Content of the article: "In this year, I beat or played a significant part of 17 games – you definitely played some of them. Honestly saying, it’s probably more then I’d played in any other year since middle school. Here they are, ranked – I’d love to hear your opinion about them as wel.."
1. Steins;Gate Elite
The first place is quite an interesting one. I thought about all games I really loved in some point of my life and turned out, quite a few of them were visual novels. So of course, looking for something to play during the lockdown, I decided to google the best ones of the genre. The one that was mentioned often was Steins;Gate, so I decided to grab it, funny thing is, I didn't even realize I was getting a remake.
Fist half of the game took me more than a month. And I was reaaaaly close to giving up on it. It was alright, but it wasn't gripping enough for me to go on through the whole story. Then the magic started to happen. It's certainly one of those, that stays slower at the beginning, but really picks up the pace. I don't want to oversell it, but it's definitely one of the best games I've ever played. The story is fantastic, I definitely recommend anyone who likes a good to story to check out this one.
Like I said, it's a bit slower for a first few hours – it's not bad, but it's definitely nowhere near as good as the rest of the game.
2. Among Us
Well, this being here on my list definitely isn't too original. That being said, I can't remember the last time I've had so much fun with a group of friends. I'm a rather outgoing person, so I've had a blast debating who the killer may be. And it's so, so much better, if that person is you, especially if you're despertaly trying to hide it. Watch it though, I get so excited playing this, I have trouble sleeping after every night we play. The downside is you need about 8 other people for this game to be truly enojayble and that's not so easy to set up.
3. Overcooked 2
Incredible co-op experience, both to play drunk at parties and to try hard with a friend online. Definitely recommended.
What may seem unusual, is that I recommend playing it 2 people party instead of 3 or 4. The reason for that is in this way everyone's job is really important, you can feel that what you do truly matters and it creates a great sense of accomplishment. If there is more people involved it's of course still really fun, but isn't that satisfying and, therefore, addicting. You can immadietely feel that, even if you won't perform at your peak, your teammates will still carry you.
If you enjoy coop games and have a friend to share this one with, it's a must-buy.
- Slay the Spire
A very interesting game, it's a card roguelike. I've never realized I was into the genre, since my only related experience was Hearthstone, but it got me hooked really fast. This is definitely one of the 'easy to play, hard to master' titles and gets really addicting once you see your deck starts to combo pretty well and you can defeat anyone. Definitely didn't expect this one to keep me glued to the screen as much as it did.
Honestly, there is not too much to say about this one. It's very much like the sequel, only slightly less variable and lower budget. Still a wonderful game, just a bit worse than the other one.
6. Steins;Gate 0
So, as you already know, I played the original game in the remade form. Then I almost immadietely proceeded to check out the next one. It was quite good and if you loved the first game like I did, you'd probably even found it very good. I do realize many of the veterans prefer the original version of the first game rather than the remake, but I honestly enjoyed the refreshed formula more. I know the sequel is also gonna be remade, but I couldn't keep myself waiting for that long.
7. Super Mario Galaxy
As you can probably guess, I played it in the 3D All Stars Collection. I've played this game already when I was much younger, so I realize my opinion may be a bit biased, but it is still the best 3D platformer I've ever experienced. I think the sequel could top it, beacuse the original game had its flaws, but I played it so much time ago, that I'm not really in position to make any comparisons. I sincerely hope Nintendo is gonna port the sequel as well.
8. Human Fall Flat
Okay, this is, once again, an interesting one. A friend of mine, that I sometimes hang out, have a few beers and play some games with, mentioned this game to me. I had forgotten about it, but then, one time, I saw it on Nintendo eShop on sale. Played it once with a friend and then got it on PC once again so we could play it online in a bigger group. Extremely entertaining game and very funny on top of that, especially if you enjoy trolling your friends.
9. Dead by Daylight
Although you probably can't tell by looking at this list, I'm a pretty big fan of competitive PvP titles. I didn't really buy this with try-harding in mind and I don't think I've done too much of it, but this definitely is a game in which you can get really good. That being said, I'm still a a noob, but I do enjoy spending time with a group of friends playing this. But know, that for a first couple of games it can be ridiculously scary. Then you kinda get used to the pressure.
10. Pummel Party
Probably one of lesser known titles on the list – honestly, it's just a Mario Party clone, but with online and up to 8 players in one match. If you've ever played Mario Party, enjoyed it and have a few friends to play with, get it. It's a really great tool to keep the relationships going through the lockdown.
11. Sekiro – Shadows Die Twice
I kinda feel in quite a good position to give an opinion on this one, since I'm neither a die-hard Souls fan, nor a very casual player. I beat the original Souls game and quite enjoyed it, but boy, can it be frustrating at times. Soooo, Sekiro is even harder. Yeah, it really is. Great thing about it is how dynamic it is. I think character's movement is what I loved the most – he moves IMMADIETELY. Like, he doesn't half a second to turn around and turn back, he just does it. The animations may not be the most realistic ones beacuse of that, but I didn't really care. That kind of responsiveness felt amazing. And, if you're up for a good challenge, a bit like Souls, but more thrilling, go for this. If the Souls were too hard for you, I don't think you'll enjoy this one either.
12. Steins;Gate My Darling's Embrace
Okay, as you see, I really enjoyed Steins;Gate. I enjoyed it to the point that I even bought dating-simulator-like spin-off. It was okay. Even though on paper it's one, big story, the truth it's a few smallers ones. And the quality of them vary – some are really good, some are boring. That being said, keep in mind I still haven't beat one of the ending (the Mayuri one), that's supposedly the best, so my opinion may not give you the full image of how how enjoyable the game is.
13. New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
I'm a Mario fan. Am I a fanboy? I'd say I'm not, as I really see some flaws in many games, but, in reality, who am I to tell? But, it doesn't matter – it's quite likely you've already played some games from New Super Mario Bros saga. If you have, you enjoyed them, and have the appetite for some more – go for it. If one time was enough for you, don't buy it. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, it's just more of the same. If you' ve never played it, I'd say you could give it a chance, especially if you like semi-casual platformers with coop (which is of course optional).
What I mean by semi-casual is, that while it may seem like a game aimed for childern (which, let's face it, it is), it can get really tricky at times. It's of course no where near close to some of the Mario Maker 2 levels, that were just absurdly difficult or to Sekiro I mentioned before, but it defnitely can cost you a bit of nerves in tougher spots. But most of the times it's rather straightforward.
14. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
This is absolutely the same case as New Super Mario Bros – a nice game, fun to play with friends, but we've seen this before. If you're tired of Mario Kart, skip this. It doesn't differ too much from the older games. But if you haven't played any of those (or yo have and you loved it), check it out. It's a nice game to relax for an hour after work and forget about how stressful life can be.
15. We Were Here
I'd say this game may be tied with Pummel Party about how niche it is. It's a coop-only, puzzle game, featuring one person thrown in a what looks like some sort of a dungeon and the other person locked in a library.
Using voice chat, the explorer must tell the librarian what he sees and the other players must go through library rooms to find hints that will help his friend escape. It's probably one of the most cooperation-requiring games I've experienced and may be great to bond with someone you don't have that much to talk about.
That being said, it kinda got dull for me after a while. Fortunately (or not), the game is very short, I think it took us about two hours to beat. Beacuse of that, we didn't manage to really get bored with it, but I feel like I wouldn't want to play another couple of hours.
That's of course my opinion, but honestly, if you enjoy slower-paced games, you like puzzles and have a friend to share this one with, you're going to love it. It's definitely very interesting and off (in a good way) title. And the best part? It's free on steam.
16. Stardew Valley
Okay, I really tried to love this game, but I just couldn't. I definitely had quite a few nice moments in this game with my girlfriend, with whom I shared this experience, but I feel like it's too repetitive and there just wasn't enough stuff for me to do. But, what I really like about it, was the dungeon and the arcade machines. Definitely an unusual game, a bit like animal crossing, but a bit less enjoyable for me. I can definitely see why people love it though.
17. Dangaronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
This is the last game on the list. As you could see, even about the latter games in the ranking, I had something nice to say about. It was beacuse, even though I didn't like them as much as the titles higher up, I still found them quite fun.
Unfortunately, that's not the case with Dangaronpa. I bought this game after beating Steins;Gate 0, pursuing another great visual novel. I really, really tried to get into it. I really did. But it kept rejecting me. I then remember, that I didn't like Steins;Gate at the beginning too and it turned out to be one of my favourite games of all time, but I got something what looked like a cheap version of Ace Attorney trial thrown in my face.
What I like about visual novel games, is that they have a great story. Sometimes there is some gameplay involved (like in the mentioned Ace Attorney) and sometimes thay have some ofther cool stuff included, like animations in the Steins;Gate remake. But for the whole time when playing this game, I've had the feeling that it's trying way too hard to be something that I just isn't. There is a school that you can roam, which seems was meant to be something like a bit of an open world, but is extremely empty and just forces you to walk around for a few minutes before you can finally find something that had changed since the last time you were there.
I think the story may turn out to be really interesting, but I just couldn't bear (hehe) to play the game any longer, I really wasn't enjoying it. But, tell you what, if you'll tell my it gets significantly better in the later part (just like Steins;Gate did), I'll give it another try. For all I know it can become one of my next favourite games. But for the time being, I just can't recommend this one.
Thanks for reading. If you've played any of these games in this year of in previous years, I'd love to hear your opinion about them. Even if we won't agree.
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