Games I've played this year: January 2014
New Super Mario Brothers:
This is the first game I've been on my new 3DS, and it didn't disappoint. I was the perfect age when the original Nintendo was out so I played SMB and SMB3 when they were new and fresh, and NSMB feels like the perfect throwback to those games. The levels were never too challenging or difficult, but they always seemed fun. My only complaint for this game would be that it seemed pretty short. I know I could replay all the levels to collect every coin in the game, but I wasnt that in love with the game to go back and do that.
The Banner Saga:
I've never been really into strategy games aside from the new XCOM game, but I really liked the art style of TBS and thought the viking story would be a good one. This game definitely exceeded the limited expectations I had for it. The game plays out kind of like The Oregon Trail in that you have a party (in this case 2) and you have to manage supplies and make choices depending on different situations that come up, and these choices will affect the party's size and morale. When the party isnt traveling or participating in dialogue/decision making there is grid based combat sections. The combat seems a bit limited at first, but it definitely rewards strategic play in the long run. I really really enjoyed the game, but its a planned trilogy, so I am hoping they are able to secure enough funding to make the 2nd and 3rd games.
I had heard a lot of hype about this game but actually knew nothing about what the story would be about before playing. I really dont want to get into it at all because I feel like anyone who might play it should go it knowing very little about it. I really enjoy story driven games a lot, and found the way the player is tasked with discovering the story in this game to be a great way of telling a narrative. this game is really short (I think I beat it in under 2.5 hours) but its an enjoyable story for anyone who is interested in a slower paced story rather than an action packed experience.
Halo: Spartan Assault
Theres really not much for me to say, i made a mistake here. I made the very unCAG like move of purchasing this full price at $15, and it definitely wasnt worth it. For those who arent familiar its a twin stick shooter that was originally designed for Windows phones and Windows 8. I guess i just got new console fever and felt like I needed to download something, but I should have been more patient. Its not even that its a bad game, or representation of a twin stick shooter, its just the fact that there's really nothing remarkable or special about it other than the Halo universe. I wish I had waited for this to be at least half off, but I have a pretty strong feeling this will be one of the first Games with Gold for the X1.
So there you have it, those are the four games i completed in January. So far for February it looks like I'll have at least Dead Rising 3 to talk about and hopefully a few other.
*(by completed I mean the main campaign, although in most games that have side missions I'm pretty obsessive about completing those as well)