I know I joke a lot about being a terrible gamer, but I think this year I played more games to completion than any previous year and I definitely feel like my gaming skills have improved. I still play games with Rick, both for Indie Game Date and for fun, but I’ve definitely put a lot more time into my Steam account this year than any year previously. Since that’s the case, I thought it might be fun to run down my favourites games I played this year.
Favourite Backseat Game
Okay, so I’m starting a list of games I played with a game that I didn’t actually play… Bear with me. Long time Gamerwife readers might remember a sometimes feature I did called “Backseat Game Review,” wherein I reviewed a game that Rick was playing from the point of view of a viewer. This is my callback to that feature, and something I think I’d like to revive in 2016. I totally get why The Witcher 3 won game of the year this year, and wish desperately that I had the skills to play it myself, but alas, I do not. I love the fantasy world of the Witcher, I love the unwinnable moral choices, and I especially love anything to do with trolls. Also, watching Rick totally fail at romance objectives is one of the great pleasures in my life.
Favourite Narrative Game
Yes, I’ve written about this game multiple times this year. But with good reason. I. LOVE. THIS. GAME. Surprising storytelling, sympathetic but complicated characters, surreal West Coast setting. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s compelling and accessible and so unlike any game I’ve played before. I’m super curious as to what Season 2 will bring, will the same characters appear, or will it be something completely different. I genuinely can’t wait.
This one got in just under the wire, and I spent the entire time playing it wondering why I hadn’t started it sooner. If you are a fan of 90’s era JRPGs, especially weirdo cult entries like Earthbound, this is the game for you. Innovative battles, hilarious and emotional writing, fantastic meta-narrative, gorgeous art & incredible music… I cannot recommend this one to RPG and non-RPG fans highly enough. It is both exactly the game you think it is, and something totally different and amazing. The instant classic status of this games is totally earned.
Favourite Co-Op Game
Alright, my final entry in this list is another outlier. Unlike everything else on this list, Legend of Dungeon did not come out in 2015, it came out ages ago. However, I never got the chance to play it when it first came out, I only played it a few months ago, so it goes on my list. Playable with up to 4 people, this button mashing roguelike has great pixel art, hilarious items, and totally addictive gameplay. It is actually pretty rare that I will continue to play an Indie Game Date pick on my own without Rick, so you know this one is something special.