Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Games of 2018 - what I played through the year

Welcome to 2019. And first thing we do is is look back at 2018 - more specifically what games I have played.

Compared to the last couple of years (2017 games and 2016 games) the total number played is much reduced at 68. Nine games were completed this year, plus all the story dlc for Destiny 2 and two of three story dlc for Ghost Recon Wildlands. 16 games played were already completed in earlier years and there was only 3 beta/alpha's played this year.

It's noteworthy by this point that the games I choose to play are very often games that don't have a traditional 'end point' - Destiny 2, Neverwinter, Skyforge, Brawlhalla, Warframe, The Division, Battlefield 1, or else are games that are requests from daughters (Minecraft, all the Lego games)

And having not run the First Time Play video's for the last year, there haven't been as many one-off games.

In fact, Destiny 2 was the biggest time sink of the year - well over 200 hours, which is something like 4 times as much as the next most played game (which I think was Neverwinter) and I have finally burnt out on the game, just as the Black Armoury dlc was released.

I'm noticing as well that there is an increase in games demanding to be logged into daily - the first chunk of any game time seems to be getting the log-in reward from several games before actually getting into something I can choose. I'm not yet certain what I think of this - thoughts will follow though ...

Last updated 1.1.19

Total games played: 68

Xbox One: 39
Tales from the borderlands EP 4 + 5 (100% complete)
Lego Marvel Avengers (story complete)(100% complete)
The Turing Test (100% complete)
Minecraft story mode ep1 (100% complete)
Minecraft
Defense Grid 2 (story already complete)
Quantum Break (complete)
Lego Batman 3 (story already complete)
Destiny (story already complete)
GTAV
How to Survive storm warning
Destiny 2 (story complete for two character + Osiris/warmind/Solstice 330 score/Forsaken campaign on one)
Fallout 4
Warframe
The Division (story already complete)
Rainbow 6 Siege
Gems of War
Skyforge
Elder Scrolls Online
Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
The Witness
Lego City Undercover (story complete)
Ghost Recon: Wildlands (story already compete)(Sam fisher/R6S missions)
COD Black Ops 3 - Zombies mode(story already complete)
The Crew 2 Beta
Vermintide 2 Beta
Onrush
Assassins Creed Origins
Vermintide 2
The Amazing Adventures of Captain Spirit (complete)
Brawlhalla
Battlefield 1
Anthem closed alpha
Monster Hunter: World
Lego The Incredibles
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
Assassins Creed Odyssey
Battle Chasers: Night war

Xbox 360: 14
Lego Batman 2 (already complete)
Split/Second Velocity (complete)
Borderlands 2
A world of Keflings (complete)
Child of Eden
Viva Pinata
Crysis 3
Lego Harry Potter years 1-4 (story complete)
Xcom: Enemy Unknown (story complete already on PS3 version)
Forza Horizon
Sonic Racing Transformed
Lego Indiana Jones 2
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (already 100% on PS3)
Plants Vs Zombies (already completed)

PS3: 6
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (already complete)
Spelunky
Starwhal
Resident Evil 5 (already completed)
Resident Evil 6 (already completed)
Jackbox party 2

Android: 8
Monument Valley (already complete - assisting daughter)
Granny Smith (to check for daughter)
Angry Birds Space
Marvel Puzzle Quest
Picross Luna 2
Rwby: Amity Arena
Colossotron
Assassins Creed: Rebellion

DSi: 1
Yazhtee

Gamecube: 1
Mario Kart: Double Dash (already complete)

Games of 2017 - what I've actually played

Okay so this one is a little late ...

I've neglected this blog throughout 2018 but here is at last the list for games played through 2017. It follows on from the 2016 list (at this link) and leads into the 2018 list (posted here).

This years gaming total is higher at 150 total games played. There were only 12 completions but another 19 games that have at least story completion. There were nine demo's - again which I'm couting as separate to full games as progress in the demo isn't transferred to the main game. Rare replay has 30 games of which I tried each one once, and Tales From the Borderland I've separated out into five games (of which three episodes I played in 2017) and these I think contribute to a massive increase from 2016, alongside the 26 games for the Cancer Research marathon.

There is a marked increase in Android games, as I look for an offline game that will tide me over (and not really finding one) and I'm using the Xbox much more than the PS3 these days. This is in part that we don't have a PS4 which is definitely the focus of Sony's gaming division these days but is also the simple fact that I'm largely playing late in the evening, when the rest of the family has gone to sleep and I need headphones - which I don't have for the PS3 ... 


Total games played: 150

Xbox One: 85 (presuming rare replay counts as 30 and Tales from the Borderlands episodes each as 1)
Destiny 
Overcooked
Warframe
Life is Strange Ep 1 (complete)
GTA V
World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
Neverwinter
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Rocket League
Project: CARS
A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV
Ghost Recon: Wildlands (complete)
The Division (story already complete)
Trove
Evolve
Pit People (trial)
Astroneer (trial)
Defense Grid 2 (story complete)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (complete)
Minecraft
Ryse: Son of Rome
Assassins Creed Chronicles: China
Sea of Thieves Beta
Gems Of War
Speedrunners
No Time To Explain
Rare Replay
Raiders of the Broken Planet beta
Lego Batman 3 (already completed)
Shadows of Mordor
The Lego Movie Game story completed
Destiny 2 beta
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil
The Crew
Trials Fusion
Destiny 2 - story complete 
Fortnite Battle Royale
Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta
Star Wars Battlefront
Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics beta
Assassin's Creed 4
Batman: Arkham Knight
Halo 5
Quantum Break
Xcom 2
Forza 5
Grow Home 
Lara Croft and the temple of Osiris
Tales from the Borderlands ep1(complete)
ep2 complete
ep3 complete
Trackmania Turbo
The Turing Test
Skyforge
Gone Home (complete - 100%)
How 2 Survive
Lego marvel avengers

Xbox 360: 14
Once upon a Monster
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Borderlands 2
A World Of Keflings (complete)
Lego Harry Potter: years 1-4
Lego Batman 2 (already completed)
Hydro Thunder Hurricane
Plants vs Zombies (adventure already complete)
Kameo: Elements of Power
Split/second: Velocity
Vanquish
Xcom: Enemy Unknown (story already complete)
Kinect Party
Sacred 3

PS3: 28
Blazerush
Ratchet and Clank: Q-Force (complete)
Littlebigplanet 2 (complete)
Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga (already completed)
Lego Star Wars III (already complete)
BMX Pumped +
Starwhal
Dirt 3
Hohokum
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (already completed)
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (already completed)
Alien Rage
Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom
Lego Jurassic World
Lego Batman (already completed)
Lego Lord of the Rings (already completed)
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Flower already completed
Ico
Journey already completed 
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Overlord: Raising Hell already completed 
PlayStation All-stars battle royale
Resident Evil 4 already completed 
Uncharted 2 already completed 
Yakuza 5
Zack Zero - trial

PS: 1
Crash Team Racing

Wii: 3
Mario Party 8
Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles (already completed)
Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles (already completed)

Gamecube: 1
Mario Kart: Double Dash (already completed)

DS:

Win10: 2
Minesweeper
Solitaire

Android: 18
Treasures of Montezuma 3 (already completed)
Colossotron (already completed)
Talisman
Deus Ex Go (complete)
Ghost Recon Wildlands Guerilla Game
Opus: The day we found Earth (complete)
Looty Dungeon
Realm Defense
Crusader Quest
Pixel Dungeon
Dandy Dungeon
Where Shadows Slumber (demo complete)
Destraint
Reaper
Card Thief
Tsuro
Killer Suduku
Epic Suduku
Suduku puzzle

Friday, October 20, 2017

Games List for Cancer Research Gaming Marathon

So the votes are in and the choices are made. Below is the current games list for my Cancer Research Gaming Marathon, taking place from 1000 BST Sunday 22nd October 2017. Timings are included but these are definitely indicative. The plan is for this to be livestreamed on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5AnixeDvk4

1000 - Assassins Creed 4 - Xbox One
1030 - Batman: Arkham Knight - Xbox One
1100 - Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger - PS3
1130 - Destiny 2 - Xbox One
1200 - Enslaved: Odyessey to the West (was Entwined) - PS3
1230 - Flower - PS3
1300 - GTA V - Xbox One
1330 - Halo 5 Guardians - Xbox One
1400 - Ico - PS3
1430 - Journey - PS3
1500 - Kameo: Elements of Power (was 'Kinect') - Xbox 360
1530 - Lego Marvel Super Heroes - PS3
1600 - Minecraft - Xbox One
1630 - Need for speed: Most Wanted - PS3
1700 - Overlord - PS3
1730 - Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale - PS3
1800 - Quantum Break - Xbox One
1830 - Resident Evil 4 - PS3
1900 - Split/second - Xbox 360
1930 - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands (was Tom Clancy's The Division) - Xbox One
2000 - Uncharted 2 - PS3
2030 - Vanquish - Xbox One
2100 - Warframe - Xbox One
2130 - Xcom: Enemy Unknown - Xbox One
2200 - Yakuza 5 - PS3
2230 - Zack Zero (was [the incorrectly titled] Zen pinball 2) - PS3

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alphabet gaming session game picks

So below is the shortlist of titles for the alphabet gaming marathon I've scheduled for Sunday 22nd October 2017. tinyurl.com/y9u8ho4j

Whilst my aim was to have one big title, one indie and one other, it's been largely influenced by what I have available to me, and by how well it would be portrayed, seeing as I'm no expert for any of these games. And, in some cases, it's limited by the starting letter (and I was fairly ruthless in using the official title - a lot more 'The' titles than i was expecting)

My twitter feed https://twitter.com/ReprobateGamer has live polls for the next few days with all of those listed, along with an option to add your own. Do feel free to comment below if there is something you particularly would like to see - not much time left!

Still struggling on Y as well ...

Assassins Creed 4 / abyss odyessey  / asura's wrath
Batman Knight / Blur / badlands
Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger / Crysis 3 / chariot / 
Destiny 2 / Deadlight / dirt 3 or showdown
Ethan meteor hunter / Entwined / Earth Defense Force 2025
Fortnite /  (or Forza 5) / Flower
Goat Simulator / GTA V / grow home
Hydro Thunder / Halo / Helldivers
I am alive / ico / inFamous
Journey / Just Cause 2 / jagged alliance
Kung Fu Rabbit / Kinect / Kameo; Elements of Power
Lego marvel super heroes / Left 4 Dead 2 / Lovers in a dangerous Space time
Minecraft / Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes / metro: last light
Neverwinter / neon chrome / need for speed most wanted
Overcooked / orcs Must Die! / Overlord
Paladins / Pain / playstation all stars
Quantum Break /Qix / quantum conundrum
Resident Evil 4 / Rez HD / Runbow /
splitsecond / star wars battlefront / speed runners
The Division / Thomas was Alone / tiny troopers
Uncharted: drake's fortune / unmechanical / ultratron
 Viva Pinata / Valiant Hearts / vanquish
Warframe / we are Doomed / WRC 5
Xcom / Xmen Origins - Wolverine / xotic
Yakuza 5 / Yu gi oh 5 / ??
Zen pinball 2 / Zuma/ zack zero

Thursday, October 12, 2017

26 minutes, 26 games, 1 day, 1 goal

When I saw the post from Cancer Research UK, calling for a games marathon, it didn't then sink in just how much this would require.

My thoughts at the time of writing are actually quite long. For those who are looking for the page to donate, this is the link:

 https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/toms-giving-page-34

I pondered it vaguely for a couple of days not really wanting to go down the route of seeing just how long I could sit in a game for, wanting to do something for this that felt like it was a little more meaningful than just an extra long gaming session. After all, I wasn't getting ready to run an actual marathon.

The idea just kind of popped in there I guess.

If I wanted to avoid a single game, then that necessitated multiple games. How does one go about picking?

I think the 26 miles of a marathon race must have crept into my brain somewhere. When the conscious thought of picking an alphabet of games, the 26 letters clicked. I still had then to decide which games and with now a broad spread to pick, what were my criteria going to be?

I actually didn't spend long on this - by starting with what games I already owned, or had easy access to, that helped the beginning of a list.

Somewhere around here, I hit upon allowing the viewing public to pick - this almost instantly took the form of a twitter poll, with 3 games listed and a 4th option that allowed for a comment to be made with another suggestion, and naturally the 4th option would also have to start with the correct letter of the alphabet.

My twitter feed here:
https://twitter.com/ReprobateGamer

This also meant having to get a viewing public - also an issue raised by the 'how do I demonstrate to people that I'm playing 26 games in a session'. The obvious answer was to livestream the gaming, followed immediately by 'I've never live streamed before'.

I'm wanting to stream to both Twitch and to Youtube. I have channels on both only used my youtube channel for pre-recorded gaming videos, not yet taking the time to grow the channel to a point where I even have a custom URL.
Discounting Mixer, as I can't see that working if I pick any gaming platform other than Xbox One, that also leaves the option of Facebook Live. This is something to be investigated over the next week, including how do I balance the potential need to talk to a stream against team talk on any game requiring online play. Another machine running audio recording for commentary? Failing everything else, it will come down to a long day of recording and uploading to Youtube

Putting that challenge to one side, in terms of practicalities, I was going to need a long period of time to actually sit and play. Leaving with a family means that setting up in the lounge for a whole day or more isn't really much of an option - however, a clear solution was that the family is scheduled to visit in-laws in less than two weeks.

Suddenly I had a deadline, which always helps to clear the head, and it's incredibly close. As I write this, it's 11 days to that point. 11 days with within which, I need to pick 3 games per letter of the alphabet (for that twitter poll), ideally set up an auto-scheduler (which I haven't used) so that the polls are released in a regular order and that I can get some idea of which games are needed before the day.

I need also to check the bandwidth for home to see if I can play and stream at the same time (and those who game with me know my internet is notorious for not behaving) and work out how to actually do a stream and, perhaps, mod comments at the same time.

One of my earlier idea's, before the games were being chosen, was to do an hour a game. That, would take 26 hours.

Ouch

Even with just 30 minutes a game that was still a 13 hour run time - a fair amount to be spent fairly still. And I still needed some goal in the playing - the ulterior goal is to raise the donations but what was the goal per game? Did I need one, or was the playing enough? It felt like I should be aiming to achieve something and I was toying with the idea of playing a game until I reached a milestone of some sort (be that level complete, acheivement unlocked, or whatever)

The immediate disadvantage was the loss of control of the time factor. For reasons of real-world work, I'm not able to stretch this out over more than one day. Besides it feels a little like it's not a marathon if I do that.
Wanting to have a time-related goal, I drifted back to the idea of 26 - now taken as 26 minutes per game. It seems to fit neatly with the 26 number theme that is already part of the idea and also builds in a few moments for both contingency time, and quite honestly, for a few minutes rest break.

As the goal is to livestream the session, and I can't remember Nintendo's policy towards streaming, another factor in my games list was games playable on the consoles as I don't have a gaming PC and needed my laptop in order to deal with the stream itself.
This limits my console choices to a PS3, an Xbox 360 and an Xbox One, which to be fair still provides for a good-sized library of games.

I know from previous testing that my Elgato capture device can take the PS3 and one of the Microsoft consoles at the same time so if possible I wanted to bias the games to one of the Xbox's. And from the 3 that I was limiting myself to, in order to get feedback, I didn't want to be picking all AAA titles. Quite apart from that I don't own all those well-publicised titles, I don't play enough to be a top tier player in them, but I did also want where I could to showcase games that possibly had been overlooked.

I had wanted, and still do want, to have brought the family in for a game or two but my decision to restrict Nintendo games from this (this time around ...?) and that simple fact that they were going to be elsewhere in the country, meant that I didn't need to look to have couch co-op as a factor.
Or, for that matter, family friendly games ...

The games picked are games that largely I haven't played much, in some cases at all, but possibly quite a lot for a couple of choices. For games that have a persistent end-game, or no real story, like a racing game, I would look to get some playlist or activity complete in the alloted timespan. For story based missions, I will in most cases start at the beginning as to avoid spoilers.

I'm deliberating avoiding some types of games, especially RPG and 4X and have noticeable games in my collection around fighters and sports games. But if I can also showcase an indie gem that hasn't had great publicity, that feels like a little bonus.

I'm trying to avoid rage quit games also - as that seems to run contrary to the ethos behind who and what the donations are for

Some letters just don't seem to have many games - Q is an obvious one as is Y but I actually found that J and K were more sparse than expected. You'll note that a couple of choices on the Twitter polls, presuming I get them to work, are for franchises rather than distinct games at this time. The tight time frame to get this all up and running means getting the polls constructed before the list is finalised - especially as I'm making the choice to not receive the result for Y and Z until during the session.

There are simpler ways for me to participate in this gaming marathon - even simpler to not take part as, prior to this being published, this is not a decision I've yet made public. Or even private to my family.

It would be easy for me to quickly drop the thought and continue - but that isn't an option for those who are fighting with cancer every day.

This isn't a real marathon I'm running, but it is taking me out of my comfort zone. It will mean making my online presence much more prominent than I like the idea of, and certainly runs the risk of alienating online cohorts as I will need to be encouraging donations - which is, after all, the point of doing this.

It's not about taking me out of my comfort zone, it's about raising money for a killer disease, which comes in many forms and which impacts not only those who have cancer but everyone one around them.

I hope that some money is raised, and that people can get behind the idea I'm going for here.
I won't have to spend weeks and months training my body in order to manage 26.2 miles in a single session. But I will have to spend time and effort and money in making what, if it goes correctly, will look like me sitting on a sofa gaming for a day, go smoothly. It will be thinking a little differently about how I can challenge myself to encourage donations to a good cause. And it will be knowing that if I have misjudged friends, family, coworkers and fellow internet gamers that I will be letting down Cancer Research.

The goal I've set is only a couple of hundred - I doubt myself to make even that as I don't know if this seemingly clever idea is going to work.
I'm not an entertainer, I'm not a games speed-runner, or an esports champion. I know that much of the day is likely to pass with me on my own, talking to an empty broadcast
But I do firmly believe that if you want to make things better, you have to do it yourself. I trust that knowing that I'm going to be putting myself through this challenge will encourage And I'm hopeful that that innate need to assist will be enough to provide a little more money for Cancer Research UK. And through them, to the people who have to suffer the debilitating effects, mental as well as physical.

If you made it this far, my thanks for reading. And, I hope and trust, thank you for donating.
To save you scrolling all the way back up, I repeat the donation page link here.

 https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/toms-giving-page-34

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sony is losing the online subscription battle - how many paying customers is this costing them?

I put up a video on the PS3 game Alien Rage:


and made some throwaway comment about a search for what Sony thinks of PS+

What was about to follow was a lambasting of the PS+ service for PS3 owners - largely written in fact - but I started actually looking into it.

Whilst Live Gold offers more value to me, I do owe both an Xbox 360 and an Xbox One, the later which I use for online gaming. So a lot of that I need to actually forget as without a PS4 I'm already missing out on a good chunk of available features.

PS+ is 3 years or so older than the Games with Gold program and they were originally different beasts - PS+ was a follow-up to Sony's apology for the hacking issues when they offered Burnout: Paradise and a choice of 1 from 5 other games as an offering for the lack of service and lack of support at that point. It worked very well and Sony decided to offer a few games per month for an annual subscription. Multiplayer was still available for free on PS3.
Meanwhile Live Gold was a similarly priced subscription on Xbox 360 that provided access for multiplayer - and no free games.

With the launch of the Xbox One, and after trialing the concept with things like the Summer of Games, Microsoft threw their hat into the free game providing whilst Sony joined the multiplayer access route for PS4, making both services now very similar.

I do wonder if in 3 years I may be looking at what Microsoft is offering and wondering where it went wrong but really at the moment, Sony have gone firmly down the route of indie games whilst Microsoft are going through the AAA game pile.

Yes some of this is due to the time but I think quite a large portion is due to Microsofts Backwards Compatibility - they have identified that gamers want access to the games they liked on prior consoles, on their current consoles and if they don't need to rebuy the game again, that's a bonus.

Also, I believe that the Xbox 360 games, at least, are available should you cease to play for Live Gold - which has never been a feature of PS+

And backwards compatibility is important to me.

I've said this before in other articles but it's been a key reason for actually purchasing consoles in the past.

PS2 - an equal split between the next Resident Evil title being available, the built in DVD player and being able still to play the older Resident Evil games (plus Metal Gear Solid, Dino Crisis, Crash Team Racing, Parasite Eve 2, NHL2000 ...)

PS3 - the only reason we bought this was for backwards compatibility (in the original model at least). We predicted that game series would move over (true for Res Evil and Metal Gear Solid, still waiting on the others ...)

And because this wasn't just a Sony thing - a large bonus to getting a Wii was that the Gamecube games we owned could still be played (again Res Evil - my wife has a thing for that series).

PS4 doesn't have backwards compatibility (other than by whatever makes the PS Now cut - yet ANOTHER subscription service) so with the PS3 soon to be discontinued, I'm beginning to face the very real concern that a large portion of the games that I play will soon be no longer available. And yet most of the games I play on PS3 still are disc based offline (largely Lego games to be honest with the two monsters).

Would my PS+ subscription be better moved over to a subscription of Minecraft Realms so that we could all play online on a selection of devices? If Microsoft had actually got around to getting the Xbox One version of Minecraft work with Android (which i think was promised for last summer ...) there's a very good chance I would have gone this route, especially as I could have potentially shared the cost with a friend so that his little monster could also join in.

As much as I still like the PS4, and there are several games on that system, I would love to play, the quality of service that I'm receiving from Sony is beginning to put me off. I left Orange (now EE) years ago for the same reason - being overcharged for steadily declining service. And I switch utility suppliers yearly to avoid that.

Several of the games that I 'maintain' on the PS3 (such as Badlands, Borderlands 2 and Xcom) are now available to me on my Xbox - in fact I think it may only be Littlebigplanet 2  that I still routinely play on the PS3 that requires the PS+ subscription

I'm sure Sony isn't really going to care about the opinion of one blogger - but there seem to be a lot of outlets that would suggest Live Gold is currently a better option than PS+ - almost certainly with regard to the games available

How many bloggers would it take for Sony to pay attention?

I'm sure in their minds they are expecting everyone to upgrade to PS4, or PS4 Pro, or Neo. But if the service isn't there - why would I? It took me 8 months to save up for a Xbox One - and I haven't started any console slush fund yet. At this point, I'm leaning more and more towards starting my fund for a Scorpio with the PS+ subscription and just accepting that a) I lose a good chunk of my games library (which has happened before) and b) that I just don't play that games library any more

Maybe I'm being unreasonable - PS3 has been going since 2006 - but at this point I've spent a few hundred pounds on a large library of games that I either don't have the consoles to play, or the time to play. And most of which I wouldn't have chosen to play. There have been some gems in that (so glad when Journey finally made it) but if I was given the option to stop paying and just keep the the games that I already have ... well the Youtube channel may well end up even more Xbox focused than it already is ...

Monday, January 02, 2017

Games of 2016 - what I actually played in 12 months

Based on a feature on Kotaku from last year, I've started tracking which games I play over a year. The full list is below but in total I've played 93 different games in 2016.

Looking at the breakdown of games, I only completed the story mode on 9 games (10 if you count Destiny's vanilla campaign) but played 12 games that had already been completed in 2015 (or earlier). There were 9 beta's and tests (including one that I'm under an NDA for) and 8 trials and free weekends. This raises a slight question as to whether a beta counts as separate to the main game if the progress doesn't save across - I've taken it as not as it is the same game after all

My Xbox Live and PS+ subscriptions do seem to be playing for themselves as those two schemes accounted for 40 of my 2016 games, and there are a number more that could be played. The remainder have all been paid for, other than Overcooked which was a gift from a Guardian Event (so thanks!) but this year I've only bought 10 games (of which two have not yet been played) and the majority of which are for daughters (including those two unplayed games). The Division and Destiny were the only 2 AAA titles purchased this year both with season passes but those two games have playtimes of days. My 3rd most played game then is the other end of the market and is Treasures of Montezuma 3 on my mobile.

That neither Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger (PS3) or Plants v Zombies (X360) appear on the list is a little embarassing as I had started playthroughs on both games and haven't yet finished - busted as both have started playlists on the Youtube channel.

True Achievements and True Trophies also proved very helpful in checking over the list - both provide summaries of the year and picked out a few games that I had just completely forgotten about - such as getting all the trophies in Pneuma. Props to both sites and those industrious souls who run them.

Wonder what will be on the list this time next year ...?


Xbox One: 39
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (story already complete)
Halo 5
GTA V
Zheros
Batman: Arkham Knight
Hand Of Fate
Styx: Master of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishment
Tom Clancy's The Division beta and game (story complete; DZ12; U17)
Pneuma
Lords of the Fallen
Lego Batman 3 (story complete)
Doom Beta
Battleborn Beta
Sunset Overdrive
Overwatch beta
Defense Grid 2
Kinect Party
The Crew
Goat Simulator
The Banner Saga 2
Tumblestone
Tron Evolution
Rainbow Six: Siege (free play weekend)
Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate 
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (free hours over August)
Titanfall 2 Multiplayer tech test and public weekend 
We Happy Few (preview)
Battlefield One beta
Forza Horizon
Earthlock Festival of Magic
Pit People (Closed Beta)
Destiny (original campaign complete including Vault of Glass, Dark Beneath to final mission (including raid on Crota), house of wolves missions, Taken King and Rise of Iron final missions (and to final boss on raids)
Steep betas (private and public)
Super Dungeon Bros
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (public weekend)
ReCore (preview)
Overcooked
Assassins Creed Chronicles: China

Xbox 360: 11
Frozen Free fall: Snowball Fight
Puzzle Quest
Kinect Party
Lego Indiana Jones (already completed)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (already completed)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Sacred Citadel
A World of Keflings
Lego Indiana Jones 2 (story complete)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Gears of War: Judgement

PS3: 29
Lego Star Wars 3 (already completed)
Lego Pirates of The Caribbean (already completed)
Medal of Honor:Warfighter
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune (already completed)
Sound Shapes
Ratchet and Clank: Q-Force (Trial and game)
Persona 4: Arena
The Last Guy
Resident Evil 5 (already completed)
Savage Moon
I Am Alive
Chariot
Badlands - Game of the Year Edition (already completed on Android previous year)
LocoRoco
Bionic Commando 2 - Rearmed
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (already completed on Wii)
Resident Evil: Revelations (story complete)
God Of War: Ascension (story complete)
Echochrome
Beyond Good and Evil HD
Ultratron
Retro/Grade
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Ratchat and Clank: All 4 One (already completed)
LittleBigPlanet 2
Journey (story complete)
Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga (already completed)
HyperVoid
Tiny Trooper Joint Ops

Wii: 3
Mario Party 8
Wii Carnival
De Blob

DS: 0

Android: 7
10000 Sudoku
Treasures of Montezuma 3 (already completed; 2 more full playthroughs)
R-Type 2
CrossyRoad
Superstickman Ice Hockey
Uncharted: Fortune Hunter
Hitman Go

Windows: 3
Lets IQ Nonograms
Lara Croft Go (complete)
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

First Time Plays for December 2016

The first of two new videos on the Youtube channel:


Tiny Troopers is a top down twin stick shooter - anyone who has played the Call of Duty Dead Ops games will grasp the controls - with the schtick being that you can have several soldiers under control at once. It's very reminiscent of the classic 16-bit game Cannon Fodder and has the same issue of not being able to control individual troopers but is more light-hearted and makes for a fairly enjoyable game, with 3 separate campaigns available.

The other free PS3 game of the month - Hyper Void - is also harking back to a classic game; in this case Tempest.


Like in that game, enemies come towards you and your ship is restricted to only being able to move in one plane. It gives 3 difference types of laser weapon but there doesn't seem to any particular reason to choice a particular type of laser on enemies, other than your personal choice. There are 30 or so levels according to the Trophy descriptions - I felt no desire to try past the first one.
Looking back on it now, it reminds me quite a lot of Super Stardust, also available on PS3, which did the 3 weapons and ship on a single plane, with better graphics and much more interestingly.