jared and I have been playing through the game together and it has just been a blast. Super challenging, intense combat, intriguing story, and fun character creation.
- The Last Guardian: A spiritual successor to 2005's masterpiece, The Shadow of the Colossus, Team Ico is back with the best game released in 2016, hands down. The game is linear through and through, a differentiation from The Shadow of the Colossus, but it has one of the best stories ever made in a game, and it is absolutely beautiful, visually, musically (the score is fantastic), and narratively. Do yourself a favor and play this game.
- Sims 4: This is undoubtedly the best Sims ever created. The features are intuitive, interesting, and refreshing (and given that it's a Sims game, that's a challenge). I think it has a lot more replay-ability than Sims 2 had, for sure (I skipped Sims 3 completely).
- Community College Hero: A text-based, choose-your-own-adventure novel game, Community College Hero was infinitely more amazing than I thought it could be. It's such a goofy superhero story, but the characters are so endearing that you don't care about the silliness. It fits. And the ending had me thinking about the game for days afterward.
- Heroes Rise: HeroFall: The third of the Heroes Rise trilogy of text-based, choose-your-own-adventure novels from Choice of Games, this chapter was a wonderful ending to the trilogy and almost had me crying due to the emotional impact. A powerful and fitting end.
- Heroes Rise: The Hero Project: A fantastic successor to the original Heroes Rise Choice of Games novel, this game ripped me through from beginning to end and had me sad, happy, and tense in all the right places.
- Heroes Rise: The first of a trilogy of text-based, choose-your-own-adventure novels that hit me out of nowhere with their excellence. I had played the first part of this game years ago, when it first came out, and though I was interested, I didn't buy the full game to finish it. I am so glad that I did this time.
- The Hero Project: Redemption Season: The sequel to the Heroes Rise series and the beginning of its own trilogy, Redemption Season tries very hard to live up to its predecessors, and unfortunately, does not quite succeed. Though I was definitely engaged in the story, the plot got so bogged down in activism (without much choice on your part as to whether or not you actually wanted to be a part of said activism) that I didn't have much of a chance to really get to know some of the characters I wanted to learn more about.
- Darkest Dungeon: This game's number one appeal is its aesthetic. Beautiful art, gripping gameplay, and incredible replay-ability.
- Just Cause 3: Oh my, I have had some fun times with this game. Playing as a man whose expertise is in overthrowing dictators, you rampage across a giant open sandbox, blowing up everything and flying around with the craziest physics engine I have ever experienced. Such a blast.
- This War of Mine: An incredibly interesting and dark game where you play as citizens caught in a war, struggling to survive. Think apocalyptic Sims.
- Ark: Survival Evolved: I just wish I could play this on a higher graphics setting. Such a fun game, with so much to do. Survival game where you get to tame dinosaurs--how much more fun can you get?
- Empire: Total War: A great, fun installment of the Total War series. Empire is great fun.
- To The City of Clouds: Probably the worst text-based adventure game I've ever played. Barely any choices, and it's extremely short. Being an archaeologist is not enough.