XMetalWolf's Year in Games (2017): The 1st Half

2017 saw the release of a great many exciting titles from what is arguably the newly released Switch’s flagship title in Breath of the Wild to more unexpected surprises like Nier Automata and the latest entries to major franchises such as Mario, Wolfenstein and Assassin’s Creed. While I was able to play only two games that actually released this year, 2017 has been a pretty great year in terms of Video Games for me as I had the opportunity to play through the latest entries in three of my all time favorite series but of-course there were a fair number of other titles that also managed to shift from my backlog to my list of completed games and these following are the games that managed to do so:

Pokemon Moon

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Starting off the year with the latest (2nd latest as of now) addition to a franchise was so ingrained in my childhood was a wonderful experience to say the least. Moon was a more fresher take on this storied franchise and while the core fundamentals of Pokemon remained the same as ever, the shift in the traditional gym system provided a novel new experience for a returning player such as myself. This was also the first truly 3D Pokemon Game and the revamped overworld brought with it a far more lively atmosphere with many Pokemon actually visible in the world around us and not just relegated to random encounters. I also found the story to be and enjoyable and charming romp that was suitably enhanced by the more cinematic cut-scenes enable by the fully 3D world. Overall it was a an amazing experience and as of now my favorite game in the franchise.


Batman Arkham City

Arkham City, said to be the best of the franchise though I wouldn’t really know seeing as the only other one I played was Origins but nonetheless even independent from its brothers Arkham City provides a thrilling, action packed romp through frankly the worst city in the world, Gotham. The highlights for me were undoubtedly the free flowing combat and general gameplay experience especially the boss encounters. The game at its best was absolutely a blast to play but I never really found the experience at the end to be a memorable one. Don’t get me wrong, Arkham City is a great game but one whose journey has ultimately faded away for me as the year went by. Still I’m glad I glad I gave it shot and it does make me want to tackle the rest of the series.


Life is Strange

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Life is Strange is a great game. Even if the whole Telltale style adventure game thing isn’t to your liking, LiS is a game you simply must give a shot. Its a wonderful story with some truly heart wrenching moments and superb characters. I really loved this game, sure it has its flaws but at the end of the day, it hooked me on its story, it made me love the town of Arcadia Bay but most of all it made me super invested in Max and Chloe with their relationship being at the heart of the game. I don’t really have much more to say on this game but if love great characters and a good story and are fine with some okay gameplay then give this one a shot.


South Park: The Stick of Truth

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Alright, first things first, I’ve never watched a single episode of South Park, I’ve heard about a lot for sure but never really felt the need to watch it, however after I playing the The Stick of Truth, I came to realization that the way I felt... was pretty much the same. I enjoyed my time with The Stick of Truth even if I may have missed out things with my lack of intricate South Park knowledge. This was an incredibly solid RPG with a Mario & Luigi-esque battle system and an awful lot gross out humor. The campaign was a weird and wild experience which I would assume is basically every South Park episode. It was quite a ride with some fun though not really impressive gameplay and was at the end of it all, a satisfying experience.


Nier

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While the game is in this post, I would say that I haven’t really finished it seeing as I’ve only gotten the first ending. However, while I do plan do go back for the others for now, my thoughts on the first play-through. Starting off with the negatives, it was definitely not the prettiest game around and the combat was pretty basic though competent enough I suppose. Nier however shines in three things, narrative, characters and music.


Professor Layton and the Curious Village

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I actually tried this game a couple years of but for whatever reason could never really get into it but I’m glad I gave it another chance as it has turned out to be one of the most delightful games of the year. I really liked the anime/old timey aesthetic of the game and the charm of all the characters. The story was a fun romp with nice little mystery and plenty of quirks. The puzzles themselves were fun to ponder over and solve though did force me to check up the web which makes m feel a little guilty. Overall a charming and wonderful experience that makes me excited to tackle future installments.


Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations

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The final game of the original Trilogy, Trials and Tribulations brings a sort of closure to the character of the once rookie defense attorney. I enjoyed facing Gadot in battle and learning about how he came to be and was supremely excited to get to play as Edgeworth in the final trial. Quality wise, its pretty much the same consistent goodness as first two and I can only hope the series continues its consistency.


Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

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And just one entry over, I come back to Professor Layton with the second game in the original trilogy and much like the first,I had an undoubtedly delightful time. Most of my thoughts echo from the first one though I did find the story to stronger this time around. As for negatives well, I dislike the fact the Flora got sidelined for much the game (I really liked her). Overall a strong second outing for the franchise.

And that’s the end of Part 1. Stay tuned for the elusive Part 2 if I ever get around it. Thanks for Reading this far and what games did you personally conquer in 2017.

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(I took way too long to get this done)


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