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My Favourite Games of 2015

Guess who left this post in their drafts for three months? Yup. Seems a shame to let it go to waste, so here’s my belated blog of my favourite games played in 2015!

Now, the twist with my list is it’s not limited to games released in 2015, I’ll be talking about my favourite games played in 2015. There are 2014 releases I can’t ignore, and a few oldies that definitely deserve a mention.

So! In no particular order, my favourite games of 2015:

Child of Light (PS4)

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I’ll be honest, I can’t quite fathom the words to describe just how much I loved this game. From the moment I booted up the game I was hooked. The soundtrack by far is what makes the game so special to me, it conveys exactly what is happening at that moment in the game and it actually made me cry a few times. The artwork is absolutely stunning and felt like I’d jumped into a watercolour painting. Each level brought something new to the story and each town, crumbling castle and forest looked nothing like the previous place you passed through. The flutter of Aurora’s wings and patter of her feet as she landed back on the ground just added even more to the elegance of this game. The gameplay is quite simple as a 2D platformer, but the inclusion of the battle sequences and ability to switch characters mid-battle certainly shook things up a little. Each character in Aurora’s party (all of whom I fell in love with) have their own unique battle specialities, and discovering how to use each character to your own advantage really helps during the battles, especially as the game progresses and the difficulty increases. If you haven’t had a chance to play Child of Light yet I highly recommend it, although if fairytales and rhymes aren’t your thing (the entire dialogue is written in rhyme..) then this game might not be for you.

Rocket League (PS4)

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I know, everyone has played Rocket League. But this list is my favourite games played in 2015, and Rocket League definitely has to make the list. I managed to nab Rocket League for free when it was one of the PlayStation Plus free games last year, and personally it was one of the best PlayStation Plus games of 2015. The amount of hours I’ve put into this game is, well, a lot. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about a car donning a mariachi hat with flowers flying out of the exhaust flying into an oversized football. Seeing as the game was free I bought the DLCs that were released over the months, which means more cars, more maps and more silly hats. Bloody brilliant.

Bioshock (Xbox 360)

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I might be scraping the barrel by adding this to the list,  I’d already played BioShock before 2015 but I’d never completed it. I KNOW. DON’T JUDGE ME. BioShock has been sat on my games shelf for years and years, then every time I’d go to play it I’d either be too busy to continue or wasn’t in the right mindset to play (something that happens a lot with me..), so I’d end up putting it back on the shelf to restart another time. I’m telling you, I’ve played that Medical Pavilion level too many times. It was only when I moved into my flat last summer and had no internet for 17 days that I decided it was time to go back to Rapture. It was kind of perfect actually, having no contact with the outside world (besides using my phone data sparingly for Facebook and Twitter) I was able to fully immerse myself in that underwater city. I took my time, looted every little piece of scrap from every trash can, corpse and container, and thankfully I was never spoiled on the ending, even after all these years. I bloody loved that game, so much so that I even made a few BioShock themed cross stitches:

Until Dawn (PS4)

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Although my review of Until Dawn was slightly average, I can’t ignore the fact that my first playthrough of this game was incredibly fun. Playing Until Dawn co-op with a friend in the middle of the night was exactly the way this game was intended to be played, and boy did we have a laugh. I’m a big horror fan – ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, zombies, aliens, you name it, and this game was jam packed with several horror genres: a ghost story, killer on the loose, being chased by an unseen spook through the woods, urban legends etc etc. Yes it was cliché, a group of teenagers staying in a log cabin when things go awry, but that’s why I liked it! However, like I mentioned in my review, once you’ve played the game through twice it starts to lose it’s appeal. Although there are several possible outcomes and twists to the story, once you’ve seen two or three you’ve kind of seen them all. However, this game earned a spot on my 2015 list as my first experience of the game was so much fun, I can forgive any niggles I had over it’s replayability.

Alien Isolation (Xbox 360)

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My parents bought me Alien Isolation for my birthday (December 2014) but I only started playing it in the new year. My God, my anxiety levels went through the roof! It’s quite lengthy for a horror survival game, taking almost 20 hours to complete, but it doesn’t scrimp on the quality to stretch the game out. I haven’t even reached the halfway point, but the lasting effect this game has had on me certainly deserves a mention in my 2015 list. I’m eager to get back on it and try completing it, but I may need a co-op buddy to help get me through, maybe even therapy afterwards..

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

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Another game that is potentially pushing it on my 2015 list, as I only got it for Christmas! However, I thoroughly enjoyed playing Drake’s Fortune over the holidays, completing it just before heading back to work in the new year. I never owned a PS3 so never got the chance to play any of the Uncharted franchise, so when the news came out last year that they were releasing The Nathan Drake Collection, well it got me very excited. My mum was also pleased that I asked for this game for Christmas, “3 games in 1! Bargain!”

Although the first game of the series felt a little dated, and I’m trying not to criticise a game that’s nine years old (even though that’s the same year BioShock came out but anyway…), I still really enjoyed it. I’m a lover of a story driven, puzzle solving, shoot-the-bad-guys action game, and Uncharted definitely fits the bill. Also – Nathan Drake. That charming bastard. He’s like a mix between Nathan Fillion and David Boreanaz, and I’m a little bit sad they never turned this into a “so bad it’s good” movie back in the day.

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Damn, Nathan.

Never Alone (PS4)

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What a lovely game. Never Alone was one of the free games on Playstation Plus this year, and was such a nice little treat. It’s a beautiful puzzle platformer, with a ton of stories about the culture and folklore of the Iñupiat people of Alaska. The premise of the game is very simple, but the input of history and actual stories from Alaskan natives gave the game a very special, almost magical feel. I haven’t completed it yet, which I’m quite glad about, as I’ve got some more time to enjoy this game.

The Order: 1886 (PS4)

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Now, before the comments start about how bad and disappointing this game is – I know. It should have been better. Of the game’s sixteen chapters – four of these were cinematic fillers with no gameplay at all. The game was short, the story was predictable, the ending was meh. However, I still enjoyed the game.

I bought The Order for £12, which may be what swayed my opinion, if I’d have paid the full £45 I’d probably be just as pissed off as everyone else. This is one reason why I wait until the hype is over – honest reviews are out, the price comes down, you get what you pay for. I bought this game as something to take my mind off recovering from surgery in November, and it done the job. It took me a week to complete, mostly because I couldn’t tolerate sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time due to the pain I was in, but it meant I was able to spread out the game a bit longer than I would have done otherwise. It truly is a beautiful looking game and I’m a sucker for Victorian-era London, with a nice dollop of steampunk and supernatural characters too. I might do a separate post with a longer review for The Order, as I’ve got a lot to say about the game!

So there you have it, my favourite games played in 2015! Sorry it’s three months late..

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: Curly Stitches

Upcoming Games I’m Excited For

September is literally on our doorstep, which means we’re closing in on the end of 2015. How terrifying is that?! 2015 has been a pretty damn good year for games, with quite a few big titles already released: Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, Dying Light (which I’m currently playing), Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham Knight, the list goes on. With four months of the year left, here are the last few soon-to-be-released titles I’m excited for:

– Mad Max (release date 4th September 2015)

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I bloody loved the latest Mad Max movie, but what surprised me is that they didn’t release the game in line with the movie release. It’s been almost four months since the movie was in the cinema, but perhaps the extra waiting time has got me even more eager to get driving on Fury Road. The interesting twist to this game is it’s actually not a direct tie-in to the latest Mad Max movie, it was supposed to be a tie-in with an animated Mad Max film. Either way, fans of the old or new Mad Max franchise are sure to get a buzz out of this game, I’m just hoping it lives up to the hype it’s created.

– Until Dawn (release date 25th August 2015)

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This definitely feels like my kind of game. Until Dawn is an adventure survival horror, where any action you choose for your character will cause consequences later on in the game. According to the game developers, Supermassive Games, Until Dawn can be replayed multiple times, as each run through will contain new content depending on your decisions. I’m not sure how many times I could replay a game just to experience the story from different angles each time, but I’m definitely interested in trying this one out.

– Rise of the Tomb Raider (release date 10th November 2015)

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I’ve been excited to play this game for a loooong time. I absolutely loved the first reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise (although the ending was a bit poop), and as I’ve mentioned quite a few times in previous blogs (and if you check out my Twitter header photo..) Lara is my girl. I’m really hoping it doesn’t disappoint second time round. The one thing I’m disappointed about is that I have to play it on my Xbox 360 when it’s initially out, as the game won’t be released on PS4 until late 2016. I can’t complain as I still get to play the game, but I won’t get to enjoy it in super crisp graphics unless I wait another year. I don’t want to wait!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (release date 6th November 2015)

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For a franchise that pushes out pretty much the exact same game every year, they still get my money every time. I haven’t even completed the campaign for Advanced Warfare, yet I’m still eager to play Black Ops 3. New maps, new guns, new zombies – with Jeff Goldblum voicing a character – yes, you heard me, JEFF GOLDBLUM. Now take my money, Treyarch!

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Oof.

 – Uncharted 4 (release date 9th March 2016)

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I’m slightly cheating with this one as it’s not released until 2016, but it’s early 2016 so shh. Not only am I excited for Uncharted 4, I’m eager to get my hands on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (release date 9th October 2015) as I’ve never played any of the Uncharted games before! My PS4 is the first Playstation I’ve owned since the original PS1 (besides my stepbrothers bringing round their PS2 every so often), so I’m thrilled to be able to play the Uncharted games finally! Considering how much I enjoy the Tomb Raider franchise, I’m expecting Drake to be my kinda guy.

So, are there any upcoming games you’re eager to play? Let me know! Gotta love a good recommendation 😀

– AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

Nerdy Cross-Stitch Update!

I seem to do more updates about the latest cross-stitch projects I’ve completed than actual gaming blogs. Eh, nevermind, you guys seem to like these posts too!

So, first off I started trying smaller projects – keyrings. A bit of a change from a normal sized cross-stitch, but they don’t take long and look pretty damn cute.

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These are the first two I tried out, the skull was from a pattern I found online, and the pixel hearts I just made without a pattern. I’ve done so many pixel hearts I can stitch them with my eyes closed now.

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Clyde and Scared-Clyde! Another one that I sat and created the pattern for. It was easy enough, he’s completely made of pixels, which is why cross-stitching retro games is great!

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This was a commission for one of my friends, a cute little Black Widow! I found a whole series of cute Avengers and want to make the complete set. It now jingles proudly with her car keys.

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This was a pattern I found on a cross-stitching website, I don’t even drink tea (besides green tea) but I thought it was really sweet. It now sits in a frame in the hallway of my new flat!

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Another commission! I really liked the design of this Yoda, with the little tufts of hair by his ears ^_^ the Yoda pattern was found online and we designed the rest of the pattern around that.

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My absolute favourites – Portal! When I moved into the new flat I wanted to have some cool cross-stitch patterns up on my bedroom wall, with Portal being one of my all time favourite games it just had to be up there. I’ve actually given the blue portal to one of my friends now, kind of like a “best friends” locket. But cooler. I’d seen a few people had made Portal cross-stitches but I couldn’t find the pattern, so I ended up creating this pattern myself. It took a long time, but it was worth it!

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Another one for my bedroom wall, I also bought this pattern from a cross-stitch website. It took me two and a half weeks to make and is a lot bigger than I thought it would be, but it gets a lot of comments! It got a lot of reblogs on Tumblr!

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My latest project – a BioShock and American Horror Story mash up. I think they work pretty well together!

And that’s it for now! My bedroom wall is starting to take shape, I’m using different sized frames and filling them with photos, cross stitches, and I’ve got a few canvases up that my friend made. I’m sure I’ll post an update when it’s completely finished!

If anyone else makes nerdy crafts or cross stitches – link me up! I love to see what other people have made.

-AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

You Know You’re Playing a Good Game When:

  1. You’re constantly clock-watching to see how long you’ve got before you can go home and play.

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2. You can’t get the soundtrack out your head – and you don’t mind at all.

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3. You talk about the storyline like the characters are actual real people.

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4. You turn into that annoying person, calling people into the room to watch action replays or videos you’ve made over and over again.

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5. You start dreaming that you’re in the game. (I was having Portal dreams for weeks..)

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6. You constantly recommend the game to people, and can’t seem to find the words to describe just how good it is.

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7. You want to buy ALL THE MERCHANDISE.

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8. Who needs food? Who needs sunlight? Who needs friends? AM I RIGHT?!

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9. You feel a sense of pride when you complete the game, but can’t help feeling sad as you watch the end credits roll, knowing you’ll never experience the game the same way again.

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Have a good weekend, everyone!

AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere