Finished up one more game to close out the year. Kingdom Rush: Origins
- A pretty decent tower defense game, it's not easy and it does require strategy to figure out the optimal tower placement. This is first one of this series I've completed, and I will be going back to play through the previous ones. It's not quite as fun as Defender's Quest, another tower defense game I played this year, but it is a good game.
My list for the year: http://www.gog.com/forum/general/games_finished_in_2014/post90
And now for a little discussion about what I liked this year: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
This whole series is very good at creating a world that feels real, and the open world nature of this game enhances that. Although there are fewer locations than the original, the three main areas are quite large and well designed with many interesting areas in them. The gameplay is as deadly as the Shadow of Chernobyl, and the world as unforgiving. The plot is essentially an investigation with many interesting revelations emerging throughout. Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten
I had heard about this game from some websites, and when it came to GOG I took a look at the game page and wishlisted it. When I finally got around to purchasing it, I was hooked almost immediately. The addition of persistent towers ("heroes") and skill trees made the game more interesting, allowing specialization. The story is better than one might expect for a tower defense, and the characters make this happen. Waking Mars
I picked this up in one of the build your own bundles GOG ran last year, and wasn't sure what to expect when I started playing. This is one of the best examples of a science fiction game in recent years, it doesn't rely on action to build the player's interest. Instead, the mystery and discovery in the cavern is more than enough. This game and The Swapper
and recent examples of excellent science fiction games. Alien/Zombie Shooter games
I played through all the Sigma Team games this year, and they were a blast. Now, they're not much for story or interesting gameplay; but they are fantastic for blasting through hundreds of aliens at the same time. They can't get a little annoying in the middle of the games, as you're going against increasingly tougher enemies and don't have quite the weaponry to counter that; but by the end of the game, you're rolling through them without any problems. If you're only going to get one, get Alien Shooter 2
, as it is the most refined one of the bunch, and contains more involved RPG-lite mechanics. Deadly Premonition
Calling this a Twin Peaks game doesn't do it justice. At first it hews closely to the premise of Twin Peaks, but it quickly grows into its own entity. The shooting and driving mechanics may be clunky, but the town of Greenvale is charming. The game has quite a bit to do, even though I only did a few sidequests, to keep you occupied for quite awhile. Driftmoon
A charming little RPG I picked up in the same bundle as Waking Mars
. It's not overly difficult or long for that matter, but it's wonderful for its length. It's a nice storybook-like fantasy tale, akin to the Trine series. Chaser
This isn't a great game by any metric, but it's got some memorable moments. It's refreshing to see the player character (the titular Chaser) actually travel to his destination and encounter obstacles in the process, whereas a lot of shooters these days "warp" the player to the next shooting corridor. The voice acting is subpar, but it's always funny when Chaser gets angry/excited because he starts to sound drunk, which is good for a laugh. Metro: Last Light
A great sequel to Metro 2033
, it explores the ramifications of the canonical ending to the first game in interesting. The stealth is easier than last time, but allows for the avoidance of overwhelming fights in some sections. The only part I didn't like was the boss fights which were unavoidable and bullet spongy.
And looking forward to next year... Games I started this year, but did not finish: Age of Wonders
: I really liked what I played so far, but I'm just not that good right now. Total Annihilation
: Same situation here, I reached the seventh mission of the ARM campaign, and am finding it rather challenging. Alan Wake
: I started a second playthrough back in August, and so far have finished 3 episodes. For the best playing experience, I've got to play at night with all the lights off. Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines
: After hearing great things about this game, I started to play it, but didn't get hooked right away. I might start with a different build to help out with some the challenges I encountered in the first part of the game.