This has been a year, yknow? And because of that I haven’t always had the bandwidth to play games that demand a lot from me. I love the look and feel of Prey, but I haven’t gotten enough of it’s language yet where I feel comfortable in it. Same with D:DOTO, Persona 5, even Yakuza 0, something that is heartfelt and goofy, etc, requires me to be in a certain headspace that often includes energy to engage that I don’t often have. Relatedly, I’ve read three books this year. Two of them were about meditation and the third was the finale of the Broken Earth Trilogy (seems fitting).
Stardew Valley, for me. It was probably my third most played game in 2016 (behind Steep and OW). I was initially nonplussed about starting a new farm on the Switch, until I realized how well that game fits the Switch (15 minute day intervals means easy stopping points) for relaxing self-care right before bed. It’s probably my most played game this year that isn’t PUBG. PUBG (170+ hours and counting) isn’t too surprising to me because it’s a social game and I’m playing that less for the dinners than I am for the hanging with friends.
Opus Magnum is another one. I expected to bounce off this one like I have other Zachtronics games, and was ready to admire it from afar, but the way you can just… brute force is the wrong phrase – but you can feel out solutions and get there through trial and error, and then once you know how it needs to look, you can refine it however you want (some people go with aesthetically pleasing, some efficient, some cost effective, etc). It’s been a really good.
Heat Signature – just a very relaxing game for me.
Cities:Skylines, too. For the same reason as Opus Magnum. It’s the only Sim City type game where my city hasn’t cracked and crumbled in the first couple hours of playing.