10. Endless Legend (PC) One of the many games that weren’t on my radar this year but then captivated me after playing it was Endless Legend, the Civ style, Empire building/management simulator set on an alien planet. I was particularly drawn in by the beautiful visuals and the many options for starting races-- they all seem so unique with their own lore, histories and motivations for colonization. The planet you inhabit can be particularly hostile, complete with seasonal weather cycles that look really amazing. The whole game map seems impassible when it’s covered in snow during the winter, there even seems to be less light as well just to make things more visually interesting. I don’t normally play these types of games and I had to visit several forums and wiki pages to figure out all the nuances in order to make a dent on my progress in the game. There is a very handy tutorial in the beginning that does a good job of leading you in to the game, but it honestly requires a bit more research than that which I didn’t mind doing. The game is just very beautiful. If a game in this genre managed to pull me away from MMOs and backlogs then it deserves a mention on my top ten of 2014!
I thought that by organizing a list of games I was interested in playing would be a good way to experience them all in a timely manner but in hindsight, I think it was a bad idea over all. The good thing is that I was able to spend more time with each game than I normally would have, and discovered games I normally wouldnt play. The bad thing is that I didnt like a couple of games, triple A games, long games, and I didn't enjoy the time I spent with them. I feel like I wasted my time actually. I had such a bad time in fact that I went back and started playing games I know I enjoyed. This backlog is what caused my desire to want to stop gaming and a reminder of why I just cannot trust mainstream game review sites. I've gone off on mainstream game reviewers in the past, so I wont do it anymore. I just find opinions from enthusiasts on forums, youtube and blogs to be more honest sometimes and just as valiable. I think it's time to let go of the game reviewer as god and accept more opinions from the community as well.
Microsoft is publishing the the game after all. Keep in mind that it is a Square-Enix game and so there is still a possibility of it appearing on a Sony platform sometime in the far future like Mass Effect. I was wondering why no one posted about this on here. Is it still just a rumor?
Middle-Earth is B-O-R-I-N-G and Borderlands is too.
I normally don’t enjoy bashing on games, especially when I know that there are real devoted fans of certain franchises and genres and you can’t come off as anything less than a clueless jerk when disliking anything popular, but I must. Usually when I don’t like a game I just don’t bother writing anything about it at all, and I don’t bother to finish it either. I’m not a games reviewer and I have plenty of options out there so I don’t feel an obligation to spend more time with a game more than I want to. How am I supposed to know when to give up on a game? Answer is: when I’ve just stopped playing for a long ass time and don’t feel like playing more of it.