Games Completed - 2022
All of the games I completed in 2022 that had a story or campaign.
The order is that which I completed them.
Biomutant was a unique and interesting game where you play as a little mammal in a post-apocalyptic world. With your little cricket pal, you set out in the vast open world to go rootin' and shootin'. I did really enjoy this game! It offered some interesting mechanics that I hadn't seen before, and overall was just a nice break from other modern games. The combat was my favorite part about this game, with its comic book-like effects and fun leveling system. The world is huge, and many ways of travel are offered. As for the story, there are multiple paths you can take. You can fight in a war between tribes, set out to avenge your mother, slay giant World-Eaters or work towards escaping the radiated planet. One thing I didn't particularly enjoy about Biomutant was the option between being "light" or "dark". It didn't seem necessary for the game, but to each their own.
Wow, oh wow. This game was pretty bad. The steam page describes this 2008 FPS as a "massive blockbuster movie experience", and I couldn't disagree more. The idea of mythical creatures invading the modern world sounds pretty neat, but the execution was very poor. There are about 3 or 4 enemy types in the game, so it quickly became repetitive. I had to install multiple fixes to get through levels that were broken and impossible to get through. Cutscenes were terribly quiet, the voice acting was awful, and finally after about six hours of gameplay, you're finally at the end and... it's a wall of text. And then you're at the main menu. I'll admit, Legendary was actually kind of enjoyable at some points, but not enough for me to give it a good review. It was a Legendary piece of poo.
I played this game hoping for that same nostalgic feeling I got when playing Life is Strange, and it delivered. Even though the game covered a very serious topic, it still had all kinds of entertaining and humorous moments that made it very enjoyable. By the end I felt connected to the characters I had met, and my choices felt like they had truly impacted the end of the game. Road 96 is a tense yet fascinating game that felt like a new experience from anything I have ever played.
I have been a fan of the Metro games for many years, so I was very excited for Metro Exodus to come out. This game was beautiful. It had that Metro horror aspect that I loved in the other games, with a bit of a survival element to go along with the main story. I had a lot of fun exploring the open environments and completing side quests for characters you fall in love with. Metro Exodus was a nice refreshing break from your average FPS game, and delivers all sorts of new mechanics and level design. I personally think Metro Exodus is the best in the series, and I can't wait to replay it with the Enhanced Edition.
I have been a long time fan of the Life is Strange games ever since the first came out. The soundtrack wasn't as good as the previous games, but like the others it had lovable characters and an interesting power mechanic that's fun to play with. The story wasn't as intense as the other games, but it was an emotional and unique game to play through.
I am a big time fan of retro style FPS games, and HROT has officially become my all-time favorite. This game had amazing aesthetics, sound design, and enemy encounters. There are all kinds of strange little things to interact with and secrets locations and enemies to find. There were some shit-my-pants moments that made me love the game even more. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who likes retro FPS games.
I got A Short Hike in a bundle of itch.io games, so I wasn't expecting much. But once I started playing, I couldn't stop. This game had a special little charm to it that I haven't seen in any other game. It takes inspiration from Animal Crossing in the character design, and has relaxing music to explore to. My favorite part of the game was your characters dialogue, which was entertaining to read and was similar to my actual reactions. This was a lovely little game that I would recommend to everyone.
Huh. Not really sure what to say about this one. I had to do some contemplating when I completed it, and I think it's open to debate on what this game's real meaning is. As for the gameplay, I would call it an experience instead of a game. The smooth cartoon animating was nice to look at, and even though there are no instructions, it's still easy to figure out what you're supposed to do. It's a weird game. Really weird.
Please don't ask. My friend sent me this game out of the blue. My eyes bled.
10mg: Sealed Estate is an interesting little horror game. I liked the art style of this game; minimalistic yet unnerving. You are locked inside an estate, and some kind of creature is trying to hunt you down. In every shadow, something is watching you, and you have no choice but to continue onward, reading the notes left behind by whoever used to live there. It was short and interesting. I enjoyed it!
I played Homefront: The Revolution before playing Homefront, and I kind of regret ever playing the first game. It was a very generic 2010's FPS game, identical to many others at the time. The game takes place in 2027, with America fallen and the Greater Korean Republic taking over. There wasn't much variation in enemies or landscapes, so every level felt very similar. I can barely remember the story to it even after recently finishing it. I wouldn't call it a bad game, but it certainly wasn't great either.
This game was a bit strange - you teach an AI named Bit to make your perfect procedural world. A world is created for you to explore, and when you're done you give your feedback and a new world is created. There is a bit of story in the game where Bit talks to you and shares its feelings, which was a little out of place in my opinion. The worlds generated in Adventure for a Bit are interesting, yet a bit lacking. After a second's glimpse, you've seen all that world has to offer. It was a fun little experience, but a bit strange for me.
Your Future Self is a short story-driven experimental text adventure. The story of the game is that you're stuck in a time loop talking to your future self, trying to convince them that their crime was the wrong thing to do. There is an odd stat system where you choose options based on tone, then hope that you replied with the correct tone to get a point in persuading your future self. I didn't really enjoy this game because it didn't really feel like a conversation, since I was just choosing from three pre-written options that are all basically the same answer but with different tones. There is also a mystery in the game that was a nice touch, but other than that it wasn't really that fun.
Yi and the Thousand Moons is more of a musical than a game. The "game" part of it is very blocky and minimalistic, and you do some moving here and there. It tells a story through original and interactive songs which are done very well, it just wasn't my cup of tea.