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: --------- 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
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
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
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.
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.
Pokemon Red & Pokemon Moon
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.
What about the rest?
- Some of the games on the list are things I’ve beaten before, if not necessarily this year — Breath of Fire (on the SNES), Earthbound (on the SNES, many times), all of the games in the Mega Man Legacy Collection. So I didn’t count them, but they are things I have played before.
- World of Warcraft: Legion… won’t be possible to “beat” that for a while, considering my primary activity is raiding and we haven’t even cracked into the second half of the first tier of raids!
- I just got Final Fantasy XV, Exist Archive, Nights of Azure, and Digimon Story at the very end of 2016 (all thanks to Christmas sales). Haven’t really had time to play them that much yet.
- I should probably just mark Monster Monpiece as done. I don’t know if I intend to go back to it. It’s just so weird and not at all in good taste.
- FE Fates: Birthright I got part way into and then petered out. I think it’s the possibility of grinding allows infinite options, and then I just never really get around to taking advantage of all that possibility… I did the same thing with Fire Emblem Awakening. I don’t even have most of the children on my FEA save because I realized that I could get Darkflight for almost all of them, and then I had to get Darkflight for all of them, and that’s a lot of grinding. I’ve sort of broken the game and could probably just stand to finish it at this point… same goes for Birthright. I haven’t even touched the other two story paths on Fates, for that matter.
- I’m almost done with Fairune II and Phoenix Wright. A little more effort and both of them would’ve been on this list.
Goals for this year
- Don’t buy a whole bunch of games.
- Play all the Persona games before Persona 5 comes out in April. (I’ve bought an Elgato capture device so that I could, technically, play all of these from my PS TV, record it, and put it on YouTube. I may very well do this. Probably will switch to PS Now for Persona 3 because FES remains my favorite version of that game.)
- Don’t buy a whole bunch of games.
- Maybe make a game this year??