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A Look Back at Gaming in 2017 – Part 2

Evenin’ friends. I’d like to start with a quick thank you to everyone who read and emailed me their thoughts on yesterday’s post. Quite a few of you asked that I talk more about what games I regretted not buying and not finishing in 2017 and I am more than happy to oblige! As such, tonight’s post will be a more in depth continuation of the last few items in yesterday’s article: A Look Back at Gaming in 2017 – Part 1. Check it out if you missed it!

First up tonight is What I regret not buying: 

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“Are you ready to die?”

Nioh is most often compared to games in the Souls Series, both in level design and difficulty, the game unleashes you on the shores of a war torn and Yakoi (the baddies) infested Japan as a blonde and blade wielding protagonist named William who must tear through hordes of demons in search of… something. As a long time fan of the everything Dark Souls, I was immediately intrigued.

The game came out on February 7th, 2017 and reviews immediately began pouring in, praising Koi Tecmo Games for providing an immersive, fresh and somewhat brutal experience that could run anywhere from 70 hours to over 100 hours of game play. Through the use of five weapon types, time period armor sets and a combination of hack and slash and combo oriented combat, it seems the demon slaying never has to end! Koi Techmo Games also pumped out three story expansion DLC’s including: Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor and Bloodshed’s End. Finally, Nioh boasts a popular co-op option as well as a port to PC (after it’s Sony exclusive release) where you can enjoy all of the above mentioned DLC’s via the Complete Edition.

I am most definitely still interested in playing this game and depending on what early 2018 has to offer, I may end up playing it pretty soon! Are you ready to die?

 

What I regret not finishing: 

Horizon Zero Dawn

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I am of the opinion that gaming, as well as the fantasy book genre and perhaps even general entertainment needs more strong female lead characters. In the case of Horizon Zero Dawn, I was not disappointed.

Red headed, bow wielding, agile and the kind of survivor that would make Beyonce proud, Aloy is a hunter living in a post apocalyptic world that is crawling with prehistoric sized monster machines and fragmented tribes of humans who seem just as eager to kill each other as to kill said machines.

After having been outcast from her own tribe as a child, Aloy’s whole life has been a series of unanswered questions and now she wants to know why.

I made it about halfway through the game before my attention was drawn elsewhere. The world is vast, the design is careful detail and the combat invites you to take on it’s dangers in a variety of ways. It’s a great game so far and I really want to finish it so that I can play through the DLC.

Divinity Original Sin 2

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An isometric RPG for the ages, Divinity Original Sin II sold over a million copies in it’s first two months. Being a long time fan of the first, I picked this game up on release and lost what felt like 30 hours to just a day or two worth of play.

The character design is more robust and the world can be both exciting and horribly cruel, depending on how you build your party (or not) and what you deem worth the effort.

I was really enjoying my play through of the game but unfortunately my PC gave out on me and after downloading and installing the game on my non-gaming laptop, I decided it’d be best to wait for my rebuild this year.

Still playing: 

Assassin’s Creed Origins

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I wasn’t sure where to put this game. I’m not sure that I regret not finishing it, but it’s given me enough new content and a big enough world to say that I don’t regret buying it either.

The Assassin’s Creed games come up on my posts a surprising amount, given that I’ve played and disliked most of them, and the only explanation I can offer is that we’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship since my first steps in the world as Altair.

As a whole, it’s a series that in my opinion built success off of putting new skins on a tired formula and then advertising all of the new and exciting, but not really new and exciting ideas that have been added. Despite my own opinion and experiences, I bought Origins and up to now I… well, I don’t hate it.

The story line is a good one, the world is incredibly detailed and the biggest to date in the series and the combat has moved away from press x (counter) and win.

I’ll reserve my review for if and when I do finally finish the game.

 

Thanks for reading. What games did you most enjoy or regret buying in 2017?

 

 

2 thoughts on “A Look Back at Gaming in 2017 – Part 2

  1. I bought AC Origins on Black Friday and have yet to even open it. I’ll probably still try it out but I think you’re on to something there with how every AC has been the same thing in a new package!

    My 2017 game I regret not buying:

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm. After playing through the original (Life is Strange) when it came out and falling in love with it, I regret not buying the prequel this past year. The ending of LIS left me so heartbroken though that I think it’s just hard to imagine returning to that world knowing how everything ends.

    1. If you’ve already got it in hand, then there’s definitely no reason not to give it a go. The game offers a lot to like! Despite my griping, I plan on giving it the full benefit of the doubt and finishing it… someday, lol.

      Life is Strange and the subsequent Life is Strange: Before the Storm are games that I missed. You’re not the first person to tell me that the series has a lot to offer though. Keep us updated with whether you decide to go back and relive the heartbreak or not!

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