My favorite game last year was Night in the Woods, and that hasn’t changed. As a Cis White man, too much pop culture is made “For people like me” to the point where sometimes you don’t even realize it. But NITW is one of the few games that has really personally resonated with me, from the setting to the characters, its feels on point to some of my experiences.
If there was any game that I feel a ton of people slept on it was Detention, a game that i feel that has gotten a lot more buzz recently than when it was released. A great application of horror based on horrific events, its a stomach tightening, rather short game that knows what its doing.
I played about 10-15 hours of Breath of the Wild on a roomate’s switch during what would be considered the midgame. My opinion on it was basically “yeah, this is pretty solid” It was ranked pretty low on my top 10 list for last year as basically a “Yeah i didn’t really get the full experience/Maybe too much hype going in that i was bound to be a little underwhelmed.” Now that i have my own Switch, and am experencing the game holistically, i can say that this game is absolutely wonderful on almost every level. Maybe that will change as i go along, but i’m having a blast. I don’t know if i’ve soured on any game i played last year. I kind of regret spending as much time playing Nioh last year, a solid game, but compared to some of the great games i’ve had to catch up on, it was clearly not the correct choice. Also after the 4th time trying to get into Opus Magnum, i’ve come to the conclusion that it, and probably zachtronics, just aren’t for me.
I haven’t really replayed much from last year because there is still so much stuff that i hadn’t played yet. Hollow Knight coming to consoles gave me the excuse to play it and if Zelda wasn’t charming me, would easily be my favorite game i’ve played this year. Horizon Zero Dawn was a stellar open world game with jaw dropping vistas and excellent set pieces. Dishonored Death of the Outsider is imo the peak of the franchise, one that actually came in with a great narrative to go along with its great world and level design. All were stellar titles. I havne’t even played Super Mario Oddessy yet, though its on my list, another game that i know i’m going to love.
I think 2017 towers over 2018, in terms of how i view it. That being said, thats on me i think, considering a lot of the biggest games in 2018 just weren’t my thing. (Monster hunter world, RDR2, Smash) (though i still haven’t played things like HItman 2 or The Missing and i know i would love those games
, so again, also my fault.)