Hey TAY! When I was but a newbie here (still am, really), I posted this article about my New Year's resolution, to remember —and score— the games that I play.
When I wrote the original article, I had just written my first "TAY Review". I hadn't started working with GBD on a format, or shared my aspirations to bring more reviews to TAY or work with publishers with anyone yet, really.
Since then I've reviewed quite a few games, which I'll be sharing links to in here and elaborating on some thoughts I posted in their original reviews. In a way my reviews have served as my journal. I'll be adding a rating out of 10 next to each game, and do my best to explain my reasoning.
Without further ado, let's get to it.
What I Liked: Max is a gorgeous game, and it came at a time when I was starving for a new Xbox One title and this fit the bill quite nicely. It's fun, pretty and reminiscent of a simpler time in gaming.
What I Didn't Like: There were definitely some frustrating moments where you could only learn how to clear an area by dying repeatedly. That's just poor level design, but not enough to hinder the experience in a meaningful way.
What I Liked: Stick of Truth absolutely nails the source material and is too hilarious for its own good. On top of that, South Park turned out to be a competent RPG. I actually played through it again after having beat it.
What I Didn't Like: The low level cap and useless summons just felt like they didn't really belong in an otherwise polished game. I really loved Stick of Truth but these two elements just didn't get implemented very well. A higher level cap would've made the game a bit more replayable, and not having to run around town collecting summons every day would've made this a bit more fun.
What I Liked: Garden Warfare is a simplistic, colorful and above all else, fun shooter. Being able to enjoy a shooter without the pressures associated with say a Titanfall or Call of Duty.
What I Didn't Like: Unlockables are slow to earn, a serious lack of unique game modes.
Strider - 7.5
What I Liked: Strider was an absolute blast to tear through, running through enemies, gaining new powers, all of it was entertaining. I still want to go back and play through again, though I haven't made the time.
What I Didn't Like: Hiryu's voice was laugh-inducingly atrocious, same goes for enemy characters. The final boss was somewhat frustrating, and the visuals were not all that outstanding.
J-Stars Victory Vs - 7.0
What I Liked: Goku, Naruto, Luffy, Kenshin and all your other favorite Shonen protagonists going at it is a dream.
What I Didn't Like: Single player wears thin quickly, and playing imports online is always pretty laggy, so the game doesn't have a ton of lasting power
Child of Light - 9.0
What I Liked: Pretty much everything. Child of Light is just stunning. It's got gorgeous art design, fun characters and an engaging battle system.
What I Didn't Like: Manual saving I guess? It really isn't enough to complain about. I just wish I had more to play.
NES Remix 2 - 6.5
What I Liked: Having the chance to revisit a bunch of old school NES games is always fun. Also stickers.
What I Didn't Like: Why'd you have to add Wario's Woods? Just, why?
Drakengard 3 - 6.5
What I Liked: Zero. She's an absolute badass and doesn't really take any shit from anybody. I also really enjoyed the fighting action, sometimes you just wanna watch the world burn.
What I Didn't Like: The game's technical issues. They could've made this game look and run much better than they did. A little more effort would've gone a long way, but it doesn't ruin the game.
Mugen Souls Z - 7.0
What I Liked: A colorful, funny RPG with a memorable cast and a battle system with some cool elements that adds further strategic elements.
What I Didn't Like: Mugen Souls Z is trying to do too much. Introducing new systems constantly and inundating you with tutorials. They could've stopped adding stuff far earlier.
Watch Dogs - 9.0
What I Liked: Watch Dogs is an amazing game that caters to a variety of play styles. Aiden's revenge story really made me want to help him through Chicago to tear down a corrupt system.
What I Didn't Like: I wish I could've shot my gun while driving. And I would've liked a better soundtrack. Despite running myself ragged playing it, I still find myself picking up the controller to play some more, which is unique to any game I've reviewed thus far.
What I Liked: This is a mobile game living in a portable console, which is a great thing. Being able to pick up and play is fantastic. I still mess with this game every day.
What I Didn't Like: I really would like some more songs. Hopefully they release DLC.
Alright, this is going on much longer than I thought it would, so I'll summarize the rest of the games I played, but didn't review this year:
Infamous: Second Son - 9.0
Mario Kart 8 - 9.0
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z - 2.0
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - 6.5
That's about the whole list for me so far this year. I'd like to thank a couple people that have helped me as I've stuck with it this year and tried to become a better reviewer and writer in general:
Tina Amini - For always answering my stupid questions and giving me an honest critique of my work when I first started. I'm still working on incorporating all the great advice you gave me, it'll just take some time!
GBD - For not permabanning me when I tried to get Nintendo games without talking to him first, and for working with me on that whole review format thing you've probably never heard of.
Zarnyx - For ice cream suggestions, English corrections and general awesomeness. Oh oh oh, and for giving me authorship to TAY in the first place!
And everyone who's encouraged me to continue writing these reviews. You guys are the reasons I stay up till 3AM writing them. I'm always super glad to see your comments.
How about you guys? Are you on track with your New Year's Resolution? Did you keep a gaming journal too? Share with us in the comments!