2016 Retrospect

Well, this year has flown past and so many big things have happened. I didn’t do a whole lot of gaming, at least in the video sense, but since being on break from school I’ve experienced a hardcore resurgence. I have Pokemon Moon to thank. I started taking my 3DS to school and it had been a great comfort in the downtime. I then renewed my PlayStation Now subscription and brought my Vita to have an even broader variety of stuff to occupy me. From that, it registered how much I miss my PS3 and so I gifted myself a white 500 GB PS3 and a handful of imports. Of course, I also took advantage of the holiday sales from GOG, Steam, PSN, and XBox.

When I look back at what I’ve played this year, mostly garbage comes to mind. I’m reminded of the batch of NES games I got to play, thanks to a friend, and it sucked–the worst nostalgia fix.

Here’s a breakdown of what I finished this year, in chronological order,  and my 2 cents worth.

King Oddball (PS4) – Addictive physics puzzler great for fueling rage.
Labyronia (PC) – Encounters weren’t balanced with your natural progression
Toonstruck (PC) – So very 90’s and I didn’t enjoy it.
Dragon Quest Heroes WTWABB (PS4) – The ending had me in tears.
Plantera (PC) – Click, Click, Click, Idle forever, Click, Click–Done
Loot Hero DX (PC) – Brainless, but not so much that I can’t call it awful
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (NES) – Terrible everything
Marble Madness (NES) – I want to like it, but it just doesn’t work.
Mario is Missing (NES) – Atrocious
Adventures of Bayou Billy (NES) – Everything was @$%^
Dino Rikki (NES) – Lazy repeated bosses and terrible jumping.
Alfred Chicken (NES) – Mega meh
Dynowarz: Destruction of Spondylus (NES) – A little above ‘meh’
The Great Waldo Search (NES) – Atrocious
Wizards and Warriors (NES) – Challenging, but an okay experience
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (NES) – Average
Astyanax (NES) – Average
Bad Dudes (NES) – You wear diapers and fight midget gorillas. No like.
Battletoads and Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team (NES) – Tedious and difficult.
Abadox (NES) – Liked the gore aesthetic. Fun shmup.
Fist of the North Star (NES) – There are no words to describe this garbage
Dropsy (PC) – Enjoyed it a lot
Pokemon Moon (3DS) – Too much dialogue and felt hand-holdy, but super pretty

Not an impressive year for me and mostly full of disappointments, but I have a great many things to look forward to on X-Mas and a lot of PS1 classics I’ve neglected for a long time, so I’ll have plenty of entertainment to get me through next quarter.

Here’s to another year of gaming and many more. Cheers!

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One thought on “2016 Retrospect

  1. I’ve a similar thing with neglected games, but for me they’re past Xmas gifts going back to 8 years ago. I plan to play them all in the next year. I may not like some of them and even not finish them all, but I’ll at least give them all a try.

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