It’s 2017 now! That means that everything will be better now and my gym will be packed for the next 6 weeks or so. But before piling into the new year, here are a few statistics from my 2016 in gaming.
I know how you all love numbers.
Games completed – 48
Not my best year for completions, but certainly not my worst. My daughter gets ever older meaning less time for gaming (not that I’m complaining, I love spending time with her, and even at the age of 3 she wants to play video games with me!) but I balanced that with playing a number of shorter games such as Firewatch and Oxenfree. I suspect as gamers get older and start having their own families that we’ll see a larger number of these cheaper, shorter games. I would very much welcome this.
First game completed in 2016 – Bloodborne on January 7th
I started on this one early December but it took me about a month to finish it (with a time of around 32 hours) due to it being the Christmas a New Year season. Absolutely loved it though. A gothic/Lovecraftian horror inspired Dark Souls game with fast paced combat? Yes please!
Last game completed in 2016 – Deathtrap on December 17th
I’m not going to say too much about this one here as I’m going to do a post on it soon. I will say I was annoyed to find out this was a free Games with Gold game in January as I paid real money for it a few months earlier! Anyway, just over 6 hours this took me during December over the course of a handful of days.
Most time spent on a single game – XCOM 2 (35 hours)
It should come as no surprise to some of you that this is here. I love this series, right back to playing the original as a kid. Anyway, played this through on normal, suffering a few casualties. It was just the right difficulty level to play through on, though I may return to it on a harder setting for a blog series. Perhaps I’ll even name soldiers after you, dear readers!
Biggest pain in the backside to finish – The Witness
I’m not sure if I can say I’ve finished this or not really. I did enough of the lasers to open the final challenge and complete it, but then it just reset the game. At any rate, I counted it. I played this on a charity stream early in the year and it was such a pain to play. If you don’t know how to solve a puzzle you end up sitting there for ages looking stupid. Thankfully, the chat helped me out with some of them and I made progress. Interesting game, pain to play.
Game I should have finished in 2016, but didn’t – 999: The Novel
I’ve been playing this on and off on my phone for months. I’ve seen all the endings bar the “true ending” which I think I’m approaching. The story of 9 people trapped on a sinking ship in a Saw-like game has been interesting, although the novel version features limited interaction. Anyway, it’s not a hugely long game and I feel I should have finished it by now, but mobile gaming tends to happen in short bursts and it’s resulted in this one not getting done. It should be in the next few days though with any luck!
Most read blog post in 2016 – Top Games of 2016
This doesn’t surprise me too much, people seem to love game of the year lists! I know I do and I’ve gladly read any and all game of the year posts I’ve been directed to. Maybe it’s in the hope that others agree with my humble opinion, or maybe it’s to find a gem that I missed. Either way I, and seemingly you fine folks, like a game of the year post.
Least read blog post in 2016 – Dark Souls 3
Go on, click the link. You know you want to see what you missed. It seems Dark Souls wasn’t all that popular in terms of reading. Perhaps because it’s a rather niche game, or maybe that the series is a little long in the tooth. At any rate, I love the game!
Oh, and finally:
Games in the backlog – 79
The ever growing backlog is larger now than it was at the start of 2016. I intend to get through a good few of them in the coming weeks though! Have a look here if you’d like to see what in the pipeline!
And that’s a little wrap up of 2016! Expect more write ups and lists in this, the newest of years. I’m also intending to drop a few board games in here and there as I do have a love of those too. If you have read even one of my posts in 2016, then thank you so much for giving up even that short amount of time. It truly does mean a lot to me that you people take time out of your busy lives for my simple words. Here’s to a great 2017!