Tue 3 Jan 2017
6:30 PM

Games bought and beaten, 2016

Inspired by something I heard Eric Koziol mention once on a podcast, I’ve been keeping track of the games I bought and the games I finished during 2016. The difference between the two is stark but not entirely unexpected; I ended up purchasing way more than I finished, despite my best efforts, and one of the games I finished this year isn’t even from this year!

Without further ado, the lists:

Games bought, 2016

Final Fantasy Explorers
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
Pokemon Red
Mega Man Legacy Collection
Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
Monster Monpiece
Helen's Mysterious Castle
The Division
Always Sometimes Monsters
Bravely Default
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
I am Setsuna
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
World of Warcraft: Legion
Earthbound
Severed
Fairune II
Dragon Quest VII
Breath of Fire
World of Final Fantasy
Pokemon Moon
Nights of Azure
Exist Archive ~The Other Side of the Sky~
Final Fantasy XV
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Received:
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SUPERHOT (Kickstarter)
Mighty No. 9 (Kickstarter)
Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartending Action (preorder last year)
Furi (PS Plus)
Hyper Light Drifter (Kickstarter)
Return to Popolocrois (birthday gift)
Resident Evil HD Remake (PS Plus)
Shiren the Wanderer (Christmas gift)

Games beaten, 2016

Always Sometimes Monsters
The Division
Final Fantasy Explorers
Undertale
Pokemon Red
Pokemon Moon
SUPERHOT

So that’s 25 games actually purchased for money, a further 8 from Kickstarters, PS Plus, or real life gifts, and a mere 7 beaten. Yikes. Well, at least I can talk about those 7.

Always Sometimes Monsters

Always Sometimes Monsters title screen

Took me about 10 hours; I picked it at random out of my Steam library because I believed it would be quick to download while on the limited internet connection available at my parents’ house, where I was visiting. It was alright, I guess. The story itself was a bit amateurish at achieving what it set out to do, although you have to give it credit for trying, I suppose; however, the gameplay itself defeated it at times.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Shut that door achievement

This game is not good. I did not enjoy it. I have exactly one trophy from it, and it’s for shutting a car door. I wish I was kidding.

Final Fantasy Explorers

a screenshot of FFE

So for a long time, every time a Monster Hunter game came out, I’d do this thing where I’d remember that I hated Monster Hunter games, but this time, I should buy the new Monster Hunter game, because it would be different. And then I’d buy a Monster Hunter game, and I’d play it, and I’d inevitably hate it very quickly.

Turns out that slapping a Final Fantasy coat of paint onto an easy-mode Monster Hunter game gets me to play a bit longer, but not very much. I put it down for good after about 20 or 25 hours of time invested and not a lot earned.

Undertale

not really.

Yes, this technically came out in 2015, but I didn’t really get started on it until late in the year and didn’t finish doing what I wanted to — a neutral run followed by a true pacifist run — until very early 2016. Very well worth it, even though I’m lousy at bullet hell, including the bullet hell lite” flavor of Undertale. Loved the music (not surprising, since I knew Toby Fox from his work on Homestuck, where several of his tracks were my favorites), loved the characters and the wacky, surreal-esque humor; definitely reminded me a lot of Earthbound in that it was always just a tiny bit unsettling, even when it didn’t try to be. Highly recommended.

the game or me? you be the judge.

Pokemon Red & Pokemon Moon

welcome to twitter

I fully admit that I have already beaten a generation 1 Pokemon game (I had Pokemon Blue when it first came out in physical cartridge form). Part of my reasoning was definitely about wanting to go back to the older, definitely-buggier version of a franchise I usually jump on as soon as it comes out. Part of it was because once Pokemon Bank updates later this year, I’ll be able to bring a suite of generation 1 Pokemon forward, and that’s just cool. And part of it was out of a desire to do a Nuzlocke, which I did and documented.

As for Pokemon Moon, playing Red first really made me appreciate all the little changes for quality of life in every successive generation of Pokemon games. I can switch boxes freely at the PC! I don’t have limited inventory slots! I don’t need HMs anymore! I’m still active on Battle Spot, but I did beat’ the story mode of this game. Good enough for me.

SUPERHOT

SUPER.

SUPER.

HOT.

HOT.

What about the rest?

Goals for this year