Mass Effect 3
Through the early part of the year, I was still playing quite a lot of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. Mass Effect 3′s last DLC was early this year and when the newness of it wore off, the multiplayer community started to drift away. I continued to play Mass Effect 3 up through May or so. Mass Effect 3 was the first game ever that I got really into the multiplayer and I’m glad it lasted as long as it did.
Batman: Arkham Origins
I loved Arkahm Asylum and liked Arkham City a lot. Arkham Origins was the Batman game of this generation that I just “enjoyed”. The story is okay, but it’s not great. The combat is just like that of the previous two games, but it makes no sense why a younger Batman has gadgets that an older Batman didn’t have. Also, the boss battles are either too easy or frustrating due to poor implementation of the controls. Arkham Origins lacks balance.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
AC4 was a nice surprise. It felt more like an Assassin’s Creed game than AC3, but it largely ignored the Assassin/Templar story. The sailing stuff from AC3 became a major part of AC4 and it’s interesting, but when you’re spending more time sailing instead of assassinating, the game starts losing its “Assassins Creed”-ness.
Super Mario 3D Land
I barely touched my 3DS this year, and even for a Mario game, I could barely bring myself to play it. I didn’t bother to finish SM3DL.
The Wolf Among Us
TWAU is the DC comic series Fables turned into a Walking Dead-style adventure game. It’s full of cursing and over-the-top violence, and I enjoyed it more than The Walking Dead even.
The Walking Dead: Season 2
Speaking of The Walking Dead, Season 2 started. It’s The Walking Dead. It’s great. That’s all.
Teslagrad is a puzzle-platformer that uses magnetism as its main method of puzzle-solving. It’s got a handdrawn-steampunk look that’s gorgeous and the boss battles are reminiscent of classic NES-era twitchy boss fights.
Dear Esther is not a game. It’s a mildly interactive story, and it’s great at telling that story. Buy the end of the game, you will feel the narrator’s pain.
The Witcher is an RPG with lots of sex, magic and dudes who look like they could be in a rock band. Also, you get trading cards for having sex with different women.
The Stanley Parable
The Stanley Parable is also not a game. It’s a collection of funny endings. It’s great as well.