Last year, I made a post on another subreddit giving a one-line review of every game I'd played last year. Since then I've even slightly changed my opinions on those games (and their ratings), and even the way I look at games slightly. It was great to hear everyone else's opinions about the same games, and the way I decided to rate the games themselves. I've definitely been looking forward to making this post for a while! Hopefully gonna make this a yearly tradition itself. This year I've done something new by adding this new Awards kind of section for fun. Let me know what y'all think!
Trust me, it is very hard to encapsulate everything I feel about any of these games into one sentence. So if you want a more detailed opinion – you can always check out the reviews.
About the ratings, don't take them too much at face value – you could literally check with me 6 months later and I'd feel different about at least some of them. But in short, anything close to and above a 7 is a must-play IMO. Avoid anything below 5ish. The links that don't lead to Steam reviews are games I played either on console, through gamepass/shared library etc. or have yet to write a steam review for like Slay the Spire.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
A game that I'll never stop playing but also never finish because of how perfect the mechanics and gameplay themselves are, but how incoherent and repetitive their implementation is.
A game I'm never going to stop recommending to people.
Masterful environmental storytelling, creative puzzles, and an atmospheric presentation packed into one of the most polished 6-hour experiences to date.
If you've never played a roguelike/lite game before – try this.
A must-play, unapologetic satire on video games, art, life, and yes – you too.
The Final Station
A game with some potential brought down by the simple fact that there's nothing particularly memorable about it.
No cover shooting, no reloading, no need for health packs, just pure absolute chaos – this game right here has redefined modern shooters as we know it.
Finally beating that Hell Run in Spelunky has to be one of my most rewarding gaming experiences ever.
A co-op stealth game where you can teleport from shadow to shadow, summon your own shadow Patronus or literally conjure a shadow black hole that sucks your enemies out of existence – need I say more
She Will Punish Them
Half the work in this game was put into creating sexy succubi which are just "there" in your hub world and you can just go and stare at them – 12/10 right?
We Were Here
A mystery room with walkie talkies brought to life as a free video game makes for a pretty much must-have coop experience, trust me.
The classic example of a shitty repetitive gameplay loop bringing down a promising story, fun mechanics, and godly music.
Shadow Warrior 2
A fun game to coop with a friend in, but I would absolutely not play this alone.
One of the best-looking games ever IMO with a compelling narrative and pretty engaging gameplay too if you only use the map and compass to navigate.
The definitive first-person parkour game that's about building momentum and fluid traversal and is incredible at it's best – but with constant speed breakers for some reason.
We Were Here Too
Just more of We Were Here – not that I'm complaining at all!
I was NOT expecting to love a cinematic kind game THIS much – also, there's a fucking grappling hook in this game?
A coop platformer with goofy music and narration and a surprising amount of variety in its puzzles – what the hell are you waiting for?
A Way Out
One-of-a-kind cinematic coop game that doesn't really have anything particularly special – yet I've played it 4 times over the years so far with different people.
The Last of Us
A compelling narrative with gray characters, an amazing soundtrack, and one of the best endings in a video game story – sadly with gameplay that was 'JUST good enough' with a lot of wasted potential to say the least.
Finely polished mechanics, quick unpredictable gameplay loops, and incredible gameplay variety stemming from unique items and secret runs – this is how you make a perfect sequel, lads.
Plague – A Tale of Innocence
A creepy looking plague game in the middle of the pandemic is such a perfect idea – too bad the gameplay is mediocre, mechanics feel like QTEs, and the story doesn't hit a home run either.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
An overall mediocre game but with very interesting concepts and themes and a phenomenal sound design, which it needs to be applauded for.
Slay the Spire
I've never played a card-based video game before, and I had put 33 hours into this within the first 3 days.
Raji – An Ancient Epic
Amazing Indian aesthetic, but with a bland narrative, mediocre level design, and acrobatics/combat that had a lot of potential if used right – even with the current mechanics.
A game that looks and feels like your generic FPS campaign but puts them all to shame using its sheer creative variety alone.
Remnant: From The Ashes
A TPS souls-like that's neither a great third-person shooter nor a great souls-like, but worth a shot I guess but ONLY in coop.
Warhammer Vermintide 2
It's basically L4D2 in fantasy and a blast when played with friends.
It was just a good enough coop experience that we got Trine 2.
The mechanics are very unresponsive and weighty, the difficulties are not balanced well, the gameplay loop gets boring very quickly and the dialogue is laughingly bad.
Some of the best video game music I've ever heard – and it also comes free with a complete game that has engaging combat, great weapon variety, and to top it all off it's narrated by gaming's own Morgan Freeman – what the fuck?
If you've ever watched through a classic mafia movie/show and wished there was a game like that – now there is.
I've been playing a lot of other games in December, but haven't finished any so they'll end up in next year's list.
Worst Game : She Will Punish Them
Best Coop Game : Aragami
Best Narrative : The Last of Us
Best Music : Bastion
Best Visuals : Firewatch
Most Time Spent : Slay The Spire
Hardest yet Fun Game : Spelunky 2
Game Of The Year : Dark Souls
So, what do you guys think?
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