Yay, I finished my first two games of 2013. I would have finshed some before but I lost my saves from the last mission of Heroes of Might and Magic 2 and I lost halfway saves from Shadow Warrior.
So it took until now to finish my first ones and coincidentaly in two days.
On Sunday (17.2.) I finished XCOM:Enemy Unknown
. I have to say I am bit disappointed by this one. I liked it much less than original games and maybe even bit less than UFO:Afterlight. Almost every single change they did from original was for worse. Base builiding, research, interceptions, scanning for UFOs, unit development, panic progress, objective based missions, sizing down teams and making maps more streamlined, cover system and flanking, backpack and ammo, enemy spotting and their activation and even new action system was worse than previous one in my opinion, but I got used to this and and it's not really complaint.
Thing it got right was probably atmosphere and of course graphics.
Also the story is good but the last mission was quite meh and it absolutely screamed for alternate ending or at least better done ending. The game is preparing you for some big event at the very end and then it just fizzles when you get there. "Muhehe, you fell for my diabolic plan and now I will use the plan to reverse your victory and bring doom upon you. Oh you killed me? Nevermind then. You won."
Overall I enjoyed the game, but there was too much frustration (bad frustration) and too many moments where I regretted they did things this way.
I think I would rate this game 7/10
and maybe I am bit too lenient to it.
Day later (18.2.) I finished LEGO Star Wars: Complete Saga
. I palyed this one as coop with my girlfriend and it took us years to finish it. Sometimes we forgot about it and two times we lost all saves and had to start over. Finally recently we played through story mode together. Since then I was hunting packages, challenge packages, red bricks and golden bricks and on Monday I finally achieved 100% completion. This itself shows I liked the game, because its very rare for me, to try to achieve 100% after I finish story mode.
The game is just fun and good relaxation and in coop its much better. "Acidentally" kill or get killed by your partner was fun and we laughed through the game a lot.
It has some problems as stupid cam, sometimes stupid switching between characters, unability to split screen so you always have to follow the other player or fists being better than lightsaber, but these things don't really hurt the gameplay much.
Also the prequels have shorter maps and usually were more enjoyable as the orginal trilogy has sometime purposely obstructive gameplay to make it longer.
I would rate this one 8.5/10
and recommend it (or other LEGO games) to all as good choice for coop game. Link to full list
. You don't need to click it as it doesn't contain nothing else than these game.
I also remembered that I forgot Botanicula
last year so I added it now to the old list. It is very cute, optimistic and relaxing game, but it's very short and easy. It's more of toy than game.
This one gets 8.5
as well, because I was really looking forward to each session of this game (I played it with GF as well). Dedcuted points are for length.