Zach's Year End Review

It’s that time of year again where I go over some of the games I played this year and make a decision as to where they fall. Now as I always say as a caveat, these are only games that I've played this year. So while DOOM 2016 is still stellar I played that already and since I've not played the Switch port its still not qualified to get on the list. I think all the games this year released this year but its not required of this list when they came out; it’s only that I played them this year.

So I'm going to start with the most disappointing game of the year in my personal opinion since it’s also the only segment where I don't have honorable mentions. Now this shouldn't imply quality, in this case I had simply overhyped it in my own head. It’s still got solid gameplay a fun set of interactions among its varied cast and is enjoyable for what it is and that game is Super Robot Wars X. This one I think was a bit of the sophomore slumping on my end for the series and unlike in V where the stories interwove better in X they all just kind of happened unattached to each other.

My second category is the most interesting game of the year and that is Battletech by Harebrained Schemes. This game released at around the same time as Super Robot Wars X and is a much better experience. Those who listened to the podcast might remember that it also was being kickstarted at the same time as Yooka-Laylee and despite releasing much later seems to have launched as a better game, I've not played it so I can't really say too much on that. Harebrained Schemes Battletech is a great game with a lot of fun mechanics. Due to a few bugs floating around and a problematic set of balance choices before the latest, as of writing, patch hurts it in the running for my game of the year. That said for a game based on the tabletop game it felt like battletech and manages to get the management aspect of running your mercenary unit to be equally as fun as the combat and makes your decisions matter. Personal recommendation play it on Iron Man mode for the best experience.

Honorable mentions go to: Overcooked Two which for playing a game with friends there are very little better, and Frostpunk a city building game where you are battling it out with the elements and trying to save what's left of humanity from an apocalyptic ice age.

Last up is my game of the year and while this year was a strong year you may be wondering what I eventually decided on. I was thinking it was going to end up being Dragonball Fighterz at the beginning of the year and then the podcast went through our Monster Hunter phase which unseated Dragonball but shortly after I bought my Switch I ran into my game of the year. And that game is Battlefield V. While the stories aren't anything to write home about or win any awards they are fun experiences. The multiplayer has a layer of polish, barring a few bugs, that make it a fantastic time even if I spend most of my time respawning. The game was designed in a way to make you want to stay with a batch of people you've never met and if you are like me you don't want to talk to. The game's engine makes the destruction of terrain an interesting wrinkle in how battles are fought and overall it’s just done so well that I can't put any of the games on top of this list.

Honorable mentions go to the games mentioned: Dragonball Fighterz a genuinely interesting and fun 2d fighting game, Monster Hunter World which is a little grindy but can be loads of fun with friends and lastly Soul Calibur 6 a game that revitalized a faltering franchise and has me optimistic about Dead or Alive 6 next year.

Summing things up it was a good year for games with a lot of strong contenders. And before any comments are made I've not played Red Dead Redemption 2. And to head off the other potential ones I hate the Overhyped Brothers games so it will never be on this list.

Zach Out.