Are you exhausted by all these posts all over the internet, recapping and listing everything that you already lived through this year? Well here’s another. It’s my favourite, best and most popular posts I made in 2016, in a secret order known only to me!
December: Christmas, Hanukah, Hogmanay/New Year’s Eve. A time of celebration, of not working, of eating lots of food and arguing over Game of the Year. I’ve been consuming GOTY editorials this festive period like mince pies, and even made my own. What has struck me is that perhaps it’s worthwhile also considering the important gaming moments over the past 12 months, and the impacts and consequences they have had on the community. For a snapper title I’ve opted for Game Conversations of the Year 2016, but you get the point. Here are some of the releases, personalities, and events that have defined this year in gaming (imo).
I’ve been eagerly following the development of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice for many months, and the more I hear about it, the more excited I am for this title. Not only is the game technically innovative (their use of live motion capture is incredible), but their approach to mental health is similarly forward thinking.
It’s the end of the year and time to choose the ‘best’ game that was released in the last 12 months. So, in spirit of this, here’s a list in no particular order of the games which may not be the best, but which I enjoyed playing the most:
Stardew Valley (Developed by ConcernedApe; Published by Chucklefish Games) I’ve written about Stardew Valley before, so I’m sure it’s no surprise I’m fond of this gem. In case you missed the hype at the time, Stardew Valley is a tiny indie game that rocketed to mainstream acceptance. The farming sim has had one major update since its release, and I think it’s likely we’ll see another. I’ve played this game for over 150 hours so it was guaranteed a spot of my list of favourites from this year.
Play if: You want a relaxing, farming games with a town of mystery and fantastic characters.
Hey pals – sorry I’ve been absent the last couple of weeks. I started a new job (yay) and that’s been eating all my time and energy. Please accept this Sunday Swatch and I’ll get back to actually posting soon.
The Last of Us 2 was announced and it looks great. On top of the beautiful looking trailer, we’ve heard that the sequel will be Ellie focused this time. The Last of Us did fall into the standard man protects innocent girl trope, but as this article argues, it also interrogated the trope too. Hopefully this new game will continue with this, which seems likely if the game is following Ellie and her revenge journey. [Warning, spoilers for the linked article]