17 February 2017

Games I Played 2016

Life is Strange
2016 (22)
So, I played quite a few games in 2016 and I'd like to rank them. Keep in mind the percentages don't show how good the games actually are, they just compare them to one another. If you have an idea for a better ranking system, feel free to tell me.

-- - Civilization V --%
I got this one a birthday gift. While it's generally not a bad game, I didn't feel like playing it alone, but then Civilization VI was released and my friends moved on to that one, so I never spent enough time with it to rank it properly.

21 - Need for Speed: Most Wanted 71%
It looks OK and feels OK, but it's more meh than anything. It lacked the coolness of the original Most Wanted.

20 - Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster 72%
Basically the same as Resident Evil 1 with less backtracking and better inventory system.

19 - The Walking Dead: Michonne 74%
I used to be a huge fan of Telltale games, especially the Walking Dead series but the lack of gameplay and real consequences make it really boring.

18 - Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 77%
In theory an open world Splinter Cell but its hard to get into the game world with almost no knowledge of the previous games. Also the controls are unnecessarily complicated.

17 - Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD 78%
Pretty much the standard Assassin's Creed game we've been getting since AC2.

16 - Assassin's Creed Unity 79%
Pretty much the standard Assassin's Creed game we've been getting since AC2 with good graphics.

15 - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter 80%
Excellent visuals, Passable story and puzzles. Maybe a bit too much walking when you get lost.

14 - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 81%
Not the worst game. Villain not as cool as in Advanced Warfare but gameplay almost on par. Cool space battles reminded me of Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars.

13 - Layers of Fear + Inheritance 82%
Mostly another walking simulator, but a few puzzles, really nice atmosphere and interesting story.

12 - StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops 84%
Some cool ideas with the stealth system and Frogger minigame, but each Mission Pack got worse, so essentially I am happy the SC2 saga is over now.

11 - Deponia Doomsday 85%
Even though the story was finished with Goodbye Deponia this one is probably the best part. Smaller areas with interesting puzzles, and crazy time-travel story.

10 - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 86%
Gameplay is probably the best of any Deus Ex game, but the story was lacking real highlights.

9 - Company of Heroes 2 Master Collection 86%
Great effects, great atmosphere. Level design was a bit too linear in the first few missions but got better and better.

8 - Doom 87%
Really, really great feel to it. Loved the visuals, the music and the gore. Gameplay  was a bit simple, but then again it was great for being so. Nice boss battles.

7 - Batman: Arkham Knight 88%
I'm probably one of the few who enjoyed this game throughout. Had no performance issues, looks really good. Gameplay could have used the Batmobile (and especially the tank battles) less often but I was never really annoyed by it.

6 - Rise of the Tomb Raider 89%
Very nice visuals and improved gameplay from the last Tomb Raider with more climbing than fighting.

5 - Grand Theft Auto V 90%
An overall improvement over GTA 4. Better mission design, more memorable characters and better visuals.

4 - Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun 91%
Love the return of the Commandos-style genre. Visuals look a lot better live than through videos. Level design was near perfect. Each hero was useful but not overpowered. Really liked the twist of the story in the third act.

3 - Overwatch 92%
Hated the game until I played it myself, but Blizzard has done it again. I've spent almost 500 hours playing Overwatch, and I haven't played a shooter that much since Counter-Strike 1.6 or Unreal Tournamet. Heroes feel like best-of-versions of other favourite games, e.g. Quake.

2 - Life is Strange 93%
Has the potential to have the best story I have ever witnessed in a video game. It's hard to say anything without spoiling, but it's so down to eart on one side, and then so crazy and emotional on the other. Gameplay is also  superior to any Telltale game that has been released since The Walking Dead Season 1.

1 - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 94%
Every aspect of this game could be improved one way or another, but everything flows together so flawlessly, and it has so many memorable moments. I'm not that much of an RPG-fanboy, but Wild Hunt could possibly be the best game ever created.


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