Steve’s 2017 Year-in-Review: To Be Continued

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If backlogs were a physical thing, I’d have enough to build a scale-replica of Abe Lincolns’ cabin. Currently, there are four very good games released in 2017 of which I’ve made varying degrees of progress in. My hope is that these games will be complete before the flood of February and March releases hit. The reality is, it may take me years to finish any one of these. Ah, the no-attention-span lifestyle! Anyway, here are the games that I’m currently playing as we head into the new year. Njoy!

Nioh

Samurai Dark Souls? Sounds great to me, but after watching Ben stream this when it released on PS4, I became a bit worried about the game’s repetition wearing me thin. One of the great things about the Soulsborne games is that each area in each game tells its own story, and part of that is done through unique enemies and NPCs.

Nioh doesn’t feature the same biodiversity, relying on various iterations of a much smaller cast characters. Still, the setting and story seemed interesting, and as someone who is a sucker for bauble-fests, the loot system looked absolutely addicting.

I’ve put about six and a half hours into the game at this point, and am currently stuck on the third boss. Who would have thought that an umbrella-wielding lady vampire would be so tough? Given that many list put her near the middle of Nioh’s toughest bosses, I don’t think I’ll be finishing this game any time soon.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Who doesn’t want to hunt robot dinosaurs as a kick-ass future cave-girl? This game had been on my wishlist for along time, and was a big factor in me finally investing in a PS4.

After finally starting the game, I will say that I haven’t been as immediately head-over-heels for it as I’d hoped. Robosaurus Rex’s are cool, sure, but it’s still a large-scale open world game, and it just takes a lot of time to get invested in these.

Though the initial encounters with Horizon’s dino-bots left a lot to be desired, the skills I’ve started to unlock have begun to make these fights much more dynamic. Cycling through equipment to lay traps, and trying to find ways to use the environment to you advantage is a joy.

Honestly, the only reason I haven’t played more of the game is because I’m also playing all these other games. Horizon is something I expect to cycle back to sooner rather than later.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

I grabbed Lost Legacy immediately upon completion of Uncharted 4. I just wasn’t ready to give up the cinematic action and adventurous spirit of the series, and at $30, I wasn’t going to pass the opportunity to continue Uncharted’ing.

Because I didn’t play much of the series prior to Uncharted 4, I don’t have much connection to Chloe. Nadine, however, was fresh in my mind, and it was such a natural transition for her to go from badass antagonist to badass partner. As a mercenary, she’s not inherently ‘the bad guy’, and her role as a partner-you-don’t-quite-trust fits the series perfectly.

The Lost Legacy isn’t a particularly long game, and the only reason this is on my ‘in progress’ pile is because I got distracted by other things. I expect to have this one finished relatively soon as well.

Yakuza 0

Oh Yakuza, you little scamp you! This was among about five other games on my “grab it when it goes on sale” list, and of course, they all went on sale at the same damn time. First world problems, I know. Out of all the games on this list, Yakuza 0 is the one I’ve poured the most hours into. Ironically, it’s probably one of the games that will take the most hours yet to complete.

Admittedly, most of the time I’ve invested in the game this far has gone to all the stupid (in a wonderful way) side stuff. That is what the series is known for, after all, but it sure doesn’t help speed the narrative along. That’s okay—I’m enjoying the game, and am in no rush to finish.

Honorable Mention: Persona 5

Being the genius that I am, I looked at all these wonderful games that are currently on my plate and said, “You know what you need to add to this? A Persona game!”

I haven’t started Persona 5, but it was on sale and I couldn’t resist. Now it’s sitting in my games library just waiting to be installed and started. So while this isn’t an in-progress game this year, don’t be shocked if it makes the list next year. After all, the chances of someone like me actually finishing a Persona game in under twelve months is next to nil.


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