Gaming hardcore to make room for 2014

January 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Long time no see :) Wanted to write up a little bit of my recent gaming activities. Now that 2013 is over and we are moving towards an insane lineup of games coming in March, I’ve decided to start tackling a ton of games from my Steam library that I haven’t tried or finished yet. After I’m done with some games I can actually decide on my top games for last year. Below I’m gonna do a little writing on the games I try out.. here goes:

Anna

No clue what the game was about. I played it for an hour before stopping. Felt like a sort of mix of Dear Esther and Amnesia to me. After the seemingly beautiful start with a nice soundtrack, it turned out to a darker direction with some horror elements. Lacked the polish to really pull me in. Decent atmosphere but the sound actors were pretty bad and while the puzzles were decent, I simply didn’t find it entertaining.

Played: 1h
Rating: 3/10

The Showdown Effect

Starting the game the menu is extremely fluid and polished with a nice metal track playing on the background. Went for the training mode and the game seems awesome for what it is – a sidescrolling multiplayer focused shooter. The guy throwing out Arnie jokes and all around “manly game”, seemed like fun. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a single multiplayer game to really give this game a shot. Too late to the party I guess.

Played: 30min
Rating: 4/10

Skydrift

Oddly enough I only played about 15 minutes of this yet had the most fun out of these games so far. It’s a sort of airplane racing game with powerups and it reminded me of the good old Redline Racer which is a racing game from 1998. Seemed like an decently put together game and gave me a little adrenaline rush towards the end trying to get first place. Might be more fun with friends.

Played: 15min
Rating: 4/10

Sine Mora

More oldschool fun! I’m not sure what you even called these back in the day, but I’ll just say it’s a sidescrolling airplane shooter. Reminds me of legendary games like Raptor and Tyrian, except those were towards the top of the screen instead of left to right. Nice looking colorful game with some sort of credit system with limited lives. Felt like a solid game for what it is, but doesn’t quite hook me like the legends of old did back in the day :)

Played: 20min
Rating: 5/10

Tropico 4

The theme of the game seemed interesting to me at first which is why I bought it from a sale at some point. However now that I finally tried it I got a kind of lackluster feel. It didn’t pull me in like Sim City, that said, it might well be a better game than Sim City. I just didn’t get that Civilization sort of addicted feeling for it. Due to the not so great tutorial system I found the controls to be a little hard to get into.

Played: 45min
Rating: 5/10

…to be continued… :)

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