Over the past couple of days, I’ve been reviewing and updating my Game Collector software: converting hardware from the original entries to the new hardware type, adding images to entries that were missing them, and generally doing a bit of records managment.
It’s brought me a whole lot of nostalgia, as I reminisced over when I bought this or that, and when I completed this or that game. It also brought me an overwhelming sense of “oh geez, I really need to play that” – with about every second entry in the database!
It did, however, prompt me to make some gaming resolutions for next year – but more on that later.
This year also included a couple of exciting event ones – I attended PAX Aus for the second year, and made a sojourn to gaming Mecca, Japan.
Right then, I’d now like to take a look back at my gaming accomplishments for 2014. I’ve been keeping track this year over on my Facebook page, rather than making a quarterly blog post as I’ve done in previous years.
Here’s my completed games list for 2014:
- Mario’s Picross (Gameboy port to DS via eShop)
- The Otherside (PC Steam)
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3)
- Tomb Raider: Underworld (PS3)
January wrapped up my completion of the original Tomb Raider series, as well as the culmination of Ezio Auditore’s story in Assassin’s Creed. A bit of a sad feeling for both of those, knowing the next games will differ from those I’ve played up to this point – I’m particularly sad about the Tomb Raider games, because of the reboot, which I will play one day but will no doubt struggle with, having had the original Lara Croft in my gaming heart for so long. Tomb Raider was one of the first games I ever played on my own console, and she made a big impression. It will be hard to break the canon and see her as a different person in the new game.
- Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies (3DS)
- Typing of the Dead: Overkill (PC Steam)
- Pokemon X (3DS)
Pokemon X was probably one of the most enjoyable Pokemon games I’ve played due to the new graphic style, as well as the addition of the Pokemon Bank application, which allowed me to transfer pokemon from previous games. Plus Xerneas is just such a beautiful pokemon!
- Hidden Expedition Titanic (3DS)
- Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (PSP)
- Pokemon Battle Link (3DS) (completed story mode, but not sure I have the stomach to link all the pokemon)
Finally playing the prequel to my favourite game of all time, Final Fantasy VII, was a very sentimental experience. Getting to see Cloud and Sephiroth (plus other characters) before the events of FFVII as well as playing as Zack, and better understanding his history was very satisfying.
- Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders (PC Steam)
- Weapon Shop de Omasse (3DS)
- PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond (Wii)
- Lego The Hobbit (PS4)
Lego the Hobbit was extremely run to play – I really enjoyed the more free-roaming world of the Middle Earth titles, and this was no exception. My main gripe was that the game was not complete – the third movie is only just out in cinemas now, so the game felt (obviously) unfinished. Where is the DLC for the third episode?
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)
- Empress of the Deep (PC Steam)
- Monster Hunter Tri 3 (Wii) [rage quit!]
- Picross e4 (3DS)
- Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the Blue Whale (PC Steam)
My first and final foray into the Monster Hunter franchise, which saw me cheating my arse off and still not having fun. Dislike!
- Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light (DS)
- Escape the Lost Kingdom: The Forgotten Pharaoh (PC Steam) (took under 2 hours to complete, and at the end it said “Game Over” instead of “The End”!)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) (I finally broke up with it!)
- Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (DS) (with many cheats)
- Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden (PC Steam)
- Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4)
- Escape the Museum (PC Steam)
- Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 (PC Steam) (I am too bad at this game to try to complete it)
- The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (PC Steam) (this is really bad and I can’t bear finishing it)
Clearly a Hidden Object month for me! This list looks long, but those games are generally only a few hours long, so they aren’t that much of an accomplishment. A couple of rage quits too, I see! Probably the biggest accomplishment this month was finally breaking up with Animal Crossing after putting in my requisite full twelve months of game play. I don’t miss it. Yet.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
- Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (3DS)
- Nearwood (PC Steam)
- Child of Light (PS4)
What a great month for puzzles and adventures! The stand out would have to be Child of Light, but ALBW was also excellent and a lot of fun. Child of Light is an artistic wonder, and a joy to play, so if you haven’t tried it yet, what’s stopping you? It’s very cheap and available via digital download on a range of platforms, so go get it. Go on!
- Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines (PC Steam)
- Peggle (PC Origin)
- The Sims Medieval, Pirates and Nobles (PC)
- Theatre of the Absurd (PC Steam)
V:tM was one of those games I started waaaaaaayyyy back when and never got round to finishing because of reasons. I had a real good time playing in that universe again – it’s a shame the MMO never saw the light of day.
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS)
- Pokemon Typing Adventure (DS)
- White Haven Mysteries (PC Steam)
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS)
This month saw me giving my fingers a rest after a fierce typing work out, as well as finishing up the Professor Layton series. I am looking forward to the Phoenix Wright/Professor Layton crossover game next. It was also bliss to jump back into the world of Ivalice with FFTA2. I loved the first FFT and this was like hanging out with an old friend.
- The Walking Dead Season Two (PC Steam)
Fantasy Life was monopolising most of my time, but I still snuck in some zombies and intense feels. Moral dilemmas abound!
- Bayonetta (WiiU replay)
- Fantasy Life (3DS)
- Picross e5 (3DS)
After 120 hours of gameplay, I put Fantasy Life back on the shelf. Definitely a stand out this year for me. Who would have thought such a simple premise would yield such satisfaction? A novel approach on the sim genre by adding some true RPG elements. Very much enjoyed that one! I also replayed Bayonetta ahead of getting into the sequel, to refresh my memory about the chronology. Super fun, over-the-top action, as well as Nintendo cosplay!
- Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
Quite satisfying romp through Hoenn, especially given Pokemon Ruby was the first pokemon game I ever played. I’ve come along way since then, beating the Champion Steven, and completing my National Pokedex.
All up, a lot of good work was done! I’m pleased to see I’m maintaining a good spread of platforms and eras, despite feeling like I’ve still got hundreds of games still left to play in my collection (which I do!) And that leads me to my gaming resolutions for 2015.
I aim to get up to date with a popular franchise I haven’t played before, and it’s come down to a choice between Devil May Cry and Mass Effect. I’m leaning towards the latter, but what do you think?
I also want to replay one or more of my nostalgia titles such as Final Fantasy VII. I’m also keen to replay something like Suikoden or Golden Sun, and play all the subsequent sequels (which I haven’t gotten to). And finally, I’d like to replay (and actually complete) one of the epic RPGs of the 2000s, such as the Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale games (original and sequels).
So there you go – what are your major gaming accomplishments for the past year? And what do you hope to achieve next year?